Pastor Dollar wants Christians to leave Snoop Dogg alone and stop being the “Holy Ghost” police.
The Christian Post reports that the controversial megachurch preacher reprimanded believers for hating on the rapper’s 32-track gospel project called Bible of Love on April 8, 2018.
While preaching on “The Spirit of Grace” during Sunday service, Pastor Dollar said, “I’m gonna say something publicly. I don’t know if I’m really correct in saying this but I want to say something publicly.
“Recently, a man in California, he’s a rapper, in fact, he’s known as a legend, they call him, I think his nickname is Snoop Dogg. He just released a gospel album to minister to people because his grandmamma ministered to him and he had it on the inside of him. Isn’t it sad that he received rejection and flak and ‘how Y'all gon’ support somebody like this after what they did and what they said?’ What’s wrong with us?”
The prominent televangelist and founder of World Changers Church International in Georgia took a step further by telling Christians to congratulate the rapper instead of attacking them.
In his words, “Somebody, I don’t know, I might give him a call. Somebody shoulda said ‘congratulations. Thank you so much. Thank you so much for releasing something that can minister to people and encourage people. That can help people. We were so busy trying to dig up his past that we couldn’t see the working of the Holy Ghost on the inside. What’s the matter with us? Naw, you gotta go through your checklist.”
Pastor Dollar continued rebuking Christians, adding that no one is saved enough or righteous to criticise another person.
Mimicking a check mark with his hand, he said, “I don’t know if you’re saved enough. I don’t know you’ve been saved long enough and I just showed you a dude who just believed and now you wanna be the Holy Ghost police to decide if somebody has done enough to be respected as a child of God. Y’all need to stop.
“Somehow in your self-righteousness declaring you are better than they are because they did something that you didn’t do. That’s self-righteousness. Self-righteousness is unrighteousness.”
Pastor Dollar also said that everyone is just “one Jesus away from hell,” noting that Christians are righteous not “because of what you’ve done,” but because God said so.
“Understanding that should help you be a little bit more merciful with other people. No, you’re not condoning sin but you’re saying if you believe Jesus, I may not see the fruit of His working right now but He working in you,” he added.
The gangsta rap legend released his Christian project in March 2018.
Despite the fact that it debuted at number one on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart, the project has been criticised by Christians who feel like a secular artist has no business making a gospel album.
He revealed his reason for making the album in a recent appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel” on Monday, April 9, 2018.
“Yeah. Well you know my whole life I was raised up in the church. I was brought up in the church. The world that we’re living in right now with all this negativity and this violence, I just wanted to make something that represents peace, love, and happiness and use my platform,” he said.
To critics, Snoop Dogg asked, “Have you checked your status? Are you going to Heaven? Why are you judging me? How much have you done for the Lord?”
He reacted to his Christian critics at the this year’s 33rd Stellar Gospel Music Awards.