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.

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