2009 is almost over, but it was a year to remember. GCM Watch kept you informed and enlightened not only about what was happening, but how the bible addressed it. Our top stories of 2009* are varied but in review, revealed shocking patterns of disregard for biblical principles as well as serious issues with biblical literacy.
1. In May, GCM Watch brought to light the bizarre video of a 16 year old black teen who was said to have a “homosexual demon”. The exorcism was filmed by a Connecticut church and put on youtube where few people were aware of it. After seeing the youtube video on our site, a gay activist group in the state contacted media and it set off a national firestorm both on the web and mainstream media. Follow up story here.
2. In late September, gospel music was pulled down to a new low with the introduction of the show “How sweet the sound”. Bankrolled by a secular organization, the rules opened the competition to any and all types of choirs including 3 openly homosexual choirs and 2 choirs from “metaphysical/spiritualist” churches. The choir competition was judged by Dorinda Clark Cole and Marvin Sapp. Cole advanced a homosexual choir from the St. Louis competition.
3. Also in September, former gospel music industry worker Anthony Williams (aka Tonex) sort of came out of the closet as a non-struggling homosexual. The interview, aired on the Word Network’s Lexi show evoked considerable rediscussions about homosexuality and the black church. GCM Watch covered the subsequent fallout of twitter remarks made by gospel music industry worker Deitrick Haddon. Related story here.
4. In June, the storied poet Maya Angelou fell off the wisdom wagon with an illogical endoresment of homosexual marriage. Her rationale: why “deny your son or your daughter the ecstasy of finding someone to love”? Despite Angelou’s endorsement, all efforts to pass homosexual marriage in New York have failed.
5. Controversy arose in March,when GCM Watch was the target of a national email campaign against our blog by some COGIC leaders. GCM Watch wrote extensively on the origins and applications of a UN human rights document we believed supported gay rights. In specific, homosexual marriage . The email sent out by church leaders accused GCM Watch of a massive “attack” against COGIC and subsequently called out some of its top thinkers to justify Presiding Bishop Charles Blake’s signatorial endorsement of the so-called Faith in Human Rights Statement. Related stories here, here and here.
6. In July, GCM Watch uncovered a video and speech made by false prophetess Juanita Bynum at an Atlanta homosexual church convention. Bynum praised a lesbian cleric and members of the church for bailing her out of financial troubles in the aftermath of her violent breakup with exhusband Wesley Weeks III. After being posted on GCM Watch, the video was quickly pulled from youtube but not before a reader captured it. Additional coverage here.
7. Despite an insistence from COGIC officials that its “zero tolerance policy” is in full effect, GCM Watch discovered COGIC Supt Larry Weems of Jackson, MS was still in office and according to inside reports had been promoted after he sexually assualted five women under his employ. We filed that report in July as part three of a series examining COGIC and clergy sexual abuse.
8. In April many of you were shocked at a Lexi show which featured publicly denounced heretic Carlton Pearson vs a rather passive panel of black preachers. The show was supposed to present strong and sound rebuttal to Pearson’s false doctrine. But things went south very quickly. Last month, Lexi assembled an “A” team to battle Pearson, but it too was a theological disaster.
9.In February, former Ambassador Alan Keyes made headlines when he warned that Obama’s presidency would bring dire consequences for America.
10. Many of you responded to the poignant video we posted in May of Karl and Judy Schowengerdt talking about their son Randy. As a homosexual man, Randy was infected with AIDS but on his deathbed denounced that lifestyle and repented.
*Based on comments and statistics.