The Truth About Gay Gospel Artists

For a long time I have heard speculation about various gospel artists being gay. I thought I would offer my perspective on the topic.

Are there gay gospel artists? Honestly, I don’t know. Sure, there are people in the gospel music industry who have tendencies that many may consider to be less than masculine. Yes, I get a little uneasy when some male choir directors “drop it like it’s hot.” Yes, there are certain people who carry themselves in a manner that many would consider to be less than manly. However, I’m just not to the point where I’m ready to say that a particular person is gay.

Let’s get back to my previous question. Are there gay gospel artists? If you step out of your emotions for a second, you can easily answer that question. There probably are gay and lesbian gospel artists. Before you get too excited, hear me out. Statistics say that about 4% of the population is gay or lesbian. You would like to think that Christian industries are exempt from such statistics, but I highly doubt it. We’re not exempt from other sins. People call themselves Christians and do things like having pre-marital sex, lying, stealing, cheating on their spouse and watching pornography. Why should gay or lesbian activity be any different.

Instead of spreading rumors about people, let’s take another approach towards this. If you suspect that a gospel artist is gay, take the matter up with the Lord. Pray and ask God to show you if this person is living according to his will. God may show you that a certain gospel artist is not living a life that pleases Him. If that is the case, all you need to do is stop supporting their ministry. Stop buying their CDs and stop going to their concerts. There is no need to bad mouth anyone or run their name through the mud. Those actions would not please God either.

This line of thinking should not just be limited to gospel artist. It is very likely that there are preachers, teachers, pastors, evangelists and missionaries who are gay and lesbian.

What I am saying may be a little hurtful to some of you. It is not my intent for any of us to go seeking out gospel artist and preachers to find out if they are gay or not. Let’s remember our faith is not in any man or woman. Our faith is in God. Man or woman may have some shortcomings, but God is still perfect and absolutely amazing.

I suggest you use your energy to pray for any artist or preacher the Lord lays on your heart. If their lifestyle is not in line with God’s will, pray that the Lord would speak to them and guide them in a way the He finds pleasing. There are a large number of gospel artists and ministers that are living lives that please God. Ask him to point you towards their ministries.

Please feel free to share your thoughts on this topic.

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  • http://howgreatismygod.blogspot.com/ Skipper

    I love it!! Great post!
    This is how we can be salt in out world, by being respectful in our opposition, rather than being mouthy, rude and start gossiping. Because isn’t gossip a sin too?? :)

    I really do love this post. Well said!

  • http://none Chelsea

    Kudos to you for publishing this! We need to take our mouths off people and give them to God. Being a sinner doesn’t remove your gift. I used to sleep around with other women and for a while considered myself a “lesbian”. I am saved “for real” now and believe me GOD IS ABLE TO CHANGE YOU. They have to first believe that the bible is right and that any sexual relationships outside of marriage is sin. Acknowledge your error to God and pray that you desire His will and HE WILL CHANGE YOU from the inside out. it happen to me. One article that helped me was on blackgospel.com about wanting to get out of the gay life. i love when you say use your energy pray for the person you think is gay. i believe someone was praying for me. Thank you for writing this.

  • http://WWW.TERRYANGELMASON.COM/ ANGEL MASON

    GOSPEL LGBT ARTISTS PROUDLY COME OUT REJECTING THE CHURCH’S ANTIQUATED HOMOPHOBIC TEACHINGS

    This morning after dragging myself out of bed, I stumbled into my living room and sat down in front of my computer in order to check my email. After wiping the sleep from my eyes, I was shocked when I read an email from BlackPlanet.com and Newsone.com disclosing the fact that DeJuaii Pace (a renowned gospel singer, a member of the famous Pace Sisters) had just announced to the entire world that she is a lesbian and has been suppressing her natural inclinations since the age of four. The article also mentioned the fact that she would be telling her story of how she had overcome her food addiction and had come to terms with her sexuality this Tuesday on the OWN Network (owned and operated by Oprah Winfrey).

