Pop Star Nick Jonas Ditched Purity Ring for Fornication After Making False Commitment at Church

JonasNick Jonas, one-third of the former boy band The Jonas Brothers and son of a former worship leader and pastor, recently outlined why he abandoned his purity ring for fornication, a symbol some Christians wear to notate that they have committed to remain sexually pure until marriage.

“Was the whole purity ring thing a part of your marketing to families and young kids?” one follower recently asked Jonas on Reddit during an “Ask Me Anything” session. “Or were you seriously about abstaining … and it was just publicized to give you guys a cleaner image? Did you just bail on it once a bunch fine women started throwing themselves at you? Or you still trying to be pure and whatnot?”

Jonas, whose father Kevin Jonas Sr. served for a time as worship leader and then as a pastor, replied by stating that he was brought up in church, and because of his father’s position, others were closely observing his life.

“I came from an incredibly religious home. Growing up my dad was a pastor, and much like the First Family or people in front of the public eye, we were highly scrutinized as a family within the church and looked at as, well, I guess you would call an example of what that family image should be,” he wrote. “So long before our career started in music, that was what we were dealing with.”

Jonas said that a member of his church urged the youth to wear a purity ring, but that he and his brothers didn’t completely understand that they were agreeing to never have sexual relations outside of marriage.

“There was a person in the church who at one point demanded that all the kids in the youth group put these purity rings on and make this commitment, so without a full understanding of what we were stepping into, we all made this commitment,” he stated.

Jonas stated that he later began formulating different beliefs about premarital sex apart from his upbringing and chose to fornicate with his girlfriend.

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“[Y]ou grow up, you live life, you gain some world perspective and you develop your own views and opinions as it relates to faith, as it relates to sex, and everything that falls under the bounds of what your parents teach you and what comes from religion and you get to make your own choices,” he said.

“So I started making my own choices, fell in love with somebody, made the choice to have sex with them,” Jonas continued, “and from that point on it was about me being a man and being okay with my choices.”

He reiterated that he had no regret and asserted that the ring taught him that he was okay with making a choice not to save himself for a future spouse.

“[I]t was such a strange thing to a lot of people to wear these purity rings especially as young men in a pop boy band,” Jonas said. “Although it was challenging to live with that, to be seen and have that attached to our name was very tough, I think it was a good thing. It gave me a really good perspective to where as now my main thing is about being okay with who I am as a man and the choices I’ve made, and I think everyone should have a good and solid conversation with either their parents or loved ones about sex and about what they want to do with their life…”

As previously reported, Jonas, 23, and his brothers Kevin, 28, and Joe, 26, disbanded in 2013 after an eight-year run as The Jonas Brothers. Before forming the group, Jonas had been signed as a solo artist to the Christian record label INO Records, where his first single, “Dear God,” had been released to Christian radio stations nationwide.

“Dear God, people take your words and try to twist ‘em round/I know you can’t be happy with what’s goin’ down,” he sang as a 12-year-old in the song, which he also performed at churches and other venues.

“I hope this record touches a lot of people and I’ve been praying that the Lord will use it in a big way,” Jonas said in a press release about the album. “The hope of this record is to make people feel good and happy inside. I’m excited to see what comes next.”

For a time, Jonas’ father served as worship leader at Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas, Texas, where he also taught songwriting to students. Kevin Jr. was the subject of one of Jonas Sr.’s worship songs entitled “I Am Amazed.” A young Kevin sang the song for the church, surrounded by other children whose voices rang out in awe of the love and mercy of God. Jonas’ mother, Denise, was a singer at Christ for the Nations as well.

In 1996, Jonas’ father was offered a ministerial position at Wyckoff Assembly of God in New York, and the family soon moved to the big city, where Jonas became involved in show business as a Broadway actor.

However, after his Christian music release caught the attention of a Columbia Records official, Jonas was signed to the secular label with his brothers, who then became known as The Jonas Brothers. The trio was featured on MTV, Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel, and were later signed to Hollywood Records after being dropped by Columbia. They were featured in a Hannah Montana episode with Miley Cyrus and were also stars in the Disney film “Camp Rock” featuring Demi Lovato.

