‘Pastor’ Defends Dance During Service to Profane Rap Song, Claims Men in Bible Used Coarse Language

The leader of a Missionary Baptist assembly in California is defending the use of a profane secular rap song during a recent Sunday service, saying that he believes the men of the Scriptures likely used edgy language and that he curses in prayer sometimes himself.

Several youth performed a dance to Jay-Z’s “The Story of O.J.” on July 30 before the congregation of Tree of Life Missionary Baptist Church as a lead-in to a sermon delivered by Marcus Murchinson. He had reportedly advised the congregation weeks in advance that his message would be “out of the box” and also provided a disclaimer prior to the interpretive dance.

The song, which repeatedly uses the “n” word in reference to African Americans, also is blotted with expletives.

“Financial freedom my only hope/[Expletive] livin’ rich and dyin’ broke/I bought some artwork for one million/Two years later, that [expletive] worth two million/Few years later, that [expletive] worth eight million/I can’t wait to give this [expletive] to my children,” the lyrics read in part.

The video of the performance, which was alongside a Tasha Cobbs rendition of “Break Every Chain,” was posted online by church drummer Ben Thompson, who was reportedly fired after doing so. Thompson has noted that he did not have any negative intent in posting the video, but wanted to obtain feedback from family and friends.

The post has generated over 24,000 shares as of press time and has evoked mixed reactions.

“If I’m in church and they start playing Jay-Z, I’m going outside to grab my weed and coming back in and rolling/firing it up,” one commenter wrote.

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“I understand the concept of it. The Jay-Z song is representing the world, and how we need the spiritual soldiers to fight the evils of the world. But it should of been done differently,” another opined. “That was completely out of line. Who is the overseer of the dance ministry? Smh. There had to be a grownup to approve of it.”

“I’m speechless. All I know is God is not pleased,” a third stated. “He is coming back for a Church without a spot or a wrinkle. We better get our houses in order before He cracks the sky. I probably would have walked out; [I] don’t need that mess in my spirit woman. A sin and a shame!”

Christian Post contacted Murchinson about the performance, and he told the outlet that he didn’t see anything wrong with using the song, adding that most in the congregation are familiar with such language anyway.

“The one thing that’s apparent about language is that there’s a difference between cursing or using derogatory language and using colloquial language. What Jay-Z was using in this particular presentation was not inflammatory or derogatory. He was making a point to just communicate in a colloquial dialect that people understand,” he said. “Ain’t a word in that song that I don’t know myself, that my congregation doesn’t know and or have used. So why do we come into God’s house and act like we don’t know it?”

Murchinson further advised that sometimes he uses profanity himself when praying privately.

“The truth is sometimes when I’m praying, my prayers are not ‘Guide me O Thy great Jehovah, pilgrim through this barren land.’ I’m not quoting from the 23rd Psalm. I’m not quoting from Philippians. Sometimes my prayers have explicit language in them. God I am bleep, bleep, bleep upset. And because of that, I learned that God can handle that,” he asserted.

Murchinson said that he used the song after talking with people in the community about why they don’t attend church and learning that some residents think churches are out for money. When asked who they look up to as role models, Jay-Z and his song “The Story of O.J.” were among those mentioned as being relevant to the struggles some face.

He defended playing the song in church by asserting that the men of the Scriptures likewise also used coarse language when in difficult situations.

“Do you think that every individual in the Bible that countered troubles, trials or tempests, did not have some form of what we could call cursing or language that could be inflammatory? Jonah sitting in the belly of the whale … you can’t tell me in that one moment Jonah did not sink with inflammatory language,” Murchinson contended. “You can’t tell me that the three Hebrew boys tossed in the fiery furnace, the fire has been turned up seven times hotter, are singing with the sound track of ‘Amazing Grace.'”

Ephesians 4:29 instructs, “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.”

Jesus also taught in Luke 6:45, “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.”

Psalm 119:14 likewise reads, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.”


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  • bowie1

    It may have said someone like Peter said a curse while denying knowing Jesus but the actual words are not included in the text. Not exactly edifying when the pastor does it at a service.

    • Paladin Roy

      Peter immediately repented though. He went out and wept bitterly. And I
      must say as well, these things were not done in the Synagogue of the Lord.

  • Sam

    Words or somgs like that are not to used in church and shouldnt be used outside either. I feel sorry for the congreation They are being led astray by a non christian so called preacher. And then he says he uses those words while praying. I would be afraid i would be struck dead. What a shame. Shame on the preacher and the board members for not fireing him on the spot. Also shame on the parentz for letting their kids dance to that

    • Amos Moses – He>i

      a hireling …………

  • BravesFan

    We’re supposed to be conforming ourselves to Christ’s image. Not giving into our base, sinful instincts. The heart is deceitful and wicked above all things.

