Kanye West, a rap megastar formerly known for is idolatrous and immoral lyrics, has officially renounced the “secular” label and now fully identifies as a Christian artist.
Although West first broke the news of his faith in Christ with exuberance and zeal that gave many Christians pause, it looks as though the Holy Spirit continues to abide in the repentant rapper as he uses his massive platform to bring fame not to himself, but to Jesus.
According to NME, West celebrated the one-year anniversary of his first Sunday Service concert at the Union Rescue Mission, a shelter nestled in the heart of Los Angeles, America’s homelessness capital.
“A lot of times people say, ‘Thank you Ye for Sunday Service,'” he told the gathering of people in attendance. “I’m saying thank God. This thing saved my life. This thing was an alternative to opioids. This thing was an alternative to pornography.”
West also re-affirmed his identity as a Christian first and foremost, not a secular artist.
“Don’t call me secular,” he said according to a Twitter video shared by Bishop Kenneth Ulmer. “Because secular is trying to say that I’d do anything for anyone other than Christ. That’s where they got it twisted.”
“Don’t call me secular. I was distracted from what God was calling me to do. He brought me here on the 52nd week. Today marks 1 year of Sunday Service!” – .@kanyewest at #unionrescuemission #unionrescuemissionla @unionrescuemission pic.twitter.com/79zTPtKFMt
— Bishop Kenneth Ulmer (@BishopUlmer) December 29, 2019
West first made his exodus from secular rap official back in September, according to Fake Shore Drive owner Andrew Barber, who quoted West as saying he is “no longer making secular music. Only Gospel from here on out.”
At an Atlanta Sunday Service concert, West declared his intentions to be “radically in service to Christ”:
Let’s not be concerned with the opinions of men at all! Only the opinion of God! Let’s not be concerned with the validation of me at all, only of God!
I know we say, ‘oh, this is the culture, that’s the culture.’ To be radically in service to Christ is the only culture I want to know about.
in an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live back in October when Kimmel asked, “Would you consider yourself to be a Christian music artist now?”
“I’m just a Christian everything,” West replied. “Everything.”
Philippians 1:6 tells us that “He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” We can trust that if God has worked in the heart of Kanye West or any other grace-dependant sinner, He will complete it! Praise God for West’s powerful testimony and witness to this deeply fallen culture!
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