As if the RIAA doesn’t err enough, it seems that now a Pastor of a Pentecostal church in Delaware says that it’s “a sin to download gospel songs without paying for them.”
Thou shalt not steal…who’s stealing?
So now downloading music and copyright is a moral issue?
This seems to be a story straight out the wishful thinking of a parallel world of the RIAA where it’s a ‘sin’ to download songs off the internet–out of all things gospel music.
That’s quite a statement calling downloading songs off the internet a sin.
First of all what is sin?
Sin is disobedience to God’s law.
Where is God’s Law?
God’s Law is found in the Bible.
Here this Pastor is making the assumption that downloading songs off the internet and not paying for them is a sin–disobedience to God’s Law.
Because the Bible says, “Thou shalt not steal.
As I stated before though who’s stealing and exactly why is it mentioned throughout the article that downloading songs off the internet is ‘stealing’?
Ah, yes, because of something called the DMCA which shouldn’t even exist and should repealled and/or revised.
So then, this Pastor is not saying that it is a ‘sin’ to download songs off the internet and not paying for them because God’s Word the Bible says so, but because of something that the RIAA and the MPAA lobbied for and got made into Law–the DMCA.
That right there is not Scriptural.
The statement: “…a sin to download gospel songs without paying for them…” is ludcrious and completely unscriptural–even more since it is done in correlation with the word: “gospel.”
In Proverbs 23:23a it says, “Buy the truth, and sell it not”–in Matthew 10:8b it says, “…freely ye have received, freely give.”
The above has to do with the gospel–the good news of Jesus Christ–if it is truly ‘gospel’ music then the statement that it is, “…a sin to download gospel songs without paying for them…” is completely incorrect and an error.
“This music is made to spread the Word, and I’m just helping.’ Well, this is also about people’s livelihoods.”
I say to them what Jesus said in Matthew 22:9–“Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.”
For Jesus even said unto the Apostles, “Nor scrip [money] for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.” (Matthew 10:10)
Whatever happened to, ” …seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you”? (Matthew 6:33)
If these people are truly spreading the Word of God as they say this is what Jesus said to the Apostles in regards to spreading the ‘Gospel’.
Their ‘livelihood’–“And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” (Mark 8:34)
So if these people are who they say they are and are doing what they say there are then they certainly haven’t really know who they are or what they are going to do if they say and act they way they do.
Okay, now bringing it back–downloading a song off the internet is not stealing–it is said it is ‘stealing’ because of legislation that the RIAA and the MPAA helped to pass which should not be there. Downloading a song off the internet is copying and not stealing.
Downloading a song off the internet and not paying and copyright is not a moral issue–it is not sin–as I stated before.
(Oh, if these bands and their music is truly about the gospel they should be glad it is getting spread and shared in the fashion that it is–if they get mad about it and say that their livelihood is at stake then it’s not gospel music then because they have forgotten the promises of their God.)