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Leaping to Embrace the Faith of Lady Gaga

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Recently, I read an article about Lady Gaga’s “radical faith.”  The author of the article extolled her for standing up for “her faith in Jesus, and for every person Jesus related to.”  The author assumed she is a Christian, but then curiously relegated Christianity somewhere beneath the “Gospel.”

Before extolling Lady Gaga’s bravery for standing up for her faith, perhaps we should delve into what her faith really is.  We are commanded to test the spirits to see if they are of God. I John 4:1.  First, her “radical faith” appears to begin with some form of Catholicism. lady-gaga-instagram Lady Gaga, born as Stefani Germanotta, posted a picture on Instagram of her with her priest.  She lauded his homily and highlighted a quote she connected with.  Her priest supposedly said “The Eucharist is not a prize for the perfect but the food that God gives us.”  This comment is somewhat silly and does not come near describing the spiritual significance of the Eucharist.

Jesus first instituted this event just before his crucifixion and resurrection.  He used part of the Passover Seder to memorialize his sacrifice that was for the remission of our sins.  See Matthew 26:26-29 and Luke 22:19-20.  The Eucharist is about remembering Jesus Christ’s suffering, death, and resurrection that our sins necessitated.  It is not about “the food God gives us.”  Lady Gaga’s priest either taught it wrong, or Lady Gaga misunderstood what he said.  Either way the comment and her approval of it demonstrate, at best, an immaturity in Christian doctrine.

What about what Lady Gaga says about her faith?  She said she believes in Jesus.  Mere belief in the existence of Jesus, however, is not enough to have a saving faith.  A saving faith is one that confesses with the mouth that Jesus is LORD and believes in the heart that God raised Jesus from the dead. Romans 10:9.  Making Jesus LORD of one’s life goes beyond saying “I believe in Jesus.”  It requires a surrender of our thinking and our behavior.  We agree with Jesus about our sin and our need for a savior.

James said that mere confession is nice.  Even the demons believe in Jesus, but they are smart enough to tremble. James 2:19.  James stated that a confession of faith is useless unless there are works that prove a true confession. James 2:20.

Can we know if Lady Gaga has a true confession?  Isn’t that judging, and aren’t we supposed to avoid judging?  These questions, you’ve probably all heard, and perhaps uttered, betray a misunderstanding of scripture.  Matthew 7:1 is offered in isolation, usually by people who have not read any other part of Scripture, in order to condemn “judging.”  They fail to read the entire chapter to where Jesus warned us to be discerning (i.e. to judge) when people come to us with doctrines that are false.  “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.  Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.” Matthew 7:19-20.

We can often know if someone has a true confession. True confession is accompanied by good works.  Also, someone’s belief in their heart can be measured by the things they say.  Jesus said “The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”  Luke 6:45.

What are some things Lady Gaga has said that indicates what is in abundance in her heart?  She said “I am spiritual, I pray.”  A lot of people are spiritual. Hindus are spiritual.  Atheists are spiritual, although they would deny it.  Praying may indicate an inclination to the spiritual, but to whom does she pray?  What does she pray about?  Being religious or spiritual does not make one right with God.

She said that all religions, which presumably includes Christianity, teach hate.  She laments that all religions practice bigotry against racial groups, other religious groups, even sexual groups.  “I’m a very religious woman who is confused about religion.”  Even the most mature Christian has questions about the faith from time to time.  However, Lady Gaga’s confession demonstrates she really hasn’t considered the truth of Christianity.  She seems to be forging her own spiritual path that includes only what is convenient.

Lady Gaga goes gaga for gay rights in Washington DC

She is a loud voice for the championing of homosexual behavior.  Her song “Born This Way” is an ode to the lie that homosexuality is an inherent, natural trait.  It celebrates the sin of loving a “different lover” but insists it’s not a sin because “God makes no mistakes.”

She used the example of the woman caught in adultery to show that Jesus loves and protects people and does not judge them. She misunderstands Jesus.  Jesus demonstrated love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, he died for us. But, he had to die because of our sin.  That is a pretty serious indictment on mankind.  Our sin cost us the death of God the Son.  Lady Gaga’s understanding of Jesus does not seem to grasp him in his totality. Jesus didn’t just love the woman caught in adultery.  He did in fact “judge” her by recognizing her sin.  What Lady Gaga left out was Jesus saying to the woman “Go and sin no more.”

The love of Jesus did not leave the woman caught in adultery unchanged. In fact, it is the love of Jesus that compels our change.   Yes, Jesus offers forgiveness, and his blood paid for it.  But what I did not read in the comments from Lady Gaga or in the article by Carlos Rodriguez was the word “repentance.”  There is no forgiveness without repentance.  Repentance is agreeing with God about the nature of our sin.  Repentance sees our sin for the wickedness that it is.

The pastor who wrote the article misses the mark in trying to embrace the “radical faith” of a celebrity.  He warns us not to question her faith because Jesus “said to focus on the log in our eye and not the splinter in Gaga’s.”  This pastor, who admits his confusion about religion and insists the “Gospel” and Christianity are different, ignored the point Jesus was making.  This pastor paraphrases Matthew 7:3-4 without finishing Jesus’ thought.  In verse 5 Jesus said to first take out the log from your own eye, then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. The point Jesus was making was not to never be concerned with the splinter in a person’s eye.  Jesus said that we must remove the similar obstacles in our own lives in order to clearly help those who are struggling with their issues.  The point is about being right with God in order to help others get right with God.

The pastor applauded Lady Gaga’s “experience with God’s tender love and mercy.” I have been a Christian a long time.  In my nearly 40 years of being a Christian, I have matured in the faith.  In that maturity I have discovered Christianity is not about having an experience with God. Experiences are emotionally driven and wear off.  Experiences are of little value unless they transform our minds.

Christianity is about us recognizing our depravity and our utter incapability to be righteous on our own. It is about understanding our need for a Savior. I do not hear that in Lady Gaga’s comments. I do not see the surrender to Jesus in her public life. AND, Jesus in fact did tell us to judge a person by their fruits. See Matthew 7 (the entire chapter, not just verse 1). Her heart might be tender toward Jesus, but she appears to misunderstand who he is and why we need to have our sins forgiven. Her “radical faith” seems to miss the mark as does Carlos Rodriguez’s praise of it.

I know this post is not an emotional, feel-good word.  It’s not meant to be harsh.  But, it is the truth.  It is offered in love.  We are not to be transformed by the renewing of our hearts, but of our minds.  Romans 12:2.  Let us not be too hasty in leaping to embrace the professions of faith from famous people and pop culture icons.  Understanding right doctrine and who Jesus really is will keep our hearts from deceiving our minds about the “radical faith” of celebrities.

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The March Toward Sodom Continues

Italian Court

Italy’s highest court grants “consent” as a defense for pedophilia.

Those of us who argued that the acceptance of homosexuality and same-sex “marriage” would lead to the breakdown of all barriers on sexual contact are being daily proved right.

The highest court in Italy just overturned the conviction of a 60-year-old man because the verdict did not sufficiently consider “the ‘consensus’, the existence of an amorous relationship, the absence of physical force, the girl’s feelings of love”.

My point I made in The Suburbs of Sodom and Gomorrah is being validated:

Philosophies have consequences.  The logical extension of Dr. Fulbright’s, PETA’s, and the rest of pop culture’s sexual philosophy would lead beyond seeking arousal from the adults of the human species to sexual gratification found from contact with animals, dead bodies, vegetables and children.  That philosophy believes prohibitions are harmful to one’s sexual fulfillment.  Prohibitions define people and restrict them from reaching their sexual fluidity.  This descent into sexual depravity will wage war on all laws restricting the access to any sexual playground.

Once laughed at for offering a “slippery-slope fallacy”, now the truth of this descent into depravity is being revealed.  Furthermore, this descent is accelerating.  Yesterday sex with children was held as abhorrent, disgusting and vile. Today it is being accepted. Tomorrow it will be celebrated with parade floats, catchy slogans and symbols, and a course of study at Harvard.

Soon there will be no more taboos.  Everyone will do that which is right in his own eyes.

The Suburbs of Sodom and Gomorrah

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has unveiled its ad campaign: Vegetarians make better lovers.  Part of this ad campaign features a live demonstration of a blow-up bed with two scantily-clad, attractive women embracing in a passionate kiss.  Earlier this year NBC refused to show PETA’s Super Bowl commercial where women rubbed themselves with vegetables in a sexually provocative way.  That PETA’s science about a link between vegetarianism and better love making is junk science is really not the issue.  The real issue is this ad campaign has nothing to do with the treatment of animals.  It has everything to do with slowly mainstreaming sexual perversion.

Katy Perry’s song “I Kissed a Girl” was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 2008.  In her song she insists

KATY PERRY Lands A Gold Record In Germany (USA ONLY)Us girls we are so magical
Soft skin, red lips, so kissable
Hard to resist so touchable
Too good to deny it
Ain’t no big deal, it’s innocent

katyperry1I kissed a girl and I liked it
The taste of her cherry chap stick
I kissed a girl just to try it
I hope my boyfriend don’t mind it
It felt so wrong
It felt so right
Don’t mean I’m in love tonight
I kissed a girl and I liked it

This number one Billboard hit preaches that sexual experimentation is natural and innocent.  “It felt so wrong.  It felt so right.  Don’t mean I’m in love tonight.”  Our conscience is telling us it is wrong, but our passions tell us it feels right.  Pop culture advises we ignore our conscience because it “ain’t no big deal.  It’s innocent.”  This sexual experiment isn’t even about love because kissing a girl “don’t mean she’s in love tonight.”

