Christafari is the first Reggae band to
emerge from the US based Evangelical music
scene, founded by someone who has developed
a love for Reggae music and some knowledge
concerning the movement of Rastafari, aimed
at getting the music accepted by the CCM
it shouldn’t be a surprise to find out
that Christafari has an enormous influence
on many young Christians who are being
raised in the evangelical churches
throughout the world .
put it shortly: Christafarianism is so influenced by the “Evangelical House of Christianity
that it easily integrates into the already
existing structures of this House.
this chapter we will see how Christafari is
actively and admittedly trying to achieve
this by creating a sub culture in CCM
according to the principals founder Mark
Mohr has learned in his evangelical
will also see how these efforts are
explained as spiritual events with biblical
this essay we learned how certain “methods
of communicating the gospel”
are applied in the Heavy Metal scene ,
where many run around with Satanistic
symbology, committing all kinds of
but respect for those people who feel they
are called by JAH to bring the message of
His Salvation to a group of people who think
that Satan is the way to go.
but overstanding if these brethren and
sistren use Heavy Metal music and long hair
to get that message across to an audience
that seems to listen only to a band like
all, this whole long hair and heavy music
thing is neutral, so why shouldn’t they
make use of it?
course, for some the music is the lifestyle,
but then there are others with the same
lifestyle that favor a different kind of
course, for some the Satanistical elements
are serious, but then there are many more Satanists.
of course, music that promotes Satanism
white supremacy, murder and hatred is
it is also logical, that within the
Christian world a complete “White
culture was born. With all the elements of Heavy Metal Culture a
Christian can possibly integrate in his
life. And without all those elements that
cannot be combined with being a Christian.
enables many young people who grow up in an
evangelical environment, not being allowed
to listen to any other music than CCM
to still enjoy the music of their choice,
and to dress like their age group.
of their choice?
it didn’t only happen with heavy metal
music. (I just detail it because of its
importance in Christafari’s Roots.
Keyword: Bob Beeman.)
happened with almost every style. And it is
still going on. For every musical genre you
will find a Christian version.
you feel about it, it’s a fact that there
is a whole generation growing up in
evangelical churches, all loving different
musical styles and all listening to the
favorite Christian artist of their style.
provided to them by the CCMIC, the Christian
Contemporary Music Industrial Complex
when you research the CCMIC ,
which we will not do here, you will find out
that all the Christian mainstream music
labels are a subdivision of the world wide
Musical Industrial Complex.
means, that the Christian heavy metal artist
who is signed to a major CCM label is signed
up to the same company that also releases
the Satanistic heavy metal.
started out as a movement to tell
contemporaries about the gospel, became a
Babylonian money making machine. Where did
we see that before?
not all Christian artists are part of this
money machine. But it is a fact that the
Musical Industrial Complex makes a huge
profit out of the fact that many Christian
kids are not allowed to listen to any other
music than CCM .
when they grow up, making a conscious
decision to follow Kristos at a certain
moment in their life, most of them continue
this practice to only listen to the
Christian variety of the music of their
to look for other people in the same
are Christian concerts in every variety, in every style of music. And festivals! A
lot of these festivals even take place in
big evangelical churches.
you go to a Christian heavy metal festival,
you will see a lot of “heavenly metallers”
who look just like the “heavy metallers”
you will find on a non-Christian festival.
Long hair, t-shirts that look like
commercials for horror movies, everything.
Christian heavy metal music is cultivated into a Christian heavy metal culture since the
1980’s. There are numerous albums by
Christian heavy metal artists that have a
small letters of recommendation
printed on the cover, written by Pastor
Bob Beeman .
the same Pastor Bob Beeman who ordained Pastor
where we saw a rise of “Heavenly Metallers”
in the 1980’s, Christian Heavy Metal
lovers looking just like their Satanistic
counterparts, today we see a carefully
crafted rise of Christafarians, Christian
Reggae lovers “looking just like” their
would they know what they are doing? How
would they know that they are deeply
offending the Rastafarian community with all
that Christafarian imitation? They just
think they are Christafarians ,
not Rastafarians, where their friends who
are into heavy metal are heavenly metallers,
not satanic metallers.
they do not know that you cannot apply the
same principal to Satanistic heavy metal
freaks and Rastafarians .
would they know? Remember, these people are
not allowed to listen to any other music
than CCM ,
so guess where they get their information
from? Right, from the artists.
we have seen how Christafari defines
how Christafari defines Rastafarians .
public statements and articles they define
Rastafarians as non-Christians who hate
Yesus and who attack Christian artists for their believe, and only
after they are forced they will admit that
this definition doesn’t apply.
me give you that example of this Rasta who
was unpleasantly surprised to see just how
Christafari portrays Rastafari in the
Christian press and wrote a letter to Mark
Mohr who then admitted that he misrepresented
the faith of this particular
told his story to his Rastafarian Brothers
in Kristos at a 12 Tribes Internet site.
