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Katy Perry, Christian recording artist?

posted by Joanne Brokaw

katyperry2.jpgYou call her Katy Perry, we call her Katy Hudson, the singer who at the tender age of 16 released her self-titled debut album in the Christian marketplace.

You got it. Katy Perry, whose single “I Kissed A Girl” is tearing up the Billboard charts, got her start in the Christian industry.

The daughter of two conservative preachers, Katy Hudson signed with Red Hill Records and in 2001 released an album filled with Christian pop/rock radio-friendly songs.  She even toured with Phil Joel.

Red Hill Records folded.   Somewhere along the way changed her name to Katy Perry, whether to avoid confusion with actress Kate Hudson or to shed her Christian association,  I don’t know, but in 2004 she went on to become an in-house vocalist for the production team, The Matrix, whose credits include Avril Lavigne and Britney Spears.

A series of typical industry ups and downs eventually led her to sign with Capital Records in 2007, and she was on her way. Last year she released the single “Ur So Gay,” which garnered her attention, but it’s the recent “I Kissed A Girl” that’s got her at the top of the Billboard charts. Her album, One Of The Boys, released last week.

This is definitely not a Christian album, although they lyrics to the song, “Lost,” allude to a spiritual searching:

“Have you ever been so lost
Known the way and still so lost …
My mother says I should come back home but
Can’t find the way cause the way is gone
So if I pray am I just sending words into outer space”

So where did Katy Hudson/Perry switch paths?
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Looking back, her 2001 debut wasn’t a “Jesus is my boyfriend” album; the lyrics were genuine and the album was a legitimate Christian release. By all accounts, Hudson had a promising career as a Christian artist.  But was she a legitimate Christian artist? In 2004, at the age of 19, she told Blender Magazine that during her adolescence, she wasn’t “your typical Christian. I’ve done a lot of bad things. Use your imagination.”

It’s a curious thing, that a girl who was obviously engaging in rebellious behavior got a Christian record deal in the first place. Either she’s a great actress or a lot of people in the industry looked the other way.

Should we have expected more from Katy Hudson, just because her parents were preachers and she grew up in the church? And should we even be using teens as spiritual role models – and let’s face it, Christian artists are Christian role models – when often they really haven’t yet begun to understand their own faith?

Probably not. There’s a reason that a lot of Christian teens get to college and rebel. They need to find out on their own what their faith means and how Jesus is real in their lives. Sometimes they stay on the Christian path and end up with a stronger faith, but sometimes they step away and never look back, sometimes because they never really believed to begin with.

Only Katy Perry knows which of those is true for her.

In any event, it’s clear that this isn’t a crossover thing. Katy Perry long ago shed her association with the Christian industry, and while that’s been good for her career it’s not so good for her spiritual condition. The one thing I hope is that if she ever wants to find her way back to the faith of her youth, the Christian community can welcome her back with open arms.

We’ve all been lost and found, and let’s not ever forget that.

(PS I need to give a big thank you to Dave Weiss at Running A.M.O.K. ministries, who alerted me to this story. I would never have made the connection!)

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Thomas Phillips

posted June 23, 2008 at 10:15 am


Wow. I never knew she was a Christian. I change the channel on the car radio when that song comes on — especially when my kids are in the car. The garbage she’s making now and sells as music is insulting and disgusting!



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Randy Shea ~ miraclewatchers.com

posted June 23, 2008 at 10:22 am


My heart was saddened in reading this…
Well written and way more common than we know.
Preachers kids some how get lost in the shuffle.
They are expected to be so perfect by outsiders.
Cover ups of the seedlings of “problems” are
to often the case. Rebellion is to some extent
used as an attention grabber as their parents
are so busy looking out for “the good of the whole”.
I addressed the issue with one of the youth
leaders in the church I was regularly attending.
Just because the members of the bands
are said to be “Christian” it doesn’t necessarily
mean that they are. The music that they play
may in fact have nothing to do with Christ or Christianity
and perhaps even sometimes lead the other way.
She immediately got mad at me and before
long I was being shunned by most of the youth
as if I was the enemy…
Blessings in Christ,
Randy



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Ashley Powers

posted June 24, 2008 at 9:42 am


I feel the same way that the fellow commenters. To our culture what really is christianity in 2008??? We have all become numb to it all. We are all guilty of it. I wish that there were stricker guidelines to be considered a christian artist. I can still remember in the 90’s when some of our favorite christian artist were questioned on there message. thank you.



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elof

posted June 26, 2008 at 3:28 pm


It seems inevitable that a young artist entering the music industry with two preachers as parents would be labeled as a Christen singer. That the record label didn’t oversee the material is beyond the pale – that is their duty. And, your question about choosing young teens as role model is spot on.
Yet, young people in the Christen world are examining Jesus’ teachings on acceptance and love and, to a degree, rejecting some of the teaching we have grown up accepting as scarcest. I believe inner examination is a good thing. If you need to leave a path to see what is behind a grove of trees doesn’t mean you won’t return to the path.
Also, the Christen tree has many branches. There are, possibly, hundreds of offshoots of Christen faith – perhaps the most famous being Martin Luther. Examination is a cornerstone of Christianity – the strength of a live of love and community.



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Jennifer

posted June 26, 2008 at 4:52 pm


People do end up changing over time due to many factors, and that also includes life experience — sorry kids, but that’s a part of growing up.
That same person that you knew at 16 isn’t going to be the same person, say, at 26.
Plus, just because someone doesn’t stick with a particular path doesn’t mean that they’re somehow morally or spiritually bankrupt. Christianity isn’t the only path out there, and the dogma and doctrine of said religion isn’t going to suit everyone; especially at different points in their lives. (It’s that “my way or the highway” thinking that’s always seriously disturbed me about Christianity.)
In closing, there’s really no reason to sit there and and cut her down just because she chose a different route musically and (probably) spiritually.



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courier

posted June 27, 2008 at 1:13 pm


God works through her now more than ever, but you may not understand it yet. She is touching an unimaginable number of hearts now and she will help heal many of them, even as she heals herself.



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Wensel

posted June 28, 2008 at 4:41 am


All I gotta say is, what’s gonna happen when we discover fossils of creatures on Mars? It’s about to happen. Which part of the bible covers that? Maybe we can just stop judging and start accepting everyone, even people who don’t “fit in” to a societal structure created hundreds of years ago. I’m not sure how many of you have actually read the bible. How many times do they need to sacrifice (which means kill) women to prove how mad this whole fairytale is? Can we evolve into loving, accepting people who are aware of our human impulses and aren’t afraid or ashamed of them, just understand them and live peacefully with each other?
Of course Katy Perry is searching, but it’s not for the stone ages. It’s for a brighter, honest future… “and she’s not the only one…”
Peace.
Wensel



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Diana

posted June 28, 2008 at 12:40 pm


What’s so bad about kissing girls? Didn’t Jesus do it? Maybe you should turn her into a pillar of salt. That’d teach ‘er.



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D

posted July 1, 2008 at 10:22 pm


As someone who worked with Katy on that Christian release, as someone who welcomed her into our home as an “adopted daughter,” as someone who keeps in touch with her and has spent many days with her and her family, I can tell you that I believe, with all my heart, that Katy was (is) a believer in Jesus. She’s always been a high-spirited, fun-loving person. She has an infectious personality and passion for music and performance that you find with only the best artists. We’ve prayed together and remained friends throughout many up’s and down’s. HOWEVER, I also believe that the entertainment industry is a brutal, evil, personality-changing entity that will leave you wondering who you are, all for the sake of being successful in the eyes of your colleagues and fans. MY GOODNESS- she was FIFTEEN when we made that record!!! Lots of responsibility for a fifteen year-old. (I’m not an advocate for young artists for this very reason… it causes them to grow up too quickly and how many people before, say 25 years of age, actually have a clue who they are and what their identity is, be it in Christ or otherwise?) On top of that, add the L.A. factor and you have yourself a ticking timebomb. I can speak from experience… whether it be the “secular” industry or the “Christian” industry, as a whole, the MUSIC industry is a rough road, and many don’t show their best colors or come out on top. After all, it IS run by sinful man, attempting to do his best to make a living, help artists and careers succeed, perhaps even attempting to glorify Christ through it. More often than not, we fail miserably.
For the record: I think her new record is well put-together and well written from a purely musical standpoint. However, I have not purchased it, nor will I, as lyrically it goes beyond what I feel comfortable with or would want in my home. For me, I will continue to be friends with Katy, love her as a friend, expect her to stop in and say hello when she’s in town, share a great meal and stories, and pray that Christ will be real to her and convict her, just as the prodigal son eventually realized his situation and returned home to a loving, joyous father. May this be a situation that causes each of us to reflect on God’s mercy, forgiveness and love in our own lives, and how that translates through us toward others.



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B

posted July 2, 2008 at 3:29 pm


I wonder however what an influence she has. I just saw the Fox News coverage of the new song, “I Kissed a Girl and I Liked It” and wonder what message that is sending out to our teens and even younger children. It is a trend now for boys to ask girls to kiss in front of them because they like it. If she is crossing over from Christian to secular, which I give anyone kudos for, she isn’t doing it the right way. If she is truly trying to help others and be a positive influence, she’s not showing that to anyone. It just makes me sad that we Christians are only discussed and talked about when someone makes a miss-step. I’m not condemning her, but is fame really important enough to sell your soul and bring millions of children down with you?



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A Servant

posted July 2, 2008 at 5:26 pm


Lord, please help us. Please forgive us, for we know not what we do. I pray that we can take our eyes off of ourselves and others and fixate them on you. May YOU be our example, and may YOU lead us unto love… unto you.
We are NEVER called to hate on eachother but to love as you love us. May we remember that the price you paid is far to high for any of us juge or point fingers, so as we recieve mercy from you please let us not forget to pray for those who are lost. Praise Love and Glory be to you Lord Jesus.



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Connie

posted July 3, 2008 at 6:05 pm


Oh, please, people! She is influencing young children today and you just want us to look the other way?? Judging is not the point here. The point is: Do you who conveniently quote scripture even REALLY know God???
I think not. You are known by your fruit. What fruit have you produced, eh????



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Connie

posted July 3, 2008 at 6:08 pm


And I give huge kudos to “B” for telling it like it is! Way to go “B”!



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Examine Your Own Life, Not Others

posted July 6, 2008 at 2:53 am


Wow… I stumbled upon this from Google… Joanne Brokaw, you are one ignorant person. You are exactly why people leave church behind and never look back. People like you constantly judge others and make people feel like they need to live up to *your* standards or the *church’s* standards. For anyone of you to say that you’ll “pray for her” to “come back to the Lord”… YOU ARE THE REASON PEOPLE ABANDON THEIR FAITH. It’s not God’s fault. It’s not Jesus’ fault. It’s not Los Angeles’ fault. It’s not the music industry’s fault. It is YOUR fault. Every person who judges another; not only judging them privately, but to do so publicly on a website? Because they are HUMANS and people like you think Christians are supposed to become some supernatural being and become a Christian Super Hero who never does anything wrong or ever thinks one wrong thing?
I’m not sure if you’ve ever worked in the Christian music industry or any music industry, for that matter, but the so called “Christian” music industry wouldn’t hold up to your high standards, either, if you knew what went on backstage and behind closed doors. The Christian singers you see on stage are not the same as the Christian singers you see privately when they’re offstage. There are several male Christian artists who are known homosexuals outside of the music world (some people might find that wrong, but I don’t and neither does God), there’s a lot of Christian rock bands doing drugs backstage between shows, and most predominately, there are a WHOLE lot of so-called Christian artists cheating on their wives while they’re out on the road. You know, kind of like how “Christian” artist Amy Grant left her husband ’99 and married Vince Gill a few months later in 2000? But I don’t see you talking about them.
Looking under your “Most Blogged Topics” section, I can see at least one artist who I know has done some serious sinning, and it isn’t Katy Perry. The Christian artist you see on stage is just an act. I’m sure they did the same with Katy. Stuck her on stage, covered her up, told her not to say any “bad words” and be on her best behavior. That’s not the real her. When she got out of the Christian music industry “cult”, she was finally allowed to be herself. That’s how God wants us to be, OURSELVES. Not fake.
If you want to judge someone, then you should own up to being judged yourself. How about that low-cut tee you’re wearing in your picture? That’s not very flattering for a Holier-Than-Thou person, is it? And how about gluttony… it’s a sin. You look somewhat “healthy” in your photo… See what it feels like to be judged? And I don’t even know your personal life… imagine the things I could judge there. So before you say things about someone you don’t know or even those that you do know, maybe you should think twice about YOUR relationship with God.
“We’ve all been lost and found, and let’s not ever forget that.”
I’ll pray for you.



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Wensel

posted July 6, 2008 at 3:31 am


What’s wrong with kissing ANYONE?
When Elvis shook his hips while performing, adults were SCARED and OUTRAGED. The kids then (maybe you) went “WOW, that is entertaining and fun!” Satan didn’t burst through the ground then nor will he now, folks. YOU have become those old grumpy people, that’s all.
You know what makes people insane? When you know something and aren’t allowed to show it, that’s what makes people insane. We can’t keep sweeping the truth under the rug, guys. Time to speak honestly and not judge when others speak honestly and live peacefully together.
And if you’re a Christian because you’re worried about dieing, think about it: it’s easy. It’s the easiest thing you’ll ever do. Don’t worry about dieing, worry about living and laughing and helping others laugh.
You’re not bad people, you’ve just been convinced you were since you were a baby. You’re not.
Peace.
Wensel



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J

posted July 6, 2008 at 5:24 pm


I will pray for Katy Hudson aka Katy Perry
http://www.raptureforums.com/forum/showthread.php?t=16152



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justin

posted July 8, 2008 at 1:37 pm


If you just take a look at all the things in the world today and read what the bible says, it really is no surprise to me. It isn’t about Katy Perry or Britney Spears. Its about the truth that we are hurting at some point in our lives. We all need help in our lives. She needs support from people and prayer.



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stella

posted July 8, 2008 at 4:00 pm


You know…Your being way to harsh.
Sounds like your judging (something that Jesus WOULDN’T do)
Your calling her an actress?? Dude..she was young…really young when she signed with that christian record..which means she was more Intact with God. She wasn’t faking! Things happen…and sometimes you feel like you can’t make it,and no matter what you’ll feel empty..so you’ll look for different things to fill that void..
Don’t Judge her.. I know God has something BIG planned out for her, He knows her name, He knows her pain, her thoughts… She’ll one day come back to God. Even though she left him…he’s waiting for her to come back.. She was no actress… She seem’d true… And you know what she was a good role model!! she was good Role model back then, she was a young girl praising God, singing in his glory..and When she comes back…She’ll be a even greaterr Role model.
Youth/Teens/ Christian PEOPLE don’t do bad things on purpose just to find or rebuild their own faith with GOD. They don’t plan it out. Things happen. You know the evil does roam just as God sits in his throne with his son Jesus Christ(as we speak =]). There’s temptation out there, so therefore we have to win battles that practically happen every minute. Sometimes when we lose itz because we’re not as strong as we should be, but the war isn’t over~!! and youth/Teens/Christian people/ People in general, need to know that.. nothing is lost..nothing is forgotten. People don’t do bad things just to find their way.. People don’t Fall on purpose just to re-build their faith…IT just happens…Maybe even God had planned it out. He knows each of us…He knows what we CAN take and what we CAN’T take, he knows what will make us into better people. So don’t say that people do such on such on purpose to be better people…..They…WE don’t plan anything. But we are sinners, and we gotta beg for forgiveness each day..



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Wensel

posted July 11, 2008 at 3:42 am


You don’t need to pray for her- she’s traveling the world, singing and dancing and laughing. No one’s getting hurt. There’s still time, guys. Put on some music and dance, crack a smile, pat yourself on the back for little things, think about the fact that we’re in the middle of space- we’re very tiny, curious things.
By the way, instead of praying, try getting up and just helping people (and yourself.) All the people you worship or learn from or follow don’t just sit and talk to themselves and wish. They think, they form plans, and they just get up and do things, make things happen. They don’t wish or “pray” for them.
And take “kissing people” off your list of things to worry about. Replace it with “how can I help people feel better about themselves?” or “how can I help stop hate?” You’ve got some odd tendencies yourself, things that you’d rather people not attack you for, right? Let people be different. Just laugh about it.
Things are getting better, not worse. Don’t let the cold sink into your bones. Keep learning and growing.
Peace.
Wensel



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Bek.

posted July 12, 2008 at 1:33 am


interesting…i’m excited for the day she realizes that living for God is way better than living for the world. i can personally say that i went through the whole “rebel” stage, and i quickly realized i was damaging myself. i hope katy snaps out of this weird stage she’s going through. soon. she’s a beautiful young lady with the ability to influence so many young people… come on, katy! snap out of it, girl. nothing is better than living for God. nothing.
and it’s NOT about ‘religion’ and following rules. christianity is about loving god, loving people, loving truth, and loving life. it’s about living a life pleasing to God. As soon as i did those things, my life radically changed and i have never been happier=]



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Natalie

posted July 13, 2008 at 3:36 pm


I think this article is right on the money. There is a difference between judging someone and stating facts. No one is saying that Katy Perry is a horrible person who cannot be saved, BUT if stating that someone’s actions are wrong is judging someone then maybe you need to reread the Bible. Because Jesus did ALOT of that. Yes, Christianity is DEFINITELY about loving people well and showing them Christ’s love, but how on earth do you expect to do that without speaking the truth. Loving someone does NOT mean lying or ignoring their flaws but speaking about them. There are ALOT of kids out there who could get confused because of what she has done, and we need to make sure that we put out their that the lifestyle she is promoting with that song “I kissed a girl” is NOT one of Christ.
The cross offends because it leads us to repentance and it shows us OUR offensive ways. Let us not get it twisted here.
Jesus loves me this I know is true, but so is God is holy and we are called be holy as He is holy.



