BET: COG confab "filled with Holy Spirit"

Los Angeles – Black Entertainment Television (BET), the gospel industry and its worker bees are getting together to congratulate themselves on another dismal year of  not standing up for Christ and not confronting their homosexual taskmasters (lovers and co-workers) behind the scenes. But there is sort of great news. According to BET they finally paid convinced the Holy Spirit he needed to show up and make more church folk think all the entertainment had something to do with the gospel. The Holy Spirit’s appearance might also make the cult of celebrity “celebration” of gospel extravaganza look, well…”anointed”.  That’s what their press release said so it must be true.

Legendary Vocalists Whitney Houston and Kim Burrell Amazed Audience Members with an Inspiring Performance of ‘I Look to You.’ Mary Mary, Kirk Franklin, Chaka Khan, El DeBarge, BeBe Winans, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Kelly Price, LeAndria Johnson, Rance Allen Group, Israel Houghton, VaShawn Mitchell and More United for Gospel Music’s Biggest Night.

It was a night filled with the Holy Spirit and high notes reaching the heavens as audience members rejoiced at the CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL ’11. The two-hour special, premiering Sunday, January 30 at 8:00 p.m.*, paid tribute to the rich history of gospel music in a unique format that combined today’s leading gospel and secular artists. Hosted by popular comedian, author, game show host and syndicated radio personality Steve Harvey, the inspirational and uplifting presentation packed a powerful punch by some of the industry’s top players.

Taped from the historic Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, California, the CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL ’11 had memorable performances by fresh talent alongside current favorites of gospel. Highlights included Byron Cage, Smokie Norful, Kelly Price, and Kathy Taylor coming together for a moving tribute honoring the late “Queen of Gospel,” Albertina Walker, and beloved gospel pioneer Walter Hawkins; Kirk Franklin and Mary Mary debuting the world premiere of their new record; Chaka Khan serenading the crowd with her timeless classic, “Through the Fire”; Grammy-nominated® artist VaShawn Mitchell performing his chart-topping single “Nobody Greater”; James Fortune and FIYA belting out their rousing hit “I Believe”; and ending the night, a surprise performance of “I Look to You” by Kim Burrell  and Whitney Houston, which left audience members speechless!

The audience was also treated to performances by SUNDAY BEST alums LeAndria Johnson, Y’Anna Crawley and Jessica Reedy alongside R&B songstress Kelly Price, Howard Hewett, Earnest Pugh, Rance Allen Group, Chante Moore, Myron Butler, Jonathan Nelson and Purpose, Israel Houghton, and Beverly Crawford with Dr. Bobby Jones and the Spirit of David Choir.

Remember last year? BET did not like it that GCM Watch wasn’t onboard to praise the strange mix of “gospel music lovers” (which included a reality “star” who’s naked pictures were all over the internet). Unfortunately, nothing’s changed. To BET all are the same. Its like reverse diversity. Whether you are “secular” or “gospel”, there’s scant difference about you as long as you can “sang” and secure cash for them.  But perhaps BET is correct.  After all its Black entertainment television. The gospel performers are just performing, just like the secular performers just perform. Its all a performance show meant to entertain. But that brings us back to the beginning.  If the COG is just a show for performers of various performing hues, why would the Holy Spirit need to come?

And Shirley Ceasar still hasn’t renounced that bizarre and ironic song she recorded with Tonex/B.Slade/Anthony Williams. So Shirley, was everybody lying or did you really know the truth?  Maybe  you just deceived and wanted to look hip?


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22 thoughts on “BET: COG confab "filled with Holy Spirit"

  1. Not surprised at BET one bit. They’ve always mixed Gospel and R&B artists at Gospel Music Award Shows like “Celebration of Gospel.” The funny thing is when secular artists put on their award shows, they wait until the last few minutes of the show to put a gospel artist on the stage before the award show ends. Hmmmmm……

  2. Celebration of Gospel is a great show that I have watched for many years. I will enjoy it this year as I always do every year. I can’t wait to see the Pastor Kim Burrell and Whitney Houston Collaboration. GOD has brought Whitney along way and I just hope she continues to submit herself to Lord so that He can continue to bring her out and set her free. And Shirley Ceasar is so full of the Holy Spirit I know folks are gonna be blessed by her. Whew. This year celebration of gospel is going to be truly anointed.

  3. Alicia, these performances are fed on people who love to be entertained by “gospel” and then call it anointed. Church folk with shallow minds and even shallower spirituality help them to continue this madness. But hey, if a pig likes to roll around in slop who are we to tell it not to.

  4. I HAVEN’T WATCH THIS SHOW IN YEARS. I CALLED IT THE CELEBRATION OF GARBAGE. NO ANOINTING, JUST ENTERTAINMENT. I AM NOT A COUNTRY MUSIC FAN, BUT I OBSERVED THAT THIS INDUSTRY REALLY PROTECT THEIR MUSIC INSTITUTION, IN COUNTRY MUSIC YOU CANNOT COME IN SINGING TRASH OR NOT PAYING DUES AND RESPECT THEIR ART. NOW GOSPEL MUSIC JUST LET ANYBODY JUMP ON BOARD, IT DOESN’T MATTER IF YOU ARE A BELIEVER OR NOT. THATS WHY I STOP BUYING GOSPEL MUSIC, I JUST LISTEN TO MY OLD ANOINTED CDS.

  5. ITS SAD AND FUNNY HOW CARLTON PEARSON LOST HIS CHURCH OVER HIS FALSE DOCTRINE, THEN HE JOINS AND PASTOR A FALSE CHURCH AND THEY KICK HIM OUT AS PASTOR, WHERE DOES HE GOES FROM HERE.

    NOW ITS SAD HOW ALL THESE GOSPEL ARTISTS ARE NOT PROTECTING OUR INSTITUTION OF GOSPEL MUSIC, AND ON BET CENTRIC CHANNEL, STEVE HARVEY IS ALWAYS MAKING A MOCKERY OF THE CHURCH, WHY NOT LET A REAL CHRISTIAN COMIC HOST THE SHOW. WHY NOT PROMOTE NEW GOSPELS ARTISTS INSTEAD OF OLD R AND B SINGERS WHO WANT TO REVIVE THEIR CAREERS.

  6. I was watching New Jack City (I was) and saw the promo and had to stay tuned…
    In his 5 minute segment Pearson said so much foolishness, I just thought good grief!! So now that he is out a church, I guess this was an ad for him to come preach at someone else lukewarm church…
    Tye Tribbett, I agreed with a lot of what he said, but I kinda feel this “I’m letting yall know I am accountable to someone, so please by my album/mp3, sales been low” vibe
    Wes ??, everybody had some good time when they were in sin but when does giving our testimony become glorifying the sin? Maybe it was the setting, don’t be on TV talking how you shut down the club with yours…or am I not being “real” enough…
    Has anyone been reading this week on Steve Harvey’s ex-wife (the 2nd wife) discussing his affairs/mistresses, especially with the woman who became the current wife, and how he handled leaving her a couple years ago on youtube? I think she also promoting some book, but I thought, Wow, this comes at bad time, COG coming and all…Harvey’s on twitter talking about “new level new devil…love is greater than hate…” He’s taking the Eddie Long approach, the “high ground” i.e. let the lawyers handle it, but he is from Chicago, and not really saved, you know he wants to get with her!! When I first heard about it last week, I wondered which of his preacher friends would come to his defense first with some vague comment about God’s forgiveness, cause apparently he was on some radio cruise over the weekend.

  7. lapreghiera, its all part and parcel of the messy church scene that allows any and everyone to come and “praise the Lord”. Real saints stay out of mess and the COG is a screaming mess. Harvey, Chaka Khan (who was just on a interview with a drag man/queen ((not sure how to classify him)) and all the rest of the has been washed up RB singers who see the religious market as a way to make some money and try to get their “careers” back in the limelight. Of course BET and all the no gospel, gospel industry workers are happy to oblige with photo ops.

    Its a tragic thing to behold.

  8. The problem is that most people dont even know what the gospel is.

    I am not sure that at any time gospel music was all together righteous. I saw a documentary about Sam Cooke. They did a segment of his time in the soul stirrers and out of the members own mouth they admitted to having the girls and going to the clubs. One of them said with a slimey laugh how Sam Cooke had ALL the girls.

    If the focus is getting paid, its is not of God, plain and simple.

    not sure if I should say this but comments like samsons really gets to me. Its as if he is not even concerned that this thing is intentionally tarnished. It is being hosted by a “Christian” man who has told millions of women give men a 90 day probationary period before having sex with them and that is based off a secular job he got!

    Does he even care? (Samson).

    What is the “anointing”, by the way?

    You know these people, if they are going to be on the front page, need to lead by example. Its not enough just to sing, the world must see the word in action off of the stage as well.

    I didnt know about the Shirley Ceasar/Tonex collab. Not really surprising though, his music is still being played on gospel radio.

    I never forget an interview I watched with Anthony Evans. He askes Maurette Brown Clark for some advice as far as getting into the gospel music “industry” and she said “told him to run the other way.

