Byron Cage: Steps Down To Do Reality TV

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A New Calling? Minister of Music Steps Down To Do Reality TV

By Lillian Armstead | allchristiannews.com

byroncage2.jpg?w=410Minstrel Byron Cage made this request to God, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my territory,” (1 Chronicles 4:10), and that is exactly what happened.  Byron is slated to sign with a new recording label this year.  He also mentioned the possibility of appearing in two reality television shows sometime this year.  He will provide more details during his appearance at the Stellar Gospel Music award show, which airs in a couple of weeks.

Byron also revealed that he will be stepping down from his ministerial duties because his schedule for the New Year will not allow him to continue in his role as a Minister of music.  And although he admits to have a love for the ministry,

Byron explained that it is time to enlarge his territory, and take on new opportunities.

More preachers are taking on roles as reality television stars with the rationale that they can reach more people utilizing the reality show platform.  The Preachers of Los Angeles reality show seems to be a big hit; however, the cast received criticism from the Christian community.

Byron Cage is an American gospel recording artist who seems to have always had a heart for the ministry.  Cage began his musical career at a young age and continued on in his adult years.  He attended the prestigious Morehouse College in the city of Atlanta.  During his time at the school, Byron was a member of the Morehouse Glee Club.  He was also a member at the world renowned New Birth Missionary Baptist church, presided over by Bishop Eddie L. Long, the senior pastor at the church.

Why do you think that ministers are leaving the church for reality television?  Is it because they are not making as much money as they are accustomed to?  I understand that everyone has to eat, but do you think it is appropriate for a minister of the gospel to appear in a reality show?  Do you think they are hypocrites for doing this, or are they just trying to put some food on the table?

60 Comments on “Byron Cage: Steps Down To Do Reality TV”

  1. Eric Cannon

    come out from among them. thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as in heaven and not the other way around so stop chasing the world and let the world chase you men and women of God !! remember God will provide all !

  2. Zebulon M. Clayton

    He is very superficial any way. It doesn’t surprise me that he would rather make money instead of working in the Kingdon. I approached him one time at the Gaylord several years ago asking could he give a non believer a CD and he replied only thing that is free and giving away is Jesus. There were several non believers standing there and they replied that’s why I don’t like people who say they know Jesus. That day I decided never to purchase another one of his CDs. That’s been over 5 five Hearst.

  3. Donna Cuthbertson

    God used a jackal to have his will done. I believe he can use preachers & ministers in reality TV shows too. Now is the time for Christians to really being praying and developing discernment for what is right or wrong in their own lives. I wish them all success in winning souls and pray they won’t allow the devil to trip them up! These are the lasts days and anything that starts out right can end up very wrong!

    1. Yvette

      Donna, what bible or maybe i should ask what translation are you reading? If this jackal was used in your life then please make it clear as a personal testimony. Does it really require discernment for what is right or wrong? How about throwing right or wrong out and just doing what pleases God and with that, you cannot go wrong.

      1. RSNJ

        Sorry GOD’S “will” is never going to cause us to “step down from ministry. Prov.14:12& 16:25. To answer the possibility of leaving to “put food on his table”? Matt 6:25-33 is the key. My pray is that HOLY SPIRIT convict him before he get’s into something he’ll regret.

    2. Debra Kirk

      Preachers of LA did not win one (1) soul. They did a disservice to the body of Christ. They showed the world that it’s ok to go against scripture. I watched the entire series wanting to see the five fold ministry at work, man I didn’t even see one fold. I have 2 prayers for the Preachers of LA and Mr. Cage. One is that they repent and two is that they go and have several seats. Amen and Thank you Jesus

      1. Tala

        I totally agree except for one point. These wolves in sheep’s clothing did not do a disservice to the body of Christ. The body of Christ is and will always be in tact! There is NOTHING man can do to defile that. The truth of the matter is if they were ever on the right path, they’re showing CLEAR evidence that they are off now. If you know the word, you know they’re getting their reward right now. I stand in agreement with your prayer that they would repent. It’s time for all of us to LET GO of the world! If God be God then let us serve Him and Him alone!!! He’s the only one who deserves our praise.

