Rap artist Snoop Dogg caused a stir recently when he released his first gospel album Bible of Love.
Snoop Dogg, whose real name is Calvin Broadus Jr., has a past fraught with controversy and underhanded dealings, which has added to the skepticism many feel about his new album and assertion that he is a Christian.
As The Christian Post reports, Snoop Dogg has been accused of offering alcohol and marijuana to underage girls and he even bragged about prostituting young women.
As far as his religious beliefs, in 2009 he announced that he had joined the Nation of Islam, then in 2012 he became a Rastafarian. Now, he claims to be a born-again Christian.
When asked what he has to say to those who doubt his conversion, Snoop Dogg responded, “The devil is a liar. I thought church was supposed to welcome sinners. If you find someone trying to find their way back home, the natural thing would be to accept him with open arms. We not gonna throw stones while you trying to get right and walking back into the church house.
That’s what’s running people away from church right now as we speak,” he continued. “We’re trying to get people back in church with a different perspective of come as you are, show love. We show love, we give love.” Then, looking straight at the camera, he asked, “What about you? Have you checked your status? Are you going to Heaven? Why are you judging me? How much have you done for the Lord?”
In the early ’90s Snoop was in-and-out of prison for selling cocaine and other drugs, and stood trial for the 1993 murder of a rival gang member in which he drove the getaway car but was later acquitted.
Bible Of Love is Snoop’s 16th studio album and he believes this is the direction he’s meant to go in. The record features collaborations with many gospel legends such as Kim Burrell, The Clark Sisters, as well as contemporary artists Mali Music and B Slade, among others.
Pastor Shirley Caesar even sung Snoop’s praises after he remixed her popular song “Hold My Mule” into a holiday edition of the “U Name It Challenge” in 2016.
Snoop explained why he wanted to make a gospel album, telling TV One, “It was just time to put my money where my mouth was and have it not be about money but about spirit. Give love to get love.”
Last year, the rapper garnered criticism from several evangelicals, including Franklin Graham, after he remixed a version of the song “Lavender” by Canadian group BADBADNOTGOOD, in which he points a gun at a clown meant to look like President Trump in his music video.
As previously reported by The Christian Post, at one point in the video Snoop points a gun at man dressed as Trump with a clown face and wearing white gloves. The rapper pulls the trigger, with the gun revealing a small flag that says “BANG.”