2016 in review: Lauren’s bad role models, Alyssa’s lipstick and more
After I published my hour-long “BarlowGirl CCM false prophetesses” video on January 16, 2016, I got a lot of heat for it. One committed fan blasted me via tweets and DM. Another one blocked me without ever providing a valid explanation. Over the year, the ratings bar turned into a grey (YouTube) or red (third-party YT apps) lightsaber, so I’m told. One thing is clear: many people enjoy defending BarlowGirl (BG)… but at what cost?
For over two and a half years, from July 2013 to January 2016, I’ve put up with the Barlows and their mediocre behaviour without making a detailed public video rebuke. I’ve put up with their watered-down doctrine that either diminishes or nullifies the importance of Jesus in their lives. I’ve put up with the false accusations throughout that time: I supposedly annoyed them to no end, started filthy conversations (Barlows, shall we take a look at your playlists?), had malicious intentions behind my ministry work and so much more. I’ve put up with BarlowGirl’s family, fans and friends who repeatedly stuck up for the band, no matter how many times they were made aware of the many shortcomings that BG refused to rectify. One person even went as far as to mock the idea that it was inappropriate to enjoy a crooner’s songs about group sex, substance abuse and blasphemy. The frequent response from such people was to stop judging, to examine my own life, to take it easy when it comes to to the morals that BarlowGirl aggressively displayed throughout its career and so forth.
Herein lies the problem: these people build their assumptions based on falsehoods and deliberate omissions of key facts and theology. Several of them even proudly boasted about their supposedly Christian credentials at Bible college and even university in one case, but such individuals never bothered to share exactly what they learned (example: “While in university, I learned…”) or even prayed for me through messaging. They used their knowledge to defend a band of millionaires known as BarlowGirl, not to edify a relatively unknown citizen like myself. Most of those who confronted me about BG wilfully ignore that I spend over two and a half years in near silence as I watched the BG emporium crumbly from what it used to mean and stand for. Most of them couldn’t care less when they are made aware that I translated Lauren Barlow’s book, Inspired by Tozer, to Spanish and French. Consider verses such as James 5:20 and 1 Peter 4:8, which Brother Nephtali gave to me when he tried to correct false prophet Ringo TV. The Barlows might not have the thousands of likes and followers on Instagram (nearly 7,000 each for Alyssa and Lauren, while Rebecca has around half) if people were more aware of the facts and compared three aspects of theology: BG’s former theology, BG’s current theology and true biblical theology.
Theology sure doesn’t seem important to BarlowGirl, and when I mention it to the three sisters, they back away: Rebecca told me to take a hike, Lauren falsely accused me of wrongdoing and Alyssa cowardly quit Twitter after I confronted her multiple times about her sin. It’s such a hypocritical matter to see the three sisters support some of the vilest work in the secular music industry after spending years to build their CCM music career by crying out against many matters that they touted as sinful: adultery, fornication, pornography, immodesty, and even dating. Today, this very month, we see Alyssa pouting in the first photograph in this article, yet we are to assume that their purity stance still hasn’t changed after all this time.
Lauren Barlow’s bad role models: Lady Gaga and Beyoncé
For your consideration: Lauren Barlow blasted pornography in 2010, calling it damaging to those consuming and creating such material, in a blog she wrote on the now-closed BarlowGirl.com site. The following year, she compiled Inspired by Tozer with the help of about 60 other contributors. A low-profile launch, it was the only BG book to lack a music bundle (Another Journal Entry had a More Than Music book in one limited edition reissue, while Our Journey So Far featured a photo book for sale before Instagram existed) and an effective launch strategy, being that Lauren worked with a publisher unrelated to her record label (Warner Music Group). 2012 saw BarlowGirl’s unexpected disbanding and the release of only one final single, “Hope Will Lead Us On”, which lacks clear Christian theology. Ever since, from Lauren’s endorsement of a Beyoncé presidency in 2013 to her support of Lady Gaga’s work in 2016, it’s been a giant mess. How does Lauren react when she is confronted about this? Simple: she acts dumb, blocks multiple accounts and refuses to acknowledge the problem. The lack of closure on this situation has made me very sick.
From her blasphemous “Judas” song and music video (shown in the thumbnail above) to her nudity-revealing dress at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2016 (heavily censored in this 15-minute video), there are many reasons to be concerned with Lauren Barlow’s repeated endorsements of Lady Gaga’s unsettling entertainment career.
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (1 John 2:15) Despite the masculine wording, this verse applies to women like Lauren Barlow, too. It so clearly states that by giving a blanket stamp of approval to the worldly works of Lady Gaga and Beyoncé, approval that she never amended to feature boundaries (for example: Lauren never criticized “Judas”, “Telephone” or other such heinous works, nor did she correct her friend for praising “Telephone”), Lauren Barlow marks herself as one who rejects the love of Jesus Christ. I am very disgusted that the fruits of Lady Gaga propagate a festival of sin such as fornication and blaspheming the Lord and Savior that paid the price for my sins and offers me a life worth living. I am very disgusted that the fruits of Lady Gaga are cherished and enjoyed not only by Lauren Barlow, but also a number of BarlowGirl fans who generally used to despise the unfruitful works of darkness (Ephesians 5:11). Most of all, however, I am very disgusted that the fruits of Lady Gaga are largely due to the repulsive, inhumane, barbaric sin of being raped in 2005 or 2006 at the age of 19. Few people care to notice that her repulsive music is how she verbalizes and illustrates her scars of rape, and that supporting such entertainment glorifies said scars instead of providing true healing for Gaga (real name: Stefani Germanotta) and her millions of fans. If you are wounded by sexual assault, Gaga cannot help you, as she has yet to accept help through true healing in Jesus. Lauren Barlow, mum on the true Gospel, also cannot help you.