This is it:
to all in the name of Yeshuah!
This may be one Important topic, and InI
think we should all do our best to let it be
I recently got a magazine from an Assembly
of God Pentecostal Church that had an
article/interview with Christafari's Mark
Mohr, and InI also recently got an e-mail
from Lion Of Zion etertainment which is
Christafari's Recording Label.
Anyway both had something about Rastafari in
them, the magazine which is called OnCourse,
said some things trashing the Rasatafarian
Faith, it wasnt a big section but it
shouldnt have been there without Mark doing
some research first.
The e-mail I recieved recently had a
statement by more that said "And God
saved the best show for last, for it was in
Amsterdam where even rastas held up their
hands after the sinners prayer!"
Anyway I took it upon I to send him an
e-mail at the Lion Of Zion web site http://www.lionofzion.com
(F.A.Q., contact us) to tell him that as a
Rasta of the 12 Tribes of Israel origin that
InI and most others that InI know/reason
with do believe in Christ and not as
Selassie but as Christ himself and explained
that he should know these things before he
says that kind of thing to anyone.
I got a response from him that stated:
"Ras, forgive me for
misrepresenting your faith. (emphasis
MD) You are one of a million rastas that I
have met that does not worship Haile
Selassie as God or Christ. Respect. When I
referred to Rastas, I was speaking of those
who follow AND worship Rastafari.
InI have Raspect for that man to send me
this e-mail, but if he believe that (That
InI am 1 in a million) then InI need to do
something because what InI believe is being
distorted and falsified.
Anyway InI urge all to spread the knowledge
of our faith in anyway we can so that the
truth be known.
Much Love and Raspect!! OneLove,
think it is sad to read stuff like this. It
is sad to see how it is admitted that
somebody’s Christian faith is
denied when a Christafarian considers him or
her a Rastafarian.
actually suffer under this denial.
bad it never reaches the general public or
the many interviews given in the Christian
press. Only on the message boards on the
Christafari website can you find these
founder Mark Mohr admits on his website that
he is now carefully planting
as, what I we saw exposed in this essay, the
evangelical correct way of enjoying reggae
music and being like a Rasta.
he even claims he is chosen by God to do so!
biography as posted on the Christafari
find Mohr describing how “humbling”
it is, as “Founder Of Christian Reggae
when “the CCM (Contemporary Christian) industry
refuses to acknowledge world music.”
describing the apparent lack of Christian
reggae in the CCM business industry ,
he then goes on to describe how he feels
that “God has chosen” him to “plug
that gap” in this same Contemporary
Christian Musical Industrial Complex .
other words: to get the music of Christafari
and their label into the mainstream of the
CCMIC as well as other artists who will profit from this plug in the
gap of Christian music.
even compares this with the works of
brothers like Moses and David: (emphasizes
by the writer of this essay)
do you feel God chose you to plug this
gap in Christian music?
I am not worthy to. On my own strength, I am
the last person in the world that should be
singing, much less pioneering this genre of
reggae. But this is how God works, He
always chooses the most unlikely and
undeserving messengers to proclaim His
simple message. I believe that God chose
a weak person such as myself for this
calling to prove to the world that it is Him
alone that is strong. God uses the simple
things of the world to confound the wise. By
no means do I deserve to be a voice in the
reggae industry. It is a black music started
in the ghetto of Kingston Jamaica. I am a
white guy that was raised in one of the
richest cities in white suburban America.
When I think about this from time to time it
makes me laugh! I do not deserve this and
should not be doing this. You could find
more raw talent in any 10 year old Jamaican
boy than in me. But once again, this is
how God works. I believe that he
chose me so that He would receive all of
the glory. One look at the Bible and you
will realize that this is how he chooses leaders;
from Moses who was a murderer with a speech
impediment to King David who was an unlikely
shepherd. God must get the glory at all
times-- I pray that my life gives him the
glory that He deserves.
course, it is nonsense to state that Jah
would choose people to lead the CCMIC, a
subdivision of the Global MIC,
and that this “work” could be compared
with the works of Moses and David .
not when you realize how the Musical
Industrial Complex is a direct arm of
Babylon System ,
and how the Christian Contemporary Musical
Industrial complex is a direct arm of the
secular or Babylonian musical industrial
you want to reach the top there by selling
your sounds like the new fresh vibes for the
industry, and even explain that in an
article on your website where you complain
how Christian artists only get signed to a
major Christian label when they have reached
a certain commercially attractive level, how
can this be explained and described a
decision of the Most High to chose a leader
to lead the children of Jah?
