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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.
Yvette Flunder’s Fellowship of pentecostal homosexuals is touting its upcoming churchfest.
But there’s an interesting arrangement of guest speaker pictures.
There’s no debating that Carlton Pearson has changed over the years. The question however remains: By his hand in glove advocacy of homosexuality is Pearson preparing the way for others or for himself?
Slated to appear at the Fellowship’s annual religious production, is Pearson’s picture placement telling a story?
1. From a COGIC evangelist, Flunder devolved into a lesbian bishop.
2. Wyatt Greenlee paid his fees and followed her as a gay bishop’s assistant.
4. Jim Swilley saw the devastation caused by other sexually perverted ministers in his family but still devastated many of his church’s members with his gay liefest.
5. After trying out traditional pentecostalism, gay church circuit parties, then weird new thought religion, is Carlton Pearson next in line?
We’ve seen it before with so-called inclusion clerics claiming they were only trying to seek justice and equality for gay church and/or family members. But later we found out that they were just testing the waters to see how much public support they could elicit for their own private abominations. See this man, this man and this man [b].
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?
Well the year is coming to a close and what a year it has been. Gay Christian Movement Watch is thankful for every single person who has supported us in word, thought and deed. Going forward, we promise to stay on the wall: sober, vigilant and ready to keep you informed of the enemy’s devices.
Here’s a list of our top ten stories of 2010 (source: google analytics).
1. CNN Interview about Bishop Long yeilds painful surprise. CNN Anchor Don Lemon reveals he was sexually molested by another man.
2. A litany of lies from Bishop Jim Swilley. An Atlanta area religious leader comes out of the closet with a bucket full of lies about homosexuality.
3. Bishop Long facing lawsuits. Megachurch leader faces four damaging sexual coercion lawsuit from young men formerly under his “watch”.
4. Ted Winn on the CoCo Brother show. Gospel music industry worker Ted Winn ducks, dodges and evades the obvious and in the process reveals the obvious.
5. “If I be a lying prophet”. A Connecticut bishop makes a stunning comment at a funeral and then 30 days later he is dead.
6. Lesbian bishop remembers gospel singer’s influence. Gay false prophetess Bishop Yvette Flunder partially opens the closet doors on former friend and “mentor” the late Walter Hawkins.
7. Brian Carn sees perversion in a vision. A Florida based black church prophet claims God showed him a major church leader in a homosexual context but does not reveal who it is. Eddie Long?
8. Cogic bishop puts Tonex in the drivers seat. Once promising gospel industry worker turned gay church poster boy “preaches” at a New York COGIC (Intl) church.
9. Yahoo reports christian “star” now a lesbian. A former Christian singer uses her homosexuality announcement to create hype about her career aspirations.
10. Its gay “holy” convocation time again. Atlanta’s mock pentecostal denomination the UPPC, holds convocationfest.
Thankfully, this was devoid of the gratuitous set ups that are usually the custom of stale TBN interviews. Chironna gave Hines liberty to express what was “burning in his heart” at that time. And what followed was 99.9% lean meat. It was clear that Hines was speaking truth because there were no perfunctory “clap right here” moments for the audience. Either the audience wasn’t accustomed to such strong meat or they were so enraptured they didn’t do the usual studio audience happy shout and dance at the “blessing and miracle” speeches.
Hines spoke clearly about the message and meaning of holiness. In his exposition he explained that holiness is an identity and our personal responsibility to reflect holiness. His very direct message: the church has an identity crisis.
Interestingly enough, Hines said the catalyst prompting his search for the true biblical definition of holiness was seeing the much talked about —albeit shameful— Tonex interview by Lexi.
“I was watching television, this interview that was being done by this one Christian singer, gospel singer… and I won’t call his name, he had been to our church and had really blessed us but these were some years after, he was on television confessing to being a born again, homosexual believer in God, continue to pastor his church, God loves him and he loves God and we just have to accept him like that . And something happened to me Mark. I felt a real…sadness. There’s a whole generation of young people being influenced now by this music, but the lifestyle doesnt represent the music nor does the music and the lifestyle go together.”
That began an awesome exposition of holiness and the inherency of identity.
Bishop Hines understood and articulated what it at the root of the gross indecency (and the passive acceptance of it) of behavior: the church does not value holiness. I would even say the church has lost the true meaning and application of holiness. Thus, the problem with people like Tonex and the gay christian movement’s ideology he now champions, is an clear result of the church’s moving away from holiness.
Hines addressed a common fallacy used by some as a cloak to justify sin as well as the off track gospel music industry which is by and large is operating under the influence of religious homosexuals.
One of the more striking points he made is that love is God’s ability while holiness is his identity.
Hines said that he is encouraging pastors everywhere to return to preaching holiness. He’s probably seen enough of the tricks, gimmicks and hollow messages used to fill seats with false converts.
This is good, sound teaching that’s well worth your 15 minutes to watch, hear and heed. Yes, we really need a radical return to holiness.
