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Kanye West defends Joel Osteen at Lakewood Church

Kanye and Joel Osteen spoke during 11 a.m. service.

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Kanye West and Joel Osteen reportedly had a fulfilling conversation today (Nov. 17) at the Lakewood Church in Houston. TMZ reports that one of the big takeaways from the chat was Kanye defending Osteen and his reputation within the Christian community.

The outlet says Kanye noted that Osteen was responsible for converting thousands of people to Christianity, and that alone should receive more praise than criticism. ‘Ye also discussed his upbringing in the church and explained that he had very little enthusiasm about attending Sunday service as a kid, although his parents were devoted believers and brought his family to a megachurch in Chicago three times a week.

Kanye even touched on his 2016 mental breakdown, and how he felt the need to make adjustments going forward. The rapper expressed his desire to move away from most of the people in his inner circle because they were not real Christians. According ‘Ye, they are merely yes men who were indebted to him because of money.

The Jesus Is King rapper boasted a bit as well, saying that he was the greatest artist God ever created. He added that he is currently working with God, opposed to working for the devil, which he feels most of his peers are currently doing.

We previously reported that Kanye will be holding his Sunday Service at Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston. After Kanye’s conversation with Osteen about his life transformation and religious journey, it was reported that his 120-person choir would perform for the evening service, which is a ticketed event due to the 45,000 people that are expected to attend. Ticketmaster provided tickets for the Sunday Service on Friday morning (Nov. 15), but some fans experienced difficulty accessing the site, due to the influx of visitors.

As for the 11 a.m. service, where Kanye spoke with Osteen, it was streamed live on Facebook, YouTube, the church’s website and app, and on SiriusXM’s Joel Osteen Radio channel.

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