Popular rapper and music producer Kanye West declared himself a formidable servant of Jesus Sunday as he called America back to God, teased big plans to evangelize the youth through new music and warned agents of the devil that “no weapon formed against me shall prosper.”
“Every time I stand up, I feel that I’m standing up and drawing a line in the sand and saying, ‘I’m here in service to God and no weapon formed against me shall prosper,’” West said in a wide-ranging discussion with Pastor Joel Osteen of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, before an audience of 17,000, at the church’s 11 a.m. service.
West, who revealed that his mother and father raised him in church and taught him the fear of God, said he now wants to do the same for his children he shares with wife, Kim Kardashian West.
“As I now have a family. I’m 42 years old, married for five years, there is a latent responsibility for me to become more like my mother, who’s gone to Heaven, and more like my father, who’s working and building a water purification system in the DR. You know with rappers there’s so many things that we’ve done to maintain the idea of coolness. You know we have our own daughters and we’d still be rapping about trying to hook up with somebody daughter,” West said.
Kanye West and his daughter North at Lakewood Church. | Photo: Lakewood Church
He explained that he is no longer blinded by the grip fame once had on him.
“A lot of times when you are in service to fame, money, manpower, you start to feel like Satan is the most powerful. And you start to feel like if you service God that in life it means you will not prosper. And the only way to prosper is in service to fame. You know it’s like the devil stole all the good producers, the devil stole all the good musicians, all the good artists, all the good designers, all the good business people and said you got to come over and work for me. And now the trend, the shift is going to change.
“Jesus has won the victory. Because now, now I told you about my arrogance and cockiness already, now the greatest artist that God has ever created is now working for Him,” he said with a grin.
Looking back at West’s life in the secular music industry which glorifies anything but the fear of God, Osteen asked the rapper if he had any words of advice he could share with his younger self that could have helped him change the trajectory of his life.
While noting that there is nothing he could say that could reach his younger self, West explained that he believes music could and said he was working on new music to evangelize the younger generation.
“It’s nothing I could say to the younger Kanye through words. I could speak to the younger Kanye through music … so this music gon’ come every month. We dropping that heat. We in the studio. God is strengthening our hands. We have writers, we have producers, we’re taking all the most fire producers and bringing them back to God. All the best voices, all the best dancers for us to see that it’s through Christ,” West said.
Photo: Lakewood Church