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President Trump ordered governors to reopen churches in states where church services are banned. Open the churches, or I will, he said in a tersely-worded statement on Friday.

In his daily coronavirus press conference, Trump declared all churches should open for Memorial Day weekend. He said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidance to governors declaring places of worship "an essential part of life," allowing them to reopen as of this weekend.

He said if governors had any questions they could call him at the White House, but they're not going to be successful changing his mind.

Trump made it clear that if governors refused to open the churches, he would "override the governors."

Trump added: "In America we need more prayer -- not less!"

Watch Trump's press conference below.

Question: do you plan to attend church services this weekend?

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Rapper DMX is holding daily Bible studies on Instagram.com amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The 49-year-old Mount Vernon native began holding Bible study online last week to minister to those who are still on quarantine in their homes.

The rapper, who became a born again Christian in between prison stints, took to Instagram Live on Friday to preach to the unwashed masses.

The father-of-15, born Earl Simmons, has spoken candidly about his addiction to rock cocaine and other hard drugs. He began smoking marijuana laced with the drug when he was 14.

On February 10, 2016, DMX was found unresponsive in a Ramada Inn parking lot in Yonkers. A bystander said he snorted an unknown substance before collapsing. No drugs were found on the property.
 

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Hundreds of parishioners ignored a ban on large public gatherings to attend morning services at Life Tabernacle Church in a Baton Rouge, Louisiana suburb on Sunday.

Church officials ordered the news media to leave church property as entire families arrived at the church.

1,265 attended morning services on church grounds in the state of Louisiana, where 3,500 residents tested positive for the Covid-19 virus that can cause a potentially fatal pneumonia in men, the elderly, people with chronic medical conditions, and smokers.

Pentecostal preacher Tony Spell, 42, stood in defiance of the governor's ban on large public gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic.

He leaped into the pews and embraced and laid hands on worshipers' foreheads in prayer. "We're free people. We're not going to be intimidated," Rev. Spell said. "We're not going to cower. We're not breaking any laws."

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Seven people were baptized on Sunday, and 10 parishioners were filed with the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues. Tears streamed down their faces as they accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards banned gatherings of more than 50 people earlier this month. He issued a stay-at-home order on March 22. Most churches and synagogues complied with the orders, but Rev. Spell continues to hold services at Life Tabernacle.

Only about 10% stayed away from services on Sunday, including Rev. Spell's own 90-year-old father who in self-quarantine at home.
 

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Kourtney Kardashian claims the coronavirus pandemic is a punishment from God for all the "evil" in the world.

The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star took to Twitter.com to share a passage from the Bible about epidemics and pestilence with the unwashed masses on social media.

The passage was originally shared by born-again rapper Young Thug. It had "pay attention children" scrawled around it in red ink.

The passage reads:

"Whenever I hold back the rain or send locusts to eat up the crops or send an epidemic on my people, if they pray to me and repent and turn away from the evil they have been doing, then I will hear them in heaven, forgive their sins, and make their land prosperous again."

The Bible verse began to gain momentum online after swarms of locusts hit areas in Asia and South Africa in January, prompting her fans to compare that incident and the outbreak of Covid-19 to the religious text.

Throughout the global health crisis, Kourtney regularly shares her thoughts on the virus online, and how to handle self-isolation.

Her sister Kim Kardashian, shared a screenshot Kourtney posted in their family group of an excerpt from a book by psychic Sylvia Brown, published in 2008, which appeared to predict the pandemic.

Kourtney, 40, is considered the most stable of her famous siblings.

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A Florida pastor sparked outrage when he claimed the deadly Wuhan coronavirus was sent by God to punish unbelievers and parents who transgender their minor children.

The death toll in China jumped to 132 with more than 6,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in 18 countries.

Pastor Rick Wiles founded the non-denominational Flowing Streams Church and he is the creator of the TruNews streaming channel, Newsweek reports.

According to Right Wing Watch, Wiles made the controversial comments during a podcast on January 27.

"Look at the scriptural rebellion that is in this country, the hatred of God," Wiles said. "Just vile, disgusting people in this country now, transgendering little children, perverting them. Look at the rapes, and the sexual immorality, and the filth on our TVs and our movies."

Wiles continued: "Folks, the Death Angel may be moving right now across the planet. This is the time to get right with God."

Wiles previously called former President Obama a "demon from Hell" and he warned that "there's gonna be violence" if President Donald Trump is removed from office.

