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All Our Idols Go To Heaven


Last evening I posted the link to an article which quoted Andraé and Sandra Crouch concerning the rumors they led Michael Jackson to Christ, (Michael Jackson Dies?). Today, Steve Lumbley at Apostasy Watch elaborates on this and upon the idea of our desire to believe our earthly idols go to heaven.  (HT christianresearchnetwork)

All Our Idols Go To Heaven

The beatification had begun. A maudlin media mush-fest was in full swing. Worshipful crowds were gathering all over the country to wallow in grief stricken adulation for their fallen idol. Michael Jackson’s body had barely enough time to assume room temperature when the internet rumors began to appear on the Christian blogs and websites:

Wonderful News! Michael Jackson prayed to receive Christ only three weeks before his death!

Someone who knew someone who knew someone reported that gospel recording artists Sandra and Andrae Crouch had prayed with Michael to receive Jesus shortly before he died.

“Last night we received some good news from Terri McFaddin-Solomon who is good friends with Sandra Crouch. Three weeks ago Sandra and Andre’ spent some time with their close friend, Michael Jackson. Michael asked Andre` to play, “It Won’t Be Long And We’ll Be Leaving Here.” Michael then prayed with Sandra and Andre and accepted Christ into his heart. Now he’s singing in the heavenly choir.! Our hearts rejoice!”

Later, the real story emerged from Crouch’s Facebook page:

UPDATE – 06/28/09

“There was NO actual “sinners prayer” however, but they did talk and pray about Jesus and the anointing of the Holy Spirit. They also told him, “Michael, we consider you as our son”, and he said, “Yes, yes, yes”, and he gave him his latest music on a CD, and he told him, “Andrae’ I trust you with this”, and gave him CD’s of 2 songs, unpublished, …beautiful music. ……..

He definitely had an “encounter” with them, Andrae’ says, “he did NOT reject Jesus or the prayer when they prayed, and gladly joined in prayer.” He usually doesn’t touch anybody, but he touched them, and held their hands in a circle as they sang and prayed… so Andrae’ and Sandra explained to him about the “anointing” and about Jesus. He wanted to know what makes your hands go up, and makes you “come out of yourself”, and what gives a “spirituality” to the music?…

According to Andrae’, who was relaying to Verdine to tell me over the phone just now, Andrae’ and Sandra did in fact visit with MJ 2 times, once at the recording studio, and once at his home in the last 2 months, as recently as 3 weeks ago, asking for prayer concerning the anointing of the Holy Spirit, and how he could make his music more “spiritual.”…

If you can read the above account without your spirit colored glasses it is clear that the reality is a far cry from the myth. There is no evidence Michael Jackson received Christ. There isn’t even any evidence that he heard the gospel. His good friends Sandra and Andrae Crouch apparently never told him that he was a sinner in need of a savior. There was no call to repentance, no call to discipleship, only some sappy sweet platitudes about spirituality, the “anointing”, and a non judgmental Jesus that’s easy for a worldly man like MJ to embrace. Mr. Jackson had no problem talking and praying about a Jesus who could help him sell more records.

How tragic for all involved that this sort of thing passes for evangelism today.

When I first heard the story of Jackson coming to the Lord I was immediately reminded of several previous stories, tall tales, and urban myths about other well known celebrities who God supposedly rescued at the last minute.

See;

Kim Clement claims Anna Nicole Smith cried out to God and is in heaven today

Rock Hudson prayed to receive the Lord on his deathbed

John Wayne received Christ three weeks before he died because of a note from Robert Schullers daughter.

President John F. Kennedy prayed with Billy Graham to receive Christ only days before his assassination

I suppose at this point I should add the obligatory disclaimer. God is sovereign and can save anyone he chooses. The thief on the cross is a biblical example of a last minute conversion so it is certainly possible and consistent with Gods mercy and love. To be fair though, I should also remind you that there were two thieves crucified with Jesus. One of them repented and was received into paradise, the other did not.

Singers, actors, politicians, celebrities, all our idols go to heaven. It doesn’t matter how they lived their lives. They can lie and steal. They can commit adultery and fornication.  They can live debauched lives of drunkenness, drug addiction and revelry. They can reject the God of the bible and promote damnable lies as the truth all the while engaging in good deeds designed to make you think they are really deep down ‘good’ persons. In the end none of that matters.

They are our substitute saviors.

We buy their albums, go to their movies, and vote for them. We love them and give our hearts to them. While they live, we look to them for comfort, happiness, security, and love. We invest our emotional well being in these fallible sinful men. And when they die as all men do, we cannot bear to think of them tormented in the pit of hell for all eternity. In their death we come face to face with our own mortality and that requires us to maintain the illusion of God likeness with which we cloaked their lives. They brought salvation to us in this life, surely they will be with us in the next.

With our deceased idols safely in heaven we can relax. Their place in eternity serves as a surety to us that like them, we can enjoy all the world has to offer and still attain paradise. There’s really no need to serve God in this life. If God offered them a last minute reprieve surely we’ll get the same chance. We’ve finally found a way to have our cake and eat it too.

Now would you like the truth? Can you handle the truth?

Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. James 4:4

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 1John 2:15

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 1Cor 6:9-10

But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Rev 21:8

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.

Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man–and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.

Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. Romans 1:18-32

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13 comments on “All Our Idols Go To Heaven

  1. (Excellent article Steve)

  2. Thanks for reproducing that article. It’s excellent. Unfortunately, it will go unheeded by many who need to hear it most.

  3. I think there’s something else there than just “being our idols”. Not that such isn’t part of it, but I think it’s something deeper. I believe the same people who do this are the ones who don’t even flinch when a friend or family member dies, and a member of the clergy says, “We know so and so is with Jesus right now”, even though they lived a completely faithless life. Since we don’t really preach condemnation in churches anymore, I think most people try to ignore that it’s even a possibility. If pressed on the subject, they like to think that all the people who will go to hell are nebulous characters that they have nothing to do with. Accepting that someone close to them might go to Hell makes it too real for them. So just as they have to create this alternate reality for themselves with friends and family, so also they find they must for celebrities that they have followed closely. Otherwise, Hell will seem too real for them. What do you think?

    • Chris, you’re right in that hell has become a lost doctrine. And it IS a biblical doctrine!

      I’m probably much older then you, but years ago i recall when both heaven and hell were preached from pulpits, and often.

      Most preachers today don’t want to touch the doctrine/teachings on hell: and if you really think about it, we don’t hear all-that-much preached on heaven either.

      I believe the same people who do this are the ones who don’t even flinch when a friend or family member dies, and a member of the clergy says, “We know so and so is with Jesus right now”, even though they lived a completely faithless life. Since we don’t really preach condemnation in churches anymore, I think most people try to ignore that it’s even a possibility. If pressed on the subject, they like to think that all the people who will go to hell are nebulous characters that they have nothing to do with. Accepting that someone close to them might go to Hell makes it too real for them.

      Yes… and to be frank, i don’t fault people who take some sort of comfort in ‘hoping’ a lost loved one made it in..It may be logically unrealistic, but it helps them cope with the sudden loss. From my experience, they usually know the truth in their hearts–if they admit it or not.

  4. PJ, great article (I’ll link to it a bit later). Over the night, I received a comment stating that many will be saved through MJ! People are looking for anything, I guess.

  5. There is no doubt…the spirituality of Americanism is unitarian (one God/Great Architect of the Universe that we all ‘worship’) universalism (hey, we’re all going to make it to heaven somehow).

    Americanism, love it or leave it.

  6. Oh, I forgot to mention that the prototype of this kind of “all our idols go to heaven” thinking is the great mural in the U.S. Capital Dome, the “Apotheosis (Deification) of Washington,” with George ascending into the clouds, surrounded by many of the gods and goddesses of Rome/Greece.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apotheosis_of_washington

  7. Quote: According to Andrae’, who was relaying to Verdine to tell me over the phone just now, Andrae’ and Sandra did in fact visit with MJ 2 times, once at the recording studio, and once at his home in the last 2 months, as recently as 3 weeks ago, asking for prayer concerning the anointing of the Holy Spirit, and how he could make his music more “spiritual.”…

    what a disgusting thing to do to a man who cannot defend himself… now that he is gone. Seems like most of his latter life was spent in courts trying to defend what was said about him.

    My Point… the disgusting thing inside what was said… asking for prayer concerning the anointing of the Holy Spirit, and how he could make his music MORE SPIRITUAL. Doesn’t the bible tell us of a man who thought he could purchase the Holy Ghost… profitable. Sounds to me the devil has his hands all over this one.

    • What i wondered is when they visited him, and he was asking about his music and making it more spiritual, did they tell him the message of the gospel–about Jesus.

      In other words, did any of these people who are Christians, ever try to lead him to Christ.

      what a disgusting thing to do to a man who cannot defend himself… now that he is gone. Seems like most of his latter life was spent in courts trying to defend what was said about him.

      I’ve thought about you and Deb this week–wondering what you both were making out of what is quickly turning into a media circus. I’ve stopped watching any of the cable news stories on this… the ’15 minute of fame-ers’ are crawling out of the woodwork by the hour… its disgusting.

  8. […] has a delightful article on the recent sainthood of Michael Jackson. This happens, even to the unknowns, where all is washed […]

  9. I am also wondering did they truly share the message of salvation with MJ? Monday night on CNN a prominent Jewish Rabbi was discussing his relationship as a spiritual advisor to Jackson. His family grew up Jehovah’s Witness but left that group over time. And around the time of the last child molestation charges Jackson was be guarded by the Fruit of Islam (the security group with in the Nation of Islam), in addition there rumors of a possible conversion to the Nation of Isalm- led by Louis Farrakhan.

    So it seems over the course of Jackson’s life he was exposed to many religions but as far as his relationship with Jesus no one knows. If this is true, it so sad they the Crouches spent time talking about the anointing instead of eternal salvation, repentance and Jesus Christ being his savior. His inquiring about the anointing seems as if he was looking for a way to make his music have that some extra that could put him back on top again. Very sad….

  10. Can I link you to FaceBook? It would be most helpful, that is where alot of such discussions occur for me and it helps to have a link to support a perspective or to ‘prove’ a point.

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