Bishop Paul Morton’s Son PJ Morton Deals With Church View of Secular Music in New Book
P.J. Morton is a 28-year-old singer, who happens to be the son of renowned pastors Bishop Paul S. Morton (Changing a Generation Full Gospel Baptist Church in Atlanta) and Dr. Debra B. Morton (Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church in New Orleans). He has written a new book called “Why Can’t I Sing About Love?” The book tackles the issue and the myth, he calls it, that “all Christian singers must record and perform gospel music,” reports AlwaysAList.com.
P.J. Morton explains in his book about God and why love songs were in the bible as well as scriptures that he uses for skeptics:
“I hope that the book causes people to see how big God is and that His affects reach far beyond the church and church music,” he explained. “Also, I want people to realize that if we believe that the Bible is truly God’s word, we can’t overlook certain parts, specifically the book of love songs in the Bible. He created those as well.”
“Artists like Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Ray Charles and Sam Cooke: It was because of their constant struggles to do what they felt in their hearts that people treated them with such hate, as if they were devils based on personal views, not the Bible,” he shared.
“First, I’d tell to the skeptics to read my book,” he laughed. “So many scriptures. But really I’d say that I’m a Christian and I try to be like Christ. The sin is the unclean thing, not the people. We all sin every day. So we can’t judge as if we’re clean. Matthew 7:3-4, John 8:5-7: ‘I want to be known by my love like he was.’ Matthew 9:10-12: ‘He was among the sinners, and the Pharisees criticized him.’ So this isn’t new. Jesus said, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.’ Light has to shine in darkness.”
All we have to say about this is: We say there really isn’t any reason for him to try and justify what kind of music he wants to sing or produce. We say, if that is what you want to do, do your thing. But is P.J. Morton feeling guilty in some way? He is the son of a well known bishop and along with many of the these megachurch pastors living the life of celebrities, their children can be very confused. Yes, Aretha Franklin and others have done what they wanted but we didn’t hear them do too much justifying. They wanted to cross over and they did.
Let’s look at what these artists did to go secular:
Al Green still doesn’t know what he’s doing yet he’s still preaching the gospel at his church. Ray Charles tried to come up with his own style and twisted gospel music with the blues. Aretha Franklin was fully backed by her father Rev. C.L. Franklin to go into secular music. Sam Cooke was demoralized when he sang secular music once the church found out about it. So, these artists may have made their own decisions to ‘go secular’ but of course there was a cost to be paid. No more justifying, please.