Did Michael Jackson become a Christian right before he died?

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Was Michael Jackson a Christian?

Rumors are flying that pop superstar Michael Jackson became a Christian the day or week before he died on June 25. The most often repeated story claims that gospel music artist Andraé Crouch led Michael to accept Christ right before Michael Jackson died. I have received a couple of emails voicing this claim as well as a press release condemning Michael Jackson to a fiery hell. Readers will be relieved to know I plan to go down neither path.

In the article Michael Jackson’s gospel music ties, I have already discussed how Michael seemed to reinvent his faith as often as he did his music and his appearance. Here are some of the facts about Michael Jackson’s spiritual journey.

Michael Jackson’s spiritual roots

Michael Jackson grew up in the Jehovah’s Witnesses. He left the Jehovah’s Witnesses In 1987 in response to their disapproval of the “Thriller” video. During his 2005 trial Michael Jackson apparently turned to Kaballah (made popular by Madonna), indicated by the red string bracelet favored by Kaballah followers which he wore throughout the trial. During his life, Michael Jackson sought out several high profile spiritual advisers including Orthodox Jew Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and New Age guru Deepak Chopra. Chopra was seen on many television interviews following Michael’s death. Michael Jackson also followed several of his brothers into Islam. (Liveprayer.com) Michael Jackson was clearly a man searching for something to believe in.

Michael Jackson prays with Andraé Crouch

Referring again to Michael Jackson’s gospel music ties, I mentioned the relationship between Michael Jackson and gospel artist Andraé Crouch. To find out more about that last visit between Andraé Crouch and Michael Jackson, I visited the Facebook page of Andraé Crouch. Here is some of what has been posted by the admin and Andraé Crouch’s spokesperson:

“He (Michael Jackson) definitely had an ‘encounter’ with them (Andrae’ Crouch and his sister Sandra Crouch), Andraé says, ‘he did NOT reject Jesus or the prayer when they prayed, and gladly joined in prayer.’ He usually doesn’t touch anybody, but he touched them, and held their hands in a circle as they sang and prayed… There was NO actual ‘sinners prayer’ however, but they did talk and pray about Jesus and the anointing of the Holy Spirit” (the “anointing” was requested by Michael for his music).

However, the rumors persisted and became so widespread that Andraé Crouch;s spokesperson fianlly posted this note on Andraés Facebook page:

The Crouches did NOT lead Michael Jackson to the Lord, They DID pray with him, but NOT a prayer of “salvation”. It is a rumor that they “led him to Christ”. Please spread the “truth” as quickly as the rumor has spread.

Sandra Crouch addresses Michael Jackson rumors

Andrae’s sister, Sandra, Crouch addressed the rumors about meeting Michael Jackson with brother Andraé on her own Facebook page saying, “It has been brought to my attention that several media outlets have been erroneously reporting that my brother, Andrae Crouch and me met our dear friend Michael Jackson several weeks prior to his death so he could accept Christ. This is incorrect and absolutely not true.”

Sandra stated she and Andraé met with Michael recently to discuss recording two songs with their choir for his newest project. “Michael always had a respect and curiosity for spiritual things. During our meeting, not unlike many other creative/music meetings we’ve had with him the past, we sang together, prayed together and had a wonderful time.”

Another gospel artist, David Pack, shared some of his personal experience and witness to Michael Jackson in 1986 at: Michael Jackson, Jesus, and Me.

Michael Jackson is in God’s hands

None of us know what was in Michael’s heart when he died, and none of us should try to take on the mantle of God Almighty and act as Michael’s judge. We can examine the fruits of his life, both good and bad, but it is not up to us to place Michael Jackson in heaven or hell, no matter what we thought of him. Michael Jackson is in God’s hands now.
http://www.examiner.com/x-11989-Nashville-Gospel-Music–Entertainment-Examiner~y2009m6d29-Did-Michael-Jackson-become-a-Christian-right-before-he-died

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