The Gantt Report
Good preachers, bad preachers
By Lucius Gantt
Sometimes in Gantt Report columns I comment about preachers. It should be obvious that all preachers are not alike and comments made are not intended to paint all religious leaders with the same brush.
There are very good, sincere and Holy messengers and there are false prophets that masquerade as men or women of God.
How can you tell the difference? God will tell you the difference. No, the Lord won’t call you on your smart phone or send a text to your IPad or send an email to your e-address but God will send you a sign that will re-veal when a preacher is ratchet or righteous!
I like the preachers that teach the word via a meaningful message that we all can understand.
Screaming and shouting won’t move me. The smell of incense won’t motivate me. And, weekly talks about tithing won’t inspire me to act right or do right!
Believe it or not, I go to church regularly, meaning I attend worship services much more than once a year or once a month.
At the same time, I’m well aware that you don’t have to go to church at all to find God. God is everywhere, at every place at all times. And, we all come to God and we all find the Truth in our own ways at our own times.
If you became “saved” 10 years ago and another person found God 10 minutes ago, in God’s eyes, neither person is Godlier or better than the other.
I wasn’t born in a manger but I did grow up on the rough side of town. The Atlanta neighborhoods of Fourth Ward, Buttermilk Bottom, Carver Homes projects, Kirkwood and other neighborhoods like Liberty City, Edgewood, Frenchtown, 22nd Street was where I grew to be the man I am.
You can take me out of the hood but you can never take the hood out of me!
One of the Biblical “hoods” was a place called Samaria. Samaria was a place that Biblical Jews and others wanted to stay out of, stay away from. But Jesus wasn’t afraid to go to or through the hood and neither am I.
One day, Jesus ran across a half breed woman at a well in Samaria. Biblical half breeds were treated just as bad as mixed race people today. Nobody wanted to claim them nobody and want to associate with them.
The woman was thirsty. In a way, she was thirsty just like some women you meet at the club today.
She wanted some water but Jesus explained to her that well water was temporary. It may quench your thirst for a while but soon you would want more water to drink. Jesus offered the woman eternal water that would enable her to never feel thirsty again.
The water in Samaria is just like the political water of today. Democratic water and Republican water dies out when there is political change. If you’re a Democrat in a Republican controlled state or city political, water will never flow in your neighborhood and that is why voters and citizens rush to change parties after every election.
When you walk with the spirit and preach, or write, the truth, you are a good preacher. When you suck up to political parties, corrupt politicians and devilish political agendas in church or in the streets, you are a bad preacher!
I believe good preachers love Lucius Gantt and they love The Gantt Report! They read The Gantt Report and they support The Gantt Report!
For example, I like Miami’s Bishop Victor Curry. He has allowed me to appear on his radio programs. He has invited me to speak at his church. He has lived clean, as far as I know, and he’s let his works be seen!
If you don’t know, very few preachers will let me speak at their churches perhaps because they feel they can’t control what I will say.
At the same time, when TV cameras, radio microphones, news magazines, wire services and satellite trucks surround the church, the preachers oftentimes call Lucius Gantt. And what do I do? I protect them from the satanic imperialist press. I handle the media.
Don’t take my word for it. Ask Rev. Henry Lyons, ask Minister Louis Farrakhan, ask Imam Muhammad Siddeeq, ask Elder Ernest Ferrell, ask Yahweh Ben Yahweh and others that have benefited from my help given to religious leaders.
I have my own religious beliefs but I respect all religions and religious leaders.
I’m somewhat imperfect and so are the world’s preachers but I expect the Bishops, the Ministers, the Imams, the Yoruba Chiefs and other preachers and religious leaders to be more perfect than I am.
So know when I write about preachers selling out, punking out and hanging out with politicians and other wicked and deceitful people that hate African Americans I am in no way talking about true servants and messengers of God, Allah, Jehovah, Oludamare or whatever you want to call the Creator.
If the Black community is a kingdom, the Biblical Chapter of Luke 11:13 -17 explains that every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth.
Black communities don’t always fall into disrepair sometimes bad preachers with bad intentions push us down by suggesting that we praise and worship politicians more than we honor God!
All of the real, good preachers continue to stand up and fight for what is right!