    As I finished reading the article, I immediately scrolled down to the comment section of the article (s) to get some type of idea as to what other reader’s reactions would be, regarding DeJuaii’s disclosure. I have to tell you that after reading several of the comments, my heart literally sunk into the pit of my stomach, due to the fact that the comments were filled with so much hatred and homophobic venom. The comments were so extreme until it made me ashamed to even refer to myself as a Christian! Nothing that anyone had to say even mirrored anything that looked, acted or sounded like the love of God! And the most offensive thing of all was that they did it in the name of Jesus, and felt justified in doing so! Anyone who knows anything about Christianity or the Bible will tell you that love is kind, patient, forgiving, not boastful, never arrogant, edifies and never destroys!

    DeJuaii, like thousands of African-American children, grew up in a Pentecostal, holiness environment and any notion of even sleeping with a man before wedlock was completely out of the question and frowned upon by the Church in every way. If a young woman would come up pregnant, she would immediately be ostracized from the church and/or prohibited from participating in any aspect of ministry until she had come before the entire congregation to repent and ask forgiveness, possibly then, she could be reinstated.

    Instead of DeJuaii, yielding to the temptation of sleeping with a male or a female (like most contemporary Christians do) she did something that most of us could never fathom, and that was to remain sexually inactive. Even today, at the age of 45, she is still a virgin.

    Tonex, now known as B. Slade was also publically and ruthlessly attacked by his gospel peers, (and so-called brothers and sisters in Christ) after disclosing that he was a same-gender-loving Christian man. Almost immediately, other gospel artists (who had claimed to be die-hard friends and fans) began to venomously slander him and quickly distanced themselves from him. Furthermore, they could even be heard in public arenas referring to him as a pervert, sexual vampire and heretic!

    Ray Boltz, a renowned Gospel singer and composer, who sold about 4.5 million records before retiring from the Christian music industry a few years ago, rocked the Evangelical world after he disclosed to the world that he was also gay. Like DeJuaii Pace, Ray’s life was plummeting into a valley of despair, and deep depression, and he almost committed suicide; the result of having suppressed his sexual preference for most of his life. In his own words Ray reveals the deep emotional trauma, mental anguish, and agony that he suffered for years while in ministry:

    “I’d denied it ever since I was a kid,” Boltz said, then 55. I became a Christian, I thought that was the way to deal with this and I prayed hard and tried for 30-some years and then at the end, I was just going, I’m still gay. I know I am. And I just got to the place where I couldn’t take it anymore — when I was going through all this darkness, I thought, ‘Just end this! ”

    And that is exactly what thousands of children, teens and young adults have done over the past few decades, “They simply got tired of trying to change something about themselves that was a natural as their skin color or as an inherent as their musical gifts and abilities, which birthed some of the world’s most anointed gospel music,” – They just simply gave up and ended their mental and emotional torment by committing suicide! Had Tonex (aka B. Slade), DeJuaii Pace and Ray Boltz done the same, the world would have suffered a loss that they could have never recovered from or ever recreated! You see, we are all uniquely placed on this planet with a divine destiny and a divine purpose that only each of us individually can fulfill.

    When the Ted Haggard and the Bishop Eddie Long scandal came out the entire Christian world was shocked and devastated after it was alleged that these revered spiritual leaders had been accused of engaging in gay sex. But if the truth be told, there are thousands of same-gender-loving people in the church (functioning in every aspect of ministry) and there always have been! Suffice it to say, if all same-gender-loving people would leave the church and/or refuse to participate in any aspect of ministry, hundreds, if not thousands of ministries would shut down!

    Wednesday night, while in the midst of teaching Bible Study, I came across this marvelous scripture in the Bible, found in the book of St. John, Chapter 4, vs. 24

    “God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [Him] in spirit and in truth.”