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Natalie

posted July 13, 2008 at 3:56 pm


I do want to say however that as for Teens not being able to be spiritual role models, I don’t believe that to be true AT ALL. There are teens that I know who have a passion for Christ, more of a passion than many adults I know. I work for a ministry called Beats N’ Blessings (www.beatsnblessings.com) that does Christian Hip Hop and teaches youth that would otherwise never set foot in a church, how to use studio equipment, and I have seen youth’s lives transformed to being souled out for Christ. Some of these youth would be a much better role model to you than some of the oldest adults you know.
Its like Paul wrote to Timothy, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12



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darren tincher

posted July 14, 2008 at 1:05 am


There is no time to fool around and dibble dabble in sin i am not judging either i know by the fruits that have been beared and this is a backslider that needs to come home to the lord. Jesus save her



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Kristi Bergeron

posted July 14, 2008 at 8:15 pm


If we shouldn’t be using teenagers as role models for Christ.. how do you explain david, mary the 12 disciples, timothy… her age didn’t screw her up… there are pleanty of Christian leaders who were old and messed up in the head. enough said.



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Felix

posted July 14, 2008 at 11:15 pm


It is ridiculous to put a child on the public pedestal the CCM industry requires, immerse her in the private ambiguities and hush-hush backroom foolings around that have always been the industry’s dirtyish secret, then be amazed when the child becomes a young adult and fully embraces the starmaking, money-making machine for which she has long been groomed. I think she is far from a hypocrite — she’s doing what she’s doing without lying about it. She wants to be a pop star, and she’s found a way to do it. Good for her. Katy, you don’t have to rock for Jesus for Jesus to love you. If Jesus is who he said he was, he loves you, anyway. The rest of you: Stop being so naive. Be kind. Leave the kid alone.



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Amanda

posted July 15, 2008 at 11:17 am


you know what? Katy never said she wanted to be a role model; she wanted to sing cause it is her passion, not to make it so little girls like her or follow her. People aways get down on people like Katy because they think that she is supposed to be something great, when the truth is she is just doing what she loves and living her life the way she wants.It is the parents job to treach thier kids good values and what life is about, but parents leave it to the tv to tell the kids how to feel; thats not katys fault you can’t sit your kid infront of the tv without even knowing what they’re watching and expect great results, its the parents job to teach their kid, not Katy’s. Who the hell cares if she once made a christian album; she might have believe hard core in her faith at that point, doesn’t mean that she has to feel that way forever, shes alowd to question it and find out what is in the cards for her. Now just because she doesn’t sing about God or Jesus or anything in that catagory doesn’t mean that she doesn’t believe, its that she rather sing about things that she went through or things that she is feeling, how is that a bad thing? the truth all comes down to the fact that only Katy knows who she is, not you, so who are you to judge. If you are a real Christian or Catholic you believe that God and Jesus does not judge you, so what gives you that right? God treats you the way you treat others and treat other how you want to be treated. If all of you changed your mind abuot what you wanted to do in life there wouldn’t be any poperotsy poting it out everywhere and making you seem evil or bad, so with that said mind your own buisness. You can only believe half of what you hear, and you don’t know excactly how she feels or who she is, so seriously get a life and worry about where its going and not about katy’s life or any other singer/actress’ lives, its a waist of your time and very un christian of you, don’t be a hypocrite. thanks dears
p.s My mother was hard core catholic and I folowed in her foot prints, but the more I was forced to believe in all of it, the more I saw flaws and things that I don’t now agree with. I’m not saying I believe or don’t believe but I am still a great person and learned a lot about who I want to be from being that hard core catholic, but I’m not anymore and thats ok cause I learned all the good things about the world through the church, but now I know what I bleieve in and what they tell me too there is always a difference. Doesn’t make me a bad person at all. Although I don’t sing or go to church or tell little kids how to feel about it doesn’t mean I’m a horrible person. everyone has the right to change their minds. So you know what? FUCH YEAH KATY! YOU ROCK!



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LeopardSpots

posted July 15, 2008 at 9:54 pm


Wow, Amanda. I can tell from your post that are most obviously NOT a Christian and don’t have a clue about the subject.
I know some here would use your “Fuch” as evidence of that, but I choose statements like this one:
“If you are a real Christian or Catholic you believe that God and Jesus does not judge you,”
Yes, God does judge us – all of us. He judges us as guilty – we are sinners deserving of Hell.
Even after accepting Christ as Lord and Savior, God continues to judge your life. You as a believer will not lose your salvation fro sinning, but the Bible teaches that God will discipline you in some fashion.
Judging is indeed a part of the Christian life.
When Jesus said “Judge not lest ye be judged…” it is always misinterpreted to mean he was saying not to judge at all, which is not what he was saying. Jesus was saying when you DO judge another, do not be *hypocritical* about it.
In the New Testament, believers are told to judge other believers: if someone claims to be a believer but is living in unrepentatnt sin, they are to be cast out of the body of belivers.
Believers are told to judge the doctrinal teachings of people claiming to be speaking for Christ, and if their teachings do not have the support with the Bible, or contradict what the Bile says, the Bible says such teachers are to be given the “false” label and avoided.
We’re supposed to make all sorts of judgements all the time, in order to avoid sin and to avoid sinful people, influences and situations.
So yeah, Amanda, get a clue:
Christians are supposed to be judgmental – not in an unloving, Pharisee sort of way, but judgmental none the less.



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John

posted July 16, 2008 at 11:09 am


Uhm, at the top of this you say that teenagers should not be Christian role-models, yet you believe some of the older people are worthy. The main difference between the teenagers and many of the older people who do wrong is that the teenagers do not have the experience of hiding their sins that many of their elders do. People are corrupt, the only true role-model was Jesus, even David who was one ” after God’s own heart,” conspired to commit murder. If you can not accept that nobody but Him is perfect than you have already forgotten part of your Faith, we as people are condemned to only be forgiven never perfect. We are judged not only for what we do, but for also what we think and what is in our hearts. Thus everytime you say, ” I am better ” than another person even in thought then you are being prideful.
/sigh This is what happens when I get bored and hop onto internet sites.



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joel

posted July 17, 2008 at 7:02 pm


I think that it all comes down to: wow I can’t believe that she went from singing christian songs, to oh I kissed a girl, ok maybe she didn’t write the song, but just listen to her comments and opinion about the stupid song, she thinks is a good song!! well, that tells you if she’s christian or not, you be the judge of that, I don’t think she’s!!!!!!!!!! and yeah some people just don’t have a clue about being a christian… You’re an example no matter what! you don’t choose to be a role-model, You are and that’s the end of the story…



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Lstodol

posted July 22, 2008 at 12:06 am


Umm, is everyone is forgetting that the hardest thing to do is love the unlovable…Isn’t that also written in the bible. I’m not at all saying Kate is unlovable not in anyway. All I’m trying to get at is you’re all taking quotes from the bible to suit your point. There are a million quotes in the bible and a million different ways to use them. “WWJD” Do you really think he would bad mouth her or try to say she is not a Christian or do you think he would hold her closer to his heart. Why is everyone judging? We are all sinners and we all have secrets or thing we are ashamed of in our lives. So let’s just all sit back and let the girl be who she is and wait to see what happens. Be respectful and stop bad mouthing and insinuating. Be a real Christian and use your words to pray for her if you really think she needs it.



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brandon

posted July 25, 2008 at 12:33 am


This blog post just blows my mind…
I knew Katy growing up and grew up with her family as well (missionary work and such) and it just blows my mind that people can’t get past this. She’s a Christian, She’s a artist, She’s a PERSON! Let her live! It is only between God and herself! That is all that matters! Life is not predictable, set or as simple as the “christian” world wants to make it. with or without God. I just hope we all have enough strength to hold onto him for ourselves and not focus on what others are doing. Including Katy who is a BEAUTIFUL person inside and out.
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Joanne Brokaw

posted July 25, 2008 at 10:54 am


I think what people are misunderstanding about this post is that I’m not judging Katy at all.
I’m more raising the issue that if a girl whose lifestyle as a teenager, by her own admission, would have been contrary to a Christian’s, how did she ever get signed to a Christian label?
She’s very open about her life and who she is now, 7 or so years later, and that’s totally fine for her. Her spiritual life is between her and God. I’m sure she’s a lovely person. I know people who know her, and no one had said anything otherwise.
But it’s a legitimate question to ask: what criteria do (or should) we use when labeling an artist “Christian?” And is 16 too young to be putting an artist out there to claim deep convictions one way or the other?
Just raising questions, folks. Not judging.
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Carissa

posted July 27, 2008 at 12:15 am


I do not want to judge the person who posted this or Katy Perry. I would just like to remind you of the scripture in Timothy that tells people to not look down on youth because of their age, but for the youth to be an example with their words, actions, etc. The entire youth cannot be judged by one person. Some people are mature Christians at 16, and some take until their adulthood to find their faith. One of my best Christian examples was actually a fifteen year old who is a very mature Christian and keeps very high standards.



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Chris Medina

posted July 27, 2008 at 12:46 am


Dear Katy,
Remember when you were 16 and we had you play at our Jesus Jam? You did so well and you were so excited to sing for Jesus. Well, you are not a young girl any longer. You are a woman who has a head of her own and you have the opportunity to continue to dedicate your singing and your songs to Jesus. You are a roll model to all of the 16 year old girls out there. God loves you so much. Please remember who you are singing for and who you are singing to. I hope to run into you sometime soon to give you a huge hug and to visit with you and your family again. See ya girl! Chris Medina.com



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Bill

posted July 27, 2008 at 10:05 am


In response to the question you posed-I believe there is no problem with having a 16 yr old as a role model. As a human race we are diverse. God is a very diverse artist. We are made up of so many colors and features that it is simply mind boggling. Obviously, then, the Christian Community follows the same pattern and with that said not everyone listens to Michael W. Smith, Casting Crowns or Chris Tomlin. In order to reach the world you need, Barlowgirl, SuperChick, Jeremy Camp, Chasen, Krystal Meyers (just to name a few). So then what it must come down to then it is a personnal issue. Many christian artists have come (and gone) who were 16 yrs old and had no problem adjusting to the roles that unfortunately come with a public role in serving God. (Amy Grant, Jaci Velasquez, Crystal Lewis, Staci Orrico, Rachael Lampa-just to name a few).
Whatever has led Katy Perry to the status in the world that she is now is because of her and her alone. Sometimes the distance between your heart and your head is more than 18 inches and only Katy knows what led her to embrace the ways of the world (at least publicly).
It does not matter how nice Katy is and was or what works of service in the name of God she and her family has done a christian is known by their fruit and if Katy’s faith was only head knowledge we will probably not see her approach the cross for a long time.
If her faith did connect and still connects to her heart where is the fruit? Even Prince calls himself a christian.



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Anonymous

posted July 27, 2008 at 3:18 pm


Does anyone just listen to music for fun anymore instead of disecting every single lyric they hear? So she sings about kissing a girl! Madonna kissed britney! Has anyone looking on the internet or myspace? long before that song came out young teenage girls were kissing each other and it is not because of the music. She also sings on the cd about getting hitched in vegas and not remembering! What do you have to say about that? Will that start a trend too? Oh wait people already do that… hmm nicky hilton? or kim kardashian? ROSS AND RACHEL FROM FRIENDS! Sometimes a song is just something to get up and dance to, and thats all.



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Anonymous

posted July 27, 2008 at 3:31 pm


by the way, I don’t think ganging up on Amanda is the right thing to do. She is christian in her own way and so are you, you don’t have to be cruel to make a point, maybe you should take another look at how you are leading your life and it might not be as perfectly “christian” as you think.
Amanda, go rock out to katy perry girl because I am right there with you! and don’t worry, the song hasn’t brain-washed me to kiss you like some people think haha!Woo!



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bill

posted July 27, 2008 at 4:33 pm


If you call yourself a Christian , which means “little Christ”, you are aligining yourself, separatin gyourself from the crowd whether you want to believe it or not. There is only one way to live. We were put on this earth to worship our creator. That does not mean that we have to all listen K-LOVE but it means we all have to be aware of what we are listening to and what we are subjecting our hearts and minds to. I love music, I listen to a lot of people in all genres but I also know that what I put in my mind comes out in my life. Our environment affects our lives. the bible even says that everything is permissible but not everything is acceptable.
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lm456

posted July 29, 2008 at 7:15 pm


You’re all fucked….christ is a myth….music is music…don’t tear it to shreds and analyze it to death. Don’t you hate when people do that to the bible? Upset? Go pray about it.



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Joanne Brokaw

posted July 29, 2008 at 8:58 pm


Hi, lm456 – thanks for sharing your thoughts!
I get your point but … no, I don’t get upset when people analyze the Bible. Seriously. I think we don’t analyze it enough, to be honest. In fact, I would guess that most people who complain about it haven’t really cracked the binding. I made it a goal this year to read the Bible from cover to cover and I’m learning a lot – especially about how music was used in worship and how important it was in expressing praise and thanksgiving and connecting with the Creator.
Music isn’t just music, at least not all the time. Sometimes it’s poetry and therapy and it’s intellectually challenging and educational, and I think that people analyze it because it speaks so deeply to our souls, regardless of your spiritual bent. It connects with us, repels us, soothes us, angers us and generally helps us express emotions and thoughts that sometimes can’t be done with simple words.
Just my two cents.
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:)

posted July 30, 2008 at 12:49 am


This is ridiculous. Sexual orientation is innate and is not influenced by trends. That is a fact. If your kid is bi-sexual, or homosexual, that’s the way they’re going to be, regardless of which music they listen to. And there’s nothing you can do to stop them from experimenting once they’re old enough to think for themselves. Likewise, if Katy’s song reflects her experiences, then she never did change; she just got in touch with another part of her personality. Whether or not she’s bisexual in real life, she’s still doing the world a favour. She’s underlining society’s growing acceptance of all sexual orientations, and combatting homophobia. It should be noted that homophobia is a crime against humanity that was largely perpetuated by Christianity in the first place, so think of it as her way of making things right. There is nothing sinful about the song “I kissed a girl”, and Katy Perry has not strayed from Christianity. If God hadn’t wanted people to be homosexual, He wouldn’t have made them homosexual.



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Lady

posted July 30, 2008 at 9:02 am


That’s pretty absurd :) Do you think God makes people murderers and adulterers? I guess not. He gave us free will for a reason. So we would find our own way to Him and our love would be genuine. Homosexuality is a choice, just like every other sin. If you believe that it’s some sort of thing that one is born with, you haven’t talked to enough homosexuals. I do agree that homophobia from Christians is ridiculous, but not because we should accept it. But we shouldn’t ACCEPT any sin. But we all do sin and being gay or bi is no different. Christians shouldn’t SHUN any sinner or beat them Bibles. We should embrace homosecuals like we would any other person. Also, Katy’s statement “your typical Christian. I’ve done a lot of bad things. Use your imagination.” That’s an obvious rebellion against the Christian faith. I can’t say that Katy isn’t a Christian, but she has definately strayed from it. Whether she actually kissed a girl or not is irrelevant. Her lifestyle shows that Christ isn’t a concern of hers. Joanne, great answer. I think making music is more powerful than people believe. Yes it’s an industry, but it’s an industry that affects millions of lives whether the musicians believe it or not. Honestly, Katy saying she kissed a girl…big woop. But I promise you millions of girls went and kissed a girl to be like Katy Perry. I’m not saying it’s brainwashing people. I’m just saying people do ridiculous things like that. The same reason people run people over to be like Grand Theft Auto, or on a normal note, buy a product because the commercial was clever. It’s the world we live in. I have heard the song a ton of times and heard interviews with her, and I’m not kissing girls, but I’m not being changed either. I think in the end that’s what Christians are trying, and probabaly failing, to say. She had the ability to create music that would be used as worship or to reach someone, but she chose to make a popular song that could only affect someone’s sexual orientation. And the part in the article that says they hope the Christian community would embrace her, that’s so true. Sometimes I wonder if we as Christians are the reason why people like Katy make a complete rebellion against Christianity. I think more than likely, the answer is yes.



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Anonymous

posted July 30, 2008 at 1:26 pm


God didnt make anyone homosexual. its your own choice. media is what influences the youth the most. Get your facts straight.



