Shia LaBeouf On Becoming a Christian: 'It's a Real Thing That Really Saved Me.'

Shia LaBeouf, as we know, has had an interesting year. He's fielded plagiarism accusations, worn weird masks to premieres, done some "art" and spent a bit of time in rehab. He is also, in spite of all that, an undeniably gifted actor whose latest movie, Fury, is genuinely terrific. And now, according to Interview Magazine, he's become a Christian and he is not making any bones about what kind of Christian he is:

I became a Christian man, and not in a f***ing bulls**t way — in a very real way ...I could have just said the prayers that were on the page. But it was a real thing that really saved me. And you can’t identify unless you’re really going through it.

He went on to say that his conversion has been “a full-blown exchange of heart, a surrender of control" that he experienced while making Fury. He had conversations with co-star Brad Pitt (who was raised as a Christian) and director David Ayer (who still is one) and made his decision. “But these two diametrically opposed positions both lead to the same spot," he says. "And I really looked up to both men" ...

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Brittany Nicole Dietzman

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Brittany Nicole Dietzman commented…

I'm so happy for him! :) Praying he can fully grasp the redeeming love of Christ and that he can continue to find freedom. The Lord rocks!

lynda t

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lynda t commented…

Mayb I'm not culturally relevant (get it?) but I wonder about these articles that seem to always place celebrites as Christians, simply because they said they are. Especially when there is no life change. I'm not specifically talking about Shia, but this whole generations fascination with experimental religion, and the idea that, hey great, so and so says they are a Christian now, how awesome, terrific.
For a Christian magazine to promote this, there should be some fact checking. In other words, Rolling Stone saying someone is a Christian would meet a different criteria than Relevant or another Christian magazine touting it.
the Christian community wants to use these celebrities as a benchmark, a 'look' who has "seen the light", maybe more people will get saved because so-and-so did (remember Madonna when she first said she was Jewish), yet the Word says you are a new creature in Christ, the old has passed away. I believe raising some of these celebrities up as poster children before we see any fruit on their vine is more harmful. We now have the youth say, but so and so is a Christian and they drink, sleep around, cuss and roughly show no love for anyone who disagrees with their views, but hey, they say they are Christian, so who are we to judge?
Do I want Shia to be a Christian? Absolutely! What a witness, what a testimony, the opportunity he would have to share the good news. But before we rubber stamp him, or anyone, with the Holy Ghost seal of approval, (meaning endorse him as a Christian), we need to be sure he really is. Not just for others sake, but for his. For what could be worse than to show up in heaven and for Christ to say, depart from me, I NEVER knew you.

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Nicole Goenner

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Nicole Goenner commented…

Oh look, more believers acting gross. For the literal love of God, some of you all haven’t even let the blunt smoke lift from that man’s clothes before you started throwing stones. Let’s pray for one another, that we do not belittle the other’s journey. This man’s relationship with God doesn’t need to look like yours or mine. I will run my britches up a flagpole if “our youth" start to drink, sleep around, and cuss because Shia LaBeouf does it. Come now, my redeemed brothers and sisters, why would anyone want to roll with us if we are acting like this? He who is able to save and destroy brought him into the fold. He has accepted Christ and is just learning to crawl. We cannot say “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.” then whip around and remind a person of who they were five minutes ago. He has put all of our sins behind His back; the least we can do is the same for each other. All of us were considered as sheep to be slaughtered. Thankful that the Spirit intercedes on our behalf because...yowsas.

daniel

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daniel commented…

Since there are some that insist on scripture for everything, lets look at the example of Saul/Paul. After his conversion he did NO ministry and kept what might appear (from the lack of scriptural documentation) a very LOW profile for many years. He didnt jump right out on the stage (pulpit) and start converting the masses.

The concept of thrusting any new believer into the spotlight, or under the microscope, and expecting miracles is a recipe for disaster. If Shia is used to the limelight.. perhaps he will catch on soon enough that ZEAL, which he certainly has, without clear spiritual direction and discretion, can be counterproductive. I recognize that in myself from my early days.

I will say to his credit that I didnt see any statements where he was near as critical as some of the commenters who have voiced their judgement here. So it looks like he's ahead of the game already.

N.p. Niemeier

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N.p. Niemeier commented…

I find it funny that so many people here are expecting Mr. Lebeouf to immediately be equivalent to Christ on earth with regard to his choice of vocabulary. Do you also believe that the Apostles were above the use of what we tend to view as profanity? Well, I have 3 words for you: Saint Paul. Σκυβάλα. Nobody, not even new converts with New Convert Syndrome is perfect in all they say and do, hence why when we confess our sins, we say that we have sinned against God in thought, word, and deed. Mr. Leboeuf's not perfect in his faith yet, and neither are you.

Scott Campbell

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Scott Campbell commented…

Shia, life is hard. I am a pastor and I have witnessed people who has been members of a.cburxh for years go through rehab, use foul language and look more like the world than one of God people. Grace and mercy is how we are to respond. God loves you and has a plan just for you. No one had anything.to so with your salvation, God bought you with a price and He and He only desires the glory.

Alex Summers

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Alex Summers commented…

I truly wish him every happiness, and blessing!

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