i am closing in on my 30th birthday. but one of the things that keeps me from feeling “all grown up” is re-runs of shows that were popular when i was a teenager. one of those shows is “the fresh prince of bel-air”. while it wasnt groundbreaking television (though the theme song may be!) it is still entertaining to watch all of these years later- if for nothing else but the clothing and hairstyles!

i like will smith’s acting. i find most of his movies enjoyable. he seems like someone who would really be fun to know. but on one important issue, he is dreadfully and fearfully wrong.

recently he has been speaking of a growing interest in and study of scientology. through his wife’s (jada pinkett-smith) work with well known scientologist, tom cruise, smith has become more vocal about his research into this false religion…

[smith] told [access hollywood]: “I was introduced [
to] [scientology] by Tom and I’m a student of world
religion. I was raised in a Baptist household, I went to
a Catholic school, but the ideas of the Bible are
98 percent the same ideas of Scientology, 98
percent the same ideas of Hinduism and Buddhism.”

i hate to break it to you will, but any religion that denies that there is but one god who is creator of all things and exists as the father , son, and holy spirit, and denies that the only hope of salvation is faith in the life, death, and resurrection of jesus christ is not even close to christianity. if any other teaching does not have these things at its core, then it is 100% *not* like christianity.

this doesn’t mean that we boycott anything having to do with will smith or any scientologist… but we can become more informed about what scientology is so that if we hear someone say ” i heard will smith is looking into scientology and that it is not that different than christianity” that we would seize that opportunity to make the gospel clear. we can also pray for will smith and other celebrities that have been or perhaps are being seduced by this false religion. (tom crusie, john travolta, lisa marie presley, etc.)

i will do some research on sources pertaining to scientology and post them here so check back in the next few days…

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