A famed Christian rapper in the U.K. is making headlines after announcing that he has “turned away” from Christianity, with the performer unleashing the “negatives” that he claims to have found within the faith.
“I need not explain myself to anyone but I feel the need to make a quick statement,” rapper Jahaziel wrote in a Dec. 22 Facebook post. “A short while ago I turned away from 20 years as a professing Christian.”
He continued, “I had a good job with a church organization, a house provided by the church, a large social circle of likeminded people, a career in gospel music, a worldwide fan base, a respected reputation [and] status within Christian and non-Christian circles.”
Despite losing many or all of these things, Jahaziel said that he still has his integrity, and explained why he’s leaving his faith behind. While he said that he learned some “great principles” from Christianity and the Bible, he believes that these sentiments aren’t “exclusive to any religion.”
“I have met many sincere Christians, both church goers and church leaders, and although I have not seen every one of the 40,000 Christian denominations currently in existence I think I have seen enough to personally make a general conclusion regarding Christianity in the broadest sense,” Jahaziel said.
He then went on to share some of the “negatives” that he claims to have observed about the faith, including: “its controlling dictatorship, its historic blood trail, its plagiarized bible stories characters and concepts, the many human errors of the bible and its contradictions, the brutal nature of its God, it’s involvement in the slave trade, the Crusades, the Inquisition, the witch hunts, it’s second class view of women, it’s masculinization of God, it’s emasculation of men, its financial corruption.”
Apparently leaving christianity means I was never TRULY a christian… Only those who know me, know that's utter bullshit.
— Jahaziel (@jahazielmusic) January 4, 2016
The rapper said that he cannot and will not be silent about his newfound views, taking to social media in recent days to issue similar messages about his departure from the Christian faith.
In a separate post on Christmas Eve, he wrote, “You can believe the Bible and its God all you want but to me he just demands my fear because he cannot earn my respect.”
God has no religion. So neither do I.
— Jahaziel (@jahazielmusic) January 2, 2016
As Charisma News noted, these sentiments appear to be a collective departure from the rapper’s past lyrics and statements.
“I was given this gift for a purpose. God took me from nothing to something and he wanted to do something with this,” Jahaziel once told Cross Rhythms. “I would be a sell out to now just take it like it’s mine and try and use it for my gain.”
(H/T: Charisma News)
Follow the author of this story on Twitter and Facebook: