Satanists have their "black metal
the Christians will have "white metal
the music may sound the same, familiar words
and approaches are being transformed into
Christian. Symbols and culture language of
the satanic heavy metal world are being
used. A visit to the Sanctuary site will illustrate this better then words can do.
can easily see how this served as a source
of inspiration for Mark Mohr's approach to
Mark, in his own might, is very creative in
coming up with double layer names.
might recall “The Gathering ”
in Trinidad and how it was planted there
after Mark Mohr’s wife was so brutally
denied access to the USA. Various
publications in the Christian press
described the structure and philosophy
behind this “church 2.0” as Mark Mohr
these articles: “The Gathering is founded
on four key pillars: Worship, Instruction,
Fellowship and Evangelism (W.I.F.E.) .”
Mark, being able to plant the Gathering was
directly related to the situation in which
the US government had put his w.i.f.e.
not saying that it is wrong to do things
like that. Creativity must come out and
there is nothing wrong with giving some
“private praises” to Jah in this manner.
simply establishing that the founder of
Christafari is creative and sometimes
putting more layers in his titles and
descriptions, referring to some personal
I check the name
"Christafari", it can easily be
identified as a derivative of
themselves do deny this, and they come up
with all kinds of explanations why they use
is that it’s the name “Christopher
and they give the explanation for the Greek
name. For Rastafarians, though, the name
Christopher is indeed a symbol, but a symbol
for the Babylonian Christianity. For was it
not CHRISTOPHER Columbus that “discovered” “America”?
kinds of things make you wonder.
a real cynic, it could be a sign that
Christafari is doing a perfect job in
confirming for the Rastafarians the
existence of the White Geezus Xianity that want to change Rastafari into a Babylon thing.
all, Babylonian groups do have their hidden
meaning or identity often hidden in a deeper
layer of their name.
I’m not that cynical.
it’s a sign of sheer ignorance to say the
least. In zeal to get a nice sounding name,
it’s forgotten how Rastafarians think and
the Christafari website it is made clear,
that the only reason why Christafari is
using the colors Red Gold and Green, dreadlocks, Jamaican and Iyaric (Rasta
language), is to fulfill a missionary
this, a bible scripture is used in which the
apostle Paul says that he is always adjusting himself to other people, in
order to win people for Christ.
Christian Heavy Metal scene uses this scripture often too, in order to biblically justify
their choice of looks and music to the
maybe they can do that.
it is also used by Christafari to explain
their usage of Reggae, Dreadlocks and other
parts of Rasta Culture to this very same
needless to say, that out of this all a
"we vs. them" mentality comes to
exist. Where most Rastafarians will at least
be respectful towards genuine Christianity
Christafari makes a strong effort in
establishing a clear distinction between
Christianity and Rastafari. Not only by
choosing to interpretate this bible
scripture as scriptural foundation for
wearing dreadlocks, also within their
further reasoning it becomes clear that they
view Rasta as a "Christ-less"
(without Christ) teaching .
will quote some remarks from the Christafari
part of the answer to the question:
"Why do you wear dreads?"
I guess that you could say that "To the
Rastas I became like a Rasta, to win the
Rastas." Yet people still ask;
"Isn't this just an attempt to justify
your lifestyle?" Aren't you
compromising?" No. You must set limits.
We cannot fall into sin or attempt to
imitate it. But something as neutral as hair
is not a sin issue. I wear locks so that I
can go into places and be accepted in areas
that a "Crazy Baldhead" would not.
For me they have proven very fruitful. If I
approached a Rasta in a suit and tie they
would most likely put up a wall that I could
never break through. However, with long
dreads I can enter a Rasta territory and
receive respect, in turn, they let their
guards down. It is then, through reasoning
with Rastas that I can share the Gospel in a
non threatening way. I do it all "for
the sake of the gospel", so that I
might win some."
the bible scripture brings me to the
conclusion that this is a mention of
integrating into a culture, not a religion,
in order to win people who are outside the
body of Christ
Christianity. Paulus ,
the writer of this scripture, sat down with
peoples, he reasoned with them, ate and
drink with them. Worked together with them.
