Former CCM Singer Turned Secular Pop Star Katy Perry: ‘I Don’t Believe in Heaven or Hell’

Perry Credit slgckgcIn a recent interview with Marie Claire Magazine, pop star Katy Perry, a former contemporary Christian artist, announced that she no longer believes in Heaven or Hell nor professes to be a Christian.

“I don’t believe in a Heaven or a Hell, or an old man sitting on a throne,” she advised the magazine. “I believe in a higher power bigger than me because that keeps me accountable. Accountability is rare to find, especially with people like myself, because nobody wants to tell you something you don’t want to hear.”

“I’m not Buddhist, I’m not Hindu, I’m not Christian, but I still feel like I have a deep connection with God,” Perry continued. “I pray all the time—for self-control, for humility. There’s a lot of gratitude in it. Just saying ‘thank you’ sometimes is better than asking for things.”

As previously reported, Perry, an evangelical minister’s daughter, was raised in California, and was brought up to avoid secular music and television programs. She began singing as a Contemporary Christian artist at age 15, and released her first national album in 2001. In an interview with CCM (Contemporary Christian Music Magazine), she stated that one her musical influences was Keith Green, who was known to be bold in his lyrical witness for Christ.

However, in 2007, Perry signed with with the secular label Capitol Records, and released her first single, I Kissed a Girl, a number one hit that talks about experimentation with lesbianism. The popularity of Perry’s single brought continued national attention until she became one of the most well-known pop artists in the secular music industry.

Perry’s parents, Keith and Mary Hudson, who lead Church on the Rise in Westlake, Ohio, state that they do not agree with all of the choices that their daughter has made in her music career.

In a book proposal by Perry’s mother, which was shopped in 2011, Mary Hudson reportedly outlined a number of concerns to set the record straight about her feelings.

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“I recognized the psalmist gift in her performance. Yet she sang out, ‘I kissed a girl, and I liked it,’ while thousands joined her,” she wrote. “One part of my heart soared … [but] the other part broke for the thousands of hungry souls being fed something that didn’t nourish their spirit, but fed their flesh.”

Perry’s father’s comments were angled differently.

“I love my daughter and I will always love her. Stop being judgmental and critical,” Keith Hudson stated. “God has given us a platform to go in and meet people—and they like us because we are cool. We are not threatening.”

Perry told Marie Claire that she acknowledges that her parents disagree with some of her choices, but said that they maintain a positive relationship.

“People don’t understand that I have a great relationship with my parents … like, how that can exist?” she explained. “There isn’t any judgment. They don’t necessarily agree with everything I do, but I don’t necessarily agree with everything they do.”

“They pray for me is what they do,” the singer continued. “They’re fascinated with the idea that they created someone who has this much attention on her.”

In 2010, Perry admitted during an explicit interview with Rolling Stone Magazine entitled Sex, God and Katy Perry that she had turned away from many of the things she had been taught by her parents.

“Letting go was a process,” she stated. “Meeting gay people or Jewish people, and realizing that they were fine, was a big part of it. Once I stopped being chaperoned, and realized I had a choice in life, I was like, ‘Wow, there are a lot of choices.’ I began to become a sponge for all that I had missed—the music, the movies. I was as curious as the cat.”

“God is very much still a part of my life,” Perry asserted. “But the way the details are told in the Bible—that’s very fuzzy for me. And I want to throw up when I say that. But that’s the truth.”

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  • She is right, she is NOT a christian. Take her at her word. My belief is that she never was. She once quipped that she, “sold her soul to the devil”. I believe her: how can somebody that sings that poorly make it otherwise? Can she be saved now? The answer is a resounding yes, if she relinquishes her unbelief and repents. Will she? I don’t know. As someone said above, it’s her choice. God’s will is that all souls come to repentance and none perish, but folks are perishing everyday: “The fearful and UNBELIEVING shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone” as stated in the hook of Revelation.

    We all have struggled with what the truth is, but I distinctly recall Jesus saying, “My sheep no my voice, and a STRANGER (strange god) they will not follow.” She’s rejecting the Truth she’s heard for a strange god she’s made in her mind. If she is His, she will come. If she is not, she will continue on that dark path she’s on.

  • Brinda

    Katy you’re wrong.But as stated in another email you have that right.Jesus shed His Blood to give us eternal life.You’ll going to live somewhere Heaven or Hell that also is your choice. It doesn’t matter if you believe it or not you’re going to have to stand before a Holy God and give account for the deeds done in your body…we ALL will. Don’t play with your soul. No one knows the day nor the hour but judgement is coming! The human mind can believe what it wants but only the Word of God will stand. After death comes judgement. Truth is stubborn like a mule! It will stand!

  • Deanna

    She never knew him to begin with, if she did she wouldn’t have left. I pray for her, but she’s caught up in that Hollywood lifestyle and Satan is working in her. Sad.

