Now if I happened to be the devil, intent on subverting God’s church and especially derailing the faith of millions of young Christians, what might I do? How could I get a host of believers to deny their own faith, reject the clear teachings of the Bible, and effectively tell God that he is quite wrong?
Well, I am not the devil, but there certainly is a real, personal devil out there, and I have no doubt he has asked these very questions. And it seems to me that a diabolical answer has indeed been found. And as much as I hate to admit it, it seems to be working perfectly.
This is what he must have thought: “I know, I will target a bunch of popular Christian celebrities, pop stars and even gospel singers, and get them to fully surrender to the homosexual lifestyle, or, barring that, get them to come out in full public support of it. Given what a clueless lot most Christians are today with almost no biblical discernment, I can easily win millions of them to my side as a result.”
And guess what? The plan is working to a T. Not only do we have plenty of big cheese Christian celebs coming out telling us they are now homosexuals or lesbians, and that it is all fully blessed by God, but we also have many who have fallen hook, line and sinker for the homosexual agenda.
And as a result, millions of entertainment-mad but biblically starved Christians are lapping it up. “Hey, so and so is in favour of homosexual marriage. Cool. I guess I will be as well.” “Oh neat, this big celeb is delighting in her lesbian lifestyle. I think I will check it out as well.”
Satan of course is rubbing his hands with glee over this. And it seems every month another big-time Christian celeb decides to ditch his or her faith and take up Satan’s game plan. Sure, they still think they are Christians, and still call themselves Christians, but they are nothing of the sort.
When you deliberately tell God he is wrong, and wilfully violate his clearly expressed commands, then you no longer have the right to call yourself a Christian. You have moved out of God’s Kingdom and taken up residence in Satan’s Kingdom. It is that simple.
Satan loves it, God hates it, and most of God’s people wouldn’t have a clue. They just go with the worldly flow like any dead fish does. Hardly any will swim against the tide and stand up for God and his truth. That is the pathetic state of the Christian church in the West today. It is dominated by carnal, compromised and easily deceived pew-warmers. And plenty of deceived pastors are out there as well.
So just who are some of these Christians who have shaken their fist at God as they embrace that which God calls an abomination? There are many of them. I have discussed quite a few of these folks over the years. The following are just some of them, and you might easily add more names to the list.
Vicky Beeching. The most recent example of Christian compromise, capitulation, and carnality. I just wrote about her rebellion against God and his Word here: https://billmuehlenberg.com/2014/08/14/umm-no-he-doesnt/
Carrie Underwood. This gal, who won the American Idol contest in 2005, and professes to be a Christian, has said on a number of occasions now that there is nothing wrong with homosexual marriage. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/16/carrie-underwood-gay-marriage-country-singer_n_2488967.html
Jennifer Knapp. Around four years ago this gospel singer came out and told us she was a lesbian and proud of it. I discuss her promotion and celebration of sin here: https://billmuehlenberg.com/2010/04/16/justifying-lifestyles-ignoring-scripture/
Guy Sebastian. A number of times now he has publicly denied his own faith while promoting the homosexual lifestyle. I have written about him on several occasions, including here: https://billmuehlenberg.com/2012/10/11/celebrities-and-losing-the-faith/
Jars of Clay. The group’s lead singer Dan Haseltine has caused quite a stir among his Christian fan base by issuing a series of tweets in support of homosexual marriage.
Amy Grant. She at best equivocates and refuses to take a clear and strong biblical stance here in an interview she did with the homosexual press: http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=59691
Miley Cyrus. I hesitate to even include her here, since she is clearly doing her best to be as despicable, slutty, perverse and trashy as she can possibly be of late. But she has claimed to be a Christian, at least in the past, and she too is pushing the homosexual agenda big time: https://billmuehlenberg.com/2011/08/02/wrong-again-miley/
As I say, there are many other names you might want to add to this list. These are some of the better known clueless wonders who have sold out their faith and sold out their God in order to win the applause of men. They shall have their reward.
As for me, I will always remain true to God and his Word, regardless of how many professing Christians turn to the dark side. Compromise is just not an option for the true disciple of Jesus Christ. But it is happening all over the place sadly. There would be many reasons for this, which cannot be entered into here. However a concluding thought by A. W. Tozer cannot go amiss here:
“We live in a day in which renunciation is no longer being taught. We are not supposed to renounce anything to become Christians. We are not told to. We just believe something and accept something passively, in a state of moral inertia, and then we go right back to what we were doing before. There are people in this country making a career of compromising the cross of Christ with the world, until we cannot tell which is which. We are one big compromise.”