|Terry Watkins||Dial-the-Truth Ministries|
Many a parent has breathed a sigh of relief, hearing the sound of The Backstreet Boys, N'Sync or Britney Spears "blaring" from their children's stereo. "Thank God, they're not listening to Marilyn Manson, or some other ‘hellion' but sweet ‘love songs’". We'll, mom, I’ve got some sad news it's not all sweet 'love songs' – in fact, some are nasty "lust songs". Carnal lust that would probably make Marilyn Manson proud. Words "etched" into your impressionable young son or daughters minds that would make any sane mom or dad "go ballistic".
It’s amazing the "hoodwink" the media and the producers of the "teen idol-rock-world" has pulled on the average parent. The "teen idol" picture painted by the image-makers is a "baby-innocent, squeaky-clean, puppy-love, high-morals, boy-next-door" portrait.
As one "fooled" mother comments in Express Writer:, "Their [Backstreet Boys] focus is on good morals. . ." (Express Writer, Sunday, August 16, 1998)
Well, mom, you might better sit down and fasten your seat belt. . . this ride might get rough. . .
Somehow, we've bought the "lie" that the adolescent or teenage years of "foolishness" bears no lasting scars. We've gotten the idea our young people are somehow "magically" protected in their early "rebellious" years. You’ve heard the line, "they’ll grow out of it". Let them have a good time; you're only young once; let them "sow their wild oats" they're only kids – they’ll grow out of it.
But that’s not what the Lord says . . .
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
". . .for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. . ." that certainly includes young people. The proof. . . Our prisons are "ringing" with the "cries" of deceived young people that believed they would NOT "reap what they sowed". Over 100,000 abortions a year, are the "crops" of deceived young girls "murdering" their little babies because they "reaped what they sowed". Being young, foolish, and easily deceived they believed they would "get away with it". It's just innocent fun. After all, everybody else does it and they get away with it. . .
And God says "be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."
Job chapter 20:11 carries a stern warning to this foolish philosophy of "they’re just kids. . . they’ll grow out if it. . . it’s just adolescent rebellion". Job warns, "His bones are full of the sin of HIS YOUTH. . ."
"His bones are full of the SIN of his YOUTH, which shall lie down with him in the dust." Job 20:11
Who that saw and heard the "horrors" of Columbine or Mississippi, or numerous "teenage killing fields"; splattered with the slaughtered blood of America's young people murdered by another "innocent" young person – a "deceived, cold-blooded-killer". No. They don’t always grow out of it. . .
No. The teenage years are some of the most important, if not the most important years in a person’s life. Those are the years that major, life-long decisions are made. Decisions that will direct their path for years, and generations – both good and bad. I’ve spent over ten years in the rescue mission ministry. I’ve counseled with hundreds of men, ranging from drug addicts to sex perverts to bankers, and most of those men will tell you, that decisions and influences during their teenage years destroyed their life.
Knowing the importance of those early foundational years should we blindly "close our eyes" to the "puppy-love" music of the Backstreet Boys, et al. and hope everything turns out ok? Or should we obey our Lord?
The Lord very clearly commands us to ". . .prove ALL things. . ."
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 1 Thess. 5:22
Prove ALL things ALL would certainly include the Backstreet Boys, N’Sync, Britney Spears and Co.
The teenage years are a major defining point in a person’s life. It’s a time when a person starts to develop sexually. It’s a time when the physical body begins developing into a young man or young woman. It’s a God-given time when attraction to the opposite sex becomes a significant part of their young life. It can be a very confusing and difficult time.
Newsweek magazine writes of the "tween" years (between 8 – 14), "Under the best circumstances, these can be difficult years. It's a time of tremendous neurological growth, comparable only to the period just after infancy . . ." (The Truth About Tweens, Newsweek, October, 10, 1999, p 62)The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding writes:
"Popular music always has directive power. That power increases as the age of the targeted audience decreases. The reason? Younger kids are more impressionable due to the developmental stage they're at. (Center for Parent/Youth Understanding, Newsletter, Spring 00, Britney Spears - Driving Them Crazy, www.cpyu.org/news/00springh1.html)
And if not careful, as the old saying goes, "things can quickly get out of hand".
And The Bible recognizes the seriousness of these teenage years. The Bible commands the young person to "…Flee also youthful lusts…"
"Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 2 Timothy 2:22
The Backstreet Boys, N’Sysnc, Britney Spears, Spice Girls, and such music is specifically "aimed" toward direct, disobedience to 2 Timothy 2:22. Instead of "fleeing youthful lusts" their whole purpose is to create literally a "fleshly feeding frenzy" of "youthful lusts".
THEY FEED YOUTHFUL LUSTS:
If you think these "bubble-gum-fluffy-love-songs" are clean, sweet, innocent "puppy-love" tunes you obviously haven’t listened closely to what’s penetrating your young daughter or sons’, impressionable, naïve, mind. . .
The BackStreet Boys sing in "Lay Down Beside Me":
Baby let me be the one to hold you
To give you the things I know you need . ..
If you lay down
I give you what you need
P.S. It’s common knowledge the word "lay" is a slang for fornication. (American Slang, Robert L. Chapman, p.262)Many young people have wrtten me screaming, "lay down beside me" is not talking about sex it's just talking about getting to know someone!
