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2/28/13 at 11:27 PM 7 Comments

When Actor Steve McQueen Went to Church

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According to the Internet Movie Database, Actor Steve McQueen "rose from a troubled youth spent in reform schools to being the world's most popular actor."

Steve McQueen's 27 year film career included numerous classics. Early in his career he had a role in the horror film The Blob which was made by a group of Christians. The movie's director and producer would later make some of the most popular Christian films of the 1960s and 70s such as The Gospel Blimp and A Thief in the Night.

But McQueen was not open to the gospel message at that time. Instead he was pursuing personal pleasure via alcohol, drugs, cars and women. However, his film career eventually began to decline and his pursuits changed.

God Reports describes how McQueen learned to fly and befriended pilot Sammy Mason. As their friendship grew Mason told McQueen how he found meaning for life in Jesus Christ. McQueen started visiting the Ventura Missionary Church, the church Mason attended. Pastor Leonard Dewitt spent hours answering McQueen's questions.

McQueen's faith grew but he didn't have a long time to live for Christ. His health declined and shortly before his death, McQueen met Billy Graham.

According to God Reports, "Four days after his meeting with Graham, he died of a heart attack with the evangelist’s Bible resting on his chest. It was opened to his favorite verse, that old, familiar promise so simple a child could grasp it, yet so profound the angels cannot comprehend it: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, so that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

McQueen's conversion story is worth reading. Check it out:

The spiritual journey of actor Steve McQueen

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