The Basement has released a statement following the arrest of mega-ministry leader, Matt Pitt.
A hearing has been set for the local youth minister, recently charged for the second time with impersonating a peace officer.
Matt Pitt is scheduled to appear in court on September 24 for a probation revocation hearing.
The Basement founder was on probation after pleading guilty to an incident in Shelby County last year.
Last week, he was arrested after being accused of the same crime in Jefferson County.
Vince Lovell with The Basement Ministries responded to requests for a statement with the following.
The ministry asked that the statement be released in full:
"In light of recent allegations made against Matt Pitt and concerns expressed by newspaper journalists and television news anchors, we would like to address the condition of The Basement Ministry. The Basement is stronger than ever and continues to meet for its weekly events just like it has done for the past 10 years. The Basement continues to stand firm on the Gospel message of the Bible. The Ministry is centered around a message; that is why it only grows stronger with allegations and persecution. This message has been passed down for over 2,000 years and not persecution, allegations, imprisonment, threats, or intimidation to be quiet could ever stop it. No one involved in The Basement is concerned about it ending or slowing down. Quite contrary, they continue to stay focused on reaching just one more person with the message of the Bible. As Matt Pitt says, 'We are not perfect, just forgiven,' and 'God loves you no matter what.' Thank you for your prayers for Matt Pitt, his family, and the Ministry, but continue to pray for the Gospel message to reach everyone that has not heard about God's unconditional love. Thank you and God bless."
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