  4. Jasmine Vaughn

    The thing is, we are absolutely to look at their fruit and determine if it lines up with the word of God or not, but I will go 1 further and say, I have heard what comes out of their hearts. None of these men needs to be leading anyone in the things of God right now because all of them have strayed. I’m not talking about mistakes

    we all make them, I mean they have strayed,their hearts need cleaning out, they need to go sit down somewhere and let the Lord work. I absolutely do not agree with the manner in which they live their

    lavish lifestyles. I fully believe that we are blessed to be a blessing and to further and prosper the kingdom of God here on Earth until the Lord’s coming. I believe that there is nothing wrong with having the things we need and having nice things if the Lord has blessed in such a way…but I do not believe in having over and above, more than what we need and keeping it for ourselves when there are so many in need of just what they need to survive. We never know what the Lord may use for a purpose…I won’t say He would never use someone on television, or, on a reality show. BUT…the words and fruit of these men has proven that they are in the wrong place at the wrong time . Just my observation.

  5. Charlene

    I dont think its wrong or right its between him and the Lord. How do we know that he isnt being led in that direction by the Lord? We as christians just need to pray for eachother and let God be God in peoples lives especially since there is no clear scripture regarding exactly what we are “called” to do in life. If he knows hes walking out of Gods will for his life but does it anyway Gods Spirit will show Him because Hes able. If he is doing the will of God by doing this then God bles him :)

    1. MrsJW

      Praying for them…ok! How about they begin in their own hearts by repenting and living up to God’s standards and not those according to man? God has given us many things to include free will to serve, obey, love, and trust Him. I don’t think that his actions will honor The Lord based on the character that he has displayed.

      1. Gerald Polk

        In response to Mrs JW: all scripture is clear you have to search them. John 5:39 search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life:and they are they which testify of memphis the more we study the word of God the more he reveal himself to us the bible is very clear and we take and twists it to fit our desires when you search scripture God will remove those carnal desires and replace them with his desires and hiswill for your life.never ever say God’s word is not clear. heaven and earth shall pass away but my shall stand forever, God never fails we simply fail to receive read the scriptures in my earlier post. Romans 3:4 Let God be true and every man a liar.

  6. Cara

    How will a reality show help spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ? These shows promote sex, drama, confusion and strife—A CARNAL MESS!

    Byron, stop trying to promote yourself! Galatians 2:20!

  7. Eva

    He wants to go out into the world and become rich and famous. But friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God. So he is no longer God’s man…if he ever was!

  8. Don Reid

    It’s a crying shame and God will allow them to fulfill there hearts desires even allowing them to take their hands from the plow to follow mammon. It’s so sad they have compromised liked this, but in reality, they were never of the body of Christ. Many of them have an outward appearance of holiness, but truly are filled with all corruption and dead men’s bones on the inside. Let’s see who’s works will withstand the refiners fire in the judgment to comes.

  9. MrsJW

    I take no stock in what he says or does because he’s not living under the right spirit anyway. He’s a member of KAY as is Eddie Long and Smokie Norful and can’t be expected to do the right thing in the church or in his personal life without repentance, denouncing his membership, and The Holy Spirit’s leading.

  10. Gerald Polk

    These people don’t get it they take scripture and twist it to fit their needs it’s all about money they say that God has open this door for me when in reality Satan has and is doing what he tried to do with Christ I’ll give you the world just bow and worship me and you can have it all 2Tim; 3:1-9 but mark this in the last day men will become lovers of themselves lovers of money boastful ungrateful unholy etc. This is all God’s word here’s confirmation, Rev 13:16-18 Jude1:7Rev; 21,8 Matthew 24; 1-51 2Peter3:3-4 Matthew 24:341Cor 4:5 1John5; 19.someone asked where has the church gone and what direction is it headed I responded the church has gone secular and headed straight to hell not because they lost reverence for God they never had it .its time to get back to holiness the old landmarkm

  11. Iris

    When I hear Christian/gospel artists doing things like this, I simply ask myself one question: What would/did Jesus do???? I found my answer in Matt. ch. 4. I only pray that Byron and others ask themselves this question before they “move” out of position into a new one….and are certain they are following the leading of the Spirit of GOD and not their idea or notion of what territory they think needs enlarging. Peace :-)

  12. tony

    Well I actually stopped listening to music…
    I heard tonex is coming back to church.. not to renounce his old way but to sing despite of all that b slade affair . Kirk. dietrick..Byron cage..( they don’t inspire anymore)
    I wonder if the kids who listen to their music in Nairobi where I come from know this…. its not right what is happening to music ministers

    ..in sing my own music now .just sit at the piano and worship… all alone.

