A Tennessee pastor read sexually suggestive lyrics during a sermon Sunday about pop singers he believes have sold their souls to Satan.
“I don’t listen to Katy Perry, I don’t listen to Madonna, I don’t listen to Lady Gaga, I don’t listen to Beyoncé – I don’t listen to any of them,” said Pastor Charles Lawson, of Temple Baptist Church in Knoxville. “I got better things to do.”
Lawson read the lyrics to Perry’s hit song, “E.T. (Futurist Lover),” which he claims is about “having a physical relationship with the devil.”
“’Take me, take me, wanna be a victim,’” the pastor intoned. “’Ready for abduction, boy you’re an alien. Your touch so foreign, it’s supernatural, extraterrestrial’ – and on she goes in praise and worship and singing to Satan.”
He told his congregation that their children had rejected Jesus Christ and his Gospel because of pop music that promotes female sexuality.
“They’re going after our youth, they’re going after our young people,” Lawson said. “When I was a kid, and the Beatles came to America – ‘I want to hold your hand,’ that was what they sang.”
“The girls went screaming mad, everybody had a time,” he continued, imitating the screaming teenage girls who underlined every Beatles live performance. “‘I want to hold your hand.’ Well, that’s as innocuous as anything could be. What’s that mean? But before they were finished, they were singing about the Yellow Submarine — yes, they were. They got deep into eastern mysticism. It became satanic.”
The pastor said pop singers were “vile creatures” trying to destroy young people and their minds.
“They want to prepare a generation that will embrace the Antichrist, no questions asked,” he warned.
“How many of you know about Lady Gaga?” Lawson asked. “Well, don’t want to know any more about her. If you never heard her name, if you never saw her, or Madonna or Katy Perry or what’s this latest one to go screaming mad — Miley Cyrus? Gone screaming mad. If you never see these women again, you’d be better off, because they are exercising a horrible influence over young people today.”
Watch excerpts from Lawson’s sermon posted online by Pastor Watch: