Well, here we go again. Another gospel singer has come out as being gay. In this case, DeJuaii Pace, member of the award winning gospel group The Anointed Pace Sisters, has come out as a lesbian.
Article from TheRoot.com:
Coming out isn't the easiest process. So imagine how challenging it would be if you grew up in a Pentecostal Holiness church, were a preacher's kid and belonged to an award-winning gospel group with your siblings.
This was DeJuaii Pace's reality and factored into why she ignored her same-sex attraction for so long. In fact, the 45-year-old, who's also a virgin, never discussed her lesbianism with her family, including her eight sisters -- seven of whom, along with her, make up gospel's the Anointed Pace Sisters. That changed during a taping of the new OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network show Addicted to Food, which premieres Tuesday night.
Pace, a compulsive overeater, is one of eight eating disorder patients (both over- and under-eaters) at treatment facility Shades of Hope in Buffalo Gap, Texas. With the help of therapists, the patients try to find the root of their food addiction, heal it and become mentally and physically healthier.
Pace, who started gaining extra weight when she was 21, says that her big secret contributed to her overeating and that food was a substitute for intimacy. The gospel singer talks to The Root about her weight-loss journey, her virginity and homosexuality in the black church.Full article HERE.
This is starting to occur with regularity now. First it was award winning gospel singer Ray Boltz, then Jennifer Knapp, then Tonex, and now DeJuaii Pace being the notable gospel personalities who have come out of the closet. We know there will be more who come forward. After all, it's not a big secret that the gospel music scene is littered with undercover gay men and lesbians. And as more high-profile singers feel bold enough to reveal themselves, it'll certainly embolden others to decide to "be honest" with the public about who they are. Only God knows the effect this is having, and will have, on the audiences that listen to these people... especially impressionable youth who may well be influenced to one day follow a similar path.
Gay civil unions... Gay (or "gay-accepting") churches... Gay gospel singers... Gay marriages. In the past decade or so we've seen that which is abominable to God become more and more commonplace in our society, receiving wider and wider acceptance. No, homosexuality isn't necessarily the worst sin in the world-- as many gays and their supporters like to tell us -- but acceptance of homosexuality is very much a barometer of the moral state (or moral decay) of a society. And when we see so many professing "Christians" shrug like its not a big deal that a particular gospel singer has come out, and more and more churches open their doors for gay gospel artists to perform (or "minister") to their congregations, it tells you how many "Christians" and churches have totally lost their moral compass, going through the motions of something that has a resemblance to Christianity, but is not Biblical Christianity at all.
There's no doubt that the day will come when those of us who insist on maintaining the biblical standard for moral and sexual purity (which, of course, excludes homosexual behavior) will find ourselves ostracized, marginalized, and worse... not just by the secular society, but by many in the church world. Slowly, gradually, that which was considered abominable is becoming acceptable in the eyes of many who claim to know Christ. But frankly, it will never be acceptable in the eyes of God, or his true followers.
No matter how much these gay apologists try to twist God's word to suit their own views and desires, the Word of God makes it clear that the sexually immoral will NOT inherit the kingdom of God. It doesn't matter how big their churches are, how well they preach, how sweetly they sing, how much they speak in tongues (or claim to speak in tongues); if they continue to live in defiance to the Word of God, these people are going to find themselves shut out of the Kingdom on that great day.
God bless all those brave pastors, preachers, and saints of God who will continue to maintain the biblical standard, and stand against the tide of moral decay that is in the process of infiltrating so many in the church world today.