As a Christian, this has been heavy on my heart since I heard about it.
Most Americans were angered by the Miss USA pageant unfairly discriminating against the moral values of Miss California Carrie Prejean. But equally disturbing is the reaction of young, self-proclaimed Christian celebrities who are taking the side of homosexual activist Perez Hilton, who led the attack against Carrie.
The sad fact is, nowadays most of America's youth receives either no Biblical truth or cotton-candy truth disguised as "Christian." Anti-religious government schools and the music that most parents let their kids consume have produced a pagan, go-with-your-feelings youth culture.
Today, the majority of America's daughters - even those in the Church - are being heavily influenced by Hollywood singers such as Miley Cyrus and Heidi Montag, both who say they are Christians, yet hold non-Christian views on marriage. Right now, their pro-homosexual "marriage" values are reaching millions of young people through MTV and other media outlets.
This is something to understand and speak out on. Otherwise, more and more young people in the Church, even those who claim to be strong Christians, will misdefine "love" and "truth" and exchange Biblical truth for their own feelings. Their heart's desire to please themselves and please others will trump any desire to please the God of the Bible.
What follows is not a sordid interest in Hollywood lifestyles; it's a much-needed condemnation of the false gospel and false Biblical standards that are influencing young people. If you're a Christian - and even if your not - please join me in exposing this.
Sixteen-year-old pop star Miley Cyrus, who says she's a Christian and says she loves Jesus, attends the seeker-friendly Montrose Church (part of the Church of the Nazarene), where the pastor believes in easy Christianity, writing "God's truth never changes. He just loves you. It's that simple."
On April 21, Miley wrote this Twitter message expressing her support for homosexual "marriage" to homosexual activist Perez Hilton, who had publicly punished Carrie Prejean for supporting Biblical marriage between a man and a woman:
"God's greatest commandment is to love, and judging is not loving. That's why Christians have such a bad rep. Jesus loves you and your partner and wants you to know how much he cares! That's like a daddy not loving his lil boy cuz he's gay and that is wrong and very sad! Like I said everyone deserves to be happy. I am a Christian and I love you - gay or not. Because you are no different that anyone else! We are all God's children! I am not saying this so would be nice on your site though that would be nice jk;) but because the LORD has spoken 'luv cuz god loves.'"
Meanwhile, another self-proclaimed Christian in Hollywood, MTV's Heidi Montag, age 22, wrote this Twitter message to Perez Hilton: "God says in the bible that we should love our neighbor and he created us all as equals. I know in my heart that gays and lesbians should have the same government rights that Spencer and I will when we get married. So, yes, this blonde Christian believes in gay marriage and I hope to one day go to your wedding, Perez!!!"
This non-Biblical "love fest" kept going. After discovering they both supported homosexual "marriage," Montag twittered Miley, "Let's [meet] up!!!! we should have a bible study!! I love Miley!!!! Jesus loves Miley!" Miley responded, "We should deff. meet up sometime! i think we have alot in common!!!!! JESUS ROCKS! WHOO HOO!"
Now, what does Jesus and the Bible say about homosexuality and same-sex "marriage"? First of all, the definition of a Christian is someone who has confessed her sinful condition with a repentant heart; who trusts Jesus Christ - for His substitutionary death on the cross and His exclusive power to forgive sin and conquer death - as her only savior and master; who submits to Jesus' authority over all parts of her life; seeks to obey His commands and conform herself to Him; and when she fails, asks God's forgiveness with authentic sorrow over her sin.
Do Miley Cyrus and Heidi Montag want to be Biblically-correct like Miss California Carrie Prejean says she wants to be? No, far from it. Despite their claims, Miley Cyrus and Heidi Montag are in stark conflict with Jesus Christ and the Bible. Here's what the Bible says:
Marriage is only between a man and a woman
And He answered and said to them, "Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,' and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate." Matthew 19:4-6 NKJV
Also see Ephesians 5:22-33, Hebrews 13:4, 1 Peter 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-6, Revelation 21:2
The Bible calls Christians to obey God in all sexual matters
God’s will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin. Then each of you will control his own body and live in holiness and honor-not in lustful passion like the pagans who do not know God and his ways. Never harm or cheat a Christian brother in this matter by violating his wife, for the Lord avenges all such sins, as we have solemnly warned you before. God has called us to live holy lives, not impure lives. Therefore, anyone who refuses to live by these rules is not disobeying human teaching but is rejecting God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you. 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8 NLT
The Bible says homosexuality is a sin
Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion. Romans 1:26-27 NIV
Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people-none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 NLT
The Bible says the test of loving Jesus is whether you obey God's commands
"If you love me, you will obey what I command." Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. John 14:15, 23-24 NIV
"As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. John 15:9-14 NIV
We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, "I know him," but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. 1 John 2:3-6 NIV
The Bible says most people are not children of God, and not all children are obedient
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it." Matthew 7:13-14 NKJV
He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God- children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God. John 1:11-13 NIV
Yes, I am afraid that when I come again, God will humble me in your presence. And I will be grieved because many of you have not given up your old sins. You have not repented of your impurity, sexual immorality, and eagerness for lustful pleasure. 2 Corinthians 12:21 NLT
Take action: Please share this information with your children and grandchildren. Share it in your church, if you have one. Email it to your friends. Broadcast it to Christian-format media. Contact Miley Cyrus, her pastor Dave Roberts, and try to contact Heidi Montag to remind them what the Bible says about marriage being only for a man and a woman.
Randy Thomasson is president of Campaign for Children and Families.