Prince is awake, alert and settling into his eternity.

What is Prince doing right now in eternity?

It’s late and I’m awake, wrestling, grieved, angry.

I often write for Charisma Media and I do hope this raw, unedited article is published there. It’s much different than the type of article I usually write.  It also needs to land in Rolling Stone, on Fox News and everywhere else the eyes of the world are looking.

Prince is dead.

Like so many others who have been deceived by a cunning serpent, a drug overdose was suspected as was reported by TMZ:

Multiple sources in Moline tell us, Prince was rushed to a hospital and doctors gave him a “save shot” … typically administered to counteract the effects of an opiate.

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David Bowie, Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse, Michael Jackson, Heath Ledger, Chris Farley, Kurt Cobain, River Phoenix, John Belushi, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and the list goes on and on and on. They surrendered their souls to a murderous spirit in the form of drugs, alcohol and suicide.

Earlier today the man people around the world are calling “Legend” was alive, just as he had been for the last 57 years. Now, like the other celebrities who have gone before him, Prince is awake, alert and living in an entirely new place—a place he was probably not that concerned about—until today.

Yesterday Prince’s Wikipedia page was quite different. It highlighted his legend status, his great accomplishments and his worldwide fan base. He had no idea today it was report this:

Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016)

On April 15, 2016, while on tour, his private plane made an emergency landing in Illinois. He was later admitted to a hospital with flu-like symptoms. On April 21, 2016, Prince died at his Paisley Park recording studio and home in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

Tributes to Prince are spontaneously appearing all over the world. Chicago turned their night skyline Prince's signature purple. The New Orleans Superdome was also shrouded in purple as was Madison Square Garden in New York City and City Hall in San Francisco. People in Prince's home town of Minneapolis were dancing in an all night vigil to him.

I am so disturbed by the insanity of our culture that I refuse to hold back. I know I’ll be accused of being insensitive. People will say, “It’s too soon to talk about this.” Others will be enraged that I would presume someone to be in Hell. I’m sure I’ll be accused of being prideful and arrogant. Others might say I’m hateful.

Revealing that people are in Hell isn’t an indicator of hatred any more than reporting that an individual is in the state penitentiary. If I enjoyed the fact that they were there, however, I would indeed be deranged. I’m sick that they are there. I want to vomit. I can’t handle the fact that so many are in indescribable torment there right now. They will never find relief. I honestly feel helpless.

In the past, when other people have died, I’ve felt similar grief, but this time I had to react. I suppose respond would be a more appropriate word than react, but that’s not what I’m feeling. I don’t feel like I’m simply responding to a difficult situation. There is a raging reaction to the evil that is so vigorously celebrated today coursing through my veins. It’s unbridled. It’s uncensored. It’s real, pure, undeniable anger at a society that repeatedly rejects God as if he were some sort of killjoy, a monster. Satan is brilliantly playing the puppet master to a generation that absolutely adores him. When he says dance, they dance.

Barring a last minute decision to fall in love with and surrender to a God he has soundly rejected for decades, Prince is currently experiencing the darkest, most maddening, horrific evil imaginable. In fact, it’s far beyond one’s ability to understand. Five seconds in Hell is more than enough to send a person into complete lunacy. As of the writing of this sentence, Prince has been there 13 hours and 40 minutes. Even more horrifying is that over the same amount of time, approximately 85,000 other people have died. Based on what the Bible teaches, the high majority of those people are confused, disoriented and terrorized in Hell—right now. Since you started reading this article, around 100 more people have died. For many of them it was unexpected. Just over 60 seconds ago, all was well as it had been for years. Now many of them are in the clenches of unrelenting darkness. The grip is too tight to struggle free from. It will never loosen.

People of planet Earth, I have a question for you. Why do you hate God with such fervor? I’m not talking about a manmade invention of some god that you might have an affinity for. I’m talking about Jesus Christ. What has he ever done to cause you to reject him so soundly? Why are you turning to evil instead of to someone who actually loves you with immeasurable passion? Hey superstars, celebrities, why are you so enamored by sex, drugs, fame, money? Get over it! Stop! It’s ridiculous! You are entertaining destruction! Everybody else, why do you look up to them, call them legend, dream to be like them? How have you become so bewitched?

Jesus is real. Jesus is alive. Jesus thinks about you continually. Jesus burns with a selfless love that would change you for eternity if you just experienced it for a moment.

I opened by saying that I’m angry. Sure, I’m angry at Satan. Whatever. That’s the obvious spiritual answer. My immediate emotions however are not exclusive to that invisible enemy. I’m furious at flesh and blood people who continue to fall for such darkness and rebellion and who propagate a godless, selfish lifestyle that’s radically debased—and extremely contagious.

Musicians, actors, athletes, politicians and everybody else who is influencing society—stop your nonsense! Get over yourself! You are not a god! Stop living a life that mocks Jesus and is fueled by self-indulgent filth. It’s killing you. It’s killing our generation. You aren’t heroes. You aren’t untouchable. The hand of death will grab you at some point and won’t let go. What will your first five seconds in eternity be like?

