Greg Laurie | – Greg Laurie on Kanye West and Christianity

Greg Laurie talks about the recent conversion of rapper Kanye West, should we trust this conversion? Is it for real? Pastor Greg lays out just how we should deal with news about celebrity Christians.

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Pastor Greg Laurie Pastor Greg Laurie. Greg Laurie seeks to present subscribers with biblical truth, hope, encouragement, and spiritual answers to life’s tough questions. Through the use of live coverage, engaging videos, and shareable content. Greg Laurie is the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship with campuses in California and Hawaii. Today, Harvest is one of the largest churches in America with over 15,000 attendees. Greg Laurie is also the founder of the evangelistic events called Harvest Crusades with over nine million attendees and over half a million professions of faith. In addition Greg’s daily nationally syndicated radio program, A New Beginning which is heard on over 1000 radio stations. Greg Laurie is the author of over 70 books including Steve McQueen: The Salvation of an American Icon and Lost Boy. Both of which have been adapted into award-winning films. Greg is married to Cathe Laurie and has two sons and five grandchildren.

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  2. I am not to judge, that's Gods job but I will tell you this. You will not see me at this church, Joel Olstein's church and you must certainly will not see me at Kanye's services. If you had any kind of discernment you would already know why.

  3. Compassionate for others
    Love yourself and thy brothers
    Harmony will lead to solution
    Like conditioner for Joyful hair

    Distinguish between good and evil
    With Benevolence to our temple
    Kindness in everyone's heart
    Goodness will result as we depart
    Parallel and Balance in our hands
    Achieve the universe in the end.

    Exodus 15:26
    And He said, "If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the LORD your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I, the LORD, am your healer."

  4. Paul went away for a time to learn from the church. Most of us drown ourselves in the Word and change our lives when we accept Jesus Christ as our savior. We are (baptized) and we turn from our old lifestyle to a new way of living. Kanye went from one stage to another, he took no time away and his music is still making him money. (Wouldn't that be like a pimp giving his life to Jesus but still having his girls on the street??) The Bible warns us of false prophets look at Matthew 24:11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many! (Greg) seems to be riding the Kanye wave! Be careful of 2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

  5. The problem is this.. I haven't seen any change in the way he runs his household, his wife is still trashy. He has not apologized for or denounced his blasphemy from all of his music past or his cover photo on the rolling stones. Those are a couple things that I feel any Christian would apologize first and foremost to GOD for, but also since it was in the public eye, would also apologize to the public. I would be ecstatic to have heard that Kanye came to know the Lord! I am just sceptical because I still see many things that are so troubling. The bible says we are not to judge.. but it also says we will know them by their fruits. And it also says there will be many false prophets and that they will come to use as raving wolf's in sheep clothing.

  6. Greg Laurie is not talking right he should know better, but he's sold out, Scripture is true you can not serve two Masters you love one and hate the other. This is the last days Many false teachers are here this is proof.If we say we are Born again we will have discernment to know who is saved and who is our brethren. Look in the word of the Holy Bible and we all must Stop buying theses peoples books there is only one book you should study and it's the Holy Bible.

  7. The Demons will also tell you Jesus is King. Has Kanye repented of calling himself a God? Has he stopped receiving money from his records recorded and distributed under satanic rituals? Has he exposed the satanic entertainment industry? Greg Laurie are you another antichrist deceiver? Stop being deceived people.

  8. You've totally lost me Greg.
    Kanye is a total Satanist and you know it.
    His best friend is Joel Osteen.
    So jesus died so Joel Osteen could buy a $100 million mansion in Texas? I don't think so.
    Your harvest church is joining with these prosperity churches.
    When I started following you I though you where the real deal but now realise you've lost you way and succumbed to the temptations that inevitable take over to successful pastors like yourself.
    I will pray that you may realise what your becoming and find your way back to true scripture following and teaching.
    We are warned many times in the bible not to be tricked. Only you really know why you have change direction and leading your followers on a false path now.