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L441

posted July 30, 2008 at 2:36 pm


God did not make anyone homosexual. In fact the Bible specifically states a man should not lay with a man and woman not lay with a woman. However, homosexuality is no different than any other sin and we don’t treat people as outcasts because of it. It does not mean that she never was a Christain it means that somewhere along the way she fell into temptation as we all do. Does the Bible not say “He without sin cast the first stone” ….? We cannot judge her or her heart because only God knows the heart. All you can do is love people through their sin as Jesus would do. I do think this is a song that has the potential to negatively influence our young people but, that is where parents monitoring what their children listen to comes into play. Because we cannot always count on others to be positive role models we need to make sure that we are and that our kids know right from wrong.



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posted July 30, 2008 at 8:18 pm


“God did not make anyone homosexual. In fact the Bible specifically states a man should not lay with a man and woman not lay with a woman. However, homosexuality is no different than any other sin and we don’t treat people as outcasts because of it. It does not mean that she never was a Christain it means that somewhere along the way she fell into temptation as we all do. Does the Bible not say “He without sin cast the first stone” ….? We cannot judge her or her heart because only God knows the heart. All you can do is love people through their sin as Jesus would do. I do think this is a song that has the potential to negatively influence our young people but, that is where parents monitoring what their children listen to comes into play. Because we cannot always count on others to be positive role models we need to make sure that we are and that our kids know right from wrong.”
– My response in a summary:
I truely agree. I heard of Katy Perry when my roomate played the song in our room. Heaven forbid. I could’nt get through the the song because it bothered me so much. I knew something was not right. & the Title “I kissed a girl” Should give everything away that she isn’t on the lines f being a christian. But regardless if she was a christian or not, people should realize that in the word of God in James chapter 3 it talked about The untamable tongue & that it can bless or curse. What i’m trying to say is that words have power whether we realize it or not.w KAty Perry might have experimented with what she sings but @ the same time, she’s encouraging younger people ( teenagers) To go do these things and saying it’s okay & it’s not okay. If teens or even adults engage in sexual acts that God is nt for,they don’t know what their openinng themselves up to & in the end it can be spiritual bondage or even demonic spirits.
This is all I have to say, I hope & pray that God will use someone to come int Katy’s life & to share & show to her who God truely is & his the love, mercy & kindness he has to offer her.



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schlamiel

posted July 31, 2008 at 11:53 am


Uh, dude the Bible has been analyzed inside and out more than any other text on earth, and it should be, because Christianity is incredibly deeper than the comic strip picture that most people have of it. So, to answer your question – No, nobody hates it when the Bible is analyzed. Good assumption, and it shows you have no understanding of Christianity. I wonder, what would you call somebody who hates something of which he is ignorant? Ignoramus comes to mind, but I’ll let you answer that question for yourself.



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Anonymous

posted July 31, 2008 at 1:58 pm


Hahaha like “praying for her” is going to do anything? It’s only going to make you feel better in some twisted way. Its a joke, she’ll do whatever she wants and is most likely NOT thinking about you while shes doing it. But you seem to have her on your mind quite a lot. By the way, Katy Perry is an amazing singer, and has a great stage presence… Why not be happy that she is having a great time and doing what she loves?



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posted July 31, 2008 at 10:05 pm


I tend to disagree if there is one thing that could help Katy its prayer. God alone has the power to change someones heart inside and out. To address the homosexuality being “natural,” I totally disagree. There are many reasons but the main one i use to convince people who don’t believe in God (in other words they believe in evolution), is that the whole concept behind evolution contradicts homosexuality. Whenever I state this people look flabbergasted. My response is that if you believe in being gay then you’re a hypocrite because the whole point behind evolution is that organisms upgrade. So if people are gay they won’t be able to reproduce and help the our species, and according to polls being gay is becoming more and more popular so our species is defying evolution and backsliding. There are many more reasons why being gay is wrong and hurtful to God but they would take much longer to explain. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 “pray without ceasing” or remember luke 18:1 And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.



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:)

posted August 1, 2008 at 1:58 am


Wow, 17, you haven’t thought this through very well. Gay people have been forced to reproduce throughout the centuries. Homosexuality has only recently been accepted by society; before that, many of them had to marry people of the opposite sex, and have kids. There is therefore no reason to believe that homosexuality could possibly have been phased out by evolution. Even if that were the case, and homosexuals didn’t have the opportunity to pass along their genes, their siblings would have passed some of them along in the form of recessive genes. Ever wondered how hereditary diseases still exist to this day? Recessive genes. Don’t kid yourself, science wouldn’t have accepted evolution if it didn’t make perfect sense. Also, has it occured to you that perhaps homosexuality is getting more “popular” because more and more of them have the courage to come out? Which is more likely: that thousands of people are lying about their feelings and pretending to be gay, bisexual and transgender, or that that’s really the way they are, and that some people just refuse to accept it because it goes against the book they take for granted to be accurate? That’s funny, I believe in God, and I believe in evolution. Who would have thought that possible? I also believe that no loving god would be offended by people being the way they are, and being in love with the people they have feelings for. Logic is your friend, please use it.



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Joanne Brokaw

posted August 1, 2008 at 9:59 am


A NOTE FROM YOUR BLOG HOST
Hey, all! I want to thank you all for taking time to share your thoughts and comments. I know that the subject of homosexuality and Christianity can get blood boiling on both sides of the issues.
However, I think the conversation has veered off the original path, so I’m asking you to please redirect your comments back to the discussion of Christian music – since this is, after all, a blog about Christian music. :)
Let’s talk about things like:
– The wisdom of burdening young artists with the job of celebrity role model;
– The effect that music lyrics really have on young listeners, especially sexual lyrics in general, because let’s face it – mainstream music is much more heterosexually charged than homosexually charged;
– And what criteria the Christian music industry does/should use when applying the label “Christian music artist.”
Also, you might want to head over to this recent post about the idea of “Christian celebrity” – have we elevated our artists to idol status?
http://blog.beliefnet.com/gospelsoundcheck/2008/08/questioning-the-idea-of-christ.html
As always, thank you for reading, and I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts!
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posted August 2, 2008 at 4:48 am


I actually like Katy Perry’s new single “I kissed a girl”. It’s has a really good beat and tune to it, plus, it’s fun to dance and sing too! I think that we can’t say if she’s a Christian or not. That’s between her and God. Just because she changed her genre of music and became very successful now doesn’t mean she tured away from God. I believe God has blessed her with an amazing talent and she is doing what the Lord has called her to do. That’s all!



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posted August 2, 2008 at 4:50 am


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01

posted August 2, 2008 at 7:19 pm


I’m going to keep this simple & clear as possible:
It’s amazing how music has changed dramatically. i will be 21 yrs. old this month & it wasn’t too long ago that I was a teenager. There are many artists who preach their own gospel through their music & many of us are so blind to even see this & it is pushed onto the youth more heavily now & our culture seems to support them 100% .I also cannot imagine what the youth are experiencing these days. It is much worse now these days & there is alot of pressure. More pressure than when I was a teenager. You have many youth & even adults who don’t have a personal relationship with God & don’t know who they are personally & are lost. Many youth are now coming out saying their homosexual ,Lesbians or even bisexual more than ever. As far as Katy Hudson, it’s obvious that she has a christian background. I’m not going to judge her or anyone else, for who am I to judge someone? i was once living a lifestyle that was’nt glorifying God. But how many of us posting on this board say that we’re christians when were not being obedient to God & what his word says?
Yes the song might sound good and the beat as well but ask yourselves this question; Does it glorify God? Does it go against what he desires for him to bless us with in our own personal lives?
Many of us can’t get to the lyrics of the song becasue we’re so busy focusing on the beat that we tune out what the artist is originally saying. The song might sound innocent but is it actually safe to hear it? WOuld these songs cause you to do things you would’nt normally do or just say plan “no” to ? These are questions many of us need to think about. Personally , a friend mentioned Katy Perry to me, & played the song because I never heard of her before. I could’nt get through the whole song because of the lyrics.To be honest, it felt uncomfortable. I also knew God was leading me not to listen to the rest of the song. So what did I do from then on & when my friend always tried to play the song around me? I put on my earphones and turned on my itunes.



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Joanne Brokaw

posted August 2, 2008 at 10:19 pm


Thanks for the insightful comments! I appreciate that you’ve thought this through, and your comment about music glorifying God is good food for thought.
I do think that what does into my ears via music really does affect me, mentally and spiritually. Different music at different times can make me laugh, cry, feel blue, and raise my hands in praise. I’ve been driving with a song blaring on the radio and one hand out the window, LOL.
I’ve also been listening to music that makes me feel … icky? embarrassed by the lyrics? unsettled? uncomfortable? I don’t know. But I agree with you. I have to turn it off.
Thanks for your comments!
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2542

posted August 3, 2008 at 3:05 am


May I just say, Katy Perry isn’t a lesbian…haha! Even if she was, God would love her just the way she is. BTW, isn’t this website suppose to be about Christian music, not about bashing homosexuals?



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T2dksl@@@

posted August 3, 2008 at 3:10 am


To the person who posted uner 01, you’re still growing up too. It hasn’t been forever since you’ve been a teenager. Just because you’ll be turning 21 this month doesn’t mean you understand everything now. You still have plenty of learning and growing up to do =)



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Dave

posted August 3, 2008 at 3:13 am


Yeah buddy who posted as 01, you’re still a baby as far as I’m concerned. So don’t act like you understand everything now just because you’re turning 21. You still have plenty of learning and growing up to do kid.



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DingDONG

posted August 3, 2008 at 6:00 am


I like her song manequine!!



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01

posted August 3, 2008 at 7:29 pm


Thank you for the post dingdong & T2dksl. I do apologize if I came off as if I knew everything. I will be honest & fair, I don’t know everything. To be even more honest, i will have to disagree with both of your statements. I’m not a kid, but i am still learning about life just like everyone else on this post. Thank You :)



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T2dksl@@@

posted August 4, 2008 at 5:41 am


It’s okay 01! I apologize for being rude to you =) It’s all good! I just had a really bad day the other day and wasn’t in the best mood at the time. It’s all good!



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B 1/2

posted August 7, 2008 at 7:32 pm


Ok first off why is Katy Perry a big deal? She’s a pathetic artist who will be a one hit wonder if christians just back off and stop promoting her. When this song first came out no one cared about it, it was one of those pointless songs that would be off the radio within a couple weeks. Then however, christians made such a big deal about the fact that she used to be a christian singer and blah blah blah, and before you know it Katy Perry blows up with her “i kissed a girl” song. She’s a terrible musician but an absolute genius with how to market herself. She’s nothing special; she has one catchy song but the rest of her album sucks. so she knew the best way to become famous and make money… was to become controversial. Is that such a suprise??? Ignore her and she’ll go away (her albums aweful regardless of how popular her single is)… and for her sake i hope she does considering her song may get air time but in the intro to every time it is played on my local radio stationS, they rip her to shreds. I almost feel bad about the situation, its like a kid who gets made fun of in high school. Ive even caught myself making fun of her with my friends, not because she used to be a christian artist but because she’s just a joke.



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IDK

posted August 11, 2008 at 4:54 am


I agree with B 1/2. Why are we talking about her anyways. And for all the other people who are concerned about her influence on children and crap…have you heard all the other lude, nasty, and discusting songs your kids listen too anyways!?!? It’s way worse than this I kissed a girl song!! This is pathetic.



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Kevin

posted August 15, 2008 at 11:02 am


Its intresting to find out Katy Perry used to be a Christian recording artist. What I am puzzled about is how mainstreem music is tied into Christianity. The lyrics someone sings shouldnt be a reason for losing their faith in Christianity or a reason for people to judge that singers spiritual faith. If an artist abandons the Christianity label, that shouldnt mean they lost there faith. Take the band switchfoot, for example, who never wanted the genre Christian Rock to be associated with there band. This dosent meen they are any less religious, they just want to have a mainstreem audience.



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Joanne Brokaw

posted August 15, 2008 at 11:46 am


Hi, Kevin!
I don’t think anyone can judge a mainstream artist’s faith just because they cross over, but I do think that singing a song about kissing a girl, and producing a video showing the singer in bed with a boyfriend dreaming about a lesbian kiss does conflict with a Christian faith. I think with that it might be safe to assume that Katy Perry shed her ties to Christian music?
Just a thought! :)
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katy

posted August 15, 2008 at 11:11 pm


at first i liked her becaouse she was a christain and my name is katy too. but then i heard her song and i am no longer a fan of katy perry. i just wish she would see the light so i can be her fan.



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Bryan

posted August 16, 2008 at 1:45 am


I just bought her album a few weeks ago and have to be honest, her albums not really that impressive to me. There’s maybe like 2 good songs on there, but that’s about it. When you flip throught the little book that gives you all the lyrics and stuff, it shows a few pictures of her and I have to say, she is incredibly gorgeous. Very beautiful girl. I think she has a really incredible talent, but I think she could of produced a better album. There’s alot of potential in her and I hope she does well. But yeah, Britney Spears we still need to pray for…fyi she’s still pretty much a hot mess. But I really hope she makes a new album and get get through all these bad times.
BTW, what is this website about? Are you guys saying that Katy Perry isn’t a Christian, or are you talking about how she switched over from Christian music to the pop charts?



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Susan

posted August 16, 2008 at 4:41 am


So, you can’t like girls and be spiritual? Oh, yeah. That’s why I left my church. I still believe in God(dess) and I still try to live by my own “moral compass” but I don’t care if you kiss a girl or a guy as long as you are a genuine person.
Oh, and I’m hetero and married but I don’t care what you are. Except….maybe…..too uptight. If you really have faith you understand that everyone has their own path to follow. Just my opinion of course! Go Katy-I love your songs!



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Anonymous

posted August 16, 2008 at 9:38 am


It amazes me how naive some of you think young people are. When I was in middle school in 1995, Jill Sobule released “I kissed a Girl”. It was a catchy, silly song, much like this one from Katy Perry. And you know what? There weren’t hordes of 14 year old girls running around kissing each other it as a result of listening to a popular song. I played the Mortal Kombat video game every day as a kid, and I can gladly say I have not committed any “fatalities” in my 26 years. But it sure was a fun game!
Its a song, and a fun one at that. Very few, if any of you know Katy, so to assume she has strayed from the path that you believe is the only way to salvation, is purely rhetorical. Our so-called Christians need to lighten up. It must be difficult going through life being constantly offended and spending so much time complaining about society rather than actually stepping up and being a part of it, leading by example.



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Joanne Brokaw

posted August 16, 2008 at 10:23 am


Hi, Bryan – thanks for the comments!
This website is about Christian music, and anything related to Christian music. The Katy Perry story came up because I was surprised she’d released a Christian album years ago. I had NO idea it would turn into such a debate! LOL
Honest, I think it’s a valid discussion to talk about what criteria the Christian music industry should use (or have used) to label an artist “Christian” and I do think that a discussion about how music lyrics affect listeners is also a valid topic. But the comments really veered off the path for a while, so I apologize for that.
I hope you take some time to surf around the rest of the posts, because I promise it’s not all about Katy Perry, LOL!
Joanne
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Joanne Brokaw

posted August 16, 2008 at 10:28 am


Thanks for the comments!
You know, I agree with you in some ways. I think there are a lot of people who can listen to music or play violent video games and not turn into gangsters or murderers. But there is a lot of research and evidence to suggest that media does in fact influence (and direct) behavior.
So while it’s not fair to make a blanket statement that every teen girl who listens to “I Kissed A Girl” will go kiss a girl, it is fair to discuss how media – TV, music, video games, movies – influences behavior as well as pop culture and social norms. I mean, society has changed a lot since 1995, eh? You can’t deny pop culture has had a hand in that.
Joanne
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rick

posted August 16, 2008 at 12:53 pm


WoW…I’m really blown away of what’s accepted today…it may not mean that we go out and do what songs or games say -but it still is wrong and “promotes” homosexuality and trying new things -you would be surprised when people are rejected what they will do to find security in others – music is the most powerful tool of influence -it’s everywhere…yea people will say i only listen to the music not the words—then what’s moving you- the spirit of it?
There is only one moral compass -the bible – I think people need to stop moving the line of right and wrong farther and farther away from the other…let’s stop being casual christians – but at the same time show caring and love for those that are off the path – “agape love” –



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ann

posted August 16, 2008 at 6:23 pm


I kissed a girl when I was 14 and I was going to be a nun. I was very christian. Teens do a lot of stuff, even christian teens. It doesn’t mean we don’t love God. We aren’t Jesus. We can’t be perfect everyday.



