Prevo calls Gay Christians "deadly" as Ray Boltz sings of love

The Ray Boltz concert in Anchorage was a hit with LGBT fans and mainstream Christians - but not with Jerry Prevo, who warned his flock to avoid the free concert and wrote a column attacking gay Christians, calling Boltz an "ex-Christian" with "deadly secrets". Boltz took the high road and answered the hate with a new song about love:
"I will choose to love, though they shake their fists at me. And I will be myself with you, living authenticity. Though they wrap their hatred in a message from above, I will choose to love."
Amen to that.

In June, Bent reported that Ray Boltz was coming to Anchorage and posted his hit song "Don't Tell Me Who to Love", featured in a video for marriage equality. Meanwhile, Prevo warned his followers about the concert in a special all-caps "BEWARE" message, and explained in the ABT bulletin why Christians should not attend the concert of one of their favorite Christian singers:
"Many of us are familiar with such Christian songs as "Thank You" and "Watch the Lamb" written by Ray Boltz. For years, Mr. Boltz performed before numerous crowds and churches, singing and preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He sold over 4.5 million records before retiring from Christian music. Why did he retire?"
Prevo is very familiar with the song "Thank You" - in fact, his congregation chose the Boltz song as their special tribute to Prevo when they celebrated his 38 years of spreading fear and hate against gays. Oops! Boltz had already come out, but ABTers are notoriously behind the times.
"In December of 2004, Boltz revealed to Carol, his wife of 30 years, and his four children that he was a homosexual. Since that time, he has divorced his wife in lieu of his settling into his new-found lifestyle."
Carol writes a blog in support of gay Christians, and gives advice to their former spouses. She also manages Ray's website, and weeds out the hate mail from people like Prevo. Boltz lives with his male partner, as an honest gay man whose family loves and accepts him. He performs at gay-friendly churches around the country, and the tickets are often free.
"How does this happen? Paul gives us a look into this phenomenon. "For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power" (2 Tim 3:2-5). These are the religious people; these are the ones who exist in the community of believers; these are the ones who exhibit a "form of godliness."
Do you think he has a special grudge against gay Christians? Blasphemers, traitors, brutal - he aims that whole list of sins at gay people of faith, just because they tell the truth about how God created them and continue to believe that God loves them. Prevo hates that truth.
"How hopeless can it be to know the truth and deny the power of that truth? How can we go through the motions day after day, coming to church, and even involved in ministry, yet "denying the sovereign Lord who bought us?" (2 Peter 2:1) "They profess to know God, but in works deny Him" (Titus 1:16). Jude wrote "They have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah" (v.11)."
Actually, these quotes apply perfectly to preachers who sell hate-for-profit disguised as religion. Just sayin'.
"Only an individual and God can know what deadly secrets he/she keeps. Don't let them have power over you like Cain's hatred for Abel (Gen. 4:7). Having a clear understanding of doctrine, attending church, and working in the ministry are vital to the Christian life, but they can also be counterfeited to fit a religious form. Jesus did not say the good branch sits faithfully in pews; He said, "It abides." This is revealed in a continual desire to draw near to God, the expression of obedience, and a hatred for sin. Nothing would be more tragic than to say those hopeless words, "Did we not prophecy in your Name?" to the Lord who never knew you."
Being gay is a "deadly" secret? Yes, says Prevo, a secret that will lead to the murder of good Christian Abels who are taken in by the "counterfeit" gay Christians.

THAT is HATE.

Hate laced with the threat of violence. Don't let them have power over you like Cain... don't let them murder you with their deadly secrets... defend yourself and your family... kill them first.

Crazy dangerous hate.

Why does Prevo hate Ray Boltz so violently? He should be happy that Boltz continues to believe and has not abandoned the church.

Prevo hates Boltz because he knows that when Christians hear a believer they respect singing heartfelt songs about being gay and knowing God's love, they will forget to be afraid of him and will be touched by the truth and humanity of his music.

And when they stop fearing gays, they won't pay Prevo to protect them from a non-existent threat.

Try it for yourself. Watch the video below and the other videos from the local concert, and see if his songs move you. "Who Would Jesus Love" from the new album True is especially appropriate for Anchorage in the aftermath of the ordinance.
"Would He only love the ones who look the same as me? Would He only offer hope when He saw similarity? Would he leave the others waiting like a stranger at the gate? Would He discriminate? Tell me, who would Jesus love?"
The following video opens with photos of his Alaska visit set to "Don't Tell Me Who to Love", then switches to the concert. Boltz tells about coming out to his supportive family, and sings the new song "I Will Choose to Love." (The song starts around 4:20 and it's worth waiting for.)


The haters in Anchorage need to hear this message, even more than the gays and allies do. I hope a few disobeyed Prevo and went to this incredible concert. Perhaps they will also choose love.

3 comments:

Lynne said...

Very nice. It's the first time I have heard...or heard of...him. His message will be heard by many others too.

Chris Baker said...

This man is an inspiration to us all. As an atheist myself I have huge respect for his response to hate.

Bradley said...

Thanks so much for the gift that you are to so many people. You are a true inspiration and example, especially with your message of love in response to hate and negativity. It is my hope that more and more people will hear your message.

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