There is also Beyoncé, featured briefly in the clip above and rebuked for being featured in Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” single. The song’s promotional video mocks biblical femininity, which encourages women “To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home,” (Titus 2:5a), with Gaga’s appearance in a “Let’s make a sandwich” (a play on the “Make me a sandwich” meme, but ultimately, the Bible instructs women to care for men as “an help meet for him” in Genesis 2:18) and later a “Poison TV” segment where she taints two men’s breakfasts (one which is portrayed to be Beyoncé’s ex-boyfriend). After eating said breakfast, both die, as does the dog who ate along, and Gaga and Beyoncé celebrate through dance and occult symbolism of a 666 hand sign (7:31 for Gaga and 8:10 for Beyoncé in the horrific music video) placed over one eye! Satanists use this to promote the Mark of the Beast (Revelation 13:18) and the darkened right eye (Zechariah 11:17). The reaction among BarlowGirl’s friends was mixed: Rebekah “Beka” Hardt was greatly disapproving of Gaga’s performance on American Idol, yet another friend had no qualms in listing the “Telephone” music video among her favourites. Get this: the friend who praised the filthy clip makes a rich living off of the wedding industry, both at the time she praised the music video and to this very day. The Lord Jesus Christ, far from treating marriage as a joke like this friend of Lauren does, sternly warns against those who attack marriage. He greatly desires healthy marriages (Mark 10:9, Ephesians 5:23 and Hebrews 13:4). Beka Hardt also proved to be lukewarm on her stance when she later gave her thumbs up to Bruno “Mars” and Katy Perry. Lauren et compagnie will certainly face the wrath of God unless they believe and repent in Jesus.
Alyssa Barlow’s lipstick has me seeing red
Have you noticed the maroon lipstick Lady Gaga wears in the above “Judas” music video thumbnail? How about her scarlet lipstick at this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show? Although my studies do not find a biblical ban on make-up in general, they do exhort modesty (1 Timothy 2:9, 1 Peter 3:3 and more), meaning that a woman should have different goals and results when using lipstick and other adorning compared to Gaga. Now, if you compare and contrast Alyssa’s pouting in this article’s first photo and Rebecca’s kitchen work in the second photo, you can clearly see a difference: Alyssa’s pouting is clearly sexual in nature, while Rebecca’s calm and composed behaviour in the kitchen (Star Wars aside) portrays modesty. All three Barlow sisters remain unmarried to this day, but Alyssa joins Lauren in mimicking “divas” (notably Beyoncé) and appealing to men solely on a sexual basis. The problem: loads of women do likewise.
Few posts from the two younger Barlow sisters deviate from the “look at this selfie or group photo and give it tons of likes” pattern where the Barlows are not judged based on righteousness, but on looks, a practice which Jesus Christ condemns in John 7:24. Rebecca, the oldest sister, aids and abets her sisters in taking inappropriate photos by partaking in them (though Becca is more modest) and failing to rebuke them. The type of lipstick that Alyssa wears while pouting above and with her two sisters shown here to the left screams “kiss me” and, as such, would only be appropriate for the marriage bed if and when she weds to a suitable husband. Instead of being content with the loving affection of one man, however, Alyssa and her sisters compromise with their Instagram followers and gain over a thousand like per photo in this paragraph (that’s right, the two nearly identical photos each exceed a thousand likes) to celebrate mediocrity… oh, and pagan Christmas. Beyoncé, is that you?
But wait… there’s more!
There is so much more that needs to be said about BarlowGirl’s foul behaviour that this article does not cover. Please let this serve as a biblical warning about these three sisters. The thousands of likes and views they collect on social media absolutely do not represent true faith in Jesus Christ, but instead are gained through the same methods that are rampant in fashion and music presentations such as Victoria’s Secret (which I have frequently exposed in recent times, but I plan to take a break from exposing it until December 2017, save perhaps for Victoria Sport) and the “divas” rebuked above. Lauren refuses to acknowledge any wrongdoing, finding it more suitable to send me to Twitter detention, while Alyssa willingly confines herself to said detention by deactivating her Twitter account since February 2016. One should not be surprised, given that my hour-long exposé denounced her spiritually abusive behaviour. Rebecca is simply keeping quiet in this time of tension. One thing is clear: these women are sending a toxic message to the world by compromising on their former stances and encouraging others to do the same. Let us pray for BarlowGirl and its community to turn to Jesus Christ and repent from a lifestyle of sin.
This 15-minute exposé briefly explains some concerning behaviour from BarlowGirl around Christmastime.