ATLANTA — A Grammy Award-winning gospel singer who leads a purported church in the Atlanta area, and who came under fire in September for using profanity and drinking on her live Periscope account, is continuing to use profanity purposefully—this time on her Twitter account.
As previously reported, Le’Andria Johnson of Imperfect People Changing (I.P.C.) Ministries is one of five ministers who will be featured on the upcoming reality show series “Preachers of Atlanta” on the Oxygen Network. Johnson was named Billboard’s number one female gospel artist in 2012, and won best gospel/contemporary Christian music performance at the 2011 Grammy Awards for her debut single, “Jesus.”
“I take it to the streets. I pass out cigarettes and condoms,” she states in a preview of the series. “I do all of that, but at the end of the day, when God tells me to do something, I do it.”
Johnson first generated controversy about the practice in 2013, which she claimed was a way to witness to the lost, when a video surfaced of Johnson approaching a homeless man and offering him a cigarette while lighting one for herself.
In September, Johnson again was the center of controversy when she drank tequila and used profanity on Periscope’s live video stream. She appeared on a local Christian radio station to defend her actions, which she said were done on purpose to allow people to see her life outside of the pulpit.
Despite numerous Scriptural warnings, such as in James 1:26, which cites that a “man’s religion is vain” if he “bridleth not his tongue,” as well as Ephesians 4:29, which states,”[l]et no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers,” Johnson says that everyone uses profanity, affirming her belief that people just need to be true to who the are — “imperfect”.
“Drinking and saying a few little words on Periscope—who don’t cuss?” Johnson remarked. “Who don’t cuss out there in the church world? I just want to know if there’s any pastors and bishops and missionaries and saints and friends out there that don’t cuss.”
She became visibly annoyed at those who called the radio station to state that she was not setting a good example for her congregation and followers. Johnson said that she was not “going to apologize for being [herself].”
“I drink, yes. To be drunken, I know that’s a sin. But I’m not doing this every day. I’m not doing this back to back,” she stated. “I wouldn’t want a pastor who shows me he or she is walking that perfect scale all the time. I’m not condoning anything that I’m doing but I’m going to fall, I’m going to make some mistakes.”
“At the end of the day, religious people are babies. They’re wolves,” Johnson remarked. “They need to be taught. They’re not where I am right now.”
Last week, two months after the incident, Johnson posted profanity on her Twitter page, writing “Cheers to kissing’s nobody’s [expletive].”
“[T]he women has no shame or morals,” one commenter wrote.
“Please don’t represent yourself in this matter. You are responsible for the souls that are lost because of your example as a WOG (woman of God),” another stated.
Johnson’s father, Gregory Johnson, leads HQ Ministries in Altamonte Springs, Florida.