Posted on Nov. 25, 2013
A few days ago I released a video clip from a panel discussion at our conference on The Worship of God One of the panelists, Geoff Botkin, referred to the people driving Christian rap as "disobedient cowards.” I interpreted his statement to mean that, in every culture, Christians are often cowards in the face of various elements of their cultures that are infected with worldliness. Geoff has explained to me that he did not intend to impugn the work of sincere men, and that he would like to apologize for any confusion caused by his statement. Here is his apology:
"I need to apologize for the unintended offense and confusion of my comments on disobedient cowardice. I certainly do not believe that all of today’s Christian rappers are cowardly. My most sincere apologies go to anyone out there who was hurt by my strong language. While I do hold concerns about the use and misuse of rap, my words were not directed at any particular artist. My greater concern is for the broad cultural conformity and compromise that is not limited to reformed rap." Geoff Botkin
We look forward to God glorifying dialogue with our brothers in Christ on the important matters of culture and the transforming power of the gospel.
At the recent Worship of God conference, attendees were encouraged to prepare questions for the concluding time of Q&A. One of the questions we received was: "Any thoughts on reformed rap artists? ... Their musical styles would be considered offensive to some, but the doctrine within the songs is sound." Panelists Dan Horn, Scott Aniol, Geoff Botkin, Joel Beeke, Jason Dohm, and Joe Morecraft weigh in.