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Is it OK for Christians to Curse? Pastor Who Used Explicit Rap Song in Service Thinks So

  • Veronica Neffinger
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2017 Aug 09
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A Los Angeles, California pastor is under fire for featuring a Jay Z rap song in a church service, accompanied by a performance of young women dancing.

The Jay Z song titled “The Story of OJ” contains abundant curse words as well as repetition of a racial slur.

Rev. Marcus Murchinson, the pastor of Tree of Life Missionary Baptist Church, where the young women performed a dance routine to the song, defended using the song during the service.

The music and performance allegedly were meant to represent the “follies” of wasting money on things not of God. Murchinson also defended the explicit song by saying that he sometimes uses curse words when he prays:

"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," Murchinson said in an interview, according to The Christian Post.

Although Murchinson has received ample criticism for his decision to allow the song to be played during a church service, and has even received death threats, his position remains firm.


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Publication date: August 9, 2017