Music Minister From Church Explains ‘Jay Z’ Praise Dance, Here’s What Really Happened

Posted On : 08/04/2017

The minister of music at this particular church is here to set the record straight about what happened. Here are the details.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — A few days ago, a video went viral showing a praise team dancing to Jay Z’s song, “The Story of OJ.”

From the audio clip, you could hear that the song was the unedited version, full of curse words and profanity. Several churchgoers were astounded by the video, and it went viral almost instantly.

John M. Bernard, Jr. is the Minister of Music at Tree of Life Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, California. In the following video, he breaks down the part we didn’t see.

According to Bernard, the church pastor gave a disclaimer before the praise team started their performance. He said this performance would be out-of-the-box and controversial for an intended reason. It would set him up for his message/sermon.

The Minister of Music says the full context of the video was not shared, only the part you saw. However, you can watch the video for yourself below.

The original video was posted by the church’s drummer, Ben Thompson. However, as mentioned in the Bernard’s video, he didn’t intentionally mean for it to go viral.

If you haven’t seen the videos, they’re below.

WARNING: The following videos contain explicit language. Viewer discretion is advised.

Yet, according to the drummer, he was let go after the video went viral.

Music Minister From Church Explains 'Jay Z' Praise Dance, Here's What Really Happened - Ben III


After which, Thompson’s father — who’s also a pastor — fired back at Tree of Life’s pastor.

Music Minister From Church Explains 'Jay Z' Praise Dance, Here's What Really Happened - Ben I

I just think it’s important for people to get the full context of what the video was really about,” says Bernard.

“These ladies were not dancing to a Jay Z song to glorify God. They were part of a sermonic presentation that was intentionally designed for…the platform of the message that was preached. A disclaimer was given before they got up, so nobody was misled or not prepared for the fact that this was going to be a really controversial, out-the-box presentation.”

If you’re interested in the entire service, check the video below.

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