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Friday 22nd May 2009

Cross Movement Records drop The Ambassador due to moral failure

PROMINENT Christian rapper The Ambassador has been dropped by his record company Cross Movement Records due to "moral failure in his marriage." The Ambassador, also known as William "Duce" Branch, was member of Philadelphia's The Cross Movement and subsequently released solo albums 'Christology In Layman's Terms' (1999), 'The Thesis' (2005) and 'The Chop Chop: From Milk To Meat' (2008). Read a record label statement, "It is with much grief, severe disappointment and an overwhelming fear of the Lord that Cross Movement Records is sad to announce that we will be discontinuing the forwarding and promotion of the artist and minister, The Ambassador, due to recent findings of moral failure in his marriage. It is Cross Movement Records past, current and, prayerfully, future position that living in moral compromise is unacceptable and never allowable in the lives of any of the ministers that we co-labour with. . . We at CMR solicit your prayers for The Ambassador as he begins the uphill climb of restoration through the process of repentance." CR

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Reader Comments

Posted by Phil in LA @ 17:46 on Nov 20 2017

Yo, why you puttin Amba on blast? His wife forgave him, we should too!

Posted by Christlives in Galileee @ 21:33 on Jul 21 2011

look at his interview with the 700 club with his wife. He sounds remorseful & repentive. He's spending time with his wife & kids and is seeking restoration. Pray for him as Christ prayed for those who crucified Him.

Posted by Old Dude Christian in Sunnyvale @ 07:03 on Nov 15 2010

First there is no mention of whether or not there has been repentance. The label may be correct to set him aside from ministry until repentance has been observed and accountability restored. If those conditions are met, it could be a good demonstration of grace and restoration to bring him back into ministry in a very accountable environment.

Posted by elijah Braggs in california @ 23:11 on Dec 23 2009

Read your bible guys.... The label was right. They did not condemn him. If you look at 1 Corinthians 5 Paul was talking about believers judging each other... V 12-13.For what do I have to do with judging those who are outside. Do you not judge those who are inside? But those who are outside God judges. Therefore' "put away from yourself the evil person." Now don't get me wrong let's love and pray for him but he has ruined his career not the label and sin has consequences... When your in a high place of ministry and you fall into sin you have to be pulled out cuz the church has to deal with sin so that we aren't all taken down by it. Plus if we don't judge ourselves and deal with it the world will use it as an excuse. So swiftly remove them out of ministry.

Reply by Love Lei in Atlanta, GA @ 12:35 on Mar 14 2012

I am SO GLAD he is back on the scene!!! WE ALL FALL SHort of Gods glory and God has restored this man and his family and his new cd is AWESOME..

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Posted by a random guy in somewhere in michigan @ 02:25 on Dec 2 2009

"Christianity" is so divided. Too many views, opinions, and interpretations. The bible did state that a kingdom divided against itself cannot stand... what do you lunkheads (and yea I said it, lunkheads) think just happened in the above statements and responses. I know the Lord is deeply dissappointed in us. Im sure someone with a theological degree and deep evangelical background will come and post that my message is wrong but in the words of a wise man, never look down on a man unless you pickin him up! we ALL have sinned and come short of his glory so no one has the right to judge. Which one of you is clean enough to cast the first stone? Exactly!

Posted by A-rap in Kenya @ 23:02 on Nov 21 2009

I understand all this but Ambassador has been an icon to many Christians out there and to many artists as well. Now that you have dropped him from the label what message are you sending out to the growing public?..That we have an unforgiving God? Because what you do should be a reflection of what Christ would do right? And after all the work that he has put in to the ministry already is it really fair to give such harsh punishment?

Posted by Julius Woodard in Savannah, Ga @ 01:36 on Oct 8 2009

And to Pastor Dickson, with all due honor and respect to you sir, but your scripture reference is wrong. Hebrews 13:5-6 tell us that "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me."
And God does not punish, He does discipline, though. Punishment involves "an authorized imposition of deprivations — of freedom or privacy or other goods to which the person otherwise has a right, or the imposition of special burdens — because the person has been found guilty of some criminal violation, typically (though not invariably) involving harm to the innocent." Now because we have a right standing with the Father because of Jesus, God cannot deprive us of that life He has given us. But He will discipline us. Discipline refers to "methods of modeling character and of teaching self-control and acceptable behavior." You DO NOT need to take away a person's rights in order to teach them self-control.

