Ma$e Leaves His Church To Rap Full Time Again
By SkyyHook, Contributing Editor | michiganchronicle online.com
Ma$e has cut all ties with the church and is now devoting all of himself to music. TMZ reports that the Harlem rapper is no longer leading the El Elyon International Church, months after filing for divorce from wife Twyla Betha. The 36-year-old has been in a similar predicament before. In 1999, he left the music industry in order to work in the church. Throughout that time, he amassed a large following at churches in Atlanta and Phoenix, preaching relationship and family values. In 2004, Mase announced his return by way of the gold-selling album Welcome Back, but it wasn’t until recently that he apparently decided to make the full move back into music.
After his marriage crumbled, Mase’s followers left, since he wasn’t exactly living the life that he was preaching about, according to TMZ. In the end, Mase was able to settle his divorce after he dropped the fight for full custody of the couple’s two children. He was ordered to pay Twyla $6,000 a month in spousal and child support, while she was ordered to return all of his music. Mase’s new album will feature Kanye West, Rick Ross and Diddy, and will be released in October.
April 1999 Ma$e revealed that he was retiring from rap to become a born-again Christian, stating that he’d found God.
December 2000 Ma$e is ordained by Pastor Jonathan Carter, as a pastor of East Atlanta’s Siloam Baptist Church.
January 2001 Finds S.A.N.E. (Saving a Nation Endangered) Church international and Mason Betha ministries in Atlanta.
October 2001 Ma$e releases an autobiography, Revelations: There’s a Light After the Lime.; Receives an Honorary Doctorate of Theology from St. Paul’s Bible Institute in New York, NY.
May 2004 returns to rap and announces Welcome Back album to drop on Bad Boy Records.
July 2004 During an interview with Hot 97’s Morning Show, Ma$e engaged in a heated conversation with longtime friends Cam’Ron and Jim Jones after detailing the reason for his spilt with the crew. “I don’t like you. You shouldn’t have came out your mouth. I’ll put some dentures in your mouth,” exclaimed Jones. “Go back down south with your congregation.” Ma$e brushed off the insults later on in the interview stating, “I love them dudes. It’s just sad when people don’t understand.”
August 2004 Backed by singles “Welcome Back” and “Breathe, Stretch, Shake”—both cracking the top 10 on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart—Ma$e’s third studio album Welcome Back releases to sales of about 188,000 copies its first week, on the way to 550,000 in total. After the album’s release, Betha hooked up with Kanye West for remixes to “Jesus Walks” and “Welcome Back,” and also joined Fat Joe, Eminem and Remy Ma for the “Lean Back (Remix).” Soon after this return however, Ma$e would go on another rap hiatus.
August 2005 After making a surprise appearance with 50 Cent and G-Unit on the Anger Management 3 Tour, Ma$e returns and releases his debut G-Unit mixtape, Crucified 4 the Hood: 10 Years of Hate along with reclaiming his former Murda Ma$e moniker. During this return, he engaged in beef with Fabolous, Loon and Dipset and eventually would go on another rap hiatus after his G-Unit deal didn’t fall through. The rapper was also rumored to be having a fling with former G-Unit songstress, Olivia.
