Sep 25, 2009

From his tattooed and pierced appearance, a short-lived marriage, the death of his father, and early retirement from the gospel industry to being dropped from Verity Records, the life and career of gospel artist Tonex (To-nay) has been marred by pain and controversy. 

Throughout all the pressure, the young pastor of Truth Apostolic Community Church in San Diego has taken pride in being transparent. 

In 2007, after a foul-mouthed online interview and angry YouTube posts, he issued an open letter apologizing to fans and fellow clergy for his outlandish rants.

Now, during an astonishing testimony in an exclusive interview on Word Network's "The Lexi Show," Tonex (real name Anthony Williams) lays to rest years of speculation about his sexuality and admitted he is attracted to men.

When Lexi attempts to clarify if he is a practicing homosexual, the radical artist declares he is a "free spirit." 

Among many candid details, in the following clips, Tonex acknowledges he had a nervous breakdown, says he does not blame his interest in men on being molested, that he believes in "same sex covenants" and that he wants to be a dad someday. source

Now, honestly, is anybody really surprised by this.  I think a lot people have known for awhile that Tonex was gay, but was just passing it off as him being eccentric.  At the end of the day, I think the man is mad talented and I wish him the best.  I think it takes a lot of courage to accept one's truth.  I think Tonex is going to have a tough road in front of him because now is the time he is going to find out who is real friends are.  There are a lot of homophobic people out there that see being gay as an abomination and he is going to have to deal with that especially as a gospel artist.   
Question of the Day: Can a person be gay and still serve the Lord?


  1. Answer to your question of the day:
    A person can be gay and still do good. He can try to live a Christ-like life, however, a true Christ-like life does not support homosexuality. It doesn't matter how you try to twist and turn it, or how people try to say that since God is love He accepts everything-the truth is the truth. Just because someone doesn't agree with homosexuality doesn't make them a homophobe-a homophobe is someone who has an "unreasoning fear or antipathy towards homosexuals or homosexuality". ( Just because a person doesn't agree doesn't mean it's out of fear or antipathy.

  2. I think so. I think he was bang-on when he said that fornication was a sin. His answer regarding marriage and "covenant relationships" gave me a sense that he is still conflicted here. But unless someone enters his life that brings that question to the fore, he's not going there quite yet.

    We eat bacon today, we wear polyster, we educate our children in mixed-sex classes and schools.

    Loving a person of the same gender--caring for them, honoring them, standing up for them--isn't sin. The selfish use of sexual desire isn't homosexuality.

    The people who loved him before the Lexi Show interview need to ask themselves "has he fundamentally changed, or has my opinion of him?" He was a godly person before...why would he not be now?

  3. you can serve the lord if your a drug addict, gay, smoker, drinker, cheater, liar, thief, murderer....
    One sin, even a repetitive one does not bar someone from serving God, if it did, not a one of us would be worthy of doing so. that being said i think the issue is really should the church allow someone in his moral dilemma have a prominent role, being that he is undeniably setting an example for the younger christians who will emulate or idolize him. thats a thornier issue with even rougher patches because its not a matter of right or wrong, but image. Going back to earlier posts i will rstate that if sin were a bar to joining Gods banner there would be no man woman or child on the side of light. Jesus on the cross spoke to the criminal who admitted his guilt and said he would walk that day in heaven, so who are we to say a man whos sin is neither murder nor rape, nor thieving, slander, or falsehoods, is unworthy to serve the Lord? i do not for one second take the stance that we should have gay ministries or cater to the worldview, but if you took gay people out of the church a lot more then Tonex would be gone. I'm talking richard smallwood, hezekiah walker and a host of others who you'd have to see in person to say for yourself how flaming they are. As a person who's worked in both ministry and show buisness and done numerous gospel concerts i have learned to simply pray for them and leave it in God's hands because i sure dont know what else to do

  4. I think we all must first be clear on God's desire concerning our sexuality. If we have or are currently falling short of His expressed will we should confess (agree with God about our sin) and repent (move in a new direction). If it's a sin that has really dug it's heels into our flesh prepare for a real battle. But remember His strength is made perfect in our weakness.

