AC/DC Rock Band Singer Brian Johnson: “Jesus was a clever man. He wasn’t the son of God!”

By David J. Stewart | December 2014

Proverbs 13:7, “There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.”

AC/DC's album cover, Highway To Hell, which is where lead singer, Bon Scott, is sadly at this moment.       One of the most popular celebrities in the world is ACDC's singer Brain Johnson (1947-present), who now resides with his wife in Sarasota, Florida, in his big Oceanside mansion. Johnson has been with the Rock 'N' Roll band “ACDC” since 1980. AC/DC are infamous for their 1980 hit album titled, “Back In Black,” featuring the hit songs, “Highway To Hell,” “Hell's Bells” and “Shook Me All Night Long.” The album has sold over 50 million copies worldwide. The band has accumulatively sold more than 200 million albums worldwide.

Brian Johnson's net worth is an estimated $50,000,000. Consider our text verse, which says that you can be filthy rich and yet have absolutely nothing. Proverbs 13:7, “There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.” What will it profit Brian Johnson when he dies in his sins, leaving this earthly life without Jesus Christ, spending eternity in Hell? I am not writing this article to be unkind in any way; but rather, to contend for the Christian faith as a born-again Christian. Nothing else matters in this life if you don't have Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.

There are numerous YouTube videos available of Johnson's live singing at a local event in Sarasota. In the videos I couldn't help but notice all the Bud Lite booze advertisements. Booze and the Devil's music are inseparable! Brian Johnson has won the hearts of tens-of-millions of worldly people through his worldly music, and they respect his opinion because they can relate to him. John 15:19a, “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own...” No doubt many of Brian Johnson's fans will follow him into the fires of Hell, the very place which he boasts of wanting to go in his hit song, “HIGHWAY TO HELL”!

My concern in this article is some of the theological statements which Mr. Johnson has made publickly in recent years, openly denying Christ's deity as the Son of God. The following is a quote from Christianity Today magazine...

AC/DC's Brian Johnson: 'All religions are bad'
Christianity Today | June 7, 2011

When he was young, Brian Johnson sang in a church choir. But in an interview with Pop Eater – an AOL blog – the 63-year-old AC/DC lead singer, whose band has sold 200 million albums worldwide, said religion wasn’t his motivating factor.

“I did, me darling, and do you know why I did that?” Johnson said when the interviewer pointed out that people might be surprised to hear he sang in a church choir. “Was it religion? No, it was two shillings and sixpence a week!”

Johnson has a new book out called Rockers and Rollers: A Full-Throttle Memoir in which he touches on his thoughts about God. The topic of religion and his thoughts about God came up again during his Pop Eater interview.

“Well I don’t believe in religion, let’s put it that way,” Johnson said. “I believe all religions are bad. I think they’re a waste of time. Jesus was a clever man. He wasn’t the son of God. We all know that he was a very clever, wonderful man and he said, ‘Church is in here, meaning you are your own church.’”

...Johnson continued with his thoughts about the afterlife.

“If you’re a good man you become contented, if you’re a good person your dying breath is one of contentment that lasts for eternity and if you’re a bad man and you’ve lived a bad life, you’ve done some wicked and evil things just for the heck of it, well that will hit you on your last breath of life, that’s hell.”

Dixon pointed out a problem with Johnson’s statement that he says is pervasive in our culture.

“He’s created a theology of comfort – a theology that suits him and the life he wants to lead,” Dixon said, adding how clear Scripture is about the reality of hell being a place of torment. “But you can’t do that.”

READ FULL ARTICLE: Christianity Today | ACDC's Brian Johnson says: 'All Religions Are Bad'

Brian Johnson is making erroneous assumptions based upon his own human reasoning. Clearly, Mr. Johnson rejects the Holy Bible as an authority in his life. The Holy Scriptures warn in Proverbs 16:25, “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” According to the inspired Word of God, Brian Johnson will split Hell wide open the second he breathes his last breath and his heart beats it's last beat. The human heart beats an astonishing 100,000 times each day! That's more than once a second! Each year the human heart beats over 35,000,000 times!!! But be forewarned, your heart will eventually stop beating and you will be in eternity. Hebrews 9:27, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” No one can escape the judgment of God. HOW ARE YOU GOING TO DIE? (a red-hot, life-changing, video sermon by Evangelist Phil Kidd).

Brian Johnson misinterprets the Lord's teaching that the Kingdom of God is within us. Luke 17:21, “Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” Jesus simply meant that salvation is not found in any religion. When a person believes the Gospel (good news) that Christ died on the cross for their sins, was buried and resurrected three days later, they are forever saved (born-again). This is the new birth (1st Peter 1:23). The very moment that a person trusts Christ as their Savior, the Holy Spirit of God comes to indwell (live within) that new believer permanently. 1st Corinthians 3:16, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” This is the Kingdom of God which Christ spoke of. I'm sure Mr. Johnson is very sincere in his beliefs, but sincerity has always been the road to Hell. Satan blinds men's minds (2nd Corinthians 4:4).

