Justin Bieber thrilled the mainstream church world when he said “Jesus loves you,” at this year’s Teen Choice Awards.
“Kudos, Justin!” exclaimed the church. “Since you mentioned Jesus, I don’t have to feel convicted about letting my kids listen to your music!”
There’s no doubt about it, pseudo-christianity is popular in Hollywood . . . especially the music industry. Teen celebrities like Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber, as well as bands like P.O.D. and Flyleaf openly profess their belief in Christ to the saved and unsaved alike.
It’s the “Message”
This post isn’t about whether or not the aforementioned people/bands are saved or not; it’s more about the message they preach.
According to teen celebrities like Miley, “God/Jesus loves you” is the message of the hour! And it sounds so awesome! I mean, after all, “God is love,” right? He DOES love everyone . . . right? Aren’t we supposed to preach the love of God to everyone?
NO . . . let’s go to the Word to see what Jesus preached.
Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
The Message of the Kingdom
As Christians (little Christs), we are told to preach the Kingdom of God, and the first point of the message is the word “Repent.” The “Buddy Jesus” message (currently being preached in Hollywood and the mainstream church) does not enter the picture even once. Can you find anywhere in the Scripture where it says to preach “Jesus Loves You?”
Miley Cyrus, a “christian” supporter of gay marriage, is so deceived by this “Jesus Loves You” mantra that is now being preached by the christian internet superstars and her peers, that she Tweets:
You will continue to hear messages like this being piped from Hollywood, and it might possibly (although it’s a stretch) lead people to the “Buddy Jesus” . . . but will it lead people to the true Savior? I think not.
His Parting Thought
One of the last things Jesus chooses to say to us before the “End of the Book” would not go over well in the entertainment industry. Heck, the church can’t even handle it!
Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.
Liars, idolaters and sexually immoral people are not even allowed in the door of the New Jerusalem. Notice that this verse doesn’t distinguish between “saved” and “unsaved?” Do you find that message too legalistic? Does it make you uncomfortable?
Ah . . . but such is the Word of God! “Legalistic” to those who don’t want to obey it in the first place, but sweet as honey to those who truly love Him. True Church of God, let’s come out from Babylon and preach the Message we’ve been called to preach!
Hey Justin, do you want to impress me? Say “Repent!” at the next Teen Choice awards . . . maybe then I’ll let my girls buy your fingernail polish.Kevin Kleint
Originally written August 10, 2011