Fal$e Teacher$:

False Teachers To say that Christian rapper Shai Linne has upset some people with new song “Fal$e Teacher$” from his album Lyrical Theology Part 1: Theology would be an understatement. The Lamp Mode Recording artist made some strong claims on his recent project Lyrical Theology Part 1: Theology that have caused intense debate within the faith based urban community. On one of his singles, “Fal$e Teacher$,” Linne accuses Joel Osteen, Creflo Dollar, Benny Hinn, T.D. Jakes, Joyce Meyer, Paula White, Fred Price, Kenneth Copeland, Robert Tilton, Eddie Long, Juanita Bynum and Paul Crouch of teaching heresy. He calls each one out by name and claims they are false teachers. That is a serious accusation when you consider the eternal consequences that teaching false doctrine has. Linne uses his hard-hitting hip-hop sound and vibrant lyrics to make sure his audience understands his message.

Comment sections of popular Christian hip-hopwebsites are filled with various opinions and, at times, the conversations have turned ugly. Around 400 comments were posted in regards to the song between two of the top Christian hip-hop websites (Rapzilla.com and Waderadio.com). Some feel that Shai Linne is judging the teachers he mentions in his song, while others feel that his criticism is spot-on. You could say that “Fal$e Teacher$” has shown how many doctrinal differences exist in the Christian hip-hop community and the body of Christ in general. Linne expresses through his rhymes that his motive is to expose teachers that are a part of the prosperity (or “Health and Wealth”) camp. Linne has called out the prosperity message before, but never to the degree that he did on “Fal$e Teacher$.”

“[The prosperity gospel has] been embraced,” said Shai Linne in an interview with Wade-O Radio (a popular Christian Hip Hop radio show). “You have these rallies where literally over 100,000 people will come to hear these guys talk about prosperity. The people who are coming are impoverished like crazy and they’re buying into it thinking that this false theology is going to be their way out of poverty. They figure, ‘Hey, it must work because it’s working for these guys in America.’”

Shai Linne believes that people are coming to Christ for worldly riches instead of salvation and that is a problem. The lyrical theologian feels that the false teachers that he called out in his latest record are deceiving people into thinking God is some type of genie that gives his followers everything they ask for. His song made such an impact on the web that Paula White’s son decided to defend his mother through an e-mail to Wade-O Radio. Brad Knight said his mother’s ministry believes in the essentials and does a lot of work for Christ around the globe. Knight feels that Shai Linne was wrong for calling his loving mother a false teacher. After praying, Linne responded with a letter himself that applauded White’s motherly love and pinpointed the doctrines he has an issue with like her view of the atonement, “sow a seed” teaching, people “speaking for God” and more.

Regardless of what you feel about Shai Linne’s new song “Fal$e Teacher$”, the message contained in it has hit the ears of many. Featured on the album Lyrical Theology Part 1: Theology, it debuted at #7 on iTunes Hip-hop/Rap chart right above mainstream rappers like Kendrick Lamar, Macklemoore & Ryan Lewis, and A$AP Rocky, to name a few.

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