    1. nzisa

      Tony, my husband and I ask ourselves the same question! we have a one year old and we don’t know what music to expose her to. also in Nairobi

    2. benjamin

      God bless you my brother i am also from Nairobi and i am sadden by what i am seeing, many of gospel artists who are not selling in the States are going to Africa especially Kenya there seem to be a new market for their kind of music .God help our people .i am praying that God will open their spiritual eyes to see what is going in the gospel music

  13. Yvette

    My opinion doesn’t matter but Gods word matters and the word says in 2 Timothy 3:1-5 3 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. (end scripture) It goes on to say in 2 Timothy 4:1-4 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
    4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

    1. LaWanda Rascoe

      Yvette, you present the perfect comment in regard to this MESS. Thank you, and may I add this scripture that comes to my mind… -They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.- I John 2:19. God bless all Brothers and Sisters in Christ.

  14. john

    enlarge my territory….wow!!! well wide is the gate that leads to destruction. there is a way that seems right. some
    talked about winning souls or or going to the reality tv side to win souls. there is no problem with winning but is that the sole purpose of you doing it? if not then your direction is off. he is said that he was leaving for new opportunities and territory enlargement so winning souls is not on the radar. what he is doing speaks volumes because he is a minister of music and from all his years of “ministry” this is the fruit of it- quitting the ministry.

  15. Gerald Polk

    Well I must say it’s a new breed of catfish having the form of Godliness denying the power thereof and we r still here because of God’s faithfulness and his passion and love for us.in due time God will make all things right there is no failure in God.

  16. D. Preston

    Love not the world neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the father is not in him. For all that is in the world is the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye and the pride of life, is not of the Father but of the world- 1 John2:15-17. How can a man serve two masters? Either he will love one and hate the other. It is the love of money that they are doing what they are doing. It is NOT for the sake of the gospel. I guess he is doing what he should be doing stepping down to serve his true master “money”. These “ministers” are a shame to the message of the cross of Christ and all that it stands for ” death to self”. Were they ever really from among us?

  17. tekeila

    Being a minister of the gospel is a huge burden and truth be told, many who are truly men/women of God do not want it because they know this. They face a lot. To whom much is given, much is required. They should NOT lives their lives in front of a tv. Especially the world. Gods people are already critized when they make a mistake and the devil wants to make a mockery out of Gods people. That is where the enemy lies because he knows people want fame and fortune. This scripture pops in my head….the devil tells Jesus to worship him and he will give him everything. Smh…how you gonna give somebody something they already have? The earth is the Lord’s and ALL thereof amd ALL they that dwell within it. How dumb can you be??? God is our source. Everything else is just a resource. Hollywood ain’t where its at. Besides, he said he is stepping down from the ministry because his 2014 schedule can’t fit it in?? Are you serious? Ministry is a call to duty in which there is a post you must report to and be faithful until Jesus comes. Not a job with appointments. Saints, pray for your families and seek God. Do NOT look to a man for example or inspiration. NEVER

  18. Sandra Dunbar

    What Is Reality? It can’t possibly be Reality TV because it is’ entertainment reality’, a venue whose sole purpose is to arouse the senses. (good, bad, or indifferent) God’s reality for His people is that we set our affections on things above not on things of this earth. Be not conformed to this world but be transformed…The things which are seen are temporal but things not seen are eternal. Jesus said “And this is life eternal that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent.” Jesus came to His own as Reality in its fullness and His own received Him not. As God’s chosen ministers of the Gospel we are sent to declare that ‘more real reality’ which cannot be seen. The lives and livelihood of Christian Reality TV participants may be fact but preachers, pastors,& ministers of the Gospel are not sent to deliver fact but to deliver Truth to a lost and dying people. Preachers, naming the name of Jesus,blessed with a television platform should have an even greater capacity to reach the multitudes for Godly transformation, not increased carnality.We push the limits so far that we are not only outside of the box but more dangerously ‘outside of the Book’. Hell hath truly enlarged itself without measure and the broad way has certainly broadened its way into acceptance even into our pulpits. Am I against a Christian Reality TV hour that promotes Jesus? No, certainly not. But according to God’s Holy Word, we are in a spiritual war and one who names the name of Christ will be hated, rejected, persecuted,even killed…for His name’s sake, not by the Spirit and Truth believing people of God but by those to whom the Holy Ghost seeks to convict of sin.As quiet as it ts being kept this would include owners, promoters, and operators of television stations whose objectives are not the salvation of souls. They would abruptly discontinue the programs because of low ratings, outrage of unsaved viewers, and loss of revenue! Can pastors, preachers, ministers etc. pursue other money making ventures or occupations? Of course including television, but not by promoting one’s God given calling while not promoting the God of the calling. Pastors, preachers, ministers, saints, and friends, glorify your Father by finishing the work you were given by Him to do, manifest His name unto men and live out & give out His Word. NOW THIS IS TRUE REALITY!!! (…if you are awaiting the” WELL DONE….”)… PS, what are the reported ‘numbers of repentant sinners / backsliders’ professed as a result of watching Christian Reality television? May God’s continued mercies be upon us all! In Jesus’ name!

