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Katy Perry Tell-All Book?

posted by S. Russ

Reports have been surfacing that Katy Perry’s mother is writing a tell-all book about her hugely successful pop singer daughter.  The book was rumored to detail Katy’s life and how her racy lyrics and outfits have effected the ministry of her evangelist parents.  Unfortunately for scandal loving evangelicals and fortunately(?) for fans of Katy Perry, it appears that may not be the case after all.  If such a book does exist, it appears that Katy’s mom either doesn’t realize she wrote it, or they are just keeping quiet for now.

Personally, such a book would fascinate and possibly offend me to no end.  Katy Perry’s journey from Chistian artist to scandalous secular pop singer isn’t a new tale by any means, remember Jessica Simpson?  However, an evangelical perspective on the singer, and one from her own mother no less, would make for “must read reading” for this prophet.  However, I am quite sure it is no accident that these rumors coincide with the premiere of Katy Perry’s new video “E.T” tonight.  These rumors have produced some great publicity for the event, not to mention for the ministry of Katy’s parents!

One last note, is the song “E.T.” about everyone’s favorite homesick alien?  I am sure it is actually something suggestive, but a song just about how awesome that movie is would probably win a lot of awards.

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puppy dickens...

posted March 31, 2011 at 9:19 pm


Katy Perry is an apostate and a lesbian, either of which warrants condemnation. I have read the lyrics to “I kissed a Girl” and they were absolutely filthy and shameful. If a girl lies down with another girl, then they are an abomination before the LORD. This is not just my opinion, it is the Word of God. If any of us know a girl who even EXPERIMENTED with lesbianism or kissed another girl, as Katy Perry glorifies in her songs, then it is your duty to inform them of their sin and then cut all ties if they don’t renounce and seek forgiveness. I pray the readers of this blog hear these words and humble their heart’s.



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Tamara

posted March 31, 2011 at 9:45 pm


“Christians therefore ought to strive continually, and never to pass judgment on anyone – no, not upon the harlot on the street, or upon open sinners and disorderly persons – but to regard all men with singleness of intention and purity of eye, so that it may become like a fixed law of nature to despise no one, to judge no one, to abhor no one, to make no distinctions between them. If you see a man with one eye, be not divided in your heart, but look upon him as if he were whole. If a man is maimed of one hand, see him as not maimed, the lame as straight, the palsied as whole. This is purity of heart, when you see sinners or sick people, to have compassion on them and be tender-hearted towards them. It happens sometimes that the saints of the Lord sit in theatres and behold the deceit of the world. According to the inner man they are conversing with God, while according to the outer man they appear to men as contemplating what goes on in the world.”
St. Macarius the Great.



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puppy dickens...

posted March 31, 2011 at 10:09 pm


Thank you for the response, Tamara, but I’m concerned that it is actually you and St. Macarius who have a lack of compassion for the sinful. Being friends with the lost does not save them. To show true compassion you must confront them, never with your own judgement, but with God’s word. I do love everyone and I do not want to see anyone condemned. Therefore I must preach His Word. Too many Christians are afraid to stand for Him, and they would rather just get along with everyone.



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Malachi

posted March 31, 2011 at 10:44 pm


Puppy —

First off, the idea of homosexuality is never condemned in the Bible. The idea of homosexuality as an identity and practice is a relatively modern concept and is not applicable to the acts that are condemned in the Bible.

Second, in the Torah, women are never mentioned in relationship to sexual acts that are forbidden. The acts condemned are only related to men. They are usually violent acts, not consensual ones.

Third, G…d’s word in the Torah is toevah, the word which we frequently translate as abomination. It is a word that means something that is allowed to one group but forbidden to others. Many things are toevah, including shrimp. So, G…d consiers sexual acts between men a sin only as much as G…d considers eating shrimp a sin (if you believe that G…d considers things that are toevah in the Torah to be sins in a modern time).

Fourth, it is generally accepted in academic circles that the rejection of “homosexuality” by Paul in the Christian Scriptures was a condemnation of the common practice of pedaresty, not of adult loving consensual relationships between same sex partners.

Lastly, I would ask — when did Jesus cut off ties with someone he might have seen as a sinner? Wasnt he known to have eaten with whores and tax collectors? Didn’t he suggest that only those without sin should cast stones?



