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‘The Church Is Called To Salt, Not Sugar,’ Says Pastor John Amanchukwu

John Amanchukwu
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John K. Amanchukwu Sr. serves as the First Assistant to the Senior Pastor and the Youth Pastor at the Upper Room Church of God in Christ in Raleigh, North Carolina.

But this pastor is well known for visiting school board meetings across the nation and speaking out against CRT, intersectionality, queer theory, gender theory, and other issues.

On his social media platforms, Amanchukwu can be seen regularly being removed from school board meetings for reading books that are found in their school libraries and that contain sexually explicit language.

“I have now been to 11 states speaking out about the pornographic books and about the false triune idol of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI),” Amanchukwu told ChurchLeaders.

“I call it a false triune idol because it mimics the Trinity,” he added. “God calls for private worship. Our private worship will extend and flow out into corporate worship. With DEI, it longs for public worship. It could care less about private worship, because it wants you to bow to it.” Amanchukwu described DEI as “the sacred golden calf.”

The pastor said that although he’s a Black man, he has been labeled a “white supremacist” for disagreeing with DEI.

Amanchukwu said that what he has noticed throughout his travels is that “perverts are perverting the hearts and the minds of our children, parents are unaware it is happening, and pastors have failed to do their job.”

Amanchukwu said his goal is “to address the perversion, to make parents aware, and to tell these weak, spineless, punk pastors to get back on the wall and do their job.”

Amanchukwu believes too many pastors are “self-censoring.” He told ChurchLeaders, “Some pastors are refusing to touch Romans 1 and 1 Corinthians because they don’t want to upset the applecart.”

“However,” he continued, “I think there will come a day when we’ll move from pastors self-censoring themselves to law enforcement—government—telling us what we can and can’t say in the same manner that they did to me recently in New Jersey.”

Amanchukwu was told in New Jersey that he wasn’t allowed to read from his Bible or mention his faith at a school board meeting. When the pastor started reading from his Bible, a board member told him to get back to “your message.”