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The story of Keith Green *updated 2*

I know. I know. Baby-boomers are still in power so the rest of us have to endure an entire week of blathering about how great John Lennon was. Fortunately there's TiVo. Certainly he deserves credit for, if nothing else, writing an amazing song like Woman, but every time I hear an aging Boomer reminisce about world peace and anti-materialism I remember Paul's words: "Somebody said to me, 'But the Beatles were anti-materialistic.' That's a huge myth. John and I literally used to sit down and say, 'Now, let's write a swimming pool.'"

When I think of the life and premature death of a musician who really rejected materialism and was for all practical purposes the Godfather of the Napster Generation I fast-forward a year and a half to July 28, 1982 to the also untimely death of another musical genius named Keith Green.

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Just heard one of his songs today

I'm not religious at all, but his music makes me want to be. lol


If you are interested in Keith Green's life and ministry

then I think you would also be very interested in Leonard Ravenhill's message and ministry. He worked with Keith closely for many years. If you listen to Ravenhill's sermons, you will hear him share about Keith many times, even long after his death. In any case, the truth that Ravenhill shared is very very hard to come by in today's churches.

Keith Green has a Greater Love

The reason he is "anti-materialism" is because he has a greater love in his life, that is God and Christ! Listen to his songs, his prayers and his testimonies and you will know how much he loves God. We still sing many of his songs in churches today.

"Oh Lord, You are beautiful"
"There is a Redeemer, Jesus Son of God"
"Rushing wind blow through this temple"

And many other beautiful songs and prayers. I have heard stories of how he earnestly prayed and how he seek after God! Yes, it is tragic that he's taken away from the earth so soon, but I am sure God had His timing correct. And Keith left us with many of his legacies that all points us to Christ, his One true love!

I'm sorry I missed this when it was first posted.

Keith Green--a man who loved truth more than anything else.

Christians should not be warmongers! http://www.lewrockwell.com/vance/vance87.html

I almost forgot this post

I'm glad you saw it.

I pledge my head to Heaven

Keith was an amazing brother who moved many closer to the God of heaven while motivating much done on earth for Heaven's sake.

Here's Keith's song that Bob Dylan harmonica soloed on:


Dylan's, Slow Train Coming, was out about the same time. Do you think they shared a common inspiration? Gotta serve somebody, eh?

Here's an extended cover of that with Phil Keaggy I thought was well done:


Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. - Frederick Douglass

Who said anti-materialism a good thing?

I am material. I require material to exist. I may have other needs, but one is material, and I can exchange material I have for whatever non material needs I may have, in voluntary commerce.

Whenever anyone lauds antimaterialism I smell trouble. Someone wants to convince someone else not to value what they value in order to take advantage of them.

I have no problem with people who prize spiritual or aesthetic pursuits.. until they insist I prize them as well and want to decide how much I should value them.

IE they want me to force me to pay to fund what they consider 'art' or 'culture' or whatnot.

To me kittens with dragon wings is art. Or boobies. Or a picture of the Surfer attacking Galactus. And I'll pay for my own art. You pay for your Pollock. You pay to train new Pollocks if you like paint splatters.

You misunderstand

It's the love or worship of materialism. People who need it, who can't live without possessions, that's what Keith Green was against.

No one can live without

No one can live without possessions. This concern about what other people care about bothers me, and strikes me as toublingly anti-liberty.

Not just anti-materialism, anti-theism, anti-atheism, anti-anything. This whole tendency to be very concerned about how other people live or don't live their lives when it has exactly no impact on them.

To paraphrase Mencken, Progressivism is the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be doing their own thing.

Dudes I love Keith

His music is like a daily devotion

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Try also: Your Love Broke

Try also: Your Love Broke Through. It is far better musically and in every other way than any of the praise and worship he's more well known for.

And You Put This Love in My Heart, I Can't Believe it and Soften Your Heart.

p.s. Prophets don't grow up from little boys, do they?

