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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.
Byron Cage announced it as “awesome. off the hook!”
David and Tamela Mann stood, laughing and applauding it.
Karen Clark Sheard and Dorinda Clark Cole smiled and grooved along, too.
So what was it that brought the top gospel music industry celebrities and their fans to their feet with such unrestrained excitement?
The parading idiot Ricky Dilliard who seduced the crowd with his display of effeminate diva-ism while ironically singing about Jesus being the “light of the world”.
Don’t ask me why such profound madness has come to define black gospel music. Don’t ask me why such degenerate perversity in gospel music is acceptable and applauded by the top names. Don’t ask me why pastors long to get these demonic circus acts in front of their young people and churches.
But you can ask G. Craige Lewis. His commentary on the subject is sobering, but would probably not affect these you see in the video.
“I was watching a portion of the Stellar Awards the other day and my 12 year old son walked in. He looked at the screen and saw Ricky Dillard doing his Ru Paul impersonating dance. The whole choir was dropping it like it was hot and the lesbians/gays in the choir were walking it out! My son looked perplexed and I asked him what he thought. He said, How can the people in the audience cheer and clap at that? Don’t they know that’s not right? The Lord spoke in my spirit and said, that is a beast marking! I told my son, those people in the audience want fame and awards so bad, that they will sit and clap for something so bad! They will stand and applaud Satan if it will get them an award or on TV. They will not speak anything against that or any other performance that was demonic because they wanna be something in this life. Have they taken the mark?
Think about it, how can you stand against the very industry that made you famous? How can you rebuke that performance without rebuking the system that put it up there? You can’t! And yet these same recording artists that were apart of that hoopla will be at your church or conference preaching, singing, and laying hands on the next generation to mute them and pass this mark on. The devil has orchestrated it so strategically that these very artists that won’t stand up for truth are the ones that are ministering to the next generation, setting the stage for the antichrist and the mark of the beast. Kirk Franklin, Tye Tribbett, J Moss, DA Truth, and all the other youth ministers that were there clapping, laughing and applauding these antics will be the ones having alter calls at youth conferences all over because many pastors and youth leaders want the names instead of the anointing. But in the spirit realm what they are really doing is inviting the mark of the beast into their youth and teaching the young to be silent for gain and compromise when it’s convenient.”
What can you do? (1)Pray that God would raise up true men and women who will sing his praises out of a pure heart and clean life. (2) Stop –immediately– purchasing the diseased music of these people.
ADDENDUM 06.18.08: To clarify what I meant by “transpiritism”. In short, it is an “exchange of spirits”, hence, “trans” The behavior (or actions) of Ricky Dilliard on the video are a result of a “spirit” within. Definitely not the spirit of God. In this case a spirit which “manifests” as different than what a man would normally display. This is not a comparison to social masculinity. Dillard’s actions come across as seductive. The question why would a man display actions normally ascribed to a female? Read Dueteronomy 22:5 God probibits such conduct and any attire that would make one to appear as the opposite gender with the intention of attracting the same gender for sexual purposes. That was idolatry.
Whereas effeminate could simply be circumstantial “acting” (Tyler Perry-Madea, Martin Lawrence-Shenaynae, etc), transpiritism goes beyond circumstantial behavior to a spiritual condition.
How long will it be before we see a complete implosion of the so-called gospel music industry? With shocking behavior, ungodly appearances, and mountains of unbiblical lyrics why is the church still in love with an industry which has foregone its reverence for God? Shows like A Celebration of Gospel, The Stellar Awards and Bobby Jones Gospel Show are irrefutable proof that the industry is nothing more than a rancid misrepresentation of the Lord Jesus Christ.
But enough from me. After reading the article The Spirit of Rebellion: Gospel music under attack by its own artists, I was thankful that I wasn’t the only one who saw (and spoke out about) the dearth of integrity and holiness in the gospel music arena. How ironic that the music which should be spreading the message of change, repentance and truth is now the best spokesman for musical apostasy. Their excesses and behavior mirror, if not eclipse that of their secular counterparts. J. Matthew Cobb, the writer of the article called it by a word which sums up the totality of satan’s character: rebellion.