Like Yesus did, too.
different Xianity has been, colonializing one half, plundering the other halve,
all in the name of enforcing "Christian
can this scripture be used in the situation
of Rastafari, especially when Rastafari is
being presented as a non-Christian religion?
suppose Rastafari is a non-Christian
religion, does the Bible say it is good to
use symbolism from a non-Christian religion
and give them a Christian interpretation? I
believe one can seriously doubt that, for a
variety of reasons.
Catholics did it all the time, for example. They built their cathedrals
on the places where the druids came
together, picked names out of the Bible to
put on all the statues of pagan idols, and
gave Christian interpretations to pagan
festivals such as Christ mass.
New Agers do it all the time too. They come to for example the
Christians, pretending to be Christians
too, and then they give their own interpretation to all these
things that make the Christian faith unique
in it’s kind.
fact, it’s a classic method of
infiltration and subsequent manipulation.
It’s the method we know as “the wolf in
sheep’s clothing ”.
you can read that Paul pretended to be a
believer of other religions to identify
himself with the believers of those
talked about cultural differences .
to today, you can put it this way:
"Paul didn't say he became like a Hindu to win the Hindu's, but he
said he became like an Indian to the people
was saying that you should abide by the different cultures. If
he would visit a Greek he would be like a
Greek, that is he would enjoy hospitality of
the Greeks and so on, he would adjust
himself to the Greek culture.
he wouldn't be like an idol worshipper.
wouldn't go to an idol's temple, and do
everything that the people in that temple
did except for worshipping that idol.
Mohr is using a scripture talking about
cultural movements and applying it to a
movement that he himself defines as another
religion from Christianity. I think that
this kind of scripture interpretation is
potentially destructive and confusing.
thing is for sure; this scripture does not
suggest that you have to take things of
another religion in order to win those
people within that religion for Christ.
identifies Rastafari as a religion. Therefore, their use of
this scripture is inappropriate and cannot
be a biblical explanation of his wearing of
illustrates this better than the fruits of
the Christafari works itself?
2003 they made an important announcement. No
longer would they “use” the Name JAH in
their new releases.
the Christafari website, the audience was
told: “my primary goal was to see the
rasta church become Christian, yet one of
the regrettable fruits of my labor, (due to
uneducated imitation by other artists) is
the Christian church becoming more rasta.
This was never my intention. It was not my
desire to have a Christian congregation in
Trinidad shouting out the name
"JAH!" in their church services.”
an interview with the Dubroom, it became
clear that this was not the only change.
Rastafarians themselves would no longer be
the “main target group” if you will.
years of explaining, justifying even, their
whole appearance by pointing out to their
alleged “Rastafarian target audience”, I
thought it was interesting to know how much
the change of target audience would be
followed by a change of appearance.
Consequently I asked Mark Mohr if this shift
meant that he would also change the use of
Rastafarian symbology et cetera.
his strong answer was: “No, absolutely
it is obvious, that this whole
interpretation, or should I say, justification,
has absolutely no basis in either scripture
neither in common sense.
base their whole appearance, name, even
identity, via this wrong interpretation of a
scripture on having Rastafarians as their
“target group” so to speak. Now that
they no longer want to “reach the Rastas”,
there is no sign of them changing their
appearance in accordance with their next
say they are what they are because they want
to reach the Rastas but now they no longer want to reach the Rastas they do not
change the way that they are so there we
have a contradiction.
many Christafarians think it is a very valid thing to do and in their zeal, they
do a lot of damage.
then I haven’t even fully addressed the
point from the Rastafarians themselves.
you use certain outward aspects of
Rastafarian culture ,
such as the wearing of dreadlocks, or the
usage of the colors Red Gold and Green,
stricktly for cosmetic reasons, this will be
labeled as "commercialization of
and will most certainly not contribute to an
open reasoning between Rastafarians and
Christians and the many that are caught in between the two because they
do not want to be a part in this
Christianity that only accepts aspects of
Rastafarian culture when they are totally
stripped down from their importance.
are many artists without any affiliation to
the movement of Rastafari using the language
and the symbols nevertheless, for commercial
people are called "riding along the
Rastaman bandwagon ".
a way, Christafarianism is doing the same
this doesn’t go unnoticed.
