We formed a new religion
No sins as long as there’s permission
And deception is the only felony
So never fuck nobody without telling me

from Kanye West (Ft. Frank Ocean & Jay Z) – No Church in the Wild Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Explained in keeping with the religious motif of the song, ‘Ye has discovered that, in the words of The Beatles (who were, after all, bigger than Jesus) All You Need Is Love.

John Lennon has gone on to clarify:

I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It’s just that the translations have gone wrong.

These lyrics continue the themes of free will in the hook, as well as the concept developed in Jay’s verse of himself, ‘Ye, and Jesus as the holy trinity (aka God).

But about never fucking nobody without telling ‘Ye: The kind of love that Kanye needs is open, honest, ethical nonmonogamy. He has thrown off the shackles of traditional (or religious) expectations of what a relationship is, declaring that as long as everything either party does is consensual and okayed by their partner (i.e. there is permission) it is not a sin. Breaking the trust necessary for this kind of relationship to work is the only serious offense (or felony).

Kanye should be commended for setting up such clear, reasonable boundaries! Dan Savage would approve. Most churches would not.

This may also be a reference to Dostoevsky’s The Grand Inquisitor passage of The Brothers Karamazov:

We shall tell them that every sin will be expiated, if it is done with our permission…we shall allow or forbid them to live with their wives and mistresses, to have children or not to have them…and they will submit to us gladly and cheerfully.

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