Monday, January 23, 2006

Out The Box For Good




Oh boy. It just seems like more and more drama is falling upon the gospel music community each and every day. The latest falls on Stellar Award winning and highly-controversial contemporary gospel artist Tonex'. In an entry posted on his official blog, Tonex' mentions his disgusts towards the church, cyber saints, the industry and church folks and decided to bow out and retire from the music industry. We can agree with him - it is full of alot of mess. But...we are pretty sure Tonex' will bounce back. All that creative talent in one brotha - I'm very sure God won't allow him to place it all under a bushel to rest forever.

We are not sure if he's ceasing from preaching or giving up on Christianity, even though he clearly states his faith in Christianity is fading and is stressed due to "financial and emotional hardship".

You can read up on the blog entry by clicking here. And no, it's not bogus. It's all right here.

Now I'm wondering if Gospelflava is gonna publicize this.

[TONEX'S RESOURCES]
Official Website
Blog (Tonex' on MySpace.com)

13 comments:

Neesha said...

I'm was hurt a lot by the announcement. Not the fact that "Tonex" is retiring. I can handle that. But the fact that "church/matrix" folks, hurt him that way. Not only Tonex but how the "church" has hurt countless others by not showing love which is supposed to be an earmark of our walk with Christ. I'm sure other artists have felt this way. Tonex's just the first to be public about it.

greg j said...

you can listen to Tonex's interview on kjlh radio where he goes deep about the subject. www.kjlhradio.com/tonex

also hit spaces.msn.com/members/gregjworld

Anonymous said...

I can feel Tonex's pain. I haven't experienced the exact circumstances, but I understand his feelings of fakeness/hypocrisy in the church. I just hope during his time of rest that he realizes that "church folk" and the body of Christ are two very different groups and finds healing for his entire being. I know the "church folk" will use this as an opportunity to say "I knew he wasn't saved". Tonex has had a great and positiveinfluence in bringing real issues to the body of Christ and his ministry is much needed. We're prayin'for ya brotha!

Anonymous said...

You're right. I checked Gospelflava yesterday AND this morining and NOTHING on this breaking news. Maybe this is part of why Tonex is so disheartened..he has an "alternative" market cornered in Christian music and folks don't even give him a kind farewell. Like I said in my previous post, we're prayin.

The Levite said...

Hi TONEX -

You dont know a sista - but -
I just wanted to send you a word of edification -

You know -

I feel you right now when you say you are 'fed-up' with being 'fed-up'

I hear you when you say - the hypocrites are really working the last nerve that you possess -

I even understand you - my brother - when you say the world seems to have more 'agape' or 'charity' than those professing Christ -

I hear you -

I hear you loud and very clearly on these matters -

I hear you when you say 'you want out of the hooplah' and the vicious cycles of mess -

Cause that 'stuff' keeps one 'spent to be tied' - in bondage - fo sho - for real -

But I also hear you when you cry - for the loss of those that you have lost -

I hear your silent tears that you shed and are shedding for the transition of your father -

I am praying for you about that -

And I hear you when you say - your love walked out - and - abandoned you -

I feel you -

I know the pain and the shame of all that 'yo' - for real -

And you know what -

Without trying to mask 'how we really feel' - to appease the 'ones who claim to be HIs' - lets just keep it real -

TONEX - I wouldnt fault you if you asked 'why?' -

Actually I would admire you -

And suprisingly enough - your Maker - would too!

Please - God is not a hypocrite - we can be real with Him -

One time I was so pissed with God - and I told HIm so - yes I did -

I was mad - about my situations - and I asked HIm why - and I was angry and I was yelling - and very confused that - MY GOD - who is soooooo Holy (and He is) would allow all of the loss, hate, and bereavement to come into my life -
TONEX - one time I told HIm that I hated HIM and I didnt want to serve HIm anymore -

I have thrown pity-party after pity-party - trying to manipulate HIm to do things my way

Only to have to turn aroung - wash my face - repent - and get back in good graces with HIm by offering HIm what He wanted -

