U.K. Congregation Posts Kanye West Lyrics Rather Than Scripture to Attract Attendees

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LONDON — A congregation in London is raising eyebrows over its practice of quoting from celebrities such as Kanye West on their outdoor blackboard rather than Scripture as a way to attract attendees.

“You’re not perfect, but you’re not your mistakes,” read a recent quote outside of St. Andrew’s Church in Hornchurch, London, attributing the lyric to rapper Kanye West, who also goes by Yeezus.

“Someone will always be prettier. Someone will always be smarter. Someone will always be younger. But they will never be you,” another sign read.

As previously reported, West, who is married to Playboy cover model Kim Kardashian, the step-daughter of Bruce Jenner, is known for songs such as the lofty “I Am a God,” “Drunk and Hot Girls,” “Hold My Liquor” and “Jesus Walks.”

“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.”

The sign quoting from West’s song “Only One,” a collaboration with Paul McCartney, was chosen because of its message, leader Barry Hobson told the publication Complex.

“The quote was chosen not because of who wrote it but because of the content of the comment,” he said. “The quote ‘You’re not perfect, but you’re not your mistakes’ reflects the value that Christianity, and in particular Jesus, and places on the understanding of what it is to be human. … In short, I found Kanye West’s comment quite insightful.”

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63-year-old volunteer Terry Keens chalks lyrics on the blackboard as she regularly selects quotes from celebrities and various world religions, “thinking their messages can be applied to Christianity, and that it’s a more effective and inclusive way of getting people through the door than quoting Scripture,” reports the London Telegraph.

“You walk by churches and they have quotes from the Bible and people don’t take any notice,” Keens told the outlet. “Hopefully people might walk past and want to visit our church because we don’t seem stuffy.”

“I have tried to keep up with the times as if you just have church Bible quotes it puts people off,” she also told the Daily Mail.

Keens said that she selected West because she likes “to get quotes from other people which hold church values like love and peace.”

Hobson said that his favorite of the nearly 300 quotes that Keens has written on the sign is “Jesus had two dads and He turned out fine.” But not everyone thought the sign was acceptable as some passersby expressed concern and objection to the assertion, which served as support for children being raised by homosexuals.

Quotes from Winnie the Pooh, Winston Churchill, Gandhi and Spongebob Squarepants have also been utilized.

While some have expressed support for the signs in stating that they like that the messages are not “preachy,” others have conveyed deep concern.

“So this particular ‘church’ wants to be seen as modern and relevant in today’s world. They ditch the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ—as it doesn’t interest people today. They stop quoting verses from the Bible—a book they say they believe. They then start to quote from anything but the Bible. It is a wonder that they don’t start quoting from the Book of Mormon or some other religious book,” one commenter wrote.

“So the [minister] is going for quantity and not quality. Surely [when] a so-called Christian minister puts the words of a narcissistic rapper who fancies himself above Jesus in place of the Gospel message, he is is more than a fool,” another stated.

“Not that long ago the Church of England saw its mission in spreading the Gospel and preaching Christ’s salvation— instead of spreading some Kanye West drivel. In the long run however, the likes of Hobson will see that if you want to live just like everyone else in the secular world, you don’t need a religious institution to help you feel good about it. Until then this ex-church will continue to deliver everything a secularized and bored public clamors for,” a third remarked.


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  • TheBottomline4This

    Why are the Kardashians, Jenners and West even relevant as far as being in the spotlight? They seem to serve no purpose other than themselves. Kim especially seems to be very shallow. Always needing to show us her body. They have claimed to be Christian, but I haven’t seen anything from this group that even hints at that.

  • Becky

    “You walk by churches and they have quotes from the Bible and people don’t take any notice,” Keens told the outlet. “Hopefully people might walk past and want to visit our church because we don’t seem stuffy.”

    Those that don’t take notice, don’t take notice because they have no interest in God Almighty through Christ our Lord. They will simply look upon your sign as a bait and switch…that’s never good really. There’s no need to mingle the precious word of God with man’s foolish words/ways.