Aw c'mon now. . . Read the follow lines:
"Just come to me and GET IT,If they weren't referring to sex, at least indirectly why didn't they use the clear word lie. "Lie down beside me" is obviously much clearer. But with lyrics like "I wanna feel your BODY NEXT TO MINE, And before the NIGHT is over" that would be like putting "whip cream on an onion".
By the way, how many of you "old-fogies" can remember the outcry over Bob Dylan's "openly-sexually-titled", "Lay, Lady, Lay" many radio stations refused to play it, simply because of the name! Everyone knows what "Lay Down Beside Me" means.
The BackStreet Boys proudly sing of trying to rob a young girl’s virginity in "Boys Will Be Boys":
God says "Flee fornication" the Backstreet Boys say, "My body's calling for you, So please don't hesitate. . ."
Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. 1 Corinthians 6:18
Who do you believe is right? God or the Backstreet Boys?
The Backstreet Boys ask the question in "Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)" – ‘Am I sexual’?
Entertainment Weekly describes a BackStreet Boys concert as an adolescent "sexual awakening"!
"When Nick Carter the youngest, blondest, and most yelp-inducing Boy blurts out the ludicrous line ‘Am I sexual?’ hordes of 8- to 15-year-old girls clutch their throwaway cameras and scream their braces off. Another night, another 10,000 sexual awakenings. (So Shoot Me!. . . ...I can't help being a Backstreet Boys Fan, Entertainment Weekly, September 4, 1998)
And if you don’t believe young teenage girls respond to the Backstreet Boys "sexual awakenings" according to Spin Magazine, when the "boys" sung the line "Am I sexual?" during their Orlando concert, ". . . the girls roar and pound the floorboards so violently two roadies rush to secure the speakers." (In Bed With ... the Backstreet Boys, Spin Magazine, July 1998)
Oh, if you think the BackStreet Boys are young, naïve, innocent teenagers – think again – their ages are 19, 21, 24, 25 and 27 years of age! (as of July 1999)
And the average age of a young person to attend a Backstreet Boy’s "sexual awakening" concert – 12 years old! (In Bed With ... the Backstreet Boys, Spin Magazine, July 1998)
Spin magazine tells of one 15-year-old girl, during a Backstreet Boys concert who, ". . . pushed my way to the front of the stage, and there was some 12-year-old standing in front of me on a crate!" The 15-year-old girl knocked down the 12-year-old from the crate and then, ". . . climbed onto the crate, ripped off her bra and threw it at Nick, . . ." (In Bed With ... the Backstreet Boys, Spin Magazine, July 1998)
Backstreet Boy, "AJ", who Smash Hits magazine calls the "dancing devil" (Smash Hits, August 1998), told Teen Magazine, ". . I'm the complete opposite of every clean-cut, decent looking guy you could think of, . . ." (The Boys Are Back, Teen Magazine, July 1999)
He’s not kidding. . . "AJ" proves it with such "indecent" quotes in Backstreet Boys (Starlog Celebrity Series Presents #20), "Why do men have nipples? For girls to kiss!" or "When I see an attractive girl, I look at her eyes, if she’s looking at me, but if she’s not, look at her booty. I watch it go from side to side. . ."
The "boys" sing in "I Need You Tonight" – "it doesn’t matter if it’s right or wrong I need you tonight. . ."
I need you tonight
I got news for you – "I need you TONIGHT" – they’re not talking about a prayer meeting!
How many of you fathers or mothers would like a 27-year-old singing to your, young, vulnerable, teenage daughter the following words – "If you want IT TO BE GOOD girl, get yourself a BAD boy . . . If you want it wild, . . . if you really like it hot. . . if you like it innovated . . . get yourself a bad boy" And they naturally sing to their young "victims" ". . . And mama shouldn't know . . "
"If You Want It To Be Good (Get Yourself A Bad Boy)"
I realize some parents reading this is in shock – but you need to wake up! There are people in the music business that are corrupting your young children!
To get a clear documented picture of just how serious and real this "sexual awakening" among the "tweens" is, according to a study published in the Pediatrics journal, most girls show signs of puberty [sexual maturity] at age 10, but get this – according to Pediatrics, at the turn of the 20th century the age was 15! (The Truth About Tweens, Newsweek, October, 18, 1999, p 62)
Here’s another CLEAR indicator from Newsweek magazine, documenting this alarming increase of the "sexual awakening" of tweens:
"There are indications that some kids . . . are also becoming sexually active at an alarmingly early age. According to a 1997 Centers for Disease Control study, 6.5 percent of ninth-grade girlscompared with only 2.9 percent of 12th graderssaid they had had sex before the age of 13. Boys showed a similar increase: 14.7 percent of ninth graders said they'd already been sexually active, while only 6.0 percent of 12th graders said they'd had sex before the age of 13." (The Truth About Tweens, Newsweek, October, 18, 1999, p 62)
Here’s an interesting "co-inky-dinky": In the Backstreet Boys CD liner, somebody "forgot" to include the lyrics to "If You Want It To Be Good Girl (Get Yourself A Bad Boy)" or "Get Down", etc. But they did include the lyrics for "Quit Playing Games (With My Mind)" "As Long As You Love Me", "All I Have to Give", and "Anywhere for You". I wonder why? Could it be they didn’t want mommy and daddy to see the lyrics? Remember in the song "If You Want It To Be Good (Get Yourself A Bad Boy)", one line says, ". . . mama shouldn't know . . ."
