The Strength to Stand Student Bible Conference recently announced that Kanye West will be next month’s conference’s new headliner.
Christian Comedian John Crist was initially set to headline the January conference, but in November he was “removed due to moral failure,” Fox News reports.
As Christian Headlines previously reported, in November, Crist canceled the remainder of his “Immature Thoughts Tour” after news broke that a number of women were accusing him of sexual misconduct and manipulation.
The news was first brought to light after Charisma Magazine began an investigation into the allegations.
Crist responded to the allegations through a statement also published by Charisma Magazine. He said, “Over the past number of years, various women have accused me of behavior that has been hurtful to them. While I am not guilty of everything I’ve been accused of, I confess to being guilty of this—I have treated relationships with women far too casually, in some cases even recklessly. My behavior has been destructive and sinful. I’ve sinned against God, against women and the people who I love the most.”
He continued, “I have violated my own Christian beliefs, convictions and values, and have hurt many people in the process. I am sorry for the hurt and pain I have caused these women and will continue to seek their forgiveness. I have also hurt the name of Jesus and have sought His forgiveness.”
As a result of the allegations, not only did Crist cancel the remainder of his comedy tour, but his Netflix special “I Ain’t Prayin’ for That” and his upcoming book “Untag Me: The Subtle Art of Appearing Better Than You Really Are” were put on hold. Crist also lost his spot as a headliner for the Strength to Stand Student Bible Conference.
Replacing Crist as the youth conferences headliner is, musician and outspoken Christian, Kanye West.
Strength to Stand Student Bible Conference leader Scott Dawson released a statement in a YouTube video announcing the change.
“I realized that, although this is a worldwide megastar, he was a brother in Christ,” Dawson said.
“He told me his testimony. He told me his struggles, what he was still going through. He said he’s been delivered, but he’s on a growth journey with Jesus.” Dawson then confirmed that West would be headlining.
According to the conference’s website, West will be performing at the January 18-20 conference in Pigeon Forge, Tennesse. Also performing on those dates is popular worship band, Hillsong Young & Free.
Reportedly, since announcing West’s involvement in January’s event, the conference has sold out.