If Paul Revere were a member of the Christian Church today, instead of hastily riding through the city warning “the regulars are coming out!”, he would be on the internet writing “the leaven is spreading in the Body!”
As harmless and benign as it seems, the leaven (1 Cor 5:7) is spreading. And affecting many. We hated to report this, but according to The Fellowship website, gospel music luminary Albertina Walker is scheduled to perform at their upcoming conference in Chicago. She may have been hailed as the “queen of gospel music”, but Albertina Walker may be up for some stiff competition in the queen area when she attends Yvette Flunder’s cryptic “We wont be silent anymore” conference.
In all seriousness, this is a much larger issue than AW, in that it presents a serious theo-ethical conflict for the gospel music industry. To wit, should Christian performers/entertainers/music-ministers/psalmists/artists (or insert current nomenclature) contract to particpate at homosexual affirming meetings and churches? We first attempted to address this emerging conflict in early 2004 with CeCe Winans. The outcome was not good and as far as the post concert information we gleaned, her appearance at homosexual affirming Victory Church in suburban Atlanta yielded little good.
GCM Watch was the first to tell you about Pentecostal-holiness pastor Mary Emma Evans who is scheduled to perform at a gay christian event in July. Simularly, a growing list of contemporary gospel music personalities are signing on to sing with their openly homosexual counterparts. James Grear & Company, B. Chase Williams, Sandy Patti, Carlton Pearson, Ted and Sherri are just a few. Who knows how many more? GCM Watch believes now is the time for a serious discussion as to whether such artists should continue to enjoy the monetary support of the church as they continue to lend credibility to enemies of the truth.
Historically, the gospel music industry has been pockmarked with homosexual scandals, dark closets and secrets perhaps only God can reveal. It has left a stain upon this expression of Christianity. While we are not suggesting that any gospel artist making appearances at homosexual affirming events are themselves homosexual, we are challenging any appearances on clear and unmistakeable biblical grounds.
That’s why this Albertina Walker headliner is deeply troubling and symptomatic of the spread of leaven. Walker, a protege of the late Mahalia Jackson, is by no means a D-class gospel singer. Her accolades and awards are numerous and widespread. Consequently, her appearance at this conference of black gay christians sends a message of credibility. Credibility through association is an avenue the gay christian movement is utilizing to blur the lines of distinction within the church.
If you are a gospel singer or love gospel music, what are your thoughts? If you comment, please support your comments with scripture whether pro or con.