Donnie McClurkin’s raw, unscriptred, out the box message to COGIC youth about homosexuality earlier this month in Memphis is still reverberating around the country. Some folks are jumping up and applauding while others are jumping up with stones in hand.
The Rev. Irene Monroe, a gcm activist took the message as an occasion to announce that COGIC is a “gay church” [source]. I’d never heard that analogy before, but any thinking person knows that COGIC —no matter what they say— has its fair share of current and past homosexuals.
But as is the case with many on the pro-homosexual church gaggle, their complaints generally amount to a strange mix of condemnation and boomerang angst. Monroe calls McClurkin “the African American poster boy of exgay ministries.” That’s just a face value lie. McClurkin has never been involved with any “exgay” ministry let alone stumped for them. And even if he were, it doesn’t change the fact that homosexuality is not of God and McClurkin was right to call for those dealing with it to repent.
Writes Monroe (who probably had never heard of COGIC prior to this) :
With many of the gospel music industry mega-stars from COGIC, the church’s charismatic worship style shouts to a black gay male queer gospel aesthetic every Sunday. And the church is conflicted with itself.
Unfortuantely [sic], these black gay male mega-stars are always forced to go back into the closet denouncing publicly their sexual orientation at the church’s annual convocation.
Monroe’s oversimplified solutions have never worked, unless one aspires to be a reprobate. Sadly, that’s about all she and the gay christian movement have to offer. She also cites lesbian bishop Yvette Flunder, whose uncle is COGIC general board member Wilbur W. Hamilton. Flunder allegedly wrote an “open letter” decrying McClurkin’s sermon.
In an open letter to the Convocation, Bishop Yvette Flunder, an out lesbian who is a third generation preacher with roots in the Church of God in Christ, licensed in the COGIC, and is now the Presiding Bishop of The Fellowship and Senior Pastor, City of Refuge United Church of Christ, wrote the following:
“I watched a clip of Pastor Donnie McClurkin at the COGIC Convocation Nov 11, 2009 where he used the words perversion and vampirism in reference to feminine young men and ‘evil’ butch young ladies. He suggested that the church had failed them and not been active enough in helping these young people find deliverance. He ranted against gospel artist and pastor Tonéx with regard to Tonéx’s recent affirmation of his own same gender orientation.”
Pastor Donnie knows like I know that Tonéx is more the ‘rule’ than the exception to the rule. What makes Tonéx unique is not that he is a Gay gospel music artist and Pastor but that he told the truth about his sexuality, while not claiming to be delivered,”
Sure, Tonex told “the truth”. Funny how these people conveniently redefine terms to fit their worldview. How is Tonex “the rule” and at the same time “unique”?
Monroe generously quoted from a GCM Watch story (sans attribution) to make her point about COGIC’s uneasy dance with homosexuality.
For example, “blaquebigayministers” is a Yahoo gay ministers group, boasting 787 members since July 2000 and was founded by COGIC Elder Ronald Kimbrew. Kimbrew served as the Arkansas 1st Jurisdiction as the Assistant Secretary of the Pastors & Elders Council of COGIC from December 1996 to March 19, 2005 and his now the Public Relations Director at Greater Trinity, a COGIC congregation in Arkansas.
The “blaquebigayministers” website states the following:
“WELCOME. This fellowship is for support and encouragement especially of black Christian ministers and friends who are ‘family’ (bi or same-gender loving) and need a place of refuge. Enjoy the ‘fellowship.’
Kimbrew organized meetings of bisexual and same-gender loving COGIC ministers for most of the national meetings like Memphis Holy Convocation that McClurkin now denounces but use to take part in.
A reported following the Convocation asked “Is COGIC going to be silent while an organized culture of homosexual ministers and bishops populate its pulpits?”
The issue isnt whether or not COGIC has homosexual members and leaders. The issue is whether or not the organization will cease it selective dont ask, dont tell policy and establish real ministry for those struggling with the issue. Not everybody in church struggling with homosexuality wants to be gay, but when their painful struggles are ignored and minimized or manipulated for their talents, false prophets like Flunder start looking like good alternatives.