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puppy dickens...

posted March 31, 2011 at 11:24 pm


Malachi, I see people play semantics with the Bible all the time. Next you’ll be telling me that science says homosexuals are actually God’s plan to control population growth. It’s unbelievable that once again you are elevating man’s knowledge to the level of God’s revelation. Do you really think the “but God it was widely accepted in academic circles” argument will help you when you stand before His throne?

Here’s a question for you. If God is loving and wants to present the knowledge of Himself to mankind, why would he play tricks and pose riddles with things that have eternal consequences. Why would he make gayness “allowed to one group but forbidden to others?” Is eternal damnation a joke to God so that you have to guess what He really thinks is a sin and what isn’t?

My belief is that you try to twist God’s law to fit your predetermined conceptions, but in doing so turn His word into a labyrinth of rules and semantics. But God is very clear and His commands are everlasting.

Also I am not sure where you were going with point 2 implying Biblical misogyny.

Lastly, Jesus didn’t eat with the Pharisees, the TRUE sinners, very often.



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Malachi

posted March 31, 2011 at 11:32 pm


Puppy — Looking at issues of translation is not playing with semantics. The book was written in Hebrew and we must look at what those words mean.Unless you are fluent in Biblical Hebrew, Koine Greek, and Aramaic some of man’s knowledge has to be applied or we can’t read the words that are written.

I think that intention will help me when I stand before G…d. I live a good life. I love honestly and openly, and I struggle in relationship with G…d. This is what will help me.

Also, “gayness” is one deroggatory, and two a concept that didn’t exist in biblical times.

Plus, didn’t Jesus spend time in the temple with the Pharisees? And if they are the true sinners, then i guess us “gays” are off the hook, since I am surely not a Pharisee.



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puppy dickens...

posted April 1, 2011 at 12:14 am


But you ARE playing semantics. You are taking a dead language and trying to draw meaning to present day. But God didn’t just reveal his truth once a long long time ago so that now we have to get His word from a language that 0.1% of the population speaks. He is continually revealing himself to us and He is active in our present world. It is the height of arrogance to say you, with your worldly understanding of miscellaneous languages, are a superior arbiter of God’s Word. In this way you are very much like the Pharisees.



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Malachi

posted April 1, 2011 at 12:24 am


I didn’t say i had a superior knowledge of laugnages, did I? I am certainly not fluent in biblical hebrew or koine greek. But I have studied them some, and studied the works of other people who have studied them as well.

Are you saying that the Bible is irrelevant because few people speak the language? That any sort of modern revelation supercedes the Bible? Really???



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Tamara

posted April 1, 2011 at 9:50 am


No matter what preconceived notions we use in our approach to scriptures or daily Christian life and praxis, there is no mistaking the very clear commandment that we must love God, love others, and love ourselves. Furthermore, no matter how many spiritual gifts anyone has, it’s all a waste without love. If you feel that your condemnation is love, I recommend you ask someone in your life who bears the brunt of that condemnation whether they’re able to see love in it. As you’ve spoken with condemnation and judgement towards me, I can tell you that I feel no love from you.

“Fortunate is the man who has these two loves in his heart, that for God and that for his brethren. He surely has God; and whoever has God has every blessing and does not bear to commit sin. Again, wretched is the man who does not have these two loves. Surely he has the devil and evil, and always sins. God, my brethren, asks us to have these two loves. As He Himself says in His Holy Gospel: “On these two commandments hang all the law and the Prophets.” Through these two loves all the Saints of our Church, men and women, attained sainthood and won Paradise.”
St. Kosmas Aitolos.



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Carter McNeese

posted April 1, 2011 at 8:37 pm


Don’t. Feed. The. Troll.

Oh and thanks Malachi for the toevah bit. I am prepping for a panel at Guilford tomorrow and couldn’t remember that word.



