June 9-12, I had the pleasure of visiting Cincinnati, Ohio.
I was a special guest speaker at Truth and Destiny Covenant
Ministries under the leadership of Reverend Lesley E. Jones.
And I must say, God moved by His Spirit. I was so blessed
by being there, I cannot even tell all the things that happened
and how significant the change in my spirit is because of
The theme for the revival that week was "NO MORE CLOSETS:
Worshipping in Spirit and in Truth". Every night was a powerful
experience. The Word that God sent forth through each speaker
was so relevant; I felt it necessary to share it with you.
The first night, Pastor Jones preached "No Closets". She
revealed to us that a lot of times, people live in the closet
because of deception. They have been told that they are vile,
evil, unfit, nasty, unclean so they hide in the closet in
hopes that no one will ever discover their "dirty little secrets".
She drove home the point that it is NOT God's will for any
of His children to live in the closet; under deception. Why?
I'm glad you asked.
See lying to oneself or trying to live a lie period hinders
your worship. Thus a hindrance to your relationship with God.
Worship is a result of relationship. And if you deceived,
you cannot truly worship God in spirit and in truth. The truth
is, God loves you just as you are. He longs to have relationship
with you. And the worship experience is such a loving and
important spiritual experience that you shouldn't want that
to be hindered by anything or anyone.
Pastor Jones allowed God to use her mightily. The ministry
that has been given to her will soon rock the state of Ohio.
The second night, Bishop Darlene Franklin from Full Truth
Ministries in Detroit Michigan was the speaker. And OH…MY…GOD!!!
That woman of God wore us OUT! Even though the theme of the
revival was "No More Closets", Bishop Franklin came with "Go
Back In The Closet". It was POWERFUL!
She talked about how most of us who have come out of the
closet are so proud and glad to be out that we have forgotten
Who brought us out and Why He chose to do so. She even took
us further with explaining the negative impact of deception
without even knowing what Pastor Jones preached on the night
According to the text she took, Jesus was talking about prayer.
And He said when you pray, don't use vain repetitions or make
a big show of it as to bring attention to yourself. But instead,
'go into your closet and shut the door behind you, and the
God you seek in secret will reward you openly'. So many of
us have forgotten how to pray. We've come out of the closet
and feel that prayer is unnecessary. God urged us through
Bishop Franklin to GO BACK IN AND PRAY! If we go back into
the closet to see private time with God in prayer, He will
teach us how we should live OUT of the closet. He will show
us what we need to do to advance the Kingdom and go to the
next level in our lives.
I will be joining Bishop Franklin and Full Truth for their
annual revival in September. I am SO looking forward to it.
The next day (Saturday) at the prayer breakfast, I was called
upon to speak. I prayed that the Lord would use me in a mighty
way to encourage His people. And it was a packed house! God
spoke and people were blessed. In fact, the people who overheard
us in the group meeting room were asking Pastor Jones about
information on the church afterwards.
God informed us that the closet was never to be a place of
hiding. The reason we have misused the closet is because we
are ashamed and trying to hide something. In fact we do much
like Adam did when God asked "why have you made clothes of
leaves for yourself?" His response, "I heard you walking in
the garden; I was afraid, because I was naked, so I hid myself".
God's response to Adam in the beginning is what freed us
in Cincinnati…God said "Who told you that you were naked?"
He asked us, "Who told you you were evil?"
"Who told you I didn't love you?"
"Who told you I didn't want you?"
"Who told you that I was ashamed of you?"
"Who told you that you were vile and nasty?"
"Who told you you were less than everyone else?"
CERTAINLY NOT HIM! In fact, God told us that we are just
as much His children as anyone else and THE ONLY reason we
should be retreating to a closet is because we are going to
have private time with Him. And if someone tells you you aren't
going to Heaven or that God doesn't love you, ask em…."WHO
TOLD YOU THAT?"
The next morning at Truth and Destiny, God challenged us
once again. In fact, we had to deal with drama before church
began. Not an hour before service started, I received a call
that my grandfather wouldn't live through the day. He'd been
struggling with cancer and the doctors had given him up. And
then, immediately before church service Pastor Jones and I
comforted a woman whose son had been killed the night before
by his own cousin. God HAD to move that day. And before we
went into service, Pastor Jones said "this is pasturing, are
you ready for it?"
As emotionally spent as I was, I needed God to minister to
His people. And he did. In fact, I was removed completely
out of the picture. I need to get the tape to remember what
I preached about, because I honestly don't remember. All I
DO remember is sitting down afterward in tears, praying, hoping
that God was pleased with me.
And from the reports I've received, people were blessed
and God was pleased.
Once I receive the tapes of the services, I will make them
I just wanted you to know that God is doing a historic and
wonderful work all over the country. He is using men and women
in places we never thought of. I also wanted to encourage
you that YOU are OPERATION: REBIRTH. All of us working together
to put an end to religious persecution and spiritual violence
is OPERATION: REBIRTH. Remember, the closet is not a hiding
place. You should ONLY use it to pray; to get away from the
world and seek the face and mind of God' to have quiet time
with the lover of your soul.
Tuan N' Gai is the Dallas, Texas based author of "Will
I Go To Heaven? The Black Gay Spiritual Dilemma," Founder
of Tuan N'Gai Enterprises, and Co-Founder of OPERATION: REBIRTH. He can
be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.