At the end of the Kanye West’s impromptu concert/church service in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Friday, November 1, 2019, hundreds of people raised their hands indicating they wanted to accept Christ as their Savior.
Kanye West is a popular American singer, songwriter and rapper and his conversion to Christ has certainly caught everyone off-guard. He has been holding Sunday services throughout the US. Kanye, who is married to Kim Kardashian, is considered by many as one of the leading singers of the 21st century.
It is difficult to know how many people accepted Christ, but it is generally believed between 1,000 and 2,000 people in the concert of 6,000 raised their hands.
The concert followed the release of West’s Gospel Album “Jesus is King” which topped the Billboard 200 Chart after its release on October 25, 2019.
In an interview with Christian Post, American Bible Society’s Dr John Farquhar Plake said Kanye’s gospel album was Google’s number one trending search the week after its release and this is Kanye’s ninth album to top the chart. Plake also noted that searches for “Jesus” and “what Christians believe” were also up.
The last minute concert that was performed on the grounds of Bethany Church did not have the stage lights and audio equipment that are typical of most rock concerts. However, if the reports are right, it seems the Holy Spirit showed up instead.
At the end of the concert/service, choir director Jason White gave a message and altar call. According to Shawn Bolz, an American prophetic minister in attendance, over half the crowd probably weren’t Christians.
Saxophone player, Canadian Kenny G, who grew up near where I live, joined in on one of West’s songs.
Though many have questioned West’s sincerity, Curvine Brewington, a music leader and pastor from Lafayette, Louisiana described the service on Instagram:
It’s amazing to see what God is doing, as many on the left are trying to squelch the Christian voice in America.
The early church had its share of celebrity conversions as God began to move in all aspects of society:
We see a major conversion in the political realm, when the Ethiopian Eunuch, named Candace, which indicates that he was the senior councilor for the mother of the Ethiopian King became a Christian after the Holy Spirit literally told Philip to walk down a specific street (Acts 8:26-40). According to tradition, this conversion had a major impact in Ethiopia.
We see God moving in the business community, with the conversion of Lydia (Acts 16:13-15). She is described as a seller of purple, that was an expensive and rare commodity reserved for the rich and famous. Lydia was mingling with the rich and famous of Thyatira. The rich man, Lazarus, is described as wearing purple (Luke 16:19) and the Kings of Midian were described as wearing purple (Judges 8:26). Even the Roman guards mockingly put a purple robe on Christ’s shoulders (Mark 15:20).
We see God moving among the celebrities with the conversion of Simon the Magician (Acts 8:9-24). He was a well known celebrity as the Bible states that he was famous for his magical performances in Samaria and everyone knew who he was from the poorest to the rich and famous. In addition to the Ethiopian Eunuch, Philip also led Simon to Christ.
We see God moving in the religious community with the conversion of Saul (Apostle Paul) who was actually heading up the Jewish persecution of Christians. Don’t kid yourself, he was a rising religious star in the Jewish Community and was even trained by one of the Jewish communities great rabbis Gamaliel, whose name if mentioned several times in non-Biblical sources.
When persecution starts, the Holy Spirit begins to move.
- 2,000 Choose Christ at Kanye Concert: Prophetic Minister Calls It a Game-Changer for Gospel Outreach: CBN
- Thousands gave their lives to Christ at Kanye West’s latest ‘Sunday Service’ in Baton Rouge: CBN
- Kanye West says No 1 ‘Jesus is King’ album is God ‘showing out’: ABS giving free Bibles to his fans: Christian Post
- Kanye West brings his ‘Sunday Service’ concert to Baton Rouge: Fox News