Kanye West is a hot topic lately because of his traveling Sunday Service. For those of you who don’t know who Kanye is, he is a rapper, singer, songwriter, music producer, fashion designer and the husband of Kim Kardashian and the father of their four children.
A couple of weeks ago, Kanye took his Sunday Service to New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta where the pastor is Jamal Bryant. People had a lot to say about it; some good and some bad. After listening to all the controversy around his visit, Pastor Jamal Bryant tweeted the following:
With all the debate surrounding #kanyewest coming to @newbirthmbc nobody has asked did anybody accept #jesuschrist as Lord ….156!! Tell me again the issue?? Never mind!jamalbryant (@jamalhbryant)
In an interview with Sister Circle TV to discuss the controversy around Kanye in his pulpit, he said, “However it is, I got to get them in church. I had 500 people in line at 6:30 in the morning.” In that interview, he also mentioned playing secular music in church. When asked about it he said, “We have to maintain some level of balance. Jesus ate with sinners, publicans, prostitutes, and gang bangers. Churches have to go back to doing that. Our churches are dying. We have to do something to make Jesus relevant.” You can watch that interview below…
Many have jumped on the Kanye bandwagon and have said things like Jesus can use Kanye to win a lot of souls for the kingdom. We are living in very tricky times. Everyone who mentions God, Jesus, carries a Bible and goes to church is not a Christian. I am not judging Kanye nor am I criticizing him. What I am doing is asking us to be very careful and mindful of the times in which we live because many of us have mastered how to do church; how to look like a Christian and how to talk like a Christian yet we are as far away from salvation as the East is from the West.
For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones. See, I have warned you about this ahead of time.Matthew 24:24-25
The message of salvation preached loudly today is a message that says God is love, therefore, you can call yourself a Christian and live however you choose. False! God is love. Facts! He hates the sin yet he loves the sinner. “Come out from among them and be separate,” is how Christians are called to live.
Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world.1 John 4:1
When Harry met Sally, a Christian woman and they began dating/getting to know each other, he told her, “I don’t read my Bible.” Sally was confused. What do you mean, she asked. He repeated it in a very matter of fact way, “I don’t read my Bible.” Well, at that moment, Sally was ready to be done getting to know him because she couldn’t understand not reading your Bible yet say you’re a Christian. Sally talked it over with a Christian friend who told her something along the lines of, “Everyone is on a different journey in their walk with God. Give him a chance.”
Against her better judgment, Sally listened to her friend and continued getting to know Harry. That’s when she found out he belongs to an organization that functions like a cult.
After attending several meetings and seeing the organization for what it is; a mind-controlling, time-consuming, money-grabbing, manipulating, brainwashing cult, Sally never stepped foot in the building again. That was the beginning of the end. Harry and Sally began to have one argument after the next because this cult came before her and their relationship. It came before everything and anybody. Not before long, Sally ended the relationship for reasons based on the truth of Gods word:
Two people can’t walk together unless they be agreed. Amos 3:3The Holy Bible
Choose ye this day whom you will serve. Joshua 24:15
No one can serve two masters. Matthew 6:24
Be ye not unequally yoked. 2 Corinthians 6:14
Seek ye first the kingdom of God. Matthew 6:33
So, what do Harry and Sally have to do with Kanye and his Sunday Service? Unless and until you know the truth, you cannot identify a lie. Truth exposes lies! Because Sally knows the truth, she was able to see that organization for what it is. If Harry read the Bible, he, too, would know that being a part of that organization goes against the word of God and the Christianity he claims. Actually, he would’ve never ended up in the cult in the first place if he read his Bible.
Worship music, gospel music, Christian music has its place, however, it cannot and should not take the place of the truth found in God’s word. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Kanye’s Sunday Service is a traveling music concert without preaching or Bible reading. P.S. I watched Sunday Service on YouTube and the first thing I said was, “This guy? Say it ain’t so!” and then rolled my eyes because I am very familiar with the musical director who functions in the same role at a church I used to attend.
We are living in dangerous times. If you don’t have the gift of discernment, you will be led astray. The brand of Christianity and salvation taught today is all about getting people to follow the pastor and add members to the church and not about leading people to be followers of Jesus Christ. Contrary to popular preaching and teaching, the Christian life isn’t all about victories and easy times and as a follower said on Twitter, “JESUS IS NOT THE LOTTERY. If I hear another pastor speaking wealth and money over people I will literally scream.”
As the majority have said, God can use Kanye in a mighty way. The devil can use him too. In case you didn’t know; God has a plan for our lives and so does the devil. My only prayer for Kanye West is that truth surrounds him. I pray that he has given his life to Jesus and that he is filled with and led by the power of the Holy Spirit and that all of his musical gifts, talents, and abilities are surrendered to the Lord for his use in his way. Lastly, I pray that he opens the Bible and reads it for himself.
And a word to pastors; be very careful who you let into your pulpit. You are responsible for the soul of every person under their voice and you will be judged in a way that ought to make you think twice.
Something to think about…
What say you? Is Jesus irrelevant? What do you think about playing secular music at a Sunday morning service or in church period? Do we need to merge the outside world with the church to win souls to Christ? What are your overall thoughts about all of this?
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