Rasta website describes Christafarianism
like this: (using) “the image/ideology of Rastafari to
denounce Haile Selassie the father of the
order to convert Rasta to the religion of a
fictitious Christ is a crime against the
Rastafari movement .”
are really hard words! Hard to swallow, and
some might even think that this judgment is
coming from a militant and extreme faction
within Rastafari and would therefore not
represent the common sentiment within the
every Rastafarian that I asked, or heard,
has this same reaction to Christafarianism.
even one exception!
they all have the same reason. A reason
having nothing to do whatsoever with Yesus
Kristos and the Christianity that the Divine
Saviour stands for.
is nobody in the Rastafarian movement who
hates the Saviour of Whom Haile Selassie
spoke of, but there are many who think
Christafari represents the white geezus.
not for nothing that the Rasta website
mentions a fictitious, or false Christ.
doesn’t mean they think that Christ
feel that this white geezus is being promoted because of the way Christafari is using the
Rastafarian culture and symbology, not
because Christafari speaks about Jesus
can read that directly in the text by
applying grammatical analysis.
had grammar lessons at school. If we wanted
to know what a certain sentence really
meant, we had to find the subject and all
that by formulating questions involving
words from the sentence.
the text from the website, and simply ask
the question: what is “a crime against
the Rastafari movement”? The answer is
“using the image/ideology of Rasta to
denounce Haile Selassie.”: a perfect
description of Christafarianism, but not of
is really important to see that all the
negative responses to Christafari can be
boiled down to a critization of
Christafarianism, and not Christianity
Christafari this is apparently not clear,
because you can find a lot of articles and
interviews in which accusations and
critiques are described as Rastas attacking
the Rastaman however, it’s a simple issue:
would Yesus Kristos require His disciples to
use forms of manipulation to promote Him and
His message? Would Yesus Kristos tell His
disciples to deny the faith of the
Rastafarians? Of course not.
because these things are so simple for a
Rastaman, he has to make the conclusion that
Christafarianism is a manipulation scheme of
the Babylonians in order to break the
movement of Rastafari, just like they tried
by killing Bob Marley and shipping in the
Cocaine to Jamaica.
a Rasta it isn’t so obvious that behind
Christafarianism there can still be a good
intention. Because the flaws, contradictions
and false information are so apparent.
can all be related back to Bob Beeman
and his Sanctuary Organization.
some of Beeman’s “methods of
communication” may very well be
appropriate and could have a biblical basis
as well in the case of spreading JAH’s
Message to Satanistic Heavy Metal fans
applying these same principals to the
movement of Rastafari has disastrous
the saying goes, the road to the fire is
paved with good intentions.
would you feel if someone would come to you,
looking just like you, talking just like
you, only to show you how wrong you are? And
if this person then claims that “The Bible
Told Him So”, wouldn’t you feel a little
weird about this person and his believes? Or
even about the Bible itself?
the Rastaman knows that the proclaimed crime
against the Rastafari movement cannot
possibly come from Jah or from the Bible.
there is no way that the Bible would contain
a justification for such a thing.
cosmetic, it will therefore only appeal to
those who are “cosmetically involved”
with Rastafari, so to speak.
like to wear the colors, nat up their head,
smoke a lot of weed and say “Rastafari”
all the time.
they have nothing to do with the things
Rastafari stands for.
of these things, and not the least one
either, is identifying Babylon system and
her perverted form of Christianity, which
has been used for centuries now to keep
people in slavery.
thing is an appeal to live “from the
heart”, that is, to be real. Not to have
an outward appearance which does not
harmonically interact with the inward man.
is easy to see how Christafarianism with its focus on image and the Christian mainstream doesn’t
land too well with most Rastafarians.
equally easy to see how it is not
Christianity that offends the Rastafarians.
still there is that question. Is Rasta
really a religion?
it be defined as a Christ-less religion, as
it is done over and over again in the
evangelical Christian world?
is one of the most crucial issues, and that
becomes clear if I ask that question in a
Rastafarians enemies of Yesus Kristos?
