Hundreds Flock to Cathedral’s ‘Beyonce Mass’ Blending Secular Pop Star’s Music With Scripture Readings, Communion

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — An estimated 750-900 people flocked to a San Francisco cathedral’s “Beyoncé Mass” on Wednesday night, an event that blended renditions of the secular pop star’s music with the reading of Scripture, communion, and the presentation of a related message by a seminary professor. While the event was popular with the locals, others state that the world’s music has no place being performed in what is supposed to be the holy house of God.

“Countless professing Christians seem to have little or no shame about the compromises they will make with God’s word to attract a larger crowd. Substituting godly music, filled with words that glorify the Lord, for Beyoncé’s music, is just more evidence that we are in the apostasy that was prophesied by Jesus and the apostles (2 Tim. 4:2-4),” Joe Schimmel, pastor of Blessed Hope Chapel in Simi Valley, California and host of the documentary “They Sold Their Souls for Rock ‘N’ Roll,” told Christian News Network.

The event, hosted at Grace Cathedral in Nob Hill, was part of the weekly “Vine” offering, first launched in March 2017 for “urbanites and spiritual seekers.”

As the most recent series has been focused on the experiences of those marginalized by society, Wednesday night’s service featured Yolanda Norton, the assistant professor of Old Testament at San Francisco Theological Seminary, who teaches a class at the institution on “Beyoncé and the Hebrew Bible.” The course focuses on themes in the pop singer’s music and the struggles and injustices that black women face.

Norton rebuffed notions that the service was “worship” of Beyoncé.

“We worship God at Grace, and none other. The medium is not the message. The medium is Beyoncé’s powerful songs, which give voice to black female experience, exploring themes of spirituality, sexuality and agency,” Norton told Ebony.

“Your friends may ask you about this [event],” also reads a note posted to the Grace Cathedral website. “You might want to remind them that God is in all the world and that Beyoncé is made in God’s image. The Church has not treated women of color fairly and it is time to face this truth.”

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A line was stated to have wrapped around the building Wednesday night as hundreds arrived to partake in the Beyoncé Mass. The evening featured the performance of songs made popular by Beyoncé, both as a solo artist and as a part of the group Destiny’s Child.

“I’m a survivor/I’m not gon’ give up” singers on stage belted out, performing the Destiny Child’s tune about bouncing back from a breakup.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the event also featured readings from the Psalms and Luke, the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer, and the offering of communion. Norton additionally delivered a message about love in the face of hatred.

“I’ve been asked time and time again, ‘Why Beyoncé?'” she explained to those gathered, according to NBC News. “I believe in Beyoncé because she reminds us you have to do things your way.”

However, some state that the often scantily-clad, sexually suggestive singer isn’t exactly the most exemplary role model for African American women today, especially those who seek to follow Christ and lead holy lives.

Schimmel

“Beyoncé is a horrifying role model for those who want to worship the living God, but sadly, she is a great role model for those who would rather worship Beyoncé, themselves, and dark occult powers,” Schimmel told Christian News Network.

He noted an image of the pop singer wearing a large goat head ring, as well a screenshot from one of her music videos in which a woman bears the numbers “666” on her clothing.

“No one can dispute that Beyoncé has repeatedly [utilized] symbols promoting Satanism, like rings bearing the Crowleyan goat headed Baphomet,” Schimmel said. “In the video for her song ‘Superpower,’ Beyoncé struts around with a girl brandishing 666, the number of the Antichrist, on her shirt!”

In a 2016 video produced by Good Fight Ministries, Schimmel noted that Beyoncé made a Mudra hand gesture symbolizing occultic energy in the music video for “Hymn for the Weekend.” The video focused on the Hindu “Festival of Colors,” known as Holi, named after the goddess Holika. The event is celebrated in modern times by Hindus and non-Hindus alike.

“Ah-oh-ah-oh-ah/Got me feeling drunk and high,” Beyoncé sings in the video, her hands covered with intricate henna designs customary to Hindu celebrations.

Schimmel also recalled that in 2013, the singer “posted a risqué picture of herself in front of a depiction of the Last Supper,” in which she blocked Jesus out of the photograph with her body. The image was soon deleted after controversy ensued over the matter.