Have you seen Rolling Stone magazine (January 2000) with the "innocent" Backstreet Boys on the cover? With their pants dropped down to their knees! Hum. . . I wonder what they mean by that? View it.
After all this "youthful lusts", now here’s a "goodie" Smash Hits Magazine claims the "boys" have a "ritual prayer" before they take the stage!
"What do the lads do before they go on stage? They all have a ritual prayer!" (The Backstreet Boys Tell Us Everything..., Smash Hits - August 1998)
I got some enlightening news for the "boys". . . If they are praying to the Holy God of the Bible – they’re wasting their time!
The Holy God of the Bible is not going to "bless" their concerts or even hear their prayer! Not when they’re about to go on stage and whip thousands of young teenage girls into a "rock-pounding, lustful, sexual frenzy"!
You don’t believe me. . . Read your Bible!
If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me: Psalm 66:18
Despite the above examples (and there are plenty more. . .) of blatant, sexual lyrics, Kevin of the "boys" spews forth a "whopper" when he claims the reason the male gender has eluded them "Cause we're not talking about sex and drugs, . . " (So Shoot Me!. . . I can't help being a Backstreet Boys Fan, Entertainment Weekly, September 4, 1998)
In Psalms 55:21, the Lord gives this warning:
The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords. Psalm 55:21The Backstreet Boy's Millennium album shattered the previous "first week" record sales with 1.13 million copies a record many in the music industry believed unbreakable . . .
Until. . .
'N Sync zoomed pass the BackStreet Boy's previous record-breaking "first week" sales, like a speeding bullet No Strings Attached's "first week" sales were an incredible 2.41 million copies!
The song "Digital Get Down" from N'Sync's No Strings Attached, also breaks the record for "teen-idol-perversion". TV Guide describes it as "R-rated oomph" and says, "'Digital Get Down' could be interpreted as hailing the joys of cybersex." (April 1, 2000, p. 26)
Hey Mom check out these "clean-cut" lyrics from 'N Sync's "Digital Get Down":
Baby baby we can do all that we wantWith all the pedophiles and perverts stalking the Internet, "as a roaring lion, seeking whom they may devour" (I Peter 5:8) - that's just what our young people need their "teen idols" encouraging them to engage in sexual "phone" or "cybersex"!
When asked by TV Guide about "Digital Get Down's" obvious sexual content, Justin Timberlake says with a grin, "I think it's quite safe sex if you ask me," (April 1, 2000, p. 26)
If you're looking for the lyrics to "Digital Get Down" on the included CD lyrics quit they're not there! Could it be they don't want mom to see what they're really singing? Of course, they include the lyrics to the "fluffies"; "Bye, Bye, Bye", "Space Cowboy", "This I Promise You" and "No Strings Attached".
Their song "Bringin' Da Noise" on No Strings Attached says:
Lose your mind
In their song "I Just Wanna Be With You", N’Sync doesn’t leave much to the imagination, as they sing, ". . . girl, you’re turning me on . . . lead me to your water. . . my love is insane, pleasure and pain. . ."I just wanna be with you, girl that's all I wanna do
Girl you’re turning me on, your such a fine lady,
And sugar more and more, your driving me crazy
Because you're just what I want, and I'm just what you need,
Gonna make you my baby;
Sweet darling all I can see, is you and me.
I wanna drown in your love, lead me to your water
Let it flow, just let it flow baby;
My love is insane, pleasure and pain,
It's part of life, so live it up baby;
If you're scared of love, don't be afraid,
Because girl I'm scared to, but I gotta have you
Gonna love you day and night, yes I'll treat you right!
In the song, "You Got It", N’Sync, sings "
You got it - I want it
In the song, "I’m Crazy for You," N’Sync sings, "I wanna rock with you".
I wanna, I wanna rock with you
By the way, in case you didn’t know, "rock" is a euphemism for fornication.(Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll, p. 474)
As N’Sync member, Justin Timberlake was recording the song, "That’s When I’ll Stop Loving You", songwriter Diane Warren, gushes, "It’s a hit already," producer Guy Roche says, "I see panties flying!". (Entertainment Weekly, March, 05, 1999, pp 20+) Those "panties flying" are referring to pre-teens and teens, who remove and throw their "bras" and "panties" to their "gods", such as N’Sync, and Backstreet Boys, during their "sexual wakenings", also called a "rock concert".
Some "innocent, wholesome" signs held up during concerts by very young, female teens and preteens ask their "teen idols" to "Drop your pants!" (Entertainment Weekly, March, 05, 1999, pp 20+) The Backstreet Boys granted their request, the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine shows the "boys" with their pants "dropped" to their ankles!
If you believe this is wholesome, innocent, clean adolescent fun you’re about "two fries" short of a "happy meal"!