Fighting against the message of salvation?
they, because of the fact that they are
Rastafarian, outside of the Body of Kristos?
is clear that in order to be in the body of
Christ, scriptural spoken one has to believe
that Jesus Christ is God Incarnated in the
flesh, and accepted as one's Lord and
the question I should ask myself is:
"Do all Rastas deny Christ as their
Lord and Saviour as a key element of the
definition of Rastafari? "
answer is “no", as proof can be found
on the Dubroom Website (Gad
Haile Selassie said that there were “certain” Rastafarians who regarded
him in a way he didn’t want to be regarded,
and he said about all Rastafarians: “who
am I to deny their faith?”
are actually many Rastafarians who do not
believe that Haile Selassie is God .
are most certainly Christians, for they have
accepted Yesus Kristos as their Lord and
Saviour and they are expecting Kristos any
simply because of this fact alone, it cannot
be said that Rastafari is a religion that
worships Selassie as God.
I address this issue in the midst of people
working with Christafari and it is admitted
that there are Rastafarians who do not
believe Selassie to be Yesus but still believe in Yesus as their Lord and Saviour, they
often come up with the argument that
“it’s a small minority and we’re
speaking generally and generally our
Many (not all) rastas agree with the
doctrinal statement of the "Ethiopian
World Federation ," "We now declare again H.I.M.
Haile Selassie is Christ the Son, Jehovah
the Father united through the Spirit to
bring to man the fullness of the Holy
when I say "Rastafarian," I am
usually thinking of the Ethiopian World
Union's Definition, while keeping in mind
that there are twelve tribers and others
like yourself that differ in views.
must think about something that I have read
in a book called "Dread Jesus ",
which investigates the connection between
Rastafari and Christianity. I recommend it
writer quotes Judy Mowatt ,
who tells us she had to give a concert in a
place where many Rastafarians were, and she
had just recently given her life to Christ
so she was quite nervous, but after the
concert she witnessed that Rastafarian
elders came to her to say that they also
believed the same thing.
is something going on within the movement of
Rastafari, there are many who are Christians
according to the Nicean Creed ,
which is accepted by the Ethiopian Orthodox
Church as well as the evangelical movement .
this truth is being ignored by many,
including Christafari, so the truth is that
there are many Rastafarians who have
accepted their Lord and Saviour, Yesus
Kristos, and who do not worship Haile
Selassie as God.
the western Christian world refuses to see
the spiritual significance of Ethiopia
as the first Christian Nation on earth, they
are also unaware of the real situation
within the movement of Rastafari. In the
meantime, the Ethiopian Church has baptized
many Rastafarians ,
in the Name of Yesus Kristos, our Lord and
even if you would apply the strictest
definition of a Christian ,
you would have to admit that a part of the
movement of Rastafari consists out of
is another thing I would like to draw into
this reasoning again. Another question I
would like to ask myself.
Haile Selassie would really be the Incarnation of Jah (whether Father, Son or
Spirit), would I then have to worship him?
answer to this question is yes, for I do not
worship Selassie where I do not believe that
he is Jesus. If he would be, I would have to
I worship Jesus Christ as my Lord and
Saviour and I know that His Return will be
dread, as Lion of the tribe of Judah, for
the Lion of Judah and the Lamb of God are one and the same. It’s written in
same thing is being acknowledged by the
multitude of Rastafarians as motivation for
believing Selassie to be Jah .
can that be, you say?
that, we have to go to Ethiopia ,
that land with so much biblical references
integrated in its rich and ancient culture.
That land with so many references in the
Kings of Ethiopia have various titles. One
of such a title is “King of kings”.
