Last month, Kanye West released his ninth studio album, “Jesus Is King,” which also served as his first Gospel album. The album followed a Christian theme and signified a shift in West’s faith and career.
While some have been skeptical about West’s decision to follow God and spread the Gospel, others are optimistic in West’s abrupt change of pace. In fact, in an exclusive statement to Baller Alert, Dr. Bobby Jones of BET’s Bobby Jones Gospel opened up about West’s new way of life, saying, “God works in mysterious ways.”
“I pray that the individual, Kanye West, that committed himself to do the work of Jesus Christ should be encouraged to continue,” Jones said of West’s spiritual journey. “Let’s Praise the Lord,” he added.
On Sunday, Kanye West took to Joel Osteen’s Houston megachurch to talk his rededication to Christ, his spiritual journey, God, the devil, and more. He also used the opportunity to fellowship through song, via his traveling Sunday Service choir.
“All of that arrogance and cockiness that y’all have seen me use before, God is now using for him,” West said. “Because every time I stand up, I feel that I’m standing up and drawing a line in the sand, and saying that I’m here in service to God, and no weapon formed against me shall prosper.”
“Jesus has won the victory,” West told Osteen. “Now, I told you about my arrogance and cockiness already. Now, the greatest artist that God has ever created is now working for him.”
Also, during the 20-minute spot, West opened up about sex trafficking, claiming strip clubs promote the heinous crime.
“When I’m in California, or when I’m in Vegas, they’ve got posters up advertising sex trafficking, because if there’s an advertisement for a strip club, that is advertising sex trafficking, because, at the end of the night, when they close up, the manager says, ‘How much traffic did we have?’” he said, quieting the crowd. “So if it’s a man that’s going through things with his family or going through things at work, and he feels he has to go there, we all end up participating in these spirits that get advertised to us all the time.”
In the end, West closed his speech with a prayer, thanking God for allowing him to use his platform. “Thank you for the opportunity to stand on this stage without judgment next to one of the strongest voices in the Christian community.”