Unfortunately, Brian Johnson meant something entirely different than what the Lord meant, when He spoke of the kingdom of God being within us. Johnson meant that we are each our own church, that is, we each live by our own book and make up our own rules. Johnson's philosophy is identical to that of satanist Aleister Crowley, which is, “Do As Thou Wilt Shall Be The Whole Of The Law!” Johnson is a humanist, doing what he feels is right to himself. Proverbs 16:25, “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Effectively Brian is an atheist, because He denies that Jesus Christ is God. It breaks my heart to hear anyone reject the Savior. 1st John 2:22, “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.” If you disregard the Holy Bible as mere folklore written by men, then you are in for an unpleasant surprise in eternity. Many people scoff at the idea of a burning Hell, but they will become believers the second they enter into eternity.

Kindly, Brian Johnson errantly reasons...

“If you’re a good man you become contented, if you’re a good person your dying breath is one of contentment that lasts for eternity and if you’re a bad man and you’ve lived a bad life, you’ve done some wicked and evil things just for the heck of it, well that will hit you on your last breath of life, that’s hell.”

READ FULL ARTICLE: Christianity Today | ACDC's Brian Johnson says: 'All Religions Are Bad'

My friend, no one is a good person. Romans 3:10, “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” There are good sinners and bad sinners, but we are all sinners in God's eyes. There is none righteous (Romans 3:23). Mr. Johnson has created his own religion, believing that he'll be content throughout eternity is he lives a good life. Johnson is trying to establish his own righteousness, which is not acceptable to God. Romans 10:3-4, “For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.”

The Holy Bible is very clear that anyone who rejects Jesus Christ as the Son of God is condemned (damned) already. John 3:36 warns that the wrath of God is upon them continually. God is angry with Brian Johnson. Psalms 7:11 warns that God is angry with the wicked every day. There is nothing more wicked than to reject the Son of God. Rejecting Christ is the unpardonable sin. God is willing to forgive and pardon a man for every sin imaginable except one, which is to reject the gift of eternal life by faith in Jesus Christ. John 3:18, “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” 1st John 5:12, “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” I am very sad for Brian Johnson, because He is blinded by his earthly riches and doesn't have the Son of God, and if he doesn't repent (change his mind) from his present destructive path and turn to the Savior by faith, He'll burn in Hell forever (Revelation 20:11-15; 2nd Thessalonians 1:8-9; Revelation 21:8; John 8:24).

The Bible proclaims that Jesus is the only begotten (biological) Son of God. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Mr. Johnson appears to be well respected in his Florida community and has donated funds to a local children's hospital for a music room. Johnson is also a supporter of a charity for people suffering with Dementia. Certainly, these are admirable things. Personally, it bothers me when a man becomes extremely wealthy financially by singing the Devil's music, bragging about going to Hell and glorifying the sin of sexual immorality, and then he is praised as being a generous man for giving some pocket change to a few charities. You are only as generous as what you keep for yourself! I say that kindly, but observantly. Mark 10:23, “And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!

I'm glad that Johnson's recent illness didn't turn into cancer. I have nothing personal against him. I'm sad that he rejects Jesus as the Son of God, which means he won't be allowed into Heaven. 2nd Thessalonians 1:8-9, “In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.” It's so easy to be saved. Eternal life is a free gift. If you realize that you are a sinner, and place your trust in Jesus as the Son of God, the Christ, Who died on the cross for your sins and raised up from the dead three days later, you are saved. It's that simple!

No one in their right mind would want to spend eternity burning in an awful Lake of Fire. Here are the blasphemous lyrics to “HIGHWAY TO HELL” by ACDC...

Livin' easy, lovin' free, season ticket on a one-way ride
Askin' nothin', leave me be, takin' everythin' in my stride
Don't need reason, don't need rhyme
Ain't nothing that I'd rather do
Goin' down, party time, my friends are gonna be there too

I'm on the highway to hell
Highway to Hell
I'm on the highway to hell
Highway to Hell

No stop signs, speed limit, nobody's gonna slow me down
Like a wheel, gonna spin it, nobody's gonna mess me around
Hey Satan, payin' my dues, playin' in a rockin' band
Hey Mumma, look at me, I'm on my way to the promised land

Oh, how Satan is a beautiful liar! Do you think you'll meet all your friends in Hell and have a big party? That's not what the Bible teaches. You'll be screaming in the torments of molten sulfur (brimstone, Revelation 21:8). The only promise that the wicked have is that God will punish them in flaming fire for all eternity (2nd Thessalonians 1:8-9; Revelation 20:15; 21:8). If your friends are in Hell when you get there—you won't be partying together, holding hands and singing campfire songs. You'll be tormented day-and-night forever, without rest nor relief! Revelation 14:11, “And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.”

Acts 10:43, “To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.” You don't have to become religious to go to Heaven. The issue is your sins. You are a sinner, and so am I. Only Jesus Christ lived a sinless life, which is why He is the only One Who could qualify as the Lamb of God, sacrificed for our sins. Jesus paid a debt that He did not owe, because we owed a debt that we could not pay. 1st Corinthians 1:18, “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” What an awesome Savior! Jesus is the precious only begotten Son of God, the Christ, the Lamb of God!!!

Ephesians 4:18-19, "Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness."

“And Such Were Some Of You;
...But Ye Are Washed
—1st Corinthians 6:11


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