Rapper Shai Linne, who criticized the “prosperity gospel” and identified popular televangelists like Joel Osteen, T.D. Jakes, Paula White and Benny Hinn as its preachers in his new song “Fal$e Teacher$,” explains why chose to name names despite knowing it was “dangerous.”
“There’s always a danger in naming names,” agreed Linne, talking with Russell Moore, Dean of the School of Theology and Senior Vice President for Academic Administration at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Moore hosted Linne for his weekly podcast “The Cross & the Jukebox” on Friday, where they talked about the song on the rapper’s upcoming album titled, Lyrical Theology Part I.
“Had I only mentioned the teaching and not particular teachers, there would still be the possibility of agreeing with the song but assuming that this does not apply to these particular people,” Linne said, and added that he made efforts to be accurate and not to falsely label people.
Jesus said in Matthew 7:15, “Beware of the false prophets…,” Linne continued. We need to be aware of actual people, and “there’s Biblical precedence for naming names,” he said, adding he had watched the “prosperity gospel” teachers over and over again, and heard their teachings back to back.