Andrew Napolitano for President 2016!

"Patriotism should come from loving thy neighbor, not from worshiping Graven images." - ironman77

To my parents

Is another I my favorites. Makes me cry every time.


Thanks for that



...a great song -- gives me chills every time.

"So You Wanna Be A Rock Star" Keith's Final Challenge to Us

Last Days Ministries > Keith Green

by Keith Green
For as long as he could remember, Keith Green's greatest dream was to be a musical success. After be gave his life to Jesus, however, he felt the need to surrender those dreams and aspirations by laying down his music...perhaps never to perform publicly again.
Ironically, when sometime later he felt God release him to pick up his music again, he soon had a recording contract and his first album soared straight to the top of the Contemporary Christian Music charts.
The following message was birthed out of Keith's encounters with those who approached him, usually after a concert, to ask how they too could "make it big" in Christian music.

Today, so many people ask me if I can tell them how they can start or enter into a music ministry. At concerts I get countless questions about this, and I also get lots of letters and even some long-distance phone calls from many people who feel they are only "called" into the music "ministry." One day I began to ask myself why so few have ever asked me how to become a missionary, or even a local street preacher, or how to disciple a new believer. It seems everyone would prefer the "bright lights" of what they think a music ministry would be, rather than the mud and obscurity of the mission field, or the streets of the ghetto, or even the true spiritual sweetness of just being a nobody whom the Lord uses mightily in small "everyday" ways.

Are You Willing?

My answer to their question is almost always the same. "Are you willing to never play music again? Are you willing to be a nothing? Are you willing to go anywhere and do anything for Christ? Are you willing to stay right where you are and let the Lord do great things through you, though no one may seem to notice at all?" They all seem to answer each of these questions with a quick "yes!" But I really doubt if they know what their answer entails.

Star Struck

My dearest family in Jesus...why are we so star struck? Why do we idolize Christian singers and speakers? We go from glorifying musicians in the world, to glorifying Christian musicians. It's all idolatry! Can't you see that? It's true that there are many men and women of God who are greatly anointed to call down the Spirit of God on His people and the unsaved. But Satan is getting a great victory as we seem to worship these ministers on tapes and records, and clamor to get their autographs in churches and concert halls from coast to coast.

Can't you see that you are hurting these ministers? They try desperately to tell you that they don't deserve to be praised, and because of this you squeal with delight and praise them all the more. You're smothering them, making it almost impossible for them to see that it's really Jesus. They keep telling themselves that, but you keep telling them it's really them, crushing their humility and grieving the Spirit that is trying to keep their eyes on Jesus.

Ultimately, what we idolize we ourselves desire to become, sometimes with our whole heart. So a lot of people who want to become just like their favorite Gospel singer or minister, seek after it with the same fervor that the Lord demands we seek after Him! And again, we insult the Spirit of Grace and try to make a place for ourselves, rather than a place for Jesus.

A Thankless Job

How come no one idolizes or praises the missionaries who give up everything and live in poverty, endangering their lives and families with every danger that the "American dream" has almost completely eliminated? How come no one lifts up and exalts the ghetto and prison ministers who can never take up an offering, because if they did they would either laugh or cry at what they'd receive?
How come?

Because (1) we're taught from very early on that comfort is our goal and security… and (2) that we should always seek for a lot of people to like us. Who lives less comfortably and has had less friends and supporters than the selfless missionaries who have suffered untimely, premature deaths trying to conquer souls and nations for the whole glory of God? Do you really believe we're living in the very last times? Then why do you spend more money on Gospel records and concerts than you give to organizations that feed the poor, or to missionaries out in the field?

There are ministries all over the world where "penniless" people are being saved and transformed. They are broken people who have promise and qualities, but just need someone to bring them God's light during the times when their lives seem so completely hopeless.

