Psalm 12:8: “The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.”
There have been a few occasions when writing articles for ‘Protestant Revival’ that we have been scarcely able to believe the headline going above it, such has been the mindboggling nature of what is being carried out in God’s name.
This is one such occasion.
Fitzroy Presbyterian Church, on Sunday night past, held their evening service on the subject, ‘The gospel according to female pop stars’.
Among the singers whose ungodly musical compositions were being performed was Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Jessie J.
Rev Steve Stockman (pictured, top) is the minister of Fitzroy Presbyterian Church in Belfast and he is a noted ecumenist.
He runs the ungodly Four Corners Festival each year in Belfast alongside a Jesuit priest, ‘Father’ Martin Magill, and is a proud Romish compromiser, having taken over that mantle occupied by the previous minister there, the Rome-loving Ken Newell, whose God-defiance you can get a flavour of by clicking here.
Writing on his blog about this service, Rev Steve Stockman says: “Sunday night’s Gospel According To… in Fitzroy is a landmark edition!
“For ten years we have been doing U2 (a lot of U2), Springsteen, Dylan, Cohen, Morrison, Mitchell et al. Of course we have also done Les Miserables and The West End and a Family series that included Harry Potter, Narnia, Nemo and the Lion King.
“But… the music has not been too young! So, The Gospel According To… Female Pop Stars is brand new territory, hopefully bringing the average age of the attendance down! However, if you are an old fogey cynic this one might be more vital for you than any that we have done. Learn about the generation that took over from you a while back!
“Even more exciting is that this is a youth, more edgy edition, curated and performed by a younger edgier collaborative. Hear younger voices sing younger songs!
“Come on down. It’ll help you look at identity, the pressures of a youth culture and how God’s good grace speaks into the yearnings of a generation. Expect Gaga, Perry and Jesse J (sic) among other writers covered!”
So there you have it, Rev Steve Stockman rather succinctly rhymes off why his church should have been studiously avoided for the past 10 years and then demonstrates why, if anything, it is only getting worse.
The specific pop ‘stars’ he is referring to are Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Jessie J, though Rev Steve Stockman spelled it incorrectly above.
It is a sign of a wicked age when evil people are lifted up as being noble and worthy of admiration and emulation.
That is the theme of the verse at the top of this article, though in this case we are speaking of women, rather than men.
Lady Gaga is a particularly repellent public figure and is known for her vocal and persistent support for the LGBT agenda.
Wikipedia says she is a bisexual and “actively supports LGBT rights worldwide” and has been named by ‘The Advocate’, a sodomite publication in the USA, as a “fierce advocate” for “gays and lesbians”.
One of her most famous songs, ‘Born This Way’, is considered an LGBT anthem and, upon reading the lyrics, it is easy to see why.
Here are some of the lines from the song:
“No matter gay, straight, or bi
Lesbian, transgendered life
I’m on the right track baby
I was born to survive
I’m beautiful in my way
‘Cause God makes no mistakes
I’m on the right track, baby I was born this way”
Is this the sort of message or messenger you would want promoted in a church, or, indeed, anywhere?
The only line above with which you could agree is that “God makes no mistakes”, but Lady Gaga is using this as a way to endorse the lifestyle choices of homosexuals, bisexuals, transgender people and any other perversion of God’s will you could think of, by claiming God creates people to be like this.
What a foul blasphemy.
Another blasphemous reference in this song is when she sings “a different lover is not a sin, believe capital H-I-M”, a clear reference to God, claiming God has said it is the case that you can be the “lover” of whomever you choose.
She also repeats the line on several occasions, “don’t be a drag, just be a queen”, making reference to another sinful perversion being flaunted in our faces in this sinful day, that of drag queens (though the DUP’s Paula Bradley seems content with such filthiness).
Lest there remain any lingering doubt over the message or motivations behind this song, this is what Lady Gaga said herself about it in an interview quoted on her Wikipedia page.