Another one is Lion of Judah. Many people
think that this is because the Ethiopian
monarchs think they are God. But that is not
Ethiopian kings did not name themselves after this Bible verse. They were
called that way long time before this
scripture was written. So while it is
correct that this scripture does refer to
Haile Selassie, in the same time it
doesn’t point out to His Majesty in the
way many perceive it.
of Judah ”
and “King of kings” are titles. Another
example is “Father”. Or “Son of
Man”. They refer to a function. The Bible
makes use of such titles many times.
take “Father” and keep in mind that the
same principal applies to “Lion of Judah
many times can you find the good Lord God
JAH described as “Your Father In
Heaven”? Numerous times.
order to see what Jah means when He
describes Himself to us as our Father, we
look around us to see if we can find
something called “father”. And then we
get an impression as to what is meant with
this particular description or title of Jah.
more to it.
when we look around us for a “father”,
not all of us will find someone who loves
us, who wanted us to live and who wants to
raise us to be a grown up, solid person.
we know that Jah is the perfect father, and
that there are people on earth that we also
call father, who have the responsibility to
show their children in a loving way how to
why Yesus says: “And call no [man] your
father upon the earth: for one is your
Father, which is in heaven.”
this is how many Christian people view the
Lions of Judah that we know the Ethiopian
rulers to be .
They point out to Yesus Kristos and they
say: “This is the Lion of Judah. The One
and Only. And you shall call no one else
Lion of Judah”.
of course Yesus Kristos is THE Lion of
Judah, just like Jah is THE Father.
that doesn’t take away the fact that there
are fathers on earth and that we can look at
them to get an impression as to what it
means when it is said that Jah is our
it doesn’t take away that there are Lions
of Judah on earth and that we can look at them to get an impression as
to what it means when it is said that Yesus
Kristos is the Lion of Judah .
Ethiopian kings ,
by way of their function, point out to the
coming reign of Yesus Kristos. The
Ethiopians do not see Haile Selassie as Yesus Kristos. But they do know, every time when they look
at him, that Yesus Kristos will reign.
by way of their function, point out to the
loving full and educational way our Creator
deals with us, his creations. We as
creations do not see our fathers as Jah. But
we do know, every time we look at them, that
Jah is our Creator who loves us and educates
it is said in the Bible, that Yesus Kristos
is the only Lion of Judah. But it is said in
the Bible, that you should call no one your
father but Jah.
after Yesus Kristos said that, this is done.
Lukas writes about “Timotheus, the son
of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and
believed; but his father [was] a Greek”.
course, everyone knows that Jah is The
Father. And we know this also when we refer
to the father of Timotheus.
when we look in Revelation and we see that
Yesus Kristos being presented as the Lion of
Judah who will break the seven seals and take over the world,
downstroying Babylon, that doesn’t mean
that He is the only Lion of Judah .
can take a look at Haile Selassie and learn
a lot about the coming reign of Yesus
Kristos, the Lion of Judah. Much more then
we can learn about Jah Love by many
“fathers”, even Christian ones…
to people of the Ethiopian Church with whom I had communication with over the years many people
make that mistake that they think Haile
Selassie is God because Haile Selassie is anointed in the Name of Yesus
Kristos, as King representing the coming
eternal physical reign ship of Yesus
Ethiopian priest gave me an analogy. It
happened to the apostle Paulus and his
friend Silas too. They were speaking about
the Good Lord and the people thought that
they were gods and started to worship them.
Paulus and Silas did not deny the faith of
these people but they merely pointed out to
the fact that if the people would worship
Paulus and Silas, they were worshipping God
in a wrong way.
Selassie did exactly the same.
while I am in full agreement with
Christafari, that Selassie is not Jah and
that Jah does not want that Selassie is
being viewed as Christ, and also Selassie
did not want it himself, I believe in my
heart, that worshipping God wrong is
something different than worshipping a wrong
my opinion this is also what Selassie
himself wanted to say when it comes to
Christianity's "answer" to
Rastafari, when he asked that key-question:
“Who am I to deny their faith” ?
does deny their faith.
