Liberty University Welcomes Reality Show ‘Pastor’ and Collaborator With ‘I Am a God’ Rapper Kanye West

Wilkerson-compressed (1)LYNCHBURG, Va. — A reality star hipster “pastor” who is known for marrying Playboy cover model Kim Kardashian to blasphemous “I Am a God” rapper Kanye West, and for collaborating with West on the script for his “Yeezus” tour and other projects, was welcomed Wednesday by Liberty University, which heralds itself as being the world’s largest Christian university, to address students during convocation.

As previously reported, Rich Wilkerson Jr.’s reality show “Rich in Faith” began airing last month on the Oxygen channel and follows Wilkerson as he launches a new congregation called “Vous Church.”

“I come from a different perspective. I don’t think people are interested in a bunch of religion, like tell me what I can and can’t do,” Wilkerson says in the promotional video for the show. “But I think people are interested in having a relationship with a higher power.”

The preview shows Wilkerson getting a tattoo, lying on the beach with his bikini-clad wife, and telling his parents that he plans to hold his first service at a bar.

“In recent months, the themes of Wilkerson’s sermons have been based on songs from the Top 40: Drake’s ‘Worst Behavior,’ DJ Snake and Lil Jon’s club thumper ‘Turn Down for What,’ Beyoncé’s ‘Drunk in Love,'” the Miami New Times reports.

“His messages take surprising detours on their way to the gospel. He might roll out a story about pissing his pants as a kid, talk about marital sex, or even point out the church’s proximity to Miami’s strip joints,” it outlines.

Wilkerson, who previously led a 1,500-member young adult group called “The Rendezvous” at his father’s Trinity Church, was put into the spotlight in 2014 after he officiated the wedding of profanity-laden rapper Kanye West, known for songs such as “I Am a God,” “Drunk and Hot Girls,” “Hold My Liquor” and “Jesus Walks,” to Playboy cover model Kim Kardashian, the step-daughter of Bruce Jenner.

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He had met the couple two years prior after they visited his father’s congregation.

“I just talked to Jesus/He said, ‘What up Yeezus?’/ I said, “[Expletive], I’m chilling/Trying to stack these millions,” West raps in his song “I Am a God.” “I know He the Most High/But I am a close high/… I am a god.”

“It began a relationship; we (Wilkerson and West) started emailing and calling each other. We collaborated on a few things: art, fashion, music, Jesus,” Wilkerson told People Magazine last year. “He invited me to write a few things for his tour, and I’ve been able to counsel him on a few things.”

Wilkerson is stated to have helped with the script for West’s “Yeezus” tour, where West brought a man dressed as Jesus on stage during a show in Seattle.

“White Jesus, is that you?” he asked on stage. “Oh [expletive]!”

West provided the artwork for Wilkerson’s new book “Sandcastle Kings,” which was released in November.

“Kanye is a really good friend,” Wilkerson told reporters. “We chat every week about different things … He’s an amazing artist and designer, and with my first book coming out, I thought it would be fun for him to design the cover.”

Pop star Justin Bieber also visited the congregation, and Wilkerson recently praised him in an interview with Cosmopolitan.

“I think he is doing great,” he said. “I just saw him three days ago in L.A. He’s doing awesome. We are proud of him.”

As previously reported, in an interview with Complex Magazine in October, Bieber spoke much about his views on Christianity, criticizing churches that warn about Hell and Christians who are “overly churchy.” He stated, however, the he personally desires to be more outspoken about the Christian faith and just wants to “live like Jesus.” Days after the interview was released, Bieber made headlines for smoking marijuana and drinking Hennessy on stage.

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But some have expressed concern about Wilkerson, including Joe Schimmel, pastor of Blessed Hope Chapel in Simi Valley, California, and host of the documentary “They Sold Their Souls for Rock and Roll.”

“When Wilkerson’s church was new, one gimmick he employed was to offer to eat a live gold fish if 300 people attended. Some time later, he offered to be zapped with a stun gun when they hit 2,000 attendees,” he explained in a blog post last month.

While Wilkerson says that he believes in Hell and acknowledges that a person goes through a process of sanctification after coming to Christ, he says that specific sins are not discussed much from the pulpit.

