‘Keep Your $10’: ‘Christian’ Rapper Andy Mineo Mocks Fans, Defends Profanity Use

ANDY_censoredAn 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.

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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.”

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  • afchief

    The Word seems pretty clear to me that no unwholesome word should proceed from our mouths. How can we be ambassadors for Christ when we look and sound like the world?

    2 Corinthians 5:20 (NASB) Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

    Ephesians 5:3-5 (NASB) But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints; 4 and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

    • FoJC_Forever

      You frequently write what are considered unwholesome words in your comments. The taboo profanity words simply exist to make religious people feel holy about their speech, even when it is displeasing to God.

      • afchief

        Really? Like what?

        • Balerion

          It would be shorter to list everything you’ve said that isn’t unwholesome. But that’s because you’re a bigoted little toad who hides behind religious scripture in a futile attempt to conceal his own rotten soul.

    • Laurence Charles Ringo

      Save your breath,achief…it’s obvious that this individual has no regards for Almighty God’s Standards,only the “standards” of the “god” re-made in his own image.Our Saviour said that these days were coming,and here they are(see also 2nd Timothy 3 : 1-5.)–PEACE.?.

  • Reason2012

    “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.”
    Ephesians 4:29

    For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.”
    Luke 6:43-45

  • Josey

    James 3:5-8 5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. 7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: 8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
    It’s what comes out of the heart that defiles and poisons the hearers. Why speak like drunken sailors? Why edification does it provide to the hearer? These are the things God cares about.

    My daughter once told me that curse words were only words no different than any other words and the response the Holy Spirit gave me to give to her was this, it’s not the words in and of themselves but the intent behind them and as to this date I’ve never heard foul words being spoken that didn’t have some evil attitude behind them whether spoken out of anger, or just a political rant, or in rap songs about race, there’s always a bad intent behind them. I am not innocent in this dept. I’ve stubbed my toe and said the s***t word and immediately repented but to claim it is ok as a Christian follower of Christ to use profanity all the time or anytime one wants shows a lack of control over one’s own mouth and as Christians we are to seek and obey God’s will for our lives and grow up in Christ as Paul said when I was a child I acted like a child but now I am grown and have put away childish things, so this guy advocating the use of profanity ought to seek God and ask God what He thinks about going around saying whatever comes to his mind and I believe God has shown us through His word what He thinks about this and if this guy honestly seeks the truth from the Lord about it, the Lord will show him that he needs a heart change for his is full of poison. We are in the world but not to be like the world, there should be a clear difference in the worlds character and a Christian’s character. I have had ppl introduced to me who didn’t know me from a hill of beans and the moment they use profanity they apologize to me as if something inside of them tells them it’s not appropriate, I can’t explain it other than they feel conviction.

  • Crystal J. Olsen

    This article opened in a bias way and suggests all of 116 is “unrepentant”—”An unrepentant professing Christian rapper, who is associated with similar 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.” Personally, I think it is wise to exercise wisdom when speaking publicly about another because we run the risk of spreading slander. While I don’t agree with Andy even presenting this question on an open platform, I think it is a thought-provoking question to discuss with a personal accountability circle. I understand why he thinks a lot of the ways he thinks on this subject. I also agree with the nay-sayers arguments against it. What I don’t agree with is the public judgment and persecution of another believer. That, in my opinion shows a lot more about the heart than an F-bomb. For the record, I do not use profanity (cursing has a whole different biblical meaning)

    • Peter Leh


  • Peter Leh

    I have to say he brings up good questions. Words are about intention in as much as it’s definition. i would rather get an sincere “great f’n job” than “good job” from a hater.

    BTW after replacing the entire roof on his house my friend came to the conclusion, ” if Jesus was a carpenter, I am convinced Jesus had to cuss at least once”. 🙂

    IMO cussing means less to me than sincerity and church speak.

