Once again demonstrating that the pop culture industry has no qualms about disrespecting the Christian faith, Australian rapper Iggy Azalea took the blasphemy against God to new heights in her video ‘Savior.’ The video, filmed entirely in a church, features satanic, sexualized and blasphemous imagery all the while subtle promoting the false gospel that salvation comes from within a person and not from God.
According to the rapper (who though having a heavy Australian accent raps with a faux American southern dialect for marketing purposes) explained the reasoning behind the video which was written during a “dark period” in her life when her career and engagement were falling apart:
“The song is isn’t about ‘needing a man or a woman to come and save you in a relationship,” but rather about you as “your own savior and finding your own strength within yourself to figure it the f— out.” (source).
Well despite her own statements, the video shows a message that is distinctly anti-Christian. The video opens with Azalea wearing lingerie and writhing in a bed that is placed at the location of the pulpit of a church. The precise location of where God’s Word is to be preached. Webster’s 1828 dictionary (which was based on the language of the King James Bible) defines blasphemy as:
“An indignity offered to God by words or writing; reproachful, contemptuous or irreverent words uttered impiously against Jehovah.
Blasphemy is an injury offered to God, by denying that which is due and belonging to him, or attributing to him that which is not agreeable to his nature.” (source).
Why would an artist use such a sacred place for millions of people for an erotic display in their video? It is the product of an unsaved heart that has no gear of God in it. The Lord Jesus Christ said:
“But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:” – Matthew 15:18-19.
The Occult Madonna Symbolism
The video is supposed to depict an eerie wedding as Azalea walks down the aisle to meet a figure shrouded in a hood near the altar. The depiction of her with a halo is very reminiscent of the Roman Catholic artwork of Mary seen in thousands of churches all over the world.
These works, which seek to promote the very heretical notion that Mary herself is a deity to be prayed to, has no Biblical basis whatsoever. For centuries the Catholic Church has promoted the notion that Mary is a “co-redemptrix” – providing salvation alongside The Lord Jesus Christ. There are many scripted, rote rosary prayers that Catholics all over the world memorize to pray to her. Reciting a “hail Mary” is often used to seek God’s forgiveness. None of this is Biblical and it is all in clear violation and disobedience to God’s Word.
Scripture is clear: “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;” (1 Timothy 2:5). Jesus Christ alone serves as the mediator between humanity and God The Father. It is Christ’s atoning work on the cross that provides forgiveness – not any action by Mary. Mary was indeed a special woman as she was chosen by God to give birth to The Messiah. This was an honor she readily acknowledged and in humble obedience agreed to. But she is not supernatural, sinless or on par with The Lord. This of course has not stopped Pope Francis from praying to statues of Mary and even placing a crown on a statue of Mary to proclaim her “Queen of Heaven.” This title stems from Babylonian mystery religions:
“Once people began to worship the mother more than the child, Babylonian priests felt forced to issue an edict deifying the mother also. After the passage of still more time, “her son’s birth was boldly declared to be miraculous, and therefore she was called …the Virgin Mother.” (p.76) “The highest titles were then bestowed upon her. She was called the Queen of Heaven. In Egypt, she was styled Athor, i.e., the Habitation of God to signify that in her dwelt all the ‘fulness of the Godhead'”. (p.77) From this pagan beginning, the story of the Virgin Mother (Queen of Heaven) spread throughout the world.” (source).
In the book of Jeremiah, the Israelites were rebuked by the prophet and punished by God for giving offerings to “the Queen of Heaven”:
“Seest thou not what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.” – Jeremiah 7:17-18.
As she approaches her “groom” the hood is lifted and there is no one there. This was presumably an ode to her broken relationship with professional basketball player Nick Young. The wedding scene is interspersed with a shot of Azalea rapping at the front of the church and notice the shape of the pendant she is wearing:
The pendant is subtly similar to the shape of the Baphomet – the goat headed figure of Satan created by occultist Eliphas Levy.
Of this symbol, Anton LaVey, former head of the Church of Satan wrote:
“The symbol of Baphomet was used by the Knights Templar to represent Satan. Through the ages this symbol has been called by many different names. Among these are: The Goat of Mendes, The Goat of a Thousand Young, The Black Goat, The Judas Goat, and perhaps the most appropriately, The Scapegoat.” (source).
Occult Baptism – The Dying And Rising God
The next scene features Iggy Azalea being placed into a baptismal pool. Baptism is of course one of two rites mandated by Jesus Christ in the New Testament (the other being The Lord’ Supper). It is a new Christian’s signature on the covenant they enter with God when they believe in The Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of their sins (and a replacement for circumcision – which served the same purpose in the Old Covenant). Jesus commanded His disciples to go all over the world “…baptizing in the name of The Father, The Son and The Holy Ghost.” (Matthew 28:19). It is indeed a very special and powerful moment in the life of a born-again Christian.
