Did Christianity Kill Marvin Gaye and Rozz Williams?

250px-Marvin_Gaye_in_1973White magic failed to save the one, and black magic was of no avail to the other. From RockStarMartyr.net:

In private moments otherwise shrouded in darkness, Christians feel the presence of God looming over their shoulders. The Omniscient Eye bears witness to every messy indiscretion behind closed doors and probes dirty thoughts like a supernatural panty-raider.

In view of their popular images, Marvin Gaye and Rozz Williams seem as different as sly grins and slit wrists, but the camera overlooks their common heritage. They were both children of a church-dwelling God, and His relentless imposition of conscience drove them to the very edge of sanity  — where they promptly jumped into the Abyss.

Both met their Maker on April 1st. No foolin’.

Marvin Gay Jr. grew up under the thumb of the “Hebrew Pentecostal” House of God denomination. His father, Marvin Gay Sr., was an ambitious preacher in the Washington DC congregation, and swung an iron fist on any defiant soul living under his roof.

The rules were simple: No make up, no television, no wine, no swine, no sweethearts, no playing after dark, no bed-wetting, and don’t even think about having fun.

>The ministry brought many blessings to the Reverend Gay — despite his hobgoblin visage — including the loose “sisters” of the congregation who were more than willing to service a man of God under the nose of his timid wife. In his own mind, the pastor was destined to become a big time prophet. His dreams of sainthood were shattered, however, when theological rifts within the House of God left him with a meager flock to tend.

Defeated and disillusioned, the failed spiritual leader retreated into the quiet sanctum of his stank bedroom, where he would slip into his wife’s silky dresses … (Read about Marvin here)

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There was nothing gradual about Rozz Williams’ descent into darkness. One day it was Gummy Bears, the next it was bears at the leather bar. The little guy was so precocious, he might as well have been born into an open grave.

Raised by Southern Baptist parents on the outskirts of LA, Roger Alan Painter found his Savior to be repellent at an early age. He had too many questions and the church’s vapid answers were hardly satisfying.

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Why is the world so mean?
(Jesus loves you)
Who am I?
(Jesus loves you)
What do I do with all these erections?
(You’ll go to Hell)
Is that all there is?
(Jesus loves you)

The kid was bored to death and willing to try anything to break free. Rock n’ roll was the obvious choice.

In 1979, at the age of sixteen, he founded the seminal goth band from which all black nail-polish still flows: Christian Death … (Read about Rozz here)

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  • Gayden Mary

    Religion is the foundation we in AMERICA, and …..around the world cherish,it is the fiber that holds us together. It is so frightening to me that the secular world wants to tear apart ones beliefs. Our faith is vital to our survival. We must fully understand that one can be mentally unstable,we are made up of body, soul, and spirit. mental illness has nothing to do with a healthy religious conviction of ones personal choice to serve GOD! I also pray for AMERICA,and the world.It is ironic to me the concept that we cannot pisplay our religious belief in public….it may step on the toes of another persons belief or (QUOTE……THEIR GOD). I am grounded enough in my faith to embrace my faith, learn from others ,old gospel song…you go to your church, I will go to mine, but lets walk up the hill together! you took prayer out of public schools,we are a society that is materialistic, we no longer need GOD, religion, it is not politically correct to publically even claim a belief in CHRIST,It was not religion, or God who killed MARVIN, or anyone else. I will cherish my faith in GOD, my beliefs all the days of my life,I have visited many other denomitions with friends, co-workers of other faiths and have been so blessed! I ask you ……What do you fear so greatly that you want to erase GOD,and religion from AMERICA,and the world? When you destroy the belief system of a country…make our youth doult…say we have no place for GOD or prayer in 2011,….may GOD have mercy on our souls. I prayed for MARVIN , and his father,I prayed for JIMMY SWIGART ,WE are still flesh…only one was with no sin…HE..THE CHRIST!!! (WAKE UP AMERICA….lets bring back prayer in our schools,our homes, our community,Christ is LOVE….If you have not found that in your faith, I respectfully suggest you visit another congregation. GOD BLESS YOU,SISTER,MARY BOGART-GAYDEN.

