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Kanye West has backed out of pastor Joel Osteen's virtual Easter concert over safety concerns for his Sunday Service choir.
The 42-year-old rapper had been slated to join actor/director Tyler Perry and singer Mariah Carey for Osteen's remote holiday Easter worship service, which will be livestreamed from his Lakewood megachurch in Houston, Texas on Easter Sunday, April 12.
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The original plan called for the choir to wear face masks and maintain social distancing while recording songs with Kanye for the gig, but the "Jesus Walks" rapper decided that he could not satisfy his artistic expectations and safety concerns with these arrangements, so he called off the appearance, TMZ reports.
TMZ adds discussions were ongoing up until Good Friday, but the "Jesus is King" star ultimately couldn't make his plan work to his satisfaction.
The Easter Sunday service will be broadcast live over Osteen's megachurch feed at Joelosteen.com at both 9.30am EST and 12pm EST.
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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.
Tyler Perry angered his faithful fans by donating $250,000 to embattled prosperity preacher Joel Osteen, who caught heat for not opening the doors of his megachurch to Harvey flood victims sooner.
The producer-director posted a video to his Facebook page Thursday defending Pastor Osteen and announcing his plans to donate $1 million to those impacted by floods in Houston.
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Joel Osteen defended his decision not to provide shelter to Hurricane Harvey victims in Houston until he was shamed into opening his massive Lakewood Church late Tuesday.
Osteen, 52, defended his actions in an interview with the Today Show Wednesday morning. The prosperity preacher said the widespread flooding in Houston caused "safety issues" and the city didn't ask him to open his doors.
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Pastor Joel Osteen finally opened the doors of his Houston megachurch after catching heat for closing the $50 million church in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
Osteen, 54, tweeted a prayer to everyone affected by the storm on Saturday, but he was criticized for shutting the doors of his megachurch for 3 days.
"Victoria & I are praying for everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey. Please join us as we pray for the safety of our Texas friends & family," Osteen tweeted on Saturday.
The prosperity preacher remained silent as others called for him to open the doors of his massive church for hurricane relief efforts.
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