“The gay man who claims to have been “converted” during COGIC’s annual convocation insists it was not a scam.
“I’m not gay no more,” said Andrew Caldwell in a video posted to YouTube.
The Church of God In Christ said Caldwell’s supposed “conversion” does not represent the entire event.
“I don’t like men no more,” said Caldwell in another part of the video.
His portion of one service is definitely getting the most attention.
“If you can’t praise God with him, you’re a non-believer,” said Bishop Brandon Porter of Memphis following Caldwell’s testimony.
Will Batts runs the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center.
“Every reputable scientific study on this experience says you cannot change someone’s orientation,” said Batts.
Aside from obvious doubts, others question Caldwell’s motivation.
“Well, my conclusion is he’s a con artist, he’s a scam artist,” says internet talk show host Thaddeus Matthews. Matthews interviewed Caldwell Tuesday and said other things about him do not add up.
“He says that he’s going to medical school online,” said Matthews. “Where do you go to medical school at, online?”
Caldwell was also arrested back in May on charges of “fraudulent insurance.” WMC Action News 5’s Jason Miles briefly spoke with him on the phone before he quickly put his manager on the line. Both firmly disputed that anything was set up.
Caldwell also claimed he hasn’t made a dime from his “deliverance.” Porter of Memphis handed him a $100 bill following the testimony.
Bishop Porter’s church referred WMC to COGIC public relations. They issued a statement and said it would be the only comment.”