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Its about to happen again. Another secret keeper who has slugged around in the behind the scenes darkness of the gospel music industry’s gay underground subculture has decided to tell it all. But what he is telling is old news. Disclaimer: If you are an uniformed gospel music “fan”, you may want to click out here. Cutting out cancerous growth is not a pretty function.
According to a New York Times story, “Anthony Heilbut has been a leading producer, reviewer and historian of black gospel music for nearly a half-century. During that time, he came to know many performers who were gay or bisexual, and he treated their private lives as private. Mr. Heilbut’s authoritative book “The Gospel Sound,” published in 1971 and updated several times since then, contained just one sentence about homosexuality.”
Before we go any further, lets just get our bearings by bringing in some literati context. With any new book, the author has to evoke a certain amount of controversy to attract potential buyers. Otherwise, there will be no or low sales and the book will not make the publishers any money. In the business world, not making money is a cardinal sin.
So that’s just what Anthony Heilbut is doing. Selling his book so he can make the publishers and himself some money. The article says he’s doing it because of the “gay marriage” issue and the so-called “homophobia” of the black church.
“Now, amid the volatile national debate about same-sex marriage, Mr. Heilbut has thrown the doors open to what he calls the “secret closet” of gays in gospel. In a lengthy chapter of his forthcoming book, “The Fan Who Knew Too Much,” he not only pays homage to the artistic role of gays and bisexuals, but also accuses black Christians, clergy and laity alike, of hypocrisy in opposing same-sex marriage while relying on gay people for much of the sacred music of the black church.
The timing of Mr. Heilbut’s book, and the intensity of his argument, has thrust it from the dusty corners of arts criticism into the heat and light of the political arena in a presidential election year. Same-sex marriage, more than any other issue, has forced the black church as an institution to try to reconcile its dueling strains of ideological liberalism and theological conservatism. At the congregational level, it has meant the awkward coexistence of gay musicians and antigay preaching and casual ridicule.”
The issue with the so termed black church, homosexuality and its socio-theological underpinnings are about as complicated as it gets. On one hand, the downlow relationship between the black church and its cadre of homosexual musicians, singers, performers, jesters and the likes is ungodly and spiritually unhealthy. God has never sanctioned it, approved of it nor blessed it in any way. It is an outgrowth of the lust of man and his desire to run the institution of the church as a business sans the moral standards of God.
On the other hand, the money factor is one that cannot be minimized nor denied. Both parties in this perverted relationship derive financial benefits that they willingly pursue and enjoy. Although Heilbut (and other gay apologists) attempt to frame it as homophobia and hypocrisy, they are conveniently leaving out 50% of the problem. Its like two equally guilty sex partners attempting to make the other look more guilty than they.
Witness the response of a pastor the article quoted as a lone voice of dissent against Heilbut’s book.
“Ludicrous, outrageous and nonsensical,” said the Rev. Emmett C. Burns Jr., the pastor of Rising Sun First Baptist Church near Baltimore, who is a prominent opponent of Maryland’s new law permitting same-sex marriage. “The black church respects the talents of musicians who have gay and lesbian tendencies. But the church never gives up its beliefs that such persuasions are anathema to individuals within the church and in direct conflict with the Bible.”
The black church respects the talents of musicians who have gay and lesbian tendencies? That’s a confession of guilt. In other words the pastor is saying we know these people are spiritually jacked up and have no connection to the God they sing about, but we really want the benefits of their talent. So they continue paying them to get in religious blackface every Sunday and get the church membership dancing and jigging for Jesus. After that, everyone smokes a cigarette and calls it a day. Until the next hookup.
Rev. Burns’ statement reflects an ignorance of God’s word so prevalent in contemporary black churches. There is nothing in scripture which requires the church to “respect the talents” of sexually immoral churchgoers. To the contrary, the scripture does tell us to put out of the fellowship those who continue in sexual sin while claiming to be a Christ follower (reference 1 Cor 5). But because the story’s author is about painting a one sided picture, it quotes guilty party #2 attempting to condemn guilty party #1. The author, Samuel G. Freedman may be an accomplished writer about American Jewry, but he is woefully clueless about the complicated interworkings of black churchianity and its secret homosexual lovers.
Moneylust and the sickness it breeds
The bible says that the love of money is at the root of all evil. People have asked many times why this situation with homosexuals, music and the church remains locked in such a nauseating cycle of shame for the church. At the root of this evil is the lust for money.
