6 Reasons Prince is Probably Not in Heaven

There are 6 reasons Prince is probably not in heaven today.As offensive as this article may be for some to read, it’s particularly difficult for me to write. Let me be clear, I love Prince. I LOVE Prince! He was for me the quintessential rock star. I remember my older sister being allowed; as a young tween, to buy the album “Purple Rain.” It was my sister’s love for Prince that turned me on to him.

I remember when we got home sitting around the dinner table, mom and dad actually allowed that album to play as we ate. My mother did a near “spit-take” when Darling Nikki came up on the last song on side one.  Ah, the good ol’ days! “Friday Night Videos” was all the rage before cable television pumped MTV into our house. We watched just hoping to catch a glimpse of a Prince video.  I vividly remember renting the VHS player and tape and watching Purple Rain after my parents went to bed.

Seeing Prince perform live in 2004 for the Musicology Tour, and attending the after party at his studio Paisley Park in Chanhassen MN was magical! He commanded the stage. The audience was putty in his hands.

Prince was one of the greatest musical talents who ever lived, possibly the most underrated guitarist of all time. A savvy businessman Prince outsmarted the giants of the music business. Prince was the kind of star who caused stars to become star struck! I LOVE Prince, and I will miss him like millions of his fans around the globe.

Why do I think Prince is not likely in heaven today? I could go on and on about the apparent sin in his life. I could make the case that Prince created some of the most sexually supercharged music of all time. You probably wouldn’t even argue that point. I could point to his sexual immorality or his raunchy performances, but that would feel just a bit hypocritical for me.

To say that Prince was the sound track of my sinful life would be an understatement. For each sinful act in my life before Christ I can identify a Prince song that would go along with it.  He was always in my CD player, my tape deck or my turn table.

I want to talk about Prince’s theology. I believe that it isn’t just his sin that likely condemns him (though it certainly is), but also his theology. It is likely just his most hardcore fans who are aware that though he was raised a Seventh Day Adventist. Then in 2001 Prince became a Jehovah’s Witness. He was apparently even a door knocker on Saturday mornings. Imagine Prince knocking on your door on a Saturday morning. You might actually answer the door for once!

Jehovah’s Witnesses have very problematic, heretical teachings that contradict the Scriptures. There are 6 main heresies of JW theology I want to emphasize. If Prince or anyone else believes any of these heretical teachings at death they will surely be condemned to hell for eternity.

There may be no religious group that is more faithful in getting out their message than the Jehovah’s Witnesses (also known as the Watchtower Bible Tract Society). The message of the JW’s is false. A false gospel with no saving power. In this blog I want to share with you 6 heresies of the Jehovah’s witnesses and refute them using the Word of God.

Reason 1 Prince is not in Heaven

Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that Jesus Christ is Michael the Archangel, the highest created being. This is not a claim they hide from, you can read about it on their website by clicking here.

When we examine the bible the clear teaching of Scripture is that Jesus is the Eternal Son of God. Matthew 14:33 reads “Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped him saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” And John 17:5 reads “And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.” For more on the eternal sonship of Christ, click here.

Reason 2 Prince is not in Heaven

Jehovah’s Witnesses deny the deity of Jesus Christ. Again, this isn’t a secret, click here to read about it on their website.

What does the bible teach about the person of Jesus Christ? John 1:1 states “In the beginning was the Word (Jesus) the Word was with God and the word was God.” John 8:24 also reads “unless you believe that I am, you will die in your sins.” Christ here is clearly saying that he is YHWH, the very I AM who spoke to Moses in the burning bush passage of Exodus 3. Pharisees knew exactly what He was saying, for they took up rocks to stone him for the blasphemy. (For more information on the deity of Christ, click here).

Reason 3 Prince is not in Heaven

Jehovah’s Witnesses deny the Trinity. They even say so here.

Scripture reveals God as one being with three distinct and separate persons; the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Click here for an exceptionally good explanation of the doctrine of the Trinity.

Reason 4 Prince is not in Heaven

Jehovah’s Witnesses deny that Jesus died as the penalty for our committed sin, but that he instead died for our ‘sin nature.’ Here is a quote from jw.org: “The wages sin pays is death,” says the Bible at Romans 6:23. This means that death is the consequence of sin. Adam sinned, so he died.

Likewise, we sin and are therefore subject to sin’s wages, death. But we were born in this sinful condition through no fault of our own. Since one man, the perfect man Adam, brought sin and death on us through disobedience, a perfect man obedient even till death was needed to release us from that burden.”

Scripture teaches very clearly Jesus died to forgive ALL Sins “And you, being dead in your trespasses (sins)and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He (Jesus) has made alive together with Him, having forgiven all your trespasses” Colossians 2:13. Scripture never places the blame for our committed sins on Adam, and we are not forgiven for the sins of our Federal Head, rather we need to be forgiven for our committed, individual sins, not just for the sin nature inherited from Adam.