Nevertheless this is
it Moses’ task to entertain the Israelites with music for their leisure,
just like the Egyptian music, only without
the mentions of Isis, so they could enjoy
the beats of the Isisraelites (no typo)?
it David’s task to introduce a brand new style of music to the
Israelites? Kind of like the beats of the
Philistines, but more original?
both leaders made use of music as a part of
their function, they were not called to be
I am a mere musician myself, too.
calling was of such a high order that
significant parts in what we know as the
Holy Scripture are written by or about these
It is normal in
American evangelical Christianity ,
to mix business and marketing schemes with
biblical concepts which
deal with how the Body of Kristos functions.
Perfectly normal that a pastor goes in
the things he does a pastor.
So normal, that it
goes unnoticed for what it is and when
somebody tries to change that by shouting
out loud, that that emperor has no clothes
and that the world is round, this one is
being labelled as an obstruction for the
“Kingdom of God”.
After all, the founder
is a pastor too, and his connection with the
Organization of pastor Bob Beeman adds
to his credibility as such.
Thus it can happen,
that the carefully crafted sub culture of
a whole generation of evangelical Christian
youths with a justification for pretending
to be like a Rasta inside the borders
of what is evangelical correct.
With that, they take
away the doubt that Christian parents and
pastors could have when they ask: “Isn’t
Christafari a Mix between Rastafari and
Christianity?” before they accept
Christafari music in their home or churches.
Just one way of
“leading the Reggae Branch of the CCMIC
Is Christafari using a
biblical concept of sharing the gospel, the
good news, with your fellow man for a good
position in what is mentioned by themselves
as the “Christian Industry”?
Let’s see how
Christafari states on their own website how
they have planted Christafarianism in the
do you feel so many people get hooked into Christafarianism?
music is original and unlike anything out
there in the Christian industry. This
unique roots sound cannot be replaced by the
latest industry manufactured pop sensation
that is on the cover of CCM. We have
created our own culture within our fan
words could still be found on the
Christafari website in October 2004, in the
biography of Mark Mohr.
means, that Mark Mohr himself authorizes
every sentence in that particular text. If
he didn’t write it all by himself, he
surely authorized every word of it.
the name to the game to the fame:
Christafarianism turns out to be the
methodology and philosophy (“culture”)
behind the promotion of Christafari as well
as an alibi for those within the evangelical
world who wants to be like a Rasta without
if the Rastafarians who accused Christafari
of crimes against the Rastafari movement
were looking for a “written confession”,
I think that they would have found it in the
Christafari portrays Rastafari as a religion
of which the members hate Yesus Kristos
enough to attack people for their believe
in Yesus and where they, based on a
faulty biblical interpretation, transform
the symbology and culture of Rastafari into
this “culture” they themselves
call “Christafarianism: the culture
we created with in our fan base
is it then just to blame the Christafarians
for treating the Rastas the same way
Heavenly Metallers treat their Satanistic
or the “fan base” of Christafari.
They hardly know anything about Rastafari or
reggae. They listen to Christafari and read
the statements in articles and on websites
and booklets published by Christafari
themselves and that is their source of
knowledge and information.
Instead of taking away
the false information on Rastafari,
Christafarianism confirms until the last
detail what the evangelical movement thinks
An article published
in CCM Magazine
(July 1996) stated under the title “key
tenets of Rastafari”: “Rastafari
is militant. Among believers,
it’s an honour to kill someone who
disrespects their god (emphasis in the
This is the kind of
information the fan base of Christafari, the
Christafarians, receive. And many times,
they have no other sources.
Peter Tosh say: “You can’t blame the
youths, for they don’t know”.
we can blame all those “Christian
who come up with these terrible lies called
“descriptions of Rastafari”.
we can blame the thinkers and workers who
are actively promoting Christafarianism
can and must ask them (from this place and
from many other places) to stop using and
transforming the Rastafarian culture into a
vehicle for their own promotion and
For the sake of truth.