George Washington University professor (and author of Just Another Girl) says of N'Sync's sexually stimulated teen fans:
"They are responding to boys who are offering themselves as sexually desirable and visually pleasurable objects of consumption. . ." (Rolling Stone, March 30, 2000, p. 58)
Of course, the 'N Sync "boys" follow the "party-line" by thanking God and the Lord Jesus Christ on their album, but then turn around in their song "Space Cowboy" (also featuring the sexually-provocative TLC Lisa "Left Eye" Lopez) and take a "swipe" at the Bible and prophecy:
In "Space Cowboy" 'N Sync sings:
Here it comes, millennium
Rolling Stone magazine frighteningly describes 'N Sync's music as "darker stuff, like teen horror movies and grunge" and ". . .brimming with the pent-up tension of teenhood: the urgency of unfulfilled, misunderstood desires, burbling hormones and unbearable, overwhelming feelings"(Rolling Stone, March 30, 2000 p. 55)
If "ultra-liberal-rock'n rolling" Rolling Stone magazine describes 'N Sync's music as such multiply it "four-fold" for the normal person!
And of course, we can’t forget the young boys.
And Britney Spears provides plenty of "youthful lusts" for all the "young boys".
Britney Spears, completely "removes the sheets" in her song "Soda Pop". She sings, " . . . we might start riding to the music tonight. . . a WICKED TIME to the end . . . we'll flex tonight until they break down the door . . . It's cool Britney when we get down on the floor. . . and we go on and on until the break of dawn"
"Soda Pop" by Britney Spears
In case you didn’t know, "pop" is street slang for fornication.(American Slang, Robert L. Chapman, p.342)Interesting in the book "Britney Spears, The Unauthorized Biography", Britney cleary describes the meaning of all her songs except one "Soda Pop". For "Soda Pop's" meaning she says, "Who knows? It's just a whole lotta fun". (Jackie Robb, "Britney Spears, The Unauthorized Biography", p. 71) Guess which song is Britney's favorite you guessed it the "who knows the meaning" Soda Pop! (Ibid, p. 120)
One line in Britney’s "mega-hit" single "Baby One More Time" says, ". . . Hit me baby one more time. . ."
I wonder what she means by "HIT ME baby one more time"? In case you don’t know, to "hit on" someone is a term for "sexual desires".
I guess it’s just an "oversight" that the lyrics to "Soda Pop" is not included in Britney’s CD? They did include the lyrics to "Baby One More Time", "Sometimes", "Born To Make You Happy" and "From the Bottom of My Broken Heart". Could be they didn’t want mom and dad to see what Britney’s singing?
Britney appeared very scantily clad on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine (Rolling Stone, April 15, 1999). Iowa State Daily, describes the "cover photo" as, ". . . the latest cover of Rolling Stone magazine features a barely-clad Spears wearing little more than a bra and a smile. . ." (Iowa State Daily, April 5, 1999) View it. Inside the Rolling Stone article Britney was photographed in several overtly suggestive and revealing poses, to say the least. The title of the article was subtlety titled "Britney Spears: Inside the Heart, Mind & Bedroom Of a Teen Dream".
The Wall of Sound writes concerning Britney’s Rolling Stone cover:
"The suggestive Britney Spears photo spread in the latest Rolling Stone magazine had plenty of eyeballs bulging and tongues wagging at the 17-year-old pop phenom's physique, adding sex appeal to Spears' clean-and-innocent image. . .
An MSN article titled, "Exploit me, baby, One more time" had some very frightening insights into Britney’s very suggestive Rolling Stone magazine photos:
"A recent Rolling Stone cover featured a pedophile's dream photo spread: suggestive bedroom pics of 17-year-old pop sensation Britney Spears ("Hit Me Baby, One More Time") posing in underwear and high heels with her little girl dolls on the shelf behind her. View it Another equally exploitative shot of the former Mouseketeer shows her in short shorts with the word "Baby" written in rhinestones on her butt cheeks. In this one she is holding the handlebars of a little pink and white girl's banana seat bike. View it As if she were a "finger-lickin' good" menu item at KFC, the article begins with a description of Spears' "honeyed thighs" and quickly works its way up to "her ample breasts pushing against her T-shirt." (Carla A. DeSantis , Exploit me, baby, One more time, MSN)
And according to reports in The New York Daily News, teenage Spears has already had breast implants to enhance her "sex appeal". (http://www.nydailynews.com/1999-04-14/News_and_Views/Daily_Dish/a-25689.asp)
An article in the Iowa State Daily had a disturbing analysis of Britney:
"There aren't very many men on campus who haven't drooled over the image of Britney Spears on MTV strutting and flipping around in her little Catholic school girl's uniform with her blouse open to show her bra; shirt tied beneath her breasts revealing her tight tummy and navel; a skirt so farcically short that it makes a mockery of private, religious education." (Iowa State Daily, April 5, 1999)
Do you still believe this is "innocent-fluffy-puppy-love-songs"?
Friend, some of these songs would make the Rolling Stones blush!
Do you think I’m exaggerating?
If Elvis Presley or the Rolling Stones had originally sung such filthy lyrics – they’d have been "run out of town"!
Think I’m just "whistlin’ dixie"?
When Elvis Presley, appeared on the Ed Sullivan show, they wouldn’t even show his body below the waist because of the sexual gyrations!