“More to love when your hands are free/Baby, put your pom poms down for me,” The Jonas Brothers sang as screaming girls pined for the trio. “Want you like a kid just wants a milkshake/And I won’t let it go to waste if I get a taste/I’m gonna drink the whole thing.”

During this time, megachurch leader and author Rick Warren invited the group to perform at a service celebrating Saddleback Church’s 30th anniversary. Warren applauded the trio as being “followers of Jesus Christ,” noting their commitment to wear purity rings until marriage as he gave the brothers the stage to sing some of their most popular secular hits.

But some expressed concern, stating that The Jonas Brothers’ music was not reflective of Christianity and that their appearance at Saddleback was anything but honoring to God.

“How anyone, especially someone who claims the name of Christ and claims to read and know His word, could look at something like the mess that was presented by Saddleback Church … and not have problems with it, is beyond me,” wrote blogger Mike Corley.

Some had speculated in recent years that Jonas had discontinued wearing his purity ring. In 2014, he acknowledged that he had done so, and in recognizing to reporters that he also had appeared in a television drama series that contained simulated sex scenes, said he didn’t find any conflict between his choices and and his faith.

“I’ve had an incredibly intense journey with faith and religion and my growth,” Jonas said. “My belief in God is still very strong and important to me as a person, and I think that’s all that should matter. The other things around it are not as important to me as my relationship with God.”

“There are a lot of things that I feel I agree with and things I don’t,” he continued. “I grew up in a church environment, and still have love for the Church, but what’s important to me now in my life is my relationship with God and that I not be judged and that I not judge.”

Jonas’ latest solo pop single, “Champagne Problems,” says, “How did our clothes end up on the floor/Didn’t we just break each other’s hearts/… We got champagne problems/Oh my G*d, the room is spinning from the Perignon.”

Jonas’ father has been supportive of his sons’ careers, re-Tweeting a post from Nick containing profanity on April 5th and a photo of a lustful scene from one of Nick’s music videos on March 30. He also re-Tweets from Joel Osteen almost on a daily basis. Jonas’ mother was a recent featured speaker at East Belmont Baptist Church in Belmont, North Carolina.

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  • Karen

    Hopefully he will repent because the Bible is clear that fornicators will not inherit the Kingdom of God. Is it worth a lifetime in hell? Separated from God forever?

  • Fee

    After reading the nonsense spewing from Nick’s mouth, I can’t help but think of Matthew 16:24-27: Then Jesus said unto His disciples, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what does it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then he shall reward every man according to his works.”

  • Toro Keng

    Another unsaved who taught that he is gonna be okay with all these……
    ‘Second generations’ are the most neglected group, especially ” pastor’s ” son.

    not surprised …..
    That’s why we have very strict rules for membership and serving in independent baptist church.

  • Carrie Lynn

    He already came out with this several years ago, this is old news.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    People can’t look up to entertainment celebs; it’s just such a world. Children should read the biographies and reports of Christian missionaries. They are the real beautiful heroes. Sexual purity must be regarded and protected as one’s lifeline by reading the Holy Bible; otherwise, it’ll be hard to protect oneself and the loved ones. Christians live for and die for the Lord Jesus alone. Life for life.

  • disqus_O2BUmbLecp

    It is lawful for a committed young US Christian couple to be legally unmarried but hv “premarital” sex until they could afford to get legally married in their mid to late twenties bc of education requirements n economic pressures(= high cost of modern living). This is bc, in the eyes of God they r already lawfully married b4 they got legally married in their mid to late twenties.
    ……. Did Adam n Eve get a legal marriage document b4 they “knew” each other.?
    The above is different from an evil-doing/sinning Christian man who gets a gf just to “know” her or hv sex with her b4 tiring of her after a few months n then dumping her for a new gf, to repeat his “player’ing” of naive girls.
    …….After sowing all his wild oats with naive ex-gf’s, he retires from his casanova-ways during his mid to late thirties, finally settles-down n gets married to the best gf-candidate. Often, this type of guys will end up with prostate or testicular cancer.