  19. Michael

    This is a no brainer and does not take any real spiritual insight but plain old fashioned common sense. Anyone who beleives ihe is doing this to reach more souls for the Kingdom’s sake have to realize the only thing this guy is doing is making provision for his flesh to fulfill the lusts thereof. He wants to be famous and anything concerning God’s will is subject to his own will which is carnal. Saints don’t be shocked. This is the post-apostate era and that once proclaimed “I love Jesus” will be chocked with the cares of this life and try to use Him to justify their own wickedness. Remember, the Bible says that satan is the prince of the power of the air. If you think he is going to allow someone real to get on the airways (tv), you’re deceived. Reality tv (which really is not real but acting) is nothing but garbage to entertain the lusts, busybodiness and desires of those who love that garbage because, that is what it is. America as a whole really does err not knowing the scriptures nor the true power of God. Remember what the Bible said…..”few ther be that find it”. Comon, he did not ask the God of the Bible if it was okay for him to do this. The Word is very clear. He is just following his carnal sin nature to do what he wants to do.

  20. Armedia Major

    They want to be seen, I guest church is not enough for them to shine they really don’t have a relationship with god, if they did they would be seeking god more, and not themselves, they want fame.

  21. HB

    Enlarge my territory eh? What you really mean is make me more visible to a wider audience so I can become famous. Let the world see how anointed I am and how I live a Christian lifestyle. Um yeah, ok Mr. Cage.

  22. Gerald Polk

    Just to piggyback on Debra kirk reply Matthew 23 says they do what they do to be seen of men.put heavy burdens on the backs of the people and wont move one of them with their fingers woe unto the blind guide Matthew 23 the whole chapter. Preachers of LAST should have used that air time to proclaim God word to win million s to Christ. Woe unto you preachers of LAST Cast.hypocrites! For you compass the airwaves and airways to make each other look good. and when you are made.you make him twofold more the child of hell than yourself.Woe unto you, ye blind guides. It’s all vanity.

  23. Cyn

    I feel like this. They are grown. Grown and taught the word. Hear the word of God. Prayerfully they prayed about it with ALL sincerity unto the Lord. If God gave them permission, so be it. I would hope they confirmed God’s word FIRST before moving forward with this reality show decision. I pray they did not misunderstand God and took time to wait for confirmation and not lean to their own understanding.

    Train up a child in the way they should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it. God knows His children and His children will hear his voice and heed. So….all we should do is pray for them. Not berate them, talk about them or degrade them.

    We don’t know what is going on with our men/women of God who are called to preach God’s word. They are no different than a non-celebrity pastor, minister, etc. You should be concerned, but not take it on as though they have personally offended you. If it is an offense, it’s only unto God.

    I pray that if their decisions are out of line with God, meaning God did not give them permission, HE knows how to shut them down, the show(s) down and anything attached to it, if HE has to.

    We ALL have made bad decisions in one way or another and God worked it out. Just because they are of a “celebrity” status makes them no more or less important than you or me. Just keep them in prayer.

    Stay blessed, uplift and not downtrod! We need to stay on OUR post and continue to be WATCHMEN on OUR wall where God has placed us. Prayerfully, He has placed us and not we ourselves (a whole other story). :)

    1. DBM

      “all we should do is pray for them. Not berate them, talk about them or degrade them.” I agree with your statement, however thats about it, the rest of your observation is weak at best. Leadership is held to another standard read your Word.

  24. Gerald Polk

    In reference to Don Reid reply.salvation is a two sided coin on one side it says whosoever will let him come, on th other side it says chosen from foun dation of the world. which leads me to say, in Deuteronomy 31:1-519-19 see I have set before you this day life and good, and death and evil; But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shall be drawn away, and worship other gods and serve them:I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, thatI have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live. not only are they not thinking about the souls of others their not thinking about their families. Its either our human choice or God’s Devine sovereignty.

    1. LadyDorothy

      We must continue to persevere in prater for all the believer, did we forget the deception the devil was going to sent out into the land. Please remember his ministry of music blessed and gave us a little more encouragement to stay in the race, and that is why the devil wants him, so he needs our prayers more than our unedifying remarks he is still our brother lets not push another into Satans chambers with our mouth, but let us obey Ephesians 6:18.