  • Melissa Dyson

    Reading what she said, only makes me feel pity for her even more. But reading what her father said makes me sick. I’m not a fan of her music, and I wouldn’t call her “strong” either. If she were “strong”, she wouldn’t have walked away from God/Jesus in the first place. “I believe in a Higher Power”, welcome to AA/NA where they must “sugar coat” God. You can not be “luke warm” for the Lord God will “spit you out like vomit”. Deny me and I will deny you before my Father, Jesus said. Many will profess a form of godliness but God will not be in them. She is sadly just another fallen child of this world. Proof evident when she married that crude comedian. I pray that she returns to God, that she comes back into His loving arms, and so does her father. I pray her mother God’s peace and strength and that in this she keeps her faith, in Jesus name, Amen.

  • bsd616xd

    What I hate is how everyone here is picking her apart because of what she believes in. Just because she was a former Christian does not mean that’s what she wanted or what she truly believed. She was forced to believe it by her parents and she did not know anything else. Just leave her alone because she has as big of a right to believe in what she wants as everyone else. Remember that every religion is a belief and may not be the truth. Shey may or may not go to Hell but who knows. Just because if your BELIEVE her actions are sinful doesn’t mean they truly are because in her mind she’s on a good path. I pray for all of you to mind yourselves.

  • Rickuh

    Like me, many of us, raised Christian, “lost” our faith in our adolescent years only to recapture it in our adulthood. “Train up a child in the way of the Lord, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Doesn’t say he won’t depart from it in his youth.

  • Sir Tainly

    I keep coming back to the story of the prodigal son…

    How the father didn’t rail on his kid or condemn him, just eagerly awaited for his return.

  • Reality

    So, she enjoys the physical companionship of women, and men? What is wrong with that? I like women and am not ashamed to say so. BTW, I am a man.

    She demonstrates that she has critical thinking abilities in that she does not mindlessly buy into all she has been spoon fed all of her life, but I can’t figure out why a thinking person would endorse Obama for a second term as she did. Strange.

  • Joe

    If her dad thinks it’s all cool, then I’d hate to learn what he teaches that his daughter says she rejects.

  • YahSen

    Love founded this existence, lies are only born within it.

    • Mark

      Nicely put.

  • Gary t

    As someone who grew up in a very legalistic religion, I totally understand where Katy is at. I too was in the music industry, on a minor level. I kept trying to find God because I felt no hope, grace or mercy in church I grew up in. I did things I’m not proud of. After a few years and a bottoming out, I was led back to the Lord by a Christian friend who was totally nonjudgmental and a musician as well.
    Unfortunately, I wound up back in evangelical churches who were almost as bad as what I grew up with. Little love unless you met the criteria and followed the group think, whatever doctrine or dogma that church followed.

    I am convinced that American Christianity has truly missed what Jesus really was about; love in action. In many ways we have become that which he railed against; the egotism and self-rightousness that made the Pharisees what they were, the wealthy who oppressed the poor and others for power and glory whom he hated. We forget it was attraction, not doctrine or dogma or promotion that made the early church grow, a community of like minded people who saw grace and mercy in Christ where there was none in their hard lives. Jesus didn’t go to church people who thought they knew it all, He went to the margenalized of society, the rejects, the outiers, the poor, the dregs no one cared about and gave them hope.

    Stop being a bunch of Christians arguing like kids in middle school about Katy or anyone else’s walk. It may make you feel better on the ego level to gossip about them, but that is a very immature self-centered christianity that does not bring Jesus to others, but repels them to the extreme.

    Rather than pointing your finger at someone, look at the three pointing back at you. Where is your heart hard, where are you missing it, where are you being legalistic religion, doctrine and dogma rather than Jesus. It is a lot easier to condemn others than take that honest look at yourself. Take care of your own walk, your own side of the street before you tell others what they should or ought to be doing. Be Jesus in skin to those who need Him. As St. Francis once said, “Everyday I preach the gospel and sometimes I use words.” Read St. Francis’ prayer, you know, seeking to understand rather than be understood, etc. That is the real Jesus.

    In another words, grow up and be those who know Him who is from the beginning on a deep inner level as John said. That requires a lot of humility before the Lord, and a lot of changing of old ideas about Jesus. Once Jesus becomes your only life out of love for him, you will outgrow the law which was a tutor for you and become Him in all you do. The only thing that will matter is loving others with His love no matter what and planting seeds to the reality that is Him. It is God’s business what happens from there, not yours. Leave Katy alone. Her experiences may make her a better follower in the end then those of you who so readily condemn her now.

    • bsd616xd

      You stated that so perfectly and it is do true. My point exactly to what I said earlier.

  • Rocky

    She says she does not believe in Christianity or Jesus. I sounds like she certainly fits the definition of “a fool” as the Bible clearly states: “The food has said in his (aka her) heart, there is no God.” She is so typical of children from a basically emotionally-based Pentecostal background rather than a Biblically-based Christianity. Thank her parents for not “training her up in the way she should go.” She is now not “when he (aka her) is old will not depart from it.” She has departed, thank her parents!!

    • Sir Tainly

      A little (massive understatement warning) harsh and judgmental Rocky.

      Going back to the prodigal son….who do you choose to blame there anyhow? If your answer is nobody, then perhaps you should remember that Katy Perry’s life is not over, and you don’t know either her parents or her….or apparently God’s perspective on this kind of thing. (Go back to the aforementioned parable)