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Katy Perry: God Told You What?

Feb 10, 2015

I would like to begin this piece by informing you that God spoke to me. Yes he did, and this is what he told me: “Bill I want you to know that adultery is just peachy.” And this is not the first time he has spoken to me and reassured me that what I am doing is right.

In the past, he has also told me this:
-“Bill I want you to know that murder is just peachy.”
-“Bill I want you to know that theft is just peachy.”
-“Bill I want you to know that lying is just peachy.”
-“Bill I want you to know that homosexuality is just peachy.”

OK, I better make a quick confession here: God actually did not tell me these things. It would be impossible for God to tell me such things because it is impossible for God to lie. It is impossible for God to cease being holy, righteous and pure. So of course he would never tell anyone to do anything contrary to who he is and what he has revealed to us in his Word.

perry 11So if you ever hear someone telling you that God told them to sin or break his commandments or do something which violates his character, you better avoid that person like the plague. Well, sadly, it seems that this very thing has just happened with pop princess Katy Perry. As one report states:

Katy Perry revealed she received a message from God right before she performed at the Super Bowl. The “Dark Horse” singer told E! News host Ryan Seacrest that she prepared for her half time show by leaning on her faith. “I over prepared myself and did a lot of prayer and meditation,” Perry told Seacrest at the 57th annual Grammy Awards.
She added, “It’s funny, I was praying and I got a word from God and He says, ‘You got this and I got you.’ And then I was on top of the lion and a guy, a random guy, just looked on me with a headset that I’ve never communicated with before and he just looked me straight in the eyes and said, ‘You got this.’ And I was like, ‘Oh, this is God confirming I can do this.”

Now I did not happen to see her performance, so a quick Internet search revealed this: “Katy Perry, 30, just shined like a star during the 2015 Super Bowl halftime show inside the University of Phoenix stadium in Arizona. Singing just a handful of hits, including ‘Firework,’ ‘California Girls,’ and ‘I Kissed A Girl,’ Katy brought down the house on one of the biggest stages ever seen during a halftime show.”

OK, so let me get this straight: God told Katy to promote lesbianism to the whole world during her performance? Um, for some reason, I just don’t think so. Now lest people think I am making a mountain out of a molehill here, let me remind you that the singer has already told us of her rejection of biblical Christianity.

As I quoted in another article about her:

“Pop singer Katy Perry opened up about her views on God and theology in a recent interview with Marie Claire, telling the magazine that she’s no longer Christian and that she doesn’t believe in heaven, hell or ‘an old man sitting on a throne.’
“Perry did tell the outlet, though, that she believes in a higher power — a paradigm that holds her accountable. ‘Accountability is rare to find, especially with people like myself, because nobody wants to tell you something you don’t want to hear,’ the singer said. ‘I actually don’t trust people who start to turn on me because they get scared of telling me the truth.’
“Perry also rejected traditional theological labels, but said that, though she has left her evangelical faith behind, she still feels close to the Lord. ‘I’m not Buddhist, I’m not Hindu, I’m not Christian, but I still feel like I have a deep connection with God,’ she said.”

billmuehlenberg.com/2014/01/18/perry-pop-and-priorities/

And in another piece I discuss her overtly occultic performances: billmuehlenberg.com/2014/01/28/no-neutrality-here-katy-perry/

From her own lips it is clear that she has departed from the Christian faith of her family. Whether she ever had such a faith herself is rather unclear. But she has been quite outspoken about rejecting her evangelical past. And her raunchy performances are a good indication that she is now not a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

So why even discuss this at all? Well, she is of course hugely popular, and millions of young girls especially hang on to her every word. She is a role model for so many impressionable young people, so if she publicly bags Christianity, that is going to have a real impact on others.

And if she publicly promotes the homosexual lifestyle, that too will impact many. And to make matters worse, when she claims God is telling her to do all this, that is really a worrying development. It would have been one thing if she said Satan told her to do this, or if she got some weird spiritual vibes about all this.

