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Snoop Dogg released his first a gospel album Bible Of Love last month and many Christians have voiced their worry and skepticism, taking into consideration Snoop Dogg’s history. However, the award-winning rapper reacted and responded to his critics at the 33rd Stellar Gospel Music Awards.
For those not in the know, In 2009 Snoop Dogg announced that he had joined the Nation of Islam, then in 2012 changed his mind as he embraced Rastafarianism after a short stint as a reggae artist. Now he claims to be a born-again Christian. Snoop is disappointed with believers as being hypocrites for not celebrating his transition into gospel music.
However, whilst others may be complaining and weary of his claim to being a changed man, some others have jumped to his defense citing Joel 2:28.
“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions”.
In their bid to amplify and expound on this scripture, they have stated that the pouring out of God’s spirit in this scripture is not only reserved for Holy people, but for anyone (all flesh) “including the Nicki Minaj’s of this world” (Tasha Cobbs Leonard, 2018).
Although one could argue that the scripture in this instance has been taken out of context, because:
Before Jesus had ascended to heaven, He promised that he would give another “Helper” (John 14:16) that would be with us forever. That promise was fulfilled at Pentecost which can be seen in Acts 2. This, at Pentecost, was God keeping his promise and pouring out His Spirit on all flesh. This isn’t just for the Jews but all nations. Galatians 3:28 says there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Now,back to Snoop Dogg. God can indeed use anything and anyone if He so pleases. If Snoop Dogg says he is a changed man, then our job is to continue to pray for him. Let us not be quick to dismiss him, but rather give him time and a chance to work out his salvation. If we are to be honest, we all have had our shortcomings, but God is able to take a heart that once was cold as stone and turn it around.
Beside’s the Bible says; Matthew 7:16-20 (KJV)
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
So, time reveals all and we continue to pray for Brother Snoop Dogg.
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