    • Davidgoldstein

      THANKYOU SISTER MARY BOGART GAYDEN- We as a community, a people , a society are all connected, that common thread that holds us together,the glue if you will is GOD. We have a hurting society, we see the news daily the grief around the world. We have had sad things affect us as well as beautiful moments,we could debate world religions, the BIBLE, our various beliefs, that is how the world picks us apart and divides us already! As for me and my house hold..we will serve the LORD,I have prayed many a night for a hurting soul, who had just lost a relative, or their burden was so great, just a prayer, a time of reflection, a bible verse that seemed to comfort. I have found joy in the word when my children were born, or a happy moment. We need GOD AMERICA, just like SISTER MARY has humbly said; we need prayer back in our schools and the world….political leaders, WASHINGTON…what are you afraid of? Thank God, SISTER MARY stepped out on faith to give us all a reality check, we are sleeping! DAVID GOLDSTEIN and wife SARAH, and children. SHALOM

  • Gayden Mary

    Religion is the foundation we in AMERICA, and …..around the world cherish,it is the fiber that holds us together. It is so frightening to me that the secular world wants to tear apart ones beliefs. Our faith is vital to our survival. We must fully understand that one can be mentally unstable,we are made up of body, soul, and spirit. mental illness has nothing to do with a healthy religious conviction of ones personal choice to serve GOD! I also pray for AMERICA,and the world.It is ironic to me the concept that we cannot pisplay our religious belief in public….it may step on the toes of another persons belief or (QUOTE……THEIR GOD). I am grounded enough in my faith to embrace my faith, learn from others ,old gospel song…you go to your church, I will go to mine, but lets walk up the hill together! you took prayer out of public schools,we are a society that is materialistic, we no longer need GOD, religion, it is not politically correct to publically even claim a belief in CHRIST,It was not religion, or God who killed MARVIN, or anyone else. I will cherish my faith in GOD, my beliefs all the days of my life,I have visited many other denomitions with friends, co-workers of other faiths and have been so blessed! I ask you ……What do you fear so greatly that you want to erase GOD,and religion from AMERICA,and the world? When you destroy the belief system of a country…make our youth doult…say we have no place for GOD or prayer in 2011,….may GOD have mercy on our souls. I prayed for MARVIN , and his father,I prayed for JIMMY SWIGART ,WE are still flesh…only one was with no sin…HE..THE CHRIST!!! (WAKE UP AMERICA….lets bring back prayer in our schools,our homes, our community,Christ is LOVE….If you have not found that in your faith, I respectfully suggest you visit another congregation. GOD BLESS YOU,SISTER,MARY BOGART-GAYDEN.

  • Davidgoldstein

    THANKYOU SISTER MARY BOGART GAYDEN- We as a community, a people , a society are all connected, that common thread that holds us together,the glue if you will is GOD. We have a hurting society, we see the news daily the grief around the world. We have had sad things affect us as well as beautiful moments,we could debate world religions, the BIBLE, our various beliefs, that is how the world picks us apart and divides us already! As for me and my house hold..we will serve the LORD,I have prayed many a night for a hurting soul, who had just lost a relative, or their burden was so great, just a prayer, a time of reflection, a bible verse that seemed to comfort. I have found joy in the word when my children were born, or a happy moment. We need GOD AMERICA, just like SISTER MARY has humbly said; we need prayer back in our schools and the world….political leaders, WASHINGTON…what are you afraid of? Thank God, SISTER MARY stepped out on faith to give us all a reality check, we are sleeping! DAVID GOLDSTEIN and wife SARAH, and children. SHALOM

  • Andrež Doumoretscu

    Is makes completely sense to me. Christianity as religion has for-truth hardon for violenz. Every notice that centrepeace of each alters is gruesome relic of nekkid man nailed to tree?

  • Andrež Doumoretscu

    Is makes completely sense to me. Christianity as religion has for-truth hardon for violenz. Every notice that centrepeace of each alters is gruesome relic of nekkid man nailed to tree?

  • DeepCough

    Religion is just a bunch of Dark Age beliefs inspired by human tribalism which seeks only to take all the fun out of being human, and even takes away those people who found a way to have even more fun while being human.

  • DeepCough

    Religion is just a bunch of Dark Age beliefs inspired by human tribalism which seeks only to take all the fun out of being human, and even takes away those people who found a way to have even more fun while being human.

  • DeepCough

    Religion is just a bunch of Dark Age beliefs inspired by human tribalism which seeks only to take all the fun out of being human, and even takes away those people who found a way to have even more fun while being human.

  • Hadrian999

    people are slacking, with a title like this there should be like 70 troll responses by now.

  • Hadrian999

    people are slacking, with a title like this there should be like 70 troll responses by now.

  • Patmalcolm2

    Christianity did not kill Marvin Gaye, his DUMB ASS FATHER did.

  • Patmalcolm2

    Christianity did not kill Marvin Gaye, his DUMB ASS FATHER did.

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