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The Church is “Wack”: Gospel artist Tye Tribbett’s plea for change

In an interview with “The Breakfast Club,” Tye Tribbett, a Grammy Award-winning gospel artist, called the modern church “whack” due to its lack of relevance and failure to provide genuine solutions to rchureal-world problems. Tribbett emphasized the church’s focus on tradition over transformation, critiquing its approach to addressing the needs and questions of younger generations. He expressed a desire for the church to embrace change and become more involved in addressing societal issues.

Faithfully Magazine reports:

“It’s a system. Everything is a system, and systems work with or without God,” Tribbett said. “So I think the institution of church is wack. I think how church is ran [sic] is wack. I think the religious system and structure is wack. I don’t subscribe to it.”

Tribbett admitted that he has “benefited” from the church but insisted, “I learned that God is not the church.”

He went on to say that once he learned that “God isn’t church,” that was a “huge” realization for him.

Tribbett, known for his energetic praise and worship anthems, elaborated on his frustration with how some churches prioritize structure and tradition over genuine connection with God and community.

“The Church should be about the people, but the Church makes the people about the Church,” Tribbett said. “So all churches now are a movement, but they’re not about serving and loving the people.”

Read the full article here.

Watch “The Breakfast Club” episode below.

Key Points

  • Tye Tribbett criticizes the modern church for being “whack” and irrelevant.
  • He points out the church’s failure to adapt and address real-world problems effectively.
  • Tribbett advocates for change and greater church involvement in societal issues.
Themes Pros Cons
Relevance Encourages the church to become more engaging and relevant to current societal issues. May alienate traditionalists resistant to change.
Societal Engagement Promotes active church involvement in addressing societal problems. Risk of politicizing the church or diluting spiritual focus.
Adaptation Supports the idea of the church evolving to meet the needs of younger generations. Challenges in balancing modernization with core spiritual values.


Questions to Consider

  1. How can the church maintain its core values while becoming more relevant to contemporary society?
  2. What specific actions can the church take to address the criticisms mentioned by Tye Tribbett?
  3. How does the church balance the need for spiritual guidance with the call to address societal issues?

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