Posted by Pst. O.J Dickson in ECWA Maitama, Abuja, Nigeria @ 07:51 on Sep 18 2009

The disciplinary action in context is Biblical: "....My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not loose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord discipline those he loves, and he punish every one he accept as a son"(Heb 13:5-6). God disciplines, rebukes, and punishes. God's love for his children does not immune them from his discipline. Christians are societal role model and as such should not condone sin but encourage speedy restoration. Our lives' is the Bible that an unbeliever may ever live to read.

Posted by Murrell Mitchell in Los Angeles CA @ 21:58 on Jun 16 2009

As an underground Christian MC in the Los Angeles area, I know very well the temptations that come with being a public spokesman for Christ. Ambassador is not alone in his fault, and yet it is very discouraging (as a single man of God) to hear of any minister of the gospel having an extra marital affair whether once or many times. I would love to encourage Ambassador to first be reconciled to his wife, second, be re-established within his own home as the head, and thirdly never again even think of doing any type of public ministry without first understanding his wife and kids are the most important ministry he will have for the rest of his life.

Posted by HisProfit in Fort Wayne, IN @ 19:28 on Jun 11 2009

It was extremely important for this to be publicized and made aware to fans and to the world, that we as the church are not cover-up artist and that we believe in the Holiness and Wrath of God as well as His Grace. None of us are to big or to smart to hide from God's truth. In following Jesus we must recognize that he is a man full of "grace AND truth" and in order for one to be recognized and accepted we must accept the other in any order necessary for our lives and individuals. This is the balance of the Kingdom in which we live. He remains a member of the Body at-large and it is our duty to uphold him and give him ample opportunity to be brought to restoration.

To Messenger777, you have a point-of-view that is not biblical, you are concerned with what people think, we require as followers of Christ for them to think of us as stupid, crazy, and worthy of death and persecution. I am not condoning anyone's humanity in place of God's divinity, not even my own, please read your bible and walk by the Spirit all men who may see this comment. Because he became sin so that we may no longer be subject to it. I wish when I sin, people would call me out and uphold me in the Light of God, that I may be cleansed of all unrighteousness, maybe I would sin less with hopes of being sin-less. "Holiness first until we under the dirt"

Oh People of God, this is a warning to us all, it is the year of the Spirit, who convicts of sin, righteousness AND judgment, "Judgment begins at the House of God" look in the mirror and see the image of our God. live no longer in sin, "confess your faults before men, that we may pray and be healed" or destruction shall fall upon us all.

Grace and Peace

Reply by Lesego in Auckland park, JHB @ 12:25 on Jun 26 2009

Hey HisProfit, I dont think Messenger777 quite understood what you were saying (Or maybe I'm the one misinterpreting what your saying, lol). I totally agree we all need to be accountable, and chances are they only made their public statement because Ambassadors business was out there and people were making incorrect assumptions and they just wanted to put the story straight, if that is not the case then it might of been wiser to just suspend him without making it public, cause i think it would be totally unnecessary.

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Reply by Messenger777 in Salem NJ @ 21:24 on Jun 19 2009

Christians are NOT called to be finger pointers or judges! Maybe there would be more christians in the world if we stopped concentrating on their flaws and down falls. Jesus never stood in the middle of the town yelling out what someones sins where. You honestly think it is our job to publicly announce everyones sins? This was my first post on a christian web site in years and it will be my last. As soon as I state an opinion contrary to the majority I get blasted. HisProfit thanks for telling me that my point-of-view was not biblical. Thanks for falling in line with what I was saying in the first place about how christians act and proving my point. Check your self fam and seek Gods direction and you will see that finger pointing is NOT in Gods design. One day that whole mentality of yours will be blown apart when you are responsible for turning away souls due to your arrogance. Ambassador should have been confronted my his brethren and whatever decision that was made should have been between them and God.

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