I wanted to share this witness about what goes on at a particular concert. While I agree that these two entertainers did compose a song I really like: “Crazy In Love”, I’m not a particular fan of theirs. Still, the image they portray is very frightening, especially with the attractionour children have to this kind of music and these types of performers.
Of course, I also am not too fond of using the image of the cross like this. I will often use the image of the cross in my own artwork, but nothing as disrespectful, nor worshipful like this. As Christians, we understand what the Cross means in our lives. so we worship The King, and not the cross.
It’s only Hollywood folks!!!, the same people who brought you The Beatles and Sonny And Cher…
BeyoncĂ¨ and Jay-Z: The Rumor Nobody Is Talking About
Posted on August 7, 2014 by BrittaneĂŠ
âAnd the winner isâŚ.. Our very own BrittaneĂ¨ Perkins!â
With utter shock on face, I shrill in excitement and accept my prize! I was just announced as the winner of 2 tickets to the Jay-Z and BeyoncĂŠ On the Run Tour!
But after the initial excitement wears off, reality sets in. I had just won tickets to see musicians that I publicly denounced after getting SAVED 8 months ago. (clarification: I won the tickets through an employee sweepstakes that my job held for those who participated in volunteer efforts outside of work- I did not call a radio station or go out of my way to get them).
I instantly felt convicted. I would never pay to see BeyoncĂŠ and Jay-Z on this tour (itâs raunchy and waaaaay too expensive for my blood). But would I be strong enough to take a stand for Christ even if the tickets were free? I felt like a hypocrite for even considering going.
Anyway, after much prayer, consideration, and conversation with my parents and Pastor, I decided to go. Attending a BeyoncĂ¨ concert wonât send you to hell, just like attending a Kirk Franklin concert wonât get you into heaven. âItâs harmless entertainment,â I said to myself. âHow bad could it be?â
August 03, 2014 Rose Bowl Stadium
From the moment Jay-Z and BeyoncĂŠ hit the stage, something felt off in my spirit. I knew I didnât belong there, and I felt heavy and out of place. Instead of cheering and singing along to the songs I once loved, I literally began taking notes. Let me be clear: this is not some âilluminati conspiracyâ post created to discuss secret occult symbols used by secular artist. I wonât even go into the deep stuff. This is much more simple- which makes it even worse. This concert had a 42 song setlist, so I also wonât attempt to cover every detail. These were my personal notes on 12 of the most blatant things that stood out to me.
1. During the shows opening song âBonnie and Clydeâ, they come out with a HUGE cross in the back of them. âAll I need in this life of sin, is me and my girlfriend.â Actually, all you need in this life of sin is Jesus and a repentant heart! Your girlfriend canât save you on judgment day, and I canât believe how long it took me to realize the subtle message they are spreading with this catchy song.
2. BeyoncĂŠ is now wearing a thong and provocatively dancing for the crowd. I understand that she is an âentertainerâ, but where does a wife and mother of a little girl draw the line? I was even more appalled that her husband was okay with this. Bey has the talent, she doesnât have come out naked to sell records.
3. Jay-Z says, âI had to get off the boat so I could walk on waterâ. Ummm, like the miracle Jesus performed? So now you perform miracles like Jesus? Interesting.
4. Jay-Z says, âshout out all the weed smokersâ, and repeatedly calls his wife and mother of his child a âbad b***hâ, as she nods and sings along in agreement. A bad b***h is a dog that misbehaves, not your wife.
5. Bey starts singing âWho run the World? Girlsâ The bible tells us it is Satan, not girls who runs the world. John 12:31 âThe time for judging this world has come, when Satan, the ruler of this world, will be cast outâ. Then, I notice Bey singing a phrase, almost as if she is casting a spell. âMy persuasion, can build a nation, endless power, a love you can devour, youâll do anything for meâ. I instantly think of 1 Peter 5:8 âStay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.â This song set the tone for the rest of the concert, as everyone began to follow along as if they were hypnotized.
6. The âhypnosisâ is immediately followed by a song in which Bey repeatedly sings âBow Down b****esâ over and over again. And please donât try to tell me âFlawlessâ is a womenâs empowerment anthem. In the same song she uses to convey the message that women are tearing each other down and using their looks to compete for a manâs attention, she is telling me to âbow downâ to her while she opens her legs and shakes her bum in front of thousands of men. By the way, I donât care what Beyonce says, WE ARE NOT FLAWLESS. In fact, we are the opposite and need Gods grace and mercy because we really deserve His wrath. Did I mention BeyoncĂŠ says âGod Damnâ 14 times?
7. Next, Jay-Z has water in the background, which gives the appearance he is walking on water. At times, the screen shows the water splitting like the Red Sea. Not surprised since he already thinks he is god. âHovaâ is definitely short for Jehovah.
8. Crosses. So many crosses. Burning crosses. Crosses surrounded by fire. Big red crosses. I literally saw so many that I lost count. And these crosses are constantly being displayed while the artists sing lyrics about pride, vanity, sex, getting drunk, cheating, and self glorification.
9. Itâs a rap concert, so I expected some cursing. But the cursing in this concert was crazy! Iâm not talking a few darns and s*words. Iâm talking 22 F*bombs and 17 Mfâ*rs. Oh, let me clarify- they came from BeyoncĂ¨ not Jay-Z. At times I felt I was watching Rihanna instead of Mrs. Carter. If you want to call yourself a Queen, then you need to speak like one.
10. The words âLucifer, dawn of the Morningâ, randomly blares from the speakers. Jay-Z doesnât even perform this song. I guess they just wanted to say Lucifer to the crowd to remind us who this was all about.
11. Jay-Z performs âNo Church in the Wildâ, a song that boast lyrics like, âwhatâs a king to a god, whatâs a God to a non-believer?â Jay-Z then says, âJesus was a carpenter, Yeezus laid the beat, Hova flow the Holy Ghost get the f*** up out ya seatsâ. He then goes on to say, âwe gotta thank god for letting us live out our dream!â Huh? Youâre âthanking godâ on the same track in which your chorus includes whatâs a God to a non-believer? Who is the god that you are thanking?
12. Instead of âJ+Bâ, I notice it keeps showing âJâ Bâ. A cross is used instead of a plus sign.
These were just a few of the many things I noticed during the show. As a Christian, it rightfully made me feel very uncomfortable, and I would question my salvation if it didnât. BeyoncĂŠ can do whatever she wants to- but she needs to mindful that she has boldly presented herself to the world as a Christian. Everyone is talking about how this tour sold 100 million, and how the Carters may be headed to divorce court, but breezing over the message of this tour. We have to be aware of what we are feeding our spirits, and I personally refuse to let a catchy hook and dope beat lead me to hell.
Ephesians 6:12 âFor we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.â
One time for the nation,