What gives you authority ON Stage is what you do OFF stage

In my band "No Longer Music", I have very strict rules about what I expect in terms of holiness—not because I am legalistic, but because I know that as Christians in a position of public influence, God will hold us to a higher standard (James 3:1).
David Pierce

David Pierce is the founder of Steiger International and the band No Longer Music. He is also the author of "Rock Priest" and "Revolutionary".

Website: www.steiger.org/davidpierce

Many people think that striving for holiness is legalistic—and it can be—if your motivation is to get God to love you more or to feel superior to others. However, if your motivation is that you love God and want to see more of his power in your life, then holiness will bring liberation and release.

We need to be willing to let go of our rights because it is not just about us.  We have influence over other people, and God wants to be able to trust us not to be a stumbling block to them.  Let God purify your life and there will be no limits to how he can use you.  I believe that God is looking for people who will accept not only the joy of public influence, but also the responsibilities that go along with it.

For example, when we are rehearsing and on tour, we observe a complete media fast: no internet, no television, no movies, and no video games.  I do not think it is a sin to go to a movie or play a video game (depending on the movie or game of course); I simply do not want there to be a place for anything to come and defile us or take away our passion for Jesus on tour.  So we have a media fast.

By the end of our tour, we have often gone for months without watching any movies or television.  And when I turn the TV on or go online for the first time, I am shocked to realize how trashy and inappropriate it can be.  It is as if in our “normal life,” we live in a sewer, but we are so desensitized to it that we do not even smell it anymore.
   
I could mention so many other areas, like alcohol, sexual purity, the kind of websites you visit, and other issues of holiness.  But the basic idea is: be as passionate and relevant as possible, but be as pure as possible.  That’s my motto.

Related items

  • Episode 57: Hurricane Irma, Chris Pratt joins Hillsong, and the tragic passing of Nabeel Qureshi
    In this “Instant Reaction Podcast,” our regulars, minus Luke who is traveling, discuss some current events, including Hillsong’s growing list of celebrity attendees, the recent hurricanes, and the tragic death of author and apologist Nabeel Qureshi.
  • Artist Interview: Artem "R. Tech" Usov
    This month, I connected with one of the most recent additions to the Come&Live! artist family, b-boy Artem “R. Tech” Usov from Ukraine. He filled me in on what he’s been up to recently, and talked about how he uses his platform as a breakdancer to share Jesus in the hip-hop scene, both in his home country and around the world.
  • You Can Rent Me, but I’m Not for Sale!

    I am a full-time missionary and have been for seven years. I work for Steiger International, an organization dedicated to reaching young people outside the church, and helping them grow in their relationship with Jesus.

    Working in music and the arts, I interact mostly with twenty-somethings. And although stepping into full-time ministry holds its challenges for everyone, I’ve noticed some unique barriers that the millennial generation is facing. I have found that for this demographic, the chasm between inspiration and action tends to be perilous and sadly, few manage to successfully navigate it.

  • Episode 56: Illegal Street Preaching in Turkey. Road Report #3
    In this third and final Provoke and Inspire Road Report, the guys talk about the final phase of the No Longer Music tour in Turkey. Do you need permission to perform a show in Turkey? How will an overwhelmingly Muslim population respond to a clear Gospel message?Can a moth be considered a friend? Find out in this summers last road report!
  • Come&Live! Artist Tour Report: Together We Can Change the World - No Longer Music and Nuteki

    On July 27th, Come&Live! bands No Longer Music (NLM - USA) and Nuteki (Belarus) teamed up for the third time to share the Gospel on tour in Ukraine. During the course of their 11 shows in ten cities, the two bands were able to bring the message of Jesus to over 20,000 people.

Come&Live!
Sign up for our newsletter and receive a FREE digital copy of "Revolutionary, Ten Principles That Will Empower Christian Artists to Change the World" by David Pierce.

Country
Please wait