Lord Have Mercy, Pastor Defends Use of Explicit Jay-Z Song in Service, Says He Curses in Prayer Sometimes Too!

Reader, the Rev. Marcus Murchinson of Tree of Life Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, California, is unapologetic.The pastor came under fire after church member were caught on camera dancing to Jay Z STORY of O.J in church Rev. Marcus Murchinson who is the senior pastor of Tree of Life Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, California promotes the use of Jay Z's new album song during his sermon. The man of God made headlines for allowing his members to perform a track out of Jay Z's album, following the event, believers and Christian leaders around the world have moved to criticize the gesture but the pastor remains unapologetic.  

In the earlier post, I had asked whether performances by these youth should have been okay, a lot of you said no. We are all aware that some congregations are struggling to keep their youth and young adults in church. There could be a myriad of reasons, but stats have shown certain reasons to be most relevant no matter the denomination. Some has commented, "it is better to have them (youth/young adults) in the congregation doing a performance to a song that resonates with them and their time, rather than them not going to church at all. We should accept them for where they are at in their journey, as they are transitioning into adolescents."

Anyhow, the pastor has responded to the decision of using a Jay-Z song in the service, and I thought to share the post. It's always good to analyze different points of view, and to give everyone the benefit of the doubt. Have a read, and then form your personal opinion/perspective. Please share in the comments, if you feel impressed.



  1. This clown says, "There is nothing wrong with a few expletives in church, he says, because he knows God can handle it." I just wonder can he handle Hell if he doesn't get it together. I'm sorry ya'll, sometimes I just gotta get hardcore on dudes like this. I'm sick and tired of jokers like this in the pulpit scamming the people and allowing satan to reinterpret God's Word right before the eyes of the people and the congregation be cool with it, but I knew that 2 Tim 4:3 would come full throttle in this last and evil day. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

    1. True Timezone,

      Murchinson is out to make money by any means necessary, including using the name of God in vain!

    2. "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)

  2. I have read this article to try and find logic as to why any pastor would allow that type of song to be played and "danced" to in church.

    He talked about the keeping "IT REAL" by allowing the language,

    Reaching out to young people,

    And how preachers now don't serve the interest of communities.

    But none of his excuses explain the use of derogatory and curse language at a time when you should be worshipping God and God alone.

    1. Cop, for ridiculous the ridiculous reason I had to repent on (money), I played keys twice for this clown in Eastpoint, Ga. This so-called Pastor told me that he has to get down on their level, I'm a street preacher brotha, you gotta understand.."

      I looked at him like he had 3 heads and told him I'm outta here. Because this dude, just like this joker here in the post, actually believes it's ok to use lewd nasty, profane talk in church. And ya know if they do it in church, Lord knows what is said and done outside the church! It's crazy man and it's just getting more and more ridiculous.

    2. Sorry..! He was a Bishop. LOL!! Or called himself that. smh. He's one of them jokers that got on the Internet and printed up some documents and legalized himself as one. You wouldn't believe how this man talks in the pulpit. One day and I hope it doesn't happen, somebody is going to physically challenge this man I'm talking about.

      Ok, you pushed me there, lol. My first day playing there, he laid in on the church members (about 15) like you wouldn't believe. Called the N-words, lazy, not committed, etc... I'm sitting there like smh. He jumped on somebody's child for standing at the door and said you want me to lay you out, or something like that.

      Then, one of the deacons started snoring and dude...he yelled out loud, "Deacon Joe, wake up son!!" lol. Then he was talking about Adam & Eve and how it was important for them to get it on, in getting to know each other physically. smh. dumb. Then he equated it with husbands and wives today, he took it to a whole nuther ridiculous level.

      It's some clowns out there man... smh..

    3. He is in my professional opinion this man is a knuckle head.

      Time zone you should write a book. I am sure you have some stories.

    4. Knaw, but thx Cop. haha. Folks would think I'm judging. lol

  3. I mean...what do you expect to achieve, but rotten stankin' nasty mushy fly infested fruit when you get

    - TASHA (a husband thief, living in adultery, in her pride to sing with Nicky unapologetic almost daring anyone to question her alliance with the DEVIL) singing her baby bubble gum repetitive heavily induced rhythm and bluesy hard core


    There is power in the name of Jesus [3x]
    to break every chain, break every chain, break every chain. [2x]

    There is power in the name of Jesus [3x]
    to break every chain, break every chain, break every chain. [2x]

    There's an army rising up. [3x]
    To break every chain, break every chain, break every chain. [2x]

    There's an army rising up. [3x]
    To break every chain, break every chain, break every chain. [2x]

    I hear the chains falling.

    There is power in the name of Jesus
    to break every chain, break every chain, break every chain.

    TIED somehow to JZ (no explanation needed here!)

    AND this TYPICAL DUFUS CUSSING Pastor who rationalize to say "GOD Can Handle IT"

    All in the name of REACHING the YOUTH (not innocent themselves) untrained to the Biblical teaching in their HOMES.

    1. What you get is little girls gyrating on the devils paltar, making it rain dolla bills, old mwn drooling in their imagination, young men lusting in their hearts, old women being docile becoming silly, young woman and girls standing in wait to become the next performer. Thanks Tasha for Break Every Chain as its now hit the church house and Pastor for your out reach ministry.

    2. And instead of listening and gyrating to TASHA, her is a song done by children called "THE GOD OF THE IMPOSSIBLE" that GOES:

      I don’t know how God hangs the world on nothing
      Or how He keeps the planets each in place.
      I cannot count the sands upon the seashore,
      Nor can I count the stars that float in space.

      But God can do what seems impossible; {YES, HE CAN!!!}
      God controls eternity.
      My mind can never comprehend it,
      But God in heaven cares for me.

      I don’t know how the Lord can save a sinner
      Or how His grace can cleanse and set him free.
      I can’t explain the mystery of Calv’ry –
      To think that Jesus died for even me.

      I don’t know all the meaning of “forever”
      Or just how long it’s been since time began.
      I can’t explain how Christ Who is eternal
      Could come to earth and die for sinful man.

      Notice just from the lyrics GOD is amazing in His GLORY, and man is humble by His AWE. A big difference from the tune of Black Gospel, where these entertainers tends to boasts about man in their own "spiritual" way.


      The children's version is better.

  4. I'm almost lost for words but we are living in days when people will have reprobate minds, thinking they are right in their own minds as discussed in the Word of God. The people of this church should run. What falls off the leader, falls on the body. I'm surprised that there are so many elders at his church. Wake up! People using God trying to make a name for themselves and seeking fame.

    Timezone, I'd love to hear more stories.


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