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Kanye West’s Pastor Wants to Get People to Come to Church

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ABC/Randy HolmesThe man who married Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, Pastor Rich Wilkerson, Jr., is a fourth-generation Pentecostal preacher and on a mission to make church cool for millennials.

“I think we have to understand that you don’t have to, you know, approve of someone or even agree with someone always to accept them,” Wilkerson told ABC News’ Nightline. “Jesus, the greatest criticism of him is that he was a friend of sinners and a guest of sinners.”

Wilkerson intends to reach a younger generation with modern-day sermons on issues like sex and marriage as well as gay, straight, pro-choice or pro-life.

“I think sometimes if we’re not careful, religion becomes a bunch of do’s and don’ts, when I think the message is so much deeper than that,” said Wilkerson.

Wilkerson adds that he’s aware of his growing fan base and celebrity draw — his pal Kanye designed the cover of his new book Sandcastle Kings: Meeting Jesus in a Spiritually Bankrupt World — but he’s not just a celebrity pastor: “I’m not a great philosopher. Pastoring is really about shepherding, helping people on the journey.”

Wilkerson and his wife Dawn Cheré Wilkerson star in the new Oxygen channel reality show, Rich in Faith, and they recently opened a new Miami church called Vous for rendezvous, which draws a crowd of more than 600 people.

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