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Danny Gokey’s Grandfather Died

March 30, 2009

I’m sorry for your loss, Danny, but you should keep your money-hungry Faith Builders buddies from blogging about their shitty “church” and how YOU are a member during this sad time. 

And nice job, Faith Builders, for posting what was most likely intended to be PRIVATE information about Danny’s family. Thanks for letting everyone know he came to your shitty church on Sunday morning. Boost those attendance numbers! Up that tithing! Danny iz in da house!

But I am sorry that your grandfather died, Danny, especially since he was most likely and honest and decent man of faith, i.e., he didn’t attend your shitty money-hungry “church”. I hope it was also okay with Idol and 19 Entertainment that you essentially gave an interview to a blogger, since you are directly quoted in this story. I thought Idol contestants could only speak with approved media outlets on official press capacities?

And I think I speak on behalf of all viewers of this shit show who BEG BEG BEG you not to have any family members or friends hold up photos of your deceased grandfather. I know these are tough times for you and your family, but please, do you really want to be called Dead Wife & Grandpa Guy now? 

From the Terry Morehouse (the dude who married a teenager) blog:

I just received a phone call from Danny this morning.

He was on his way back to California from a few days back in Wisconsin. Somewhat expected, Danny’s grandfather went to be with the Lord this past week. The funeral was yesterday in Milwaukee. Our prayers go out to Danny and the whole family.

In addition, Danny was able attend church at Faith Builders on Sunday before the funeral.

It was unannounced, and I’m sure you can imagine how excited everyone was to get an opportunity to see him. He said this morning that it was just so good to be in service and see everyone and receive the Word of God. He’s refreshed and ready to go!

He was up with Pastor Jeffrey Pruitt before the service and as soon as praise and worship started, he wanted to get into the sanctuary right away because he just couldn’t wait to get into God’s presence.

Based on his very hectic schedule on “American Idol”, he is not able to go to church much out in California. They keep you pretty much on a tight schedule.

One thing I can tell you from a personal viewpoint: Danny is still the same guy he was a few months back. Obviously this guy’s life has changed in so many ways, but he is still the upbeat, fun, real Danny we know. He sincerely loves God and is just a “down to earth” guy! He keeps things in perspective and stays grounded by what got him there!

Danny said, “It was real tough to see Michael Sarver being eliminated last week, Michael is the real deal” and he is going to miss him tremendously.

He said that he is so glad that he’ll get to hang with him again in the summer concert tour. Danny and Michael are very close friends and even spent time together in prayer. They were also roommates on the show. As I’m sure you all are aware, Michael is a very strong family man and was looking forward to being at home with his wife and daughter.

Until next week, vote, vote, vote.

Kind of sad, really. Not just because his grandfather died, but because this blog entry was just another excuse to pimp out both Faith Builders International Ministries AND Gokey’s connection to them.

My condolences go out to Danny Gokey and his family. (But Faith Builders International Ministries can still suck it.)

Thanks to MJ for the info.

Of course, perhaps Grandfather Gokey should have gone to Faith Builders. I mean, then he would have been HEALED, right?

23 Comments leave one →
  1. Outsider permalink
    April 9, 2009 10:53 pm

    If you dont believe in miracles then you just don’t and that is your problem. Don’t bash a church or people who do. I know that by faith God can heal someone. I have been healed of carpal tunnel completely, doctors couldn’t even understand what happened. Just because they didn’t happen to you it doesn’t mean they don’t happen! I have also gone to the Dr for things and that doesn’t mean I have little faith! that is not what FBIM is saying. FBIM believes in doctors! lol you guys are blowing things waaaaaaaay out of proportion. In fact, a couple members there are doctors! lol So be smart, not ignorant. What do you gain from talking crap about people and their believes?Honestly. I think your site is horrific, you wonder why there is so much crap in the world. It’s because of people like you, judging one another and hurting each other. Disrespecting people and their family, their dead. Wow, what is our world coming to? Look back and think about YOUR life for a second, maybe there is nothing exciting in your life you gotta talk garbage about some church and a preacher. At least he is preaching the word and helping those come to know who Jesus is. You dont have to be a christian, obviously you are not by the way you express yourself. But dang! enough is enough don’t you think? leave the poor guy and his fam alone.

