Kanye West made a highly anticipated appearance at Lakewood Church Sunday morning, during which the rapper went to bat for Lakewood’s controversial pastor, Joel Osteen.
The two engaged in a twenty-minute back-and-forth, discussing West’s background, struggles, conversion, and new album “Jesus is King.” During the session, West took a moment to defend Osteen and the message he preaches, which has received much criticism within the evangelical community.
There’s a lot of people in the Christian community that try to give Joel a hard time, because when you turn on the radio he keeps on showing you how good God is.
After a standing ovation from the Lakewood crowd, West continued:
God is not the enemy. God is not the negative part. God is not just a perception of fire and brimstone — God is love, is the greatest, is the glory. God is family, God is friendships, God is prosperity. Keep our eye on the sparrow. Keep your eye on the beauty and the love and the grace of God — the grace that allows us to be here today with all of our sins, that we know that when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we will be granted eternal life.
Before moving on to the next question, Osteen replied, “When you’ve got Kanye defending you, you’ve made it, man.”
? Joel Osteen has been heavily criticized throughout his career as a pastor. Many within the evangelical community believe that his brand of prosperity gospel, feel-good, “positive thinking” Sunday morning messages — which never mention negatives such as sin and hell, and which focus primarily on attaining worldly success — are outside the bounds of historical, orthodox Christianity.