“At our church, homosexuality is not a topic I like to chat about very much, but I don’t talk about a whole lot of issues,” Wilkerson told the Miami New Times last year. “I talk about what Jesus is for, not what he’s supposedly against.”

“I don’t know who’s going to Hell. I just know that followers of Jesus are going to Heaven—that’s what the Bible says,” he said. “My message isn’t ever who’s going where.”

“As a pastor, my heart breaks for those who are teaching such serious false doctrines and condoning the wickedness of the world system that so plagues the Church,” Schimmel said. “My heart breaks because I fear and tremble, knowing that the Scriptures declare that we will have a stricter judgment (James 3:1-2), give an account for souls (Hebrews 13:17), and that the blood of those who perish, will be on our heads if we fail to preach repentance and the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:21, 26-27).”

Wilkerson, whose father is the cousin of the late David Wilkerson, was scheduled to speak at Liberty University this morning during the mandatory convocation service. Liberty University’s motto is “Training Champions for Christ.”

As previously reported, on Monday, Liberty University rolled out what was called a “hero’s welcome” for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, and university president Jerry Falwell Jr. took to Fox News to defend Trump’s profession of Christianity.

“Those are just things that I think the world needed to know about Donald Trump because the Bible says that by your fruits you shall know them,” Falwell said. “He may not be a theological expert …, but when you look at the fruits of his life and all the people he’s provided jobs, I think that’s the true test of somebody’s Christianity not whether or not they use the right theological terms.”

Erwin McManus, a emergent leader with Mosaic Church in California, is scheduled to speak at the school on Feb. 3.


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  • Psychdude1

    You know the quality of a church and ministry by three fruit it produces. So, we shall see

    • Josey

      sounds like to me that they are having one huge party which will tickle ears but not save a soul, at least that is the take I got from this article. Sure people who want to remain in their same lifestyles will come so they can feel better about themselves, they will be accepted but does God accept them? If there is no repentance and acknowledging sin as sin but having one huge worldly love fest, it is deception only, delusions. We can’t even change ourselves, we may try to do better but we always fail and it is only through Christ that we can do all things and only by the Holy Spirit real changes are made. It’s sad that he uses gimmicks to bring people in, Christ alone is enough and if people don’t think so then they are none of His to begin with!

