by Dick Innes
Being a Born-Again-Christian, Season Eight American idol winner Kris Allen was a Worship Leader at the New Life Church, Arkansas in both the Conway and Little Rock campuses since 2007. He was also involved in the Chi Alpha campus ministry at Uni of Central Arkansas. Moreover, he has participated in missionary work around the world, including in Burma, Morocco, Mozambique, South Africa, Spain, and Thailand.
Former guitarist for Korn, Head (Brian Welch), after almost 12 years with the band parted ways saying that he had “...chosen the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior, and will be dedicating his musical pursuits to that end.” He explained: “I was walking one day, just doing my Rock & Roll thing making millions of bucks, you know success and everything, addicted to drugs and then the next day I had Revelation of Christ and I was like, everything changes right now!”
Lou Gramm, lead singer of the band Foreigner said, “I really have always felt the presence of the Lord, and certainly acknowledged Him, but always seemed to keep Him at arm’s length, and only called upon Him when I needed Him. And then it was like I thanked Him, and like, ‘I’ll take over from here.’ I think I just came to a point in my life where, as a parent and as a person, I had emotionally and spiritually bottomed out. I just felt there was more to life, certainly, than what I was getting out of it. I could see not only the state and the condition of this world and the country we live in, but my own personal life and my beliefs and everything were just in upheaval. I just reached the point where I just needed to call out to Him, and ask for something meaningful — to put everything in perspective. I feel there’s more to it than the amount of time we have on this planet.”
In comparison with what he has done in his life with Foreigner and coming to know Christ he says. “All that stuff, those memories, number one records, multi-platinum stuff; if I could compare any of my memories to the moment I accepted the Lord, they pale. They just don’t mean anything. It kind of put everything in perspective for me, and what I’m here for”.
Lou Gramm is not the only “superstar” who claims to be a Born-again Christian. Pop sensations Hanson and Jessica Simpson make a stand for Christ. Simpson offers, “I knew that in pop music I had more of a chance to reach more people. I knew that somehow, it was all in God’s plan for me to make the music I make and to touch the people.”
Country star Charlie Daniels states that “We celebrate Christmas in remembrance of the greatest act of love that mankind has ever known. The gift that broke the heart of Almighty God. We celebrate the birth of the savior of mankind, Jesus Christ, the Son of God. And no amount of commercialism, no state edicts forbidding nativity scenes on public property, no amount of ACLU interference will ever change that fact. It is the eternal truth”.
Born-again Rapper and entertainer M.C. Hammer says, “The switch to gospel music is more of a reflection of a switch to an obedient life in Christ. There is more of a focus in my music on helping other people to find salvation.” Hammer, now an ordained minister says, “I was an official prodigal son, a backslider. But I’ve come home.“
Born-again four-time NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion, three-time Daytona 500 winner, and driver of the No. 24 Drive To End Hunger/DuPont/Pepsi Chevrolet Impala, Jeff Gordon started going to the NASCAR Busch Series chapel service In 1992. Then he met Max Helton with Motor Racing Outreach, subtly talking to him about God, becoming a big influence Jeff. Later that year Jeff met Brooke, who later became his wife. As a Christian, faith in Jesus was important to her, and she wanted it to be important to the person she was with. Having many of the (religious) questions that Jeff felt he could not just ask of anybody, he felt he could ask her. He really became interested, and his belief grew. Just before Jeff and Brooke were married, he committed his life to Christ and was baptized in the same church that Brooke was.
Born-again former Packers star the late Reggie White spent eleven years in the NFL. He holds the NFL all-time record for sacks, has earned a berth on ten Pro Bowl teams, and was named to the NFL’s All 75-Year team. He’s also a sure bet for the Football Hall of Fame. Outside of football, White was co-pastor of the Inner City Church of East Knoxville, Tennessee, which was be rebuilt with the help of donations, many from Packers fans across the country and from fellow NFL players.
Born-again actor and former ‘Eight is Enough’ and ‘Charles in Charge’ star, Willie Aames, states that “We believe there is nothing more precious than the privilege of serving the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, our commitment must be anchored in the infallible Word of God - The Holy Bible”. Making Bibleman Videos and touring the country with ‘The Bibleman Adventure Live’ Aames says that he “is dedicated to reaching today’s children with a commitment to product quality equal to that found in secular entertainment”.
Actor Kirk Cameron and his wife Actress Chelsea Noble, who starred on the popular sitcom Growing Pains as Mike Seaver and his girl friend Kate, are committed to the Lord and dedicated to reaching the world with the powerful message of our Lord’s grace and His soon return.
Being born again isn’t a new fad. In fact Jesus Christ introduced the term two thousand years ago. Addressing Nicodemus, a prominent religious leader of his day, Jesus said, “Unless a man is born again, he will not even see the kingdom of God let alone enter it.”
Confused, Nicodemus queried, “How can a man be born when he is old? Surely he can’t return to his mother’s womb to be born a second time!”
I can almost hear Jesus saying, “You don’t understand, Nicodemus,” and then continuing, “Flesh gives birth to flesh, but it is God’s Spirit that gives birth to spirit. You shouldn’t be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again’.”1
By all human standards Nicodemus would have been a model citizen - strong in character, a man of integrity, and a church leader. It was to this good man that Jesus said, “You must be born again,” meaning that Nicodemus, like everybody else, needed to be born spiritually as well as physically.
Once, after addressing a group of church workers, the famous evangelist Dwight Moody was confronted by one of them.
“Mr. Moody,” said the angry women, “do you mean to tell me that I, an educated woman, taught from childhood in good ways, and all my life interested in the church and doing good, must enter Heaven the same way as the worst criminal of our day?” “No, madam,” said Mr. Moody, “I don’t. God does.
He says everyone who would enter Heaven, no matter how good they think they are, or how well educated, or zealous in good works, must be born again.”
The difficult thing to grasp is that our sin has made us spiritually dead to God. This is why we all need to be reborn spiritually. To become a member of the human family, we were born physically. To become a member of God’s family, we need to be born again spiritually.
But how can we be born again spiritually? Contrary to what many people feel, it isn’t by being good or through good works. It is simply by confessing our sinfulness to God and by believing that his Son, Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins, and by responding to his call to receive him into our heart and life as personal Lord and Savior.2
You can be born again into God’s family - right now - by praying a prayer such as the following: “Dear God, I confess that I am a sinner and ask for your forgiveness. Come into my life as Savior and Lord. Please help me to become the kind of person you want me to be and live for you. Thank you for dying on the cross for me, hearing and answering my prayer.
1. John 3:1-7. 2. John 3:16; 1:12 and Acts 16:31