Was ‘I’m not gay no more’ viral video testimony a scam?

Andrew Caldwell became a viral video star when his testimony at the recent Church of God In Christ convention went viral. In the video, Caldwell proudly exclaims, “I’m not gay no [sic] more” to the thunderous applause of the crowd.  Its grand theatrics as Caldwell further testifies, “I don’t like mens [sic] no [sic] more. I like women, women, women, women!”

Then Bishop Brandon Porter then goes on to state, “If you can’t praise God with him, then you’re an unbeliever” and hands Caldwell a $100 bill. “God says he’s going to bless you because of your commitment.”

However, some do not believe Caldwell’s testimony and change in orientation. Some have called the entire incident a sham and an attempt by the church to raise money. The Church of God in Christ has issued a statement which reads in part, “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 before and during this great church convention.”

That has not stopped many from wondering whether Caldwell’s testimony was fake. Some say a person cannot truly change their sexual orientation. However, Caldwell, who says that “I was raped as a child … I kind of enjoyed it,”  has indicated that he had a complete conversion.

“When I look at another brother, I look at them as another brother in Christ, or a big brother. I like the pretty hair, I like the lips, I like the butt, the thighs … I didn’t see that in a man,” Caldwell said in an interview.

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.



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