R&B singer Tweet says that she's given up on the Christian church.
Tweet is best known for her 2002 hit sing "Oops (Oh My)", a risqué song about self-loving and appreciation. The song was produced by Timbaland and featured guest vocals by her then-girlfriend Missy Elliott.
But, about 10 years ago, Tweet became a born again Christian and she eventually dated Pastor Jamal Bryant, one of the most influential Christian voices in the Black community.
Well, Tweet is still a Christian, but she no longer believes in the church.
She went on a long dissertation on social media, where she explained her decision. Tweet started out:
“I changed my lifestyle. But in that changing my lifestyle, Bishop [Thomas] Weeks, who is incredible, taught me integrity… You can live your life and still be holy. You ain’t gotta be in no long skirt and bare faced and all that. You can live your life.”
Tweet also met people who have “shocked” her when it comes to their actions versus what they preach. Tweet added,
“When I talked to certain elders who be in my DMs, some of y’all pastors, I have to remind them who they are. And they’ll be surprised that I’m celibate, or ‘no I don’t want a drink, I’m good.’ That’s what broke my heart. Like, you should already know to do right. Why aren’t you doing right? I’d rather just stay in the world.”
Tweet, 48, then started evangelizing to her audience,
“Speak your truth. Cause I am. I’m not shutting up no more. I’m speaking my truth What y’all wanna know? I’m sick of it. Enough is enough. I’m tired. It’s coming out in the music, it’s coming out in interviews, it’s coming out. I’m saying what I wanna say.”
“I’m not shading nobody, I’m telling my truth. And church has been the worst. I will not do church anymore. I love God, I have a relationship with God, but you won’t see me in nobody’s church house. I’m not giving nobody my tithes. I’m not giving 10 percent to nobody, period. That’s it. Sorry.”
And that's not all:
“What y’all gotta understand is, my mom, in 2006 or 2007, she transformed in front of my eyes. She literally gave her life to Christ and really wanted to be steadfast and do what she wanted to do for God. But to see your efforts kind of be spat on… you started to trust people. Because you think they’re living what they’re preaching or singing about, and to see a lot of people behind closed doors not be nothing… it was a culture shock for me.”