Over 1000 People Profess Jesus Is King at Kanye Concert in Baton Rouge

Kanye West’s Sunday Service events keep hitting the news. This time, a pastor at Sunday's Baton Rouge event reported that 1000 people gave their lives to Jesus during the altar call at the concert.

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Tonight, @candacebrewington & I got to experience Kanye West’s Sunday Service at @bethany_church in Baton Rouge. If you’ve ever doubted the legitimacy or spiritual impact of this #sundayservice project, simply look at this incredible shot taken by @the.smitan during the altar call. YES, I said ALTAR CALL. 😲 Tonight, worship was lifted, the name of Christ was exalted, the Word of God was preached, a multitude prayed together, the Gospel was clearly proclaimed, and an opportunity to respond was given. In a crowd of 6,000 people from all walks of life, all ages, and all races, i witnessed over 1,000 people respond to The Gospel by raising their hands to accept Jesus as their Lord & Savior! 😱🙌🏾 Say what you want, & think what you want.... But trust me when I tell you - The Spirit of the Living God was indeed present. I danced, wept, stood in awe of God’s redemptive work, & can honestly say that tonight I witnessed a new wave of REVIVAL first hand. #Jesusisking • Isaiah 43:19 “Behold I do a NEW thing. • 1 Corinthians 1:27 “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. • #excited #inspired 📸 @the.smitan

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"If you ever doubted the legitimacy of spiritual impact of this #SundayService project, simply look at this incredible shot taken by @the.smitan during the altar call. YES, I said ALTAR CALL..In a crowd of 6,000 people from all walks of life, all ages, and all races, I witnessed over 1,000 people respond to The Gospel by raising their hands to accept Jesus as their Lord & Savior!" wrote pastor Curvine Brewington on Instagram.

West has faced much cynicism from Christians who seem reluctant to believe that he isn’t proclaiming Christ for publicity. When I saw that West’s new album “Jesus Is King” hit number one, I had to find out why. So I downloaded it. I was blown away by the spirituality and authentic gospel that I heard. If it’s a publicity stunt, and yet it reaches people for Christ, then what is everyone complaining about? To me, it seems like jealousy.

The lyrics for "Hands On" are especially heartbreaking, and every Christian who wants to be critical of West should take notice.

Said I'm finna do a gospel album

What have you been hearin' from the Christians?

They'll be the first one to judge me

Make it feel like nobody love me

They'll be the first one to judge me

Feelin' like nobody love me

Told people God was my mission

What have you been hearin' from the Christians?

They'll be the first one to judge me

Make it feel like nobody love me

Make you feel alone in the dark and you'll never see the light

Man, you're never seein' home and you never see the domes

I can feel it when I write, point of livin' in the right

If they only see the wrongs, never listen to the songs

Just to listen is a fight, but you booked me for the fight

It's so hard to get along if they only see the slight

From the love of religion

What have you been hearin' from the Christians?

They'll be the first one to judge me

Make it seem like nobody love me

I'm not tryna lead you to Visas

But if I try to lead you to Jesus

We get called halfway believers

Only halfway read Ephesians

Only if they knew what I knew, uh

I was never new 'til I knew of

True and living God, Yeshua

The true and living God

(Somebody pray for me)

I deserve all the criticism you got

If that's all the love you have, that's all you got

To sing of change, you think I'm joking

To praise His name, you ask what I'm smoking

Yes, I understand your reluctancy, yeah

But I have a request, you see

Don't throw me up, lay your hands on me

Please, pray for me

Hold myself on death

Hold it down, all fallen down

Somebody pray for me

It’s shameful that Christians have treated this man with contempt and criticism. Stop it. Whose job is it to judge the state of a man’s soul? You? We need far less skepticism and far more love and serious prayer for his safety on this treacherous journey. We all know what happens to those who try to break away from the culture. It’s going to be a battle unlike anything we’ve seen on the public stage. This man is the most famous rapper in the world in a genre that spreads hatred, vulgarity, and sin as a rule. Satan isn’t going to just let him go.

As for the album, it’s amazing. I grew up in a church with Pastor Dan Willis, who loved gospel music and founded one of the only choirs full of mostly white people who sang black gospel music called the Pentecostals of Chicago. It ended up being the time of our lives, and somewhat of a novelty in Chicago. We were invited to sing at Gospel Fest with some of the greatest Chicago choirs and gospel artists at the time like Walt Whitman and the Soul Children of Chicago, Calvin Bridges, Darius Brooks and so many more. Extra points if you can find me singing my heart out with a mouth full of braces in this video. (Hint: my mother and I are wearing matching giant gold bows. Don't judge. It was the early '90s. Everyone made bad fashion choices.)

The heyday of gospel music seemed to die out in the early 2000s and was replaced with anything by Chris Tomlin and others who sound exactly like him with repeating lyrics that will put you into a coma. You can count me thrilled to have a real gospel resurgence back on top thanks to Kanye. There is nothing like the energy of a full-gospel choir. West has recaptured that feeling with his new album “Jesus is King.” Not only is this choir rocking but they are spreading praises to God to the whole world. It's the most exciting thing to hit the music charts...ever. Kanye West is doing for Christian music what no one has ever been able to do: make it popular. It’s revolutionary. Get excited, Christian!

 

Megan Fox is the author of “Believe Evidence; The Death of Due Process from Salome to #MeToo.” Follow on Twitter @MeganFoxWriter