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Fred

posted August 18, 2008 at 2:44 pm


I’ve heard a lot of diatribes against CCM for years, but never believed any of them, although I personally haven’t been heavily into CCM at all in recent years. However, after reading this, I am absolutely in SHOCK that Katy Perry used to be a CCM musician and then, several years later recorded a song that blatantly celebrates lesbianism. For her to record something like that that celebrates what God’s word calls an ABOMINATION absolutely positively makes me outright question her salvation.
To be sure, there is some good fruit that comes out of CCM. But I’ve also seen a lot of bad fruit come out of it, too, such as at least four CCM artists I can think of who shall remain nameless who became sexually involved outside of marriage, and at least three CCM artists I can think of, who shall again remain nameless, who divorced and remarried while they were active in the music industry. And there’s also a CCM group who had a lead singer who would later be arrested for child molestation and was naturally fired and replaced by the group.
Now, with it being known that Katy Perry went from being a CCM artist to recording such trash as “I Kissed a Girl”, I now consider the hypocrisy within CCM to have gotten so bad that I will not be listening to CCM ever again. For me, it’s now exclusively southern gospel and sacred music. In so imitating the musical styles of the world, it’s sad to see just how many CCM artists and groups have gotten caught up in actually following the world, and it’s at this point that CCM and I are now officially parting ways. I just can’t stomach it anymore.



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posted August 18, 2008 at 9:23 pm


Every time I hear this song, I am absolutely mortified! The track is hypnotic, melodic and both the hook and the melody are extremely catchy. Beyond that, the spirit behind the song has a driving force that urges people to fantasize and think about lustful acts that destroy and numb the soul!
I used to be a youthworker for my church’s youth group. I have seen and heard of kids experimenting with all different types of sins. They are heavily influenced by the incessant images and messages they see and hear about sex daily. An all out assault from hell has poured out on the youth! I thought that sexual temptation and lust was bad in my teen years. However, today, it’s a whole different ballgame!
I never in a MILLION years would have assumed that Katy is the daughter of evangelical pastors. I would like to see this precious PK come back into the fold. In my heart, I feel that she must have experienced some major legalism or religious spirits within her household and/or church. As a person who has been involved in ministry for the past seven years, I have seen and experienced that leadership and laymen can sometimes be extremely hypocritical, cutting, unforgiving, and “love” people in a conditional fashion. No offense to leadership, but we’ve got to get off our high conservative horses and come down to wear the kids are today; even if that means playing worship music that sounds like POD. We’ve got to become less “holier than thou”,less “Little House on the Prairie” and more “Run’s House”!
Also, we must be brutally honest with our youth about our shortcomings before the LORD and learn to love the youth unconditionally. This is critical! I think Katy will return to the fold when she knows it is “safe” to return! Down with Religion and up with the liberating love of CHRIST. “Whom the son sets free is free indeed!” Let’s all intercede for Katy, her family, and the youth within the church who are facing the same issues and temptation that she is. Let’s not judge her and act like modern-day Pharisees. We all know just how much Jesus loved their attitudes!



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Joanne Brokaw

posted August 19, 2008 at 12:26 pm


I don’t know if you all saw this, but Katy Perry’s parents have sounded off about their daughter’s music.
Check out my post
http://blog.beliefnet.com/gospelsoundcheck/2008/08/katy-perrys-parents-sound-off.html
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Sara

posted August 19, 2008 at 11:23 pm


When I was 12/13/14/15ish I used to be into CCM so much that I got seriously upset when I didn’t get to hear my favorite song on the radio. I then found out that the singers aren’t who their supposed to be and that their Christian faith isn’t all what it’s cracked up to be. I then decided that CCM isn’t for me because of what it stood for.. “CONTEMPORY” christian. Contemporary means “of the present” or “in the now” so to speak, and the “in the nows” of today are pretty raunchy as I see them. Contemporary displays a “now era” fashion of music, so how can there even be a “christian music” that is “contemporary” if it doesn’t display SOME elements of worldly music given that all the “now” music is worldly? I just plain gave up on the whole CCM because all the music resembled all other regular music, and half the time it was so hard for me to distinguish between CCM and other musics that I said “what the hey” and gave up. I now listen to southern gospel, so to gospel sings and write my own songs on the piano and record them and sing them at my church. I’m only 19 people; I’m supposed to be a “teenager” and like all the JUNK that’s out there. HELLOOO.. I HATE what’s out there and I’d prefer to stick with JESUS Christ who saved me and filled me with the Holy Ghost! =) As far as Katy Perry… I’m sad that she changed. I know what she’s trying to say, in a sense that “don’t worry, I’m not changing” cause I’ve been there.. I started listening to some not bad music, but I asked myself, would I REALLY listen to this with Jesus in my car? REALLY??? Would I? NO. =) Nada. So I said, I’m living for Jesus and that’s it. Katy Perry.. or Katy Hudson needs to examine her life and come back to Jesus. There’s no excuse for “dabbling” in forbidden fruits because Jesus said that you have to be in the world, but don’t have to become the world. We all should pray for Katy. I’m sure she’s good person, but just became misled. It’s my hope she’ll come back to her one true love– Jesus Christ! She’s in my prayers tonight! Make sure she’s in yours! Jesus said forgive 7X70.. and THEN SOME! =) So YES.. pray for Katy! =) She definately needs JESUS!!! =) God bless ya’ll… Sara in Oklahoma! =D



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<3

posted August 20, 2008 at 6:03 am


I’m glad Katy Perry released “I Kissed a Girl” it’s one of my favorite songs. It describes the way I felt when I kissed a girl. But, I really liked it and am now bi-sexual. “I Kissed a Girl” is an awesome some and you all are gonna have to get over the fact that there ARE gay people in the world.



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<3

posted August 20, 2008 at 6:08 am


I KISSED A GIRL AND I LIKED IT!!!!!!!!!!!



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Joanne Brokaw

posted August 20, 2008 at 9:28 am


Hi, Sara in Oklahoma!
Thanks for making some great points about CCM music. I think the CCM music resembling mainstream music has both good and bad points. There was a time when Christian music was considered “cheesy” by the mainstream, and I love that now there is great music with a Christian message that the world can enjoy.
I don’t mind if I can’t tell a Christian song from a mainstream song as much as when I don’t see a Christian artist living any differently than a non-Christian artist. There are some Christian artists who are popular in the mainstream who live in a way that definitely sets them apart at belonging to God (Flyleaf is a great example) but it’s not easy to be in the world and not of the world. That’s the bad. The music industry is really difficult (Christian and mainstream) and it’s easy to get sucked into the dark hole. That’s why it is so important to pray for those artists that God is using in the mainstream world.
Thanks so much for the great feedback!
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Kris

posted August 21, 2008 at 6:09 pm


Katy Hudson/Perry is an awesome example for Christians. She’s proof that no matter how lost we may become in this world, no matter how we may act or what we may do… in the end our faith still remains in Jesus. Girls can kiss girls, boys can kiss boys but in the end it all comes back to the love and grace of Jesus Christ and whether or not we still know he is Lord. Lest we not forget, there are gay christians in this world and every day more and more are coming forward saying “hey, Jesus loves me, he made me this way and I am proud”. “Take me as I am”.
Thank you Katy!!



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Misa

posted August 21, 2008 at 7:46 pm


Katy Perry is NOT a good example for Christians. Yes, Christ does say “come as you are”, but you are supposed to change your lifestyle. There are many, many texts in the Bible that show that homosexuality is wrong. God does love you, the individual, but he hates the sin being committed. Katy is just another example of do whatever you want, it doesn’t matter. There is grace, but there is also obedience to the word of God. Katy needs to go back to her roots.



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=)

posted August 22, 2008 at 5:17 am


Actually Misa, there is only six text in the Bible that talk about homosexuality =) We all need to stop worrying about Katy and pray for Britney. That girl needs to come out with a strong album! She’s coming back stronger than ever!



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Joanne Brokaw

posted August 22, 2008 at 9:56 am


I agree we need to pray for Britney, but not that she has a strong album, but that she understands that God loves her. :) My heart breaks for her and her children.
And honestly, I pray the same thing for Katy, and for all of those who don’t understand that acceptance and peace don’t come from accolades in magazines or money or record sales, but from the Creator of the universe, who loves us at our most unlovable.
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Aaron

posted August 24, 2008 at 4:32 am


D – I wish more people were like you!!
Joanne seriously get off your high horse, stop writing insulting blogs judging people for what they do, as if you had never sinned before. This article is insulting to the “Christ Following” community. Jesus wasn’t writing notes about people that he disliked, he helped them, he was with them all the time. You may not be able to be with Ms. Perry like Jesus was with many other sinners, but instead of raising awareness to the fact that she is a sinner, why can’t you help her out, rather it be by letting her know that you care, or by stopping the gossip that is going around about her. You are sinner just like me, and every other human in this world, yet you are still in the Christian community, some may even see you as a role model, I don’t know why though, because your writing is pure filth, I can’t believe that 83 people commented on this.
“But was she a legitimate Christian artist?” How dare you judge her, she is a legitimate artist, Christian, and secular. She has developed her career, and she is an amazing artist, if Christians keep writing articles like this she won’t have a community to go back to, I can say that when I got into an “un-typical” christian lifestyle, I had no one to go back to, because the church spent countless years judging people and writing that anyone who did drugs, or drank, were actually christians, I was ashamed, and people like you didn’ help that shame one bit. This article does not welcome anyone back to the religion that you have created for yourself.
Dear readers of the GS blog,
Joanne, the host of the GS blog, claims to be a christian, but have you heard the deep gossip about her life? She is a terrible gossip, and not only that, but I have heard that she has once told a lie in her life. Is that a role model tat we want our Children to follow? I’ll let you decide.
This comment may have gotten out of line, and I know that I should not critize you personaly, but I did not want to erase, because of my passion towards the lost, and the re-lost. I am officially really sorry for hurting your feelings, but I am not sorry fr saying what I did, does that make sense?
On the topic of Christian Music…
I think that it doesn’t matter who they are, they will make mistakes, it is the duty of their recording agency, or their managers, or even other band members, to keep them accountable for their actions, but it is not our responsibility to judge them for sinning, as far as I am concerned every one sins, and if we were all judged for our sins we would have a great time burning forever. Leave their sins to the professional.
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Aaron

posted August 24, 2008 at 4:37 am


PS I wrote that blog in like 2 hrs. I’m not like 100% bi-polar
lol
AMH



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Joanne Brokaw

posted August 24, 2008 at 10:29 am


Aaron,
First of all, you didn’t hurt my feelings. I’m a wretch. I freely admit it. Without the grace and mercy of Jesus I’d be doomed to an eternity in darkness.
Second of all, that post was never intended to point a finger at Katy Perry or judge her. It was more intended to point a finger at the Christian music industry and generate a discussion about how someone is or should be labeled a Christian music artist – using the example of an artist who admits her lifestyle, when she put out a Christian album, went against what would have been expected of a Christian artist.
I even did a separate post asking that specific question, “What is Christian music?” and have done several comments trying to get the discussion back on the original track.
However, it’s only natural that readers would hone in on the one point that they are most sensitive to and run with that regardless. The irony is that while people are accusing me of judging, they’re pointing the finger at me and – incorrectly – accusing me of being “anit-gay” or assuming that just because I’m a Christian that my personal beliefs on the subject fall in with the lunatic right wing hard liners.
Sorry. You’re wrong on that. Do I say things that sometimes offend? Of course. First, because I do belief that the truth of the gospel offends, but also because, despite my good intentions, I still put my foot in my mouth.
The accusation of judging goes both ways my friend.
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get over yourself

posted August 26, 2008 at 1:05 am


you guys are pathetic, who cares what she does shes her own person get a life bible thumpers



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Gary

posted August 26, 2008 at 1:11 am


She doesnt “need” to do anything, cool cool christianity is a big religion now, just like the “sun god” and the “rain god”s used to be, until we discovered what acctually caused rain and sun etc. “No no, this is different. christianity is nothing like that, you should read that bible it says so!” Man is afraid of the unknown, and if theres something man cant figure out he has 2 options, be afraid, or convince himself he knows the answer and not be afraid anymore. Know how you can’t teach a butterfly to read? We’ll right now in our current state, man cant comprehend our reason of existance or anything of the sort. /end rant



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Who really cares?

posted August 26, 2008 at 11:50 pm


Who cares what she sings about? If you dont like it TURN OFF THE RADIO. Live and let live people. They have to “answer” to God for THEIR sins, not you.



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floofy

posted August 30, 2008 at 9:15 pm


hey, you know what? i no that somewhere inside Katy Perry, there’s still god. every1 has god in their hearts, and maybe she’ll find Him in her heart again. i mean, i kinda hope she does. katy should still love God, and know that she can always go back…



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Alan Chambers

posted September 3, 2008 at 2:08 pm


Someone on another thread said, “Homosexuality isn’t a choice.” To that I must say that is only partly true. While no one wakes up one morning and chooses to be attracted to the same sex, everyone has a choice as to how they are going to respond to sexual urges and temptations.
I am one of those Christian kids that reached puberty and realized that contrary to what I wanted or asked for I was exclusively attracted to members of my same sex. According to Oprah and our culture that meant I was gay end of story, right? NO. I had a choice to act on those feelings or to be obedient to what I knew was God’s best for me and His creative intent for human sexuality.
While I did get involved in gay life for a period of time and spent years giving into my feelings and temptations I finally made a choice to do what I knew was right—leave homosexuality and choose to surrender my sexuality to Christ who was far more important to me than my feelings or gay life.
I not only found that obedience was far better than living by my feelings but dealing with some of the roots of my struggle allowed me to find a lot of freedom from those feelings that I once allowed to define me.
Today, I am living 15 years beyond gay life and any involvement in homosexuality. I have been married for almost 11 years and I have two awesome kids. None of those things prove that I’m not able to fall or to be tempted, but they are remarkable proof that God is able to do anything when we submit our will to His Lordship.
I am terribly sad that Katy is “working out her salvation” while leading millions of teenage girls astray—the Bible calls that a stumbling block and it is far more serious than simply kissing another girl.
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Devastation

posted September 5, 2008 at 4:12 am


perhaps she is only using this album to gain popularity, (which she has succeeded in doing) so that she can switch back to a “christian artist” and “save people”



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What

posted September 5, 2008 at 10:54 am


Man(sigh).



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Melanie Feeman

posted September 6, 2008 at 12:28 am


Thank you for being so brave, Alex. I was going to make the same point. I read a book called “They love Jesus but not the church”. It is amazing. I had never seen homosexuality as anything but a sin. I now understand that it is not a sin to have the urges/feelings. The sin is when you give in. It is like any other “sin”. Drinking alchohol, for example. You could be prone to drinking, but until you give in, it’s not a sin.



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PastorN

posted September 6, 2008 at 1:42 pm


I was just enhancing my knowledge of the Katy Hudson-to-Katy-Perry transition in preparation for a “World’s Most Dangerous Bible Study” that our youth group will have tomorrow night of this song in light of Song of Songs 1-2 (ironically while KP is appearing at the MTV Video Music Awards). I’m grateful for this article, Joanne, and extremely grateful to Alan Chambers for sharing such powerful and graceful testimony.
As a pastor in a denomination that is being torn apart over issues related to “GLBTQ” lifestyles, I have a few colleagues who, like me, want to pastor churches that show compassion without compromise, lovingly making safe space for people to experience the Holy Spirit’s power to transform out of these lifestyles. It makes me so sad that a Christian young woman who started out with such a promising career (yes, perhaps too young) is now making music that affects that “safe space” atmosphere for our youth in such a negative way. I only hope that tomorrow’s conversation allows the Spirit room to blow away the chaff, preceded by a parents’ meeting I’m leading that was inspired by an article by Walt Mueller of Group Ministry (6/16/08 “Girls Kissing Girls”).
Thanks again, and glory to God!



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live_2day

posted September 7, 2008 at 3:14 pm


Alan Chambers
What you discovered is that almost everyone is bisexual to one extent or another. You were capable of attraction to either sex. Unfortunately, you allowed a narrow interpretation of your religious book to convince you that God has a problem with homosexuality. What you did not take into consideration is that if you had homosexual feelings to start with, then your “creator” must have made you that way. So the question is, did God make you that way because it is okay to be homosexual; or is he just a twisted sadistic being bent on temping you your whole life?
I would prefer to think the former.



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Flying Speghetti monster

posted September 8, 2008 at 1:54 pm


OOOOOOHHHH, look out, God will get you, AHHHHH!!!
Please! Next time I need to “believe” in something, it will be mysrlf, not some make believe phantom from the beyond



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Katy Perry Fan

posted September 12, 2008 at 4:28 pm


You know what? She changed. Everyone changes. Whether she is a Christian or not, a “typical” Christian or not, so what?
She is having fun and living her life and she doesn’t need the advice of some Christian gossip blog to find her way. ;)



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Andrew

posted September 12, 2008 at 10:21 pm


Christian Music is a joke. We take talented people and try and fit them into the perfect CHRISTIAN mold. We do not allow the unique, quirky personalities that makes us all differnt to show through in the music that comes out of the Christian market. Katy Hudsons music was typical christian garbage that we have got since DeGarmo and Key and Carmen. From everything that I have read all over the internet about Katy she was a unique personality with a differnt outlook on things, and instead of embrasing that we tried to cram her into a mold. The Jesus Mold. To the point that we christians pushed her to were she is today. Yeah she ultimatly made the choice but the christian community did not make it a hard choice for her. While some just conform to the christian mediocre mold, others break the mold and either run in a differnt direction or find a new way. Unfortanatly Katy and her awesome talent ran the other way. If any of us actually read the life of Christ we would see that he was not a molded christian. In fact today if Jesus was to come down in the flesh and do it all over again it would be us Christians that would crusify him and kill him all over again. Because he would not fit into our WWJD mold.
Katy as we can now see has an awesome gift. But again instead of embrasing what makes us differnt and unique we push the same old boring music out onto the market.