Homosexuality and music is big business for the church and its greedy leaders. The Gospel Music Association reported in 2009 that Gospel music was a half billion dollar industry! That’s per year. In 2008 sales were up 38%. Billboard said that in 2010 Christian/Gospel music held up much better than the broader music market in sales volume. Somebody is raking in a lot of cash!
Talented church homosexuals are like friends with benefits. The talent –not Jesus– attracts people to the church, which attracts money to the church, which attracts other homosexuals to the church, which attracts more money to the church, which ultimately means a cash payout for the hireling in charge. To understand what’s going on, you have read Acts 16:16-21 with spiritual eyes.
16 Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. 17 She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” 18 She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her.
19 When her owners realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities. 20 They brought them before the magistrates and said, “These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar 21 by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice.” (our bold) NIV
The reason why this “talented” girl was so valuable to her masters “as is”, was purely financial. And when real men of God came along and cast that spirit out of her, she was of no more use to them. The reason black church leaders are so protective of their talented homosexuals is also purely financial. That’s why they would never invite real men of God to their churches, only other flashy hirelings. They know that a real man of God would jeopardize the money train. Gays get cash, prominence and accolades out of the deal and the hirelings get the same thing. Just like the girl operated in spiritual divination, the music of homosexuals has the same effect. In a word, its musical divination. Unrepentant gays are in rebellion to the truth (1 Thessalonians 4:1-12), which is likened by the bible as divination (1 Sam 15:23).
The truth of the matter is that homosexuals in the black gospel music industry (and those who hold sway at local churches) are a serious internal threat to the church’s spiritual health. Gays in church don’t want the gospel, the power of God to save and transform them. They want the powerless, gospel music derivative they’ve created which bears no resemblance to the gospel its named after. They are infected with SIV and spreading it to every church that welcomes them. We issued a spiritual health advisory two years ago, but still the musicals, concerts, competitions and choirfests roll on unabated.
With conventions offered by organizations like the Gospel Music Workshop of America, homosexuals can strategize how they will keep deceiving the church with their divination music. And have you ever noticed that the homophobia head hunters never criticize the GMWA and similar organizations? Not one single word of criticism. The reason is because these are primarily homosexual run religious junkets. These snake holes breed both predators and victims, but don’t worry its all in a homophobia free environment.
All of the well known male homosexual gospel singers frequent these meetings and there is personal testimony to that. After a season, some washed up secret literary santa will write about them after they are dead and gone. Just like Heilbut is doing for his bygone era.
His reasons for breaking his silence are partly practical. Many of the musicians he identifies as gay or bisexual — James Cleveland, Alex Bradford, Clara Ward, Sister Rosetta Tharpe — are now dead, and in Mr. Cleveland’s case, dead from AIDS.
Mr. Heilbut, writing in the present, lives very much in the past. His favorite era of gospel music ended around 1960. What has persisted unabated is the homophobia that compelled him to write the new book. “It still exists, the same toxic atmosphere,” he said. “This is not the past. The same pathos continues.”
Unfortunately, the sad and tragic saga of the black church and its downlow lover will continue until Jesus comes and judgment falls. The black church really doesnt want another James Cleveland, but there are so many of his talented, but perverted offspring running around the best it will be able to do is find somewhere for them to sing. Then pay them off.
Despite all the success in front of the lights, most of these people lead tragic lives behind the scenes. Read the bio of Clara Ward.
What can you do about it? Stop buying their music. Get out of their fan clubs. Stop attending their concerts. Stop supporting their appearances. Tell people the truth about this corrupted industry. Learn to sing a new song to the Lord. Pray and live holy.
Read more of GCM Watch’s extensive reporting and documentation of the moneylust and spiritual sickness of the black gospel music industry.
Los Angeles – Black Entertainment Television (BET), the gospel industry and its worker bees are getting together to congratulate themselves on another dismal year of not standing up for Christ and not confronting their homosexual taskmasters (lovers and co-workers) behind the scenes. But there is sort of great news. According to BET they finally paid convinced the Holy Spirit he needed to show up and make more church folk think all the entertainment had something to do with the gospel. The Holy Spirit’s appearance might also make the cult of celebrity “celebration” of gospel extravaganza look, well…”anointed”. That’s what their press release said so it must be true.
Legendary Vocalists Whitney Houston and Kim Burrell Amazed Audience Members with an Inspiring Performance of ‘I Look to You.’ Mary Mary, Kirk Franklin, Chaka Khan, El DeBarge, BeBe Winans, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Kelly Price, LeAndria Johnson, Rance Allen Group, Israel Houghton, VaShawn Mitchell and More United for Gospel Music’s Biggest Night.