  • Gena B

    If he chooses to make his his life about his personal desires then that is the choice he has made, and the consequences that come with it. But don’t call yourself a follower of Christ and sing about it and then go home and choose to live like the world. You are either a child of God who chooses to live to please the Father or please yourself. If you can sin against God, justify it and have no regrets, then who are you really serving?

  • TheBottomline4This

    Most of those who chose to remain virgins will do so and no one will really know…as if it’s anyone’s business anyway. They don’t advertise it. It really isn’t a big deal. It’s only a big deal to those who are not virgins. They are usually the ones to make it an issue.

    • Jalapeno

      That’s weird, I’ve had completely the opposite experience…people shaming me because I chose to not stay a virgin.

  • Josey

    As one who wasn’t brought up in church or having an example of what purity is, my father lived with my step mother for years before marrying her, that was my example sadly so it was normal to me to have sex before marriage but now that I know Jesus Christ and the truth I would rather have been taught to save myself, that would have saved me many difficulties in life and is what I teach my grand daughter that she is worth saving herself for the one God has for her and for him alone and vice versa with the boys, your lives will be so enriched if you wait.

  • Coach

    Legalism, people without Christ seek superficial means to battle sin and when they reason in their minds that the sin they commit is okay, they fully embrace the desires of their unconverted hearts.

    Romans 7:5 For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death.

    “Sin was then in its full dominion: No abstinence, rigor, or outward severity; no purpose, promises, or solemn vows could mortifying or destroy it. There must be an implantation into Christ before there can be any effectual crucifixion of sin.”

  • marg

    First of all, sin is sin in the eyes of God. We all fall short of the glory of God, and yet God forgives and blesses us despite our failures. Thank God he sees my sin no differently then anyone else’s, and his forgiveness is the same as well!!! Yet, in this day and age of “doing what we feel like” and the liberal leanings that have filtered their way into the church, is it any wonder so many “evangelicals” (and I use the term loosely) support liberal politicians who openly promote this kind of free wheeling, do it yourself, whatever makes you happy, brand of Christianity? I am the last person to throw stones, but we have gotten so far away from what Christ preached it is becoming comical. If we stand for nothing we will fall for anything. Truly, we have arrived there. How sad for the Church in America. How can we await the return of the Lord, looking for the bride when she has left the building to wonder in the desert????

  • April J

    It’s a shame that adults think that forcing a young person to wear a ring is a good substitute for an actual sex talk. We need to have an open dialogue with our young people about sex and why they should make good choices. Instead, many parents and mentors just tell them DON’T DO IT UNTIL YOU’RE MARRIED and call it a day…which just results in really unhealthy and immature attitudes toward sex. I’m not surprised that he had no idea what he was agreeing to. If everyone else is wearing a ring, and if you don’t you’re automatically labeled a sinner, of course you’d take the silly ring, even though no one has explained to you the significance.

  • BarkingDawg

    Fornication is fun. You people should give it a try sometime.

    • Ken Faivor

      Like russian roulette.

      • Joe Soap

        Sounds like you’re not doing it right.

    • Ax2root

      Of course sin feels good for a season…but the end is death.

      Death in spirit , soul, body or a combo platter

      Are you that naive to not think sin is appealing to the flesh in order to put a person in deeper bondage to the enemy?


      Grow up

  • wickerwhite

    Judges 17:6: “In those days, there was no king in Israel …but everyone did that which was right in their own eyes.” Nick has abandoned King Jesus. That is why he can and does justify his sin in his own eyes. Following false prophets like Joel Osteen can never have a good outcome.

  • …”make this commitment, so without a full understanding of what we were stepping into, we all made this commitment,” he stated.” Bull squeeze young Mr. Jonas, what part of not fornicating is hard to understand??? Sex within marriage is righteous and expected, sex outside is not. Phooey.