ALL OF ME -

So bro - I feel ya -

I know the pain -

I know the anger -

But I also know something that you are about to find out -

TONEX I know the victory -

I know that God is going to completly redo - the story called 'you' and make you into who He has ordained for you to be - before the foundation of the world -

Let me tell you -

You are called to greatness -

My pastor says - the higher the skyscraper - the deeper the building has to go into the earth -

So TONEX - you have reached your 'rock-bottom' -

And you know what -

You are so blessed too - even now - in the midst of the most painful ordeals in your life -

This is the beginning of 'YOU' this is the making of you -

This is the beginning of the true life of 'minister TONEX' the son of The Most High -

So -

Let me tell you -

God really trust you -

That He would allow the world to watch you become a blessing -

MY MY MY -

What a mighty God we serve - full of wisdom and majesty!

He knew -

Or better -

He knows your answer already -

He knows that you are victorious -

And just as you have publically fallen -

Hah -

You shall surely publically rise!

My brother please be encouraged!

Please hear what the spirit of The Lord God Almighty says unto you right now -

You are the conquerer already!

You are strengthened already!

You are mighty already!

You are a man of valor already!

You are God's mighty soldier already!

So now -

Get into your word minister and rehearse your true identity -

Rehearse it -

You are going to need to know -

Because you are entering the 'process' of the breaking -

But you know what that means -

It means you have already been earmarked to be a blessing to the world -

So you have been 'broken publically at the hand of God (via permissive rights)' and when He arranges you in the many baskets - fragments and all - He is going to dole you out and really really really bless His people!

I love you brother be encouraged and keep your head up!

Anonymous said...

Oh - and in regards to the statement 'I knew they werent saved' -

Well if anybody fixes their mouth to say that - then they reveal their own hand -

They are possessed with a demon of nastiness and judgmental religous attitudes

So where do you think they will be going -

Tonya said...

Tonex,
I had prayed for U. God knows what's best for U and what's in your heart. I'm sorry about the problems it had caused U, your family. KEEP YOUR HEAD UP!!! I love your music, and U did GREAT JOB!!! G. Craige Lewis (Ex Ministries) narrow-minded and not being liberal, rapped-up into old tradition. Half of it is true and it make sense of what he's saying regarding rap/secular music that's rauchy/explicit. His teachings is not all the way right. It's wrong what he said about U and other Gospel artist. I did pray for him. That doesn't make sense. WHAT'S WRONG WITH COMTEMPORAY GOSPEL?

Tonya said...

Tonex,
I had prayed for U. God knows what's best for U and what's in your heart. I'm sorry about the problems it had caused U, your family. KEEP YOUR HEAD UP!!! I love your music, and U did GREAT JOB!!! G. Craige Lewis (Ex Ministries) narrow-minded and not being liberal, rapped-up into old tradition. Half of it is true and it make sense of what he's saying regarding rap/secular music that's rauchy/explicit. His teachings is not all the way right. It's wrong what he said about U and other Gospel artist. I did pray for him. That doesn't make sense. I WANT TO KNOW WHAT'S WRONG WITH CONTEMPORAY GOSPEL MUSIC? I don't want to be confused. Life is too hard. I asked God that question "what kind of gospel music should I listen to that would uplift, and move me?

Anonymous said...

WE KNOW THE TRUTH, SOMETIMES WE FORGET WHO WE ARE AND TRY TO APPEASE FOLKS, GO BACK TO TRU HOLINESS. WE DON'T NEED TO COMPROMISE WHO WE ARE TO BE ACCEPTED. WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE HATED. I'M PRAYING THAT GOD BUILDS YOU BACK UP. SOMETIMES PRIDE GETS IN OUR WAY. MY BROTHER AND I ARE GOING THRU THE SAME THINGS YOU ARE IN SOME RESPECTS, ON A MUCH SMALLER LEVEL. MY WIFE PRETTY MUCH KICKED ME OUT, NOW EVERYONE IS QUESTIONING MY CREDIBILITY. BUT YOU JUST HAVE TO STAND. I WANT TO QUIT TOO, BUT SOULS ARE IN THE BALANCE, IT'S NOT ABOUT YOU MAN!!!
IT'S ABOUT JESUS, YOU KNOW, GOD MANIFESTED IN FLESH, IN HIM DWELLS THE FULNESS OF THE GODHEAD BODILY.MOST FOLKS DON'T EVEN KNOW TRU DOCTRINE, AND YOU HAVE BEEN RAISED IN HOLINESS, SO HAVE I, LETS LIVE IT FROM 619 TO 614. I LOVE YOU BROTHER AND I AM PRAYING FOR YOUR DELIVERANCE.