It was a night filled with the Holy Spirit and high notes reaching the heavens as audience members rejoiced at the CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL ’11. The two-hour special, premiering Sunday, January 30 at 8:00 p.m.*, paid tribute to the rich history of gospel music in a unique format that combined today’s leading gospel and secular artists. Hosted by popular comedian, author, game show host and syndicated radio personality Steve Harvey, the inspirational and uplifting presentation packed a powerful punch by some of the industry’s top players.
Taped from the historic Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, California, the CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL ’11 had memorable performances by fresh talent alongside current favorites of gospel. Highlights included Byron Cage, Smokie Norful, Kelly Price, and Kathy Taylor coming together for a moving tribute honoring the late “Queen of Gospel,” Albertina Walker, and beloved gospel pioneer Walter Hawkins; Kirk Franklin and Mary Mary debuting the world premiere of their new record; Chaka Khan serenading the crowd with her timeless classic, “Through the Fire”; Grammy-nominated® artist VaShawn Mitchell performing his chart-topping single “Nobody Greater”; James Fortune and FIYA belting out their rousing hit “I Believe”; and ending the night, a surprise performance of “I Look to You” by Kim Burrell and Whitney Houston, which left audience members speechless!
The audience was also treated to performances by SUNDAY BEST alums LeAndria Johnson, Y’Anna Crawley and Jessica Reedy alongside R&B songstress Kelly Price, Howard Hewett, Earnest Pugh, Rance Allen Group, Chante Moore, Myron Butler, Jonathan Nelson and Purpose, Israel Houghton, and Beverly Crawford with Dr. Bobby Jones and the Spirit of David Choir.
Remember last year? BET did not like it that GCM Watch wasn’t onboard to praise the strange mix of “gospel music lovers” (which included a reality “star” who’s naked pictures were all over the internet). Unfortunately, nothing’s changed. To BET all are the same. Its like reverse diversity. Whether you are “secular” or “gospel”, there’s scant difference about you as long as you can “sang” and secure cash for them. But perhaps BET is correct. After all its Black entertainment television. The gospel performers are just performing, just like the secular performers just perform. Its all a performance show meant to entertain. But that brings us back to the beginning. If the COG is just a show for performers of various performing hues, why would the Holy Spirit need to come?
And Shirley Ceasar still hasn’t renounced that bizarre and ironic song she recorded with Tonex/B.Slade/Anthony Williams. So Shirley, was everybody lying or did you really know the truth? Maybe you just deceived and wanted to look hip?
WARNING TO GOSPEL FAN GROUPIES: STRONG LANGUAGE ABOUT YOUR IDOLS FOLLOW
You could have substituted the word porn for gospel and got the same result, but once again the profane nature of the black gospel music industry was in blazing display for all the world to see.
On Jan 10th, for two hours, courtesy of Black Entertainment Television, the show paraded the industry’s well and lesser known homosexuals, adulterers, internet sex freaks, groupies and sexy divas across the screen in an ironic Celebration of Gospel. Homosexuals had a great deal to be proud of to see so many of their own arrayed like peacocks in a zoo.
The “stars” and their groupie fans had a mad ball posing and showing off some of the most bizarre outfits imaginable. Mimicking the red carpet effect of secular entertainment shows (why is a mystery), the COG shined the spotlight on the industry’s top money making whores. There’s no mistaking that the indulgent glorification of sensuality, sexuality and perversion is a benchmark of the gospel music industry.
There is no way anyone can convince me that this reflects Jesus Christ or the gospel of Jesus Christ. I don’t care how much you protest that you “love Jesus”, loving Jesus and reveling in such hideous excesses aren’t compatible. Modesty in our looks, clothing and spirit is a requirement for those who follow Christ.
And if there exists any gospel music singers/musicians/producers (Donnie McClurkin sadly was reveling with partygoers) et al who are in disagreement with this disgusting repertoire, why are they so silent and passive? Invisible and complicit while year after year the “celebrations” descend into more bacchanal debauchery.
And its not just about the fashion insanity.
Out in the open: Tye Tribbett who just a few months prior committed adultery with a member of his choir. Vocal and angry about sexual immorality in the church, when asked about his own menage a trios, Tribbett refused comment. Tribett underwent a so called 60 day sabbatical to “get right with God”. And guess what? He got right just in time to perform at the Celebration of Gospel! Actually the COG was taped Dec 12, so Tye cheated on his sabbatical, but who are we to hold him accountable to some silly sabbatical?
