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Sex Sells Especially In The Church: Hannah Montana Miley Cyrus Does Everything For Jesus Christ Including Kissing Katy Perry And Liking It

Posted by Job on September 18, 2008

I have tried to ignore this Miley Cyrus thing, even after her proclamations of not only being a Christian celebrity, but doing everything for Jesus Christ. The reason is that I had already dealt with the trend -beginning with Aaliyah, Destiny’s Child, and Anna Kournikova in the 1990s but becoming a major part of our cultural landscape with Britney Spears – of making teenage (and even younger looking) girls into overt sex objects for not only teenage boys but also adult males in the past. Even that Miley Cyrus would be able to get away with the added dimension of claiming to serve Jesus Christ by being an underaged sex fantasy object was only a minor development. After all, Jessica Simpson’s father is a former Southern Baptist minister. Britney Spears made claims of being a Southern Baptist virgin a huge part of her original public relations profile. Destiny’s Child oft claimed Christianity. Mandy Moore went from singer to actress in the evangelical Christian film “A Walk To Remember.”  And lest we forget, the father of Miley Cyrus, after his country music career evaporated, did the common tactic of using Chri$tian capitali$m to stay in show business, even being given a TV series on “Christian family values” PaxNet (Doc, in which Miley Cyrus appeared in an episode). 

But Slice of Laodicea’s revealing the extent to which Miley Cyrus is mocking the very Christians that she is professing herself to be a role model for AND how some Christians are STILL DEFENDING HER (see link) made me decide that this topic was worth revisiting: Miley Cyrus kissing Katy Perry, who wrote the lesbian anthem “I Kissed A Girl”, at some MTV awards event. Cyrus says that she does everything for Jesus Christ … so apparently emulating Perry’s promotion of lesbianism was her way of spreading the gospel? 

Let me state that my position is that a Christian can pursue a career in secular music so long as said Christian’s music and betrayal does not transgress the Bible. So no, I am not objecting to Cyrus’ going on heathen MTV and being photographed with Perry. If there is no justification for me having a ‘holier than thou’ attitude when I at work, I also have no justification for demanding that she act that way just because she is a celebrity. Instead, my issue is with how so many entertainers are able to claim Christianity so that they can rake in even more money while still meeting the desires and expectations of their supporters who hate Jesus Christ.

And how does Miley Cyrus meet the expectations of these people? Kissing Katy Perry, something that people will remember when Cyrus inevitably attempts to make the leap from child entertainer to adult singer (more on that later) is just a tiny part of it, and why not let someone who does not claim to be Christian (but does acknowledge having and acting on lesbian desires),  actress Megan Fox explain:

Fox also defended Miley Cyrus and Vanessa Hudgens regarding their racy photo scandals and said that she doesn’t like Disney because they take “these little girls, and they put them through entertainment school and teach them to sing and dance, and make them wear belly shirts …”

What Fox is speaking of is Disney’s game of turning little girls into sex objects. Why did I use Fox’s words instead of a Christian who said the same? Well show me a single prominent Christian that is taking up this battle (even if it is only in the context of saying “Miley Cyrus is not a suitable role model for Christian girls”) and I will use his or her words. As our “Christian leaders” are being preoccupied with wanting and hoping Cyrus, Spears, and their daughters and church members grow up to be beauty queen Sarah Palin, it appears that no such statements are forthcoming and the non – Christian Megan Fox has provided the most truthful words on this matter!

Miley Cyrus is part and parcel of the Disney “use kids for sexual fantasies” game. The tight skimpy outfits, makeup, clothes, dancing … Cyrus is one of many young girls that Disney uses to market sexual fantasies to both teen boys and also grown men with the emotional development of teen boys. How do we know this “grown men” part? Because when racy photos of Cyrus were published in Vanity Fair, it created so much traffic that their servers crashed. Thirteen year old boys are not Vanity Fair’s demographic! And no, it is not teen boys that create the vast majority of the many websites on the Internet dedicated to racy pictures of teenage (and again, often preteen looking) girls. It is grown men who not only create those sites, but grown men who visit them, often paying money to do so! 

And Cyrus is in no way unique. Quite the contrary, sexuality using and aimed at teens and preteens pervades virtually every Disney show, even the cartoons, and has for years. So, when Miley Cyrus agreed to the Disney show, she knew what it would involve, and so did her father. And even if Miley Cyrus was somehow unaware at this Internet subculture based on trading images of underaged girls when she agreed to do the show A) her father knew and B) Cyrus certainly knows now, because she is the latest in a long line of “oh my goodness how and why did someone violate my privacy by stealing and publishing these racy photos!” young starlets that use that Internet subculture to enhance their fame. 

