IS KANYE WEST A DECEIVER?

There are many Christians who are critical of Kanye West’s recent interview with Joel Osteen and subsequent concert at Lakewood church. They say he was promoting a false Jesus and a false gospel and leading people to hell – even calling his concert a Satanic ritual filled with New Age symbols etc. They do not believe Kanye has been truly converted. Instead, they believe he’s a deceiver. Are they right?

I watched most of the interview and the concert, and was blessed, encouraged, and edified by it all. I even wept and laughed through some of it. Those who believe Kanye is a deceiver and are being vocal about it are missing the mark. They’re criticizing Kanye when they should be watching and praying over his soul. I believe he has been genuinely converted but remains a famous celebrity rapper and billionaire, while at the same time, being a baby in the faith.

Don’t you think the devil would make him a main target of his attacks? He is proclaiming and singing about Jesus! Thousands are now reading the Bible that weren’t before. Thousands are attending church that weren’t before. Thousands are coming to Christ. Damage is being done to the kingdom of darkness. But there is a war and a fight for his soul.

Meanwhile too many believers keep forming weapons against him by questioning his conversion and calling him a great deceiver. Frankly, it displays a great immaturity and a lack of genuine love and concern for a young lamb whom wolves are seeking to tempt and devour.

Yes, he is raw. Yes, he has his rough edges as all new believers do when they are new converts. But I have no doubt he is a bonafide believer in Jesus Christ and is reaching multitudes with his testimony and message. But too many keep harping on every little thing he’s doing in his concerts and looking for the devil in it all. Then they tell the whole world he’s a false convert. They’re playing right into the hands of what the devil wants. More strife, more discord, more divisiveness in the body of Christ. Please stop the divisive rhetoric and the heresy hunting.

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Kanye West is our brother, but the temptations are great at the level of influence he is at right now in the Kingdom. This is where caution must also be exercised. I say this because there’s a second group of Christians who must refrain from giving him idolatrous adulation and borderline worship. He’s been idolized and worshipped by the world, but must learn that kingdom principles run counterculture to the world.

Kanye’s Christian critics, really self-proclaimed watchmen, are actually rooting for Kanye to be exposed and fall. They would be happy for it because then they would be right and proclaim to everyone who wouldn’t listen to them, “I told you so!” This is a religious, Pharisaical spirit. It manifests in a self-righteousness and accuses preachers of abdicating their responsibilities of “protecting the sheep” from Kanye because we won’t call him out for the deceiver they believe he is. What arrogance!

The right spirit is to rejoice in Kanye’s salvation and testimony while being sober and watchful in prayer for him. Those who are walking in the right spirit are cheering for Kanye, hoping that he will overcome the many temptations of a high profile celebrity and become a mature disciple.

Pray for Kanye West. “And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matt. 6:13).

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KANYE WEST SHOWING CHRISTIAN LEADERS HOW IT’S DONE

In the same way God is using President Donald Trump to bully back on fake news and fake America, and political correctness, so He has begun to use a young convert and American Christian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, and fashion designer Kanye West, to do the same in the culture and music industry.

With little to no theological training, with no prestigious degree or lofty title beside his name, with riches and fame to lose, Kanye West is showing passive Christian leaders, muted church pastors, and TV celebrity preachers how it’s done.

Actually, Kanye represents much more. He represents a certain judgment on the silent American preacher. He is teaching Christian leaders what a sin it is to be silent in such a grossly dark and critical time in America. He is teaching us how to voice our faith, spread the gospel, and lift up Jesus.

TOO MANY PULPITS HAVE BEEN SILENT FOR TOO LONG

New research shows that while 90 percent of pastors believe the Bible has much to say about today’s pressing political and societal issues, fewer than 10 percent are talking about those issues from the pulpit.

Researcher George Barna spoke recently on American Family Radio’s, Today’s Issues, about his research project over the past two years, where pastors across the country were asked about their beliefs regarding the relevancy of Scripture to societal, moral and political issues, and the content of their sermons in light of their beliefs.

What he found was startling.

When pastors were asked about all the key issues of the day, 90% of them told Barna that the Bible does speak on these issues. But then when they were asked if they were teaching their people concerning these issues the percentages dropped to just below 10%.

Why such a disconnect between knowing the truth and preaching the truth? Sam Rohrer, president of the American Pastors Network, said this:

“The reality is that most people, including pastors, wish to be comfortable and to avoid controversy.”

Wow! Frankly, that’s wimpy.

The nature of the gospel is offensive and controversial.

If the issues of present day America that are dividing our nation and placing us in danger of an immoral and socialist takeover are not being proclaimed and explained from the pulpits of America, Christian leaders will have to answer to God. Issues such as marriage and divorce, life and family, sexual immorality, abortion, homosexuality, and such must be preached and taught by our pastors and ministers.

Barna reported in his findings that in the pastor’s minds, “Controversy keeps people from being in the seats, controversy keeps people from giving money, and from attending programs.”

He also found that when asked how they measure the success of their churches, most pastors look to five factors: attendance, giving, number of programs, number of staff, and square footage.”

The fact that so many pastors are more concerned with these things more than they are about the condition of the souls they shepherd is without excuse. This is shameful. It is a serious abdication of their responsibilities as ministers of the gospel.

When this happens, God, in answer to the prayers of the remnant begins to raise up unlikely iconics  like Kanye West to point the way. It is the 11th hour and many laborers are just now entering into the harvest fields. Many “stuck-in-the-mud” Christian leaders and passive shepherds are going to have to step aside for the young radicals like Kanye that are coming and are already here.

Here’s what Kanye is saying:

“It’s my job to let people know what Jesus has done for me.”

Kanye announced that he will no longer be making secular music, and will focus on making “only gospel from here on out.”

“Who told you that my career would be over? The same people that are telling you that you can’t have a right to say who you will vote for,” West said. “Those people will be soon to take Jesus out of school. Those people will be soon to remove Jesus, period, from America, which is the Bible Belt. Those people will be so mad. Come on man.” interview with BigBoyTV

I think Kanye recognizes the present danger of America’s spiritual and moral condition better than most preachers and pastors do. I for one, am thanking God for him. Will he stand? Pray for him, and I believe his chances will be greatly increased. I understand he’s being discipled and mentored, which is most important.

Could his conversion be the beginning of a mushrooming move of God in the music, media, and fashion industry, in Hollywood, and the mainstream of the American culture? Could this lead to another Jesus movement? It certainly is cause for rejoicing because the gospel is being preached in the mainstream.

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