Friday, March 3

Hezekiah Walker speaks...

Internet rumors can be so vicious, spreading destruction worse than wild fire. Which is why, when I received all of those emails about watching Jamie Foxx's special to spite NBC, I didn't forward them. Mere hours later, NBC and Jamie's publicist were quoted putting that divisive story to rest.

Now, the rumor mill is spinning out of control about Hezekiah Walker. It's taken him a while, but finally he has spoken in an attempt to combat what's being spread around the Internet (and elsewhere) regarding his sexuality.

I don't know the man, but want to believe him when he wrote this in a letter to the people of his church:

... The Satanic E-Mail and rumor is a sure sign that this is our Year of
Increase. If the enemy is going to get me, he must come better than a
transvestite and a blonde wig.
The ultra fabulous RuPaul As for all of the haters, I'm not taking a step down, but a step up. I refuse to let this distract me so don’t you become distracted. Always remember: never chase a lie, because the truth will prevail...
Well, the letter doesn't deny everything. But at least he's trying to clear up the type of attire his alleged lover wears...

Clicks to Miles Davis catalog, but explore as you like


Anonymous Anonymous said...

most rumors have some sense of truth to them even if 5-10%. I've attended his church and something ain't right up in there. He supposedly denounces homosexuality, yet his pews are filled. Hmmm. What's really going on?

5:24 AM  
Blogger Viqi French said...

hi anony,
i know, i know. i tried not to go there in my post, but there is so much more Hezekiah could have denied in that letter. what's left unaddressed sort of makes you think all the rest of it is true.

5:52 AM  
Blogger BrownSugga said...


2:56 PM  
Blogger ProfessorGQ said...

Hezekiah has not convinced me...if I were him, I would not have even answered to the allegations...I would have let the rumours ride on...

8:02 AM  
Blogger Viqi French said...

yup, that's a weak denial if i ever heard one.

4:39 AM  
Blogger obifromsouthlondon said...

for the sake of his church he need to come clean. so his pews are filled? must be a good thing right? or am i missing something?

8:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I meant to say his pews are filled...with homosexuals! And to the person who says a rumor is just that unless it is admitted...think about that statement and how many times it has been proven to be NOT true. There is truth in all rumors...that is why they hurt so much because there is a small ounce of truth in them. Otherwise you would just laugh it off as utterly ridiculous and simply impossible.

8:21 PM  
Blogger Viqi French said...

i think you're right about there often being some ounce of truth to rumors. but that said, i'm curious about what Hezekiah has been preaching on the topic. if he has always shown love to the community, then it seems more okay if he has stepped in the direction of a man. i'd hate to hear he's been gay bashing from the pulpit, then find out he himself has been loving a man all along.

6:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah right. Dude ain't gay, and ice don't melt in hell. If he can't flat out say he ain't takin' hits, then he must be guilty.

6:41 AM  
Blogger So...Wise...Sista said...

Hey Viqi, thanks for stopping by my spot.

This hoax annoys me intensely, as does the whole Homo v. Holy I won't step into the debate on my first visit to your "crib".lol But I will say that it's amazing and disheartening to hear so much doubt and fingers pointing when #1 - only one person posting comments reports to have attended the man's church (and that person posts anonymously), #2 - this is not the entire letter, #3 -there aren't ANY named sources in ANY of the reports about this man. You can't claim a bit of truth in a rumor unless the rumor comes from a legit source. No one knows where this shit started.

Cute blog, despite the madness. lol

1:46 PM  
Blogger Viqi French said...

i hear ya. it's hard to believe someone that only seems to address a small portion of the questions. but that doesn't necessarily mean that all the rest is a farce.

4:50 AM  
Blogger Viqi French said...

hey So Wise,
your points are well taken. but i did read the entire (short!) letter, and none of the rest really addressed the rumor at all. so i only posted the part addressing the rumor.

fact of it is, what i posted was all he really said specifically addressing his sexuality rumor. and it just doesn't say much of anything. which is why people are still willing to believe it's true.

4:53 AM  
Blogger So...Wise...Sista said...

I feel ya...but people are willing to believe anything except critical (and sometimes even logical) thinking. How do we know that what is posted online is the entire letter...or that it's any more authentic than the original "article." When's the last time you read an article in USA Today that used the words "shocking" or "unbelievable" and attributed no sources or quotes? All I'm saying is that these email hoaxes are a pain in the azz...even moreso when we don't stop and use common sense. I got the email with a msg from an acquaintance that said, "Looks like he's gay." No 'rumor has it' or nothin!

9:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I agree with you 99%. You just cannot believe everything you read. But in this case, that 1% exception may be at play...

1. I believe the response letter is really from H.W. to his church members. I also saw it as carried by a major Black gospel news organization.