And get this in 1967, when the Rolling Stones appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show", they were not allowed to sing the lyrics, "Let’s Spend the Night Together" – instead, they changed the lyrics to "Let’s Spend Some Time Together"!
By the way, did you happen to see the clothes (or lack of. . .) teenage Britney Spears was wearing at the 27th American Music Awards (January 17, 2000)? View it Britney would make the "scarcely-attired" Spice Girls look like "Little House on the Prairie". As one startled viewer remarked, she, ". . . may as well have come naked to the awards show. . ." One mother said, "I kept thinking to myself... ‘Britney Spears is a teenager...why would her mother let her dress like that?’"
Jon Bream writes in the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
"On ‘The American Music Awards’ Monday night, the 18-year-old pop star [Britney Spears] wore an unbelievable stare-at-me jumper, for which the wide neckline plunged past her navel. (Someone described it as a backless dress worn backwards; it was backless, by the way, and don't ask me to explain how she kept it secured.) I'm no prude, but that isn't the kind of outfit someone who has a big influence on young people should be wearing on prime-time TV. This kind of racy/ sexy/trashy ensemble is what music followers might expect from Carmen Electra, Pamela Anderson Lee or Mariah Carey. But Britney? No way." (Jon Bream, Wishin' and hopin' : Planting the seeds of change for a better music world in 2000, Minneapolis Star Tribune, January, 1, 2000, p. 05F, emphasis added)
Fashion critic Joan Rivers was asked her opinion of Britney’s attire:
"So what did Joan think of the barely-there tops worn by Britney Spears, Mariah Carey and others at this year's American Music Awards?
"I think if you took all their dresses and put them together,’ she says, ‘you still wouldn't have enough for one dress.’"(Rivers Still Trashin’ Fashions, The London Free Press, January, 22, 2000, p. C5, emphasis added).And Britney's recent "strip-tease" act on MTV Awards 2000 brought a new-low to "filth & flesh" TV!
The Birmingham News writes:
"Britney Spears, who pretty much stripped herself of any goody two-shoes image at the MTV Music Video Awards show, completes the job in October's Elle by giving her approval to women who sleep with men outside of love, and declaring Sex and the City her favorite show. [more on the Elle article later] (The Birmingham News, Sept. 18, 2000 p. 2A)Some news clips of Britney's MTV Awards sleaze-show:
She gyrated gamely in a transparent body stocking that made her look like she wasn't wearing anything at all - save for a handful of sequins. (Bill Hoffman, Britney: Sex Before Love? Fine With Me, Celeb News. www.pagesix.com/celebritynews/38555.htm)
"Britney Spears provided some medieval thrills by hanging, drawing, and then quartering the Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" in a transparent body stocking. For a few brief moments, it was as if child pornography had gone over-ground." (C. Bottomley, MTV Awards: Where Are Bone Thugs-N-Harmony When You Need Them, www.vh1.com)
"Spears sent the crowd's hormones into a frenzy by tearing off her black suit to reveal a spangled, flesh-toned outfit, and then proceeded to kick into an adrenaline-pumping performance of "Oops!... I Did It Again" that seemed to suggest that perhaps she really was "not that innocent" anymore." (Britney, Eminem, 'NSYNC Get Wild, Weird For VMA Sets, www.mtv.com/sendme.tin?page=http://www.mtv.com/news/gallery/v/vma000907_3.html)After Briteny's "eye-poping, bump-grinding, pseudo-strip-tease" act at the MTV Awards, host Marlon Wayans remarked, "She's gone from the Mickey Mouse Club to the strip club!"
No wonder, Entertainment Weekly's Ken Tucker describes Britney Spears' as "semi-porn, sweatpant chic" and "an end-of-century sex kitten" (Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly, 12/24/99).
I've had many people email and say, "Hey, Britney's not like that! All that 'sexual stuff' is the directors and producers ideas. It's not Britney's idea!. It's just a sell job! She's just being 'used' by them".
Not so. In Britney's sexually enticing video, "Baby One More Time," the producers' idea was an innocent, clean, cartoonish, superhero theme. And it was Britney, who insisted on the sexually-charged-bare-midriff schoolgirl image. "She genuinely wanted to go down that road," says the video's director, Nigel Dick. "It wasn't like we pushed Britney into doing anything. Most of the time you have to hold her back a bit." (Britney's Wild Ride, People.com, Feb. 14, 2000, http://people.aol.com/people/000214/features/index.html)
In fact People.com writes:
"Suggestions that Spears's handlers at Jive Records are exploiting her are, claims her co-manager Larry Rudolph, way off base. 'The record company wanted to keep things squeaky-clean, and she went along with it at first,' he says. 'But it quickly became clear that it wasn't natural for her. She doesn't want anyone to put a blanket around her and hide her. She's totally in control of what's going on.'" (Britney's Wild Ride, People.com, Feb. 14, 2000, http://people.aol.com/people/000214/features/index.html)Even Britney's 22-yeard-old brother, Bryan, tells People mag, "Lately I've been telling her she needs to put on more clothes instead of some of the outfits she ends up wearing". (Britney's Wild Ride, People.com, Feb. 14, 2000, http://people.aol.com/people/000214/features/index.html)
Elle's recent article on Britney completely removed the "squeaky-clean" Spears mask as the REAL Spears "freely employs the f-word", "approves of sex outside of marriage", and freely admitts she's "addicted" to the sexually-explicit Sex and the City TV show:
". . . and while she does say her prayers at night, she also freely employs the f-word and other colorful slang. In fact, her, topics of conversation can be so out-of-keeping with her Colgate smile that Spears tends to lower her voice into a confessional whisper. Take her somewhat surprising confidence that she's addicted to the show Sex and the City, which seems like the last thing she would identify with. 'Sarah Parker I'm her,' Spears says. 'And all the things they talk about are so true. Like one show was talking about how [confessional whisper] guys can have sex without love, so women can do it too? [She raises her voice] And I have girlfriends who do that. But I [lowers voice] I just really have to be into someone. [Raises voice] If not, what's the purpose. (Elle, Oct 2000, p. 331).And by the way, do you know who directed Britney's video "From the Bottom of My Broken Heart"? Porno director Gregory Dark! Director of such XXX-rated filth as Sex Freaks, Flesh, Psychosexuals, et al. "Can two walk together, except they be agreed?" Amos 3:3
Boy, Britney sure wasn't kidding when she sings "I'm not that innocent…" in her mega-hit "Oops! I Did It Again"!
