For this EP, I wanted to focus on the importance of obeying our Master’s command to make it our main objective to spread the Gospel. I wanted to remind us of what it means to be the light of the world and to have us ask ourselves if we are truly living up to this standard. I knew that this subject in particular can easily leave believers to feel they now have the right go out into the world and with guns blazing remind the lost of all their sinful ways. I personally have witnessed how sermons on our duty to speak the “good news” lead many to speak judgment on those they feel have fallen short.
This is why the EP also includes songs like “Living Stones” that force us to ask ourselves, “if we are known for our love or known for throwing stones?” There is a reason why Jesus forbids us to judge others. He knew that upon receiving our orders to spread the Gospel, our first mistake would be to do so with anger in judgment rather than in love. If we have the Holy Spirit residing within us, we have life and have the ability to speak life to those who are dead in their transgressions. The life we speak and the invitation we give is one that was a gift to us freely and cannot be earned or purchased.
My goal was to make these points clear, specifically because when I first became involved in this ministry, I was truly shocked by the overwhelming presence of judgment that was being spoken on large platforms (social media) aimed at both the lost as well as fellow believers by “members” of the Body of Christ. I pray that this EP helps me and others who were rescued from death to live out our true purpose and remember that our salvation was not and can never be earned but that it is a gift of eternal Grace from GOD.
About Gerry Skrillz
Gerardo Montano was born on March 11, 1978 in San Diego, California. The eldest of four and first of his family to be born in the United States, he grew up a leader. At a young age, he chose loyalty to his friends above his family, schoolwork, or interests. Gerry’s commitment submerged his youth into the party scene, street life, money, and destruction that only fills but never satisfies the soul. The closest Gerry felt to freedom was in the words he wrote to the beats.
Gerry nurtured his writing with the greed and empowerment of his street reputation. He adopted the rap alias of “Gerry Skrillz.” The word “skrillz” is a reference to the word “scrilla,” meaning money, because the end goal was to be all about the money. Ultimately, the gift of writing became his hamartia and shattered the once pure dreams of a luxurious life for him and his loved ones. While the world broke Gerry’s soul, God prepared a path for him.
A series of dead-end jobs came to an end as God reached down and placed the once high school dropout into a medical profession that brought stability and focus to his life.
Even with this newfound career, Gerry’s mind continued to be a slave to sin and it was not until he surrendered the darkest parts of his soul that God was able to fully transform his heart of stone. During the process, he met and fell in love with his wife, who further fueled the desire God had placed in Gerry’s heart to lead and serve others.
Overflowed with blessings, Gerry was convinced his writing marked his past, but the echo of his music persisted. God gave Gerry his words back to him and showed the art behind the pain, the gift that was created for His glory. Although Gerry believed his music time had passed, God revealed that it never truly began. Gerry describes the writing process as “if someone else was writing the lyrics and hooks to the songs.” There was no reputation to portray this time, only truth to spread. Gerry decided to keep his original rap alias because the desire for riches was still his driving force; the type of riches became the spiritual currency of mercy, compassion, and salvation to the lost. Gerry’s new writing experience exposed his former self the way God had seen him all along, and from the love that changed his life, he wrote his debut EP titled, Speak Life To The Death.