  25. Kevin Irving

    These ministers are not ministers of the cross which equals “suffering for telling the truth,” they are ministers of profit and gain. In fact most ministers on TV, Radio, etc… are the same. They were conned into the worldly systems to taste and later threatened to conform to it or else lose what they have. They tend to sell their souls onto the only thing Satan can offer which is the same thing that he tried to sell Christ, “earthly gain.” Now any hopes of telling the cold or hot truth is stopped because they will lose their earthly possessions, “ratings, reality shows, upward mobility.” Thank God for EXminsitries for setting me free from this system and purging my heart of this reality. Now I am personally realigning my life to “clean my heart and hands =will and work” Ps. 24:4,Jam 4:8, of all allegiance to this world and making everything that I do serve Christ only! It’s a tough and lonely way to live, but it is the right and Christ way to live.

  26. Kerry

    I have listen to gosple music in years. Before I came back to The Lord , I worked in a bar Kirk Franklin and be be and ce ce wyman were on the juke box. When I came back I listen for a whole but I started to see that their lives did not line up with the word. I found a choir on line Indiana bible college and that’s who I listen to there no stars in that group. There is no reality in reality shows. It’s sad that ppl who call themselves Christians can’t see that they are getting the glory not God. We are to do all that we do in word or deed in the name of Jesus Christ. When Jesus was temped after 40 days he was hungry and satan said that him being the son of God He could turn those stones into bread, and Jesus said man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeded from the mouth of God. God does not work off a script ,ppl just need to get into their word to know the truth. Because the truth will set u free.

  27. Lebogang

    Yes it is clear the call to serve self can be loader than the call to follow the great commission. He is right. The Lord said ‘you can’t serve two masters’. He had to choose the one he loves.

  28. Lebogang

    My dear friends from Kenya, I hear your concerns and I have to say I have the same concern for the whole vontinent. I find much the same is true in my country (South Africa) and I would say with some certainty the SADAC region. For this reason I would not be surprised if ir were true for the rest of the continent where American music is readily available. We really aught to be praying for our continent and for church at large to wake up.

  29. Lela

    Simply put too many people who are supposed to be sharing the gospel are more into self promotion. It would be hard to sell the idea that a minister of the gospel has to resort to worldly tactics to “put food on the table” while telling everyone else to “trust God”. It will be interesting to see how Christ, Christianity, and the church will be portrayed in this “opportunity”.

  30. Shereene

    I’m surprised at the confusion in some of the responses. If you’re new to exministries you should know that last season of ex tv discusses the truth behind reality tv. We all know there’s nothing real about reality tv, so why would any christian want to be part of a lie? And when you consider the track record of all reality shows the thought of being on one should disturb any believer. The idea of starring in your own show is a huge red flag: it screams vanity! Not only is this man lost, but he and many others are no longer hiding their shameful desire to have everything the world has to offer.

  31. tony

    Media has its place in the society and through media I.have been blessed but on the Same token its also very snaring. If I revisit tonex issue..we grew up listening to his music and we thought this is the Michael Jackson of the gospel or prince and maybe he thought he was.. the issue is that worldly singers out of lust sing to prove they are good and collect all the glory.. If toney..diet rick mary mary..want to sing for God and still have the glory like brandy.. ciara or the others who are unsold to God..well too bad coz in Gods kingdom even when we are talented and powerful we surrender all we have to him and walk away from limelight.. problem is when these,,? musician.wanna be the world and church at the same time….and who can handle Gods glory.. did Nebuchadnezzar handle it.
    I.guess tonex did the out of box album and got all the glory and this is what stolen glory can do to him or any other rebel.
    Africa must watch too and am afraid its too late.. or is it.

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  32. Stan Rogers

    Any Christian that uses a secular network and or label to reach the lost is not of God.. here’s proof. If they are so anxious to reach the lost, they need to start with the CEO’s ,promoters and producers first. That way they will all be in one accord. Paul and Barnabas parted ways because of the contention between them. How is it possible to use a secular vehicle to minister when the bible says that..two can’t walk together unless they agree?

  33. Alicia

    Unfortunately (we) the church of Christ as represented by such figures as the above mentioned and others, are slowly moving away from trusting in God…or rather have moved away from; trusting in God, Christ, Holy Spirit (The GOD HEAD) as our source for provision and have totally abandoned the principle of “CONTENTMENT”. Lord help us…to live as true examples and pray for those we see falling victim to the Spirit of this Age…GREED and SELF!!

  34. allison

    EGOS…..AND GREED ALL OVER THE PLACE…..GOD DOES NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT……PLEASE THIS IS HOW LUCIFER STARTED….JUST SAYING……KIRK FRANKLIN SAID IT BEST……EVERYONE WANT TO BE LIKE YOU…..WANT POWER AND PRAISE LIKE YOU…..

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