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August 31, 2010

Rapper Spoofs Prosperity Gospel. Sort Of.

Rhymefest, co-writer of Kanye's 'Jesus Walks,' opines on megachurch, Osteen, and more

"You know who I love?" rapper Rhymefest asks in a recent interview with Rapzilla, a Christian rap/hip-hop ezine. "What’s that guy with the curly hair? What is his name? A white guy. He has a huge church. He’s on TV all the time. He talks about health and wellness . . ."

Rapzilla helps him out: "Joel Osteen?"

Rhymefest: "Yo! I LOVE that dude! I watch him as much as I can. He comes across as just a beautiful person and not only because he’s a handsome guy with a beautiful family, but because he’s so tender with his flock, you know? And he doesn’t preach, he teaches."

Interesting comments, considering that just moments before, in the same interview, Rhymefest had said that he thought preachers of the prosperity gospel -- and Osteen is often considered one of them -- is "fleecing all communities. In fact, what did Jesus say when he went to the church? He said 'How dare you use my Father’s house as a market!' To me, that is a direct correlation with what Jesus’ thoughts would have been on prosperity preaching. It’s an issue. It’s fleecing the people. It’s idol worship. It’s anti-the-Christ in my opinion."

Rhymefest, who says he grew up in a Christian home but now considers himself a Muslim, co-wrote the Kanye West mega-hit "Jesus Walks." Rhymefest makes perhaps his strongest statement on the prosperity gospel with his song and video, "Prosperity." Check out the video below and judge for yourself. (Caution: There are a couple of bad words, and a couple shots that linger on cleavage.)


Yo this interview is supreme. To see someone who is too wrapped up in the world, come with a biblical message. Not only that but he raises points that non-christians always ask. I think we can take this interview and build from it.

Beware those who have Jesus Christ on sale, for a small "seed faith donation" (major credit cards accepted):

"Peter answered: 'May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord. Perhaps he will forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.'" (Acts 8:20-23)