CeCe Winans releases statement in response to Witness' call to cancel concert
Calls concert an "assignment from God"
Atlanta - Despite a plea from Witness Ministries Executive Director and other former homosexuals, gospel music star CeCe Winans elected to hold her "Throne Room" concert at a homosexual affirming church in metropolitan Atlanta.
Winans' tour date will bring her to Victory Church on March 26 where she is scheduled to perform, then hold a "VIP Reception" following.
Despite attempts to personally speak with Ms Winans about the pastor and church's very public attempts to normalize homosexuality in the Christian community, Winans released a statement via her website in which she stated she would not "back down to the enemy, in any way." Pastor Darryl Foster, who initiated the alert for other Christians to contact Winans about the church, said, "We are deeply dissapointed CeCe has chosen to appear at Victory Church without appropriately addressing the serious situation there. She is, however responsible for her own decisions, and we respect that."
Pastor Foster made pleas to the Winans tour asking them to cancel the appearance out of respect to the Biblical admontions which forbid fellowship with other Christians who promote false doctrine.
"CeCe is mistaken when she says she is going to minister at Victory Church. How do you "minister" to apostate Christians when the Bible says do not keep company with them?, said Foster.
Foster believes Victory and other homosexual affirming black churches intentionally conceal their false doctrines and policies in order to deceive and attract artists like Winans whose appearances lend credibility to wayward churches.
"Victory Church is not the 'world' as Winan's statement claims. They are Christians in open rebellion to the Word of God and its moral standards. If this were a group of sinners, I would be the first to applaud her going, but the Bible strongly warns against what Winans is doing and for good reason," he said.
1 Corinthians 5:9-11
9 I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people. 10Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. 11But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner--not even to eat with such a person.
"If CeCe were a pastor or preacher, she would have never gotten an invitation to speak at Victory Church. Kenneth Samuels has closed ears to the true gospel, but will quickly invite a singer who may not necessarily have any convicting message in their songs. This is just another example of how some Christians are ditching the Bible's fresh relevance and authority when it comes to dealing with contemporary issues," said Foster.
"And I'm not so sure that music ministry is what God has ordained to save and deliver. In Romans 10:14-15, it clearly tells us that it is the preaching of the gospel, not singing which brings one to saving faith to God. Perhaps that is why we are seeing so much compromise and weakness among new believers. How can they hear without a preacher and how can he preach except he be sent?"
The trend of engaging those in music ministry is a developing tactic employed particularly by homosexual churches. Many hold in open contempt any traditional teachings of sexual morality. Recently, a website was launched attacking black pastors who preach against homosexuality. Many Christian leaders and popular singers are simply unaware that they are being used in a intentional effort to inject heavy doses of false doctrine into the church. Too many churches have embraced the worldly "virtue" of tolerance at the expense of truth. Tolerance is nothing more than false love offered by satan to divert Christians from speaking the truth in love as the Bible commands.
"Perhaps CeCe is not aware but we are in a season of unprecedented attack on the church. And unfortunately, the ones leading it are religious homosexuals who operate under a spirit of revenge and anger. The true test of her "ministry" at Victory Church will be if she will evoke what the Bible says about homosexuality --before she sings.
Witness encourages CeCe to "not back down" by:
- Expressing to the pastor her beliefs and hold the pastor accountable for false doctrine he promotes.
- Call for unrepentant homosexuals in leadership to repent and submit their lives to Christ.
- Mention that many homosexuals have been set free and delivered from that sin.
- Tell the audience that there are ministries dedicated to helping homosexuals overcome.
Back in 1998, when CeCe's sisters the talented singing duo Angie and Debbie took a stand with their song "Its not natural", homosexuals attacked [more] with relentless fury.
Winan's company asserted that they checked Victory's website before they accepted the invitation about a month ago. But even at that time a company official said that they had received concerns about the church's homosexual affirming policies. This caused them to make calls to certain ministers in Atlanta who could allegedly only confirm the rumors.