The United States chartered a jet to fly 201 Americans from Wuhan to America. The plane landed in California on Wednesday after an emotional stopover in Alaska.

The passengers and crew were screened multiple times for symptoms of the virus during the flight, during the stopover in Anchorage, and when they landed at the March Air Reserve Base in California.

The passengers will be held in quarantine at the base for at least 72 hours before they are allowed to leave.

The flight was chartered by the U.S. State Department. More flights will return to Wuhan to transport up to 1,000 Americans from the coronavirus epicenter.

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Kanye West has booked his Sunday Service choir to sing at a controversial evangelical event this weekend.

The rapper's gospel choir is booked to perform at Awaken 2020, a religious gathering that has sparked outrage from the LGBTQ community for its lineup of speakers.

The event is scheduled for the Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona on Saturday, Jan. 18.

Cindy Jacobs, who has been openly hostile towards gay marriage, and Lou Engle, an advocate of Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill, are booked to speak during the event, WENN.com reports.

Engle had high praise for Kanye, who gave up secular music to lead the unwashed masses to Jesus.

"We believe Kanye is a sign to this nation that in a moment, thousands and thousands can be swept into the kingdom when (God) converts key people and their voices will be like thunder," Engle told The Western Journal.

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Kanye, 42, was not fazed by the backlash on social media. The producer and his wife Kim Kardashian, 39, watched the LA Lakers defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Staples Center on Jan. 13.

Fans online expressed their indignation and outrage that Kanye has agreed to allow his choir to perform at the religious gathering.

"People will still stan (stalk) Kanye despite him legitimizing and supporting radical anti-LGBTQ evangelicals/bigots," one fan tweeted, while another wrote: "What a f--king a--hole".

Kanye is rumored to be taking his Sunday Service choir on a world tour later this year.

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Former comedian and Nickelodeon star Kel Mitchell is now an officially licensed pastor after graduating from theology school.

Pastor Mitchell currently serves as youth pastor at Spirit Food Christian Center, a church in Southern California, according to WENN.com.

Mitchell, 41, is best known for his comedy hijinks with sidekick Kenan Thompson on Nickelodeon's hit 1990s series All That.

They were so popular that Nickelodeon rewarded them with their own TV spin-off, Kenan and Kel.

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The guys used their television success as a launching pad for movie fame. In 1997 they starred in the movie Good Burger.

They also appeared together in an episode of Sister, Sister with Tia and Tamera Mowry, four episodes of The Steve Harvey Show, and an episode of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.

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The Chicago native has a 2-year-old daughter, Wisdom, with his 2nd wife, Christian rapper Asia Lee (pictured above), whom he married in 2012.

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Asia, 41, is stepmother to Mitchell's two children, Lyric and Allure, by his first wife, Tyisha Hampton, whom he divorced in 2005. Kel and Tyisha are pictured above during happier times in 2004.

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Pastor John Gray did not receive an "eviction notice" as was reported by multiple news outlets. Gray's publicist reached out to Sandrarose.com on Monday to deny reports that Gray's Relentless Church received an eviction notice from church landlords, Ron and Hope Carpenter.

According to Gray's publicist, the Carpenters sent Gray a notice terminating the oral lease for two properties occupied by the church in Greenville, SC.

In his response, Gray's attorneys noted that the leases are all paid up. The lawyers are in possession of a direct message that Hope Carpenter allegedly sent to someone on Facebook.com. The lawyers said the DM makes "very serious defamatory statements" about Gray.

Hope reportedly calls Pastor Gray "a shady man" and "dishonest". She allegedly said Pastor Gray and Relentless "are 3 to 4 months behind in all the bills" and "[w]e (Hope and Ron) will be taking our church back... We are very excited to have our campus back but we are very sad John Gray has not lived up to his end of the bargain."

Gray's attorneys dispute Carpenter's allegations, saying:

"The exact opposite is true. Pastor Gray and Relentless have gone above and beyond the original transfer terms to make this work. It is Ron Carpenter and Redemption Church who could no comply with the transfer agreement."

The law firm also said a church the size of Relentless can not possibly "move in 30 days, especially when the rent is current. Could it be the author threat of eviction on a 30-day notice is rally so the Carpenters can do exactly what Hope has outlined in her Facebook DM? I sincerely hope not."

Below is the letter from Gray's publicist.

Please note: Sandrarose.com is a gossip blog, not a news media outlet. We gossip here. Please do not hold the Sandrarose.com blog owner to the same standards as a professional who holds a journalism degree.

