Claiming to be a Christian – but He is Not a New Creature in Christ
Kanye West, one of the world’s most famous rappers – we will not call it “rap music” nor call West a “singer” – a global megastar to addled youth, a foul-mouthed, sex-obsessed narcissist, and husband of Kim Kardashian, now claims to be a Christian.
It is always a wonderful thing when anyone is truly converted to Christ. Even the angels in heaven rejoice over a sinner who repents (Lk. 15:7, 10), and Christians are to rejoice as well. But this does not mean we are to ignore what the Bible says and just take at face value the “testimony” of every person who claims to be a Christian. Yes, we are to rejoice when someone is converted – but true conversion results in a radically changed life. When the Lord regenerates a person, enabling him to repent and believe savingly in Christ, that person is translated from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light (Col. 1:13)! The change is greater than that of night to day. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Cor. 5:17).
Kanye West now says he is a Christian. What are the Lord’s people to do when such a claim is made? They are to test the claim by the fruits produced (Matt. 7:16-27)! A new creature in Christ produces good fruit. His old life has passed away, all things have become new, and he now seeks to live a holy life to the glory of the Lord.
So then: does West’s claimed conversion pass the biblical test? Is he a new creature in Christ? Have old things passed away, and all things become new in him? Has he been translated from Satan’s kingdom to Christ’s kingdom, from darkness to light? Tested by biblical standards, Kanye West, alas, is not a Christian. He says he is. Huge numbers of his fans believe he is. But he isn’t.
One does not become a Christian by saying, “I am a Christian.” Anyone can make that claim, and millions do. But saying I am a Christian no more makes me one than saying I am an airline pilot makes me one. It is not something that becomes a reality merely by saying it! One does not speak it into existence. One only becomes a Christian when the Lord makes one a Christian, by regeneration of the Holy Spirit and true conversion to Christ. There is no other way! And this mighty work of the Lord will show itself in the good fruit it produces. Kanye West produces no such fruit. Therefore he is not a Christian.
Yet despite there being no biblical evidence that the Lord has drawn Kanye West to Himself by His irresistible grace, such is the state of professing Christendom today that his false “conversion” is being praised by all kinds of spiritually blind leaders of the blind. It is absolutely shocking to see the gross spiritual darkness of those who dare to claim to be “Christian leaders”. They may be leaders in various institutions falsely called “churches”, full of unsound doctrine and ungodly practice, but they are not even members of the true Church, let alone leaders in it.
The Fruit is Rotten to the Core
Consider this man, Kanye West, and his lifestyle:
He lets his wife, Kim Kardashian, dress like a harlot, her body photographed from every possible angle, clothed and unclothed. “Modest apparel” (1 Tim. 2:9) means nothing to her, and yet he isn’t troubled by this.
He continues to speak and behave as a worldling. He even boastfully claims (and this is after his supposed “conversion”, be it noted!), “I am unquestionably the greatest artist of all time.” So much for humility.
Then there is the company he keeps. There’s something very, very sinister about it. A mere eight days before he went on the stage at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church to perform his so-called “Sunday Service” concert, West was performing at a hip-hop festival called Astroworld. This was run by Travis Scott, who is foul-mouthed, sex-obsessed, and devil-inspired (just like West). And at the very same festival, another iniquitous “singer”, Marilyn Manson, sang a song entitled “Antichrist Superstar”, and burned a Bible in front of the cheering fans! Yet what did West say or do? Nothing. It didn’t worry him. He participated as one of the main performers at the event!
If anyone thinks this man is a Christian, he is as dead in his sins as West is in his.
And still on the subject of the company he keeps, there’s Joel Osteen: