Rapper Kanye West declared he no longer cares for fame and money but is “in service to God” while performing at a Houston megachurch on Sunday.
West, who claims to be in the middle of a spiritual awakening, spoke to a packed crowd of about 16,000 people at Lakewood Church’s 11 a.m. service.
“The only superstar is Jesus,” West said as the crowd applauded loudly.
During a 20-minute interview with celebrity pastor Joel Osteen before the churchgoers, West told the packed crowd about his recent conversion to Christianity and how God has been inspiring him.
“I know that God has been calling me for a long time and the devil has been distracting me for a long time,” West said as he stood next to Osteen.
He said that at his lowest point, when he was hospitalized in 2016 after a “mental breakdown,” God “was there with me, sending me visions, inspiring me.”
Last month, West released “Jesus is King,” a Gospel-themed album that’s been described as Christian rap.
West also was scheduled to perform Sunday evening at Lakewood with his “Sunday Service,” a church-like concert featuring a choir.
Tickets for the free concert were distributed through Ticketmaster and sold out within minutes on Saturday, though some people have been reselling them for hundreds of dollars.
West has been traveling around the US holding his “Sunday Service” concerts since January, including at the Coachella festival, an outdoor shopping center in Salt Lake City and at an Atlanta-area megachurch.
On Friday, he and his choir performed for inmates at the Harris County Jail in Houston.
During Sunday’s appearance, West touched on a variety of topics, including religion, the perils of fame and money and going to church as a child. He also talked about how he used to approach things, telling parishioners that “all of that arrogance” that people had seen in him, he is “now using it for God.”
Lakewood Church, where more than 43,000 people attend services each week, has become the largest church in the US. It holds services at the former Compaq Center, which was once the home of the Houston Rockets.
Osteen’s weekly television program is viewed by more than 13 million households in the US and millions more in more than 100 nations around the world.