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Rev. Graham Sounds Off on Kanye's Sunday Services, Cheers West for Spreading Gospel Message

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Evangelist Franklin Graham praised rapper Kanye West on Tuesday for “reaching a whole new group of people” with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

“I’m thrilled to read @KanyeWest is using his testimony of what God has done in his life to point people to Jesus Christ,” Graham tweeted.

“He shares that God has called him to hold Sunday Service Experiences w/music & the preaching of God’s Word. This is reaching a whole new group of people,” he added.

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Graham also tweeted out an article by Fox News contributor and former Catholic priest Jonathan Morris about attending one of West’s “Sunday Services” in Los Angeles on Sunday.

“@KanyeWest also has a new album called #JesusIsKing & is doing what he believes, even if it goes against the liberal beliefs of most in the entertainment industry,” Graham wrote.

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“Pray that he will keep his eyes focused on Jesus & that God would guide & protect him.”

Morris described West’s Sunday Service as “one part hip-hop concert, two parts Gospel choir bonanza, one part West being West and three parts Billy Graham-style revival, complete with the preaching of the Gospel message of salvation and an altar call to accept Jesus into your life.

“The music, dancing and preaching were choreographed perfectly, with West in full producer mode, calling audibles to his many assistants throughout the two and a half-hour service,” he wrote.

That said, Morris left the experience with a few takeaways.

First, he said he believes West’s faith and desire to spread the Gospel are sincere.

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Based on interviews with those in attendance, the former clergyman found that Sunday Services are bringing young people into an “encounter with God.”

Morris was also encouraged that the events “may serve as a providential spiritual catalyst for the more than 25 percent of Americans who say they are unaffiliated with any religion.”

Finally, the commentator credited West for “being fearless in the face of massive criticism from the entertainment world and others for doing what he is doing.”

“He says and does what he believes even when this goes against the liberal beliefs of most people in his world.”

KHOU reported on Tuesday that West will be bringing his Sunday Service to Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church on Nov. 17

The megachurch is attended by 50,000 people each week, and millions more view its services on television and online around the world.

Osteen extended an invitation to West about two weeks ago.

The Texas preacher will interview West at his 11 a.m. service. According to TMZ, the service will be broadcast live on SiriusXM.

West is expected to bring his traveling choir to Houston, and he will perform with them during Sunday’s nighttime service at Lakewood.

Who knows? Kanye West may just be at the forefront of the next Great Awakening to hit the United States.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 2,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Birthplace
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Nationality
American
Honors/Awards
Graduated dean's list from West Point
Education
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
Books Written
We Hold These Truths
Professional Memberships
Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Entertainment, Faith




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