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Ann

posted September 17, 2008 at 9:44 am


Whether Katy is or has ever been a Christian is between her and God. It is sad that a talented person such as herself, Christian or non-Christian would put out this kind of music and even sadder yet that it is played on the radio. But as mentioned, there are so many other lewd and vulgar songs that are already being played. Our world is in such a horrible state and it’s even more discouraging that the world/society has such a strong influence on our children. I can teach and show the truth to my kids early on, but at some point in their lives they will choose to walk their own path and I pray that should they ever stray from God, as a prodigal child, they will return to their first love of their youth, Jesus. I grew up in a very strict and legalistic church and I couldn’t wait to get out from under my parent’s way of life. And when I did, whew, it was wild & crazy and in my teens, I experimented with other girls. I am not a lesbian and now as an adult who’s done alot of maturing, I realize just how lost I was in my teens & early 20’s and I also, more than anything realize how wrong and sinful so much of my behavior was. Katy Perry has so much influence with her music and it’s a shame that it’s being channeled in a very inappropriate way. Satan is very deceptive. He’s used a former Christian performer to produce a very catchy tune for millions of young people to hear and to be influenced by it.



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Ann

posted September 17, 2008 at 10:27 am


My response to these topics –
(The wisdom of burdening young artists with the job of celebrity role model.) On this topic, whether wise or not, it will be done and has been done for many years. The music industry doesn’t give a flip about the artist’s well being no matter their age. All they care about whether they admit it or not is the money they can make by whatever means. I would like to think that the Christian music industry is different and probaby in most cases they are, however, it is still run by men (as in mankind) and there will be many flaws.
(The effect that music lyrics really have on young listeners, especially sexual lyrics in general, because let’s face it – mainstream music is much more heterosexually charged than homosexually charged.) People who say they are not influenced are so naive. For a young person to hear this song, while they may not go out there and sexually experiment in a homosexual relationship, the song will get in their “psyche” and deemed acceptable and not such a big deal. Little by little morals become so blurry there are no absolute rights or wrongs and anything goes.
(And what criteria the Christian music industry does/should use when applying the label “Christian music artist.”) Unfortunately, you can’t monitor the heart of an artist. If they sing a song and the music is geared towards Christianity, it will be labeled “Christian”. The focus should be on the song itself and not so much the artist. Artiss are still only human and are just as flawed as anyone else. No one should ever be placed on a pedestal. As humans, we seem to always be looking for people to look up to, heros and such. Personally, I have only one hero and that is Jesus. People will always let you down, even those with the best intentions. There are some who I may admire, but then later when a flaw or wrong doing of their’s is brought to the public, while I may be disappointed, it shouldn’t be a complete surprise. Again, we are all sinful humans and for most artists, the pressures are so great. It would take a strong foundation in Christ to really hang on to your beliefs & not compromise in an industry where so much of you is exposed and so much manipulation goes on and your ego is inflated.
“Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.” — John Wooden



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chance

posted September 19, 2008 at 6:21 am


hey andrew.
you need to get your facts straight.
if jesus came down right now, all christians would just dissappear.
and the jews that crucifies him first were too afraid to believe that he was the son of god.



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WotUThink.com

posted September 21, 2008 at 10:37 pm


Sad..
But not surprising. I have written about Christian celebrity before.
I also run a website called WotUThink and a few have labeled their disgust about her lyrics and it was mentioned how she was a Christian, so I had to check up for myself (hence my comment)



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stephanie

posted September 29, 2008 at 11:11 pm


i had never noe that im Christian and 14 but we all make mistakes but u cant hate on noone cuz that she grew up in a church a lot of teens do that now and that was her chice but i thank that hes helping me with my singing and i love it♥



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Zeph

posted September 30, 2008 at 9:49 pm


Here’s an interesting fact to add to the story. My old band that used to play at a christian festival in NH met her(Katy Hudson/perry). She was very good friends with the beloved RELIENT K. We toured with R. K and so we were hanging out. And she was there too. We never really took a liking to her. She was really passive aggressive about her faith. But I think she was like me…she had a lot of questions and the faith wasn’t as black and white as some people in the church think it is.
I used to lead worship for a church in NH first for youth group around age 16 …then the actual sunday services from age 18 – 20…..but i had questions. I just wanted to know the truth. Trying to find God or however you want to put it. Trying to be as “perfect” as possible so I could be a “good christian”. Long story short i left the church because I needed a break. it was too much pressure. And truth of the matter I didnt realize at the time….i was just a kid! And I should have been doing what teens do… going to the mall, the movies, hanging out with friends… having a girlfriend. It took me while to regain my youth without guilt. That I wasn’t evil for having a beer at 21. I mean i definatelly rebelled…I threw out everything i was taught and said I only believe in believing what one wants to believe. i was angry and bitter cause all my friends disowned me after I left cause they didn’t want my “sinful” lifestyle to cause them to allow the devil a foothold in their life while hanging out with me. I just wanted a friend who would support me through my major belief crossroad in life.
Now all those people havent left NH are married and lead youthgroups. Except all they do is raise a bunch of kids up till they get old enough to think for themselves. And many leave and rebel. point is…no one is in the world. Major part of christian church stays sheltered inside the safe community that is the FAITH. People like me find their own truth, really find out whats right and wrong, good and evil. And many people in my life to my shock start picking up a bible cause they know it was a huge part of my life and they feel there is something special I know and they want to know it for themselves too. I realized I was making more of an influence on people now so far down the back sliding road completely anti-christianity etc. than when i was MR. Jesus Freak.
Maybe it’s time you all stopped putting so much pressure on the christian youth of today. Why would you expect kids today to be so much different than when you were a kid. We all go through it. Anyone that doesnt turn away from gods grace and experience a bit of the world is a fool. Im a much wiser person now. Im still a good person too. Cause i have learned from my mistakes. Now I know there is a way out of my sin first hand! its not a theory, its a life experience. maybe christians need to realize the bible is one of many religious texts…and not everyone sees it so black and white. respect other peoples religion. they want to know God just as much as you do.
As far as Katy hudson or whatever…she isn’t anymore lost than you or I…she just on a different path. she is not any more of a sinner than you or I. its all part of the process….whether you’re in a bar or a church…you are still breathing which is the continual meditation and search for Truth.
think about it.
p.s. my youth pastor Kelly Anderson from the old Faith Christian center in bedford, NH…he was the guy who always made me feel bad about wanting to hang at the mall and missing friday night prayer etc…well he embezzled 1.5 million bucks from the church over a period of 5 years I believe…and then they asked him to step down… how angry did I feel…misled? cheated? just goes to show every church will fall apart and become corrupt. The only church that matters is inside you. Everyone needs to worry about their own salvation. Do what you feel is right. Not some guy who God supposedly ordained. Katy is doing whats right for her. And you are doing whats right for you.
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Chelvis6

posted October 1, 2008 at 1:17 pm


Zeph, I’m sorry you seem to have had such a bad experience with Christianity. It sucks when someone takes advantage of something that should be pure and full of goodness. It’s people like that who make Christianity have such bad connotations these days. And I definitely agree with you that being a secluded cloister-like group is also not a great way to go about living a Christian life. I think that if we put ourselves out there and are tried by the perils and tragedies and great conflicts in the world and we can still, at the end of the day, say that we are in love with Christ, then the salvation is even more rewarding, and you also become a great example for those other people in the world who avoid the church because they don’t want to be judged. I think people need to stop trying to judge and persecute others and instead lead by example instead of trying to scare them into being Christians. Just lead a life full of grace. Don’t worry so much about the pitfalls… They’re inevitable and thank the lord that he is there and offers his forgiveness when you do fall.
On the subject of Katy Perry… I think her music is catchy and great, but I wonder what happened to make her seem to basically give the middle finger to her christian past with that Kissed a Girl song. I understand that she’s just singing about reality… This sort of thing happens all the time (Especially on reality shows! haha), but it seemed like such a specific choice to do something pretty taboo. I just wonder if it was simply a marketing ploy OR a sort of message to the church/ christian music industry. Just a thought…



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Alan Burns

posted October 2, 2008 at 3:23 pm


I’ve found Katy Perry’s rise to fame interesting for its paralells to my own life. As a 28-yr old, decidedly unspiritual musician thinking back to the Christian rock band I was once a part of, and the sole album we made when I was 18, I can’t help but wondering if Katy had any similar experience to me of starting adult life and gradually feeling all the beliefs you grew up with fade away.
I was 20 when I started to nervously approach the increasingly obvious truth that I had lost my faith, and that I might never have had it, other than what had been imposed on me all my life by my family and Christian peer group. Ever since then, I’ve been trying to come to terms with this inside my head, and finally with a therapist over the past year.
What I’ve been trying to express in therapy, but still not able to describe the full emotional weight of it, is the simple, terrifying realisation that I grew up thinking that my life on earth would be guided by God and form just a prelude to eternal fulfilment. And now I don’t believe that any more. I’m finally certain of one thing, that I’m on my own and I believe that this life is all there is. And it’s indescribably sad to face up to something like that, when most of the friends I grew up with thru school are still active in the church and (at least appear to) still have a strong faith. But I wouldn’t go back there just for the sake of having something to believe in, and I now have more self confidence and self worth as I feel like I’ve faced up to the reality of what I (don’t) believe.
so Katy Perry, if you have time to chat someday, I’d love to pick your brain on that one….



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Your Name

posted October 26, 2008 at 3:31 am


Oh come on, with the heat of your parents being two preachers you can get away with a ton. Just cause she got into the “Christian” Music industry first means nothing She may have done it so later on when she released her real true self everyone who called her a wonderful christian would feel stupid. Don’t get me wrong I am a christian; Christian music however goes nowhere it is a dying art and katy has some issues which usually gets ignored if your in a christian church and especially that high up her parents couldn’t let their rep get hurt; even if it meant helping their daughter.



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Your Name2

posted October 26, 2008 at 4:52 pm


Interesting one…was googling on the topic of Katie Perry vs Katie Hudson after hearing that she had switched over from “Christian” to …?? well, well having been brought up in a conservative Christian home myself, and being over 18 and on my own in this real world i am also starting to question many of the “beliefs” of the church – to me its more often than not the unspoken attitudes and inclinations (as good and upright as they may seem) that, in my eyes lead to this sort of “rebellion”. In my own life I am starting to see that one cannot hold such firm “religious” beliefs, because then one ends up judging, and actually becoming quite depressed with everything, and not free to love the others, especially those in the world. Besides a night out on the town, grooving on the dance floor is in the eyes of any young person, with energy and vigour far more exhilirating than a Sunday morning service, even in the most Charismatic church (i could b wrong here – someone please correct me). Then you may say, I dont have the Spirit, but wasnt Jesus the one who got more out of loving the prostitute and the sinner, and hanging out in the “bars” of those days, showing people the way to life, that isnt wasnt about ones “location” or religiosity (how many times they went to church) that saved them, but rather their condition of the heart. If only there could be more ministry in this area, or are we “Christians” too “weak” for this?? If only the young people of today could hear that God really wants the very best for them and really believe it for themselves and as it says in Rom 8:28 “ALL things work together for the good of those who love God…” there may be a change of direction? Or do we “christians” believe in God…maybe Katy was just tired of all this play acting, as I am growing tired of it, and was just looking for another way out…there is as much hope for her than there is for you, you “Christian”!



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aka "Jesus Freak"

posted October 30, 2008 at 2:22 pm


I don’t understand why every one wants to look down upon the church these days? It is the Body of Christ! When we put down our church family we are in a literal sense putting down our Savior! No one knows except God why Katy changed her name and her morals. If her heart was fully right with God the Holy Spirit would never of let her release an albumn that clearly goes against everything God warns us to flee from. Adolesence may be adolescence but sin is sin! Has every one forgotten about Sodom and Gomorah? We need more youth and adults in the like placing the armor of God on EVERY day. Not just when we feel like it…being a Christian is a gift! We miss out on NOTHING! I would of given anything to of had a Christian upbringing that taught me right from wrong and would of saved me from years of heartache as I visited malls, made out with boys and continued my distorted youth. I pray my children will have a “boring” youth and that one day through the Holy Spirits guidance will praise there Maker for keeping them pure! This life is not about us, it’s not about doing what feels good but about doing what God says is right! We have been given a beautiful gift and I never want to take my Salvation through my Saviors death lightly or for granted. Jesus suffered and died for US! It is the Good News that I am meant to share, giving hope to a dying world, bringing Jesus’ light into this dark and distorted world and bringing forth children that glorify Him alone! That is the only thing we were created for! I will be praying for Katy every day and hope that through God’s grace she will come back to Him again!
God bless each and every one of you and may HIS love and mercy abound in your hearts and lives! He loves you all so very much!!!
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M

posted November 1, 2008 at 6:12 pm


As an unperfect Christian, I have to say that Katy Perry shouldn’t be looked down upon or thought to be “giving the middle finger” to her Christian faith. NObody is perfect, except for the All Mighty One. When you point one finger, there are at least three point straight back at you.
Artists write about what they know, what they experience, what they feel, so I wouldn’t look too deeply into some lyrics like “I kissed a girl” from a former Christian musical artist, because she’s obviously writing about what’s on her mind at the moment. People struggle, they make mistakes, they LIVE. I don’t think that anyone here is in a position to judge anyone else, because WE ALL SIN. It’s what one does after the fact that defines them. And although it might seem that Perry’s chosen to cash in on mainstream musical fame, who’s to say that she’s not still trying to walk a straight path? We can observe her actions and think naught, but only she and God really know what’s real.
To those who apparently think ALL Christian musicians should be perfect, think again. You think that just because someone’s singing about Jesus, that they’re all perfect and pure? Again, as an unperfect Christian, I’d have to disagree, because WE ALL SIN. They’re people like you and me, who struggle with the trials and tribulations that life brings each and every day – but they write songs about it. If you’re looking for a perfect role model, look no more than to people like Jesus or the Virgin Mary, and then you won’t be disappointed.
It’s not people like Katy Perry that make Christians look bad, it’s people who are too quick to JUDGE other people’s actions. Jesus forgives, so why can’t you?



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Matt

posted November 1, 2008 at 7:00 pm


I think she needs to get back to her Christian music career. She has made a name for herself and now needs to continue on with her previous beliefs. I’m not even sure if these are her songs. Most likely, someone just recognized her beauty and talent and her potential to make them money. So she had the choice between pop sensation and little known Christian artist.
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J.

posted November 3, 2008 at 7:43 pm


I think its ridiculous to discredit Katy’s christian album because she has now become mainstream.
Just because she wasn’t a “typical christian” in her teens, and just because you say she isn’t a “legitimate christian artist” (Who are we to say if she was a legitimate christian or not, thats only for God to decide) that doesn’t mean christians can’t listen to her songs.
Just because she’s done crap in her life (we all have) and just because she’s switched to mainstream lyrics, doesn’t mean that her songs weren’t written genuinely. One can still listen to her words as a way of exploring who Jesus is.
We are not meant to say whether she was a legitimate christian or not, and we can still listen to her old music, because it still speaks a lot of Truth.



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Joanne Brokaw

posted November 4, 2008 at 9:10 am


J. – that whole post was initially written to generate a discussion about Christian music, and what is it and how we decided what a Christian artist is. Seriously.
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michael

posted November 7, 2008 at 3:25 pm


Joanne Brokaw
i want to talk to you
what do you know about this krystal meyers sex scandal cover up thing?
i don’t want to be off topic so send me a private message
i was reading this article and there seems to be enough shadiness and sinfulness in this christian music industry that we need a tell all dossier to get us back where we’re supposed to be at
because christianiy doesn’t need any more hypocrites
if these gay christians or others were “liberated” then that’s fine but be honest and forthcoming, that’s it



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Joanne Brokaw

posted November 7, 2008 at 4:50 pm


Michael, what do I know about the “Krystal Meyers sex scandal” thing? Nothing, apparently because I didn’t even know there WAS a Krystal Meyers sex scandal.
I actually just talked to Krystal a month or so ago, and would be extremely surprised if there was a sex scandal. She’s a grounded, Christian girl as far as I can tell. But I’ll check it out.
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Joanne Brokaw

posted November 10, 2008 at 11:44 am


Michael, like I suspected, there is nothing to the rumors about Krystal Meyers. You can read more here:
http://blog.beliefnet.com/gospelsoundcheck/2008/11/not-a-shred-of-truth-to-the-al.html#more
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A Random Dude

posted November 11, 2008 at 6:55 pm


I would like to mention I have a serious distaste for mainstream music. I’m not the Paste-reading AP-knabbing hipster (although I randomly read both publications), but I find much artistic depth to the indie community. I can’t stand the Christian industry, not because I am not spiritual… but because the industry is so inward. It is very flawed. Why shouldn’t those of faith make art in the real world, outside our bubble? to be honest top 40 music is a lame excuse and her music qualifies. Even her debut, which I had the misfortune to review at one point, was very typical and bland. the fact I am leaving this comment is because I appreciate the tone in which it was wrtitten. While I certainly don’t agree with the stance of CCM, I find this article well written and very forgiving and understanding. Fine job on addressing the issues without seeming as a heretic.



