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Celebrity Preaching and Teaching
October 26, 2005

By James L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.
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Madonna, who once crooned "Papa Don't Preach," is doing some preaching of her own these days.

Recently, as part of the MTV series "Stand In," the famed Kabbalah follower made a surprise appearance at City University's Hunter College to give students a screening of her new documentary "I'm Going To Tell You a Secret."

Within the film, the former material girl takes on a Pat Robertson persona and warns folks that they "are going to go to hell, if they don't turn from their wicked behavior."

The pop star also explains the meaning of the New Testament term "The Beast."

"I refer to an entity called ‘The Beast,' she says. "I feel I am describing the world that we live in right now. To me 'The Beast' is the modern world that we live in."

Madonna sees the material world as a "world of illusion, that we think is real."

"We live for it, we're enslaved by it. And it will ultimately be our undoing," the singer admonishes.

Meanwhile, in one of the most unexpected conversions of modern times, Anne Rice, the author known for her works on vampires and the occult, has had a profound change of direction in her life.

As reported in an upcoming issue of Newsweek, Rice has made a commitment to her newfound faith and has altered the subject matter of her writing.

In 1998 Rice evidently made a return to the religion of her roots, the Roman Catholic Church.

"I promised," Rice said, "that from now on I would write only for the Lord."

Over the past 25 years, Rice has written 25 novels, the best known being "Interview with the Vampire."

Now, to the consternation of many of her fans, her latest work (to be released shortly) will be "Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt."

The novel will be about Christ's childhood and will appear under the pseudonym A. N. Roquelaure.

Rice is aware that her new approach may not be well received by some.

In the book's afterword, she writes about being "ready to do violence to my career."

Rice researched heavily for her new novel by studying Scripture and history.

She also viewed every Biblical movie she could find, including Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ," to which she commented that she "loved it."

Guess all of it goes to show that the Spirit can use the most unlikely among us in His time and for His purposes.

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