    • Laurence Charles Ringo

      You’ve made yourself clear on these sites more than once,Mr.Leh—which perhaps says more about you than you realize. When the Word of God is reduced to what you refer to as”church speak” ,that indicates that Scripture has no guiding place in your life; that simply begs the question,why are you on these sites at all? Your attempts to posit a false dichotomy regarding how you and many on this site want to live as opposed to how Almighty God commands AND empowers us to Live in Christ suggests that you have a serious problem with His Standards and Sovereign Authority over His People …perhaps you should prayfully explore the source of your opposition to His Will—PEACE.?.

      • Peter Leh

        “When the Word of God is reduced to what you refer to as”church speak”
        ,that indicates that Scripture has no guiding place in your life”

        you think so? In fact “church speak” has very little scripture at all… outside of controlling others. So it is not about “me” in reality, is it?

        “Your attempts to posit a false dichotomy regarding how you and many on
        this site want to live as opposed to how Almighty God commands AND
        empowers us to Live in Christ suggests that you have a serious problem
        with His Standards and Sovereign Authority over His People ”

        now who is posting a false dichotomy? 🙂

        “perhaps you should prayfully explore the source of your opposition to His Will”

        seem to me this is about Ringo’s will….in which i have not vested interest or accountability.

      • Peter Leh

        “that simply begs the question,why are you on these sites at all?”

        If we all have to agree on everything there is no reason to be on theses sites at all, is there?

        Besides, these are my people. I just come back to touch based to see what, if anything, I am missing. 🙂

  • Eric

    James 1:26

    If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless

    • Peter Leh

      his claims is he has not deceived but is genuine. Rather than the deception he notes in modern Christianity, he insists the words are not at issue but the heart.

      • Norm

        He is deceiving, because HE himself has been deceived…

        • Peter Leh

          unless you, norm are god… i dont know how you know. 🙂

      • wbmoore

        He is deceived if he thinks he can purposefully use foul language and call himself right with God. If his heart is filled with such hate and anger that it flows out from his mouth, what does this say about the man, or about his relationship with God?

        Matthew 12:36-37 I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

        Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

        Ephesians 5:4 Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.

        Colossians 3:8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.

        James 1:26 If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.

        James 3:10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.

        1 Peter 3:10 For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit;

        • Peter Leh

          As i said his point is intent.

          “If his heart is filled with such hate and anger that it flows out from
          his mouth, what does this say about the man, or about his relationship
          with God?”

          Agreed. In addition no amount of “proper” language will hide the hate either, which again is his point.

  • Ben Welliver

    I can remember when ladies did not curse. Thanks to feminism, now both sexes are foul-mouthed. I suppose some people would consider that “progress,” but I think it’s more a regress into barbarism. Women didn’t curse, and men didn’t curse in front of ladies. Instead of encouraging men to behave better, feminism told women they could be just as vulgar as men. Thanks, feminists – you’ve made verbal pollution acceptable. You proud of yourselves?

    • Peter Leh

      so women took note of the virtues of men and followed suit?

      so what I say not as i do kind of thing? 🙂

  • robertzaccour

    I think it’s best to stay away from the gray area. One thing leads to another, which leads to another… Rome didn’t fall overnight and neither do we.

  • KenBob

    ‘Tis true, Christians ARE to be set apart. Set apart from who? Or What? Why, set apart from the World, of course. When it comes to exemplifying Christ, there really is no grey. To say doing anything like the World is OK is to sit on the spiritual fence with one foot in the World and one foot in dedication to Christ. How can THAT work? Well, it can’t. I assure you; unless both feet are firmly and unashamedly planted on Christ, we are not living in his will for our lives, and we are responsible for misguiding others who could benefit from our example.

    • Peter Leh

      “When it comes to exemplifying Christ, there really is no grey.”

      tens of thousands of christian denominations disagree. cussing is not a deal breaker it is cultural.

      • KenBob

        So, you believe we do exemplify Christ by cussing? Christ cussed?

        • Peter Leh

          if he did it would not make a difference one way or the other. The point is cussing is not a deal breaker… unless one is legalistic. 🙂

          in that case there is no hope but bondage.

