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Fundamental Baptists and the Backstreet Boys
Enlarged June 9, 2016 (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org;)
Brian Littrell
Brian Littrell (b. 1975) is a contemporary Christian music artist who won a Dove Award in 2006 for the song “In Christ Alone.” It was written by Shawn Craig and Don Koch.


He is also a founding member of the wildly popular and very worldly secular band the Backstreet Boys, which began in 1993.

And there is nothing holy about the Backstreet Boys. In fact, it’s pretty much all about sexuality. The guys and girls who watch their videos and attend their concerts are not given any reason to think about a holy God, to say the least. Their music and videos are a perfect fit for the biblical description of worldliness: “the lust of the flesh, the lusts of the eyes, and the pride of life” (1 John 2:15-16).

Backstreet Band member Nick Carter has a background in drug and alcohol abuse, and in January 2016, he was arrested for an altercation at the Hog’s Breath Saloon in Key West, Florida.

Backstreet Band member A.J. McLean entered rehab in 2001 “to battle alcoholism.” He discussed his alcohol and drug abuse on
The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2003. 

In April 2016, the Backstreet Boys announced a nine-show deal for Las Vegas. 

Also in 2016, three Backstreet Boys members joined N Sync to act in a new movie,
Dead7, written by Nick Carter. The incredibly violent, disturbing movie is about cowboys and zombies. “The pop stars wield guns and swill whiskey as they team up to fight off a zombie invasion.” 

Littrell doesn’t appear in the movie, but he is still a member of the Backstreet Boys. 

When the filthy rock star Prince died in April 2016, Brian Littrell Twitted, “First and only of his kind.... Wonderfully talented, Prince dead at 57 ..... Doves crying.” Littrell’s wife, Leighanne, Tweeted, “RIP Prince...wow, so young...so many memories connected to your music. You will be terribly missed” (
brianlittrell.com).

“Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3).

“Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth cursing, and bewrayeth
it not” (Proverbs 29:24).

“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove
them” (Ephesians 5:11).

Littrell claims to have been born again at age eight, and he attributes his success to God, saying that his faith has always been “the utmost important thing in his life” (Sarah Miller,” “Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell Goes Solo,”
andPOP.com). 

But his Christianity is the worldly, ecumenical, one-world church brand that exalts unity at the expense of truth and decries “division” and “judgmentalism.” 

Bible-believing churches are using the music being produced by these people and are thus building a bridge to the most dangerous world that exists in “Christianity” today. And it is a bridge that many of the people will cross, especially young people. 

For example, Littrell’s “In Christ Alone” was featured at the 2016 Baptist Friends International’s conference at Temple Baptist Church/Crown College where Clarence Sexton is the pastor. A pastor friend observed, “How long do you think it would take the average teen or young person sitting in a church service to Google Littrell and be influenced by him? Temple Baptist/Crown is no different than Chappell and West Coast. It is well nigh past time to draw the line against disobedient brethren.”

Littrell’s crowd is the enemy of any “fundamentalist” type church. If a church believes in separation from the world and wants to keep its people away from the world, is jealous over the lives of its young people in this regard, is opposed to rock music, has modest dress standards, practices reproof and rebuke in preaching, warns about New Evangelicalism, contemplative prayer, and such things, that church is considered by the CCM crowd today legalistic, judgmental, Pharisaical, narrow-minded, overly strict, and basically weird. Such churches are the brunt of their jokes. 

Why would pastors of fundamentalist-type churches bring the influence of these enemies into their churches? What are they thinking?

Personally, I consider all of the Littrells and Zschechs and Hillsongs and Gettys and Townends of the CCM world to be enemies of the work God has given me. I am jealous over the lives of the young people in the churches we have planted. I am jealous over the lives of my own kids and grandkids. I don’t want them to be influenced by people who think it is fine to perform at Las Vegas and to fall in love with Prince and his filthy music (as Littrell does), who praise the Beatles and Bono (as Getty does), who join hands in ministry with New Agers like Leonard Sweet (as Getty does), who consider charismatic nonsense to be the works of the Spirit of God (as Townend does), and who accept Mary-venerating Catholics as true brethren (as Getty and Townend do in the case of Matt Maher).

Why are so many pastors so careless about these things and resist getting a proper education even though information about the Littrells and Zschechs and Gettys and Townends of the CCM world is readily available. We have personally provided a large amount of carefully researched information in the
Directory of Contemporary Worship Music and made it available as a free eBook download. 

It is indeed well nigh past time to draw the line against disobedient brethren. It is a matter of spiritual safety. It must be done, not only for the sake of the present but also for the sake of the future. 

If a church or school uses CCM, even by "adapting" it and by trying to "take the rock out of Christian rock," I will not associate with it. Period. I know where this practice will lead as surely as I sit here and write this report. To use CCM, even "carefully" and "selectively," is a wrong-headed, unscriptural bridge-building exercise, and I, for one, refuse to engage in it, and I intend to do everything I can to keep my people from the influence of this great and very dangerous compromise.

Independent Baptist churches that refuse to draw lines of separation today from disobedient and compromised brethren who foolishly justify the use of CCM and contemporary Southern Gospel will irretrievably be drawn down the path of compromise. 

“Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners” (1 Corinthians 15:33).


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