2. As a person in the PR biz, I can tell you that he HAD to say SOMETHING at SOME point. So this well may have been that letter designed to straighten out the facts, as we say. Because silence is suicide regardless of whether you are guilty or innocent.

3. I also believe the letter reflects that he is completely perplexed about how to handle the rumors. The denial language was not strong enough, which I'm sure a pro publicist counseled him on. So I tend to believe he chose to keep his response on the sketchy side on purpose. Either for legal reasons or something, or perhaps due to his conscious.

Whatever the case, I as a Christian hope he works through this. But as a person who deals with these types of situations sometimes, this is a fascinating study in how NOT to manage one.

P.S. - Hey Viq, what took you so long to post something about this? I told you about it like 2 weeks ago! ha-ha

2:41 PM  
Blogger Truthteller said...

Unless you're living on mars, you know that there are a lot of people in church who have homosexual attractions and/or relationships. Just like there are a lot of heterosexuals doing the same thing (unmarried). That does not mean they consider themselves gay. If Hezekiah says he's not gay, he's not gay. Gay is a social identity. Donnie McClurklin (sp?) does not consider himself gay but admits he has had homosexual tendancies but he doen't practice them. I don't know if Hezekiah is having a gay affair or not. I know he has had sex with men in the past, and has been inlove with men, and he has had intimate relationships with men. So what? His relationship with god is his business, not ours.

3:01 PM  
Anonymous doesn't matter said...

this blog is dumb and that other guy who posted as anonymous is a liar. you have never been to hezekiah walker's church. if he had he'd know that the pews are filled with families of straigt married men, women and children. not homosexuals. it's like the saying says believe half of what you see and none of what you hear. you're an idiot go kill yourself.

2:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let me first state that I will be the first to defend this brother in Christ. A rumor, whether ill intended or not, is just that...a rumor. Its sole purpose is to destroy whoever is its intended target, regardless of title. This man owes none of us an explanation of what he could have said or should have said...that is between him, his wife, and God above. There are many reports on the Internet, including the original source of this slander, which deeply apologized to Hezekiah Walker, his church and his family for the slanderous rumors. I believe that through all of this mess, Mr. Walker has shown the love of Christ in loving those who have spread such hatred and gossip. So unless you all have been in a public battle to clear your name in such a manner, then this man deserves for us to take him at his word. I never believed the rumors from the start. His character has always spoken for him, which is why we as Christians should live in such a way that our lives speak for us, inspite of what may be said that is untrue. I have had rumors started about me in which I've had to clear up and clean up my name. People will believe anything that sounds juicy, regardless of whether it is true or false. Unless you have had to clear up someone else's mess, then I think that it is better that we just pray for this man, his family, and his church and keep whatever opinions may be floating out there in cyberspace to ourselves. God bless.

6:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you see Pastor Walker in the bed with a man? You are innocent until proven guilty. God is the judge and jury, not man. Let us pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ. If his church is full of homosexuals, let us pray that he will preach that this is not pleasing in God's sight, and that the word will draw them or drive them. God love homosexuals, but not the sin.

8:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God destroyed Sodom and Gommorah because of homosexuality. Also, read Romans 1st chapter, and Leviticus 18th & 19th chapters. And while you are at it, read about Adam & Eve in the book of Genesis. God created male and female to be fruitful and multiply. Homosexuals are not exempt from God's grace and mercy, God loves them, but not the sin. Homosexuals can change, but they have to be sincere in serving God, and he will help you.

8:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is just a wake up call to all christians to stand for something or you'll fall for anything. Let us not go along with sin, if we see someone practicing evil, we are not judging, WE SEE it. If I see you stealing something, I am not judging, I SEE that. Let us warn them in love, or their blood will God require at our hands.

8:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Broad is the road to destruction, just because the pews are filled, don't mean its a good thing. Pews being filled with people that are serious when they come into the house of the Lord, people that want to change and give their lives to Christ. Let the wheat and the tarry grow together, but stand for right and righteousness. God don't count numbers, God makes numbers count. Only what we do for Christ will last. Let us get our house in order, Jesus is coming soon, and He is coming for a church without a spot or wrinkle. Let us iron our our spots and wrinkles by preaching God's word boldly, because God will hold us responsible.

8:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The actual controversy is the public face versus the private one. Some people are good at hiding even the obvious. Is he or isn’t he? It reminds me of the commercial for a particular hair coloring. God knows. There are people who know things about people that could bring this controversy to closure. Most of them are not talking. Yet people who sin callously fail to consider that one day prominence may come their way. They will have to live with the knowledge that though they confessed Jesus, they did not live Jesus, and now past distractions from Jesus will plague them the rest of the earthly lives. Hopefully the private life now is as ‘sold out’ as the public one sings about.

10:34 AM  

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