Christian rapper Jahaziel has renounced his faith, claiming that he can no longer believe the foundation on which Christianity is built.
According to Charisma News, the man Rapzilla once called one of the most important U.K. artists in the history of Christian hip-hop has completely turned his back on the faith about which he once sang.
In a Facebook post, Jahaziel explained his decision: “A short while ago I turned away from 20 years as a professing Christian. 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 & status within Christian and non Christian circles.”
In a follow-up post, addressing those who questioned his decision, the rapper stated, “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. I cannot possibly agree that he is love unless I ignore all the men, women and little children he has slaughtered throughout the entire bible. But maybe some peoples Christian lenses won't allow them to see that - cool. Mine didn't either for s (sic) long time. I have tasted and seen - and my conclusion is that Christianity (it's flawed book, bloodthirsty god and mythical savior) i have found unsatisfactory and unworthy of my allegiance or worship unless by threatening to kill me if I don't - as Christianity does."
Charisma News reports that Jahaziel’s words seem ironic in light of lyrics he penned which include the lines:
Help me God
(So help me God) So if you hear I got my eyes to the hills . . .
They haters, doubters and (cynics) told me I'm out of my lyrics
But God's far from finished with me
In fact he just started.
Publication date: January 4, 2016
Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.