Reformation Charlotte has been covering the Kanye West conversion saga with a cautiously optimistic but critical eye for quite some time. While many of my closest friends have urged us to give him time show fruits, we’ve held the position that if West is truly born-again, our criticism isn’t going take that away from him. In fact, as a highly visible popular figure — and one who now claims Christ — this does place him in a position to be scrutinized publicly for his words, actions, and associations.
This is what we have done. First, we reported that Kanye West, during one of his famous Sunday Morning “worship” services, preached to the crowd in support of heretics like T.D. Jakes and defended Mormons and Catholics stating that we “all have the same gospel.” Of course, Bible-believing Christians know that’s not true and it is a dangerous position to hold.
Then, we reported that Joel Osteen was reaching out to him attempting to get him to come to his church. Our biggest fear was that Kanye would be swooped up by these wolves in sheep’s clothing because, as it is still very obvious, Kanye West is still addicted to fame and celebrity. As our fears proved true, West did show up at Osteen’s church and while he was there, he relentlessly promoted himself on stage.
Now, it looks like West and Joel Osteen are in full partnership, as TMZ reports the two are planning a huge mega-event in 2020 where they will be preaching together along with Osteen’s wife, Victoria. The report says that sources close to TMZ say that they plan on Osteen preaching his sermon, then West “doing his thing” with the music. But if history repeats itself — as it did at Lakewood a few weeks ago — West will be up there promoting himself and preaching too. We will see.
The event is expected to be a sell-out with 54,251 seats — ten thousand more than Lakewood. We really don’t want to see Kanye slip away and be devoured by false teachers and a false gospel, but the problem is, Kanye West is still in the spotlight when he doesn’t need to be. If he is — and again, we truly hope that he is — truly a born-again believer, it’s time to step down from the self-proclaimed pulpit.