Purple Soapbox Admin asked,
"Should a Christian artist go to the church of a heretic to minister?"
Interesting question. By "heretic", I'm assuming you mean a false teacher who denies essential Christian doctrine. I don't think it is a simple yes or no answer, but rather something that would need to be handled on a case-by-case basis. This is a discussion I've had with other Christian emcees and here are some of the pros and cons:
1. Churches that are led by false teachers often have at least a few genuine believers there. They may be new to the faith or immature in their knowledge of the Lord. For their sake, it could make sense to go and minister to them and possibly be the means that God uses to bring them into sound teaching.
2. Churches led by false teachers often have unbelievers there who have been deceived into thinking they're saved when they aren't. The false teacher is tickling their itching ears. The sound Christian artist may be the only exposure to the Biblical gospel that they ever get.
3. Some "heretics" may be deceived themselves and unintentionally leading others astray. The sound Christian artist may be the instrument that God uses to bring him to repentance. I know of specific instances where Christian artists have been invited to the churches of unsound pastors/ leaders and used the opportunity to have discussions about the Scriptures with the pastor behind the scenes. Some pastors/leaders have come into sound teaching as a result.
1. Ministering at the church of a false teacher- particularly if they are well known- could be seen as an endorsement of the false teacher and lead the undiscerning astray.
2. At churches led by false teachers, it is often the case that the leader from that church who speaks after the Christian artist effectively dismantles what the emcee just did because they are so steeped in falsehood.
3. If a Christian artist takes strong stands against false teachers, ministering at one of their churches/ events can be seen as confusing at best and hypocritical at worst, serving to alienate those who have supported the artist over the years.
Those are some things to consider. In some cases, I think it's right to not "cast your pearls before swine". In other cases, "feeding the sheep" takes precedence over everything else. Either way, it's something that should be weighed prayerfully with the help of godly counsel. Pray that God would grant wisdom to the Christian artists who face these kinds of difficult decisions regularly.
grace and peace,