Anonymous said...

Brother, I wish to encourage you in that the quickest way to shorten a battle, any battle, particularly this battle, is to close your eyes to the church people focus on Christ only and say Jesus, I worship you. Jesus I love you. I need you Lord right away. Yes, worship is the fastest way to shut down the enemy no matter how he manifests himself and no matter who he manifests himself thru. Worship. I hear our Father say " I know you don't feel like it. I know you don't really want to right now. But Trust Me and I will show Myself strong to you. I will heal you with My kindness, My love and My joy. Truly know this, in just a little while none of this will even matter anymore if you will just worship Me anyway." Brother always remember that Jesus is always, always blameless and spotless. The devil wants to frame Him and cause you to leave him. I've heard it said before that 'can't nobody hurt you like church folk'. Imagine the pain that they must feel with the devil using them like that all of time. I am sure they must be near worn out by now. Look up, throw your hands up and worship your way out of this jungle. You can do it. You can. you can. You can. You can. Yes indeed you can.

With Love,
Nin

Pastor Rae said...

My brotha in Christ,

I am extremely sorry to hear that Tonex is considering retiring. I have enjoyed his music immensely and was excited that he had come on the scene for the younger generation. I saw God bringing a shift in the music and unfortunately, instead of getting in God's flow, sometimes the "church" gets caught up in "religion" and "tradition" and is left behind in God's move. It's a good thing that Tonex' is finding out the difference between the Kindom and the Church and unfortunately, some of those closest to him could not handle the transition. I pray that God will minister to him. He doesn't want to hear anything spiritual, but all things do work together for the good of them that love God and are the called according to His purpose. When we are surrendered to God's will, He will allow situations to occur that right away we don't understand. But Tonex' was created with the desires and gifts to be used for such a time as this. He was born specifically when he was so that he could fulfill his purpose at this time in history. My prayer is that God will minister to him and strengthen him so that he can fulfill his purpose. The enemy's job is to take our faith, it's up to us to keep it. Keep the Faith Tonex'!!! You've got brother's and sisters out here that do love you and your music and know that you are going to be a tremendous impact for the kingdom to draw in the youth that cannot relate to the older generation's music. ~I struggle with quartet music myself!!! Tonex', your words were that you still get joy out of seeing people blessed...your music blesses us...Keep the faith, ignore the ignorance and church minded folk and make music for those of us that are Kingdom Minded. I sense God doing a shift and the focus is beginning to turn to Kingdom. You are caught in the middle of the shift, don't get lost in the transition. You are moving in the flow of God, don't get left behind. We love you!

kidofpromise said...

U kno I'm jus a 18 old kid ready to venture into the promise that god has given me. How about this listen to your music find the messae which you intended to send and ask god was this your will. Hey if it was your job is done dont worry about the haters. You are fearully and wonderfully made. Stand against the persecution Jesus had to u do the same. i'm not tellin you not to back out. I'm tell you to find god in it. He's there. If my people which are called by name shall humble themselves and pray seek my face and turn from there wicked ways I'll forgive there sins abd heal the land. Tonex as u recede challenge yourself to get in the face of god over this. u are a child of god he will protect you. he has not forgotten u. Don't do nothin pray ask god to provide. Above all you've got to submitt. i'll pray that your faith stay strong.

Remember
You can do all things thru christ who strenthens you.

From your fan Steven R Furr II

Anonymous said...

has anyone seen ex ministries, the truth behind hip hop? there is a difference between holy and unholy God certainly does not mix the two.