  9. “samson” has issues. Check his other comments. So everything he says is colored by his unresolved issue with sexuality. Church dwellers love the praise of men and shun obedience to God. They see life not through holiness but their own desire to placate the base desires of their flesh.

    Like I said last time, I would equate looking at COG to a watching porn. Personally I don’t see the difference in the two. Both are indulgences of the flesh.

  10. Their title is correct (lol). Celebration of Gospel. Their brand of good news is exactly what the devil wants.

    That’s why in some segments of the church, praise and worship is not about God. It’s about themselves. They are praising their praise of themselves and worshipping their worship of themselves. Ichabod is here whether we like it or not. The glory has departed.

    This kind of worship is the kind that God hides from (see Isaiah chapter 1). Why does He hide? If He were to show up, it wouldn’t be merciful.

    Tag ’em and bag ’em.

    As long as one life isn’t changed, that’s good news to the devil, but it is bad news for those that must render an account. Judgment day for the saints isn’t going to be the Oscars, the Emmy’s, or Golden Globe Awards. Stella, Grammy, and Gospel Fest included.

    First, one thing that you have to understand is that will any of them make their calling and election sure?

    Second, if their names are listed in the Lamb’s Book of Life, they are assuming that their gifts and talents is gold, silver, and precious stones. They will all stand around looking for that reward on the other side of the fire. Only to see it all go up in smoke. They will be saved but their works will suffer loss, and they will sadly see that they didn’t please God (see 1 Corinthians 3:12-15, 2 Corinthians 5:9-11).

    So young singers, if you want to be like them, it is at your own peril. IF you want God, you must abandon performance. The note of the heart is sanctification, holiness, and righteousness. The note of performance, sin, death, and hell.

    That’s right! Holiness or Hell!

  11. Gospel artists are people who tempted as we all are. Sometimes they fail and sometimes they succeed. They are not perfect. They are going through a process of perfecting like everyone else. Gospel industry is a business but GOD can still use it to Bless and bring individuals to the knowledge of HIM. Sometimes they and we do and say some really dumb and ungodly things but GOD is merciful enough to teach and bring us to deliverance.

    Initially I was shocked Tonex’s old music was being played on gospel stations but after truly listening to the lyrics I found them to be a blessing. I still enjoy many of his old songs and believed GOD used him at that time to minister to the body of Christ. GOD gave him the holy spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues at that time. He was anointed. Surely GOD didnt make a mistake. A talent like that will surely be reestablished in the body of Christ with a greater love for children of GOD. Donnie McClurklin is a great example of this.

    The Christian walk cant be lived as lone rangers with the belief that no one is saved but you. If you have a problem with someones walk and believe that it is less than Christlike (i.e gcmwatch) just pray for them.

  12. All these events celebrate gospel music or the gospel artists, meaning that you are either promoting the artists themselves or the cultural thing. Take BET … they give such a prominent place to gospel music because of its place in black culture. It’s a black thing. Period.

    None of them celebrate Jesus Christ. That is the bottom line.

  13. @Job, you make a very valid point. The gospel artist is worshipped, and it is more of black culture thing then being about the Kingdom of God. COG sure doesn’t celebrate Jesus Christ or the Gospel of the Kingdom, only thing gospel about COG is the name gospel.

  14. I was appalled at the amount of grossly obese women who sang, diabetes is a serious problem in our community. The church community must address the issue of health (healthy bodies, healthy community)because we simply have a saying of “we’ll pray it through” when we should be taking full care of our temples.

  15. If you got up there on stage and read Acts 4:12 you would never be invited back again, to a show that is suppose to celebrate Yeshua (Jesus).

  16. Hi Pastor Foster! I hope you’re doing well.

    I’m late on responding to this, but I just wanted to remark that I seen this last night, and I recalled that you had an article about it on your blog.
    Once it was over I concluded that, frankly, if I wasn’t born again, I would’ve been perfectly comfortable attending that show right after I slept with my married lover with plans to hit the club afterwards, with the euphoric feeling that in spite of my behavior, God got my back.

    I’ll put it like that.

  17. I am so sick and tired of these R&B artists trying to get on the gospel gravy train. I watched the very first Celebration of Gospel 10 years ago and I am amazed at what I saw. It seems if the gospel music industry has no standards in what they alllow to come into the community. No wonder people are annoyed at gospel artist, no one is humble or living a Godly life. If the gospel industry wants to get betterr, it needs to stop a lot of the secularization that permeates the industry and get back to honoring God. But that will never happen. I have stopped listening to Bobby Jones, the Celebration of Gospel, and Sunday’s Best, I mean, Mess.

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