Reason 5 Prince is not in Heaven

Jehovah’s Witnesses claim that the bible has been distorted, and that they have the only accurate translation. {source}

Once again contrast JW doctrine with what Scripture promises. In Matthew 5:18, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.” In this verse Jesus declared that not even the smallest stroke of a letter in the Hebrew alphabet would pass away until all is accomplished. He couldn’t make that promise unless He was sure that God would preserve His Word.

Jesus also said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away” (Matthew 24:35; Mark 13:31;Luke 21:33). Jesus again affirms that God’s Word will not pass away. God’s Word will remain and accomplish that which God has planned.

Jehovah’s Witnesses claim that the church has corrupted the Bible over the centuries; thus, they have re-translated the Bible into what they call the New World Translation. The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society altered the text of the Bible to make it fit their false doctrine, rather than basing their doctrine on what the Bible actually teaches.

The New World Translation

The New World Translation has gone through numerous editions (most recent revision was 2013), as the Jehovah’s Witnesses discover more and more Scriptures that contradict their doctrines.
God sternly warns that the Bible is complete, unchangeable, and His inspired, revealed word:
You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take anything from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you. Deuteronomy. 4:2
“For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book: and if anyone takes away from the words of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” Revelation 22:18

Reason 6 Prince is not in Heaven

Jehovah’s Witnesses believe salvation is conditional and comes through ‘an accurate knowledge of the truth’ which involves intensive daily study, evangelism, and other works of righteousness. {source}

Yet another heresy which contradicts the clear teaching of scripture. Salvation comes by faith alone in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

Jesus & the apostles warned about the dangers of false gospels & false teachers. Scripture is clear; a proper understanding of Jesus Christ is necessary for salvation:
“But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.” Galatians 1:8
“Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him “2 John 9-10

Did Prince die believing the above heresies? I don’t know. I know he lived believing them, but I also know God is gracious, and in His grace He may have saved Prince, just as he saved the thief on the cross (Luke 23:39-43). I trust that the Just Judge of all the world will do that which is right.

What about you? Are you in right standing with God? If today was your last day what would God do with you? To learn about how to receive forgiveness for your sins and be saved from God’s righteous and eternal wrath, click here.

7 Comments
  1. Daniel 4 months ago

    Didn’t Paul say in Romans 10 that we shouldn’t be busybodying ourselves who will go to heaven and who to hell according to what they have done? I wish Christians would spend less time pontificating like the Sadducees whom Jesus condemned and more time spreading the Gospel. When was the last time you went door knocking on a Saturday morning to spread the Good News? At least Prince was humble enough not to put himself above doing that – humility is a sign of true faith.

  2. KIMBERLY PRESTON 6 months ago

    I AM A CHRISTIAN AND HONESTLY i BELIEVE THAT PRINCE IS IN HEAVEN. GOD FORGIVES AND NO ONE KNOWS WHAT PRINCE DID TO COME TO GOD. NO ONE JUDGES EXCEPT GOD. IF YOU HAVE TO JUDGE HIM, THEN YOU HAVE PROBLEMS IN YOUR LIFE TO GET RGHT WITH GOD…I HAVE DONE THINGS BUT LIKE I SAID GOD FORGIVES…AND I KNOW I AM GOING TO HEAVEN. EVEN ELVIS PRESLEY IS IN HEAVEN!!!! WITH MY LOVING PARENTS.

  3. Nicole 1 year ago

    Prince moved away from the Jehovah Witness religion and was not practicing it for several years. Not sure if your six reasons, based on that religion, are the last word.

  4. catharine stevens 1 year ago

    Prince is in Heaven because he was directly sent from there. No matter his weakness on earth.. his music and artistry was bestowed more than any other musician.. directly from god. He was that special.

    • Teetee 10 months ago

      where is that written that he was directly sent from there. God does not inspire people to sing about sex that is very immoral and God has no part in that at all. He even says in His word that adulterers and whore mongers He will judge.
      If Prince came from heaven believe you me many of the people would not even dare listen to him.

  5. Garrett 2 years ago

    Is it the duty of Christians to speculate as to the resulting judgment God will have for someone like Prince? I notice that you gave yourself qualified immunity by inserting a disclaimer stating that you don’t know what God will ultimately decide. But doesn’t this defeat the purpose of your assertion? If you don’t know what God will decide then why would you hypothetically speculate as to the decision God will make? I find the disclaimer to just be a loophole to absolve yourself from criticism so you can say that you didn’t take any real position on the matter, when the message clearly demonstrates that you have.

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      Len Pettis 2 years ago

      Thanks for the taking the time to read and comment. I gave myself no outs, I stated explicitly that if he died with the beliefs he lived with he is in hell. Should we judge these things as Christians? Yes, absolutely. There are multiple examples in scripture of people such as Jesus using the death of others to warn of God’s impending wrath.

      Curious if you’re a Christian, and if so what kind of church do you attend?

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