Hi Sandra,

I hope all is well. Reaching out regarding your headline "John Gray's Relentless Church Faces Eviction for Not Paying Rent" mentioning my client- along with the first sentence of your story. It's false.

There is absolutely no eviction notice. They have not been served with an eviction notice and they are current with every financial obligation as outlined by the leases they are under.

A termination letter referencing a verbal agreement was sent. The letter did not however reference the actual signed lease agreement in which Redemption/ Ron Carpenter are in violation of not honoring nor did it state the notice was concerning failure to pay. Again, Relentless is current with both of their leases.

Please see attached the termination letter and the legal response to the termination letter and please edit your headline and story to reflect the truth of the situation.

Thank you

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Pastor John Gray told his congregation he is not backing down during Sunday morning's sermon at his Relentless Church in Greenville, South Carolina.

"I have heard that we are being evicted," the embattled preacher said, as the first lady Aventer Gray looked on. "We are not being evicted because we have paid our bills."

Gray took over as pastor of the former Redemption Church after the original owners, Ron and Hope Carpenter, moved to San Jose, California to take over another church.

But now the Carpenters want their church back after what they say is financial mismanagement and failure to pay the rent.

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The drama peaked earlier this year when Pastor Gray asked his flock for $250,000 for repairs on the roof. He asked 2,500 church members to tithe $100 each toward the fund. He said the Carpenters left the church in debt.

"(Ron Carpenter) handed us keys. The keys were not to a paid off building, the keys were to an opportunity, an opportunity to continue the work," Gray said. "Nothing you see is paid off. It wasn't paid off when we got here."

In April 2019, Hope Carpenter made a surprise visit to Relentless and addressed the congregation. "I cut people" and "I got a knife right there in that pocketbook, so Greenville News, come on," she said, according to The Greenville News.

In November, the Carpenters served an eviction notice on Gray, giving him until December 31 to clear out of the church he renamed "Relentless" after taking over in 2017.

But Gray told his congregation that the lease is all paid up and they are not going anywhere.

In his 8:30 a.m. sermon, Gray said "We are quietly working behind the scenes, and it's unfortunate that something was shared outside the body of Christ... We are not going to adjudicate this in public."

The scandal forced Greenville residents and Gray's supporters to take sides.

"[I don't know] what John Gray did or did not do. But my problem is with the bigger issue of white preachers pastoring majority black congregations, who, when the money (back to them) ain’t right (allegedly), they want to come back and "rescue" the church from the inept black pastor," tweeted seminary student Kevin Vandiver.

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Gray urged his congregation not to "trash talk" the Carpenters. He encouraged his followers to stay focused and not become distracted.

"All of this is a distraction because the enemy wants us to fight each other," he said, according to The Greenville News.

"I promise we are not leaving this city," he said, adding that Relentless will be open next Sunday and the Sunday after that.

"We're going to be here. We're going to be in Greenville. We're going to be Relentless Church for as long as Jesus says so."

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Ron and Hope Carpenter served Pastor John Gray and his Relentless Church with a 30-day notice to clear off their property.

The scandalous events surrounding the falling out between Ron and Hope Carpenter and Gray's Relentless Church in Greenville began with a partnership in 2017.

The Carpenters, who owned the Redemption Church and the land that it sits on, announced they were moving to California to take over another church. They handed over the keys to Gray, who served as associate pastor at Joel Osteen's Lakewood megachurch in Texas.

Gray renamed the church to Relentless. A parade of influential pastors, including Osteen, traveled to Greenville to formally install Gray as senior pastor, according to The Greenville News.

In late 2018 Gray begged his wife for forgiveness after confessing that he cheated on her.

In August 2018 Gray visited President Donald Trump at the White House to attend an "inner city pastors" meeting.

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Gray later said attending the meeting was mistake and he promised he would not meet with Trump again.

In November 2018 The Greenville News reported that Gray urged the needy to take from the church's collection plates. He also pledged support for Picken's County's first homeless shelter.

In December 2018 Gray presented his wife, Aventer Gray, with a brand new $200K Lamborghini SUV for their eighth wedding anniversary. The lavish gift sparked a public outcry.

In a post on social media, Gray acknowledged the public's outrage and assured his congregation that the money for the vehicle came from his non-church income.

In addition to being an author, Gray also has a reality TV show on Oprah's OWN Network.