“[No one] can deny that her husband, Jay-Z, praises Satan in his song ‘Lucifer,’ where he states that Lucifer rebelled against God for a ‘righteous cause,'” Schimmel additionally noted. “It is also undeniable that Jay-Z has worn a hoodie promoting the satanic slogan of Satanist Aleister Crowley, proclaiming the satanic maxim ‘Do What Thou Wilt!'”

ABC News quipped about the Beyoncé Mass on Thursday, recognizing that the pop star’s songs aren’t church material.

“It was only good until they started singing ‘Drunken Love’ and ‘Naughty Girl,'” one reporter jested.

View the video report of the event here.

“I’ve been drinking/I get filthy when that liquor get into me/I’ve been thinking/Why can’t I keep my fingers off you, baby?” one of the songs cited states. The tune was most likely not performed at the event.

Leader Jude Harmon told the Huffington Post that he doesn’t see a problem with the Wednesday night offering because “conservative Christians see a high wall separating the Church from the world; progressive Christians do not.” Grace Cathedral identifies as progressive and has a webpage noting that it is “proud of [its] history of LGBT acceptance and advocacy.”

1 John 2:15-17 states, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof, but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.”


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  • Reason2012

    1 Timothy 4:1-2 “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;”

    2 Timothy 4:1-4 “I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”

  • Adagio Cantabile

    Beyonce MESS.

  • mona Stewart

    God clearly states, “thou shall have no other gods before me”, Exodus 20:3, People have clearly made this woman some type of deity. Just be glad this is the God of the old testament, He would have killed them all for this foolishness.

    • Jason Orozco

      The God of the Old Testament (JESUS) is the God of the New Testament. He is one and the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is loving, merciful, forgiving, and very patient with us. Having said that, even God’s patience will eventually wear out and when that happens, Judgment will fall.

      • mona Stewart

        Sir, while you are correct in saying that God is loving and merciful etc. He is also a God of wrath, read Genesis 19 where he destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah with fire for their wickedness. Then go back to Genesis 6:11-21, where Good sent a flood wiped out everybody except Noah and his family and the animals, because of the evil, violence and corruption that had taken over the earth Move over to Numbers 32:13. So the Lord’s anger burned against Israel, and He made them wander in the wilderness for 40 years, until the entire generation of those who done evil in the sight of the Lord was destroyed. The old testament has at least 25 scriptures on God’s anger and wrath. People were under law then, therefore, God did not tolerate sin under no circumstances and got rid of the problem. That’s why Jesus had to come and be crucified. In HIS (God) own time He’s going deal with this current situation. ~God bless

        • Jason Orozco

          Exactly. I’m right there with you Mona. I totally agree with everything you said in your reply. We should definitely be thankful for the New Covenant!

          God is so awesome!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

          In my initial post, I thought you stated the God of the Old Testament is different from the God of the New Testament which is not true. He is the same always and forever. I see now that’s not what you meant. Thanks for the clarification.

          Thankfully, we are no longer under the Mosaic Law, because as Scripture states, the penalty for sin is death. In this case, your right. The hammer would have already fallen.

          God Bless 🙂

          • mona Stewart

            Thank you Jason and thank God for Jesus. Had it not been for Jesus and his shed blood. we all would have been consumed. God Bless you, and keep looking up…we’ll be going home soon!

          • Jason Orozco

            “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”

            Luke 21:28

          • Susan Perelka

            The day of our redemption is drawing near. Oh, how I long for that day, to be in His presence. The King of kings and Lord of Lords, ruling with a rod of iron. No more unrighteousness. Glorified bodies, no more pain, no more tears, no more sorrow. Come Lord Jesus! We are waiting and yearning for You!

  • Pretty much the same as a “black mass”.

    • BuckeyePhysicist

      That’s actually worse — but your point is well taken.

  • ed

    false in the church just like what Andy Stanley said scripture truth is not as important compared to unity ?? Falling away is here Guess we welcome in cults too .

