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01 July, 2009 / theexpositor

Michael Jackson was a Christian?

When I read articles like this, I dont whether to cry, or to…..cry. I know that people deal with grief in many different ways, and no one wants to think or accept that someone they cared for would die without repenting and receiving forgiveness, and go to a sinners hell. Yet in such circumstances, our feelings dont count. Only the truth of God’s Word matters. Read this portion of an article by David Pack.  The article is from PurposeDriven.com, and Pack is described as “..a Grammy winning recording artist, producer, and music director. A member of Saddleback Church, he works with Rick Warren on special projects, including the PEACE Plan and AIDS & Worship Conferences.”

During that special evening, I felt the need to share my faith with him, to let him know that another Christian artist was sitting next to him. So when he whispered, “How can I ever thank you for this wonderful night?” I said, “Michael, I didn’t put this together, God did!” He said, “Oh yes, I believe that with all of my heart.”

I told him I was a Christian, and he said he was, too. We talked about the first Christian song we’d both heard as children: “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to him belong, they are weak but he is strong.” With the dinner party loudly going on around us, we both quietly leaned in and sang the song, smiling like choirboys. “Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me.” Then we gave each other a short embrace.

I knew at that moment that this sweet-spirited young genius was going to find his eternal peace in heaven. I did not find Michael weird, messed up, or anything you’ve ever heard about him. I want to say that I feel all of the allegations ever charged against Michael were false, and that in my discernment, he did not have the capacity to ever do anything except love children and let them know he would do anything to stand up for them, and help them. Just look at the magnificent work he did on their behalf in writing and co-producing “We Are The World,” and the 39 charities for children he gave to generously. That was Michael. I believe that during his trials he related to the suffering of Christ, and prayed for intervention, because he was being accused over what he loved most—children. This caused him perhaps more pain than anything in his life.

I know Michael loved Jesus with all his heart. Quincy had told me about his work sharing his faith with others, often door-to-door, because he’d been raised a devout Jehovah’s Witness. Later in life he told people he was a non-denominational Christian. Still more recently, reports circulated that he’d converted to Islam. But the Michael I knew had seriously contemplated giving up music to spend full-time in Christian ministry.

If there’s anything that gives me peace during this moment of loss, it’s knowing that one of the greatest artists of our time is now moon-walking along the gold paved roads of heaven, where streets have no name, with a broad smile on his face, and a band of angels welcoming him home.

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2 Comments

  1. Jerry Johnson / Jul 3 2009 13 24

    Michael Jackson was a Jehovah’s Witness (or at least he was raised as one). The words “God” and “Christ” and “salvation” have a totally different meaning in his mind; one that is antithetical to historic orthodox Christianity. Jackson’s Jesus was only a man and salvation is by works. The “Christian recording artist” who had this conversation with Jackson should have know better.

  2. Hay Hay / May 6 2011 21 31

    Excuse me sir, you don’t know what he thought. Michael Jackson believed in Jesus and that he was alive and well and died on the cross. Thats what Nondenominational Christians think. Like me. Michael believed Jesus was the savior and if you believe Jesus was alive and well and already born and he died on the cross, then your saved. Michael mentioned Jesus alot. He is in heaven right now. Jehovah Witnesses have a totally different religion. You donot know what was in his mind about Jesus but he knew he died for his sins. Jehivah Witnesses believe Jesus was a profet. Michael didn’t believe that. Read the paragraph dope.

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