DA Truth's example of true repentance

The past couple of years have been chocked full of headlines about the sexual sins of church leaders. Few have openly repented. Some have resigned from positions to save face, but thankfully true repentance is not dead in the church. Repentance is what God requires when we sin.  Its no secret that gospel rapper Emanuel Lambert aka DA Truth acknowledged last November that he committed adultery and consequently resigned from his music ministry.  Its been about eight months since those revelations and I for one was very touched and heartened to read this latest statement released on his website.

DaTRUTH Press Photo1“I’m coming to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as a brother, a friend and co-laborer in the gospel. I’d like to start by thanking you all for your love, prayers and support. For every one that has been wondering where I’ve been, I say with all sincerity that I have been at the foot of the cross, seeking the heart of God, reprioritizing, realigning myself with Him and reuniting with my wife, family and friends.

I have sought forgiveness from my wife Nicole Lambert for breaking my vows and the covenant that I made before God, abdicating my responsibility as the priest of my home and forsaking my responsibility as a husband and a father.

I owe more than an apology to my two daughters Carlise Jackson and Summer Lambert. I would never want a man to do to them what I did to their mother. In this area I have been an example of what not to be. I am saddened and deeply shamed by my actions.

To my personal ministry team, I realize that my actions have compromised the integrity of our mission and call but I am so grateful that you have forgiven me and I am looking forward to how the Lord is rebuilding us as a community and will use that to minister healing to His people and the world at large. ” [full statement]

God bless this young man and those who are directing him back to restoration. I read the entire statement and there was no obfuscating or word play to make him look good. There was no casting blame and “you who are without sin” sermonizing.  Like a man of God he bowed down and confessed his own sins. The reason I call it true repentance is because true repentance is never face-saving. And true repentance is evidenced by obedience to the process of restoration.

I want to say openly to Emanuel:  God is pleased with your humility, submission and your willingness to openly repent for what you have done. Like probably a lot of people who didnt know you personally, it hurts and is disappointing to hear of a brother’s sin, especially one so promising. Yet, obeying what the scriptures tell us to do when we sin is not punishment but a glorious testimony.  I don’t know if you will read this but I’d like to share with you a couple of scriptures that tell us the benefits of repentance.

1.  Repentance proves that you love and know Christ 1 John 2:1-5

My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.  And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.

Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.  He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.  But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.

2.  God promises that he will respond to our repentance with overwhelming grace 1 John 1:9

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

I look forward to you getting back in your place and letting God take you to a higher plain.  To every other young man who is been tempted by sexual sin, heed the words of David:

Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. Psalms 119:9


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13 thoughts on “DA Truth's example of true repentance

  1. Hopefully he can now move past being at the foot of the cross due to Jesus being risen and able to forgive those sins that he/we would confess.

    Only hoping that others that have given the body an unwarranted reproach may be able to see the errors of their ways and do likewise.

  2. Well thank God for his repentance, I just now pray that he will leave hip hop where it belongs on the Streets, Hip Hop has no place in the Church it is an organized religion/subculture.

    It is my hope that he would take his message to Cross Movement and Lacrea ect, and tell them to leave hip hop ALONE.

  3. that’s what’s up! A public figure in the Gospel industry making a public statement of repentance. He was not trying to save face, but manned up to what he did….he called it out. This is commendable. God bless him.

  4. Repentance is by no means an easy thing to do, especially when doing it in public, but it certainly demonstrates both a mature and sincere approach from this young man. It is very easy to be cynical about Gospel artists and those associated with Christian entertainment, but when a man is bold enough to step an take responsibility and be held accountable for his actions, one can only take encouragement from that.

    I wish him the best and may God’s will continue to be manifest in his life.

  5. You cannot go wrong with repentance and humility, I commend him and this is an example for all believers if we should fail.

    May the LORD continue to restore him and his family! Amen.

  6. May the Lord continue to bless this young man. 1 John 1:9,If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”.

  7. @Robert – What do you mean Hip Hop should stay in the streets? Rap and any other form of music is an art. Art cannot be boxed in. Its like saying making movies/films only belongs in the streets. There are positive films and then there’s negative films (i.e. porn). You can’t put them in the same category and say its all bad, because its not true. Same applies to music. Your “gospel” music you listen to was considered “worldly” back in the day, but now its acceptable. So, you think DA Truth should start a choir and travel to high schools? You think teenagers will think that’s “cool” and will listen to that? Let’s be real. Music is forever evolving; there’s nothing wrong with that.

    So, I guess you think Christian country is bad, or Christrian alternative, or Christian pop/contemporary, or Christian jazz, or Christian classical…I could go on. Your argument makes no sense.

  8. Thanks for your POV Dizzie. Since both sides about whether rap is legitimate has been presented I wont allow any more responses about it. The post is about Bro. Lambert’s repentance and how we should all be grateful that he has taken the Godly way.
    I get a little disheartened at how we can argue about some of the most insignificant issues when the things of God are presented. Thats not directed at you in specific.

  9. I do commend DA Truth for the way he handled his situation and took full responsibility. His true repentance allows God to work with him and restore him, his family, AND his ministry. I know his music and testimony has touched many lives and will again in the future.

  10. it did my heart good to read this..a lot of these dudes act like they are untouchable(Jamal Bryant) or they place the blame elsewhere(J.Moss)..but DA Truth has been a standup dude from the minute this situation got out..i pray that God continues to bless him and his family..

  11. I wasn’t attacking Christian Rappers I support Christian Rap. I attacked the Hip Hop subculture/religion and how this and the Gospel Music industry corrupted this man.
    1 Corinthians 15:33 (Amplified Bible)
    33Do not be so deceived and misled! Evil companionships (communion, associations) corrupt and deprave good manners and morals and character.
    Now here is my point in doing so. Everyone viewed the video of Donnie McClurkin at COGIC were he called out Tonex and pleaded for the Children and the Body of Christ to rile against sexually immoral behavior. We all (including myself) really felt for Donnie and the pain he seemingly went through and commented on it.
    Well we got duped. Because Donnie checked Tonex (rightly so) about his sexually immoral behavior, but shortly afterwards did an interview with Steve Harvey on TBN and said nothing about Steve’s book (which he was promoting) telling women to Fornicate. Then we see Donnie partying at the Celebration of Gospel. Ect ect.

    I thank God for Da’Truth’s verbal repentance on his website, but the real challenge for this man is will he be able to stay away from those which corrupted him in the first place. I’m not saying we should be expected to be let down by Da’Truth but we need to be watchful of his actions, is he going to go right back to the same company that he had before to be lifted up by men. Is he going to compromise?

    So that’s where I see myself just waiting to see Da’Truth’s next move, hopefully with God leading.

  12. I applaud his boldness to repent after being caught. what do you do if you have committed adultery, and you are sorry about it, and have repented to God MANY times, and came out of doing that act? Are you obligated to tell your church or your spouse?

  13. Guilty,

    You said:

    “what do you do if you have committed adultery, and you are sorry about it, and have repented to God MANY times, and came out of doing that act? Are you obligated to tell your church or your spouse?”

    There is a one word answer for your question.

    YES.

    Soli Deo Gloria,

    Craig

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