Yea, but Britney says she prays, and all that stuff. She's a good Christian. . .
The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding writes about Britney's "Christianity":
"Spears' feeling oriented self has determined there is no inconsistency between speaking out about her Christian faith while immodestly celebrating her sexuality in an ungodly manner. My conversations with most Christian kids indicate they are moving in the same direction on both fronts. . ." (Center for Parent/Youth Understanding, Newsletter, Spring 00, Britney Spears - Driving Them Crazy, www.cpyu.org/news/00springh1.html)In Elle magazine, Britney names Madonna as one of her idols, and she admits Madonna's career is the one she'd most like to emulate (Elle, Oct 2000, p. 331).
At the sleaze-rate Britney's going she'll make Madonna look like Mother Teresa!
Britney, who often, parades her Baptist faith, somehow must have missed 1 Timothy 2:9:
"In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in MODEST APPAREL, with shamefacedness and sobriety; . . ." 1 Timothy 2:9
Do you believe the Lord approves of the Backstreet Boys, N’Sync, Britney Spears and crew?
Not if you’ve ever read the Bible. . .
Try reading Proverbs 6, among many others:
The Lord asks a very serious question "Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?"
And notice the context – sexual impurity "lust . . . whorish woman . .. adultery".
Can someone, especially sexually developing young people, listen to this music, – and "not be burned"?
Is there anyone, foolish and naïve enough, to believe young people can listen to this music, glorifying "youthful lust" and fornication, hour after hour, and it not effect them?
If you do – according to God – you are deceived!
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
If you "sow" lyrics of lusts and fornication – they’ll reap the fruits of lusts and fornication!
Young person, one of the most precious gifts you can possess is your sexual purity. Despite what the Backstreet Boys, N-Sync, Britney Spears and the world may "sing" – one of the greatest wedding gifts you can possibly give your future spouse and your parents, is that virtuous, purity. That love and dedication that says, "I’m virtuous, I’m pure. I’ve saved myself just for you".
A virtuous woman is a CROWN to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones. Proverbs 12:4
I know of one Christian dad whose Christian daughter was to be married. Right before the wedding, she told her dad, "Dad, I’ve got a special gift for you today." She said, "I’ve been waiting and waiting for years to present this special present just to you." The dad couldn’t imagine what she was talking about. She looked at her dad and said, "In a few minutes, I’m going to married. And I’m going to kiss my husband for the very first time." And even though she was a young lady . . . And even though she had dated this young man for some time. . . She said, "Dad, I wanted to kiss him many, many times." But she said, "My lips have never touched his, and Dad, more than anything, I wanted to present this to you this day". You talk about one happy, proud, dad. What a gift! A virtuous son or daughter! Her price is far, far, far above rubies! Proverbs 31:10
Notice, the following two very serious warnings from the Lord that deal specifically with "sexual sins of the flesh" are directed to – CHILDREN of disobedience!
As bad as the "fruits" of promoting and feeding "youthful lusts" – there’s something else about this music that’s even more frightening.
Much more frightening . . .
And much, much more serious. . .
THEY REPLACE THE WORSHIP OF THE LORD – WITH WORSHIP OF MAN!
There is an element of worship inherently built in the nature and soul of every man. Scientist and archeologists have never discovered a village, a tribe or a group of people, no matter how primitive, that does not have worship. They didn’t always worship the right God. Sometimes it was nature. . . Sometimes it was the sun. . . But worship is always there.
And worship is never stronger or purer than that of a child. Anyone who’s had the privilege to pray with a young child knows how real and simple their faith is. Oh, that we had the simple heart and faith of a child!
The Lord Jesus spoke this truth, so beautifully, in Matthew 18:3:
"And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 18:3
A very enlightening survey was conducted by the Barna Research Group. The survey’s purpose was to research the age in which people accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. According to the Barna Research, "The data show that if a person does not accept Jesus Christ as savior before the age of 14, the likelihood of ever doing so is slim."