“I want to write my this-is-who-the-f***-I-am anthem, but I don’t want it to be hidden in poetic wizardry and metaphors. I want it to be an attack, an assault on the issue because I think, especially in today’s music, everything gets kind of washy sometimes and the message gets hidden in the lyrical play.
“Hearkening back to the early ’90s, when Madonna, En Vogue, Whitney Houston and TLC were making very empowering music for women and the gay community and all kind of disenfranchised communities, the lyrics and the melodies were very poignant and very gospel and very spiritual and I said, ‘That’s the kind of record I need to make. That’s the record that’s going to shake up the industry’.”
Pretty unambiguous, isn’t it?
She said she didn’t want to “hide behind poetic wizardry and metaphors” but rather wanted to “attack” and “assault” and didn’t want her “message” to get “hidden in the lyrical play”.
So this is a naked, brazen attack on Christianity, the Bible, morality and decency.
Then, referring to music produced by other singers in the 1990s, she has the outright cheek to say pro-sodomy music was “very gospel and very spiritual”.
Make no mistake, this is a woman who is at the vanguard of the rage against God and she is influencing who knows how many millions to join her.
This is a woman doing the devil’s work very effectively, and on a large scale, yet Rev Steve Stockman of Fitzroy Presbyterian Church is parading her music at his Sunday evening service, a meeting which in many churches, including his denomination, historically has an especially strong focus on preaching the gospel of Jesus dying on the cross and shedding His blood that we might be saved if we place our faith and trust in Him and pray for forgiveness of sins.
To trade in such a service for one exalting one of the most famous LGBT campaigners in the world is especially repugnant.
As for the other two names mentioned, both Katy Perry and Jessie J are dreadfully inappropriate examples to encourage others to follow.
Again according to Wikipedia, Jessie J was a bisexual and told a radio show in 2011: “I’ve never denied it. Whoopie doo guys, yes, I’ve dated girls and I’ve dated boys – get over it.”
That is not the type of dismissive language she will use when she stands before God to account for her sins, if she fails to repent and come to Him for salvation.
Romans 14:11-12: “For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”
Her Wikipedia page then states that “in April 2014, Jessie J renounced her bisexuality, stating, ‘For me, it was a phase. But I’m not saying bisexuality is a phase for everybody’.”
What it is in fact, is a perversion of God’s will for His creation, as Jesus Himself attested in Matthew 19:4-5 which says: “And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?”
As for Katy Perry, she is another fierce advocate of so-called LGBT “rights”.
Once more from Wikipedia, we are told that “Perry has publicly advocated for LGBT rights”.
It also states that “in December 2012, Perry was awarded the Trevor Hero Award by The Trevor Project for her work and activism on behalf of LGBT youth.On March 18, 2017, she received a Nation Equality Award from Human Rights Campaign for ‘using her powerful voice and international platform to speak out for LGBTQ equality’.”
And so it continues on her page with more instances of her avowed support for that which God has called an “abomination” and “against nature”.
How can anyone recommend these individuals to their church’s followers and support the performing of their music in a church service?
The very thought would be laughable, were it not so serious.
This is but a foretaste of that which Paul speaks of in 2 Thessalonians 2 when he speaks of the end of this age.
2 Thessalonians 2:10-12: “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
There is surely a strong delusion at large among so much of what professes to be of God, but it will be shown to nothing more than “deceivableness of unrighteousness”.
What a sad day it is in which we live where the musical compositions of those who have set themselves against God is held up as something to be admired in a service which is supposedly bringing glory to God’s name.
When we see such wickedness all around us, let us take comfort in Christ and pray to God that He might work in the hearts of those who are propagating such vileness and those who are taken in by it.
May we desire even to see the promise of God in the valley of the dry bones be replicated in the lives of those who are doing damage to the cause of Christ in our land.
Ezekiel 36:26-28: “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.”