“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and [money].- Jesus Christ, Matthew 6:24.”
Pop Mega-Star Katy Perry recently made waves in the Christian media when she announced that she is not a Christian and is an adherent to the New Age Movement. While there may be shock and sadness over this announcement, Beginning and End has chronicled the blatant sinful rebellion that has been a part of Perry’s music and videos for years. Her announcement is yet another sign of pop culture’s open movement away from God and the promotion of anything to do with the Christian faith.
Perry has left behind her born-again past and finds spirituality through the writing of Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now influenced the song “This Moment”); practicing Transcendental Meditation (“the best thing I got out of my previous relationship, because it was introduced to me via my ex-husband”); and therapy. “I don’t believe in a heaven or a hell or an old man sitting on a throne. I believe in a higher power bigger than me because that keeps me accountable. Accountability is rare to find, especially with people like myself, because nobody wants to tell you something you don’t want to hear. I actually don’t trust people who start to turn on me because they get scared of telling me the truth. I’m not Buddhist, I’m not Hindu, I’m not Christian, but I still feel like I have a deep connection with God. I pray all the time—for self-control, for humility. There’s a lot of gratitude in it. Just saying ‘thank you’ sometimes is better than asking for things.” - Katy Perry interview in Marie Claire Magazine.
Perry started her career as a Contemporary Christian Music or CCM singer. When she did not achieve the financial success she envisioned for herself, she turned to pop music. Her first big smash single “I Kissed A Girl” was a celebration of lesbian exploration. The song, which led her to first multi-platinum album, launched Perry into superstardom and gave her legions of young adoring female fans who were captivated by her powerful voice and style. And thus the decision to sacrifice the faith in God and Christian values was made and Perry’s hit single became an anthem for girls to consider the fun and “coolness” of sinful rebellion against The Lord.
In the video below, Perry describes it herself:
As the verses above indicate, it is impossible to make fame and wealth the ultimate goal in one’s life and to serve God. 1 Timothy 6:10 says: “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” Scripture is clear that Satan can bestow Earthly riches on those who choose to follow him. When Jesus Christ was tempted by the Devil in the wilderness, the Bible explains this:
And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. – Luke 4:5-8.
The offer to the Messiah was not an idle one. Satan was literally offering Jesus Christ the kingdoms of the world, of which Satan has temporary authority over, as God allows [B&E: this is shown in greater detail in Chapter 1 of the Book of Job for those who want more information on this topic]. Quoting the Bible back to the Adversary, Jesus Christ resisted the Devil’s temptation and rightly proclaimed that only God in Heaven should be worshiped. Yet 2,000 years later, Satan still extends that offer to many people. And while it may not be in a face-to-face conversation as it was with Jesus Christ, it comes in the form of executives offering million-dollar contracts and a lavish celebrity lifestyle in exchange for influencing the world away from God and into sin.
Since the time of her first single, Perry has gone on to become one of the most successful singers of all time. All the while she became famous for her oversexed image. Wearing skimpy outfits, appearing nude in music videos and enticing lust in the eyes of her fans have become a Perry trademark. In her song, “E.T.” she sings about sexual relations with an alien, who could possibly be “the Devil.” (We covered this song in detail in our article Katy Perry’s “E.T.” Song And Video – Alien Deception Strikes Again). So from very early in her pop career, the abandoning of the Christian faith was apparent.
A Child Of The Devil?
In our article Katy Perry’s Dad: “Katy Is A Child Of The Devil”, Beginning and End detailed the UK Sun’s story about a sermon in which Katy Perry’s dad, Keith Hudson, referred to his superstar daughter as “a child of the devil.” Both of Perry’s parents are pastors and believers in Charismatic Christianity, which involves a host of unbiblical practices. But her father’s apparent regrets over Perry’s career choices were obvious:
“I was at a concert of Katy’s where there were 20,000. I’m watching this generation, and they were going at it. It was almost like church,” Keith said. “I stood there and wept and kept on weeping and weeping. They’re loving and worshipping the wrong thing.” (source).