I repent of ever having recorded one single song, and ever having performed one concert, if my music, and more importantly, my life has not provoked you into Godly jealousy (Romans 11:11) or to sell out more completely to Jesus!

Quit trying to make "gods" out of music ministers, and quit desiring to become like them. The Lord commands you, "Deny yourself take up your cross daily, and follow me" (Luke 9:23). My piano is not my cross, it is my tool. I'd never play it again if God would show me a more effective tool in my life for proclaiming His Gospel.[God gives us each our own unique tools. But we may never use them if we become more interested in someone else's. Seek God, ask Him for His plan for ministry (true, God glorifying ministry) in your life.]


To finish, let me say that the only music minister to whom the Lord will say, "Well done, thy good and faithful servant," is the one whose life proves what their lyrics are saying, and to whom music is the least important part of their life. Glorifying the only worthy One has to be a minister's most important goal!

Let's all repent of the idolatry in our hearts and our desires for a comfortable, rewarding life when, really, the Bible tells us we are just passing through as strangers and pilgrims in this world (Hebrews 11:13), for our reward is in heaven. Let's not forget that our due service to the Lord is "... not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake"(Phil. 1:29).

Amen. Let us die graciously together and endure to the end like brave soldiers who give their lives, without hesitation, for our noble and glorious King of Light.

That was...

...very well-said. Thanks for sharing.

That HufPo link is a like an

That HufPo link is a like an anti-war democrat: gone.

While this one
is like the Republican electorate since Dr. Paul ran for president: vastly improved.

BTW Asleep in the Light is one of his best.

p.s. You should include You Put This Love in My Heart. It is far better musically than any of the praise and worship he's more well known for.

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"Patriotism should come from loving thy neighbor, not from worshiping Graven images." - ironman77

I think

I fixed the link, at least for mobiles. Also, "no Compromise" is my favorite album of his. I grew up listening to him as a child. I still remember my mother waking me up the morning when he died.

Beautiful performance!

I'm not religious at all and that made me want to cry.

Please take the time to watch his full story.

He wasn't accepted well by the 'religious' crowd. But, then again, Jesus Christ wasn't either.

Christians should not be warmongers! http://www.lewrockwell.com/vance/vance87.html


One of, if not, my favorite artist of any genre.

Got a 404 on the Huff Post link

But want to bump the thread anyhow. What is not too well known about Keith Green was: He was Jewish, and wrote a song for his parents called, "I Only Want to See You There". Many of my Christian friends liked him, but thought he leaned toward legalism. He was always clear in his message however: though we are to live out God's commands, we do it by grace, and grace is the only way we will stand before God.

I Only Want To See You There:

Grace By Which I Stand
("Grace By Which I stand" was also sung by an artist named Steve Green- no relation)

He'll Take Care Of The Rest

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Have appreciated...

...his music since I first heard 'Easter Song' back when I was a kid in the 80s. :). I get that 'Highway' song stuck in my head a lot.

Tragic that we lost him. Another 'Day the Music Died' in my mind.

I got to see him live when I was just 7 years old

But I still remember certain things about it. I remember before he came on stage, people in the audience were yelling back and forth to each other (one side of the auditorium against the other side) "we love Jesus, yes we do, we love Jesus, how about you!" And they kept doing this (really corny if you ask me), and when he came out he calmly told everyone to get up and leave, and come back in when they can show more respect in gods house. It was amazing to see everyone get up and walk out, only to turn around and come back in. Everyone was a quiet as a mouse. lol



I've added an article about Keith Green from the Huffington post

I hope you enjoy it

Thanks for the bump

I've added 2 of his songs.

His plane crashed? He probably wast brain washing people

And that probably didnt sit well with certain people. Sad story. Thanks for posting

Actually, I've done some extensive research and I think

you're right. He was making enemies by speaking the truth, and he ticked some powerful people off. I believe his plane was tampered with.

Christians should not be warmongers! http://www.lewrockwell.com/vance/vance87.html