What happens when a famous TV star decides to follow Jesus and become a Seventh-day Adventist? We're all finding out right now.
Angus T. Jones, 19, is one of the stars from the popular CBS comedy "Two and Half Men." He recently got baptized and became a member of a Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Los Angeles area.
Angus T. Jones' interview at the Adventist Media Center
On Oct. 8, Jones taped an interview at the Adventist Media Center for a new program called Turning Point.
In the interview, Jones talks about how he accepted Jesus in his life and how he ended up getting baptized at small Adventist church in southern California.
You can watch the full interview here:
The video is hosted by Connie Vandeman Jeffery, the associate speaker for the Voice of Prophecy ministry. The Voice of Prophecy is a supporting media ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, according to Adventist World magazine.
"Stop Watching Two and Half Men" controversy
Jones is currently all over the news because of some comments he made in a different online video.
In the video, Jones tells the viewers to stop watching "Two and Half Men," the very show reportedly paying him — according to CBS president Les Moonves — $300,000 per episode.
"I'm on Two and Half Men and I don't want to be on it." Jones pleaded. "Please stop watching it. Please stop filling your head with filth."
The video was created by a man named Christopher Hudson and uploaded to YouTube on Nov. 26. Hudson is the host of a series of conspiracy theory videos called "The Forerunner Chronicles."
The super edited video features Jones in various locations and is combined to share his life story.
Hudson has not responded to A Sabbath Blog's request for comment.
The Adventist Church said in a press release that Hudson "is not a pastor of the Seventh-day Adventist Church" and that "The Forerunner Chronicles is not a ministry operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church."
The Seventh-day Adventist Church in North released an official statement Tuesday afternoon on Angus T. Jones, the star of "Two and Half Men."
George Johnson, the communication director for the Adventist Church in North America, emailed the following statement to A Sabbath Blog.
Angus T. Jones, an actor of the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men, became a member of a local Seventh-day Adventist congregation in the San Fernando Valley area in June of 2012. On October 8, Jones was interviewed on a show called Turning Point, produced by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, in which he discussed his faith journey. The interview will air on Hope Channel (DirecTV channel 368) this Friday, November 30, at 8:00 p.m. ET. Currently, you can view an online version at http://sda.biggytv.com/watch/Turning_Point:_Angus_T._Jones/specials/
“We are happy that Angus has joined the Seventh-day Adventist family and has found a place in which he feels comfortable to worship and grow his faith,” said George Johnson, communication director for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America. “Recently, Angus made some statements concerning his spiritual journey and expressed his views concerning the television program Two and a Half Men. These comments are of a personal nature, reflecting his views after having undergone changes during his spiritual journey. We welcome him with open arms to the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church family and are excited about his commitment to God through his recent baptism at his church.”
Many inquiries have come to the Church regarding the Forerunner Chronicles interview. We are unable to offer information because Forerunner Chronicles is not a ministry operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church and its host is not a pastor of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
About the Seventh-day Adventist Church
The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a Protestant church with approximately 17 million members worldwide in 209 countries, which includes more than 1.1 million members in North America. The Seventh-day Adventist Church encourages people to develop their minds through education, their bodies through healthful living, and their spiritual connection to God through personal study of the Bible. The Church also tries to make a positive impact on the human condition through community service and worldwide development disaster relief initiatives.
Jones released a statement Tuesday evening regarding his criticism of "Two and Half Men" to media outlets. Here is his statement in full.
I have been the subject of much discussion, speculation and commentary over the past 24 hours.
While I cannot address everything that has been said or right every misstatement or misunderstanding, there is one thing I want to make clear. Without qualification, I am grateful to and have the highest regard and respect for all of the wonderful people on Two and Half Men with whom I have worked and over the past ten years who have become an extension of my family.
Chuck Lorre, Peter Roth and many others at Warner Bros. and CBS are responsible for what has been one of the most significant experiences in my life to date. I thank them for the opportunity they have given and continue to give me and the help and guidance I have and expect to continue to receive from them.
I also want all of the crew and cast on our show to know how much I personally care for them and appreciate their support, guidance and love over the years. I grew up around them and know that the time they spent with me was in many instances more than with their own families. I learned life lessons from so many of them and will never forget how much positive impact they have had on my life.
I apologize if my remarks reflect me showing indifference to and disrespect of my colleagues and a lack of appreciation of the extraordinary opportunity of which I have been blessed. I never intended that.
A Sabbath Blog will keep you updated as the story progresses.