Former UK based Christian rapper Jahaziel released a shocking statement, renouncing Christianity on his Facebook page just a few hours ago.
In 2011, Jahaziel signed to US based label, XIST Music, which also houses artists such as Gemstones and Sean Simmonds and also served as the label that relaunched Da Truth and Ambassador’s careers after their sabbatical.
Jahaziel is without question the most talented and recognized UK artist who has crossed over into the US space.
His talent has been solidified by the various accolades he has received over the years. Jahaziel won a MOBO award for Best Gospel Act in 2008, he was nominated for a MOBO award in 2007 and won two Oasis awards in 2006 for Best Male and Best Holy Hip Hop Artist.
We pray that Jahaziel will be lead by the Holy Spirit.
Jahaziel's statement below:
“I need not explain myself to anyone but I feel the need to make a quick statement. 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… Etc
Having left Christianity I may have lost many/all of these things, but what I have is worth more than all of them combined. I have my integrity. When I first joined Christianity I was told ‘you must believe this book is God’s infallible word’… Before I’d even read the book!! How can one decide for themselves whether a book is accurate and true BEFORE they have even read & investigated the book thoroughly?! Anyway… Contrary to many opinions I have met some great people in church and learned some great principles from Christianity/the bible. These principles however are not exclusive to any religion. I have experienced christianity in literally 100’s of contexts so my perspective on Christianity is quite an informed one. 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. Now after 20 years of being vocal about the positives of Christian faith I would like to take some time to be equally vocal about the negatives I have found. i.e Christianity and 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… You get the drift. So YES I will go on, and I will not be silent as some have asked – my integrity will not allow me to be so passive against mass corruption. In all love. J”