  • I agree that Andy Mineo has said something things I have questioned before. He said that he was opening it up just to hear what people had to say. You said that he was an “unrepentant Christian rapper”. First, you don’t know his heart and you really haven’t followed his career – Listen to “Jesus Over Hip-Hop” by C-Lite, his old stage name. You will hear he is very “repentant.” Secondly he dosent like being called a “Christian rapper.” He is just a rapper that raps about his beliefs sometimes. Just make sure you research before you post crap like this to get site clicks. We all have our flaws too, so think about if you had your mess-ups online, Heather. Lastly, you blurred out where he said “f*&@king” not the actual word…

  • Pastor D

    I John 2:15,17 – “(15)Do not love the world or the things of the world. If you love the world the love of the Father is not in you. The world and everything that people want is passing away, but the person who does what God wants lives forever.”
    This is extremely simple IF you are a believer in the Bible. IF you want to dismiss what Scripture says (in context) then do so. IF you want to submit your will and thoughts to God – then do so. BUT, stop blowing smoke up people’s noses IN THE NAME OF JESUS!!! IF you want to curse – curse; but, don’t expect Christians who are filled with the Holy Spirit and who rightly divide Scripture to buy it – or your rhetoric – or your music.

  • Crystal J. Olsen

    My comment was deleted because…? I stated that this article was clearly written from a biased perspective made evident by the opening sentence referring to Andy as “unrepentant”. I see the article has been edited as it also suggested the rest of 116 was, as well.

    I am a news writer and editor. Aside from that, just in my personal walk with Christ, I have learned to practice wisdom when speaking about others, ESPECIALLY publicly. We do not know people’s hearts and motives, only God does. As a writer, I make it a point to not slant my articles to reflect my opinion one way or another. In the end, we all have opinions, but they are just that – an opinion. Stating Andy Mineo is “unrepentant” is your opinion. Be careful what you say about others. We will have to account for every idle and slanderous word we speak about another.

    • Nidalap

      Could be that they meant he was unrepentant about using the profanity…

  • Norm

    Pray for Andy. He’s slippin…. And Andy, you’re completely wrong about grey. With God, it’s either right or wrong, in or out, black or white, up or down.

  • Byrdman

    He has allowed Satan into his spirit and he don’t even realize it…..

  • Dudley Lalonde

    Your article is totally biased. You are twisted the whole conversation and antagonizing him. Andy was merely asking questions and maintaining a discussion about a possibly gray area. You should try making a more constructive article or maybe reaching out to Andy before writing this kind of trash. What do you have to gain from this?

  • FoJC_Forever

    If you use the word “freaking” instead of the one it replaces, you’re still speaking from the flesh.

    Follow Jesus, find Wisdom.

    • Peter Leh

      yep. I heard my dad make up “cuss words”…. it is still cussing.

  • April J

    I don’t recall finding the commandment “Thou shalt not say $hit or F**k” in the Bible. These rules are completely man made. Although I won’t argue that they are typically used in an unwholesome way, I do think having a dialogue that makes us think more critically about what comes from our mouths is valuable. There are plenty of things many Christians say, a lot of them in this site’s comments section, that are pretty GOSH DARN hateful and unwholesome. All I’m saying is think on it for a second before you copy and paste Bible verses. I mean, most people reading these have their own Bibles and if they haven’t read their own they certainly aren’t going to be swayed by reading them here.

    • Sven2S47

      Using obscenity makes you sound infantile.

      Grow up.

      • April J

        If all you took away from my comment was that I “used obscenities,” then you aren’t all that mature yourself.

  • Paul

    I agree with some of the other comments that this article does not paint an accurate picture of the conversation. Andy never endorsed or encouraged profanity. And he does not use it in his music. Andy was asking questions that are legit in terms of inward reality vs outward profession. While I would disagree with the idea that word choice is meaningless, I do not think this article portrays accurately the gist of the entire conversation. And of course tabloids like Pulpit & Pen are the first to pick up misrepresentations like this in the name of “discernment” and run with it.