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Joanne Brokaw

posted November 11, 2008 at 9:06 pm


A Random Dude – thank you so very much for your kind feedback! I appreciate that you took time to read and comment. :)
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Rosa

posted November 16, 2008 at 7:20 am


“The one thing I hope is that if she ever wants to find her way back to the faith of her youth, the Christian community can welcome her back with open arms.” Who’s to say that she still doesn’t practice christianity, or that she has left the religion? Though many would strongly disagree with me – exploring things like bisexuality, drugs, and sex does not mean that you are no longer christian. And It does not mean that you are “going to hell”. Human beings are curious by nature, and because of those curiosities, which sometimes get us into trouble, religions have created rules to try and scare us. It’s my firm belief that as long as you are a good person, with good intentions, who is compassionate – you don’t have to worry about your soul’s well being after you’ve left the physical earth. Katy Perry, though I don’t know her, is probably not a person with bad intentions. She is not advocating violence, or self destruction in her songs. She is expressing herself artistically, and there is nothing wrong with that.



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Jeff

posted November 25, 2008 at 11:01 pm


Rosa, you are basically saying it’s okay to have songs that promote things that Christianity and God shows is wrong. We don’t have to know her – just know what she’s doing. Her intentions don’t matter as much as the message people get.



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Necon4Jesus

posted November 30, 2008 at 1:59 pm


Good for you Katy. Leave the old fashion Christian fundamentalist bigots behind and go for it girl!!!
they never liked your music in the first place.
AMEN, thank you Jesus.



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/\ /\ Ignore the troll

posted November 30, 2008 at 6:17 pm


Ignore the troll above my comment. I mean, they don’t even use proper grammar, spelling nor punctuation. Not to mention the clear intolerance they have for Christians. People usually grow out of name-calling in middle school…



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Andrea

posted December 1, 2008 at 12:10 pm


Being a teen Christian, I have been there and gotten far away from Christ, but I think that if someone would have reached out to her and let her know that they were willing to listen, she could still be a great Christian artist. And yes, it was a good album, I think that the older she got, the further she could have gone and been just as popular as “Katy Perry”. There is still a wondeful artist under her flaws.



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Annoyed by Comments

posted December 1, 2008 at 8:21 pm


I agree with the comment above… despite her flaws there is still a wonderful artist underneath. She has a God given talent, even if she is not using it to honor the Lord. And to answer the first comment, the only way to heaven is through Christ. If you have never accepted Him then you will not go to heaven… no matter how good of a person you are. None of us are in a position to judge. We don’t know Katy’s heart, only God does. I once ran off and tried things my way, but later discovered that I needed the Lord in my life. Katy may be misguided at the time but who’s to say that she won’t come back some day. Maybe it’s time we start practicing grace and just love people through their trials.



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Your Name

posted December 2, 2008 at 4:46 pm


Christian music is ridiculous to begin with. Why the segregation. Are their christian doctors,christian mechanics,or are their doctors who are christians and mechanics who are christians. Big difference.
I’ll tell you why she got a record deal to begin with because its a business!!! About money first not are you christian enough,about your musicianship not are you christian enough. Which is why I dont understand when these christians musicians fall why do they take away all their awards….were they signed to a record contract for their musicianship or their impenetrable morality.
Go Katy live your life and find out who YOU are. We are not our parents!



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nashvilleBen

posted December 2, 2008 at 5:07 pm


oh, why is there even a genre for Christian music? hold on, I’m getting a call from my Christian auto mechanic, my car is ready, although, I can’t pick it up till the Christian cable company installs my new dvr program.
it’s just people, making music. God’s gifted us with music. Eminem has a gift. Alice Cooper has a gift. Katy Hudson/Perry has a gift.
i’ve worked in the Christian industry, and I’ve somewhat shed my association with it. why? well, once again, it’s just people—and a lot of them don’t act too Christian a lot of the time.
i still love Christ and serve my church and work with youth kids. i’d rather them understand importance behind music and why people express themselves than shelter them from the radio and culture and hide them in Christian music.
the genre really needs to die. then good “christian” artists would actually sell MORE records, influence MORE people — instead, we get pigeon-holed into these tiny little sections at Borders or at Family Christian stores where non-Christians will NEVER walk into. more



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eden512

posted December 5, 2008 at 12:57 am


I guess it boils down to singing about God vs. singing for God. It’s funny that we compartmentalize these issues when it is not really about the music as so much the state of the person. One would be astonished at the amount of people singing “about” God who don’t really know Christ or see themselves as ministers because they don’t see the calling commission to all Christians in the Bible. RD. ““I repent of ever having recorded one single song and ever having performed one concert if my music, and more importantly — my life — has not provoked you into Godly jealousy, or to sell out more completely to Jesus!” Keith Green”



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Your Name

posted December 10, 2008 at 3:48 pm


I could hardly believe the comments on this page. Usually I dont get into all the hoo ha but I have to say something. Segregation? I dont think so. The lord gave her the blessing of a voice and at anytime can take it. I have been blessed with a voice as well and yes I have dreamed of a career and not only as a Christian artist but I never forgot my roots. I would not sing about what is clearly an abomination. “I kissed a girl and I like it”. Geez! Come on. Read the good book. I can agree with eden512 as well. singing about god vs. Singing for god is an awesome statement. I understand the whole rebelling thing I have been there done that and do not want to go back ever again. I have been to the lowest of places and know that if not for my savior and his blessings I would be dead. What bothers me the most is she knows the truth she was raised up in the truth and to stray so far to sing about the things she does is treading on dangerous grounds. I will pray for her that she finds her way back home. Besides her mom is prayer warrior obviously and never underestimate the power of a praying mother. Trust me I KNOW!



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sven

posted December 11, 2008 at 5:37 pm


I kissed a girl and I liked it too.



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Teresa

posted December 13, 2008 at 9:34 pm


Thanks for a thoughtful column. I cannot believe the judgmental diatribe that I see from Christians about Katy’s life choices. Who knows why Katy made the choices she did? It’s her life and she’ll follow her own path, and far be it from others to judge her.



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Kdawg

posted December 18, 2008 at 2:21 pm


I agree with eden512 and Your name. I believe in the power of prayer too. Katy Perry is God’s child gone astray, and I’m not judging. Saying, “.. you can go to hell” (meaning = I don’t care. we use that carelessly) has implications of hatred/indifference and judgment. If my neighbor’s house is on fire, and I say to myself, “Who knows why he chose not to make his house fire proof? It’s his house and he will follow his own discretion, and far be it that I try to help him”, then I have not only judged him, but also failed in my duty, as a good neighbor, to rescue him. I’m not “judging” you Teresa, however, once you have tasted true repentance/surrender, you won’t want to turn away. Bless y’all.



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sue camilla

posted December 20, 2008 at 8:59 am


Good on her, you’re here for a good time not a long time – Kate Perry is HOT HOT HOT!!!!!



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joshwick

posted January 8, 2009 at 2:13 am


NO WAY! I CANT BELIEVE IT
SHE WAS A BLONDE!?
WOW!
THIS IS WEIRD STUFF



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Alex

posted January 10, 2009 at 1:32 am


omg Katy Perry is my hero. and ya im Chatholic *and i dont go to church all the time (only on holidays)* but ya we made the same choise but that doesnt make us bad people. she is beautiful, nice, friendly, smart, funny! and ya her songs can be a lil much but she has an amazing gift from God* and i dont think God* would like u writing rude stuff about his creation.!
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Your Name

posted January 13, 2009 at 5:17 pm


Katy’s parents have come to my church and I’ve talked with her Dad. It’s not easy and they love her very much and we are believing God that He is able to keep her and lead her to Him. One of the things I heard was during her stay as a Christian artist she felt like other Christian acts were behaving just as worldly as secular artists. I’m sure she thought what’s the difference I might as well sing for the world. Not that we should ever guide our own path by the success or failure of another’s but it does give you pause to stop and think if our own actions could influence someone in a negative way.



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Joanne Brokaw

posted January 13, 2009 at 5:54 pm


That’s a great point. I heard a speaker at a conference once talking about the perils of working in a Christian industry. Everyone starts to play to the lowest common denominator, thinking, “Well, I’m a Christian and at least I’m not as bad as him/her.” That’s definitely a danger, even in Chrisitan music.
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Mercy Webber

posted January 23, 2009 at 9:44 pm


I think her parents are full of it, she has an amazing voice,& I’m a Christian. So if I road in a giant banana that would be bad? If I sang pop music that would be bad? If I changed my hair and last name would that be bad? NNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!
But I gotta say “I Kissed A Girl” is bad but good!! P.S. I love “Hot N Cold”



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Alisha

posted January 24, 2009 at 4:45 pm


I love Katy Perry!!!!!! She has an amazing voice, she tells it lyk it is and she’s just honest about what she dose and how she feels. that’s what makes her so amazing because how many Christians do you think feel the same way as her but are too afraid to say something?? I’m a Christian and i sing about God because that’s who i want to sing about. If she would have stayed a Christian artist, she probably wouldn’t have been that successful because her heart is not in it. No one should hate on her though because she’s doing what makes her happy and that’s all that matters.



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Betty

posted January 26, 2009 at 12:41 pm


Katy is doing what gets her attention.
It’s always the preacher’s kid, isn’t it? Maybe her parents should take some responsibilty for their daughter’s lack of talent and her obnoxious behavior.
And, yes…people in the industry look the other way. That’s why people who can’t sing are stars.



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Your Name

posted February 2, 2009 at 9:54 pm


No!!why did she swtich..i mean like when stuff like this happens, i dont blame the parents neither do i blame Katy. I think i blame the church for not getting involved enough in each and every youth in the churches life. I’m 13 and i’m what’s called a Seventh Day Adventist and the church is like so strict that we youth are scared to show up in earrings at church. It’s not always about scolding us and making us fear God..but love and appreciation always is the key and that is exactly what Katy Perry needs



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Billy Joe

posted February 3, 2009 at 12:16 pm


i think she is a great singer and WHO CARES IF SHE ROAD A FRICKIN BANNNA GET OVER IT!*(



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Jasmin Johnson

posted February 3, 2009 at 5:03 pm


okay..billy joe…ur missing the whole point.



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Your Name

posted February 3, 2009 at 8:47 pm


Look, God only TRULY knows Katy’s heart, and its in His hands anyways. All we can do as Christians, is pray for her and her family. The Bible says that God NEVER lets go, and once you become a follower of Christ, He won’t let you go.Take the story of the Prodical son for example. I truly believe God will send someone in life to turn her around. He always comes through!



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Jay

posted February 5, 2009 at 12:12 am


She is a modern day female Sampson. Grew up with the knowledge of God and can’t deny it. Hollywood doesn’t know yet that God is using Katy Perry to pick a fight so He’s glory can been witnessed by many. God’s will is always perfect even when carried out by imperfect people.



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Christian Male

posted February 9, 2009 at 10:14 pm


Sad to see a woman betraying her faith just to sell records



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Jay Supporter

posted February 9, 2009 at 10:17 pm


Well said brother! “All things work together for good when you love the Lord”



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Judy Grimes

posted February 10, 2009 at 1:25 am


I personally know Katy and she said she wasnt a Christian, just kidding she said she was, just kidding i dont know her my friend does, just kdding its my sister, just kidding its Katy’s mom but i havent met her yet, just kidding i ran into her at the grocery store, just kidding it was the mall, just kidding she ran into me and i was like OUCH, just kidding it was more of a YELP, just kidding it wasnt me it was Katy that her mom ran into, just kidding it was slower than running, just kidding it was a brisk walk, just kidding Katy wasnt walking, just kidding she was running away from this crazy article just kidding, it was the crazy comments just kidding, just kidding, just kidding.



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tammy93

posted February 10, 2009 at 12:19 pm


O.K.,she doesn’t write songs about God anymore,but that doesn’t mean that she doesn’t believe in Him…I think that Katy Perry is very religious,and it’s not a sin to sing songs…What about other people than,just because she used to sing Christian songs and know she stopped she’s a sinner??????



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Prayer

posted February 12, 2009 at 8:42 pm


We’re all sinners. The same way we pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ who have fallen away from the faith, we need to pray for Katy. Katy knows in her heart that what she’s doing is bad, because once you know the truth, there’s no denying it. Prayer is the only effective tool. God’s glory can totally shine through in any situation.



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tammy93

posted February 13, 2009 at 4:47 pm


She’s not doing bad thing…You just say this for her,because she use to sing christian songs…Now she doesn’t do that anymore,she started doing something she likes,but that doesn’t mean that she doesn’t love God anymore or that her faith fail…I think we should pray for her like we pray for our brothers and sisters,but not because she done that(started singing pop songs)….:)



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Yea

posted February 13, 2009 at 11:26 pm


Why can’t you be Christian and still have fun? Jesus never said any of these things were wrong, you just made it up. You did. So if you really do believe what Jesus believes, which most of you cannot until you develop free will, you shouldn’t have a problem, unless you personal just don’t like it.



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tammy93

posted February 14, 2009 at 1:32 pm


I toally agree with you…You shouldn’t judge just by one song…she has written a lot of beautiful songs,like “simple” or “the box”…I like all her songs including christian songs….
p.s.I’m sorry for my english….;)



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Mat

posted February 23, 2009 at 2:37 am


Out of the abundance of your heart, your mouth speaks…
What is coming out of her mouth? Is it glorifying to God? NO! She may believe in God, but her heart isn’t his. I am not saying you can’t sing songs that aren’t Theocentric, but, when your singing about things that go against the very charecter and nature of God, then your heart is not his.
People try and justify her music, not because it holds musical value, but because they like her Songs. If you like her songs thats fine, but do not try to justify listening to them because she used to be a christian artist. There are a lot of bads who used to be christian bands. Mae, Anberlin, The Jonas Brothers, Katy Perry. I like Mae and Anberlin a whole lot, and listen to them, but I listen because I like them, I do not justify it because they used to be christian artists.
Do not try to fool yourself. Katy Perry is not a christian artist, and if she is a christian, she hasn’t given her heart over to God wholly.



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Joanne Brokaw

posted February 23, 2009 at 8:48 am


Mat, just curious – why do you say that Anberlin, Mae and the Jonas Brothers “used to be Christian artists”? If they are Christians (and those artists don’t deny they are), and they are artists, aren’t they still, technically, “Christian artists”?
Katy Perry would never consider herself a Christian artist – about her faith now she hasn’t said she is a Christian. Make sure you read this update:
http://blog.beliefnet.com/gospelsoundcheck/2009/01/katy-perry-clearing-the-air-on.html
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John

posted February 26, 2009 at 6:52 pm


To reply to the first to comments by tammy93 and Yea…
Because you brought up the issue of being a Christian and having fun, I’d like to reply. I am John, 16 years old and a Junior in High School in Montana. this is my worldview:
I think that there is a definite cost to your spiritual health when you subject yourself to listen to some of her lyrics – and she is subjecting herself as well by dabbling with immoral lifestyles. If you believe in God and the moral standards he set that are a result of His very nature, then I’m assuming you identify those absolutes through the Bible.
what she is doing is more than just having fun. Some of the issues she is trying to deal with the wrong way are going to harm her in the long-run and probably already have. I believe the issue is Katy’s own personal relationship with God. I hope she comes to terms with herself on what she believes, whatever that may be (although I pray she can find the Truth in her Christian roots).
I attached some verses, Romans 1:24-32. I hope I am not appearing “condemning”, “judgmental” or any of the of those other nasty words seemingly associated with Christians today.