Jesus allowed himself to be hated, mocked, spit on, mutilated, put to shame and murdered as he hung naked in front of a blood thirsty crowd—and he forgave them all. He did this for me. My life will never be the same again. I’m weak and broken—and transformed. I’m free. I’m alive. I don’t deserve it, but I will have the opportunity to be with that man, Christ Jesus, for trillions and trillions of years, forever actually. Why? The answer is obvious—who could not fall in love with a God like that? I couldn’t resist.

God is passionately calling you, drawing you. Just take the dive already! Do it! Do you seriously think sex or drugs or fame is better? Really? Just what type of god are you imagining?

I think of people like Johnny Manziel who are spiraling out of control. I’m scared for Johnny. He doesn’t need rehab. He doesn’t need to make better choices. He needs to stop the madness and finally surrender his heart to Jesus. It’s that simple.

Johnny’s still alive. He has time. He could spend forever with Jesus, experiencing freedom, power, peace, strength and love that would wonderfully wreck him for eternity. He has that option.

What would happen if we suddenly had a rush of celebrities completely rejecting their previous lives by becoming fully surrendered to Jesus? I believe that can happen. It must happen.

I envision fiery, rowdy, Holy Spirit driven prayer meetings with people like Oprah, Charlie Sheen, Johnny Manziel, Harrison Ford, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian, Ellen Degeneres, Beyonce, Katy Perry, Rihanna and others leading the way. Imagine what it would be like if they were all on their knee at an altar, adoring Jesus, waiting their turn to take the mic and lead the room in intercession for revival!

Alright, my rant is over. My emotions are shifting from anger to sadness, and again to determined intercession. We can see change come if we stop idolizing these people and truly pray in tears for them.

For Prince, tragically, it’s too late. Nothing can be done to alter his eternity.

But God is targeting those who remain on the earth. Celebrity or not, they are precious, precious people who have an amazing destiny ahead of them—if they only, finally, say yes to someone who loves them deeply. My friend, Jesus.


  1. Terry Hedden on April 22, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Thank God for the burning truth that He pours into your heart for His glory.
    Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
    And who shall stand in his holy place?
    4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
    who does not lift up his soul to what is false
    and does not swear deceitfully.
    He will receive blessing from the Lord
    and righteousness from the God of his salvation. (Psalm 24:3-5)

  2. Karen Priemer on April 22, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    Prince loved Jesus. You can’t assume to know his fate.
    “The person who has My commands and keeps them is the one who [really] loves Me; and whoever [really] loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I [too] will love him and will show (reveal, manifest) Myself to him. [I will let Myself be clearly seen by him and make Myself real to him.]”. ‭‭John‬ ‭14:21‬ ‭AMP‬‬

    “Salvation belongs to the Lord; May Your blessing be upon Your people. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!” Psalm‬ ‭3:8‬ ‭AMP‬‬

    • Timothy Kiroga on April 23, 2016 at 5:26 am

      Read your Bible with your spiritual eyes open Karen and don’t allow yourself to be deceived by appearances. To say you love Jesus does not make you a believer if your life is not consistent with the teachings of scripture.

  3. Khan Artsfols on April 23, 2016 at 10:23 am

    Even Christians can become addicted to painkillers like Percocet. How do we know when God’s mercy applies and when it does not when judging the lives of others?

  4. Xrucianus on April 23, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Well timed. Well said, and well needed.
    Father, fill the Church with Your fire to proclaim Jesus Christ & Him crucified.

  5. Christopher Logan on April 24, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    What if Political Celebrities aka politicians running for president stood up boldly proclaiming the cure for the country is Jesus and America as a whole should also observe the 4th Commandment and government workers like the Post Office and Whitehouse Staff should have that day off

  6. Christopher Roberts on April 25, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Drugs are an escape from reality, but there is greater hope for the drug addict than the victim of false doctrine. Being a former addict I knew that I was risking hell, but I used drugs to forget about it. But victims of unconditional eternal security doctrines are in worse position because the effects of false doctrines don’t wear off like the side effects of drugs do.

  7. Greg Osborn on May 29, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    It’s true that only God knows Prince’s heart and his spiritual condition; however, we can assess a man by how he conducts his life, by the fruit of his labor (Matthew 7). And yes, God is love, and He does extend grace and mercy. However, He also expects more than just our acceptance and acknowledgment of that gift. We must transform our nature after accepting His cleansing. We must change. We have a responsibility to be holy, to seek to live sin-free and free of strongholds, to be humble, like Him, to always strive to seek His will for our lives, and to live (daily, moment by moment) through His strength and wisdom, through the teaching of His word.

    Today in most churches we hear a lot about blessings (for obedience), but not about curses (for disobedience)(Deuteronomy 28). We hear so much about love and grace from most pastors, but not as much about personal holiness and living sin-free, humbly walking to seek God’s will, driven not by our own selfish ambition, but living selflessly and putting others first. These things are much harder, and, frankly, people don’t want to hear about them because of the requirement for personal sacrifice and change.

    Free grace is easier, but eternally dangerous if that’s all one is holding on to. You’ve written on this before, John, and it’s so true. We know and are told in His word that the road to hell is wide and many are on it, but the path to Heaven is very narrow and few find it (Matthew 7 again). Thank you for raising our consciousness on this matter.