  • Josey

    I realize this is a bit long, David Wilkerson would have never condoned this stuff, this world is not our home, we as children of God are to do God’s will while here and are just passing through, we are to be the salt of the earth and if that salt has lost it’s saltiness it is no good but for to be thrown out, more and more churches are merging with the one world religion, leading many astray and it’s imperative that you hear from God’s heart. Some of you already know but some do not. God bless you and lead you in these days when deception is running rampant.
    1 Corinthians 1:18-24 18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. 22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: 23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness; 24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
    God’s will was done through Jesus on the cross, Jesus is the only way to God the Father and the cross was a complete success in spite of what the pope says. We now can enter the Holy of Holies if we are born again of the Spirit of God because of the cross, the veil was rent into from the top to the bottom and that could have only been done by God’s hand because of the thickness of it and it was rent right as Christ said, “it is finished.”. It was God’s will to place all our sin on the Lamb of God and for the pope to say to the world that it was a failure is blasphemous and satan’s way of getting people’s eyes off of the work Christ did on the cross even if he meant humanly speaking he is wrong to compare our weak human successes or failures with the Son of the Living God. We deserved death and were the ones that deserved to hang on that cross for we all have sinned but God so loved the world that He gave us His only begotten Son who was sinless to take our place or if Jesus hadn’t gone to the cross there would be only a horrible eternal hell which was originally made for fallen angels and demons, not humans.
    To those who believe, He is our foundation. To those who believe not he has become the stone the builders rejected and an eternal separation from God in Hell with satan and demons to suffer forever that awaits everyone who does not believe. Every human being has the choice to receive God’s salvation that comes only through Christ’s sacrificial death and resurrection and have eternal life with God forever or the choice to reject it which will leave God no exception but to throw them into hell with all who reject Christ and there will be no escape or second chance once there. That is why the Bible says today is the day of salvation, choose this day whom you will serve. God is no respecter of persons either, anyone regardless of who they were on this earth, famous, rich, poor, great singer, actor, president,religious, etc. if they have not accepted the gift God gives us through Christ Jesus will end up in Hell. Your own good works will not keep you out of hell which are usually done with selfish reasons or to appear good and to receive accolades from people. Only being born again through the Spirit of God and then good works born of the Spirit will follow the believer but they do not save anyone, works that are not of our own making for earthly rewards but works to do the will of God in faith, works that bring God glory and works that God can reward and praise, not caring about the praises of man will follow the believer.
    And the fruit of the Holy Spirit will grow and follow the one who is born again.They will have a complete change in their lives, the change will be like night and day, the Word of God becomes alive unto them, though not yet perfect there will be the fruit of the Holy Spirit as evidenced. I used to be fascinated with famous people mainly those that were unusually talented singers until one day God spoke to my heart about how He is no respecter of persons and He showed how that when a famous person has passed on, people come out of the woodwork exclaiming what a good person they were and give eulogies that claim the angels are carrying them now but I will blow that bubble of a lie right now by sharing how God blew it out of my own thinking. He showed me if they were not born again by the Spirit of God, regardless of how beautiful they looked, or how famous they were, or how talented they were, or how rich they were they are not in Heaven running around with angels. God loved them but doesn’t give a hoot about how many people followed them or idolized them. God went to a extreme measure to ensure we can all go to Heaven but He has made it clear the only way to get there and to live eternity in His glorious presence is through His Son Jesus Christ. Why is Jesus the only way to God and Heaven? Because God is Holy and our sins keep us separate from Him and so God took our every sin,past, present and future and transferred it to His special Lamb, Jesus. Now days we hear how there are many ways or roads to God, another deception satan has promoted through influential people but once again there is only one way, Jesus.
    And to those who receive and believe in Jesus, God gave the power to become the sons of God and God no longer holds sins against that one who believes and receives Christ Jesus,
    but rather God throws their sin into the deepest sea to be remembered no more, the old person dies and the new person is born again just like Jesus said that one must be born again, this is what Jesus was talking about. Salvation is an act of faith and obedience to God’s word in being sorrowful for our sins, asking God to forgive us and accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. He made it so simple even children can understand how to be born again and one can pray this prayer anywhere, doesn’t have to be in a church building as long as the prayer is sincere.
    Isaiah 53:3-11 vs3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. 8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. 9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. 10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; He hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. 11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
    Don’t be deceived, turn neither to the left or to the right, stay close to God and His word as it is written there are many false doctrines floating around out there doctrines that are man made but will send the followers to hell which satan wants but God does not take pleasure in any of it. Jesus is coming soon, stay alert, be sober and watchful and pray for it the thief knew what hour his house would be broken into he would have been watching, we cannot know the hour or day but we can know the time and God in His graciousness has given us many signs to watch for which we are seeing now more than any other time! The wheat and the chaff are growing up together but soon Jesus will remove the wheat, His bride and the time of Jacob’s trouble will fall upon those left behind and. great persecutions will come upon the whole earth as has never been seen before or ever known so much so that if God doesn’t cut the time short none would survive. Soon Israel will come to know who Jesus is and that they missed his coming the first time but first they will be deceived by the anti christ, then they will realize their error. The time of the gentiles is about over and God’s focus will be on the house of Israel and the times fulfilled. God bless all my brothers and sisters in Christ and lift each one up in whatever they need today.
    I dreamed two nights in a row where I heard bells ringing and when I woke I knew that they were wedding bells. Come Lord Jesus, come quickly. amen.

    • dw

      AMEN

  • acontraryview

    OOOOOOO……..sounds like the Christian News Network is not happy with Liberty University. Trouble in the Christian paradise. Odd though, they have quoted their leaders so many times as being a definitive source of true Christian teaching on so many issues. A little falling out, I guess.

    • Josey

      when have they done that? They report the same articles that I’ve seen on other news sources, I think you are trying to stir something up is all.

      • acontraryview

        Seriously? They often cite Liberty University and their staff in stories…when it suits their narrative. They quote Matt Barber and Matt Staver quite often.

