A controversial Memphis pastor who has drawn millions of views with his messages online by punctuating them with profane words, says he really doesn’t “give a damn” what traditional Christians think of his practice.
“I find no reason to try to justify that. I’m a fisher of men. I go to people on their level. And you have to get past the cussing to get the message. The cussing has drawn the attention of millions around the country. Apparently, it’s drawn yours because you’re calling me,” Pastor Thaddeus Matthews, who leads the Naked Truth Liberation and Empowerment Ministries in Memphis, Tennessee, told The Christian Post Thursday.
While some might consider his use of expletives in his messages swearing, Matthews doesn’t believe the way he uses expletives in his messages falls into that category.
“There is a difference in ‘cussing’ and ‘cursing’ as people say. The words that we use today like motherf—–r, s–t, damn, were not words that were used in biblical times.
“So I don’t have an issue with the cussing. And the people that listen to me don’t have an issue with the cussing, and I’m not trying to justify it to the traditional churchgoer,” the preacher explained.
Matthews, who calls himself “the cussing pastor,” launched his ministry about three years ago, building on a longtime career as a controversial broadcaster in Memphis.
“I’m a controversial figure in Memphis and I’ve been in broadcast for nearly 40 years. So even prior to the ministry starting, we’re going into our third year now, I’ve been a controversial person,” he said, fully embracing his public image.
Among his most viral messages so far is a video in which he tells women to stop having sex with men who refuse to work. That video has been viewed more than a million times. The 61-year-old, who is unmarried, also caused a stir earlier this year when he posted a photo of himself on Instagram resting his head on the covered chest of a woman he described as a fan.
Come October, Matthews plans to take his message to the streets in what he calls “The Bulls–t From the Pulpit Tour.”
He said he is on a mission to push back against the “bulls–t” festering in popular church culture that is causing many people to turn away from God.
“There’s so much bulls–t that’s going on in the church in the traditional mindset. And the reason that people are leaving a view of believing in God is because they are believing in preachers, they are believing in churches, and preachers have set themselves up on pedestals and they are forgetting about the people. They’re not giving people a message of hope,” Matthews said.
“We’re spending too much time talking about tithes and offerings but not talking about the needs of people in society. Why are people depressed? How do you get over depression? How do you have an abundant life?” he continued.
“I’m not talking about a prosperity ministry. If we’re preaching in a church that God will bring bread for you when you’re hungry and all the damn folk in the church is hungry, the message is not going forth if only the pastor looks wealthy and only the pastor is looking good and driving good. What is the message of hope that we’re gonna give the people?” Matthews asked.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair