Megachurch speaker and author Joel Osteen and his wife Victoria were among a number of celebrities, including drag queens, actors and music industry personalities, who attended the “SiriusXM and Pandora Present Lady Gaga at the Apollo” concert on Monday night in New York City.
The two posed on the carpet for a photograph next to a SiriusXM/Pandora/Lady Gaga backdrop, which is posted online. “Are you ready to [expletive] party tonight? Are we making history?”
Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, asked the crowd as she opened the show, according to the New York Daily News.
The popular music streaming companies had announced last month that they would be presenting the “special performance” to “celebrate SiriusXM and Pandora coming together as one company.” They also noted that the concert “coincides with World Pride Month, which this year is being celebrated in New York City.”
The Daily News reports that Germanotta “performed a selection of her most beloved hits dancing around, in a most homoerotic latex fantasy, dropping F-bombs and getting tips from the future by speaking to an ‘Avatar’-like Gaga figure.”
She also spoke of her advocacy for those who identify as homosexuals and transgenders, telling the crowd, “So, it’s Pride Week. I wish it could exist 365 days of the year, but I’ll take an [expletive] global week.”
Germanotta urged those in the theater and around the world to “[a]sk the question: ‘What is your pronoun?’ Because for a lot of people, it’s really hard, and their pronouns aren’t respected or they’re not asked.”
As previously reported, Germanotta, whose music videos and concerts are often performed in little clothing and are sexually suggestive, sings about homosexuality in her song “Born This Way.”
“A different lover is not a sin, believe capital H-I-M,” the tune claims. “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.”
A number of drag queens attended the invitation-only event, including Alaska Thunder[expletive] (Justin Honard), Ginger Minj (Joshua Eads), Sharon Needles (Aaron Coady), Aquaria (Giovanni Palandrani) and Shangela Wadley (Darius Pierce) of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”
Other attendees included American Idol’s Adam Lambert, Saturday Night Live’s Heidi Gardner, actor Michael Douglas, and Neil Patrick Harris and his “husband” David Burtka.
And in the midst of those photographed were Joel and Victoria Osteen, who posed like the others adjacent to the Pandora/SiriusXM/Lady Gaga backdrop. Christian News Network can only link to the photograph as it is protected by copyright.
The Osteens have their own channel on SiriusXM, which according to its description, features “daily messages of hope and inspiration, live call-in shows and with Joel and Victoria, and special live services.” Being connected to the network is likely the reason why they were invited to the event.
Christian News contacted Joel Osteen Ministries to inquire about the appearance but was told by a representative that she didn’t know anything about the matter as she had just learned of it and that any statement would have to come from Joel himself.
Some outlets expressed bewilderment as to why the Osteens attended since it was assumed that he opposes homosexuality, which Gaga advocates.
What Business Does Christ Have with Belial?
It’s amazing how mankind has come “almost” full circle since the apostle wrote 1 Timothy, sometime around 63-65 AD. The historical setting at the time Paul wrote 1 and 2 Timothy was a culture steeped in Paganism and idolatry. Outside the small Jewish contingent in Paul’s congregations, the Gentile believers came from a Pagan culture with rampant and gross immorality.
Turn the clock forward almost 2000 years and the world, it’s culture and attitude toward the One True Living God is right back to where it was during the apostle Paul’s day.
Understanding the historical setting in which Paul wrote 1 Timothy 3 is crucially important because Paul lays out the instructions on how to have that local Church function in the midst of a culture steeped in pagan idolatry and the pressure from the Judaizers (legalist).
Has anything changed?
I Timothy 3:1
‘This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a bishop (Pastor), he desires a good work. ‘
I Timothy 3:2
‘A bishop then must be blameless (Common sense right? What good would it do to have a pastor who had a shady reputation? The world would scoff at Pastor that was anything less, which they already do!), the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach;’
I Timothy 3:3
‘not given to wine (not drink regularly), not violent (not to be a person that would get into a physical brawl), not greedy for money (he was not to desire money to buy material things), but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous;’ (He was not to be caught up in the things of this world desiring material things. Quite a condemnation based on what see of many Pastors on TV, in the news, and on social media? They are anything but separate from the world!)
In light of the clear Holy Spirit inspired instructions to men seeking to be a Pastor you would think those same men seeking the office of Bishop would understand and adhere to 2 Corinthians 6:14-17.
‘Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people.” Therefore “Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.”’
II Corinthians 6:14-17
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THE GOOD NEWS
Salvation is a FREE GIFT from God. SALVATION IS BY FAITH ALONE & FAITH IS BELIEVING WHAT GOD SAYS.
- God declares all mankind sinners and we all fall short of Glory of God. Romans 3:23
- The payment for our sin is death. Romans 6:23
- But God...because he loved you so much sent His own Son, Jesus Christ, to die in your place, for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead three days later. 1 Cor 15:1-4; 2cor 5:21
All God asks is that you believe by faith alone in 1, 2, & 3. That you're a sinner, separated from God but God sent his Son to die for your sins, was buried & rose again 3 days later.
'that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. '
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