By Victor Ochieng
God is doing great things in Minneapolis; He’s delivering some unseen coke and meth to members of the “Drunken Glory” movement. This is one movement that reminds us of 1990s events such as Florida Outpouring and Toronto Blessing, in which participants appeared to be literally inebriated, all happening by the power of God, or so they said.
The “high” of God is seeping through Minneapolis, attracting many young people who feel there is no other “high” that’s higher than the “high” of God. We’ve seen several gospel YouTube channels come up, sharing some creative ways of reaching out to the younger generation with the gospel.
We have the Red Letter Ministries, a movement led by a former drug and meth addict, Brandon Barthrop. When you get to Barthrop’s Minneapolis home, you’ll come face to face with America’s most amazing concentration of addicts and churches, all gathering to partake of the inebriating high of God.
Barthrop’s followers, comprised of ex-addicts, ex-societal misfits and waifs spend their time sniffing “diamond oil” as they listen to Barthrop’s YouTube sermons.
There are several such initiatives. We have Christian EDM DJs organizing raves meant to heal clubbers who’re under the bondage of drugs. More mega churches run by hipster preachers and rehab charities are adding great numbers to their following as they share with them the drunken glory.
“No high like the ‘Most High.’ That’s the truth. He is the ‘Most High.’ All of the life energy that’s on the earth comes from God. So when you get into God, you will feel like 10,000 watts of electricity surging through your veins,” Barthrop preached.
Barthrop shares his sermons from his living room, christened Joel’s Bar, where he freestyles live to his online followers. His messages are anything but organized, as he drops several of his own created gospel and, unfortunately, some vulgarity.
“So like when we snort invisible lines or toke the ghost we’re enjoying the breath of life which in Hebrew means the holy spirit,” he said.
Most people who preach the gospel stay away from profanities, particularly at the pulpit, but that’s not Barthrop for you. Asked why he does that, he said, “So, it’s just a cultural interpretation. If you’re in the hood here and you’re speaking ebonics that’s just how you communicate. There’s nothing derogatory about it. That’s all you know how to talk, so maybe we’re trying to reach people in the low places.”
Many of his followers believe he’s preaching nothing but the truth.