Now it’s normal to sing gospel that no one can understand or interpret. Now it’s okay to sing with such insane vibrato that we actually have the nerve to call it “musically correct,” when it [vibrato] is supposed to be used only to add expression to a song, not to be used carelessly. Now it is okay to sing hundreds of meslismas in one song and having the nerve to question why the song won’t fly up the charts. Now it is okay to have choirs yell, jump, scream and act like a circus clown in the choir stands and the same groups are left puzzled as to why the audience hasn’t clapped at the end of the song. Gospel music is heading down a very dangerous, uncomfortable and defiling path and it’s happening for a reason. I think it’s only one reason…period. Quote me on this: it’s a spirit of rebellion.”
Remember, according to the Word of God, Lucifer’s pride led him to rebel against the spirit of righteousness and anything pretaining to what was good; ultimately exalting himself against God’s order. It led to his termination from Heaven’s musical department, but it only marinated into his ugliest transformation because of a spirit of rebellion.
After years of careful cultivation, satan’s rebellious music and character has finally reached center stage in the church. The talent-without-salvation juggernaut has gobbled up almost everyone in its path. Those who are not part of the charade of false “psalmists”, “artists” and foolish court jesters are too weak or perhaps intimidated to mount any serious reformation. Cobb has written weekly gospel music reviews since he founded PraizeHymn in 2001. While he could have blindly exulted over the overabundance of talent, Cobb instead forcefully chastised their lifestyles.
When gospel artists continue to live filthy lifestyles and are promoting a spirit of rebellion in the work fields of God’s acreage, they are giving us (the recipients) a taste of rebellion and have planted their seeds of discord amongst us. And in the end when the gospel community stands alone in peril and with disappointment looming in our eyes, all of us will have to hold the responsibility and accountability of its failure. Now remember God’s Word will not fail, but the music [and style] we so dearly loved for ages, if defected, is not immune from God’s wrath. We still have confused stargazers in our company that continue to call Tonex’s The Naked Truth acceptable to God’s Word”
Tonex is just the latest in a string of astonishing implosions. Now reduced to fits of profanity and appearing on homosexual shows, Tonex is a stark reminded that God is not mocked. Yet, despite his very public absurdities, a “celebration” is planned at Higher Dominion COGIC (scroll down) in suburban San Diego where Tonex will be honored as “San Diego County 2008 Most Prolific Gospel Artist.” The spirit of the age has come of age in the gospel music industry for all the world to see… and mock.
We are living in a day when normal isn’t good enough, when being original means to throw out everything that is old and of the before. We are living in a day and time when gimmicks and tricks have replaced good quality singing and compassionate ministry. We are living in a society that seems to be very much patterned after Paul’s revelation of future reparations found in Romans 1:21. In that text, they [the world in the so-called church] knew who God was, but they didn’t glorify Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but their own thinking became futile and their foolish hearts became dark. And although they professed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged God’s glory for images made to look like mortal man. In verse 25, it states that they exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served created things rather than the Lord God. And even though they were religious and had a form of godliness, they were rebelling against God deep in their heart.
It pains my heart to see once great music missionaries like the Clark Sisters participating in the shameful revelry which does nothing but dishonor God and mock the suffering of the Lord Jesus on the cross. This is what compromise does. It drags you into the mud and soon you are just as nasty as everyone else. But what does the Word of the Lord say? God is not mocked. He warns, he extends mercy and he is patient. But for how long? And should we continue in sin that the grace of God may abound? God forbid.
Yet the arrogance, pride and rebellion continues. When they knew God, they glorified him not as God, but became foolish…
1 Peter 4:17 For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?
For those who say just pray, I will. I pray that you will wake up and stop funding this rebellion. I pray that you stop watching and stop supporting these rebels. I pray that you get the spiritual fortitude to tell your pastor not to allow these foolish individuals perform in God’s house.