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Aventer defended her husband in a social media post.

"I don't see anyone screaming about how basketball players drive what they do while you paying $$$ to see them play in arenas and on fields. We don't live for people! We live for God!"

In December 2018, The Greenville News reported the Grays lived in a $1.8 million mansion in Simpsonville that was purchased by the church.

Church leaders said the opulent mansion was necessary to lure a pastor of Gray's caliber to Greenville.

In March 2019, Gray told his congregation the Carpenters left the church "millions of dollars in debt." He said the church needed a new $250,000 roof and he asked 2,500 people to give $100 or more.

"(Ron Carpenter) handed us keys. The keys were not to a paid off building, the keys were to an opportunity, an opportunity to continue the work," Gray said. "Nothing you see is paid off. It wasn't paid off when we got here."

In April 2019, Hope Carpenter made a surprise visit to Relentless Church to address Gray's allegations. "I cut people" and "I got a knife right there in that pocketbook, so Greenville News, come on," she said.

Everything came to a head last month when the Carpenters sent Gray a 30-day notice ordering his congregation off their property. The letter gave Relentless Church 30 days to get out.

According to The Greenville News, Relentless Church responded with a legal letter outlining counterclaims and saying it had paid the church's lease in full.

The controversy blew up on social media, with Gray's supporters calling the Carpenters racists and opportunists.

"[I don't know] what John Gray did or did not do. But my problem is with the bigger issue of white preachers pastoring majority black congregations, who, when the money (back to them) ain’t right (allegedly), they want to come back and "rescue" the church from the inept black pastor," tweeted seminary student Kevin Vandiver.

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But Gray's critics sounded off as well.

One Twitter user wrote, "I guess they had to evict John gray & they blew through all the money. I feel like Ron trusted gray to be trustworthy".

Another user tweeted:

"John Gray and them getting evicted !?? You mean to tell me that lambo truck didn’t tip they asses off months ago!?!? .. and this man STILL has supporters + a wife!?? .. Chile."

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Kanye West issued another warning to parents to protect their children from “indoctrination" by Hollywood's entertainment machine.

Kanye issued the warning during his Sunday Service sermon at Joel Osteen's megachurch in Houston, Texas over the weekend.

Kanye said his fellow narcissistic celebrities will do anything for fame. The father of four said celebrities are in service to Satan, not God.

"You start to feel like Satan is the most powerful and you start to feel that if you service God in life it means you will not prosper and the only way to prosper is in service to fame," said Kanye."

He suggested that Satan may be the reason today's music sucks.

"Satan stole all the best producers. Satan stole all the best musicians, all the good business people and said you've got to come over and work for me," said Kanye.

He added: "Satan stole all the best designers. Hollywood puts images and symbolism in movies and tv shows to indoctrinate your kids into lives of emptiness, service to self, and feeding the eye...

"We have our own daughters and we're still rapping about trying to hook up with somebody's daughter.”

Kanye reassured his fans that he has been sent to save them from the Hollywood's Satanic influence.

"Jesus has won the victory because now the greatest artist that God has ever created is working for him. All of that arrogance and confidence and cockiness y’all seen me use before, God is now using for Him."

He warned parents to protect "your kids from the indoctrination of the media, the thousands of thousands of images that are fed to children by the age of 6 or 7."

Kanye said social media imagery is "purposely mixed in to lower the kid's super power and esteem so that they can be more susceptible to consumption and feel that they need to consume and become a part of the robotic numeric system that controls so much."

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Kanye West's traveling gospel revival "Sunday Service" will roll into Joel Osteen's megachurch this Sunday, according to TMZ.

Kanye was invited to bring his popular Sunday Service revival to the megachurch in Houston, Texas. Osteen blocked off 20 to 30 minutes this Sunday for Kanye to perform gospel songs off his new album, Jesus Is King.

Also performing will be Kanye's Sunday Service choir who are featured on the album.

Kanye, 42, famously turned his back on secular music because he believes the current generation of young people need Jesus.

Lakewood Church is the largest megachurch in America. Osteen is often criticized for promoting prosperity and wealth at his ministry.

Kanye also focuses his efforts on accumulating great wealth. The father of four was upset when Forbes declined to acknowledge him as a billionaire after he presented a receipt for $890 million.

The "Jesus Walks" rapper even considered changing his name to Christian Genius Billionaire Kanye West.

Kanye recently disclosed that the IRS cut him a refund check for $68 million.

