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Russell Brand talks of 'beautiful' first month as a Christian

by Premier Journalist

Comedian and actor Russell Brand has been reflecting on his first month as a Christian.

In a recent TikTok video he called it a "big change" and admitted he had to "accept that it's not like you're in a game show, and by doing really, really good things, you can get redeemed."

The 48-year-old was baptised by TV Survival expert Bear Grylls in the River Thames last month. 

Brand acknowledged he had to surrender to an "ever-present internal and accessible Jesus and that " mercy is something that's given to me, been granted to me, that I live with through love, not something that I can sort of win or achieve by doing good deeds."

And he said he'd been reading more theological literature as well. 

"I love the simplicity of the idea of God coming to earth as a man to experience what it is to be human and to sacrifice Himself because that's the only sacrifice that could bring us home, that could give us the opportunity for redemption."

Despite that, he admitted he was still young in his faith and that he was only at the beginning of understanding what it meant. 

Back in September the entertainer was jointly investigated by Channel 4 Dispatches, The Times and The Sunday Times over allegations of rape, sexual abuse and emotional manipulation between 2006 and 2013. 

Brand has denied the "very serious criminal allegations" and maintained that while he was "very, very promiscuous" in the past, all of his sexual relationships were "always consensual."

He has published a series of videos in recent months about his new Christian faith and has begun to invite others to share experiences of theirs too. 
In his latest TikTok he went on to say: "Can you remember your first month as a Christian, and let me know if since I've been talking about this publicly, it's made you think about Christianity differently."

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