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Jack VanLuit

posted April 2, 2011 at 10:05 pm


Jesus discussed marraige being between a man and a women and referenced Adam and Eve. If marraige was to include lesbian and homosexual couples then why did he make this reference. If God ordains same sex marraiges then there must have been gay couples back then that Jesus would have offended. Also, God being ominent in time, would know that such a reference by Jesus, his only son, would have lead to the conflicts we see today in regards to the definition of marraige. So I have to wonder why God did not prevent his son to make this statement? Why didn’t God use gay couples to allow them to be represented in the bible, in a positive, uplifted way? Why didn’t God creat gay couples to have children? Why? unless homosexual a marraige is a sin and not meant to be in God’s eyes. I mean to think of God wanting gay couples to marry without the ability to have their own biological children, while heterosexuals can and do seems like a bad joke and a mor discrimenatory perspective than the fundelmental view of the bible



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Stan the Man

posted April 2, 2011 at 10:33 pm


Please show me this verse where Jesus says marriage is only between a man and a woman. There are condemnations of “homosexuality” elsewhere in the Bible, but if Jesus addresses then you might have a different Bible than I do. That’s okay though, there’s lots of different versions of the Bible to choose from! :)

I don’t know the Bible too well, but it seems to me that the Bible is all about polygamy (sp?) and against homos. Since this is 2011 and polygamy isn’t popular we must all be ignoring God’s holy word.



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Puppy Dickens

posted April 3, 2011 at 2:04 pm


Thank you Stan. Everyone here seems to think about how God, space, and time relates to THEM. Not how they, space, and time relate to GOD. If the Bible today says that homosexuals are an abomination, then that’s what God wants it to say to us, regardless of what it might have said previously. He works to PERFECT His revelation to us, not make it WORSE, as Malachi suggests.

Tamara, my hubby KNOWS that I love him, but he also KNOWS I will call him out if they ever strays from God’s commands. That is true love, not dilettante love. The love I have been sending you is tough love. I don’t just regurgitate some Rob Bell universalism platitudes like everyone here seems to do.



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Carter

posted April 4, 2011 at 10:01 pm


And Puppy is a woman. Not what I was expecting. I mean I am going to assume since Puppy has a “hubby” and appears to be very much opposed to anything that deviates from heteronormativity (wait, did I spell that right?). Also, I know that it is presumptuous of me to assume that Puppy self identifies as a woman, perhaps Puppy doesn’t identify with a gender, but again taking social cues (which I am very bad at interpreting, granted) I am going to assume that this is not the case.

Anyway, as I was saying, Puppy is a woman. This puts an interesting wrinkle in my “who is puppy?” theory. Unless of course the person behind Puppy is just playing a woman on this blog. But that takes the level of deviance and malice up a notch to a level that my current theories don’t account for.

Also, Puppy seems to be operating on a level a notch or two down from most, as she is unable to realize that Stan was making fun of her, not agreeing with her.

Also, “her” (I mean after all, who am I to assume anything) version of “tough love” is a whole lot like my version of “being a jerk.”

And thus the psychological profiles develops. I think this might be good enough for my Thesis.



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The Prophet

posted April 4, 2011 at 10:47 pm


Carter,

I’m not sure what you are implying, but I can confirm that Puppy’s IP address doesn’t match anyone else who posts on this site. He/she is as legit as I am.

-Stephen



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Tamara

posted April 4, 2011 at 10:57 pm


I thought she was. ;-)

My daughter and I were talking about mean-spiritedness and kind-heartedness today. One major thing we discussed is that many people have done wicked things in the name of goodness. For example, did Paul think he was doing good or wrong when he stoned Stephen and other early Christians? Surely he thought he was doing the will of God, protecting his Judaic faith.

I’m convinced that’s why Jesus’s commandments are about Love. If I am more concerned with understanding that God loves a person than I am about trying to figure out how to play Holy Spirit to that person and convince them of all their sins, then just maybe I’ll find salvation from my own sins.

I’m also convinced that Puppy Dickens believes everything she says to be based on truth and righteousness. It rubs me the wrong way because I no longer believe in my own ability to understand such stark ideas without being judgmental. I’ve come to a place in my faith where I need to focus more on my own failings than those of folks around me, and I need to filter everything I can with Love, or at least understand that it’s a failing when I don’t or can’t. If I could make a wish regarding these posts, it’d be that Puppy Dickens understand that my wish to judge inwardly and filter with love outwardly is not the same thing as condemning the world to live without knowledge of Christ. In fact, I believe that if I were any good at it, I’d be furthering the Gospel.

Even Job’s comforters thought they were instructing him well, but God chastised them in the end. I think it’s hard to know, in the middle, whether I’m playing Job or the comforter. Lord have mercy on us all.



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