  • Amos Moses – He>i

    “I know there are people who will say using Beyoncé is just a cheap way of trying to get people in the church,” said Jude Harmon, the founding pastor of the Vine, a ministry of Grace Cathedral Church. “But Jesus used very provocative images in the stories he would tell to incite people to ask hard questions about their own religious assumptions. He regularly provoked. We’re following in the way of Jesus.”

    when the church goes out into the world …. the world gets better and becomes like the church …… when the world comes into the church ……. the church becomes the world and there is no more church ….. to be SET APART from the world is what makes the church what it is …… to become the world destroys the church ……………

    • SleepersAwake

      Amen Brother!

    • Faithwalker

      Amen my brother!

    • William Brunner

      Have I ever told you what an absolute pleasure it is to thumb down your idiotic and bigoted statements?

      • Amos Moses – He>i

        okay … so you did ….. WHO CARES ….. because i do not care what your bigoted opinion of it is ……………

  • Ginger

    “A time will come when instead of shepherds feeding the sheep, the church will have clowns entertaining the goats.”-CH Spurgeon.
    Ezekiel 13:19 And will ye pollute Me among My people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that should not die, and to save the souls alive that should not live, by your lying to My people that hear your lies? [KJV]

    • disqus_znTohz52QD

      “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2Tim 4:3-4

    • Robin Egg

      Excellent quote.

  • Susan Perelka

    Christians really should study 1 Corinthians and 2 Corinthians that does deal with issues such as these. Paul calls them “arrogant” for allowing the world’s ways to be accepted in the assembly of Gods people. A little leaven (hypocrisy) leavens the whole lump. Paul advised them to not associate with an individual in the church that was acting like the world, and wasn’t repenting of it, and the leaders were not dealing with it (and he calls them “arrogant”), but they were allowing it to continue. (Later, this individual finally did repent and was restored to the assembly). We are supposed to remain “unspotted/ unstained” by the world. We are in the world, but not of the world. Don’t follow leaders who are not submitting their own lives to God’s instructions in His word, they will lead you astray. If they do not meet the standards that God says His elders are “required” to posses, they are not qualified by God Himself, then we are not to do as they do, but should mark who they are in order not to be deceived by them. We are to beware of the “leaven” of these Pharisee’s (religious leaders) which Jesus defines as “hypocrisy” aka. play actors. They are in “rebellion” against God Almighty and great will be their condemnation in the day of judgement, if they will not repent (which means to change their minds about “doing what is right in their own eyes” and instead should “do what is right in Gods eyes” the instructions He has given us in the ENTIRE bible.) Faith is active, it produces good fruit, and that fruit brings glory to our God. If you look and act like the world, then you are bearing bad fruit, if you “practice” these things, than it proves you are not truly His. You may say you have faith, but it is dead. It is not genuine because there is no evidence of a “born again” experience, which makes you a “new” creation in Christ. Old things have passed away (crucified) and behold your life is “new” (resurrected) and if you “practice” righteousness it shows that you had a true “born again” experience. It is a result of Gods work in your heart. You either have experienced this or you have not. You either have the seal of the Holy Spirit within you, or you do not. Your “fruit” will show you who you truly belong to. All these things are written in Gods word, the question is…. will you “believe” God or man? True FAITH bows to God’s authority and “believe’s” Him alone. Either you have humbly bowed to Gods authority in your heart or you are hard-hearted, stiff necked and rebellious, resisting the Holy Spirit, and are resisting God’s authority. The latter is “unbelief” and will disqualify you from entering the kingdom of God. This principal is all over the scriptures, Old and New Testament.

  • Scott Peters

    1 Cor. 11:27.

  • Chet

    Apparently this is where scantily clad young ladies learn to bump and grind before men not their husbands. Course, they do so in the “spirit”, so…

  • UtahRed

    This is so sad. Beyonce is an instrument of satan, why would they want her in the church? The bible clearly states in the new testament that Christians are not to associate with the sexual immoral. We aren’t supposed to hang out with drunkards, lairs, fornicators, thieves, etc. She is demon possessed….I’m wondering if Sasha Fierce showed up during the service. Wake up people.