Saved! Celebrities Who Are Born Again
Do you know who leaves the set early on Saturday to go to church on Sunday? These celebrities who are born again say they couldn’t have made it in Hollywood without their faith.
Meagan Good said she’s always been a woman of strong faith, even before marrying Seventh-day Adventist preacher Devon Franklin:
“I’m exactly the same person.. I’ve always loved God.. I’ve been speaking about God in all of my interviews for the past 10 years .. some people just now notice. Maybe some people’s perception of me has changed ..but I haven’t.. my husband fell in love with me because of who I ‘already’ was.. not because of who some think I am now.”
After the dog-fighting scandal that sent him to jail, Michael Vick said he turned to God for salvation — and found it:
“I feel I’m in the back seat now and God is in the front. Five months ago I was worried with what was going to happen (with the NFL), but now I’m more at peace. God has taken it over. I don’t have to worry about being dynamic. God is in control of that.
I wanted a chance to redeem myself. Pre-incarceration it was all about me. When I got to prison, I realized I couldn’t do it anymore. The one thing I could rely on was my faith in God.”
Run wasn’t always Rev. Run. After battling drug addiction in the ’90s, Joseph Simmons turned his life over to God, released chart-topping Christian rap tracks like “Down With The King,” and later became an ordained minister.
Former Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams found herself defending her born-again Christian ways after releasing her first gospel album. “What do I gotta do to prove to people that I’m saved?” she said. “Do I gotta speak in tongues? Do I need to froth at the mouth? Saints of God, what do ya’ll need me to do?”
Kim Fields has always been very open about being a born-again Christian. She said that her faith is what has carried her this far:
“The entertainment industry has its own perils and ups and downs, like any industry. But in just life itself, I couldn’t and wouldn’t want to be without God. And I’ve tried to be in this life without God: no thanks.”
Sex and the City star John Corbett says you don’t have to go to church to be born-again. John says that he became born-again in 1986 after reading the Bible:
“Me and the Lord are on good terms. I travel a lot. There’s a little Catholic church that I go to once in awhile, but I haven’t found a church that I like to go to. Church bums me out, too. I just read the Bible and pray.”
“Mr. T” feels so strongly about his born-again Christian values that he shed his signature gold chains in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina:
“As a Christian, when I saw other people lose their lives and lose their land and property… I felt that it would be a sin before God for me to continue wearing my gold.”
U2’s Bono says his Christianity fuels his humanitarian work:
“I wish to begin again on a daily basis. To be born again every day is something that I try to do. And I’m deadly serious about that.”
Ex-boyfriend Lyndell Locke testified to Beyoncé’s strong Christian beliefs when he confessed that even pre-superstardom, Bey didn’t believe in sex before marriage. But Bey said she doesn’t just re-affirm her faith in church:
“The ocean makes me feel really small and it makes me put my whole life into perspective… it humbles you and makes you feel almost like you’ve been baptized. I feel born again when I get out of the ocean.”
The Growing Pains star left Hollywood behind after becoming a born-again Christian at 17 years old. Now he dedicates his star power to spreading the faith. His advice for other born-again Christians?
“Put your nose into the Bible everyday [sic]. It is your spiritual food. And then share it. Make a vow not to be a lukewarm Christian.”
Chris Tucker fans have been dying for more of the funny man; but Tucker says that after becoming a born-again Christian in 1997, he no longer felt comfortable playing a character like Smokey for the Friday franchise.
During the late ’90s, MC Hammer became one of the first rappers to become born-again and devote their careers to gospel music. Burrell is also an ordained minister in the Church of God in Christ.
Angus T. Jones
Two and a Half Men actor Angus T. Jones became born again in 2012 while still acting on the hit show. He then went on YouTube to ask Christian fans to stop watching his show because he considered it “filth.”
He later added, “Committing yourself to some kind of job that isn’t committed to God is going to bring so much trouble into your life. It’s not good and not something I would suggest that someone seek.”
Sherri Shepherd said that she waited until later in life to become a born-again Christian and that her decision saved her life: “If I didn’t have God I would have been dead. First of all, if I got into this entertainment industry without God. I would probably be on drugs.”