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More than 1,000 people committed their lives to Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior at Kanye West's latest Sunday Service. Calling it "a new wave revival", a Louisiana pastor said 1,000 Christians raised their hands and committed their lives to Christ at Bethany Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Friday night.

"In a crowd of 6,000 people from all walks of life, all ages, and all races, I witnessed over 1,000 people respond to The Gospel by raising their hands to accept Jesus as their Lord & Savior!" said Pastor Curvine Brewington, of Crossroads Church in Lafayette, Louisiana.


 

But the evening didn't end without some controversy. There were complaints that organizers sold "brunch" for $55 a plate. At least one woman demanding her money back for unsavory-looking food, according to Dailymail.com.

Kimberly Kinchen posted a Facebook image of her plate that she says she paid $55 for. The meal consisted of 2 pancakes, what appears to be a sausage patty and 2 slices of bacon. Kitchen was not satisfied after taking 2 bites of the pancakes.

Kitchen contacted a local news station to complain. "Can y'all cover a story on this because I want my coins back. This is the wonderful & COLD brunch BUFFET we are being served," she said, adding, "the server looked at me crazy when I asked for another pancake."

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Kanye, 42, is pictured above attending a Ralph Lauren event in Chicago on Oct. 28.

More than 1,000 people attended the 'Brunchella' church service in Louisiana on Friday to hear the anointed one, Kanye, speak and perform selections from his No. 1 album, Jesus Is King.

Kanye brought three of his four children - North West, 6, Saint West, 3, and Chicago West, 22 months - to witness the revival.

Kanye, who is on the autism spectrum, understands better than most that young people need Jesus more than ever.

Pastor Brewington posted a photo that showed hundreds of worshipers raising their hands during an alter call.

"If you've ever doubted the legitimacy or spiritual impact of this Sunday service project, simply look at this incredible shot taken by @the.smitan during the altar call. YES, I said ALTAR CALL," Brewington wrote.

"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," he added.
 

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Tonight, @candacebrewington & I got to experience Kanye West’s Sunday Service at @bethany_church in Baton Rouge. If you’ve ever doubted the legitimacy or spiritual impact of this #sundayservice project, simply look at this incredible shot taken by @the.smitan during the altar call. YES, I said ALTAR CALL. ? 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. In a crowd of 6,000 people from all walks of life, all ages, and all races, i witnessed over 1,000 people respond to The Gospel by raising their hands to accept Jesus as their Lord & Savior! ??? Say what you want, & think what you want.... But trust me when I tell you - 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. #Jesusisking • Isaiah 43:19 “Behold I do a NEW thing. • 1 Corinthians 1:27 “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. • #excited #inspired ? @the.smitan

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The long wait is finally over: former rapper Kanye West released his long anticipated 9th studio album JESUS IS KING on Friday. Kanye released the long-awaited album in conjunction with the global release of his IMAX film of the same name.

With the release of this gospel album Kanye retired from recording secular rap music, which he has referred to as the devil's music.

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The gospel album is available in digital downloads and in exclusive blue vinyl on Kanye's website.

Fans can listen to the album digitally or order exclusive blue vinyl albums in limited editions.

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Also available on Kanye's online store are t-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts and sweatpants with JESUS IS KING emblazoned on them.

Kanye brings his rolling gospel revival Sunday Service Experience to The Forum in Los Angeles on Sunday, October 27th. Tickets can be ordered at Ticketmaster.com.
 

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Kanye West has officially turned his back on secular music after accepting Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.

Rap music helped make Kanye West a multi-millionaire many times over. But according to Kanye's pastor, rap music is "the devil's music," and he wants no part of it.

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Adam Tyson, West's pastor at Placerita Bible Church in California, says Kanye turned his back on secular music after he recently became a born-again Christian.

"One time, he told me that he wasn't going to rap [anymore]," Tyson said in an interview.

"I said, 'Why not?' He said, 'That's the devil's music'. I said, 'Hey, man. Rap is a genre. You can rap for God'."

Tyson told Kanye he could still use his God-given rap talent to make millions for his church.

But Kanye told him the devil's music was responsible for his sinful behavior.

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"The guilt of sin brought him down low. He would say the devil basically brought him to a place where he just felt like he was in bondage to his sin. So he said, 'I got delivered'."

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Kanye also said his wife Kim Kardashian's revealing style of dress was becoming a problem for him.

He said Kim's provocative style of dress was negatively affecting his "soul and spirit."
 

 

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