Barna Research went on to say, "if they’re not saved by age 13, they probably never will." (Third Millennium Teens, Barna Research, p. 65)
This is what the Lord Jesus Christ told us several times.
And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them.
This truth is also emphasized in Ecclesiastes 12:1 (as in many other verses), as the writer says, "Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not . . "
"Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;" Eccl 12:1
An alarming fact discovered by the Barna Research Group is, "if they’re not saved by age 13, they probably never will." (Third Millennium Teens, Barna Research, p. 65)
In other words, if you can somehow "dazzle" that young person into their teenage years without accepting Jesus Christ, chances are that soul will spend eternity in a lake of fire!
Satan knows if he can somehow satisfy that spiritual hunger that is most evident in the early years – more than likely he’s "damned" that person for all eternity!
One of the main "entrees" that Satan uses to "feed" that spiritual hunger is music rock music!
Satan certainly knows the power and influence of music. Ezekiel 28 gives some descriptive insight into Satan before his eventual fall, verse 13 reads:
"Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy TABREST and of thy PIPES was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created." Ezekiel 28:13
Tabrets and pipes are the basis of musical instruments! Satan knows the power of music – and he knows the vulnerability of the teenage years – and you’d better believe he knows, far better than Barna Research, the fact that most people will receive Jesus Christ as their Savior before the teenage years!
With those FACTS clearly in focus – Satan will aim his attack at the impressionable, fragile, young person!
The battle-plan is simple:
"Rock" that young person through the teenage years. . . Fill that spiritual void with "good ol’ rock’n roll" – and chances are – they’ll never accept Jesus Christ as Savior!
And another soul "rocks" into a lake of fire – for ever and ever!
"And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." Revelation 20:15
George Harrison, a devout follower of the Hindu god – Krishna, knows the vulnerability of the teenage years. Harrison told Rolling Stone Magazine:
"The main thing is to get the kids. . . nail you when you’re young and brainwash you, then they’ve got you for the rest of your life."
And you’d better believe Satan is aware of this fact!
And there is nothing more influential to the average young person than their music. It dictates to them how they dress. . . how they wear their hair. . . their vocabulary. . . They "dance" to the "tune" of today’s musical "pied pipers"!
Professor Alan Bloom writes in his best-selling book, The Closing of the American Mind:
"Today, a very large proportion of young people between the ages of ten and twenty live for music. It is their passion; nothing else excites them as it does; they cannot take seriously anything alien to music. . . "(Dr. Alan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind, p.68)
And the music is especially "aimed" at young people – at a time in their life, according to Barna Research, when they most likely will accept Jesus Christ as Savior!
Professor Alan Bloom details this important fact in his book:
"Never was there an art form directed so exclusively to children. . . The music business is peculiar only in that it caters almost exclusively to children, treating legally and naturally imperfect human beings as though they were ready to enjoy the final or complete satisfaction." (Dr. Alan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind, p.74, 77)
Rock music is their "god"! It is their RELIGION!
Dr. Paul King, medical director of the adolescent program at Charter Lakeside Hospital, in Memphis Tennessee, says more than 80 percent of his teenage patients are there because of rock music. Dr. King, says, "the lyrics become a philosophy of life, a RELIGION."
And there is no music that the fans are more devoted, more loyal and "worshipped" more than the "bubble-gum-tween-heart-throb-gods" of the Backstreet Boys, N-Sync, Britney Spears, and such! Heavy metal, country, pop, grunge, thrash, hip-hop, R&B, rap, and classical – can’t even "play in the same ball park" as the "teen idols"!
Get this! In just the last two years – the Backstreet Boys, N’Sync and Britney have sold over 30 million albums! Over half a billion (that’s Billion with a "B") in "idolized" merchandize – from bedspreads to hats! In just two years! No wonder an Elektra Records executive remarked, "This teen stuff isn't just driving the music business, it is the music business." (Entertainment Weekly, March, 05, 1999, pp 20+)
If you don’t believe these "teen gods" are "worshipped" by today’s teenagers – read the following examples (and many, many more could be given):
In Charleston, West Virginia, fans camped outside in 4 degrees for just a chance to buy concerts to a Britney Spears concert! (The Birmingham News, January, 25, 2000, p.2A) How many Christians do you know are that devoted to their God? When’s the last time you’ve seen Christians camping out in 4 degrees weather for the Lord Jesus Christ?
In an interview with Britney and some her fans aired July 10, 1999 on ET, the following dialogue with a Spears fan too place:
Tush: And you're obsessed with Britney?
Read these worship services:
"The countdown to the Backstreet Boys' Las Vegas concert has begun, and the pop quintet's fans are having another manic attack at the MGM Grand Hotel. It has been an hour since their beloved Boys Howie Dorough, A.J. McLean, Nick Carter and cousins Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell dashed through an alley entrance to shower and change before the show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, but the hundreds of hysterical pubescent girls refuse to go away. "I love Nick!" shouts one. "For Nick, I'll die. If God says, `Die and let Nick live,' I'll do that." (Boy Wonders, People Magazine, Sept. 14. 1998)
Wow! How many Christians are as "sold out" as these teens are to their "gods" . "For Nick, I'll die. If God says, `Die and let Nick live,' I’LL DO THAT."
