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John Lennon’s Brief Conversion

John on January 3, 2007 at 9:11 am

Christianity Today has published an excerpt from a new book titled The Gospel According to the Beatles. The excerpt deals with the short-lived conversion of John Lennon in the late ’70s and details the beliefs he held at the end of his life. Here’s a snippet, but the whole thing is worth reading:

A television addict for many years (it was his way of looking at the world since he could no longer walk around anonymously), he enjoyed watching some of America’s best-known evangelists—Pat Robertson, Billy Graham, Jim Bakker, and Oral Roberts. In 1972 he had written a desperate letter to Roberts confessing his dependence on drugs and his fear of facing up to “the problems of life.” He expressed regret that he had said that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus and enclosed a gift for the Oral Roberts University. After quoting the line “money can’t buy me love” from “Can’t Buy Me Love” he said, “It’s true. The point is this, I want happiness. I don’t want to keep on with drugs. Paul told me once, ‘You made fun of me for taking drugs, but you will regret it in the end.’ Explain to me what Christianity can do for me. Is it phoney? Can He love me? I want out of hell.”

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