  • Don’t even need to express my views. I’ll allow the Lord to speak His own.

    Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Ro 12:2

    My son, do not walk in the way with them; hold back your foot from their paths, Pro 1:15

    But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 1 Pe 2:9

    That you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, Phil 2:15

  • Jesus wept.

  • Paladin Roy

    I don’t feel sorry for those who attend such demonic garbage. The Lord
    is giving man up left and right to be bound til the day of Judgement.
    Those who would entertain such things as this are either reprobate, or
    simply satan’s henchmen in sheep’s clothing.

    Several weeks ago
    the Lord was telling me about satan coming in as an angel of “light”.
    and so it is, with the wickedness of hell being the demonic “churches”
    praise.

  • Amos Moses – He>i

    ‘Pastor’ Defends Dance During Service to Profane Rap Song, Claims Men in Bible Used Coarse Language

    the bible makes no pretense to cover up THE SINS of every person it talks about ……… so fallacious argumentation ….. and this HIRELING needs church discipline ……….

  • Paula Richards

    Scripture tells us that whatever we do should bring glory to God. There is absolutely nothing produced by Jay-Z that brings glory to God so for a pastor of a church to say he sees nothing wrong with using such ungodly music in church signals that something is terribly wrong. For a pastor to admit he swears when talking to God tells me this man has no respect for the Creator nor does he fear Him. The folk in that church need to run for the exit as fast as they can.

  • Deborah LaRive

    Profanity has no place in the mouth of a born again Christian. God tells us that we are to remove that from our mouths, what we once were is to be no more when we truly surrunder to God through Jesus Christ. Colossians 3:8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language. Ephesians 4:29 Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edifaction according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. James 1:26 If anyone thinks himself to be religous, and yet does not bridle his tougue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless. Luke 6:45 The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil, for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart. Matthew 12:6-37 “But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, he shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment.’For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.'”
    God clearly tells us in the Bible which is the living breathing word of God that we are to have control of our tougues and do not have any unwholesome words come from our mouths. This man is clearly decieved by himself as stated above in James 1:26.

  • Lydia Church

    This is just more proof of the fact that satan has infiltrated the churches, and is preaching from the pulpits.

    1. NO, the early church leaders did NOT use profanity, but preached against it, as that bible verse in the article states.
    2. Just because one may be familiar with a sin, does not justify doing it. We know rape exists, does that mean it’s okay to do it, and at that in a church? Hint: NO!
    3. We need to be conformed to Christ and His holiness, not the filth and dirt of the world, as it says, be not conformed to the world, etc.
    4. Just because something is going on outside the church, is not a reason to bring it in. Most likely it is something that should not be brought in. Our job is to be relevant to God, not the sin of the worldly culture or the devil. Duh.
    5. Just because that fool prays using profanity does not make it okay.
    6. You should most definitely WALK OUT of such a service, it honors satan and not God. Don’t be an accomplice in the sin.
    7. YES, they were singing Amazing Grace. Let me give you an example:

    “And after striking them with many blows, they threw them into prison and ordered the jailer to guard them securely. On receiving this order, he placed them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. About midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.” Acts 16; 23-25

    Then came an earthquake, the prison broke open, but Paul and Silas did not run away. Shortly thereafter, the prison guard asked them both how to be saved after seeing their example.

    Take my word for it, none of the biblical characters were using profanity when suffering persecution, including Daniel’s 3 friends in the fiery furnace. And, Jesus was in there with them, remember?

    But calling someone a vile fellow of a baser sort does not count, that is just what some people are, like this pastor. I am so tired of the irreverent disregard and blasphemy from those filled with satan who are bowing to sin and the evil culture of the world.

  • Roxanne Ask Me Will YOU

    501c3 Babylon haunt run to JESUS hurry

  • Faithwalker

    This is the type of behavior you would expect of a so called pastor who placed himself into the pulpit, as opposed to being called by God. The wheat is being separated from the tares.

  • Bill Scudder

    This pastor needs to be born again.

  • Tamra Lee

    APOSTASY, BLASPHEMY, CORRUPT…from A to Z, this church has sunk, and anyone who belongs to Jesus needs to flee that sinking ship before they are doomed too.

  • Jack-b-Quicker

    Nothing Christian about this place at all. Just seems like another attempt at pandering to the world and then a subsequent justification of sin.

  • mr goody two shoes

    Is that song going to be in the new baptist hymnals ?

  • Stephen Lee Ching Fong

    No comment about the song, just wanna to know if this is worship session who do you dedicate to, the congregation or God Himself? If this dance is for congregation then it just purely a stage performance only, not worshiping God.