Dr. Melvin O. Marriner pastor of Grove Baptist Church in Portsmouth, Va. youth ministry group KAOSS (Kids Always on the Same Step) posted this video on youtube showcasing their talent. While entertaining their congregation, young people are being introduced to common practices within Greek Letter Organizations. Practices that will lead to false-god worship.
According to Dr. Marriners bio found on the church website; “he’s dedicated to serving the community and currently serves as President of Dr. Martin Luther King Leadership Steering Committee, Is a member of Portsmouth Notable, Portsmouth Rotary, Rotary International, the Tidewater Metro Ministers’ Conference, and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Dr. Marriner has received numerous awards among them: The Outstanding Community Service Award from Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Omega Psi Phi Citizen of the Year Award, and the South Hampton Roads Pan Hellenic Council Greek of the Year Award 2006.”
We are not questioning Dr. Marriners, the members of Grove Baptist Church and their youth departments love for God or ministry. However, there is a need to present the truth and help the body of Christ come into full understand and knowledge of why we can’t continue to endorse BGLOs or embrace what they represent.
BACKGROUND: It was over 60 years ago when stepping was first introduced to the African American community. However it roots took place in Africa from indigenous tribes and extended throughout slavery into what we have today. These tribes used various forms of dance to celebrate death, war time and other tribal celebrations. Most historians agree that Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated, and then Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, were the first to start the stepping phenomenon throughout colleges and universities.
What are Christian step ministries and why have we been introducing them to young people in our churches? Have we opened a door for them to join BGLOs and pledge other gods like many of their parents have?