Kanye West is one of the top-selling musical artists of all time, but his earliest music was so raunchy that Billboard wrote an article in 2016 listing his most profanity-laced lyrics. We could not print those words here.
Kanye was the last guy anybody expected to give his life to Jesus.
But things started changing a few years ago. In 2014, during one of his concerts, he referred to himself as a Christian. That same year, his flamboyant wife, Kim Kardashian, made the announcement more official. “He has had an amazing evolution of being born again and being saved by Christ,” she said.
Many Christians rolled their eyes. Kanye West? No way. But with the Oct. 25 release of his new album, Jesus Is King, the unpredictable hip-hop artist made it clear that he’s rapping for the Lord now.
Earlier this week on James Corden’s Late Late Show, Kanye seemed to glow as he talked about his new faith. “God has always had a plan for me, and He always wanted to use me,” said Kanye, who is 42. “But I think He wanted me to suffer more and wanted people to see my suffering and see my pain … So now when I talk about how Jesus saved me, more people can relate to that experience.”
Jesus Is King is Kanye’s ninth studio LP and his first foray into gospel rap. It hit No. 1 on the United States iTunes chart and is expected to hit the top of the Billboard 200 this week. It’s getting mixed reviews, probably because secular critics don’t know what to do with a converted rap star; meanwhile, many Christians aren’t sure whether the singer’s faith is genuine or just a publicity stunt designed to rake in more millions.
Last month when Kanye did a gospel concert at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church near Atlanta, a huge crowd clapped and swayed to his anthems and cheered when they realized the rapper is a brother in Christ. But when the video of that concert was posted on YouTube, some believers weren’t convinced.
One person posted: “I will not trust Kanye West until he proves over time that his claimed faith is real.” Another viewer wrote: “This isn’t from God. You can’t mix what is unholy with what is holy.” And another skeptic posted: “No wonder Lucifer was the minister of music! Don’t be deceived!”
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SOURCE: Charisma News