But how is the baptism of Iggy Azalea portrayed in the Savior video? Certainly not in a God-honoring manner. Azalea is fully immersed in the baptismal pool as if she is taking a bath. She is wearing a lingerie corset and a hooded figure presses her under the water to drown her:
This is all an ode to occult rituals centered on the dying and rising god. Whether it be freemasonry or witchcraft, for centuries, ancient mystery religions have had rituals based on the myth of a god who would die and rise from the dead again:
“A dying-and-rising god is born, suffers a death-like experience, and is subsequently reborn. A dying-and-rising, death-rebirth, or resurrection deity is a religious motif in which a god or goddess dies and is resurrected.” (source).
Freemason philosopher Manly P. Hall wrote in his occult encyclopedia, The Secret Teachings of All Ages:
“The Dying God shall rise again!… he time may yet come when the chants of the Illumined shall be heard once more in its ancient passageways and the Master of the Hidden House shall await in the Silent Place for the coming of that man who, casting aside the fallacies of dogma and tenet, seeks simply Truth and will be satisfied with neither substitute nor counterfeit.” (p. 120).
The hooded figure is soon revealed to be Azalea herself – showing her willingness to sacrifice her life and be her own savior. When she emerges from the baptismal she is clearly reborn:
Exiting the baptism, Azalea lies on the church floor surrounded by candles presumably in the shape of angels’ wings. He corset even has feathers to demonstrate her angelic rebirth:
It is at this point that the congregation begins to raise their hands in praise and worship. Though they previously appeared comatose or in a trance, they are now energized and excited to worship the reborn goddess before them.
The video ends with a bizarre looking figure who was playing the pipe organ holding up his hands in a pyramid symbol.
Losing Your Soul – The High Price Of Fame
“Again, the devil taketh [Jesus] up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” – Matthew 4:8-10.
When the Devil made this offer to Jesus Christ it was no idle boast. Satan is referred to as “the prince of this world” and “the god of this world” in the New Testament. But the “world” he rules over is the temporary age of this world today. Jesus Christ is Lord and will come to reclaim the Earth from Satan forever. But in the meantime, the Devil bestows worldly treasures, power and influence to those who do his bidding. Time and time again, Hollywood entertainers are more than willing to promote fornication, violence, murder, suicide and even outright satanic worship to secure money and fame.
In our first article on Iggy Azalea, Beginning And End detailed how she achieved stardom making some of the most perverse, profanity-laced music of her genre. She also became infamous for twerking and striking graphic, overtly sexual poses in her videos and photo shoots. When an artist is willing to lead millions of children and adult fans into sinful rebellion they have a chance to align with Satan. Having run into a clear need of a career boost, Azalea now resorted to blaspheming Christianity outright.
But will it be worth it? Despite her fame and wealth, Azalea confessed that she was suicidal in recent years. Just like megastar Katy Perry (who also confessed to depression, suicidal desires and no longer even wanting to be ‘Katy Perry’). From Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Kurt Cobain or the many members of “The 27 Club” who all died tragically at the age of 27, the music industry proves time and again that the cost is too high.
Azalea seems to have found a great deal of emptiness, pain and despair despite being “on top of the world.” Pop culture history is filled with tragic tales of artists who took their lives in their prime of their success because they could not handle the literal and figurative demons that plagued them. The Devil is the enemy of humanity and trying to “make a deal” to achieve worldly fame and success will lead down the dark road many of the biggest entertainers of all time have trod – dying alone, depressed, drug addicted and with no hope. Do not be deceived.
If you are a Christian pray for Iggy Azalea and all those associated with her blasphemous video to repent of their sin against God. And stand up for the faith – share the Gospel and help bring the unsaved into the Church of God. If you are not a Christian – at some point you must ask yourself why so many pop stars continually attack and disrespect Christianity in their music videos? Why is it that despite all their money and worldly glory, these stars are so depressed they want to end their own lives before even reaching the age of 30? It is because without God, there is no peace. Without Jesus Christ there is no true joy. No amount of money can buy the peace that comes from knowing your sins are forgiven and you are reconciled to God. Jesus Christ died on the cross, so you can have that peace.
Jesus Christ said: “I will build my church and not even the gates of hell shall prevail against it.” Let’s pray Iggy Azalea and others stop disrespecting Christ’s church and instead go to it for free forgiveness and joy no one can ever take away.