  • dw

  • Breanna Shaub

    Funny “Christian news” would post an article about an amazing pastor with the intent to only make him look bad. I am a student at Liberty university who met Pastor Rich today, watches his show, and is reading his book. He is a great teacher and example of what Christians should be like. Rich is real and genuine. People need to relax and worry about what matters, not sit around and scrutinize all the little details that bug them about a person. Im not even going to get started about Liberty, all I have to say is people need to come check out the campus for themself instead of sitting behind their phones on Facebook talking trash about it because of what they have read (which 99% percent of the time is twisted and thrown way out of proportion). Be mature.

  • Jane Simmons

    Pastor?? Yikes!!! He would do well to get in the Word and first thing is his wife wouldn’t be out in a bikini, and certainly not be a good friend to someone who mocks our Lord and Savior!! or, is that too churchy? lol. Oh dear me oh my. I just wrote a thing on the false teachers how they never condemn or talk of sin, don’t want to offend, preach love only of Jesus but not that Jesus/God hates sin, and what sin is, and a lie is equal to a murder, ha, yeah, this guy is a joke…

    • Krystal Girard Simonds

      bikinis are sinful?

      • Melissa McRae

        You’re a Christian and really need to ask this question?

        • Krystal Girard Simonds

          Yes, I am a Christian. Adam and Eve wore bikinis. Leaves in the Garden. Give me a break. Seems that people are more concerned with outside than inside, I’m so thankful that my Maker is the only one I have to answer to. His children have become so mislead.

  • Breanna Shaub

    Funny “Christian news” would post an article about an amazing pastor with the intent to only make him look bad. I am a student at Liberty university who met Pastor Rich today, watches his show, and is reading his book. He is a great teacher and example of what Christians should be like. Rich is real and genuine. People need to relax and worry about what matters, not sit around and scrutinize all the little details that bug them about a person. Im not even going to get started about Liberty, all I have to say is people need to come check out the campus for themself instead of sitting behind their phones on Facebook talking trash about it because of what they have read (which 99% percent of the time is twisted and thrown way out of proportion). Be mature.

    • Breanna Shaub

      Had to repost because someone removed it, not sure why.. Guess people don’t like the truth.

    • Becky

      God’s people have their eyes set upon Christ, as he is our only example.

  • Rick

    You know a tree by it’s fruit. This is a bad tree producing bad fruit. He doesn’t know who’s going to hell? Jesus made it quite clear, so did Paul. “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. Gal. 5:19–“The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

    Rev. 21:8–“But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

    It’s not that difficult.

    • Becky

      Amen.

  • The Guest

    “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. ***And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.***” 2 Peter 2:1-3

    “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection (love and compassion), trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; ***Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof***: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses (via mainstream media), and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,*** ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.***” 2 Timothy 3:1-7

    “My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and utter lying divinations. They will not belong to the council of my people or be listed in the records of Israel, nor will they enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Sovereign Lord.” Ezekiel 13:9

    “Then the Lord said unto me, “The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.” Jeremiah 14:14

  • FoJC_Forever

    High profile corruption is often used as a diversion away from seeing the low profile corruption happening right in your town. Don’t let attention to the popular liars blind you from seeing the small town liars using the people in their congregations and towns for their personal profit and popularity.

    Follow Jesus, find Wisdom.

  • Laurence Charles Ringo

    The Holy Spirit just rendered an apt description of supposed ministers like Wilkerson—“world-loving hirelings”.

  • Chrissy Vee

    The Oxygen Channel, but of course. Anything touched by Oprah is antichrist. Oh, and thanks to the author for calling Bruce Jenner by his name.

  • http://www.dontneednostinkinwebsite.com/ Midlandr

    Jesus was against the ungodly behaviours which keep you from practicing the things H was for…

  • 1775

    All of this has been prophesized. Be watchful and prepare.

  • Sista Sue

    If the immeasurable vastness of God’s grace can cover my sin, than it can cover Kenya and Kim’s sin also.
    I read this article this verse came to mind: (It doesn’t matter if Rich is the former or the latter)
    It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains.
    But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Phil.115-18