"I want to stay in the music business through promoting gospel music and upgrading the quality and performance of gospel music." ---Rev. James Cleveland, 1932-1991
A friend in Dallas recently attended the infamous Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA). He reported that our worst fears are confirmed. Homosexuals, many who flaunt their sexuality choices, are the stars of the show at the event.
I wrote about the GMWA and its controversial founder James Cleveland in my book Touching A Dead Man. The stories I compiled revealed a picture of a man whose sexual appetite for young singing black boys could have been the reason why he created the GMWA. You won't believe some of the stuff I discovered! Cleveland, who eventually died of AIDS, was in my opinion, a sexual monster who ruined and debased the very musical expression intended to uplift people. I am still shocked that anyone would "celebrate" such a profane life.
Yvette Flunder the lesbian, ex Walter Hawkins singer turned bishop and gay activist remarked at an Atlanta gay conference that if they took out all of the gays in the church, the church wouldn't have any music. Laughing, she mockingly said the church would be left with maybe one or two songs nobody wanted to sing. I think that's a lie. An arrogant lie. But gay religionists do love gospel music. The problem is they don't love The Gospel. That's a major problem. Singing the gospel you refuse to obey or submit to is an abomination. Offering up "strange fire", as the Bible calls it, and a deadly venture to those who do it.
Black gays and their rocky love/hate relationship with the church is a bonified mess. That's on both sides of the fence. The war is fueled by the voodoo-like beliefs of the black gay community's spokespersons like E. Lynn Harris. People like Harris feel they can create the type of church which allows sin to be accepted and celebrated. Any opposition to this is branded "discrimination" and "intolerance", etc.
But back to Dallas and the GMWA convention. "Bro X" as I will call him told me:
"I had the pleasure, or should I say displeasure of going to the Gospel Music Workshop of America and it was a hot mess. Trust me, it is everything you said and more in your book confirming what goes around at that convention. A friend of a friend (which is still in the life[style] who is a choir director for the New Orleans chapter) saw two young men walking out of the Hyatt Regency hotel in visible pink thongs right here in Dallas. I went to three of the concerts and I was not happy, but it actually hurt a bit."Yeah, I know what you're saying. If he knew it was like that, why go? Well, ignoring sin only allows people to lie about what's really going on with no witness to refute it. Some people still think the GMWA is a great place to let their youth go to. We need to hear this from people like Bro X, to remind us the threat the church remains alive and real.
The GWMA's motto is "The convention where everybody is somebody." Sure, you have to have a generic motto like that to accomodate the homosexuals in leadership like Alex Byrd of the Dallas Chapter. Byrd is "married" to another man and pastors a homosexual church in the Dallas area. But that's not a disqualifier to the GWMA.
Homosexuality doesn't seem to be an issue in the least with GMWA. Maybe that's the real legacy of James Cleveland. For instance, at the 2006 Dallas meeting, the 90s R&B group Sisters With Voices (SWV) were hailed [cached] at the GWMA for returning to gospel music. In September, the group were featured performers at a New York homosexual event "Black Pride" along with this man. Yep, that's a man. Yet, Cheryl Clemons told the GMWA that she never left gospel music. "I've always been active in my church," she said. "Church was more than a breeding ground for me to sing. It's where I nurture my soul. It's a lifestyle for me."
The broader question actually brings us back to the basics. Is what God said about sex and sexuality applicable in contemporary life? If we can shuck that restriction, what's to stop us from shucking any of His restrictions on anything simply because we no longer feel its relevant? The GMWA is a glaring example of "having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof". The Bible warns us: from such turn away.