Below is a video of the “worship” segment of the most recent service at Elevation Church. This is the song by Rage Against the Machine entitled Bulls on parade. This song was sung to help kick off Elevation’s new sermon series F-Bomb.

To their credit the folks at Elevation tried to clean up the lyrics a bit in an effort to “christianize” them. (The original lyrics to the song are posted below the video for reference) But the question still needs to be asked, what business do these types of songs have being ‘performed’ in a church service? God’s Holy Word and His Holy Bride don’t need gutter music and innuendo to make them relevant. In fact, adorning the bride of Christ, with these worldly methods makes her look like nothing more than a cheap whore.

We’d be wise to take a closer look at God’s word and really come to grips with what James 4:4 means. It states, “You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.”

Bulls On Parade from Elevation Worship on Vimeo.

Come wit it now!
Come wit it now!
The microphone explodes, shattering the molds
Ya either drop tha hits like de la O or get tha f*** off tha commode
Wit tha sure shot, sure ta make tha bodies drop
Drop an don’t copy yo, don’t call this a co-opt
Terror rains drenchin’, quenchin’ tha thirst of tha power dons
That five sided fist-a-gon
Tha rotten sore on tha face of mother earth gets bigger
Tha triggers cold now empty ya pursethey rally round tha family! With a pocket full of shells
They rally round tha family! With a pocket full of shells
They rally round tha family! With a pocket full of shells
They rally round tha family! With a pocket full of shells

Weapons not food, not homes, not shoes
Not need, just feed the war cannibal animal
I walk tha corner to tha rubble that used to be a library
Linin’ to the mind cemetery now
What we don’t know keeps tha contracts alive an movin’
They don’t gotta burn tha books they just remove ’em
While arms warehouses fill as quick as tha cells
Rally round tha family, pockets full of shells

Rally round tha family! With a pocket full of shells
They rally round tha family! With a pocket full of shells
They rally round tha family! With a pocket full of shells
They rally round tha family! With a pocket full of shells

Bulls on parade!
Bulls on parade!
Bulls on parade!
Bulls on parade!
Bulls on parade!

*This blog was copied from The Museum of Idolatry: F-Bomb Sermon Series & Rage Against the Machine at Elevation “Church”??

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Comments
  1. Acidri says:

    Joseph….thanks for the post….the latest catch phrases and musicals whether they are called being relevant or contextualisation should not be an excuse for pragmatism…Paul said to the ephesians…and you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world… But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, … See moreeven when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ….only God saves…only God makes alive and only converts….I believe the church’s success should not be measured by its numbers, by its building, by its programmes or even by the quality of its band or use of latest pyrotechnics…but it should be judged by its fidelity to the word of God, the gospel and adherence to the teachings of Jesus Christ…….evangelism is not the church attracting the world into church through entertainment, pop culture, but rather the church going out into the world and preaching the gospel-Acidris Blog

  2. Josh Benge says:

    Guys I understand your desire to point out false teaching and apostasy. However, this seems to be the same argument that was put forth by so many in the late 1800’s through the 1960’s. If you will think back through history you surely know that the current hymns we sing were nothing more than bar tunes turned into church tunes. People were ticked because “we should respect the Lord” but all they did was make things more relevant for their day. The thing to keep in mind is this, reverence does not mean alack of relevance.
    Further, it is every generations duty to reach their generation. Think back to King David…”For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption. Acts 13:36

    You may not like it. But there is nothing wrong with taking music that a certain affinity group recognizes and altering it to glorify Christ.

  3. Ambica says:

    Wow! I don’t have enough words to express what I want to say. God is not surprised at all but we are. Only God knows their heart if they are saved but their way of Church is quite interesting.

  4. Lauren Reynolds says:

    I dont get why you people keep judging Elevation!
    They changed the lyrics to the song to make it christian.
    So many Kids cuss these days they named it the F-bomb but it really means forgiveness.
    Cause kids know more about the f word than Forgiveness.
    im 17 i know what im talking about when i say this.
    and just because your church isnt like my church ELEVATION doesnt mean you have to judge…
    Only God can Judge so stop.
    thank you.

    • Doug says:

      We are a people sanctified, set apart, different. We are not to look like the world, the culture. This is just a bad judgement on the leadership. It looks just like the culture, and too many times leads to false conversions.
      As you mature you may understand more, but in the mean time just keep asking our Lord to reveal His truth to you and not what we want to believe.
      In Christ,
      Doug

  5. Lauren,

    Please read Do not judge – Matthew 7:5 – the forgotten passage. I talk about the “only God can judge” issue in that blog.

  6. Doug says:

    While your reading that, go to 1 Corinthians 5:12,13. We judge insiders not outsiders.
    Most of us reproof improper worship out of love for the body. We are to worship in spirit and truth. As you read and pay attention more to context you will see those who were punished for improper worship. Also, see the book “worship matters”.
    By the way “you people” happen to be the body of Christ. That is not speech that is honoring. Also, support any of your arguments with scripture. Don’t just say I feel or I think.

  7. Frank says:

    Lauren,
    “Just the the way Pastor Narcissist would have wanted you to say it! Good job.” Now that’s judgemental. It is not, however, judgemental to say that song and that series have nothing to do with “worshipping” Christ. Worship is Christ centered at all times. Even your argument put “you” at the center. It is not “judgement” to say black is black. Even if your generation thinks it’s more hip to call it white.

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