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omar stapley

posted February 26, 2009 at 11:39 pm


You people are so narrow-minded. Just cuz you are a christian doesn’t mean you have to be on a christian label and don’t say I LOVE JESUS every other line…ITS MUSIC. SHE IS MAKING TO HAVE FUN…don’t take it so seriously…SERIOUSLY I HIGHLY DOUBT SHE WANTS HER FANS TO TAKE THE SONG “I KISSED A GIRL” SERIOUSLY…ITS FOR FUN…Attack Attack is a christian band from Columbus(www.myspace.com/attackattack)…they covered I Kissed A Girl….and you know why nobody came out saying THEYRE GAY! its cuz the song IS NOT SERIOUS ITS JUST SUPPOSED TO BE FUN AND FUNNY…and don’t say Attack Attack is not a “christian” band because they covered that song….Attack Attack prays before each of their shows on stage they tell people who they live for, Jesus. I have talked to all of them and they are great kids….so before you go trying to pick a fight with something, actually find something realistic to complain about…
…and honestly its not Christian’s job to police the world anyways…it just makes those who don’t look bad…sorry



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John

posted March 4, 2009 at 7:32 pm


Hi, It’s John again. Firstly, I totally agree with you, Omar, in that Christians don’t have to be “Christian recording artists”…
God created men to be creative (no big surprise there) since we are “made in His image.” Music is also one of God’s … MOST AMAZING GIFTS! He also delights in our creativity – our enjoyment of His gifts to us! every time I think of that it blows me away.
so yes, I definitely believe we have creative freedom – and I certainly DO NOT think that a Christian has to sing about anything particularly. I DO think that a genuine Christian will at some time show their honor of God either through their work (music- which is a great medium) or personally (just loving God).
Here’s my point – Katy Perry (Whether or not she is a Christian) has some pretty cool songs (Hot N Cold is pretty cool) but she’s also got some songs that u should be careful about.
ok I’m not going to discern for you which songs are right and wrong because that’s another whole subject I just want to state my point:
Read and Know what the artist is saying to you.



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Jerry

posted March 8, 2009 at 5:59 pm


i agree with mat



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Your Name

posted March 13, 2009 at 8:07 pm


this is for omar stapley…
I can see where you might be coming from…but honestly as Christians, in our music, who should we be singing about? Um well we are here to worship God so I would guess our songs should be to worship Him…get what i’m saying? And about the “Christians policing the world” you are right…We shouldnt judge those who aren’t of our family we should reach out to them for Christ…BUT!!! if Katy Perry once claimed to be a follower of Christ as her brothers and sisters we are to hold her accountable…that is completely biblical!
And about finding something realistic to complain about…well this is realistic…would you find Christ listening to “I Kiseed a Girl”…I DONT THINK SO!!! So why should we…We have to protect ourselves from the evils of this world…Satan likes to sugar coat things or in your terms “its just for fun.” I’m sorry but your view is a little twisted beacause how can we seriously even find humor in something that disgusts God so greatly…yeah it might not be to be taken seriously but it is still NOT humurous!
Just a thought but What Would Jesus Do..I’m thinking filling His head with JUNK is not one of those things….this article was to help other CHRISTIANS understand a little of what went wrong with Katy Hudson and why she is no longer writing songs about our Lord and Savior….personally I myself was curious because she is representing God’s family and if others know about her claim to Christianity what is she telling them?
And honestly it breaks my heart to see that she has turned to “pop” music because of whatever reasons…For what greater joy is there than serving our Father who gave us the greatest and most precious gift ever given! I hope you see what I’m saying and that maybe it will change your view on what we put into our minds as Chritians…



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posted March 14, 2009 at 9:39 am

James

posted March 20, 2009 at 8:15 pm


I think, as I found out about this, she really might have tried to understand who God is. I know I’m guilty of actions and thoughts that could bring A LOT of shame, but I have decided to follow Christ fully and embrace His message. What I think went wrong is that we often try to put in gray areas in what The Bible calls right and wrong. There never were, never are, and never will be gray areas where we might sin and still be right with God. Sin is sin, and God WILL NOT partake of anybody with sin in their lives. He loves them, but they MUST admit of their sins and be right with God. The same must be held true to all who believe. We may interact with others an share the Gospel, but we must do it in Spirit and in Truth. The truth is that God is God, sin is sin, and that they can never mix until sinners repent and seek Jesus. All we can do is pray and agree that under the saving power of Christ, she’ll return to serving God.



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mason

posted March 27, 2009 at 2:20 pm


katy perry is awsome i kissed a girl sweet ur gay
thoe she should keep the secrit to herself of tasting other girls chaptstick!!!!!



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eric

posted March 31, 2009 at 10:54 am


Well, we don’t need to judge her. We, don’t know what happen to make her fall away. A lot of Christian have went to do secular music, because they seen that the christian record labels sometimes are just as bad as the secular labels. Plus, not every christian label is ran by Christians, it all about making money. I just think that we should pray for her, and let God do the work, it is not our job. We are just called to love her.



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Taylor

posted April 4, 2009 at 2:32 pm


Wow. You people are so judgmental. So what if she left her Christian image? It’s so awful to say “she lost her way”. She’s a talented singer, and as long as she is happy and producing music she is proud of, who cares?



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Zak

posted April 8, 2009 at 12:09 am


She’s making some pretty awful music now, to anyone Christian or otherwise who has to hear her garbage.



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Your Name

posted April 11, 2009 at 12:54 am


Pardon me Zak! Katy’s music is not garbage, in the least. It took a great deal of talent to write and record those songs. yes, I’m a christian, and yes I don’t agree with all of her new songs. but if she had the same songs and just put different lyrics to the tunes that were christian oriented, everyone would love it!



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Kamara

posted April 24, 2009 at 4:23 pm


Wow, this article was really interesting! I would have never of thought of her being Christian before. Anyways, I still really like her music!



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Your Name

posted April 30, 2009 at 11:44 am


She actually used to go to the church I go to now but before I went there.
I heard about it last night at youthgroup
and I hope she finds her way again



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leah

posted April 30, 2009 at 3:39 pm


Hey,
Well I have a problem with her music, not because it will ‘promote’ homosexuality but because I think she is using a fake bisexuality to sell records. You know I don’t know what the truth is as to whether homosexuality is wrong or not but that’s the point. None of us do. However much you say that you KNOW you have the truth, that doesn’t mean you do. All I know is I’ve seen real love and selfishness in gay couples and I’ve seen love and selfishness in straight couples. So how bout for once we sort out our own relationships before pulling apart other peoples especially when they seem more capable of love than us.
As for her being a child of two preachers. I am the non-christian child of two missionaries. I don’t think she was lying when she made that earlier record. She herself has said she was very sheltered and hadn’t questioned things till later on. Christians do not like questions. Services are made up of preaching not discussions and if you voice concerns you’re seen as the back slider and you are simply told you are wrong. The idea that actually you might be right, that we may have all hitched ourselves to the wrong wagon can never be contemplated. I think its the ultimate arrogance.
I came to the conclusion that Christianity was a mask for a lot of people. There wasn’t much active seeking of truth or questioning. People didnt want you to ask too much. So you do it quitely. You observe, you read and you keep your head down until you can breath free air (for me that was when I went to uni). Now my friends are non – christians: Muslims atheists, agnostics, Buddhists. They are more open to discussions,real discussions where they will question their own thoughts as well as questioning yours.
The funny thing is, I did have an honest discussion with my brother a year ago. I think this was the first honest talk with a christian I have had. He said he had gone through a long period where he didn’t believe, it just didn’t make sense to him. Recently he had started believing but he couldn’t say why. And he was honest. He didn’t say ‘because it’s just the truth’ he said ‘because I believe’. He knew that didn’t mean it was true it meant for him it was true. It was beautiful. It was real. Suddenly we were both two confused humans just stuck on a planet doing the best we can. If you’re honest isn’t that you?



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Manfred Ernst

posted May 18, 2009 at 2:27 pm


I helped Katy to get started in her singing carrer in her early youth.
She was not even a teenager yet. I helped her with demo material (ie.tapes, video, etc.). She started out singing in church, then out in public at singing venues in S.B. At that time she had not “come of her own” yet. I always knew she was going to be BIG and contiued to encourage her along with her parents. She even made an appearence on Christian TV! No matter what she does in her life as well as what we do in our lives, will Gods’ Love ever be diminished. God loves us period! Let life run its course, and continue to pray. Life experiences have a way of being the best teacher ever. Everything will turn out alright if we just put our trust in God!



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Amber Moss

posted May 29, 2009 at 8:17 am


Ive reconsised that most of the comments here are aldults with children but from a childs point of view she makes it soo cool to be non-christian
Ive grown-up in a church and i know right from wrong i think she should know it too. But i dont see how she could go from super spritical to Spirtally DEAD!!
I really wish Katy HUDSON would make more chirstian songs and rejoin her mum and dad at church



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Adam

posted June 4, 2009 at 11:35 am


If there is any question as to her motives now then just look at her quote from the TheStarSchoop.com. “I started actually singing in church my whole life, from like nine to sixteen. Then ultimately I sold my soul to the devil [laughs].”
Any Christan that would make a joke of this is surely got some twisted sense of humor. If you aren’t for the Lord, then you are against Him. Lukewarm behavior isn’t tolerated by God and this is why so many are attacking us. Too many hold onto the world instead of the One true God. In the end you will have piled up nothing for yourself.
I pray for her soul and those who Idolize her. This is God’s first commandment and idolatry is not something the Lord tolerate either.
God Bless



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Jay Gufstufson

posted June 17, 2009 at 8:20 pm


Folks, I understand your concern and your deeply rooted faith. I’m also not saying that her music would ever work in a modern Christian envrionment. However, this talk of “promoting homosexuality” is off base. The song is clearly tongue and cheek. She is making fun of the industry that is so completely titalted by such things. Her song shows how pathetic and unimportant it is (something you may rightly not agree with) but she is not promoting anything but herself. She knew it would get attention.
Did Larry Norman really think the “devil had all the good music”? No, he understood how ludicrous it was to believe that a musical genre was the problem if the content was spiritually sound.
Just remember that your faith, while at the chore of who you are, can be stifling sometimes. Jesus didn’t walk the earth spouting rules, he did so preaching love and acceptance. I think that teaching seems to get lost in all the judging Christians do.



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Laura

posted July 23, 2009 at 11:59 am


Two points here…maybe she got her start in Christian music. The author of this article is more than judgmental about her which is not her place at all. Katy Perry is who she is. Her parents brought her up in a Christian home and it’s her that has to answer to God one day not us. It’s not our place to judge her.
Second, she more than likely got a record deal in the first place because she can sing. I don’t necessarily agree with what she sings about or how she portrays herself. HOWEVER, Jessica Simpson also got her start in the Gospel/Christian world and while she has been portrayed in a less than stellar light while maintaining her faith.
In the end, it’s the person’s individual faith that matters, not what her peers like us think.



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Laura

posted July 23, 2009 at 12:01 pm


Two points here…maybe she got her start in Christian music. The author of this article is more than judgmental about her which is not her place at all. Katy Perry is who she is. Her parents brought her up in a Christian home and it’s her that has to answer to God one day not us. It’s not our place to judge her.
Second, she more than likely got a record deal in the first place because she can sing. I don’t necessarily agree with what she sings about or how she portrays herself. HOWEVER, Jessica Simpson also got her start in the Gospel/Christian world and while she has been portrayed in a less than stellar light while maintaining her faith.
In the end, it’s the person’s individual faith that matters, not what her peers like us think.



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DR

posted July 24, 2009 at 11:34 pm


Katy Perry is a most talented song writer, composer, and singer. Gifts of God are irrovocable, and the Christian Church and community rejected her talent and music, so she went to the world who embraced her talent and music.
This happens so many times. Think about it. Elvis Pressley, Jessica Simpson, and the list could go on.
Most of the greatest musicians and singers began their roots in the church, and some go “off track” because of fame and wealth, or personal vanities, but others go off track from rejection of the church.
Katy Perry will one day come back to the Church and will sing for her Master. She love Jesus, and once you have been loved by the Master, you may go astray, but you will always always return to the one who loved you unconditionally, and this is Jesus.



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♫Daniel♫

posted July 27, 2009 at 8:35 pm


I think that Katy had every right to change her faith. Nobody should be forced into a religion, especially one so flawed! Christianity is full of contradictions, including the biggest claim that “God” loves you indefinitely but if you commit any sins you will burn in hell. For example if you are gay, something that cannot be helped, you go to hell.



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Jayden

posted August 8, 2009 at 7:50 am


I think the fact that you are all saying Kate is not a christian is a joke. Just because her new music taste doesn’t suite the church doesn’t mean she isn’t a christian. I know for a fact her faith is very strong, possibly her pop music acts as a veil to this. moral of the story is don’t judge. I’m no expert on Christianity but I think the whole judging thing is supposed to be left up to God. I think everyone just needs to get off their moral high horse and enjoy this girls music and realise that its tongue in cheek and nothing more.



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Just Another Pilgrim

posted August 30, 2009 at 3:32 am


The original blogger never judged Kate just made a decision not to play her music based of the lyrics to her music. Where did the idea come up that Kate was rejected by the Christian music industry and as a result turned to secular music? Being raised by Christian parents is no guarantee that a person will immediately walk in that path once they are out of their parent’s home. Fame has a subtle way of leading us away from our original core values as strong or weak as they may be. Fame is rare in the music industry. My prayer is that some day she will see the true freedom and life offered in a dedicated Christian walk.



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Larry Gilman

posted January 18, 2010 at 3:24 pm


“Katy Perry long ago shed her association with the Christian industry, and while that’s been good for her career it’s not so good for her spiritual condition. ”
Surely this is more than we can know? Is “the Christian industry” such a virtue factory? The very phrase makes me feel a little sick.



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annon

posted April 12, 2010 at 12:31 pm


For the record, you don’t go to hell for being gay. Hell is kind of a default destination, and forgiveness rescues you from it.
Back to the point, I think a Christian opportunity to “Come let us reason” has been overlooked.
How does Paul’s statement that you cannot become Christian twice, because to do so would be crucifying him twice, apply here?
And we can also explore the idea that since she presumably is not a Christian now, that she never was… That’s one idea out of several in the church, no?
And what does it mean to be a Christian? The Bible says that good trees bear good fruit, and it’s a safe assumption that her break-out songs did not reflect God’s values, but can we nail down what we think? Jayden had a good point that “her faith is very strong,” nonetheless, she brazenly told Blender that she cared little for morals, in so many words. Faith is one thing, but how do you tell a Pharisee from the real deal?
And Gilman has a good point: what does this say about the Christian music industry? Are Christians morally obligated to listen to music from the Christian industry, even if the only music KLUV plays is from 20 years ago, when Point of Grace put out that one album? Augustine had trouble because the music in his church was too beautiful, should we be afraid of any good music? How does the verse, “Whatever is beautiful…think on these things” figure in?
It just seems like this is an excellent case study we can apply the Bible to, and learn more about what it means to be Christ-like.



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ANGEL

posted April 29, 2010 at 7:18 am


seriously, i ma a CHRISTIAN myself, and i am human and still commit some errors/mistakes, so we should not judge KATY PERRY.
so what if is she is a CHRISTIAN…? does that mean she should NEVER commit sin/mistakes…?!
besides. it’s her LIFE..! = )
as a Christian if you really are concerned about her, the way to deal about the situation is to pray for her, NOT to judge her.
JESUS loves people,and he never condemns people, He accepts people as they are….
like me I am not perfect i still commit mistakes/sins, and i am a youth
25, but still trying to discover other things in life.
but JESUS understands me, and loves me still…
as a matter of fact even when i still sin, i still see how greatly He blesses me…
i think we should not judge her as God doesn’t judge her nor judge us, nor judge me…
REMEMBER people, JESUS is the only perfect ONE…
let’s not expect that if you become a CHRISTIAN, you are already a goody good shoes with a HALO,
no one is too holy, or unblemished.
(I understand that in the Christian teaching we are Holy with God,
cause Jesus washed our sins, through His blood, that’s not the kind of Holy i am pertaining to when it comes to Holy.
what i mean is like when other people call a person holy, that is
being religious and too conservative and all…)
that’s it. = ). GOD BLESS



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Taylor

posted May 3, 2010 at 5:04 pm


I have a question and could somebody please answer it… so she has a brother named David Hudson. Well is he the same guy at Acquire The Fire??? The christian?? Or is he just like Katy Perry and not the same guy that I am thinking about? Because I hugged him I would really like to know if it is the same David Hudson that I am thinking about. And Katy Perry… well I believe, if she really did love God she would follow in his footsteps and not be who she is today. I still do believe though that she might believe in God, she just hasn’t givin her life to him yet.



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Joanne Brokaw

posted May 3, 2010 at 5:26 pm


I don’t know about a brother. Her parents are ministers, that I do know.
Joanne



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Abbi

posted May 20, 2010 at 2:14 pm


I have a really difficult time reading through “christian” blogs and pages such as this. I have been a follower of Christ for most of my 40 years, but I have grown very weary of the way we as a community place projected expectations on public figures who happen to be Christian. And then are so surprised when they fall or fall away. What’s with the morbid preoccupation towards self righteous and entitled post-mortem’s of the fallen individual(s)? After all this column could really just be considered gossip right? I mean did the author interview Katy? Or her parents? But for the grace of God go us all. We all sin, we all struggle and need to take our own paths. If we’re honest with ourselves I think we as the corporate Christian community, can admit that we are very uncomfortable with people who step out to find their own way. It can rock the little box we like to keep our God in. A grand if/then statement. If I am good God will bless me. If I am bad calamity will befall me. God causes it the rain to fall on the righteous and the unrighteous alike. I wish as a community we would seek him first and let all of these other “non essentials” of faith (Katy Perry’s walk or lack there of) fade to the back. God doesn’t need us to defend him, when we do historically we really foul things up and place walls between Jesus and the people he is trying to reach. Our attempts are like filthy rags. History has shown that God is more than capable of defending himself when the time is necessary. Pronouncement about whether Katy is or isn’t God’s is his business alone not ours.