    “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
    Hebrews 4:12

    • Josey

      amen Becky

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    All truth is God’s truth. Right ideas are either from the Holy Bible, the wisdom of God, or from mankind’s correct observations and experiences. Way before Kanye West’s lyrics, the Holy Bible already taught mankind: “God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. I am the Lord, I do not change; therefore you are not consumed.” (Genesis 1, Romans 3, Malachi 3) Kanye West blasphemed God by placing his name in the Holy Bible; the Church must not quote him like this if they knew what he did against God.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    The Church of England must acknowledge that blasphemy, abortion, homosexuality, and transgenderism are sins, to be truly Christian. Denial of the existence of sin is same as denial of Saviour Jesus. If sin does not exist, what salvation does manklind need? None. The Holy Bible teaches that all humans are sinners, and reality proves that sin is the problem for all mankind. Sin indeed exists as both God’s Word and reality testify and prove, and God condemned all those sins which some of today’s Western “churches” including the Church of England approve. The Church must obey God instead of approving the hell-bound sins. Sinners need to hear the Word of God, not the Satanic humanism. (Revelation ch. 2-3)

  • ComeOnPeople!

    These people honor GOD with their lips but their hearts are far from HIM. This is exactly why I broke away from religion and started studying the word of GOD and keeping it. The church in Rome under Constantine mixed the things of GOD with pagan worship and the Protestants protested but they did not fully come out of the Roman Catholic church. This is why they feel perfectly fine mixing the HOLY with the profane and the unclean with the clean. I don’t care if you call yourself the body of Messiah, if you do not obey HIS word to come out from among them and be separate , then you are serving a false Messiah and listening to false teachers. When you stand before HIM in judgement you may cry we did this and that in your name but HE will reply depart from me you who practice lawlessness.

  • hytre64

    I have no problem with them having quotes from outside the Bible on the marque, as long as the overall message on it has Biblical justification and the message that the pastor preaches actually conform to God’s Truth.

    • WorldGoneCrazy

      Amen. All truth is God’s Truth.

      But, the quotes on this blackboard appear to lead people away from Christ instead of toward Him.

  • Josey

    “You walk by churches and they have quotes from the Bible and people don’t take any notice,” Keens told the outlet. “Hopefully people might walk past and want to visit our church because we don’t seem stuffy.” said the one who writes these on the board, Terry Keens

    Not a true statement at all, I notice the scriptures on church boards and I know others do too. How would she know who is reading them or not? Before my sister came to the Lord, God was dealing with her heart and she was driving on a major interstate and there was a sign referring to God and she has never forgot that. God can use many things as He is dealing with a heart and scripture is the pure words of God to us, it is alive and sharper than any two edged sword dividing asunder both soul and spirit. And I myself have been encouraged by scriptures posted on some church boards when going through a tough time. She is part of a one world religion, she does not know Jesus personally. I have never understood being that I grew up as a rebellious teen who did whatever I chose to do, how anyone would want to attend a church that is worldly, might as well just be cold like I was before Christ saved me, I can understand why Christ tells the church at Laodicea, He’d rather they be cold or hot but being lukewarm He’d spew them out of His mouth. He can reach a cold person and show them love they have never known before and the stark change He makes in one who once was cold but now is hot no one can miss the change in that person but the one who is playing religion and lukewarm would be the hardest to reach for they think they got it all figured out, they don’t need Christ to change them in their minds for they are blind to their true condition and they promote all the wrong things.

  • WorldGoneCrazy

    What’s the difference between Western Churchianity and the atheist I once was?

    Churchianity misses the NFL Today on Sunday mornings.

    Saved by the Grace of God through His Son Jesus Christ during the NFL Today on a Sunday morning, and NOT in a church. No joke.

  • Gena B

    Oh yeah, use Kanye quotes because his are so much more important than what God has to say right? When will churches stop trying to entice people into churches by the worldly desires and tell people the truth, that we truly are not worthy and need God and He shows His mercy by love and forgiveness, if people need to be enticed to find God desirable, then they will end up worshiping a man made God and not the true God.