When Kanye West’s new album dropped, the world paid attention.  As always.  But there was something different about his most recent one, titled “Jesus is King.” West is now a self-described born-again Christian, and it seems that this has impacted almost all areas of his life.

“Jesus is King” is a true, gospel album and includes top-of-the-Billboard hits that could also comfortably sit atop the Christian charts.  West refuses to stop talking about Jesus.

When asked if he considered himself a “Christian artist,” he told Jimmy Kimmel he was a “Christian everything.” What an answer!

In all of the coverage his album has generated, this from the Daily Wire also caught my eye. West asked people working on his new album to stop having premarital sex and revealed how porn affected his life.

“When collaborating with others on ‘Jesus Is King,’ West set up some lifestyle guidelines that they would have to abide by in order be part of the project,” Billboard reported. “Yeezy asked others to fast during portions of creating and also not partake in any premarital sex at times, which he knew would receive some blowback once it became public.”

“There were times where I was asking people not to have premarital sex while they were working on the album,” West told Lowe, noting, “When people pray together and fast together, the power is increased.”

The 42-year-old explained that he no longer views himself as a “slave” to the music industry, but as a “free” “son of God” spreading the gospel.

“Now that I’m in service to Christ, my job is to spread the gospel, to let people know what Jesus has done for me,” said West. “I’ve spread a lot of things. There was a time I was letting you know what high fashion had done for me, I was letting you know what the Hennessey had done for me, but now I’m letting you know what Jesus has done for me, and in that I’m no longer a slave, I’m a son now, a son of God. I’m free.”

He also revealed he was first exposed to porn at the young age of five, when his dad left out a pornographic magazine.  “My dad had a Playboy left out at age five and it’s affected almost every choice I made for the rest of my life from age five to now, having to kick the habit. It just presents itself in the open like it’s okay. I stand up and say, ‘You know, it’s not okay.’”

What an interesting development – from “I am a God” (2013) to “Jesus is King” (2019).  May we all find that trajectory.

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Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.