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Kanye West’s Sunday Service Talk With Joel Osteen: 5 Takeaways

Kanye West is gearing up to bring his Sunday Service performance to televangelist Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church Sunday (Nov. 17) after the pastor personally invited West following the superstar’s latest renewed commitment to Christianity.

Since organizing his first Sunday Service choir in January 2019, Kanye has been embracing the light of God and spreading his message with full conviction. West brought the service to cities and towns all over the country and recently held a moving performance for the inmates at Harris County Jail in Houston.

His latest gospel album, Jesus Is King, caught the attention of the famed pastor, which led to the the artist’s invitation to the megachurch.

“Kanye and Joel are friends. He’s been wanting to come out for some time and it just worked out for this weekend,” Donald Iloff, Jr., a representative for the church, told the Houston Chronicle.  

Before Kanye hits the stage for his special performance Sunday evening, Osteen spoke with Ye during his 11 a.m. service about the journey he’s taken to his faith.

Check out Billboard‘s five takeaways from West’s conversation with Osteen below.

The Life Of Pablo Was Supposed to Be a Full Gospel Album

Kanye revealed right away that his seventh studio album, The Life of Pablo, was intended to be a full-on gospel album. Besides having certain gospel themes, the album’s end result wasn’t what West intended. Kanye explained he didn’t know how to make a gospel album because “the Christians around me were too beaten into submission by society to not speak up and profess the gospel to me because I was a superstar.” He mentioned further that Jesus is the only superstar and that he was in full service to God.

His Dad Is Building a Water Purification Center in the Dominican Republic

The spiritual vibes are flowing throughout the entire West family. On top of Kanye spreading the good word and Kim Kardashian West doing her part to help out prisoners in the prison system, Kanye’s dad is getting in on the action. While explaining he has a responsibility to his family to be more like his own mother and father, Kanye briefly mentioned his father is building a water purification center in the Dominican Republic.   

Kanye Thinks ‘Closed on Sunday’ Is the Hardest Song Ever Made

While continuing on the idea that he has a responsibility to be a better person for his family, Kanye said “Closed on Sunday” is the hardest record ever made, then proceeded to compare it to the music of the legendary group N.W.A. “‘Closed on Sunday’ is the hardest record ever made. It’s as hard as an N.W.A record because it’s talking about protecting your kids from the indoctrination of the media.”

Says Jesus Has Won the Victory Against Evil Because God Has His Greatest Artist Working For Him

Even though Kanye says he’s embraced the light, he’s still his same old, arrogant self. After explaining how people who are in service to fame believe that Satan is as strong as God, Kanye says those times are shifting because of him. “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,” he said. “Jesus has won the victory because now the greatest artist that God has ever created is working for him.”        

Kanye Defends Joel Osteen

West took a minute to praise Joel Osteen for his commitment to spreading the word despite receiving criticism from the media. Osteen has been looked at as a controversial figure thanks to his for-profit approach to his church and the lack of help he provided with Hurricane Harvey. But Kanye, who’s received quite the amount of criticism himself, defended his Christian brother. “There’s a lot of people in the Christian community that try to give Joel a hard time. When you turn on the radio he keeps showing you how good God is.”


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