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“Wizards of Waverly Place” Actor Speaks About Virtue and Chastity

Ladies, Project Inspired makes a point to promote purity and modesty in many of our posts. We feel society has become so sexualized and that the media plays a huge part in promoting sex and promiscuity.

There are so many celebrities who willingly sexualize themselves, not only as part of their “art,” such as partaking in sexually charged movies, television shows and music videos, but also in their own personal lives, such as dressing very provocatively. However, the good news is that there are still some young stars who are prepared to stand up for virtue and chastity.

One of those celebs is actor David Henrie, who played Justin Russo in Wizards of Waverly Place and Larry on That’s So Raven, among other roles.

Henrie accepted an invitation to speak at the Southwest Catholic Youth Conference. This was an all-day celebration recommended for young adults ages 13 to 25, and its mission was to “awaken and strengthen the Catholic youth of the Southwest by promoting the virtue of chastity, and celebrating the gift of the Catholic faith.” Henrie stated he wanted to be a part of this event because it was a first for Catholic youth.

More than 600 teens were expected to attend the SWCYC. Other event speakers included Catholic author and speaker Jason Evert, recording artist Danielle Rose, author and speaker Chris Stefanick, worship leader Simon Gerard Cordero, Bishop James Wall of the Diocese of Gallup and Bishop Fernando Isern of the Diocese of Pueblo.

We live in a society that is now coming to grips with the consequences of the so called sexual revolution. Chastity is not saying NO to sex, but saying YES to purity. Statistics show us that more and more teens are choosing to save sex until marriage thanks to events like the SWCYC” (Catholic author and speaker Jason Evert).

With both virtue and chastity lacking in Hollywood, I think it’s refreshing when a young celebrity, especially a male celeb, stands up for purity. I’ve always admired Tim Tebow for his Christian values, and especially for his open admittance to remain abstinent until marriage. I pray more stars recognize the benefits of these virtues and openly promote them to our youth.

The Southwest Catholic Youth Conference took place on Saturday, September 15 at the Farmington Civic Center in Farmington, New Mexico.

Ladies, did you attend this event? What kind of Christian event do you wish would come to your area?

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  1. SereneInChrist

    Posted by SereneInChrist on December 16, 2014 at 20:59

    I think no matter what you believe in, there is no doubting the emotional physical, and psychological damage impurity does to people, both male and female; but just in different ways.
    I feel as if a majority of society’s excuse is “its a natural thing! Everyone goes through it! Stop acting like sexuality is this big, scary monster that needs to be contained!”

    Sexuality, God’s way, IS beautiful. In the proper time and place.

  2. pinkkitty523

    Posted by pinkkitty523 on July 11, 2014 at 18:53

    So… is he a Christian or no? Does he claim to be one?

    • Huski13

      Posted by Huski13 on August 18, 2014 at 08:05

      He’s catholic which is a christian denomination. So yes he’s christian. 🙂

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by mypet5556 on June 21, 2013 at 11:48

    David Henry <3
    you've got to love him

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by Paulina_Fuhrmann on June 4, 2013 at 17:17

    My youth group at my church is going to the National Youth Gathering in Texas this year. Unfortunately, I have other obligations! I’m really hoping on going in a couple years though!

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by safire2012 on December 2, 2012 at 14:31

    Jason Evert is really good, I have a pamphlet by him.

    • Rusty101

      Posted by Rusty101 on December 13, 2013 at 15:08

      He’s the best! 😀 I love listening to his talks on YouTube, he and his wife are amazing and have touching testimonies. You should read one of their latest books, “21 Ways to Find Your Soul Mate without Losing Your Soul”

  6. Rosalynd

    Posted by Rosalynd on October 2, 2012 at 18:48

    I never knew that David Henrie was Catholic! I always assumed that he was Jewish or something (unfortunately, I was stereotyping the eyebrows), but I’m so happy to know that one of my favorite actors is a Christian and proud of it! 😀

  7. Nellie

    Posted by Nellie on September 27, 2012 at 21:23

    I think this is totally amazing, even if he is from shows like wizards of waverly place and thats so raven. Better than the nickalodean show slide or h20 or any of those other ungodly shows, especially since the wizards one is widely accepted as fiction… i think that this is a refreshing spot if light in the dark world of hollywood!!

  8. Project Inspired

    Posted by Kelly2_0 on September 27, 2012 at 14:22

    Wow! It’s so refreshing indeed to see someone my age have such good values. I love how one of the speakers mentioned: “It’s not about saying NO to sex..but saying YES to purity”.. I love it! Amazing post!

