One of the most popular posts on this blog is my August 2008 article titled, “Tonex has 4Gotten God.” Because of the increased exposure from his music (latest album Unspoken) and acting (performed in the play “Dreamgirls”) and his influence on many of our younger people, it’s extremely important that Tonex be examined.
Although he’s had a series of interviews with various TV and magazine hosts and writers, one that caught my attention is his interview with Torrence Glenn on BET.com
When I had written that first post, I had given Tonex the benefit of the doubt that he was a Christian. I couldn’t judge by his words that he wasn’t one, although his actions were suspect (see post my previous post). I knew he could still be a Christian, just a wayward one perhaps.
But his discussion on BET’s blog titled “The Gospel According to Torrence” left me with the conclusion that Tonex is just another false teacher/preacher spreading even more confusion to the unlearned and his idol worshippers. There were plenty more disturbing things to write about him, but the only thing that needed to be addressed was what Tonex thinks about Jesus and salvation.
Torrence did a five part video on his interview with Tonex of which only three of the five parts available as of this post. The interview was done March 25 of this year with no explanation of the missing parts 4 and 5.
The entire part-three interview is about 6 minutes. If you don’t wish to hear the whole video you can fast forward to about the -35 mark near the end where Tonex is heard saying:
“I respect all faiths and I’ve studied all faiths. So you know how can you really understand humankind if your way is the only way?”
I know the way for me, …for me it’s Jesus but for someone else it may not be. And I’m not going to bash who they are because they don’t believe what I believe.” (video at end of post)
In other words, to understand people must one take the position that Jesus is NOT the only way to God? His words were far more troubling than his appearance which has him looking more like George Clinton of the Funkadelics than a church pastor.
Tonex appears to ignore Christ’s statement that says:
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. – John 14:6
Jesus IS the only way to God and yes, that may offend people but the truth sometimes hurt. If people will ever have the chance to be saved, they must know the truth!
What Tonex doesn’t understand is that the blood Christ spilled for us to save us can not be so easily set aside. If others can get to God without Christ’s sacrifice, then Jesus would have died in vain! If anyone wants to minimize Christ’s death, burial and resurrection, then yes, just say that He only died for a few folks and not for everyone!
Tonex is spreading a lie, the belief that Jesus isn’t the only way to God. Not only is that bad for people who call themselves pastors, but for anyone who calls themselves a Christian.
Tonex also talks about bashing another person’s religion, which for him means that they don’t have to believe in Jesus. To be respectful of others’ belief systems is to accept that those systems as true.
No Tonex, not bashing others means not to disrespect who they are as individuals, treating them with dignity and kindness. If you truly care about a person, you will want them saved, thus sharing with them the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Sadly, Tonex is now placed into the category of pulpit pimp as his lifestyle is all about not offending people so that he can make his money. He made that clear in my first post about how he sang on a Gay sponsored cruise. His reason for doing so was to “catch a lot of record sales and new fans too!”
At first I was praying for Tonex’s spiritual maturity. Now my prayer is that Tonex become saved! I pray for Tonex to understand the price Jesus Christ paid for him and to let that be his motivation to preach the gospel to ALL!
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.
3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures – 1 Corinthians 15:1-4
Video from Bet.com below (see The Gospel According To Torrence Part 3 forum and comments from his readers)
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