    • Andrew Ramsey

      Ha! Pulpit & Pen is a far cry from the tabloids. That blog is all about polemics and discernment. I actually read it. Nothing tabloid about it.

      • Paul

        That made me laugh. I am not sure you can find many respected evangelicals who would agree with you. “Polemics” and “Discernment” are not labels a group gets to self-assign. They disqualified themselves from these titles a long time ago. I am open to correction if you can provide a list of even 3 respected evangelicals who endorse P & P.

        • Andrew Ramsey

          Why do you need an endorsement from someone, let alone three? Personally, I can care less if anyone stands with me if I stand alone for truth. If your definition of what is truth is reliant upon endorsements and not the Bible, then you must have a pretty shallow definition of truth. They were right about Mark Driscoll. They were right about the Pope saying that the cross was a failure on TWO occasions. They were right about the Alex Malarkey/Lifeway scandal MONTHS before Lifeway did anything about the book. P&P really does do their best to show integrity in their writing, citing their sources. You should probably repent of slander, especially if you have not read that blog.

          In fact, we are all called to discernment. What do you think 1 John 4:1 and Hebrews 5:11-14 are there in the Bible are for?

          • Paul

            Come on now Andrew. This is not about “standing for the truth” or a “shallow definition” of truth. Obviously truth is grounded in Scripture. I have a Christ-centered, reformed theological perspective and believe sola Scriptura as strongly as P&P claims they do. And it is not about whether P&P gets it “right” on occasion (even though most of the time they are taking credit for general knowledge). I do read the blog regularly and showing integrity would definitely not be a common description you would hear outside of their own circle. Their constant attacks on Bible-believing, gospel-preaching evangelicals is anything but trustworthy and Christ-honoring.

            And of course we are called to discernment but labeling yourself “discerning” while displaying the opposite actually shows a lack of it regardless of what titles one self-assigns. If one cannot point to other Jesus-loving, Bible-believing followers to affirm their beliefs and practices, they are not living out their faith in a NT manner. P&P has drawn their circle so tight that they have lost credibility and subsequently integrity. It is one thing for P&P to go after obvious false teachers or questionable practices in seeker driven paradigms. It is entirely different when they are known for attacking theologically-grounded, gospel-loving pastors/professors/etc. It seems P&P is out to make a name for themselves & they have chosen to do so in a way that has damaged their influence immensely.

            PS – most of their “source citing” is quoting their own articles! That is not source citing.

          • Andrew Ramsey

            I do too. I do have a reformed, Christ centered, Bible-centered mindset like you. I’m sorry for attacking

          • Paul

            I did not feel attacked. That is what is disheartening to me about groups like P&P … they take the opportunity to stand alongside fellow evangelicals in truth and squander it over 2nd – 3rd tier issues. I simply lost respect for them a long time ago based not only on their approach but their attitude toward people on the same team. It was a great day for my spiritual growth when I realized not everyone with a different opinion on non-gospel matters is a wolf. Other evangelicals are not the enemy.

  • Gena B

    There are a lot of people who try to make in in the music business and go with Christian as a starting point. Many move into secular music because that is really where their heart is, this might be another one. So if he is cool with cussing, what else is he cool with? God is very clear about what He expects from His children, and it is not this modern worldly watered down gospel the world is selling.

  • Royal Rican Prince

    Deep in his soul, he knows what he is doing BUT his lust for money and fame makes him disregard the truth!

  • Screen Man

    Really? How is Andy NOT wrong? The word itself is NOT bad, it’s the INTENTION behind it. Seriously? How is this a debate, that is obvious. The “a-word” for “donkey” is not a bad word, it’s only bad when used in a crude context. Same with the “f-word”, it’s not a bad word, only when used in a crude context (and yes, there actually is a legitimate use for that word). Andy is completely right.