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Prophet or Profit: Gospel Singers Support Kanye’s Sunday Service

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by G. Brown

Secular music has its legendary singers and so does gospel.  Gospel stars don’t get much bigger than Kirk Franklin and Erica Campbell.  Franklin  revolutionized gospel music by crushing conventional church music and pushing boundaries by adding a hip hop element to praise and worship.  Campbell as one half of the “Mary Mary” duo set generations free with their first hit “Shackles” and lifted spirits with a total of seven albums and earned numerous American Music Awards, ASCAP’s Golden Note Award, 7 Dove Awards and four Grammy Awards.

Both artists know music and they know enough about the Word of God not to judge Kanye and his Sunday Services. In an article by Atlanta Black Star, Franklin says, “I’m excited for any human being that is finding the medicine that lies within the gospel of Jesus Christ…Because that is the healing balm, right? It’s good for me, it was good for mama, good for grandmama, so it’s good for Kanye.”

The “Life of Pablo” singer made headlines at this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival with his open air church service. Kanye’s Sunday Services is a described by NPR as an “exclusive, musical worship gatherings for the rich and famous, from Katy Perry and Diplo to Tyler, the Creator.”  The NPR article notes, West’s services aren’t so much about piety as they are about self-promotion.”  NPR quotes a reporter who attended the Coachella service and says, “With Kanye, it’s always been this very complicated dance between whether he is worshiping God or subsuming God to his own ends…He is the church… he is the text of the sermon. It’s his songs. He is the worship. He is creating a church in himself and selling it, really,”

TRN first told you about Kanye’s worship services in April during Coachella where parishioners didn’t leave empty handed so long as they didn’t come.  The service was selling everything from $50 tube socks to sweatshirts for $225.

While some think this come to Jesus moment is new for Kanye, it really isn’t. He’s been singing about Jesus since his first album.  His 2004 debut “The College Dropout” spawned one of his first hits with the single “Jesus Walks”.

While many fans and critics aren’t sure if Kanye is sincere or playing church,  singer Campbell joins Franklin in taking a scriptural stance of not casting the first stone saying, “For somebody to be selling that many records and be having that much success and go ‘I want to do a gospel record,’ God is doing something in their heart…”

What do you think, should people be willing to turn the other cheek and believe Kanye is sincere in the worship services? Or do you think Kanye isn’t so much a prophet as he is a profiteer selling religion?

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    Harold Isaac Brown

    May 25, 2019 at 11:05 am

    Is this the same Cambell that supports Mr. Trump. Because a person dings Gospel music does not mean they are servants of Jesus Christ. What real Christians much watch is those who have “the LOVE of money” in their hearts as opposed to the LOVE of Christ.

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      The Reel Network

      May 28, 2019 at 4:41 pm

      AMEN! Harold Isaac Brown. Too many people are preaching the love of Christ but its the love of money that drives them.

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    NBA is fixed

    May 24, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    In regards to Kanye West, you can’t be a man of God/Yahweh when you are enslaved by Jezebels. In case you forgot, one of those Jezebels did a porn movie with Ray-J.

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      The Reel Network

      May 28, 2019 at 4:43 pm

      NBA is fixed LOL…it seems most people have forgotten that and others don’t seem to care. They think because you have lots of followers and lots of money, you’re worthy. Thanks for always sharing your insights NBA!

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    Shawn J.

    May 24, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    I meant to say earlier that I don’t know how anyone else feels about Yeezy worshiping God at the Sunday service

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    Shawn J.

    May 24, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    Maybe Yeezy really IS being sincere with his-worshiping (the One True God) at his Sunday service! That’s my honest opinion about it; I don’t how anyone else feels about this

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