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Stephen Baldwin is for God

"[Stephen] Baldwin has released a memoir, "The Unusual Suspect," a reference to the one critically acclaimed film for which he's known. The book, the "Gospel according to Stevie B.," is part testimonial and part evangelical manifesto, a cocktail of anti-intellectualism and a biblical interpretation that would have Jesus spinning in his grave, had he stayed there. Baldwin preaches that free will is a lie of Satan -- we must shut off our brains, he says, and be led by what God tells our hearts. Furthermore, he writes, efforts to end global poverty and violence are just the sort of "stupid arrogance" that incur God's wrath, which we'll be feeling any day now in the coming apocalypse. I suppose when the star of "Bio-Dome" is advising the president and converting kids by the thousands to his gnarly brand of faith, the end is, indeed, nigh.

"The Unusual Suspect" features an open letter to Bono, lambasting him for lobbying for debt relief for developing countries instead of preaching the gospel on MTV. Bono must be in league with Satan, whom Baldwin spends a lot of time thinking about. "I am smart enough to know that Satan is alive and well today," he writes. "Satan has all kinds of power, and he is able to control the minds of anyone whose mind isn't controlled by God." Baldwin's theology -- and criticism of secularists and Christian poseurs like Bono -- is written with remarkable confidence for someone who can only recite six of the Ten Commandments and four of the Twelve Apostles.

All of this might seem like the easily ignorable ravings of a Hollywood has-been if the book wasn't climbing bestseller lists. Baldwin writes that "God has called me to go and make disciples of the youth of America. That is what I am going to try to do, and if you try to stop me I am going to break your face." Most frightening of all, Baldwin is succeeding. All of his dude-speak is actually speaking to the dudes. Thanks to his book, videos and live sermons, he continues to draw thousands of young people across the country into his church of celebrity and absolutism."


Strangely, I haven't kept up with the career of Stephen Baldwin. I simply followed a link from Ben Templesmith (ben_templesmith) and... Well, really, you just have to watch and read, if you haven't seen the born again Baldwin.


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Aug. 19th, 2007 10:48 am (UTC)
In one way he's on to something: one of the reasons why I reject the Book Religions is that I find them in conflict with the concept of Free Will.

If God has a Plan, they we're all puppets dancing on his strings, fulfilling his Plan. Free Will could seriously upset Gods Plan, so an Almighty God wouldn't allow for Free Will.

I decided to choose Free Will instead of a Divine Plan.

I like this part, though:

"Satan has all kinds of power, and he is able to control the minds of anyone whose mind isn't controlled by God."

Meaning that, according to Baldwin, you're either being mind-controlled by God or you're being mind-controlled by Satan.

The flaw in his logic, however, is that if we don't have free will, then we just follow God's plan by fighting poverty and violence. Also, by his logic, there is no such thing as sin, because if you can't freely choose whether you sin or not, then you can't be held responsible. And for having sinned, you need to be responsible.

That stuff is so full of holes it becomes unfunny to pick on it after only a minute or so, simply because it's too easy.
Aug. 19th, 2007 11:13 am (UTC)
yeah, it's fucked up. i'm not even bothering to answer it, cause it's that kind of crazy. he seems genuine in his belief, but, i mean... lets not help third world countries and instead preach the word of jesus?

cause, you know, helping the poor was so not what jesus did.
Aug. 19th, 2007 10:49 am (UTC)
How terrifying.
Aug. 19th, 2007 11:13 am (UTC)
i think he still does movies, too.
Aug. 19th, 2007 11:21 am (UTC)
And to think he was once one of the Young Riders...

Aug. 19th, 2007 10:55 am (UTC)
Hang on. How are we meant to choose to shut off our brains if we have no free will?
Aug. 19th, 2007 11:12 am (UTC)
it's wacky shit. best not to think hard about it.
Aug. 19th, 2007 03:50 pm (UTC)
Aug. 24th, 2007 02:15 am (UTC)
That is fantastic. Don't forget about the infamous Threesome - "were you just looking at my butt?" I wonder if he's repented of the momentary bisexuality of his character in that movie?

Aug. 24th, 2007 02:37 am (UTC)
i suspect he repents a lot. right after bashing some gays, maybe. cause, you know, that's how you bring them to christ: broken and bloody.


it's almost too easy to mock the guy.
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