Russell Brand: When Criminals Convert to Follow Jesus Christ

Russell Brand: When Criminals Convert to Follow Jesus Christ May 17, 2024

Can Jesus save notorious Criminals?
Can Jesus save notorious Criminals? Russell Brand

Russell Brand has interviewed his first Christian on his podcast. He chose the notorious Ex-Drug Smuggler, Michael Emmett, who is now a major part of the Prison Alpha movement. He was introduced to Holy Trinity Brompton whilst in prison via his wife’s friend Sam Fox.  His testimony features a falling of the Holy Spirit on a group of prisoners during what sounds like it was the time of the Toronto Blessing.  He describes encountering the power of the Holy Spirit which overwhelmed him with peace and healed his troubled mind.

It is an interesting choice for  Russell Brand to interview Michael Emmett, not least because as far as I am aware Russell Brand continues to be under investigation for claims (which he strongly denies) that he committed historic sex abuse crimes when he was a famously promiscuous celebrity.

One thing is for certain, Christians must never forget that Jesus is in the business of giving second chances to ANYONE no matter what they are accused of doing.  We must not allow cancel culture to warp us into cynics.  When we hear of a notorious conversion, it is understandable to want to wait and see what the impact of it is on the person’s life. Well with Michael Emmett there is no doubt that the impact has been huge for him and many other prisoners.

Russell Brand describes his guest as follows:

Michael Emmett grew up in London and Sins of Fathers is his first book. He was a career criminal, that made $17 million during his time as a drug smuggler…however Michael’s life was transformed during his time in prison. He credits his miraculous life-change to his faith in God. Since his release from prison, he has helped prisoners and ex-offenders. You can get his book Sins of the Fathers

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About Adrian Warnock
Adrian Warnock is a medical doctor. He worked as a psychiatrist and in the pharmaceutical industry on clinical trials. He has been a Christian writer since 2003 and is a published author. Alongside his career Adrian also served on a church leadership team. He was diagnosed with blood cancer in May 2017 and is the founder of Blood Cancer Uncensored an online patient support group. Adrian is passionate about helping people learn to approach suffering with hope and compassion. Adrian qualified in 1995 with an MB BS medical degree from London University (in the USA this would be called an MD). Adrian also has post graduate qualifications in both Psychiatry (MRCPsych) and Pharmaceutical Medicine (MFFM and DipPharmMed). He studied theology through courses organised by Newfrontiers. You can read more about the author here.
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