Are You Sure You Want to Be “Raising Cain”?

Raising Cain” is an expression I’ve heard all my life and typically it was said in a negative way to express causing mischief or disorder.

But imagine my surprise that when I read the local paper filed under the religion articles was an article about an upcoming, now over,  “Raising Cain“!

Sideline Sports Academy ‘Raising Cain’ Saturday

“It’s something that Moody has never seen,” Sideline co-owner Shane Sharp said. “We just want to do something that impacts kids, something better than going out and getting into trouble.”

The concert, which is co-sponsored by North Valley Church in Margaret, will feature multiple acts. The most notable is DPB, a Christian rapper known as a regular at The Basement.

Saturday’s event will also feature a three-on-three basketball tournament, inflatables and a shrimp boil. The tournament and shrimp boil cost $10, but the concert is free.

Read more: stclairtimes – Sideline Sports Academy Raising Cain Saturday

I said something to my husband when I read this and he responded back with:

Jude 1:11 (ESV) Woe to them! For they walked in the way of Cain and abandoned themselves for the sake of gain to Balaam’s error and perished in Korah’s rebellion.

See he was sitting and reading through Jude because our church is doing a study on Jude right now.

How fitting!

The whole section in Jude applies here.

Jude 1:10-15 (ESV)

10 But these people blaspheme all that they do not understand, and they are destroyed by all that they, like unreasoning animals, understand instinctively.
11 Woe to them! For they walked in the way of Cain and abandoned themselves for the sake of gain to Balaam’s error and perished in Korah’s rebellion.
12 These are hidden reefs at your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear, shepherds feeding themselves; waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted;
13 wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved forever.
14 It was also about these that Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his holy ones,

15 to execute judgment on all and to convict all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” 

Do they really just not know what they are saying?

Dictionaries have a definition for “Raising Cain“; here is one.

To be ‘raising Cain’ is to be causing trouble or creating an uproar.

The rest of the definition here is interesting to read.  Especially the portion about the older English use of “to raise”.

People are devoid of understanding!  Sorta like calling down a Consuming Fire?


6 thoughts on “Are You Sure You Want to Be “Raising Cain”?

  1. It amazes me to see how people think if something is in the Bible it is good to call an event by that or name a kid that. When Nathaniel was in K there was a boy in the class I helped during library time whose name was Cain. Why on earth would someone name a child that? I wonder if he has a sister named Gomer?????

    Berean Wife Reply:


    I think things like these just prove how really Biblically illiterate we really are. 🙁 Most who claim to be Christians really have no clue what they are talking about.

    Berean Wife

  2. Whoever was responsible for this needs to be reprimanded and reminded (if they ever even knew?) who Cain was and what “Raising Cain” means.

    In response to my recent a post on church relationships, a few commenters decried church altogether, and stuff like this is an example of what they were commenting about.

    I gently reminded them of the fact that we are not to forsake the assembling of ourselves, but it is getting harder to identify “Chiristian” churches that take the Bible seriously. If this is any indication, its harder than I thought.

    Berean Wife Reply:


    I must admit I was surprised especially since this happened in rural Alabama. I mean we used to be called the Bible Belt – didn’t that imply we just might know some Bible?

    I have noticed an increase in the numbers who are shunning church or going to just a quasi-church with the family. But that eliminates many of the reasons for a gathering together of believers. Teaching can’t be done as well if there is not the “Iron sharpening Iron” that the fathers need from one another and from a shepherd. Encouraging is lacking if all that you have to encourage you is your own family, not that they aren’t important, but there is a difference. And the big one is church discipline which cannot occur without a church body and leadership.

    There are many, many bad churches but the true Bride of Christ is pure and undefiled because of Christ and the Holy Spirit. (2 Corinthians 11:2; Philippians 1:9-11; Rev 19:7-8) While it may be hard there is always a remnant that is seeking the Lord and His Glory.

    Berean Wife

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