What did they say? We aren't sure, but whoever upset Pastor John P. Kee felt his wrath on social media.
The award-winning gospel artist slammed a fellow preacher that criticized his choice to feature Anthony “Tonex”
Clark, who came out as gay in 2009, on a live set in Los Angeles.
According to a December 5 social media post, the 52-year-old industry veteran claimed he read “ugly
commentary a preacher wrote about me” surrounding an occurrence during a Nov. 28 appearance at West
Angeles COGIC, pastored by Bishop Charles Blake.
Kee was in the middle of serenading the audience, when he called the vocally talented Clark onto the platform—
a move that landed him in the center of controversy.
“Normally if it's about me personally, I laugh and keep it moving but in this climate of Church Discouragement I
felt the need to respond!” said the “Life & Favor” songwriter.
Kee said of Clark, whom he has known for more than 25 years, whatever his choices, “has been and always will
be a son of mine.”
Furthermore, Kee, whose career spans more than three decades said he was “honored to have him in
fellowship with me in LA.”
Last August, recording artist Dorinda Clark-Cole of the legendary Clark Sisters was also greeted with derision
when she posted an image doing a holy dance alongside Clark at her 15th annual “Singers, Musicians & Arts
Conference” in Ohio.
Clark-Cole wrote on Facebook, We will continue to pray for our brother that God will keep him in perfect peace.”
She pointed out that, “Everyone goes through, heartaches, pain and wrong doings, but we serve a God that
sits high and looks low, we know him to be a healer and a deliver, so with that being said, is that we will pray
and continue to uplift my brother.”
Kee, unlike Clark-Cole, was not as tender with his response.
“Beloved, Im [sic] not from your religious cupcake rooms where you prophecy [sic] on stage and do as you
please when the cameras are not on! I'm concerned as to what the role of the new age Church really is,” he
said. “Is it deliverance we really seek Or are we still trying to create a body of religious Sadducees and
Pharisees that kiss up to our denominational __________?”
There is no question regarding what goes in that blank, is there?
In his heated remarks, Kee warns all the “Old Secret, Closet Shebears stay quiet and back way off me because
I'm not from the new era where you act as if you don't get it! I've been a true soldier in the Gospel industry For
over 35 years. Google me!”
Digging into his own background, he said, “I was on the Conference circuit for years and I witnessed things that
almost made me leave the church! But I realized very early my deliverance from the street was wrapped up in
Jesus not the Saints!”
Airing out his emotions, Kee vented, “I'm appalled and disgusted at the hypocritical State of the church... The
best thing for me to do Is stop now while I'm ahead.”
According to the leader who is fiercely defending his “son” in the faith, he prayed a “simple prayer” before
accepting the call to ministry. “It was very simple; Lord send me everyone the church kicks out Or rejects and
I'll teach them your way,” he shared.
In Kee’s mind, inviting Clark on stage to sing was an expression of his ministry. “I've committed myself to this for
over 30 years and I'm very happy to say God has used me to witness to millions of hurting people throughout
He further said, “So when you write your post, blogs, lies and or entries, Be advised, please keep me and my
family far away from your filth. You know who and what you are and trust me dis ain't whatchu want...”
Kee concluded with a very direct line that, likely, only the person for which it was intended.
Last fall, Clark announced his return to gospel music, though he has not yet spoken to the media regarding his
sexuality since confessing he is gay.
See the controversy-inducing performance beginning at the 2:58 mark.
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