October 25, 2005 EX Ministries member (Tetaun Moffett) reached out to then Pastor Ma$e at S.A.N.E. Church pleading with him to not return to the industry. In the letter Moffett expressed that the world was going to make a mockery of his testimony if he returned to the Industry (Hiphop). He reminded them of what Ma$e wrote in his autobiography, Revelations: There’s a Light After the Lime and how he would never go back to the industry. That same day EX Ministries received a email response on behalf of Ma$e:
October 25, 2005
Dearest brother Tetaun Moffett,
It is in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that I write to you on this occasion in response to your email sent to S.A.N.E. Church International - Pastor Mason Betha and our leadership. May I first express my thanks for your concern, I truly understand your words in these days; but I must inform you that as a Minister here, those whom have been called to serve here have given God through our Man of God 100% support in all he is called to do. Before you get upset, pray for those in authority, the effectual fervent prayer of the righteous availeth much. Please continue to pray for us and our ministry, in these last days God has called our ministry to endure an enormous task... The end will speak for itself. There is a day for judgment, and neither you nor I will be Judge. If you send a mailing address, I will send you more information. Again, I graciously appreciate your time and concerns; they are valuable to our heart. In Loving-kindness, Minister XXXXXXXXXxxxxxxXX www.sanechurch.org
May 2007 According to reports, the pastor turned rapper was involved in a car accident after allegedly trying to pick up a transvestite in Atlanta, GA. The victim of the accident later appeared on local radio show Ryan Cameron Morning Showand spoke on the incident stating that the girls ran up to her car after accident saying, “Girl, girl, we seen what happened, we seen everything!’””It’s like, five or six of them because they working, so they run up to the car saying, ‘Girl, are you OK? He’s been circling around here like four times already trying to pick one of these queens up.'” When asked by Cameron whether or not she would go back to Mason‘s church she emphatically replied “Never.” http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.5241/title.mase-caught-with-a-transvestite
November 2008 Pastor Betha expands his El Elyon International Church (EEIC) to Phoenix, AZ. “It just makes sense that we are on both coasts,” he explained to AllHipHop.com. “Our vision has always been to plant churches all over the world, and Phoenix is the first of many.”
June 2009 After releasing a remix to Drake’s “Best I Ever Had” record Ma$e calls into DJ Self’s radio show to officially announce his return, citing the death of Michael Jackson as his inspiration for doing so. “I’m excited. Mike passed away, it just lit the fire up under me, made me wanna go to the studio and do something,” he said. Soon after he gave a shoutout to his affiliates from Diddy to 50 Cent, the whole Harlem, Cam’Ron and Jim Jones, the latter would call into the Power 105.1 radio show to apolgize to his longtime friend. “What’s good Betha…I apologize for everything I did when I was younger. You can get my number from Self and sh*t like that. Pardon my French. Pardon, pardon me it’s monumental that’s why I’ma get off it. You already know Betha, it’s nothing but love. Self’s got my number, I’m jumping off the line. I’ll holla, Jones.”
October 2009 The pastor jumps on the remix to French Montana’s street anthem after the latter’s NY Minute can bring Mase Backline. The two would later drop a video for the remix. http://tvtbt.wordpress.com/2009/09/02/what-is-wrong-with-mase/
April 2012 Ma$e Says He’s Really Back to Takeover http://www.sohh.com/2012/04/mae_says_hes_really_back_to_takeover_the.html
April 2012 “You know, Flex. To keep it 100 with you, nobody’s got more chances like I got. I think meant to do it,” the rapper revealed to Hot 97’s Funkmaster Flex about his decision to return to the rap game. “I keep throwing it away, it keep coming back to me. It must be meant.”
May 2012 Pastor Ma$e Returns to Rap http://www.christianpost.com/news/pastor-mason-betha-returning-to-rap-74433/
May 2012 Ma$e Ask the Saints to Pray for Him as he Goes Back to Hiphop http://ugospel.com/mase-asks-saints-to-pray-for-him-as-he-goes-back-to-hip-hop/
Trojan Horse – Pride of Life
The church of the living God is under attack. A deadly Trojan virus has breached our fortified walls. We’ve been infected. This virus is known as ‘the pride of life’. As it spreads, infected individuals succumb to the ‘lust of the flesh’ and ‘the lust of the eyes’. The symptoms of .. infection are idolatry, covetousness and selfish ambition. But beware these symptoms are masked as virtue, honesty and moral conviction in compromised believers. Outwardly, infected individuals express a desire to glorify God but inwardly they seek self-glorification and the praise of others. The ‘pride of life’ virus requires a human host that is a professed Christian and has deep rooted personal deficits.
This virus has tragically been implanted into the hearts of believers, families, ministries and churches through the primary carrier, Gospel celebrities. Satan has unleashed this calamity among us by deceptively using the material world and men of the world to advance his kingdom. The only way for the church to be restored unto God is to unplug from the world’s system.
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