  9. No we haven't been blessed by you!! you are a liar you are a devil you are the son of Satan you are not Christian in my decernment JESUS gave me how could you promote a rich demon ? you are actually saying you don't have to be born again in Jesus Christ and truly saved to be going to the kingdom of God. You know how disgustingly evil and wicked this man is talking Greg Laurie.he is leading all of you people laughing with him believeing him. know I am not blessed with this man I hope you've been blessed that's the last of all his messages, you hope that we've been delusioned like you are delusional the problem is you are not delusion you have no excuse Greg Laurie . When you die Greg Laurie you are not going to the kingdom of God you are going to be received by Satan. And this is the thing you believe you're going to be patted on the back by Satan get real you are image of a man God created so that you could worship the living God of the universe who created you turned your back on Jesus you turned your back on the one who created you.When you received Satan he is not going to treat you kindly sir you will be so uncomfortable you will be like the man who asked Abraham to send Lazarus just to dip the tip of his finger in water to touch your tongue because of your torture of uncomfortableness being in an uncomfortable place call Hell, a hot place. I don't even know if there's going to be a time where you Greg Laurie will be able to be forgiven and your wife and it is a shame what you are saying and what you are doing I am bornagain I am a believer of Jesus Christ called out by him. It's a shame that you call yourself a pastor or a evangelist a world leader for God you are not you are a leader but not for God you are leading people to hell. I used to listen to you and you used to talk about yourself as if you are very handsome and you are a beach boy blonde tan good looking you are not those things and I don't think you ever were anything you've said I believe is a lie.I am not sure but I believe this man has blasphemy, the Holy ghost and there is no forgiveness for this, Jesus said you can be forgiven when you come against the Holy ghost you cannot be forgiven not in this world and not in the world to come.

  10. Andre Henry said it best:

    White conservatives, in particular, seem to be among the most excited about Kanye’s spiritual rebirth. For most of his 15-year career, I’ve heard West’s name uttered with contempt by many white conservatives — for his famous outburst about George W. Bush (“Bush doesn’t care about black people”), for interrupting Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards (“I’mma let you finish, but … ”), for his general grandstanding and peacocking about being the world’s greatest artist.

    So the conversion story I’m finding hard to believe is the sudden, overwhelming support from conservative white America for Kanye.

    They speak of his faith as though it were born yesterday, but Kanye emphatically told us he felt tethered to Jesus on his first album, 2004’s “The College Dropout.” The single from that disc, “Jesus Walks,” played a large part in Kanye’s becoming a household name, and his reputation as a rule breaker.

    There was excitement and confusion about Kanye's spirituality then, as there is today. What might it mean that a “secular” artist released such an explicit tribute to Jesus? While maintaining he didn’t consider himself a religious person, he told The New York Times, “I have accepted Jesus as my Savior. And I will say that I fall short every day.” 

    In an interview five years later, Kanye told radio host Big Boy:

    “I’m not just a musician. I’m a Christian revolutionary visionary products person. I ain’t here to dance for you. … I mean, eventually, 10 years from now, I just want to create for the church. I’m Christian. I’mma design, like, the new Sistine Chapel.”

    For all of the recent talk of Ye’s “conversion,” he seems to still be on brand. This raises questions about white America’s celebration of Kanye’s religious zeal in 2019. Why wasn’t Kanye’s Christianity exciting for evangelical Christians back then?

    They may have been slow to square Kanye’s claim to Christian faith with his explicit lyrics, grandiose claims of self-importance and opulent lifestyle. But West is still far from perfect. In his conversation with Big Boy, he stops just shy of saying that attempts to criticize him are tantamount to sin. In his Zane Lowe interview, as he has for years, Kanye maintains that he is “the greatest human artist of all time,” adding “there’s just no question about it at this point.”

    Pride, of course, being a deadly sin.