Is this as bad as when Kanye West was actually nominated for a gospel music award for recording “Jesus Walks”, or when Destiny’s Child received good publicity for putting gospel songs on an album, and one of their members released a gospel album? I still remember the video for “Survivor” … one of the “singers” claimed to have overcome persecution in Hollywood for refusing to compromise their Christianity, and right after the word “Christianity” was, er, “sung”, the video cut to the grind – dancing bikinied crotch (something straight out of the strip club) of the “singer”, either overtly mocking Jesus Christ or their Christian supporters buying their albums. If any Christians denounced that video (or Destiny’s Child’s claims to be in any way Christian), I missed it. 

The younger Cyrus knows what she is doing. So does the older Cyrus. Evidence of this is how they handled the mild criticism from Christians over the Vanity Fair photo shoot: Miley Cyrus made the typical claim of being exploited and taken advantage of by the worldly heathens at the Noo Yawk magazine, and Billy Ray Cyrus claimed that it happened because he trusted the Vanity Fair people with his daughter and was off somewhere on business instead of protecting his daughter’s virtue. Now Vanity Fair’s version of the story was entirely different. Quite frankly, anyone who has ever watched the excessive makeup, skin tight clothes, and suggestive dancing that takes place on a typical episode of Hannah Montana (let alone Cyrus’ increasingly notorious private behavior) would find the Vanity Fair New York heathens to be much more credible than the professing Christians from evangelical entertainment and publishing capital Franklin, Tennessee. 

Now Britney Spears dropped the Christian pretensions once she decided to leave the teeny bopper scene behind and aim for a more adult sound and a wider more lucrative audience. Miley Cyrus’ far edgier public profile lately, plus her public statements that she wants to stop doing Hannah Montana, indicates that she is ready to follow Spears’ path. And why not? If it works, why try to fix it? But the issue is not the younger Cyrus, who will succeed or fail on her own merits. (Since she isn’t much of an actress, dancer, singer or songwriter those merits will consist of being able to get males older than 15 to look at her. Well, good luck with that.) It is not the older Cyrus, who has gleefully used his daughter to extend what is left of his fame. (The Disney Channel actually plays his songs and videos … probably because their contract with his daughter compels them to.) The issue is with Christians so desperate to have an entertainer in the secular arena that they can call their own. The common justification is that “we need to be represented in mainstream culture.” Fine. If a Christian can use their mainstream soapbox to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ so that sinners can come to repentance, fine. But show me a shred of evidence that Cyrus, Spears, Destiny’s Child, West, etc. have done this or even tried to (the solo gospel album of Destiny’s Child’s Michelle Williams as an exception). Instead, what is these people truly mean is that “we need THEM to represent US in mainstream culture so WE won’t feel so strange, different, and alone!” 

Now this is not an endorsement of theologian Soren Kierkegaard, but his goal of making Christianity hard and uncomfortable for those in his homeland that had made Christianity easy by marrying the church with the state (or in our context marrying the church to the culture) should be considered. In this context, Christians are not even allowing themselves to be used and exploited by God – mockers like Spears and Cyrus. Instead, Christians are the users and exploiters. They are sacrificing these little girls to the child porn (in the sense that Jesus Christ used the term “pornea”, which means sexual immorality) monster so they can avoid what the Bible says about rejecting the world and being rejected by it. It is because of their own need to be accepted and loved by and have a place in the world that they could care less how many young girls Hollywood chews up and spits out. They could care less how many young girls develop eating disorders or disfigure themselves because they think that if they can just look like Britney or Miley someone will love them (because hey, it isn’t as if Britney or Miley interrupts their shimmy pole dancing and selling merchandise long enough to tell these girls – or boys – that JESUS CHRIST LOVES THEM … if they did Disney would rip up their contracts overnight).

They could care less how many husbands become emotionally detached from their wives because they are committing adultery (again according to Jesus Christ’s definition of it) by surfing the web looking for pictures of Miley, Britney, Lindsay Lohan (another Disney product) to feed their fantasies, which many find much easier than emotionally relating to their living breathing adult spouse. And no, they could care less about how many little boys that grow up socialized by Disney’s (and Nickelodeon’s) sexuality go on to become rapists, and how many of those men that crashed Vanity Fair’s servers go on to molest their daughters. And they could care less about how the carnage of human emotion that causes will lead to suicides and murders (including but certainly not limited to abortions). “Being represented” in the world so that they don’t have to reject it or be rejected by it is so valuable to these Christians that they are very much willing to sacrifice what happens to everyone else, even when that everyone includes the Savior Jesus Christ that is being mocked. But be not deceived … God is not mocked. Thus saith scripture. And on judgment day, all will see precisely how and why God’s Name shall not be the subject of shame. The ones who will behold this will not only be the artists purporting to be Christian, but the purported Christians that created the environment where such artists could successfully employ this tactic. 

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Satan Is Real And After Your Children: Omaha Shooter Robert Hawkins

Posted by Job on December 5, 2007

According to msnbc.msn.com/id/22116784/ this Robert Hawkins was 20 years old, and had a history of depression and other problems, including being kicked out of his parents’ home, being fired from his McDonald’s job over allegedly stealing $17, and breaking up with his girlfriend. So this fellow according to all available evidence (including two suicide notes and a will) premediates the notion that he is going to find meaningfulness and worth in death that he was unable to find in life by “going out in style”; killing himself and taking several others with him to the tune of 9 dead including himself in an Omaha mall, firing from 35 to 40 shots in the process.

A lot of times we look at people at that age and do not see children looking back at us. Indeed, by the time a person reaches 20 he  can have completed his education, possess a job or trade that involves a good deal of money or responsibility, be married, and have fathered children. But especially in our modern culture, which robs children of their innocence on one hand and stunts their emotional, mental, and intellectual growth on the other, we are producing an increasing number of people at that age that are angry, frightened, insecure, irresponsible, and in so many ways unable to manage their own affairs. Available studies, including those that are detailing the stunning academic and career failure rates of young men, show that for whatever reason boys are faring worse than girls, though girls are showing severe problems too, such as the skyrocketing increase in girls and young women that are committing violent crimes and being incarcerated.

I can look at this and understand and sympathize with certain people who feel that the answer is more teachers, more counselors, more social workers, and fewer guns. I can also understand the views of people who say that the solution is returning to the laws, mass culture, and family structure that we had before the 1960s. The former are correct in noting that America has more problems of this type than many other industrialized nations, and that we are needlessly harming people and threatening the future of our nation by refusing to emulate other countries. Yet the latter is also correct when they state that we didn’t have these problems in our own country a just a few decades ago, and that any reforms should consist of returning to the way that things used to be. Either way, we have to realize that these things happen so often that we have become desensitized to them: a similar shooting that claimed 5 lives in Utah before the killer Sulejmen Talovic was killed by police has been all but forgotten. So has the murder of four college students in Newark, New Jersey. A lot of people made much of the fact that Sulejmen Talovic, the murderer in the first incident was a Bosnian Muslim refugee allowed into this country by the Bill Clinton administration, while others focus on the fact that the main murder suspect of the four college students, Jose Carranza (alias Jose La Chira),  is an illegal immigrant from Peru that is also suspected of raping a five year old (although some claim that it was an anti – gay hate crime). Well this case is yet another example of how the vast majority of our terrorists, whether they victimize a single person or a great many, are home grown, so while the immigration issue – both legal and illegal – is a worthy topic of consideration, let us not allow it us to view it out of context and distract from the main issue that our culture overall has become exceptionally violent. If anything, the violence of illegal immigrants reflects the recent wave of violence in the overall culture, for it is a logical conclusion that were illegal immigrants committing these acts in, say, the 1950s when the culture was much less violent and more willing to be moved to act out of shock and anger and a desire for justice and order because of incidents like this (although events such as the Rosewood massacre in Florida shows that such reactions were not always just or honorable), we would have built the border fence between the United States and Mexico long ago.

Well, I am not here to take sides on whether we should pursue a liberal social welfare agenda or a conservative family values agenda. Regarding those, let each person pursue what he thinks is best for our nation and himself, and we must agree that we generally convince ourselves that what is most favorable or acceptable for the latter for whatever reason is also in the best interests of the former. Instead, I am here today to promote a Jesus Christ agenda, to urge every parent to teach their kids about Jesus Christ and urge them to accept Him. I did not say take your child to church and trust some religious establishment to teach your child what he or she needs to know. Instead, you, as a parent, a mother or father, should take personal responsibility with what God has given you.

