Creflo Dollar, a prominent televangelist and founder of World Changers Church International based in Georgia, defended secular rapper Snoop Dogg’s decision to produce a gospel album and rebuked Christians who questioned the rapper’s claim that he is a born-again Christian.
Preaching on “The Spirit of Grace” on Sunday, Dollar pointed out that the church should not be about focusing on one’s sins but on God’s grace. He further pointed to the church’s reaction to Snoop Dogg as a perfect example of how judgmental Christians can be of people who fail to meet a perceived standard of righteousness.
“I’m gonna say something publicly. I don’t know if I’m really correct in saying this but I want to say something publicly. Recently, a man in California, he’s a rapper, in fact, he’s known as a legend, they call him, I think his nickname is Snoop Dogg. He just released a gospel album to minister to people because his grandmamma ministered to him and he had it on the inside of him. Isn’t it sad that he received rejection and flak and ‘how y’all gon’ support somebody like this after what they did and what they said?’ What’s wrong with us?” Dollar asked.
Snoop Dogg, whose real name is Calvin Broadus and is known for promoting a licentious lifestyle, released his double gospel album called The Bible of Love last month to much controversy, despite his claim that he is a changed man.
A viral clip from Dollar’s Sunday sermon on speaking specifically about the church’s reception of Snoop Dogg as a minister of music has sparked a debate over whether Christians should be skeptical about the artist’s ministry particularly because of his history. In 2009, the rapper announced that he had joined the Nation of Islam. Three years later, he became a Rastafarian as he dabbled in reggae music and now recently he has declared himself to be a born-again Christian as he promotes his new album.
Dollar insisted that Christians should be thanking and congratulating the rapper for creating a gospel album.
“Somebody, I don’t know, I might give him a call. Somebody shoulda said ‘congratulations. Thank you so much. Thank you so much for releasing something that can minister to people and encourage people. That can help people. We were so busy trying to dig up his past that we couldn’t see the working of the Holy Ghost on the inside. What’s the matter with us? Naw, you gotta go through your checklist,” Dollar said.
“I don’t know if you’re saved enough,” the preacher continued mimicking a check mark with his hand. “I don’t know you’ve been saved long enough and I just showed you a dude who just believed and now you wanna be the Holy Ghost police to decide if somebody has done enough to be respected as a child of God. Y’all need to stop.”