- Kanye West talked about his faith at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Chuch
- In it, he opens up about finding God and using His influence for good
- But it appears that his boastfulness has not faded, as he proclaimed that the greatest artist that God has ever created is now working for Him”
The Jesus is King rapper, 42, told parishioners at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, on Sunday that he knew that God had been calling him all along.
“I know that God’s been calling me for a long time and the devil’s been distracting me for a long time,” he said while standing with the pastor in Osteen’s mega church.
Kanye West gets candid on his faith
West spoke in front of a crowd of about 16,000 people at the mega church at 11AM service during an interview with Osteen from the stage. West spoke to the parishioners about his recent conversion to Christianity and how God has been guiding him ever since.
“When I was in my lowest points, God was there with me and sending me visions and inspiring me, and I remember sitting in the hospital at UCLA after having a mental breakdown and there’s documentation of me drawing a church and start a church in the middle of Calabasas,” he added, referring to his 2016 hospitalization during his Saint Pablo tour.
Last month, West released “Jesus is King,” a Gospel-themed album that’s been described as Christian rap.
In recent months, West had been very outspoken about his converted faith. Back in April, a People Magazine revealed that a source shared with them that West is “extremely passionate about his faith and wants to share it more regularly with people,” adding how “he spends a lot of time studying and praying, and wants to share his journey.”
He went on to share that despite “all of that arrogance and cockiness that y’all have seen from me” in the past, “God is now using him.”
“Because 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,” he said.
Kanye West’s wife, Kim Kardashian West, as well as their daughter, North West, was in attendance at the church.
Later on that evening, West is set to return to the mega church for a special Sunday Service performance.
Osteen’s mega church welcomes as many as 50,000 people per week, according to a 2018 report by the Houston Chronicle. Note that this figure does not include the estimated 10 million people on live streams at home.
West also touched on a variety of topics in what he called his “streams of consciousness,” including religion, the perils of fame and money, going to church as a child, strip clubs and the devil.
“The only superstar is Jesus,” West said as the crowd applauded loudly at his statement.
But West’s trademark boastfulness hasn’t completely disappeared.
“Now the greatest artist that God has ever created is now working for Him,” West said. After the service, Osteen told reporters he was excited that West was “using his influence for the Lord.”