Nick Jonas is causing a stir online with the "gospel version" of his new single "Jealous," and many Believers find the video disrespectful because they believe the message of his song is contradictory to the Gospel of Jesus.
Jonas parted ways with the Jonas Brothers in 2013 and in departing from the group he also was reportedly emancipatied "himself from the squeaky-clean shackles." The Jonas Brothers were popular for wearing purity rings and Jonas shed that as well. Although Jonas is no longer associating himself with his Christian upbringing the singer has admitted that he still has a relationship with God.
Jonas released a "gospel version" of his pop single, "Jealous" this month and the video has racked up millions of views. The singer is seen leading what appears to be a church choir in a soulful rendition of his song.
They replace the words "hellish" with "can't help it" and "sexy" with "crazy," but still proceed to sing about being jealous.
As expected several people on YouTube did not appreciate the young singer calling his song a gospel song without the gospel message of Jesus.
"Gospel has to have some meaning of Christ in it," one wrote, "This song has no meaning of Christ in it so henceforth it isn't Gospel. And some minuscule changes in lyrics doesn't make it any less disrespectful if the words were or were not still in the song."
Another said, "I know that a certain style of music gets the 'Gospel' moniker due to sounding like church music, but true Gospel music is wholesome and praises Jesus."
Someone else added,"God said being jealous is a sin. Its in the bible so there for why are they bringing pop music into music for God."
What are your thoughts? Watch the "Jealous (Gospel Version)" below:
The Jonas Brothers skyrocketed into success once they signed with Hollywood Records. The boy band popularly wore purity rings in the height of all their success symbolizing that they would wait until marriage to have sex. They eventually lost the rings and one of the brothers told the Christian Post, waiting was not what the band was about any more.
Jonas himself also spoke about his support for homosexual couples in 2012 during an interview with The Advocate.
"[We] love our gay fans," he said, "My upbringing was faith-based, but we believed you should love all others as you want to be loved, because everyone should be treated equally. ... At the end of the day, we're all the same, because we all want to be loved."
The Jonas Brothers were raised in a Christian home as their father served as a worship leader and pastor. The youngest Jonas actually got his start as a solo Christian artist signed to INO Records, but later lost that deal. Perhaps his desire to hold on to his gospel roots is his way of holding on to his faith.