But claiming that God told her to do something which he would never tell anyone to do is deception of the highest order. Not only is Perry deceived big time, but as I said, she will drag down millions of people with her in her deception. Of course Scripture speaks about all this quite often.

Paul in Romans 1 speaks about those who suppress the truth in unrighteousness. He even uses the example of homosexuality to illustrate this. It seems Perry is just making a good case for just how correct Paul was in his assessment: stomping on truth is tied in with pushing unrighteousness and immorality.

Another text which we can appeal to here is 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 where Paul says this:

The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.

Once again we see the very strong connection between the suppression of truth and being given over to wickedness and unrighteousness. The two always go together. The Bible stresses the importance of truth over and over again. The truth sets us free, we are told. And truth keeps us from falling into the deception of the enemy.

Sadly Perry has been deceived here, and her very public flaunting of immorality and sinful sexuality indicates just how far she has wandered from the truth. As is always the case in these situations, we must pray for Perry and others like her.

Whether or not she was once a Christian is not clear. But we can pray that whatever her actual past condition, that she sees the light, and comes to Christ in faith and repentance. She needs Jesus just as we all do, and she needs to stop allowing herself to be deceived and to deceive so many others.

God did not tell her to go out and glamorise sin and promote unrighteousness. What he would tell her is that he loves her too much to allow her to keep going on this hell-bound path, and that if she is willing to turn around and renounce her sin, a new life is waiting for her.

All the fame in the world is not going to be worth one lousy cent when she one day stands before her maker and her judge. I hope and pray that she gets right with God now. If not, it will be a very sober day indeed when she does appear before him.

www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2015/02/08/katy-perry-god-spoke-to-me-before-super-bowl-performance/?intcmp=features
hollywoodlife.com/2015/02/01/katy-perry-rocks-super-bowls-halftime-show-with-missy-elliott/

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14 Responses to Katy Perry: God Told You What?

  • Hi Bill, she was most likely right when she said god spoke to her. Just wondering which god? For some of us know it was not, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

  • She’s probably being honest when she says god told her to do this or that- but it is HER god as she has created him, not God, the creator and sustainer of the universe. Her god is not YHWH,but he deceiver- who has made her misunderstand the true nature of God and has deceived her. A problem as old as Adam and Eve. Did God REALLY tell you not to eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil?
    Did God really tell you your actions were sinful. He really didn’t mean it when He said don’t commit adultery or that homosexuality was a sin.
    Its what happens when you reject the law of God and create God in your own image rather than submit to Him. Her fantasy image of God is a cool,hip dude who winks at sin because that is exactly what she WANTS God to be.
    We can only pray for her salvation and may her lies be exposed.

  • Apart from all the other chaff she said, she has contradicted herself. You can’t be “close to the Lord” without being Christian.

  • I’m glad to say, I know very little about her, or her mainstream career. But believe it or not, but I have a copy of her first CD from 2001, under her real name, Katy Hudson. I must’ve bought it as one of those bargain bin items many years ago before any of us had ever heard of Katy Perry. I had no idea it was her… according to Wikipedia the album only sold 200 copies (which I doubt); but the CD would fetch a high price today I’m guessing. (I’m not selling it)

    After a long list of album liner notes thanking friends and family, this is what she wrote:

    “My Lord: remember the gift You gave me? The one with music and affecting people’s lives through it. Well here it is. I’m giving it back to You…….through my life….through my music..through souls for the kingdom of heaven. I love you. You know that.”

    I can only wonder what is really going on in her life – is this the real her now, or was is that then when she was 16? I feel a profound sadness for a handful of people who I have seen wander away from a faith in God. Looking at their eyes, you always see the emptiness.

    Of course, I cannot know if they were ever His, or if they have just wandered away to be redeemed at some point, but looking at Katy’s life make me feel the same way – what a total waste she is making of her life. Superbowls and Grammys will fade away very quickly, but the erosion of her morals and the squeezing of her identity into worldliness will remain. Some of her childhood didn’t sound quite healthy either, unfortunately, but the reports on her early life cannot be trusted to be accurate. I hope and pray her current trajectory is not eternal and that she wakes up before it is too late.