The more nefarious component of this song is that it deliberately attempts to normalize the sexuality of our youth.  Through this song Katy Perry is inviting young, cherry chap stick-wearing girls to experiment with their sexuality.  Follow her example; it wasn’t so bad.  She kind of liked it, and after all, it didn’t really mean anything anyway.  Maybe her boyfriend won’t mind it.  In fact her boyfriend would probably encourage it.

In the 90s’ hit sitcom Mad About You, Paul Reiser’s character answers a question from his wife mad-about-youplayed by Helen Hunt.  She asked him why men are so interested in lesbian scenes.  He answered “Because it’s naked, it’s fun, and I agree with both of them.”  Men are attracted to such scenes when both women look like the “girlfriend” in the relationship.  Interest in such scenes wanes when both women look like the “boyfriend.”

Slowly these images of attractive women engaging in homosexual conduct have softened the natural repulsion to homosexuality.  This inveiglement is by design, paving the broad way towards downtown Sodom.  Though we are not inclined to engage in homosexual conduct ourselves, our pop culture demands we accept it as an equally valuable lifestyle.  Labels of “homophobic” from homosexual rights activists pressure us to live quietly in the suburbs of Sodom and Gomorrah.

FoxNews.com resident “Sexpert” Dr. Yvonne Fulbright states “If you’re going to explore everything your sexuality has to offer, you can’t get hung up on the labels and categories society has constructed around sexual orientation. Seeing your sexuality as fluid can open you up to a whole other world of erotic intimacy and connection.” I wonder if she would allow those with a Judeo-Christian ethic to ignore the socially constructed “homophobe” label.

Sexual Confusion

Sexual Confusion

She continues: “Whether bi-curious or able to embrace their sexual fluidity, they know more pleasures and electrifying experiences than the rest of us will ever fathom. They have opened themselves up to a whole other playground, which can fuel their libido and capacity for arousal.”  Where are these “whole other playgrounds?”  Does “sexual fluidity” have to be limited to the same species?  Her philosophy assumes no rules in a search for sexual gratification.  We are not allowed to make value judgments on where someone fuels his capacity for arousal, whether it is with the opposite sex, same sex, plants, animals or elsewhere.

Dr. Fulbright states “Yet sexual behaviors don’t always reflect your sexual orientation.  And your sexual orientation doesn’t necessarily determine your sexual behaviors.”  She makes her point by anecdotally pointing to all-male prisons, same-sex schools and “an elderly facility with slim male pickings,” whatever that means.

“In seeking sexual gratification, people have learned to work with what they’ve got.”  I guess she would tell the sheep of lonely farmers that if it’s inevitable, like the weather, they might as well lie back and enjoy it.  Someone ought to get PETA involved in protecting these sheep.

We are constantly told that “homosexuals” are born that way.  They can’t help their sexual feelings for people of their own sex.  They are identified by this sexual orientation.  The point of Dr. Fulbright’s article is that it doesn’t matter where you get your sexual gratification.  Sexual orientation doesn’t determine your sexual behavior.

If one can visit other sexual playgrounds, then sexual orientation has no significance unless it means “where someone initially looks for sexual gratification.”  Sexual orientation then does not have anything to do with people’s identity, but with people’s behavior.  If sexual orientation doesn’t naturally shackle one to a specific sexual playground, then providing special protections based on orientation is merely about affirming certain behaviors.  The fact that there are no “homosexuals” but people acting homosexually should clearly change the policy debate.

Philosophies have consequences.  The logical extension of Dr. Fulbright’s, PETA’s, and the rest of pop culture’s sexual philosophy would lead beyond seeking arousal from the adults of the Sexual Vegetableshuman species to sexual gratification found from contact with animals, dead bodies, vegetables and children.  That philosophy believes prohibitions are harmful to one’s sexual fulfillment.  Prohibitions define people and restrict them from reaching their sexual fluidity.  This descent into sexual depravity will wage war on all laws restricting the access to any sexual playground.

PETA’s ad campaign and pop culture use their seductive, soft-core images to titillate the lustful passions of men and, more recently, women.  This philosophy encourages a mad dash to your preferred sexual playground without fear of labels or consequences.  Meanwhile, using labels to derail value judgments, pop culture has tried to silence opposition.  Pop culture’s lascivious, licentious march to perversion has left many living silently in the suburbs of Sodom and Gomorrah.