During an August 18, 1998 Backstreet Boys concert in Edmonton, Canada more than 50 fans were treated for injuries after storming the stage to get close to the Backstreet Boys. Amazingly, many of the injured fans came back for more.
"Actually, the Boys' popularity can be downright dangerous. During an Aug. 18 show in Edmonton, Alta., more than 50 fans were treated by paramedics after a horde of people surged toward the stage. Amazingly, many injured fans came back for more. "I was in tears because I was happy," says Heather Tasko, 13, who escaped with bruised ribs. "I was lucky to even get close to the stage. It was the best day of my life." (Boy Wonders, People Magazine, Sept. 14. 1998)
A photographer who was caught in the middle of the "stage surge" in Edmonton described the tweens as "The girls were like piranhas in a feeding frenzy".
"Teens weren't the only ones caught in the crush. From his swollen knee, you'd think Sun photographer Perry Mah had just returned from a war in Europe or the Middle East. He was stuck between the stage and the crowd.
"I need a bigger room to put up all my posters. I've run out of space,'' laments Heather Tasko, 13, of her bedroom walls crammed with 1,000 posters and pictures. "If you ask any of my friends they'd say I'm very obsessed with them."
"It was awesome. I cried so hard,'' recalls the besotted fan who waited more than eight hours for the fleeting encounter where she presented Nick with a red rose and necklace. "He sort of gave me a strange look. On the tag I wrote, 'From your No. 1 fan. I love you.' He looked up and said, `I love you, too.' The security guard had to hold me because I was shaking. I was so overwhelmed,'' says Falkner, who also sports a massive collection of Backstreet Boys posters and goods (Express Writer, Sunday, August 16, 1998)
"If I was dying tomorrow, the last thing I would want is to meet them again. That would be my last wish,'' (Express Writer, Sunday, August 16, 1998)
Kevin of the Boys describes how far some girls go just to get a look a the Backstreet Boys:
"Girls sneaking on our bus somehow while we're loading luggage. We'll find them in the bathroom. Girls camping outside the hotels. Girls climbing over barbed-wire fences to get to us. One girl got caught up in a fence and hung there by her pants." (Toronto Sun, Thursday, March 27, 1997)
"Many of the young, hysterical fans had waited in sub-zero temperatures since 4 a.m. [waiting outside in below zero cold for over 15 hours] yesterday to see their heroes during a 90-minute concert broadcast from coast to coast. Eight people - most of them injured in the swaying crowd, including one person with an injured leg - were transported to downtown hospitals and another eight were treated on site, said an ambulance spokesman. . .
Take an Internet search of how many Backstreet Boys, Britney and N’Sync sites teens and pre-teens have developed to their "idols".
No wonder Express Writer calls a Backstreet Boys concert as "worship". (Express Writer, Sunday, August 16, 1998) or Entertainment Weekly refers to them as "bubblegum demigods"? (Entertainment Weekly, March, 05, 1999, pp 20+)
Have you read the lyrics to Britney Spears "I Will Be There"?
"I Will be There" – Britney Spears
I will make it alright
"You can put your TRUST in me. . .
I’ll be here for now and FOREVER"
Who does that sound like?
N’Sync sings in "You Got It":
Just give me all your love
How contrary to the words of the Lord Jesus Christ:
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
The song "The One" by the Backstreet Boys presents a bizarre and eerie twist to this teen "worship" of these artists: Check out some of these "spiritual" lyrics:
The One" the Backstreet BoysI'll be the one...
I guess you were LOST when I met you. . .
I can show you what TRUE LOVE means
Just take my hand, baby please
Notice the uncanny likeness to the Lord Jesus Christ!
Do you think these lyrics are a coincident?
Do you remember what Jesus Christ said to Satan in Matthew 16, after Satan took control of Peter?
But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men. Matthew 16:23
Jesus Christ said Satan "lifts up and glorifies MAN"!
Have you ever read Luke 16:15?
". . . for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God." Luke 16:15
I wonder, what does that say about the "teen idols" such as the Backstreet Boys, N’Sync, Britney Spears, et al.?
Remember the serpent’s temptation to Eve in the Garden of Eden?
For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. Genesis 3:5
Ye shall be as GODS. . .
Is there anyone that’s slightly familiar with the rock music "teen idol worship", whose is so blind, that does not realize these artists are GODS to these vulnerable young people?
Satan is doing everything in his power to keep these young people from receiving Jesus Christ as their Saviour.
And the WORSHIP of man is a replacement for the WORSHIP of the Lord Jesus Christ!
I realize to many parents and young people this is a lot fuss about nothing. That we’re making a "mountain out of a mole hill".
But friend, if the Bible is true – if the Lord Jesus Christ is right – this is very serious. . .
Literally, the souls of millions of young people could be in serious danger.
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
And the Barna Research discovered, "if they’re not saved by age 13, they probably never will." (Third Millennium Teens, Barna Research, p. 65)
Parents, pastors, youth directors – what are you doing to bring young people to Jesus Christ?
"Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;" Eccl 12:1
Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.
These things command and teach.
Rid me, and deliver me from the hand of strange children, whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood:
Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 2 Tim. 2:22
My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:
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