Rap, R&B and now Gospel-music icon Kanye West joined Pastor Joel Osteen for a service on Sunday night at his church in Houston.
West, who recently opened up about his love for Jesus and Christianity, shared several of his personal struggles to Osteen and the 17,000 gathered in attendance.
While West’s openness about his faith is new, he admitted that God had been calling him throughout his career. At the end of October, West released Jesus is King, his ninth studio album.
“I know that God’s been calling me for a long time and the devil has been distracting me for a long time. When I was at my lowest points, God was there with me. Inspiring me and sending me visions,” West said via CBN News.
“The devil will come and do everything he can to distract people from showing service to the Lord. The arrogance you saw me use before is being used for God now,” he continued.
And, “Every time I stand up, I am drawing a line in the sand and saying I’m here in service for God.”
“The mentality is that Satan is as powerful as God, but this isn’t true. The trend is going to change. Jesus has won the victory because now the greatest artist that God ever created is working for him,” West mentioned, per CBN.
West said he was led to church as a child by his father and was now responsible for taking his own family as its patriarch.
“My dad had me in church three times a week. My mom had me in church two times a week. Now that I have a family, there is a responsibility for me to be like my mom and dad,” he said at the service.
West also shared his struggles and his belief that he needs Jesus to overcome his addictions.
“Those addictions are on us even when you are saved and fully delivered. We are all human and fall short of the glory. Christians are not going to be Christ – we are going to follow Christ and be Christ-like and repent for our sins. It’s that constant repentance. People who don’t accept the Bible don’t want to accept that they’re wrong,” he said.
Following the Bible can free us all. Jesus can set you free. The more and more that this entire country follows Christ and sets the example that we are a Christian country.
Reinstate the fear and love of God and eliminate the fear and love of everything else. God is not the enemy. God is love, the greatest and the glory, family, friendship and prosperity. Keep your eye on the beauty and the love and the grace of God. The grace that allows us to be here today with all of our sins. We know that when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we will be granted eternal life.
West closed the service with a prayer and thanked several individuals who continue to support him through his embrace of Christianity and gospel music.
“Lord, Christ, Father God, thank you for this moment. Thank you for the anointed words and the mission that Joel has been set on. The hundreds of thousands of people that Joel has brought to Christ and being that oftentimes that first step that invites us to let us know how good Jesus is and how good Your love is. Thank you for bringing me up in the church.
“Thank you for the opportunity to have given me a platform that is so vast, that no one can take away once I have turned over everything to You. Thank you for the opportunity to stand on this stage without judgment, next to one of the strongest voices in the Christian community. Thank you for having my family here today. The West side of the family.
Thank you so much, God, for this opportunity. In Jesus’ name, we pray, amen.”
Watch the full service below:
Watch Kanye's Sunday Service at Lakewood Church LIVE at 7pm.In addition to Pastor Joel and Kanye’s Q&A during the Sunday 11am service, Kanye and The Sunday Service Collective will be bringing the ‘Jesus is King: Sunday Service Experience’ to Lakewood Church Sunday night at 7pm!Visit www.LakewoodChurch.com/SundayService for the most up-to-date information.
Posted by Lakewood Church on Sunday, November 17, 2019