    One lesson though – I cannot stress enough how dangerous the ‘celebrity’ industry is – Christians should be mindful to stay away unless they have had very clear and direct direction from God to be involved in some way, and even then, not to crave ‘success’ – the way the world defines it – in it. It’s not a place to go without God’s protection. You will get burned if you try. Katy Perry is just another tragic example.

  • You are pretty much guaranteed that the “meditation” Perry refers to is an eastern, empty-your-mind type of meditation – certainly not the biblical fill-your-mind-with-God’s-word type of meditation.

    When its empty, something or someone beyond the meditator seems to fill it with ideas.

    There is testimony after testimony of people practising eastern mystic meditation and receiving all sorts of unbiblical ideas, revelations, confirmations and encounters.

    Many of the prominent atheistic philosophers and psychologists of the last two or three centuries connect their theories to these kinds of experiences.

    The same seems to go for many cultic offshoots from Christianity.

  • Yes Simon, reminds me of the words of G.K. Chesterton in Orthodoxy:

    “That Jones shall worship the god within him turns out ultimately to mean that Jones shall worship Jones. Let Jones worship the sun or moon, anything rather than the Inner Light; let Jones worship cats or crocodiles, if he can find any in his street, but not the god within. Christianity came into the world firstly in order to assert with violence that a man had not only to look inwards, but to look outwards, to behold with astonishment and enthusiasm a divine company and a divine captain. The only fun of being a Christian was that a man was not left alone with the Inner Light, but definitely recognized an outer light, fair as the sun, clear as the moon, terrible as an army with banners.”

  • Ref Simon’s words on meditation. I have seen some of the outcomes of this “emptying your mind” lark….bad dreams, loss of touch with reality, scary visions, frightening impressions of some kind of bleak, dark future, even schizophrenia…and they call this “enlightenment”? Yes it is true, Nature abhors a vacuum and will fill it. I have two family members who do this meditation stuff; one is completely off their trolley with the new-age fairies; the other I am desperately praying will give it up before he damages himself any further.
    The mind is a wondrous thing but we don’t know the half of it.

  • She can only drag them down to where they already want to go.

  • I love it – thanks for clarifying this Bill. I recently got into a friendly discussion with an acquaintance of mine who does not go to church but knows I do. He tried to tell me that being too religious is dangerous because people can say they heard God tell them any crazy thing, and that this is why cults like Jim Jones formed. I explained to him as best I could some of the things you have said here, such as the process of discernment of whether what we are hearing is really God involves THINKING – thinking about if what one thinks he is hearing from God is CONSISTENT with the other things we KNOW God has already told us. He actually seemed to take this quite well – it seemed to make sense to him. Perhaps it calmed his fears that I was getting “too religious”. But it goes to show how widespread the ignorance about Christianity is. They watch TV or whatever cultural “inputs” they prefer and absorb falsehoods there. What we Christians know to be the basics of discernment may not be understood by others so it is always good to revisit the fundamentals!

  • It is clear who Katy Perry is praying to, and it isn’t God. This is an excellent video about Katy Perry’s “god”:
    http://youtu.be/wHknzzJeK6Y

    For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world,and lose his own soul? (Mark 8:36)

  • Early in her career Katy Perry did actually release one Christian-oriented album under the name Katy Hudson. What happened after that, however, is anyone’s guess. Pray that God will grant her and all aware of and associated with her faith and repentance. Mick Koster.

  • Why are we praying for her? My wife and I are not. I don’t even know who she is. Do we have to pray for her? Pray for those you love – leave others to Satan – as St Paul said.

  • Thanks BT. Well, Jesus died on the cross for her, as he did for everyone else, so there is hope that she will come around. So that is why we need to pray for her. People prayed for me when I was a rebel, and I am so glad they did!

  • Thanks Bill. Point taken. I am so glad that somebody prayed for me too. I hope they keep praying for me.

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