    Yet the excuses white evangelicals offer for Kanye today — “God always uses imperfect vessels” and “Jesus doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called” — are new. What could have changed their hearts?

    Perhaps it’s because the "Old" Kanye’s sins were against white America — when he called the president’s care for black people into question, when he embarrassed America’s sweetheart on MTV, when he dared to be a proud black man in public (even if going overboard). When he was interrogating the innocence and exceptionalism of white America with his trademarked shrug of black unbotheredness, his protestations of faith didn’t seem to count to white evangelicals.

    We know what a great sin it is to question white America’s innocence. It’s been proved again this week by gospel music legend Kirk Franklin, who released a video revealing that the Gospel Music Association has twice deleted remarks in his acceptance speeches at the Dove Awards about high-profile cases of police brutality. 

    Both Kirk and Kanye are Christian public figures who’ve brought Jesus to mainstream radio and been vulnerable about their struggles to live lives evangelical audiences would celebrate. Yet, apparently, Kirk is only acceptable when he delights the crowd with a milly-rock to “Melodies From Heaven.” The part of his Christianity that compels him to speak up about racial violence is erased to protect white audiences from offense.

    Kanye, meanwhile, has been growing on white America since he started preaching a slaveholder’s gospel alongside his art, calling racism “silly and outdated,” lambasting the black community as brainwashed and cultureless, suggesting that slavery was “a choice.”

    Only after Kanye put on the infamous MAGA hat did he become so precious to white conservatives. In 2016, he announced he had voted for Trump, later admitting he would have, if he had voted. He began ambushing audiences at his Sunday Services and on SNL with pro-Trump tirades. Since parroting conservative talking points and affirming our narcissistic, lying, genital-grabbing, white nationalist-apologist of a president, he’s gained an entirely new white conservative fanbase.

    From the moment Kanye donned that red hat to endorse their white nationalist messiah, he became their great black hope.

    Kanye credits Jesus for his continued success, despite being “canceled” on social media by many longtime fans for the sins listed above. But it’s more likely that his new court of MAGA “prophets,” mentors and powerful evangelical friends is the reward of a sinister algorithm at work in American society: for his good and faithful service to white supremacy.

    White supremacy has always been on the lookout for black spokespeople. Because domination systems always operate more smoothly when the subjugated comply. Patriarchy is at peace when women “know their place.” Heterosexism is at peace when LGBTQIA+ people stay in the closet. Slavery is at peace when the enslaved are “well behaved.” Nothing helps a domination system stay in place like converting victims to patriots. 

    From the 16th-century Moroccan Leo Africanus, who authored a “Description of Africa” depicting Africans as beasts, to black conservative pundit Candace Owens, who regularly denigrates the Black Lives Matter movement as having a “victim mentality,” Kanye stands in a long line of black people collaborating with racial hierarchy.

  11. Our lifestyle should reflect Messiah Yeshua is KING of our personal life, in a naturally Holy Spirit flow, as we surrender more and more to His perfect Will for each of us, who confess a relationship with Him.We've been given a very special Family Name, that we should honor every day of our living in this world by our conduct in public and private. It means following His example He set for us in our manner of speech, actions and submission to His Will, just as He submitted to His Heavenly Father's Will. It is done by and through having genuine faith and trust in the Lord to help us in doing this each day by His strength and Not our own! This is another reason why it is so important that we pray often about everyone and everything that influences our lives and relationships, as well as for others also going through similar struggles! Also sharing when and where the Lord is helping us to achieve spiritual and other victories, allowing Him to receive all the Glory, and praises with thanksgiving, from men who see and hear of Our Lord's working in our lives, and may be encouraged to also seek Him to be Lord and Savior of their own lives, and that of their families and loved ones!

  12. If Mr Laurie would have just taken 30min to check the lyrics on West’s new album and that he has his own church service where he charges money for, he wouldn’t have given this positive statement. And all the gullible people here applaud and say hallelujah to this fake news.
    I’m not impressed by people saying they are christian. Show me.