Shai Linne 'Fal$e Teacher$' Accused by Paula White's Son, Controversy Lingers On
By Rachel Liu, Crossmap On April 11, 2013
Christian rapper Shai Linne's "Fal$e Teacher$" has sparked controversy among some prosperity gospel preachers accused as "false teachers" in the song.
Brad Knight, manager and son of televangelist Paula White, whose name comes up in Linne's song, came in defense of his mother on Wednesday.
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"One would think that hearing these accusations all my life would make me numb to their stings… but that is not the case. After all, it is my mother. This is the woman who birthed me, nurtured me, raised me to love Jesus, prayed for me when I didn't, and patiently led me when I finally embraced the truth of His loving sacrifice," Knight said in a letter to Linne, published by Wade-O Radio.
"So when I hear a fellow Christian leader, whom has never had a conversation with me or my mother, call her a 'Fal$e Teacher' I wonder what 'Fal$e Teaching$' I myself have been inculcated with since I, more than anyone else on the face of the earth, have been most exposed to her teachings."
Shai Linne's "Fal$e Teacher$" is the third single off the Christian rapper's upcoming album "Lyrical Theology Part I."
The song directly addresses and criticizes the "prosperity gospel" and its preachers, specifically tagging Joel Osteen, Creflo Dollar, Benny Hinn, T.D. Jakes, Joyce Meyer, Paula White, Fred Price, Kenneth Copeland, Robert Tilton, Eddie Long, Juanita Bynum and Paul Crouch.
"Don't be deceived by this funny biz, if you come to Jesus for money, then he's not your God, money is! Jesus is not a means to an end, the Gospel is He came to redeem us from sin, and that is the message forever I yell! If you're living your best life now you're heading for hell!" Linne raps.
"Turn off TBN that channel is overrated. The pastors speak bogus statements, financially motivated. It's kind of like a pyramid scheme. Visualize heretics Christianizing the American dream. It's foul and deceitful, they're lying to people, teaching that camels squeeze through the eye of a needle!"
Knight called the song "pure cannibalization without Biblical precedence."
"The Bible instructs us Christians how to handle faults in Matthew 18:15-17. Telling us to go to one another with our grievances. Instead, you have chosen to air your grievances to an audience that will already agree with you. Are you really doing right and protecting the sheep?" he questioned.
"Or are you creating more embitterment, more division and misunderstanding based on faulty premises and biases that you display openly?"
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Earlier, evangelical Christian leader John Piper praised Linne's controversial track.
"My, my, Shai, this is good. Seven-minute video on why Shai Linne wrote and raps 'FAL$E TEACHER$'," Piper, retired pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minn., said in a Twitter message.