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Assorted nuts & nincompoops: Shia LaBeouf finds God? Really?

Shia LaBeoufIn our day of easy-believism and embracing a Jesus that requires no repentance, it’s no surprise that celebrities and the so-called Christians who kiss up to them for the sake of name-dropping and photo ops are really confused about who Jesus really is and what he requires of his followers. The latest example of this is 28-year-old actor Shia LaBeouf, one of the stars in the war drama Fury.

In a recent interview with Interview magazine, LaBeouf gives a glimpse of what’s going on in his heart and mind, revealing a very disturbed, very pitiful soul. I pray he will one day encounter the true life-changing-make-you-wanna-do-a-180 Jesus of the Bible. I have to admit, I have mixed feelings about him. A part of me would like to yell at him about getting his act together and the other part of me feels sorry for him because he just doesn’t know what he doesn’t know.

Anyway, here’s the overall breakdown of this interview:

  • He attributes his recent arrest and being kicked out of a Broadway show as ‘method acting’ to irritate actor Alec Baldwin. However, in this ‘method acting’ episode he put his hands on people.
  • LaBeouf claims his problems are due to his very strained relationship with his dad and his seeking solace in drugs and alcohol.
  • In the movie Fury, he plays a Christian soldier and says playing this part helped him find God. Then he goes on to explain “I became a Christian man, and not in a f***ing b******t way – in a very real way. I could have just said the prayers that were on the page. But it was a real thing that really saved me.” He goes on to say, “Brad [Pitt] was really instrumental in guiding my head through this. Brad comes from a hyper-religious, very deeply Christian, Bible Belt life, and he rejected it and moved toward an unnamed spirituality. He looked at religion like the people’s opium, almost like a Marxist view on religion. Whereas [Fury writer-director] David [Ayers] is a full subscriber to Christianity. But these two diametrically opposed positions both lead to the same spot, and I really looked up to both men.”
  • The actor indulges himself in some self-pity over dissatisfaction with parts of his career and money not bringing him happiness when he states, ‘I felt like I was being blamed for everything wrong with every movie I’d ever been a part of. Which may well have been the case. … And then you’ve got everybody around you going, “How could you not feel joy? Look at all the blessings. Look at all this money that you have. Look at all these opportunities that you have.” And you can’t be grateful because these aren’t things you ever got into this m**********r for.’

All in all, LaBeouf with his profanity-laced statements seems to be your typical self-obsessed entertainer who blames others a lot and maybe hasn’t accepted full responsibility for his actions yet. Hopefully one day he’ll arrive at a genuine Jesus moment and become a new creation inwardly who displays it outwardly.

Source: Elvis Mitchell, Shia LaBeouf, Interviewmagazine.com, November 2014.

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7 thoughts on “Assorted nuts & nincompoops: Shia LaBeouf finds God? Really?

  1. bro… I think you being way to tough. Cut the man some slack!

    If he JUST accepted Christ… then he’s a spiritual baby. He’s got a lot to learn and he’ll make mistakes along the way. Everyone spiritually mature’s in different rates. I dare not judge anyone’s salvation by their sins, as we all are broken people saved by grace alone. And of course, judging by external works is subjective for various reasons. On the other hand, judging by the promise and power of God is objective. Jesus, God the Son, said “He who believe in me has eternal life.” (John 6:47) Maybe he’s lying to fit in the crowd or perhaps he believes the wrong Jesus (Mormon / JW Jesus), but if LaBeouf believes Jesus is who He says He is… Then the only fair conclusion is that he is eternally justified in the sight of God.

    So he looks up to Brad Pitt and curses… whoopty do! Being a Christian in Hollywood must incredibly difficult with so many temptations and scrutiny from the media. You have to understand that cursing is an addiction, just like alcoholism or pornography. It’s a spiritual problem, but also a psychological one. You cannot expect change so quickly. God’s works on the heart in His perfect timing, not in man’s impatience.

    And you really should be more careful how you articulate the gospel here… the gospel IS NOT that someone needs to clean themselves up to some arbitrary standard before they “prove” themselves saved. Our faith in Christ justifies us, not our faithfulness thereafter. The faithfulness of Christ is always enough to assure us of our eternal hope.

    No one actually says the gospel is “easy believism” is a pejorative and straw man term used by Reformed writers to make fun of the Free Grace movement. It’s simple to believe the gospel, because merely being convinced of its truth is sufficient… but it’s not easy to believe the very difficult doctrines of Christianity. Try explaining the Trinity or the hypostatic union to an atheist! From a worldly perspective, it’s difficult to believe God exist, miracles can happen, there’s an afterlife, evolution is a lie, etc, etc, etc… So it’s not easy to believe some of the gospel’s outrageous claims, but it is simple to believe… because believing is enough.

    I know its an impossible request… but you make sure Reformed theologians stop using pejorative straw man terms to describe my beliefs?? The Church needs unity on the gospel. Just as was needed in the days of the Reformation, we all need respectful and meaningful dialogue when it comes to differences on the gospel.