And this is what the world wants. To take what was once for God and turn into something of the world. Perry’s descent into rebellion has not stopped her pastor mother from supporting her. Her mother serves as her manager and travels with Perry on tour. So rather than rebuking their daughter with Godly instruction as the Bible commands, Perry’s mother has joined in on the multi-million dollar enterprise that is her pop star daughter. And this compromise in the faith always opens the door for the enemy to infiltrate.
So did Perry “lose her salvation”? How does this dangerous transition take place? Jesus Christ, in one of his parables describes Christians who follow the same spiritual road Perry has. In the parable Jesus describes a sower- a farmer who is planting seeds on different surfaces.
Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred. And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable… And he said unto them… The sower soweth the word. And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts. And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended. And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred. – Mark 4:1-20.
As Jesus explained, the seeds in the parable were a metaphor for The Word of God or the Bible. And the different surfaces were the different types of responses people can have to hearing the Gospel message. For many, Satan uses whatever temptation necessary to let them no longer care about the Christian faith. Sometimes it can be persecution. Or a difficult experience. Or it can be the lure of riches and worldly desires. All these things can make someone who claims to be a Christian soon renounce their faith. But since they never truly had a strong “root” or foundation, they never truly received Jesus in their hearts to begin with.
To no surprise, Perry has now turned to the New Age movement. She cited Eckhart Tolle as in inspiration for one her songs. Tolle, a New Age movement guru, is the author of books such as “A New Earth” and “The Power of Now” which teach a message that each individual person has godhood within them. And through various mystical practices, this divine spark can be released. Thus there is no need for the God of the Bible, Jesus Christ, salvation or forgiveness of sin. Heaven and Hell are also non-existent and the idea of believing in a God should be abandoned.
At the 2:00 mark in the video below, Oprah Winfrey one of the greatest promoters of New Age doctrine in the world, interviews Tolle on his spiritual message. In his responses and her explanation of his writings, it is clear that much, if not all of it runs contrary to Biblical Christianity.
Perry also claimed to be a practitioner of transcendental meditation, also a New Age practice which involves reciting a mantra, or single phrase, repeatedly, in order to achieve greater spiritual consciousness. When Jesus Christ taught His disciples how to pray, he specific reference to this practice: “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.” (Matthew 6:7).
The spiritual descent from The Lord will always lead to occult spiritual practices. And Perry gave even more confirmation of this with the new artwork for her new single Dark Horse:
— Katy Perry (@katyperry) January 10, 2014
Note the All-Seeing Eye at the top of the image. The All-Seeing Eye of Horus, also known as the All-Seeing Eye of Lucifer. Christian news site Cutting Edge writes:
“The Blazing Star (Pentagram) has been regarded as an emblem of Omniscience, or the All-Seeing Eye, which to the Egyptian Initiates was the emblem of Osiris, the Creator.” [Pike, "Morals and Dogma", p. 26-16]
Therefore, the All-Seeing Eye is the symbol of the Omniscience of the Sun God, Lucifer, whom they worship. These All-Seeing Eyes represents the Omniscience of Horus, who is Lucifer in the Egyptian Satanic Mysteries. Masonic author, Carl Claudy writes: “This is one of the oldest and most widespread symbols denoting God. We find it in Egypt, in India … The Open Eye of Egypt represented Osiris. In India, Siva is represented by an eye.” [Carl Claudy, "Introduction To Freemasonry: Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft, and Master mason Complete In One Volume", The Temple Publishers, 1931, p. 148, quoted by Dr. Cathy Burns, "Masonic and Occult Symbols Illustrated", p. 357] (source).
You Can Always Return To Christ
From her own statements, it’s clear that Katy Perry received the seeds of the Gospel. But the message of the salvation in Jesus Christ did not take root. She was not the “good soil” that Jesus Christ described in his parable. But this does not mean it is over for her. There are many people who may have visited church or started studying the Bible for a season, only to abandon the faith as time went on – whether it was because life became busy, they were turned off by the people at a certain church or just lost interest. Maybe this has happened to you. But this does not mean that God has written you off. Scripture is clear that God: “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9). If you are a Christian, pray for Katy Perry to repent and truly learn and believe the Biblical Gospel – to know that through faith in Jesus Christ there can be forgiveness of sins and eternal life. No amount of money or fame is worth eternal punishment in hell. And maybe one day Perry will realize this and promote Christ over money, fame and sinful rebellion.