Watch the full June 7 broadcast with Bishop Darrell Hines. The interview begins at 1:05.
Relax COGIC Memphis members, its one of the other COGIC denominations. Bishop Eric Figueroa, a clergy member of the Church of God in Christ, International allowed homosexual minister Anthony Williams aka Tonex to “preach” at his church. Since self identifying as a homosexual, Williams has become a fixture in the gay church movement. We don’t know the occasion, why or who was instrumental in causing this blasphemy to happen, but the facts are it did. It appears Tonex disguised himself with old church father robes and gave the church as real show.
BET gospel writer Torrence Glenn who attended the event, gushed at the opportunity to praise Williams in his recap writeup:
So to hear that a more traditional and pentecostal church such as New Life, pastored by Bishop Eric Figueroa was inviting him to their church was a shock to me. Being the Tonex fan that I am, I decided that although it was short notice, I had to go! (Yeah, I don’t stop supporting people just because it’s not popular to. Not my style.) Once I arrived at the church on Monday night, I tweeted that I was there and MORE than a few people asked me to recap it, so here goes. (I originally intended just to go for myself, not necessarily to cover but I realized that more people than me were interested in seeing/hearing what Tonex had to say.)
After the offering was taken and a guest choir sang a song, it was time for Tonex (or Minister Anthony Williams as he prefers to be called as a minister) to preach. He was dressed in a full liturgical preacher’s attire. He had on a navy blue robe with a light blue panel. VERY traditional. Before beginning to preach he sang a piece of Karen Clark-Sheard’s worship song, “God Is Here.” And when I say he sang it, he SANG IT!
That’s about it and as expected from people who devalue sound doctrine, the message (whatever it was) is sidelined in favor of performance techniques. to With all the false teachings Anthony Williams has spewed out in the past, Glenn ignored that to obsess over something else. The musicians weren’t falling over themselves to back up Tonex on the organ, etc. Read it for yourself:
“This may be my personal observation/opinion but it seemed the musicians on duty weren’t very willing to help or follow as the sermon came to it’s climax. I understand that some preachers don’t like accompaniment when they preach and many musicians will wait until the preacher instructs them to play for him/her instead of just flowing with it. Better safe then sorry I guess is their thought process. But this was a totally different thing. There were moments where Anthony had to tell them the chords to play and they hesitantly played the chord and then just stopped. (Imagine if someone told you to pick up a piece of paper and you did and just put it down instead of doing something with it.) It was as if they needed to be told every little thing to do. It was odd because they were seasoned musicians who “know church.” But I may be wrong, this is just my opinion, but it felt like they had to be forced to participate in the closing praise experience that followed Anthony’s message. So to all my musicians, if you feel some kind of way about who’s preaching, get off the instruments!”
If you’re not familiar with what Glenn is having a problem with, let me explain. In the black church, particularly pentecostal ones, when the preacher shifts into a certain sing-song cadence of speaking (heading towards the “climax” of his or her message), the musicians are expected to jump in and match them in intensity. Here’s an example here (listen to the music). One would think that with a self professed homosexual preaching, one would not be caught up about what musicians were or were not doing. But such is the shallowness of today’s church goer. The musicians may have not initially wanted to participate in another man’s sins, but they too probably got caught up in the pentecostal histrionics of Tonex.
Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure. 1 Tim 5:22
Who’s Bishop Figueroa?
Let’s try to sort out all the connecting names so that no one is slighted.
Glenn admits all this is somewhat surprising since Figueroa’s church is known as “traditional”. According to Glenn, Figueroa’s daughter who sings background on Sunday Best show, tweeted the news out like it was Bishop Mason returning from the dead. Traditional?
Another source told GCM Watch Figueroa is mainly known in the New York area.
“When I lived in NY years back I’d see his name and his church’s name a lot in the main Christian newspaper which I used to receive monthly, taking out large ads advertising their various events convocations, etc. He might not be that well known nationally, but in NY black church circles he seemed to command a lot of respect from various other well known churches, leaders, bishops, etc.”
Figueroa’s Myspace site says he was consecrated a bishop in the Church of God in Christ International in 1998 and currently serves as bishop of the New York “jurisdiction” of said denomination. This is not the COGIC Intl headquartered in Jonesboro, AR. This particular strand of COGIC breakaways has its headquarters in New York and primarily sprang out of the famed Institutional COGIC headed by the grandfather of Monique Walker. Its now headed by Bishop JC White, a former member of the Institutional Church. White has not made any public statements about the appearance of an openly homosexual minister in one of his churches.
So what do we make of all this? The same as we have been saying many times before. We are in the midst of a great falling away where the so called church is becoming a habitation of demons, unclean spirits and every unclean work. But guess what? They all “love the Lord” and gonna “get their praise on” no matter who says what.
And I heard another voice from heaven saying, ‘Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities’” (Revelation 18:4,5).