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But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing ” And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves. (Luke 23:34)

Preachers of Atlanta premieres Wednesday and showcases a new generation of unconventional pastors unafraid to break down boundaries.

Pastor Kimberly Jones-Pothier and Pastor Le’Andria Johnson stopped by theGrio to talk about how they are confronting head-on some of the most sensitive and polarizing issues in America today and ultimately igniting conversations in their community.

Johnson, who’s also a Grammy-winning recording artist, took a moment to defend some of her unique methods, including passing out cigarettes and condoms to those in need, and even dressing like a prostitute to minister to women consumed by sex work.

“20 cigarettes, 20 people smoking them… they all came to church,” Johnson said. “They’re still coming to church. So it works. The method works.”

“Condoms, I’m not going pass them out to some 10-year-old girl or some 12-year-old boy, but there are transgender men and women and then you have prostitutes… ‘Here’s a condom.’ At least be safe. How can the world practice safe sex and the church can’t?” Johnson added.

For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ? No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds. (2 Corinthians 11:13-15)

Source: Preachers of Atlanta