Neil Young - God's Prophet? - John Van Sloten

April 01, 2007

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryIn this message we’re going to talk about God’s love, beauty and truth as it’s found in the life and music of Neil Young

“The task of prophetic ministry is to nurture, nourish and evoke a consciousness and perception alternative to the consciousness and perception of the dominant culture around us...”
Theologian Walter Brueggemann in The Prophetic Imagination, pg 13

“The birds, he says, "are a messenger to mankind.”
Neil Young in an Independent News interview, September 2005

Cranes know when it's time to move south for winter.
And robins, warblers, and bluebirds
know when it's time to come back again.
But my people? My people know nothing,
not the first thing of God and his rule.
The prophet Jeremiah 8:7, MSG

“America is in deep crisis but not beyond redemption.”
Neil Young in Rolling Stone interview, August 21, 2003

‘Prophecy does two things; it criticizes and energizes’
Theologian Walter Brueggemann in The Prophetic Imagination

“This is a time, I believe, of great inner turmoil... There is a new morality coming out of this administration -- fundamentalist religious views; a holier-than-thou attitude towards the rest of the world”
Neil Young, Rolling Stone, August 21, 2003

“It's this I-know-better-than-you mentality again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your own part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor.”
Jesus in Luke 6:41

“Remember not the former things, nor consider things of old. Behold I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?”
The prophet Isaiah 43:18-19


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March 01, 2013
both of his sons have multiple sclerosis, Ben is wheel chair bound and Zeke is highly functional and walks with a slight limp Neil had polio when he was a young boy and epilepsy later in his youth, His left side is not 100% that's why his lead parts are not fast this is in books written by his father and his sister.
Edwin Wise (via youtube)
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November 15, 2012
I always thought Neil Young might be God!!!!
danny martin
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December 30, 2011
I agree with the pastor's explanation of why Neil is a prophet.
I knew Neil, he came on the scene and I felt love/ God.
He was my rowboat. The pastor said it all.
In Shaky my friend says " Neil's not God "
she was challenging a comment I had made.
I wish she could hear this sermon.
-expect2fly


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December 20, 2011
J E S U S
I'm so happy, thrilled actually, that there is a New Hope Church in Edmonton and that Neil Young is a prophet. I can believe it. The first time I heard Neil I felt I had found a friend of my soul. I went to his show in the LA Bowl and kept yellin' "Pickup" when what I really wanted was to hear "Out on the Weekend," which Neil didn't play. Howe'er, he did play Powderfinger on an acoustic guitar. His hair was cut shorter than usual and he had big black sideburns. He also did a gig as the Blue Notes during that show. Neil sang Mr. Soul out of a vocoder, which permeated the album Trans.
I next saw Neil in the rolling mountain-hills of western Pennsylvania, and then I saw him at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena with Waylon Jennings. I truly have always felt I was meant to play in a band with Neil.

On July 4, 2000-something, my birthday, I saw Neil on that helicopter day when he jammed with Willie in a red canyon in Texas.
~Jim


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June 28, 2011
Hardcore fan indeed, trying to justify his experimentation outside of Christian hymns.
stephenzevon
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December 03, 2010
KnifemakingUnplugged claimed that "Neil's music has always filled me with the Holy Spirit." No offense, but no, a rock star's music has never "filled you with the Holy Spirit." The infilling comes from the Spirit Himself as we walk with Him and consume His word. Neil Young has zilch to do with that.
Andy


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November 15, 2010
This makes perfect sense to me. But I feel like this about a lot of popular musicians and songwriters. If you can see and hear God in everything around you, you can begin to divorce the 'religion' from our faith, thus purifying it. Good job, John.....and great job, Neil.
NuJazzPhilosophy1
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August 29, 2010
i have followed the prophet neil young for years now. i knew a priest named lee monroe who was a catholic priest and he took one of my albums back in the 70;s called "time fades away". he did a whole sermon about this, and i remember him saying "dont be denied". why doesnt the government help the people instead of helping themselves, whoever is in charge, republicans or democrats, come on, help the people like you should be doing. dont screw us up, help us.

zumadiane
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June 13, 2010
"Preaching Neil Young" What kind of a f***ed up Church is this ?
What this world needs is lots more Ronald Regan's, George Bush's, Sarah Palin's, Chris Christie's, and Jan Brewer's. True peace comes after a clearly decisive victory of the righteous. Not the peace you would be happy with, like in say, North Korea, but the peace and freedom of the United States. There is no peace in North Korea, only dispare, tyranny hatred and starvation. Say hi to our traitors up there, huh ?

HOAXANDCHAINS
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September 15, 2009
the ability to see that war and drugs are wrong?... its wrong to worship anything that is not of the Holy Trinity. Neil Young is not a Prophet... and it is a sin to say that he is.

MrSunshine124
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July 19, 2009
The great prophet Neil Young once said -
"If you want to pet that ole hound dog
make sure he aint rolled in shit"

Words to live by brethren.

KnifemakingUnplugged
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June 30, 2009
Dear Pastor Van Sloten,
Hello. Someone sent me a link to this sermon of yours; I hope you don't
mind me responding with my misgivings.

Now I have nothing against Neil Young. He seems like a decent enough man,
though I don't know whether or not he believes in the Lord. And I also
firmly believe that God uses a wide variety of agents, human and non-, to
make people think about spiritual things or to give them a sense of
conviction. Neil Young could easily be among those agents.

But when we use the term "prophet," we have to use it very loosely in a
context where people are wont to think of _biblical_ prophets; we have to
qualify the term so that it's clear we're not literally intending it as an
equivalent to the biblical usage of the same term. Neil Young certainly
does _not_ fall into the category of the _biblical_ prophets. Indeed, the
very fact that a host of music stars put on a tribute concert for Young
should automatically tell us that he is not like the biblical prophets,
because today's celebrities would likely _stone_ the biblical men of God!

Today social consciousness is fashionable. In and of itself it's a good
thing - but it's not borne out of any new or increased love for God on the
part of celebrities, politicians, activists, and the droves who follow them.
It is borne out of a man-centred version of philanthropic sentiment. It is
a counterfeit of the Bible's 'agape'. In the context of the West today,
so-called "prophetic" statements like we see from Young, U2, or whomever,
are acceptable for the simple reason that they do not demand repentance, and
submission to the lordship of Christ. If that demand were appended, then
such "prophets" would be rejected wholesale by our society.

Yet that is the number one demand that would be made by a _biblical_
prophet.

I once was given a pamphlet on angelology by Jehovah's Witnesses. I was
surprised and pleased to find there was nothing unbiblical about it, which
means the JWs, apparently, are able to put out some good teaching re.
angels. Does it follow that the writer of that pamphlet, because s/he
delivered some truth on this subject, is one of "God's prophets"? Hardly!
It means that deposits of truth can be found all over the place - including
Neil Young - without making the carriers of that truth "prophets."

I'd rather talk in more generalized terms like that, than to use a biblical
term like "prophet," to describe Young. The latter is to effectively dumb
down and disrespect the biblical version, as if the real prophets were no
more authoritative than one of today's rock stars.

I don't know much about your church or what you stand for, but in all
honesty what people need the most today is not familiarity with pop icons.
Rather, it is the undiluted word of God, for want of which they are in a
state of starvation. And that starvation is largely due to the fact that so
many shepherds have stopped proclaiming it.

“ 'Behold, the days are coming,' declares the Lord GOD, 'when I will send a
famine on the land—not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of
hearing the words of the LORD.” (Amos 8:11) "Disaster comes upon disaster;
rumor follows rumor. They seek a vision from the prophet, while the law
perishes from the priest and counsel from the elders." (Ezk. 7:26) "Where
there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint" (Prov. 29:18).
Sincerely in Christ,
Andy Derksen


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June 30, 2009
Ive been a born again Christian since '71 and along the way Neil's music has helped me through some of my hardest struggles. His music has always filled me with the Holy Spirit. I seek for answers through prayer and then I look for love. Neil's music always felt like it was speaking to my heart. When rednecks try to hold us down we have to stand tall and be counted. Shrug off the haters in this world. Let us rejoice and be glad in this day the Lord has made!

KnifemakingUnplugged
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June 03, 2009
O.K. The Coffins coming back from Iraq are stream lined. Are we not we our Brothers keeper ? Do you, PREACHER, not weep for the Hundreds of thousands of our fellow man (Brothers if you will) that Saddam Husein slaughtered for no reason what so ever ? The most blessed among us are those that gave their lives for others. America freed Germany, South Korea, Japan, England, Philippines, Iraq, Afganistan and brought down the entire Soviet Block. Remember that, LIBERAL Preacher.

LIVERUST
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April 23, 2009
I'm a fan of Neil, but this is weird, man.

demasduit
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March 29, 2009
This sounds like a good church !!

tynel9
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March 13, 2009
i think this is wrong cause neils god ;p

snellular5
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February 24, 2009
I thought Neil -was- God! :)

ksol1460
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January 01, 2008
InvisibleOrange you've got it all wrong, man...
Neil Young is God.
and the album Trans proves even god makes mistakes.
but an amusing vid nonetheless

jvsnewhope I thought Clapton was God?
(at least that was the lead in I used the Sunday before when I preached old slowhand!)
Regardless, I still think Young is a powerful reflection of all that is beautiful in the Divine!


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