Mark Mohr obviously places Rasta outside the
body of Christ, in the same time he places
himself outside of the movement of Rastafari
where he is still using symbolism and
is a key element in Christafarianism ,
inevitably leading to hypocrisy, if not
hypocritical in itself. While
Christafarianism wants to use as many things
from Rastafarian culture as their
interpretation of scripture will let them,
Christafari thinker Mark Mohr makes a clear
distinction, based on a definition of
Rastafari that is not in accordance with the reality of the situation in
he goes even further: by almost putting an
those Christians who feel they are a part of
the movement of Rastafari.
is a part from the answer to "Should
Christians call themselves Rastas?":
I do believe that it is seriously misleading
for a Christian to call themselves a
"Rasta." For God is not the author
of deception or misrepresentation. It is
contradictory for a born again believer to
use this appellation. Although some cultures
use the term in a broader sense as a
descriptive for anyone that is a dread, the
real issue is in the origin of the word. If
you are a Christian with dreadlocks, you may
not be able to keep people from calling you
a "Rasta," but this does not mean
that you should use the term to identify
yourself. For "Rasta" is an
abbreviation for "Rastafarian." A
"Rastafarian" is a follower of
"Rastafari" and an adherent to the
beliefs of "Rastafarianism" (i.e.,
a believer in the deity or veneration of
Haile Selassie ,
repatriation, Ethiopia as Zion and the
sacramental use of marijuana). You see there
can be a grave difference between your
intentions and how someone interprets them.
Some Christians may try and say that
"It is okay for me to hail up the name
'Rastafari,' for when I chant it out I mean
the true definition in my heart. You see the
true definition is 'Head Creator,' and to me
the Head Creator is Christ." But while
you may be thinking this, everyone else
around you drawing a different conclusion.
If you look like a Rasta, walk like a Rasta,
talk like a Rasta, and call yourself a
Rasta, then guess what? You ARE a Rasta. And
you will not be thought of as a Christian.
How then can you be the salt and light of
the world, when each of your actions and
testimonies are being interpreted for the
benefit and furtherance of Rastafari and not
leaves no room: If you call yourself a
Rasta, you are not a Christian.
by his own words, you: "look like a
Rasta, walk like a Rasta, talk like a Rasta
and call yourself a Rasta, then guess what?
You ARE a Rasta. And you will not be thought
of as a Christian.".
difference is in what Christafari finds
acceptable and un-acceptable is very subtle
if not non-existent, since Mark Mohr also
describes himself even in the same paragraph
as (paraphrased) someone who:
"looks like a Rasta, walks like a
Rasta, talks like a Rasta, and can't keep
people from calling himself a Rasta,"
either. And he even claims that the Bible
says he should do a thing like that.
sometimes wonder why Mark Mohr doesn't come
to the conclusion that by his own looking
like a Rasta, causing people to think he is
a Rasta sometimes, he is evidently not
practicing what he preaches.
Christafari “shift” in “target
audience” from Rastafarians to New Agers
and other Universalists which in my eyes
completely takes him away from his own
justification for his own appearance will
not help clear up things either.
whole “Rastaish Image” of Christafari
will make the “universalist church more Rasta”, to
paraphrase Mark Mohr’s words.
again I have to point out to the perspective
of the Rastaman. According to his statement
anyone who says he's a Rasta while looking
like a Rasta etc, is in fact a Rasta.
think every true Rastaman would deny such a
thing, because there are many walking on
this planet saying they are Rasta but are no
Rastas at all.
little riddle: it looks like a sheep, talks
like a sheep and walks like a sheep. What is
it? Yes, you guessed that right: a wolf in
sheep’s clothing .
And exactly that is how many Rastafarians
perceive this “Christafarian Methodology
I know, that this is not what Mark Mohr
himself says, he wants to say that if you
act like a Rasta you are considered a Rasta.
even acknowledges that he himself is
considered a Rasta at certain moments, as a
result of his appearance. And people really
do not listen if someone says Jah Rastafari
or not, or if someone calls himself Rasta or
not, but they see when someone "walks
and talks like a Rasta".
in a way, he’s right.
are several instances in which I heard
people witness that they did not know
Christafari did not believe Selassie to be
God. They were considered Rastas
they walk, talk and use symbolism of
on a Christian website “exposing
Universalists within Christian music”, we find Christafari’s name on a
list of artists involved in what the author
of that website believes to be a new age