An unrepentant professing Christian rapper, who has worked with artists such as Lecrae, Tedashii and Sho Baraka, is claiming that it is permissible for Christians to use profanity and is arguing that refraining from the use of expletives has nothing to do with being set apart for Christ.
Andy Mineo, known for his “God Belongs in My City” nationwide concert tour, recently began a discussion on his Twitter page by posing the question, “Do you guys really think if a person uses ‘profanity’ (words we’ve given meaning) in their music they couldn’t possibly be Christian? Why?”
The question soon turned into repeated defense as followers opined that profanity is unbecoming of a Christian.
“Well, the tongue is ‘full of poison.’ Let me ask this, if a preacher uses profanity on the stage what would that look like?” one follower, identified as Seth, asked.
Mineo opined that it would be permissible depending on the context of how the expletives were used, asserting, “The words in and of themselves are not evil but their intentions can be.”
Seth replied by asking how the use of any profanity can have a “good intention” and reiterated that one’s words can be used “either for good or evil, life or death.”
“Your idea of Christianity is black and white. One day you’ll understand there is grey and it’s ok,” Mineo replied.
Another follower, identified as Say Something, asked, “Why do you think it would be ok for set apart people to use words which don’t reflect our supposedly set apart nature?
“You’re making being ‘set apart’ synonymous with not using certain words. Who told you that was what it meant to be set apart?” Mineo replied.
“Using profanity is the ways of the world. It will be hard for those who are lost to feel like we are different,” Say Something remarked, to which follower Tortilla agreed, “We are called to be set apart. When I curse, it’s always in unrighteousness anger and not glorifying.”
Say Something then pointed to Ephesians 4:29, which says, “Let 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.”
With some Scriptures followers posted, Mineo contended that they were being used out of context or used emoticons to laugh at some of the responses of followers.
“The Bible clearly speaks against filthy talk, foolish talk, corrupting talk, obscene talk, crooked talk, devious talk,” follower Aurrah wrote, likewise pointing to Ephesians, as well as Colossians and Proverbs. “All Scriptural evidence considered, once Christians know better, Christians should grow to do better—if indeed they are actually Christians.”
An hour after his first post, Mineo Tweeted, “If I say ‘GREAT F#%*ING JOB!’ out of joyful heart bc my boy graduated or if I say ‘good job’ w a jealous/hateful heart-which is pure b4 God?”
“Well, neither,” follower Anther wrote, generating over 260 likes.
“Stuff like this is why I don’t buy your music anymore,” remarked one follower named Sabrina.
“Cuz I ask questions? Ok cool. Keep your $10,” Mineo replied, using an emoticon laughing to the point of tears.
He later Tweeted again, “Y’all not ready to have uncomfortable conversations if u live in a Christian bubble,” followed at the end of the day by, “Where’s the loveee?! Speaking of which I’m going to bed n lay up w wifey.”
Richard Young of Premier Productions, Inc., who organized Spirit Song 2016 in which Andy Mineo is scheduled to perform, told Christian News Network that he was unaware of any concerns being raised.
“You are sharing with me some information that I have not actually delved into yet and looked at more closely, but yes, as far as I’m concerned he’s still on the docket of our festival and many other Christian music festivals around, across the country,” Young stated.
He declined to answer whether or not Premier Productions, Inc., which is owned by Gary Gentry and two other partners who identify as Christian, has any standards on who is allowed to take the stage.
As previously reported, some are also expressing concern over Grammy Award-winning gospel artist Kirk Franklin’s appearance on profane rapper Kanye West’s new album.
“When I was sitting in the studio with Kirk—Kirk Franklin—and we’re just going through it, I said, ‘This is a gospel album with a whole lot of cursing on it, but it’s still a gospel album,’” West stated in a recent interview on Big Boy Radio. “It’s the gospel according to Ye.”