Do not believe the lies of those that oppose Jesus Christ who say that you are committing child abuse or imposing your will on a child by teaching your child about Jesus Christ and urging the child to accept Him as personal Lord and savior. These lies are the very reason why so many people delegate this task to the churches, thinking that it is somehow more moral to let their children “come to their own decision when they are ready” by virtue of participation in a corporate religious culture. Well, salvation through Jesus Christ is personal, so group while group religious participation may provide the benefits of socialization, it may not result in individual salvation. But realize that the lie that children should be off limits from being told about the imperative that Jesus Christ should rule their lives comes from people who themselves have rejected Jesus Christ as Lord and savior over their lives and desperately want your child to follow after their ways. Many of these people have actually convinced themselves that opposing the gospel message actually makes this world a better place, seeing Satan as a much more benevolent, virtuous, and worthy ruler than God. Whether they realize it or not, this is the true stance that these people are taking, and their lies should be rejected by every parent.

Child Evangelism Fellowship http://cefonline.com has materials that will help you communicate the gospel message to a child as young as five, the age which Charles Spurgeon suggested in a sermon a person so young could receive it (though the context of his sermon did not preclude a person even younger from hearing and believing the message). Now I am not here to promise you that your child accepting Jesus Christ will prevent that child from becoming the next Robert Hawkins or for that matter one of his victims. There are a lot of Christians who sincerely believe so, but that is not the point of the gospel message. Instead, the purpose of the gospel message is that no matter your fate or situation in this life, accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and savior secures your eternity with that same Jesus Christ in the next. It will be an eternity absent violence, grief, sickness, sadness, war, poverty, racism, injustice, hatred, death, and evil of all sorts but will consist of only joy.

If you have not accepted that message yourself, here is your opportunity: follow the Three Step Salvation Plan. After you have done so, please share that message with your family members – especially if they are your children – and anyone else that you have the opportunity to, and no children should not be exempt from those that you share this message with. After all, there were many kids at that Omaha mall where Robert Hawkins unleashed his fury, desperation, and hopelessness, and those 35 – 40 bullets that he shot had no respect of anyone’s age. I urge you to do so immediately, for as everything from wars to incidents like this to seemingly more “everyday” incidents like car accidents and health problems, it is plainly evident in this day and age that tomorrow is promised to no one! I am not trying to scare or manipulate you, for my own Bible makes it clear that the gospel message is not to be spread by pressure or deception. Instead, I am telling you why the plain facts of life are evidence in and of themselves why we need a savior, and that said savior can only be Jesus Christ.…..

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Satan Is Real And After Your Children: Mentally Ill Lovesick Teen Kills Herself After Cruel Online Prank

Posted by Job on November 17, 2007

Please read this heartbreaking story:

msnbc.msn.com/id/21844203/

The synopsis: a 13 year old girl suffering from depression and ADD was tricked into thinking that she had an online romance with a boy named Josh. After 6 weeks, “Josh” broke up with her, and distraught she killed herself. As it turns out, this “Josh” does not exist, but rather was a cruel prank by a neighbor. As for Megan Meier, article says of her “She was described as a “bubbly, goofy” girl who loved spending time with her friends, watching movies and fishing with her dad.” Sadly, there was no mention of whether this girl had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Would having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ cured her mental illness? Would it have prevented her from being tricked and harassed on the Internet? Would it have prevented her from committing suicide? I have no answer for these questions. The answer that I do have is this: if Jesus Christ was this girl’s personal savior, then whatever evil she might have suffered in this life, her eternity with Jesus Christ would have been secure.

This notion that children are not yet accountable for their sins and will be given a free pass from God because of their age, and that evangelizing children somehow constitutes child abuse (though political, psychological, and other kinds of indoctrination through the government schools and mass media are obviously OK!) needs to be rejected. There are girls 11 years old and younger having children, becoming parents. So of course children at a very young age have a degree of knowledge of right from wrong and the consequences of their actions even if it is shrouded in emotional and intellectual immaturity. Thus, they are able to hear and receive the gospel of Jesus Christ through faith despite that same immaturity.

So please, parents, talk to your children about accepting Jesus Christ and the eternal consequences of not doing so. The Child Evangelism Fellowship Ministry has some excellent tools that you can use to communicate the message of Jesus Christ to children as young as 5. The person who started the ministry said that he was inspired by reading a sermon from Charles Spurgeon, which stated “A child of five, if properly instructed can as truly believe and be regenerated.” Please visit http://www.cefonline.com and use it to help you explain the gospel of Jesus Christ today. Do not tarry or equivocate, for as this sad episode illustrates, tomorrow is neither promised to you or to your dear children!

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