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Former Christian Rockstar Warns Today's Generation Not to Be Deceived by 'Popularity Gospel'

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Singer Mattie Montgomery from popular Christian metalcore band “For Today,” offered a word of caution about popularity gospel, something he says is today’s generation’s prosperity gospel.

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