    Sorry for the rant…

    – DaCrowster out

    #potato

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    1. dacrowster,

      I would be easier on this guy, except for a few facts. The movie Fury wrapped up filming in November 2013. Shia was “saved” by then. The incident where he disrupted the Broadway play & assaulted a fellow actor by squeezing the other guy’s buttocks happened just a few months ago during late spring. He also had to be muzzled for incessant cursing and spitting at the cops. This was months after his “salvation” experience. Now he’s defending and self-pitying in this interview with the ever-popular “It’s not so much my fault as it is everyone else’s” mentality that is too prevalent in this generation.

      When I compare how Kirk Cameron reacted when he got saved and more recently the reaction of Angus T. Jones formerly of “Two and a Half Men” there is a stark difference. Both these actors were the top paid TV actors among teen actors of their time, but they were so repentant and concerned about their behavior and apologetic that they turned their backs on Hollywood.

      We’ve been cutting people way too much slack and we’ve ended up with unrepentant pedophiles, panderers, thieves, and fornicators in the church. So, yes, it’s the easy-believism of unrepentance that says “Just repeat this formulaic mantra about Jesus and you’ll be saved.” It requires intellectual acknowledgement without genuine spiritual acknowledgement of Jesus in one’s heart. The intellectual believers were the same type of people Jesus confronted in John 8:31-59. In their hearts they still rejected him and wanted to kill him. There was an apostle who cursed in the Bible–it was Peter in the midst of his denying his Lord.

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      1. When I said “cut the man some slack,” I didn’t mean we should condone or ignore his sins. I meant you shouldn’t discount his salvation experience because of outward appearances. You don’t know Mr. LaBeouf’s heart.

        A year of indulging in a particular sin might seem like a long time in your mind and in the context of your testimony and walk with Christ… but you don’t know Mr. LaBeouf’s past. Some sinful habits take weeks to recognize and overcome, but, to most young believers, most take years.

        I think your confusing justification with sanctification….justification is the salvation from sin’s penalty by faith alone in Christ without relation to works at all. While sanctification refers to the process of being saved from sin’s power through growing mature in obedience to the Spirit.

        I don’t ask someone to clean up their sinful lifestyle (what you call repentance) before they can be saved, because that is simply not the gospel. You can never stop sinning enough to please God. I would only point out someone’s sin to get them to realize they are a sinner in need of a Savior.

        If you say gospel is anything more than merely trusting in the sufficiency of Christ’s atoning work, then you’ve added works and distorted grace…. Did Jesus cut us “too much slack” when He died on the cross?

        Again, calling the gospel “easy” is not fair or accurate. Justification does not require a moral repentance because that would, in effect, be works… but that still does not make the very difficult intellectual ideas easy to accept. It’s not easy to believe Jesus was God in the flesh, lived a perfect life, died and rose from the dead, gives life eternal, etc…

        Several commentators would argue that Jesus is talking to two separate groups of Jews in John 8:31-59, rather than one duplicate group. In verse 31, He speaks to the believing Jews, then in verse 33 the group of unbelieving Jews (“they”) respond.

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      2. [I don’t ask someone to clean up their sinful lifestyle (what you call repentance) before they can be saved, because that is simply not the gospel. ]

        My last sentence in the post makes clear that this isn’t what I said or meant.

        John 8 is how I explained it despite what any bible scholar says. The context proves it.

        I guess we should just ignore what Jesus said about judging trees by their fruit or that if we love him we’ll obey him or how Paul doubted the salvation of the Corinthians until they repented by dealing with the man who committed adulterous incest among them.

        Shia’s demeanor smacks of antinomianism. I hope he proves me wrong.

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  2. “Ye shall know them by their fruit”. People who are new Christians do have a lot to learn about walking in the spirit, but at least they are trying. Don’t people read the Word. “If ye abide in Me and My Words abide in you, whatever you ask you will receive.” We have to abide in the Word and learn of Him. I also believe that new Christians are not getting the teaching that they should be getting. My church in particular does not have a new Christians class. They need to learn the basics of Christianity, just like anything else you want to learn. It does not come automatically. And also, it is fun………Blessings

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    1. Thanks for those words, MaggieJo. Unfortunately, too many churches do neglect to teach the basics to new Christians. But even new Christians have a way to remedy this. They at least know the Bible is where the information is that they need to know about. I’m reminded how Saul handled his new-found faith as he tells us in Galatians 1–

      “But when it pleased God… To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days. But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord’s brother.”

      Some new believers like Saul/Paul are self-starters who just jump in the scriptures & prayer simply by obeying the Holy Spirit’s promptings. Others are like the Ethiopian eunuch who genuinely seek the Lord on their own then if they lack understanding, he sends someone like a Philip to cross their paths to help their understanding. Some are like Cornelius who have dreams or visions that lead them to a specific person to get them saved and help them understand. Then there are new Christians who are prompted by the Holy Spirit to go and seek out genuine Christians to help them understand parts of God’s word so they can grow. Many new Christians I’ve come into contact with generally have a voracious spiritual appetite/desire to at least get in God’s word to learn more and find out what they need to change.

      Sadly, all of these scenarios seem to be missing when it comes to celebrities like Justin Bieber, Kanye West, and now Shia LaBeouf.

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