Who and what are gospel groupies really celebrating?
Speak out against this and stop purchasing any music they produce or participate in. Please don’t ask about whose music can you purchase. There’s no need to have any type of dependence on someone else to praise God for you.
Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, Eph 5:19
Related: The idolatrous celebration of Steve
NSFYS=Not safe for your spirit
Nathan Simmons is gone now, his voice no longer calling it like we all knew it was. But when you look around in the church today and see the degenerate messology people are celebrating, you can’t help but say preach, preacha! He excoriates black church, culture in particular with its diseased obsession with personalities.
Sure, there was an element of controversy following even Nathan Simmons which sometimes made his sermons sound almost contradictory. But here in this moment, the message is true. However as powerful as it is, we must take it beyond just the preached word. We have to take both offensive and defensive action. Saints, make a covenant with God that you will no longer applaud that which is putrid in his nostrils. Make a covenant that you will live holy and not get caught up in the demon talent cult seated in today’s church. Let your circle of influence know that talent and gifts will perish, but the word of the Lord endures forever (1 Peter 1:25). If we forsake God’s word, then we are utterly lost.
Psalms 119:105 says Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Without the light of the word, those who trust in the lying prophets, false teachers and the musical cohorts assisting them will trod a path to hell and destruction.
Don’t be silent and passive, proclaim God’s truth to all without respect of persons!
And for all that is worth, the difference between clean and unclean, holy and unholy must never be compromised.
Gay Christian Movement Watch is seeking first hand accounts and personal narratives of several categories of individuals who have had personal experience with gay churches and organizations.
First, GCM Watch is seeking testimonials of former members of gay churches namely: Metropolitan Community Churches (UFMCC), any affiliate churches of The Fellowship (Bishop Yvette Flunder), Unity Fellowship Church Movement or any independent gay church. In addition, if you were part of an “affirming” or “inclusive” church, but left because you no longer accepted its false doctrines, please contact GCM Watch as soon as possible.
Secondly, if you have visited, but never joined a gay/affirming/inclusive church your personal narrative of that experience is also welcomed.
Third, if you know of someone who fits the criteria above, forward this information to them and ask them to contact GCM Watch.
These personal narratives are being sought to provide a balanced and truthful counter to the lies currently being promoted by gay churches about biblical sexual morality. These organizations promise an overabundance of love, value and acceptance but what are they actually delivering to hurting and confused people?
- Contact GCM Watch at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Partial list of “affirming/inclusive” religious organizations here and here.
This announcement will repost each month.
Despite making a colossal error by appearing in and endorsing a homosexual movie, Bobby Jones is going on with his gospel show. Jones is best known for his 25 year run on BET.
Jones refused to acknowledge the calls for repentance for his enthusiastic endorsement of the movie’s message that homosexuality is normal and should be accepted by the church.
What’s even more disturbing is that the roster of so called gospel stars currently in heavy rotation on Jones gospel entertainment show (emphasis on entertainment) have been just as mum. Like the klan’s good ole boy network of the civil rights era, industry artists like The Clark Sisters, Martha Munizzi, Tye Tribbet, J Mossand others havent said a word. How could they? The homosexuals pulling the strings behind the scenes of the gospel music industry would blackball them without a second thought. It highlights why reform of the gospel music industry will never happen from anyone you are currently seeing on television.
The Gospel Music Channel the “Christian MTV” was falling over itself on announcing that on May 4 Jones would “bring his explosive and colorful personality” to their network via another reality show entitled ”Bobby Jones Next Generation.” With all the talk of “stars” and ”performers” today’s bastardized gospel music industry has little to do with Jesus (except to co-opt his name to sell records.) and more with ego-driven personalities. If you think thats exaggeration, just look how those in the gospel music industry snorkle for pompous, ”regal sounding” titles: “King of Gospel”, “Prince of Praise”, “Ambassador of Gospel”, “Crown Prince of Praise”, ”Queen of Gospel”, “Rose of Gospel”, “Princess of Praise”, ad naseum.
These titles do nothing but divert attention away from the REAL KING, Jesus and the REAL PRINCE of Peace, Jesus. It diverts attention away from the fact that we are called to be AMBASSADORS of the Kingdom of God, not the gospel music industry.
“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”
(2 Corinthians 5:20)
Said Jones: “As I do with all my other endeavors, I plan to immerse myself in the new show, and I hope that it will be uplifting, joyous and meaningful for GMC viewers.
Yes, the SHOW must go on. With or without Jesus, the SHOW must go on.