While a majority coined Kanye West's "Yeezus" hook "I am a god" as blasphemy, a man of the cloth claims the rapper is a man of God.
Father Matthew Moretz is the associate director of the St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in Manhattan who weekly dissects songs and music videos focused on Christianity in his web series "Father Matthew Presents." One of his most recent subjects is Yeezy's "Yeezus" lyrics.
"Even the Bible says that we are all gods," says Moretz, referring to Psalm 82, "You are gods/And all of you are children of the Most High."
"So for Kanye to say he is a god it is alright along as he isn't saying i am God," explained the priest. "He recognizes that. He knows tha he is a man of God."
Although Kanye credits Jesus for being top dog, Moretz implies that the rapper still believes he is close to the level of the Son of God.
"He says that Jesus is the most high, but Kanye can't stop thinking of himself as # 2...the close high," said Father Matthew. "He is part of Jesus' mafia. Jesus is the godfather and he is like the general; the second in command."
Moretz continues with alleging that the public is to blame.
"He realizes that in the cultural system he is an idol. He is a celebrity. A divinity. Everybody loves him. They adore him. They give him all the awards, all the money he wants, all the women he wants... it's unbelievable," he said.
Due to this, Moretz thinks West's attempt to balance his relationship with God and his rise to fame is a constant battle.
"Give Kanye a break. This is some heavy deep stuff," said Moretz about "Yeezus." It is about prayer, value, idolatry, and he is wrestling with this. Wouldn't you wrestle with this? Would you be able to resist it?