Michael Jackson, The Sinner’s Prayer, and Christmas Decorations

You can’t make this stuff up. Christianity Astray just posted an article (citing a Bully! Pulpit article) speculating that Michael Jackson may have trusted Christ during a meeting with Andrae and Sandra Crouch a few weeks before his death . That would be wonderful news. Genuinely. Here’s the thing: what Jackson was after at the time was the anointing of the Spirit for his upcoming concert tour. The CT article explains:

“According to an Andrae Crouch spokesperson, Jackson ‘asked for prayer concerning the anointing of the Holy Spirit . . . So Andrae and Sandra explained to him about the anointing and about Jesus.’

But did the legendary singer pray to receive Christ? The Crouch spokesman responded: ‘He did NOT reject Jesus or the prayer when (we) prayed, and gladly joined in prayer . . . There was NO actual ‘sinners prayer’ however, but they did talk and pray about Jesus and the anointing of the Holy Spirit.'”

I’ve not heard a conversion account like that before. It’s very…optimistic. On the other hand, if you’re looking for fruit indicative of repentance, both articles note that Jackson still had Christmas decorations up in his home. That’s good to know.

In all seriousness, Mr. Jackson’s eternity is sealed. Though I’d love to be mistaken on this point, it appears that he died without knowing Jesus Christ, and therefore faces a hopeless eternity. That makes his death even more tragic than his life—and that’s saying something.

For those interested in knowing how sinners can have peace with God through Jesus Christ, this 25-minute mp3 unpacks the Bible’s teaching about sin, salvation, and eternal life. Give it a listen!

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6 Responses

  1. […] Pastor Chris Anderson comments on a report that Jackson prayed with Andre Crouch shortly before his death. As is always the case with Chris, his thoughts are pointed and solid […]

  2. I hope you are really mistaken and that in the time, before he went into cardiac arrest, he cried out to God for repentance and forgiveness of sins. If that’s the case, his new life with Jesus is even so much better than his miserable life here on earth with all it’s wealth, money, fame etc. But we’ll see it ourselves when we face our Lord and Saviour when our time has come.

  3. Some of Crouch’s optimism sounds reminiscent of the Gospel/Southern Gospel community’s ebullience over Elvis Presley’s purported salvation. There is a video on syndicated programs promoting his religious recordings and apparent Christianity…didn’s someone post on Christians and celebrities recently? Why are some so enamored?

  4. Only Michael and God knows whether he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. My prayers are that though his searching God extended him grace and he came to a knowlege and acceptance of Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. No one knows the heart of a man but God. We cannot judge

  5. With respect, Terri, while you’re right that only God knows the heart (Jer 17:9-10), we can and must judge (Matt 7:15-20; 1 Cor 5:12; et al).

    If Michael came to Christ at the end of his life, I rejoice. I’m no more deserving of salvation than he is (1 Timothy 1:15). But there is a real danger in publishing the idea that a wicked man who has shown no inclination to repent is somehow “justified by death,” as if all someone needs to do to have peace with God is pass away. It gives false hope, and false hope is damning. What the world needs to hear is something more akin to Luke 13:1-5: “unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

  6. Chris, thank you for your response. I guess my point was that we don’t know whether Michael at some point in time before his death repented and accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior. My prayers are that he did, and only he and God knows that.

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