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Steve

posted June 18, 2010 at 9:50 am


I LOVE Katy’s new song California Guuurls. The video is awesome too.



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travesti

posted June 19, 2010 at 7:04 pm


very good blog



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travesti

posted June 19, 2010 at 7:05 pm


thnk you for sharing travesti



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Leilany

posted July 8, 2010 at 9:48 am


As A Christian Teenager I know that there will be times that we would fall and sometimes it is hard to go back because even I have had doubts about my up bringing in Church but I have learned to trust in God and the Bible tells of the parable of the man who planted seeds and when a seed is planted it will grow no matter if it is sooner or later a seed wilol never die and when that seed starts to want to grow it will! So Katy Hudson/Perry I pray that she will find her way because the first five years of your life is the most important because that is when your values and morals are instilled in you so she will go back because that is in her and she will want it back in her life because she will feel empty inside and will be searching for answers and the answer will be Jesus. The Lord does not leave us .. we leave him, so he is there waiting right where you left him.



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steve

posted July 19, 2010 at 5:55 pm


Her music is POOP, and she is a pathetic attention whore.



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Jon

posted August 12, 2010 at 10:39 am


It very well could be that there is a third explanation. Instead of the ‘looking the other way’ scenario on one side of the scale, and the ‘bad but talented Christian’ on the other…..
What major event occurred in her life, situated right between that break between who she was, and who she is now?
That label folding, her album taking a nosedive. Consider it – her talent, work, all fell apart. That world came crashing down, failure occured. Was this a spiritual testing, or simply a roadblock? (Not sure, but one thing I’ve learned is that a Christian will be tested/attacked/tempted spiritually, and definately those who begin to make a difference)
Whatever was behind it, it fell apart. Think of the emotions, the doubt, of everything that may have been present there. And what was left? Look at that ‘wilderness’ period she had between that crash and her 2008 breakthru as a secular artist. Not much work, and what did come along was more and more secular. Its no secret that mainstream music has the money, power and fame, not so much with Christian artists (generally speaking; not that this is or should be a Christian artists goal anyways)
And perhaps, no one came to her rescue – POD put her in a video; but I don’t see her getting pulled into another Christian band, no helping hands, no one coming along side of her. Did anyone try? Did a label offer somthing? Has the Christian Music industry begun to – or just is it – more business-only than spiritual? Maybe its too much to think that there may have been someone to notice the struggle and help her out – keep her from slipping/falling?
And maybe that would have done it; maybe seeing that when your down, weak, and tempted; despairing of what your expectations are in a Christian upbringing – having someone reach you could have been that one thing that swung your world back into place.
Maybe it wasn’t like that – I suppose it is possible she became bitter, perhaps someone tried and failed – or she pushed them away. Maybe that allure of the mainstream music was just too good after clawing your way out of church worship teams and having it all fall apart. I’m not saying it is the job of other people to make you sucessful – perhaps God’s plan for her just wasn’t music, and failures happen to everyone. We don’t know so much.
Maybe I’m projecting too much here – considering my life. Failure of faith, failure of the Christian community, or simply the riches of this world are too good right here right now. I do know once you get into that, it gets harder every day to see your way back. Like Marley’s ghost in Dickens novel, every day you forge your invisible chains.
Maybe our churches do a good job at reaching the unreached. Maybe we do a good job preaching to the converted. Who out there is paying attention to those who stumble and fall?
PS
I never intended to write much on this – her current music annoys me either way, and I’m more of a Skillet guy anyways so her Christian music wasn’t me back when thats all i listened to….would have been nice stuff for an offertory or a special music. I guess on some random blog in some random Internet site I suddenly ended up typing all of this. Maybe all of 2 people will read this, but it felt good to type up.



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Mae

posted August 19, 2010 at 11:27 am


Just because she is not a Christian artist anymore doesn’t mean that she’s away from God or that she has given up on her faith. Please tell me you’re not the type of “Christian” who refuses to listen to “secular” music…



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Toshii the Entrepreneur-To-Be

posted August 20, 2010 at 4:06 am


I know many of us is annoyed of her but we all deserve a chance..not just one but multiple times. Katy Perry’s music may irritate our ears, but she’s still God’s angel.



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travesti

posted August 20, 2010 at 3:16 pm


Christian artist anymore doesn’t mean that she’s away from God or that she has given up on her faith.



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Reason

posted August 20, 2010 at 8:08 pm


While she’s acted less than modestly and appears to be less affiliated with the Christian music industry, that does not mean she isn’t a “true Christian.” We have all sinned. She’s faced with the stereotypes of being either the preacher’s daughter or the rebel. When raised in a family with strict morals, it is not unheard of for teens to act out and try everything their parents wouldn’t approve of…this can continue on throughout the duration of their lives. People want to do their own thing and live their own lives and they’re bound to make mistakes. As a Christian, I accept my sins and those of others. It is unfair to say somewhat isn’t a true Christian or that their faith isn’t good enough to be modeled after. Who are you to judge whose faith is pure and true? Leave the judging to God.



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travesti

posted August 24, 2010 at 2:37 pm


when I write, I just let the flow of the words and information come out so much that I loose the purpose. It’s only after editing when I realize what I’ve done. There’s defiantly a lot of great tips here I’m going to try to be more aware of.



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travesti

posted August 24, 2010 at 2:38 pm


when I write, I just let the flow of the words and information come out so much that I loose the purpose. It’s only after editing when I realize what I’ve done. There’s defiantly a lot of great tips here I’m going to try to be more aware of.



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Ben

posted August 25, 2010 at 10:14 pm


Wow the few comments on this story are pretty worrying. As a christian music leader I am saddened by the path change the Katy has apparently made. I suppose the lure of the world was too enticing for her. But I am not 100% surprised. As a child of a preacher I know that the temptation for rebellion can be quite big. That said, It is the PK’s adult decision to rebel. What is most sad is the possibility that Katy has been sifted like Peter was. I pray that Like peter through repentance she can come back into the lords will for her life.
The gauge or reference is simple, ask yourself, would Jesus approve of Katy’s life?



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dontbfake15

posted September 10, 2010 at 10:05 pm


Its wasn’t only Katy Perry that disappointed me in this article it was the Christian who wrote it! It said “you” call her… but “we” call her… What is up with that? Whoever runs this website is the typical Christian that the world hates! Because they give off this “im so much better than you” attitude. I have a question for the author, have you ever sinned? I know you have to answer yes… then you are going to hell too! Don’t rate sins and set yourself apart as this high and mighty one. Im a Christian student and this disgusts me when I see other Christians drag our name through the mud! Stop the “us” and “them” garbage and get out into the world like Jesus did. I don’t remember reading about Jesus looking down on “those people” like this article does.



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s.o.

posted September 14, 2010 at 2:44 pm


Maybe if Christians weren’t such a hypocritical,judgmental and generally unpleasant lot, Katy would not have felt the need to distance herself from her former persona. Sadly, Christians seem bent on dividing the world into “us” and “them,” meting out smugly superior edicts from their lofty perches at the right hand of God. This is why Christians have become a running gag, box-office poison. They are, quite simply, insufferable and ineffective. They tout their religious fervor by rabidly protesting whatever latest item offends their sensibilities, but at the end of the day, they have no help for a hurting world. Jesus sent them out to “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.” But all they seem to be interested in is dragging other people down to prove their own moral superiority. The world doesn’t need any more sects or factions or lawgivers; it needs Grace and Love and miracles.



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Q/A

posted September 22, 2010 at 2:42 pm


You know what I will be as honest as I can. I am a Christian and yes I sin. The problem with this world is that it lack accountability everyone wants to play the blame game. Maybe if Christians weren’t so….then I could have….. When the reality is I made the decisions I made periode!! Instead of blaming the church as anyone consider that maybe she was just tired of her career not flourishing and wanted to make money and have fame or is that a crazy notion? For the record I think the author did a great job of giving the facts they dit not call her a sinner or disrepect her in anyway it is what is and we need to be able to be honest with ourselves. People sin all people sin and while we will drag th church down about judging the world, the world is very quick to judge the church right back. Telling us how we should live and what, but I don’t understand is if you don’t believe in Christianity and you don’t consider yourself to be a christian than why are you so wuick to be offended if you see a Christian sin? What’s really going on here? How about we all struggle with something and the same way that you can give her the benefit of the doubt about her reasons for wanting to switch from christian to secular, why don’t you try giving the same change to someone whom tell you they are a christian and you see them do something wrong.
Just something to ponder on…..



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Beez

posted October 22, 2010 at 8:37 pm


Wow – so many people so hypersensitive to this topic. Yes, Christians are supposed to love unconditionally – but every Bible I have read says that “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
I think this author struck a fairly good balance in stressing that Katy is no more or less a sinner than the rest of us – but it is clear that she has chosen a different path for now, and the change in the message of her music is evidence of this. That’s not being haughty or arrogant.
We are all hypocrites – but that is true of anyone who believes in ideals, because no human can truly meet any ideal.



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posted December 14, 2010 at 9:56 am


Desejo do meu coração é que a Katy volte o mais rapido possivel para os braços de Senhor, pois ela é sua filha e Ele à Ama incondicionalmente e quer que ela volte para a pratica do 1°amor.
Jesus morreu naquela cruz para lavar os nossos pecados e os da Katy estão perdoados, eu amo vc Kety. Amém.



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Hannah

posted December 17, 2010 at 7:59 pm


I just pray that God will get a hold of Katie Perry’s heart. With God, all things are possible, and Katie needs all the prayer she can get. i know that it may be hard to hear the voice of God, but when one perseveres though the hard times, Jesus will be even closer to them than ever before! i have gone through the same things, and it is hard, but when I started seeking after God, His voice became to clear to me. I hear Him everyday!



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Hannah

posted December 17, 2010 at 8:04 pm


to s.o. Christians like that need to change, and you and anyone else that has that view needs to change. Christians do make giant impacts on this earth, and no ones opinion need to loosen our desire to show the love of Jesus will not be shaken! Jesus’s love covers over everthing!



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Shawn

posted December 26, 2010 at 3:37 pm


I don’t think we need to guess where her heart is. Just just the fruits. The fruits are very Occult and satanistic. Watch this and you’ll see how evil the enterainment industry is.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=909pbJQgfe8&feature=related



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Chelsea

posted February 2, 2011 at 3:30 pm


I LOVE KATY PERRY! IN SCHOOL I AM DOING A REPORT ABOUT HER!!!!
but i know she has problems so i hope god grabs her heart and makes ir better



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Sarah

posted April 5, 2011 at 12:35 am


“Anyone that doesnt turn away from gods grace and experience a bit of the world is a fool. Im a much wiser person now.”

Wow. Calling themselves wise, they became fools. Many scriptures from proverbs spring to mind, as well. I grew up in a secular environment. Very non-Christian. You, sir, are the fool, but people like you will never listen to people like me. You think you know it all when you’ve never really experienced the Christian life to begin with. You’ve just been on the outside looking in. I’ve seen both. I’ve been both. Have you ever actually had God living inside of You? Have you ever really been Alive? Did you really Believe in your heart (and not just accepted it because of your upbringing)? Have you ever loved Him so much you’d give up your life? This is the sort of self-examination you need. If you have and decided that you don’t like God, then kindly ignore my words. You have a right to reject Him. Likewise, I reject the bizarro assertion that one can find flecks of gold in a pile of manure. Don’t take this comment personally. It’s not against individuals. It’s against the world system I’m writing.

Unlike Katy Perry and many of you, I grew up in the world. I was born again near my 17th birthday. I was not raised in a Christian household. I was not a Christian and very anti-Christian in my very young foolish youthly days until I gave up my pride and asked God to please show me Truth. Boy, was I surprised..but not unpleasantly, because I found that everything the world ever taught me about Christians and how supposedly stifling He is was a Satanic lie. That’s what happens when you are born again. Your heart suddenly pivots. You were at once one way, feeling and thinking one way, and going in one direction, and then you go another way and there’s no going back, there’s no looking back. It’s a greater miracle than healings or prophecy. The sin nature is still there, but I no longer have to be controlled by it. I still make mistakes..I’m not perfect, but I’ve been made clean, and I’m now free from the chains that held me back.

When I started going to church at that time, I envied the pastor’s kids and grandkids because they were growing up in such a positive godly environment.

These kids don’t understand how dark DARK is. The world is an evil place. Like an alcoholic, though, many of them will not come back until they reach rock bottom. It makes me sad that some of these kids actually want to experience it. CS Lewis is right. It’s just a mess of *pottage*..gruel. It’s an ugly thing and vile compared to serving God and worshiping Him in Spirit and Truth, but if you’ve never been a Christian to begin with, and if you’ve grown up in a Christian environment, I can understand that there’s some curiosity and a felt need to explore. It’s the sin nature – that is always there, no matter how sheltered you are – which goes to any other place but the Author. Even as Chrsitians, there’s a constant desire to seek one’s own way and do one’s own thing. Really, I’m surprised there isn’t *more* scandal.

The world is filled with selfishness, deception, and confusion. It’s ridiculous to assert that one can gain wisdom from that.

These people will need to come to a place – on their own – of reckoning with the Creator. They aren’t born Christian. They have to choose that path Himself.



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Kris

posted May 31, 2011 at 6:35 pm


In a typical move the Christians come out all judging and never loving despite there supposed command to do so.

Time to wake up and realize the rules of Christianity are the rules of a man stuck in the 1st century.



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Xander James "XD" Wallace

posted August 19, 2011 at 1:06 am


Who bloody cares if she moved into mainstream music,Half of the blokes out there are doing it anyway doesn’t mean she turned her back on Jesus or something,Fact is I myself am a Roman Catholic Brit born and raised and I listen to rap,rock and all those things and i got plenty of tattoos coz I loved it doesnt mean i turned my back on the religion i was born into. I go to church every sunday and listen to the gospel, Everybody is entitled to there own opinion as far as iam concerned this is still a free country and Katy Perry can do whatever she pleases..Cheers..



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mariah Hartz

posted October 19, 2011 at 12:20 pm


It’s not my place to put you people in check, however as a christian, it says in the Bible, we shouldn’t judge people. So all of you who are judging Katy Perry(Hudson), you need to realize what you are doing. Your not being the christian you are posing as, because if you really were, you stop judging people like this! Focus your life towards HIM, not getting on-line and judging upcoming artists. I’m VERRY dissappointed and i’m sure God is too, this isn’t what he wanted.



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Hope

posted November 25, 2011 at 11:20 am


I really dont like Katy “Perry’s ” new songs i would like it much more if she stayed a christian and used her wonderful talent for God not for the devil.



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posted December 8, 2011 at 10:16 am


Katy–really? Geez. “Use Your Imagination?” ugh. I would like to ask you why. That’s it.



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sydney snow

posted January 24, 2012 at 2:51 am


Just leave katy alone.. its gonna be between her and jesus.. i strongly belief that prayers from her christian parents and friends will help her realize things, once you knew Christ you will never be the same again.. she knows her bounderies..she only want to experience the “world” some christians are like that for them to actually define God’s grace.. we can not change people but Jesus could.. lets not judge her let God do the molding, who knows once she goes back to her roots and starting preaching the gospel many youth will listen to her for she already experienced the world.. who knows one of your child who is experiencing rebellion would end up listening to katy one day not singing “i kissed the girl”song but listening to her life changing experience… katy is someone to be prayed for not to be judged.. Jesus came for the sinners not for the righteous one to be saved.. dont forget that…



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Connie Young

posted January 27, 2012 at 1:49 am


I have known Katy since she was 7 years old, the cutest little thing, a delight!I just love her. I remember her every year on my birthday her’s is the next day. She is very talented, beautiful and sweet and I miss her. I still have her first CD, and it took me a while to put together the name change, I lost track. Good 4 U Katy, you made it I knew you would. Luv/miss U, Connie



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posted January 27, 2012 at 1:57 am


ALL YOU CHRISTIANS WITH THE NASTY COMMENTS SHOULD CHECK YOUR BIBLES. WE ARE NOT THE ONES WHO JUDGE, REMEMBER. LIGHTEN UP ON THE GIRL, WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT WHO SHE IS NOW AND WHY? THAT IS BETWEEN HER AND GOD. LISTEN OR DO NOT LISTEN TO HER MUSIC, BUT FOR ALL CHRISTIAN’S SAKE, DO NOT MAKE US ALL LOOK BAD AND HYPOCRITICAL BECAUSE YOU DISLIKE THE GIRL. THAT IS NOT HOW YOU BRING PEOPLE TO JESUS.



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Alex

posted May 30, 2012 at 9:57 am


Wow that’s big news, it’s a shame to hear that she used to be a christian singer knowing what she sings of now but that’s her choice and we can’t really complain, only pray that she’ll come back to God. Apart from that I like her songs and she has a fantastic voice.



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Michael

posted June 24, 2012 at 9:53 pm


Katy Hudson Perry has no idea what a Christian is…
Believe that!



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