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Tree63 front-man throws in the cross, um, towel

Christian entertainment doesn’t seem healthy, yet it also does. I know, it seems contradictory, and on the one hand it is, but on the other hand it isn’t. There are Christian musicians, actors, painters, and others who see their art not only for the art itself, but for the purpose of glorifying God and spreading the gospel message. For them, there is no ceiling to reach because, how do you reach a ceiling in glorifying God?

There are others who experience dissatisfaction when they either cannot make headway in their respectful arts and become the next big thing, or they have made it to the top and found that their dissatisfaction remains, despite having “record deals, [being] on planes, tour buses, in green VIP rooms.”

Of course, recently we saw Jennifer Knapp come “out” to reveal that she is a lesbian, and before that Ray Boltz dropped the bomb that he was gay!

Tree63 in action!

Now, the front-man of Tree63, John Ellis, decided to walk away from Christianity, in a sense. In Ellis’ own words:

“We hit the ceiling in the US very early on. We were in the Christian contemporary music scene, which is basically big fat Americans singing like Eddie Vedder. We were also stuck in the modern worship movement… I just said: ‘F*** it’. By June my family and I had sold the house and by December it was bye-bye America.”

I do not presume to know what really went through his head at the time, but from what I have learnt, he still tours South African churches. My question is , however, is he going to use that foul language from the interview with Tonight in his church performance too?

Ellis also said:

“Well, I don’t feel the need to write Christian songs at all, if that’s what you mean. The whole Christian Contemporary Music scene is a wretched thing and I’m very lucky to have escaped it! My spiritual beliefs and convictions will invariably find their way into my songs, I’m sure, but I’m definitely not pushing some evangelical agenda.”

What is Ellis’ agenda? I find myself a little bit conflicted about John Ellis at this time. His statements leave me cold, and he seems angry rather than having found a new direction, albeit away from Christian music. He seems also to be confused in himself and full of angst.

His words betray his “spirituality:”

“I will never lose that spirituality that I happened to find in the orthodox version of what God is. But I don’t believe that jesus-is-fine-and-everything-is-fluffy.com.

“There is religion and there is reality. God lives in reality, assuming he exists at all.”

What does he really mean by “I don’t believe that jesus-is-fine-and-everything-is-fluffy.com” and “There is religion and there is reality. God lives in reality, assuming he exists at all?” It seems to me that he was greatly influenced by the Word-of-faith movement, for it is there that you find “jesus-is-fine-and-everything-is-fluffy.com.” Does he really believe that God exists, “assuming he exists at all?”

Don’t get me wrong! I cannot determine for sure, nor can I claim, that John Ellis has forsaken the faith and therefore he is an apostate. It simply troubles me that he has made some of these statements. He seems very condescending and it seems to me that he has lost his way a bit. I hope that he proves me wrong!

Of course, the easiest way to clear his true stance up is for him to make a complete declaration of where he stands with regards to true Christianity and his faith in Jesus Christ. Does he follow Christ in the Biblical sense of the word? When he says that “I subscribe to certain spiritual beliefs which have a lot in common with Christianity,” does that mean he does not believe in everything pertained in Christianity and also in other things that are not part of the Christian faith? Unfortunately I could not find the answers to any of these questions at his own personal website.

Is John Ellis just tired of institutionalized Christianity and has moved on to be Christian in the proper sense of the word, or has he moved on to something either more, or less, than Christianity, which in either way is not true Christianity at all? Has he returned to the “City of Destruction” or has he found the path to the “Celestial City?” Has he fallen into the “Slough of Despond” or has he found the “place of deliverance?” Has he been diverted by “Mr. Worldly Wiseman” from the Way or has he been allowed the “Wicket Gate” onto the “King’s Highway” by “Good Will?”

Only time will tell! Let me know what you think!

Categories: Apostacy, Evangelicalism, Music
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