Famous Pop Singer’s Faith Radically Different Than His Public Persona
June 7 is the birthday of Prince. The pop star died in 2016 at the age of 57. Prince was publicly known for his extravagant lifestyle. He wore flamboyant outfits, sang sexually-charged lyrics, and was known for having many different girlfriends. His private life could not be more different.
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Prince was not just Christian, but deeply conservative. He was raised as a Seventh Day Adventist. Part of his devout faith is based on his personal belief that an angel cured him of epilepsy when he was a child. Seventh Day Adventists are considered as a fringe element by mainstream Protestants. They are dogmatic in their beliefs. For example, they believe that the Bible is the infallible word of God, and so they genuinely think that the world is only a few thousand years old.
Prince had a resurgence of faith in 2001 but in another denomination. His mother’s death led him to Jehovah’s Witnesses. Jehovah’s Witnesses are best known for going door-to-door to preach their religion. Prince would also participate, going by Roger Nelson, his middle and last name.
How can a man with such lustful lyrics be a conservative Christian? Prince has had as many songs about being a Christian as he did about sex. This is a man who sang he would rather be pope than president.
There is a long line of Christian pop stars, such as Britney Spears, who use suggestive lyrics. In Christian history, there are many instances of sexuality being linked with worship for God.
In interviews later in his life, Prince did express some regret if he caused people, especially teens, to engage in sin. Prince never called his faith a conversion, but a “realization.” His congregation at St. Louis Park gave a prayer for his birthday.
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