  9. songbird5470

    Posted by songbird5470 on September 26, 2012 at 09:35

    Reading something like this reminds me that we should pray for these young celebrities that they may stay strong in what they believe in.

  10. Project Inspired

    Posted by Kaley on September 25, 2012 at 05:09

    I love the fact that he is standing up for purity. But other than that, he is not a good role model. He is on wizards of waverly place and was on that so raven which is promoting sorcery, which the Bible says to have nothing to do with. If we are saying he’s a good role model, people will start watching the show and even if it seems innocenct, all it is is a foothold for the devil. Sorry to put a downer on this, but he really shouldn’t be praised as someone who is following God’s word, because he is doing the exact opposite :/

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by JesusFreak3278 on November 22, 2014 at 15:41

      I would have to disagree with you on that. I do know that the Bible says to have nothing to do with sorcery and witchcraft, and I wholeheartedly agree with that. I would have a problem if this show and/or the actors portrayed wizardry as nonfictional or showed practices like communicating with the dead, etc. However, 2 of the stars, David Henrie and Selena Gomez, are alleged Christians, and the show is clearly just a fun and entertaining portrayal of an imaginative fantasy. I mean, what kid doesn’t want a magic wand? Just because you like to watch a funny kids show about teenagers with magical abilities doesn’t mean you support sorcery. I know other families have varying ideals and ideas about TV shows but I come from a fairly strict Christian family (my dad only let me read the Harry Potter series after reading to me a section of the Bible discussing the evils of witchcraft and sorcery) and nobody in my family has a problem with this show. I don’t mean to offend anyone or start any debates; I just wanted to make the point that just because a Christian watches or stars in a show about wizards doesn’t mean they are a bad Christian or support sorcery. 🙂

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by God Girl on August 8, 2013 at 02:52

      Thank you,I was reading this and thinking seriously is this what us Christians are calling role models now,but thank you for saying it.

  11. Jesus_chick_529

    Posted by Jesus_chick_529 on September 24, 2012 at 17:33

    Its things like these that make me proud to be Catholic/a Christian <3

  12. Project Inspired

    Posted by guerra_jb on September 24, 2012 at 16:51

    Southwest Believer’s Convention in Ft. Worth is always an awesome experience for me every summer(:

  13. Project Inspired

    Posted by JennaBel on September 23, 2012 at 18:43

    I’m so happy to see someone like David Henrie doing this!! I love it and I love seeing some of the good still in the world, especially now when everything that you hear just seems like bad news. Thanks for sharing, awesome!! 🙂

  14. Project Inspired

    Posted by LaurenMancil98 on September 22, 2012 at 11:27

    That is so great! we need more celebrities in today’s world that aren’t afraid to share their faith and morals! 🙂

  15. faulty-but-real

    Posted by faulty-but-real on September 22, 2012 at 05:41

    🙂 that’s all i got!! 🙂 this is the best!

  16. Project Inspired

    Posted by amanda1 on September 21, 2012 at 20:05

    I met him on the set of Wizards and hes really sweet too!

  17. HurricaneMurphGirl

    Posted by HurricaneMurphGirl on September 20, 2012 at 13:03

    That sounds so cool! I, personally, am not Catholic, and do not really have the money to go to an event like this. However, I really think it’s an awesome idea, and I hope that the people who were able to attend were blessed! =)

  18. Patty

    Posted by Patty on September 20, 2012 at 12:39

    wow, that is so awesome … I really like David and now knowing that he is a catholic as me and he’s not afraid of showing it I like him even more … keep going and encouraging the world David :))

    • dancinggiraffe17

      Posted by dancinggiraffe17 on September 25, 2012 at 04:46

      ^^ I agree:) it’s super great that not only is there a man that is standing up for purity but a famous young adult:) makes me feel like I’m not alone

  19. Project Inspired

    Posted by liv4christ on September 20, 2012 at 12:33

    Every other year there is an event called Youth Quest for thousands of teens in my denomination. This year it is in Baltimore at the Renaissance Hotel, in December. I can’t wait!!

  20. Paris

    Posted by Paris on September 19, 2012 at 20:37

    There is still some light left in Hollywood.

  21. hlaluvzjesus

    Posted by hlaluvzjesus on September 19, 2012 at 17:34

    That’s amazing 🙂

  22. Project Inspired

    Posted by ForHim15 on September 19, 2012 at 17:34

    I wish I could have gone, although I am not Catholic. I would love to have a Christian Youth conference with awesome speakers like this! 🙂