By Aubrey Moeketsi
(EX-)GOSPEL SINGER TONEX CHOOSES A GAY LIFESTYLE
One song that Tonex (Anthony Charles Williams II) is WELL-KNOWN for, which also helped catapult him into one of the most celebrated gospel singer in the gospel arena was the song “Lord make me over again”, which was well received in the Christian–world globally. Tonex was also known for his eccentric style and vertiginous high notes which helped made him one of the most acclaimed praise singers of the past decade and for a time successful.
He had a certain hip hop swagger and the status of a sex symbol. His live performances were very eccentric & left his fans gasping for more – but at the same time it also left some “orthodox” Christians wondering if he really were a Christian or just an entertainer. His live double CD “out the box” won him six trophies at the 2005 Stellar Awards, gospel’s most prestigious event in America. Tonex (was) a multitalented artist who was also a pastor at the church founded by his late father (Dr. Anthony Williams)
In 2005 tonex divorced after 4 years of marriage to Yvette graham and In June 2010 the brand TONEX the Christian artist retired. Tonex was a welcome guest at all the biggest black churches in America and beyond, a regular presenter at the BET gospel shows, & a headliner at gospel festivals UNTIL mid-September 2010 in which he came out publicly on the television show known as Lexi and admitted that he was Gay and content with it.
This is what he had to say about his stand on the whole issue:
“ I just want to put this disclaimer out there. Cause many times you hear peolple blame their sexual experiences or explorations on molestations or rape. And , I just wanna say that yes I was indeed molested,true. I was exposed to things that I obviouslyat that age you shoulndt be exposed one opens up a box of awarness.however, iam not blaming those situations on the choices I made later”
He went on to say suggest that “a homosexual relationship can be as godly (or ungodly) as a heterosexual one.
Since the show his relationship with the mainstream gospel industry was effectively over, Tonex went from being just another sinner to a heretic in the mainstream Christian world.
In December 2011 he re-emerged as B-slade (one on the left on the picture) the gay artist.
One cannot mention tonex story without comparing it to that of Donnie mcClurkin , Both tonex and Donnie mClurkin came out publicly and openly acknowledge their desires. But the difference between them both is that one choses to leave the lifestyle and inspire others to come to God with their struggles and be made whole while the other (tonex/B-slade) choose to continue in the life style and is happy with it.
Its also very important to note that both tonex and Donnie Mc-Clurkin were sexually abused as kids, they were molested as teens as well and according to Donnie from then on the seed of pervetion was sown in their lives.
Altimately the purpose of this blog is not to use Donnie Mc-Clurkin as a barometer & platform to crucify Tonex. Both men have impacted the lives of christians not only in America but globally – even in the circular world. Both men are saved and will forever be as such because according to ROMANS 11 v 29 it says “ for the gifts and calling of God are without repentance” (KJV).
I personaly feel that it is not our duty as chrsitans to judge, crucify and persecute Tonex our brother. He is still gifted and anointed as before, it is our duty as christinas to LOVE, all of us are sinners in one way or the other.
Both Donnie and Tonex needs our fervent prayers, because one is right where the devil wanted him and the other is and will forever struggle and fight homosexuality because NOBODY CONDEMS HOMOSEXUALITY BUT GOD HIMSELF.