Andrew Caldwell, the gay man who claimed to be delivered from homosexuality at the 107th COGIC Convocation in St. Louis, has come forward with his side of the story., disputing claims that he exploited the convocation for profit.
As previously reported by NewsOne, Caldwell walked up to the altar to prove that he’s heterosexual in the now viral video.
“I’m not gay no more. I am deliverdt [sic]! I don’t like mens no more! I said I like women…women, women, women, women, women! *speaks in tongues* I say women! I’m not gay! I will not date a man! I will not carry a purse! I will not put on make-up! I will! I will…love…a women.”
Noticing that the COGIC saints weren’t all that enthused, the preacher told them, “Now, either you’re gonna believe this stuff, or you oughta stop preaching it…We don’t just preach condemnation, we preach reconciliation.”
After much shouting and dancing, the preacher then tells the man to run up and down the aisle—in the direction of the camera— toward his new life. And, amazingly, he does it.
“Well, my conclusion is he’s a con artist, he’s a scam artist,” says internet talk show host Thaddeus Matthews.
“He says that he’s going to medical school online,” said Matthews. “Where do you go to medical school at, online?”
Caldwell insist, however, that he’s the real deal.
“As a child, I was raped by a member of my own family. At that time I did not think of it as abuse. I kind of enjoyed it. I kept it to myself, not realizing how it had changed me. Growing up wasn’t a pleasant experience. I was harassed, heckled, and ridiculed by classmates.
“Being fairly attractive as a young man, it was not difficult for me to get involved with other men. I have dated athletes, ministers, and celebrities.
“After joining my present church, it came to me that this lifestyle was not right. It seemed that the more I tried to quit on my own, the more intense was the temptation. All last week I fasted and prayed.
“On this past Saturday at the Convocation, there was an alter call. I came forward and offered my testimony. It was unscripted. Not only do I hope for my own deliverance but for the deliverance of others who may be struggling with their own issues.
“To my doubting detractors, I pray for you. To my supporters, I am grateful for your support and prayers.
“One day…I believe one day someone is gonna sponsor me so I can have a conference and fill that place up and hear everyone’s story.“
Caldwell was arrested back in May on charges of “fraudulent insurance,” reports CBS46.com.
The COGIC released the following statement:
A video, which is now viral, of a young man stating his deliverance from a particular lifestyle does not, in any capacity, speak to all of the remarkable things that transpired during this great church convention. We believe that we should reflect the love and compassion of our Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ in all that we do. We do not in any way compromise our biblical position against same sex unions or in favor of biblical teaching on matters of sexual conduct. At the same time we expect that our clergy and laity will be civil and considerate as they speak to men and women regarding issues related to our Christian faith. We love all people, regardless of their faith or moral standards.
When we fail to express ourselves with love and humility we contradict our witness to the world
Furthermore, the Church of God in Christ wholly condemns acts of violence against and the subjugation of any person to verbal or physical harassment on the basis of their sexual stance. Such actions violate entirely the Christian’s obligation to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.
The Church of God in Christ will have no further comment on this matter.