  5. Tonex is leading so many astray by still calling himself a Pastor. He needs to repent sincerely from that terrible lifestyle because as surely as God judged a Sodom and Gomorrah, He will still judge homosexuality and all other sins no matter who you think you are!!!

  6. Of course they can. Many do. Thousands have throughout history. The real question is: can Christians actually obey the command of Christ - "Judge not, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." - Matthew 7:1-5

  7. A lie in office for a thousand years can never become the truth as longevity is not legality. Homosexuality has never been & can never be of God! That awesomely gifted young man just needs to repent, ask for forgiveness and keep on moving in the Lord. He's no less righteous than he was before he 'came out' but he needs to realise he's on the wrong path & retrace his steps..... The gifts & callings of God are without repentance so he remains a Pastor whether we like it or not. Intercessory prayer is what we need now... It is well!

  8. Father wants us to come to him as we are and someone rightly said we should confess our sins and He is faithful and just to forgive us. If someone is caught stealing and you call them a thief, you are not judging them you are stating facts. If someone completes university and you call them a graduate you are not judgding you are stating facts. Yes it is easy to judge however, when something is wrong and particularly in christedom not scriptural, then it must be stated as it is. we should stop trying to sugar coat everything. remember Father is never changing, He is the same today, yesterday and tomorrow unlike man who keeps wavering.some people in the church want to bring the church in line with society when really society should be brought in line with scripture. If God disagrees with homosexuality, then as a christian you should disagree with it too. After all are we not meant to represent Him here on earth? are we not His ambassadors, declaring what he says and doing what He tells us to do? God is not a God of confusion, if He says no, then it is no.Yes no one is perfect even the bible says for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, but the key is realising you have sinned and allowing Father to rectify the problem. He is the only one who can heal permanently but He can only do so if you are willing.I am not being funny but if this gay lifestyle is ok, then why keep it under the wraps for such a long time? why not come out in the first place? A sin is a sin. you cannot call it anything else. In this case being a pastor means you have the responsibility of leading flock. How can you lead the flock if your intepretation of scripture is flawed? that is blatant rebellion against the Most High. Anyway the bible says by their fruit you shall know them, you cannot be an apple tree and produce pineapples, it is impossible. You cannot be a christian and be a practicing homosexual it is impossible. All we can do is pray and interceed so that deliverance takes place.

  9. all the people talking about judge and you will be judge is a cop out. you cant judge the truth!! if the bible says all sin and abominations are going to be cast into hell than thats just where its going. if i see a fruit tree with no fruit on it yet and i call it an apple tree then when it blossoms it really was a peach tree i judge because i spoke before i knew but if i see the apples on the tree im not judging. if i read the bible and it informs me that sin is not making it into the kingdom then hey amen. if i decide to rebel then hell i have chosen. you can do whatever you want go to church sing shout run jump all that but if your not pure and holy when judgement comes your hell bound!! its amazing how people want to justify wrong doing especially some of these comments on here terrible. people act like god is so different now just because he isnt wiping people out like he was doing in the old testament times well we are under grace and truth and christ is making intercession for us buying us time to get it right.. so if anyone believes you can sin and still make it in you better pray and ask why satan is headed for the lake.

  10. I wish he'd take the name Apostolic off his "church"!

  11. President Obama is firmly committed to the homosexual agenda and recent promises made to the LBGT and others have caused some in the conservative movement and the evangelical and Pentecostal churches to shudder. It is also clear that the church's concerns have little bearing on the President's position to throw the doors open for the "gay agenda by closing the steel doors around those who make so much as a whimper against the gays. Signing the untested and highly suspect Matthew Shepard act is the latest evidence of that.