Michael Jackson donning a black veil in Bahrain
Many are asking about Michael Jackson’s family, how are his kids, what about his assets, his debts and even interest in his will but how many of us are wondering where is he with God? Of course that final answer belongs to God Almighty Himself, but it doesn’t stop us from wondering.
Michael gave many mixed messages about what he believed. From being raised a Jehovah’s Witness to being persuaded by brother Jermaine to become a Muslim. But I’m reading some unconfirmed reports that he talked with close friend and gospel music great Andrae Crouch recently and accepted Jesus Christ as Lord.
Michael converts to Islam
The last thing that the public has heard of Michael’s religious interest is his acceptance of Islam back in November of 2008. According to articles, he was influenced by his brother Jermaine to try out Islam. Jermaine converted to Islam in 1989 and is now known as Muhammad Abdul-Aziz. Michael converted and became Mikaeel.
The website Haaretz.com says the following of the Islamic conversion of Michael:
“The 50-year-old pop star, who changed his name to Mikaeel, pledged allegiance to the Koran at a friend’s house in Los Angeles. An Imam was summoned from a nearby mosque to hold the shahada, the declaration of belief in Allah and Mohammed’s prophecy.”
A video of the same news story:
That news was devastating to me as a believer in Christ and still a pretty huge fan of Michael’s. I wanted to see him on the right road and that can only come through knowing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior!
Michael meets with Christian Pastors Andrae and Sandra Crouch shortly before his death
But can it be that Michael IS born-again? It was reported in the WorldNetDaily.com of a possibility of him becoming saved after a meeting with twins Andrae and Sandra Crouch. According to a spokesman of the Crouches:
“Andrae and Sandra did in fact visit with Michael Jackson two times, once at the recording studio, and once at his home in the last two months, as recently as three weeks ago, asking for prayer concerning the anointing of the Holy Spirit, and how he could make his music more ‘spiritual.’ So Andrae and Sandra explained to him about the anointing and about Jesus. He wanted to know what makes your hands go up, and makes you ‘come out of yourself,’ and what gives a ‘spirituality’ to the music? He then requested to hear his favorite song that he loves and wanted the(m) to sing to him, so they … joined hands and sang together, and he said, ‘It was beautiful.’ He first heard it in New York and loved it and wanted it on tape. He had the engineer tape the song sang to him by Andrae and Sandra. He definitely had an encounter with them.”
Michael looking to spiritualize his music doesn’t necessarily make him born-again. My own hopes of him being eternally safe shrank as I continued reading about his moment with the Crouches.
The spokesman goes on to say in the article that although Michael didn’t reject Jesus Christ, he didn’t acknowledge Christ as Lord either. Sandra also says the following about those reporting that Michael did accept Christ through them:
“Not sure where that came from,” said Sandra Crouch on her Facebook page. “We loved and respected Michael and will continue to pray for his family. All the extra is not from us.”
Michael Jackson’s judgment left to God
So back to my original state of again wondering about Michael’s salvation. Nothing is a done deal as he has never publicly professed a belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
I’m sure when what will be one of the largest funerals ever in American history for Michael begins, many and myself included will once again wonder where will Michael be on that glorious day of Christ’s return! Hoping for the best . . .but one day we’ll all know.
The Great White Throne Judgment
Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. 14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire. – Revelations 20:11-15