“You motherf***ers who are out here judging, there is nothing in the Bible about dancing but it is judging. Again, f*** you," declared Matthews, who leads the oddly-named Naked Truth Liberation and Empowerment Ministries.
The twerking contest controversy stems from his church's new initiative, Soulful Sunday, an event he describes as clean adult fun at the church gymnasium every Sunday from 3-6 p.m.
“I bet your church to stick up to have fun, Soulful Sunday in the gym of Naked Truth Liberation And Empowerment Ministries, every Sunday from 3-6 pm,” Matthews wrote, announcing the antics in an Instagram post.
Later, Matthews defended his incredibly unorthodox contest as a means of evangelism: “You can’t clean a fish until you catch it, and you can’t catch a fish until you go where it’s at, I’m not trying to attract the traditional church goer but those in the streets that need to hear a word from God to make a difference in their lives. At Naked Truth I don’t care about your son of choice I just want you to know that no matter who you are God Loves you and I welcome you."
“I know that my posts about my Soulful Sundays which are held here in my gymnasium here at the church is upsetting some of you traditional church folk. ‘Oh Lord, he going to hell. Why they doing that in the church,’” Matthews continued, turning his attention to the twerking contest's many, many critics.
“Why is it with your fake phony a**es that you believe that because you love God, that you cannot enjoy life. That’s the bullsh*t from the pulpit that you have been taught for years," Matthews ranted. "There is nothing wrong in you enjoying yourself and enjoying life and we have good clean adult fun each and every Sunday evening, not in my sanctuary, but in my gym, here in Memphis at the Naked Truth Liberation and Empowerment Ministries."
"So if you’re mad, get over it because this is something," he added. "It’s a new day, a new thing and we’re trying to save those who are lost."
Matthews launched The Naked Truth three years ago, building on a longtime career as an unsurprisingly controversial broadcaster in Memphis.
In a recent interview with The Christian Post, Matthews said that he doesn’t consider his words or actions offensive to God and that the "cussing" he is known for is not actually inappropriate:
"There is a difference in 'cussing' and 'cursing' as people say. The words that we use today like motherf***er, sh*t, damn, were not words that were used in biblical times," he said. "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."