There’s a lot of debate right now about whether or not Kanye West’s journey into a Christian lifestyle and the subsequent release of his Christian music album “JESUS IS KING” is a legitimate change of heart or an attempt at generating sales.
Whether or not it is legit, the impact can now be viewed as a net positive.
As first reported by FaithWire, during one of Kanye’s Sunday services, an altar call was raised and over 1,000 people within the crowd answered, giving their lives to Christ right there.
During the course of the night, Curvine Brewington, a musician and pastor at Crossroads Church in Lafayette, Louisana, posted an Instagram photo showing a monumental moment during the course of the night. The photo shows hands raised throughout the crowd, and Brewington described what was going on.
“If you’ve ever doubted the legitimacy or spiritual impact of this #sundayservice project, simply look at this incredible shot taken by @rebeccabradley__ during the altar call,” Brewington said in his Instagram post.
“YES, I said ALTAR CALL,” he added.
“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,” Brewington continued. “In a crowd of 6,000 people from all walks of life, all ages, and all races, I personally witnessed over 1,000 individuals accept Jesus as their Lord & Savior!”
“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,” he concluded.
According to The Advocate, many of Kanye’s fans showed up purely out of curiosity, leading many to hear the word of God from the stage:
“I’m excited that he’s here,” said Sierra Scoggins, 24, an elementary school teacher in Baton Rouge. “It’s really good for the Baton Rouge community to be here and lift up Jesus’ name.”
Scoggins has been West fan ever since she can remember.
“He has always lifted up God’s name,” she said. “I’m excited that he’s reaching a multitude of people.”
Curiosity drew Jessica Haslom, 31, a Baton Rouge broker, to the concert.
“I’m intrigued,” she said. “I’m interested in why he would choose the crosses. I don’t know if I’m OK with it.”
Frank Manguno, 22, an insurance salesman from Plaquemine, wasn’t a West fan before the release of “Jesus Is King.”
“I was interested because he said he was going go completely Christian,” Manguno said. “I was, like, ‘Well, this is crazy. Let me see about this.’”
No matter how you swing it, Kanye is leading people to Christ. A healthy skepticism is indeed warranted, but the positive effects of Kanye’s venture into Christianity can’t be denied. Even if it is a marketing stunt, it wouldn’t matter. God has used all sorts of unconventional methods to have His ends met.