Consider these thoughts by not thinking I or anyone has to chose/agree with any "side".
I find it interesting when some question the use of performing magic,(or other forms of entertainment) to present,(some would say "force-fed", others would say "share") the Gospel or other religious message, when I have yet to hear anyone take issue with the fine performers/people, who use magic, to present/promote, (financed by the corporations that make them) beer, liquor, tobacco, and other corporations, whose products, do nothing but hurt and kill people. Much of showbusiness is to sell something...Just as Mark Wilson's show was to sell Kellogs, and Doug Henning's sold Mobile Oil.
Reality is that the reason the finest people we know in this business, are paid to appear in hotel/casinos, is attract,(lure?) people to lose their money in "games" that are really swindles that people used to go to jail for running...sometimes money they cannot afford to lose...the money going to the "Goodfellas", and their criminal enterprises, for decades.
Again these performers, some who I know, are fine people and performers.
If there is thought about respect of other's beliefs/cultures, it may say something about those in other countries, who would attack someone for advocating their beliefs, with mob violence.
It is true that one would be surprised to hear Andre Kole, NOT share his beliefs,(although at different events/venues, he has not.) But the last thing that gentleman would intend to do, is offend people...even though he felt, how could he NOT talk about God & country, on the 4th of July weekend. Regardless he apologized,even though he had never intended any offense...UNLIKE Penn & Teller, who have yet to offer any concern for those, they might have offended, at a convention.
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The idea that some, because they "are doing it for God, don't try to be good", is sometimes true, but I have more often seen criticism within churches of choirs/preachers/performers, who are TOO good, or TOO professional.
The reason some who do Gospel magic are not that good is because they are preachers or Sunday school teachers first, performers second. Their goal is to have the message, not the messenger be the focus. When Gospel music began to expand and develop in the 1970's,(and become a commercial industry) there was increasing concern of not letting the music, overshadow the message. More times, I have seen churches pay professional musicians/singers, because while their members may be more devout, the paid singers will be there on time and yes, sing on-key! Likewise there are those like Kole, who can present their show and their message well.
For those of you who have not seen Kole perform his regular show, when concluding the performance part of his show, he explains that after a break, he will talk about how the Gospel became relevant to him and how it can be for others, and those who would not be interested or possibly offended, can use the intermission to leave without embarrassment...he says that 2-3 times. Some stayed to hear what he had to say, others do leave, without feeling forced/tricked to do anything. That is a fair deal.
What are my beliefs? What do I feel about any of this? I don't think it matters. As Gandhi said,(and this includes Gospel magicians) "There is room for all of us."