    Nobody in the world will ever be able to convince me that we are worshipping Him in Spirit and in truth hiding who we really are, in a closet of self-rejection and denial. Moreover, we do this because we fear being rejected by the world. Yet, I must admit that this is exactly what countless heterosexual Christians do all the time. They may not be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, but they sleep around with everybody and anybody which accounts for much of the spread of Std’s and HIV in the African-American community today. They cheat on their husbands and wives, engage in unethical business practices daily and neglect their children. Yet, hypocritically, they are quick to point the finger at someone like DeJuaii, whom by the way is living a celibate and holy life! Makes you wonder just what is wrong with our ability to discern truth and walk in it.

    On one occasion (in Biblical times) the people of the city brought a woman to Jesus whom had been caught in adultery, demanding that she be stoned. Instead of condemning her, Jesus quietly knelt down and began scribbling something in the sand. Many theologians believe that he was scribbling all the names of the people in the crowd who had slept with her and were just as guilty; hoping she would be stoned to death so that their sexual involvement with her would never be publically revealed. After a few minutes the crowds dispersed having left their stones lying in the street.

    Jesus, immediately arose and asked the woman this question, “Woman, where are thine accusers?” She answered by saying, “They are gone!” He responded by saying, “Neither do I condemn thee…”

    The other night I sat in a dimly lit room devastated by the fact that one of my most beloved friends refused to participate in an upcoming musical Christmas CD project with me, solely because I am a gay man. But what is most astounding is that this same person has been married over four times and has slept with more women on the planet than any self respecting God-fearing Christian man would dare to claim in good conscience. Ironically, he still is not living a celibate life, even though he claims to be a die-hard Christian!

    And even though I have experienced this type of rejection all of my life, I must admit that it still hurts when someone you love rejects you in this manner. I was able to recover from the rejection but that is not the case for many same-gender-loving believers in the church who sit there Sunday after Sunday hearing sermons that reinforce self-hatred and brainwash people into believing that the Creator does not love them. Moreover, I sadly wonder how many more people will jump off bridges, take overdoses, eat themselves to death or shoot themselves in the head with a gun before the church wakes up and truly learns to walk in love.

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  • Thaddeuscb

    THE STANDARD OF GOOD AND BAD AND WHAT IS ACCEPTABLE IS MADE BY GOD HIMSELF. GOD CONDEMNS HOMOSEXUALITY. IT IS IN HIS SIGHT AN ABOMINATION. THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT GOD DOSEN’T LOVE THAT PERSON BUT IT DOES MEAN THAT HE HATES THE SIN IN THEM. IF WE LOVE GOD, THEN WE KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS. MEN LOVE DARKNESS RATHER THAN LIGHT BECAUSE THEIR DEEDS ARE EVIL. YOU CAN NOT CHANGE THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD BECAUSE WE WANT TO FEED OUR FLESH NO MATTER HOW RIGHT WE THINK IT IS. WHAT DID GOD SAY  ? THATS THE BOTTOM LINE 

  • moses

       Is Kirk Franklin gay??? 
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  • Faith753

    Interesting that the rest of the passage wasn’t quoted and rarely ever is…”Now go leave your life of sin…” Jesus’s mercy is never an excuse for disobedience. He gives us the strength to lay our burdens down daily and to carry our cross daily. But he never allows confession without repentance, which is a turning away. That’s what I love about Him. He corrects, rebukes but offers grace as we become more like Him.

  • debbie phillips

    Your message is beautifully put together in a lovely way that is very pleasing to God and there is no other way to say it truthfully than the way you did ….. What you said is the truth… God says those that worship me must worship me in spirit and truth… Gods way hurts no one and you haven’t either.. We should always be respectful of each other just as you said we have all had a share in some way that displeased God…. Your advice is the way he gives it to us as well. You have really studied the Bible and it is reflected in your word.. No matter what we must be loving…………..

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