  2. mEEEEEEk permalink
    April 4, 2009 9:58 am

    Hello Top Idol, are you sleeping. Did you see that the original post changed. Did someone say something to Pastor Rolex about pimping Danny and his dead family members. Now the post is about his visiting Milwaukee, what the heck for, for a service. Best yet, it has comments asking to give Danny sympathy on his loss. What his loss of sleep.

    If you are going to change your blog, how about removing the comments or changing them, you seem to feel okay doing that with other things, like the Bible. Maybe Danny called up Terry Marriedateenangel and told him to knock it off. But he better be careful, that will end up in a blog too

    Yahoo has what 3000 condolences for his grandfather based on this original blog and now it has changed. I think Danny is getting tired of the pimping too, I can only hope.

    I still find it odd how this church seems to be continuing to make claim on Gokeyland. Next we will see the Gokey Faith Vision Goggles and the churches Faith Vision Conference. Make sure you give your credit card number on your Gokeyvelopes

    • TopIdol permalink
      April 4, 2009 12:21 pm

      Yeah, the guy went back and changed his post. I don’t think the Gokey family was at all pleased he had made the original entry, since that was what “broke” the story.

      The church is ridiculous. And I am hoping their extreme Gokey marketing will just end up blowing up in their faces.

      • April 6, 2009 3:15 pm

        This blog sucks, you guys are some haters, Gokey is not pimping the family, but he has a story and a testimony to share with the world. God will deal with TopIdol and set ya’ll straight. But why put a video of a young man getting healed from having to wear hearing aids to express an opinion you have against someone else. Obviously you must have no life, and just want to poke fun at a church that is going somewhere, and F.B.I.M is sucessful because of the faithful tithers who give. Not because Pastor tells them to give, but because God’s word says give and it SHALL be given back to you! If you know so much about the church and how it operates you would know that! God Bless

        • mEEEEEEk permalink
          April 6, 2009 8:46 pm

          No one was saying that Gokey is pimping his family, he is partially exploiting the losses. Yeah, maybe that is how he handles grief. Why would a church put a video of a young man getting his hearing back with Pruitt in it. Yeah, because Pruitt is the master of taking credit for everything!

          God will have his way with Pruitt if anything…

          • TopIdol permalink
            April 6, 2009 8:50 pm

            One time my ears were clogged and I couldn’t hear very well. I went to an ear, nose and throat doctor. When I left, I could hear perfectly. PRAISE JEBUS!

  3. March 31, 2009 7:05 pm

    Hey did you hear his wife Sophia died?

  4. March 31, 2009 5:19 pm

    Apparently, gawd’s presence only exists in the sanctuary at FBIM. that’ll be quite the revelation to, uh, every other person of any faith throughout the word.

    Does that mean there is no divine presence when someone is singing, or playing football, like we’d always hoped?


  5. March 31, 2009 3:06 pm

    Prediction: This link leads to what I think the Idol finale show will look like.

    All of Gokey’s departed relatives, rising from the grave to Get Him More Votes.

    • TopIdol permalink
      March 31, 2009 3:43 pm


      I was going to request a chop of this on the VFTW boards last night, because I thought, oh, this would be hilarious if someone made this because all I can think of is the end of Jedi.

      Great minds think alike.

      • March 31, 2009 3:52 pm

        Just take out Hayden Christensen and keep George Lucas the hell away from whatever it is. Even when I’m being a sarcastic bastard making fun of some poor guy and his dead relatives on a reality music show, I have some standards.

        • TopIdol permalink
          March 31, 2009 3:59 pm

          And why in Jedi afterlife is Luke Skywalker a strapping, vapid young man with flowing hair but Obi-Wan is still Alec Guinness?

          Ewan McGregor was the best part of those 3 bastardizations (to be fair, Sith was the strongest, but I have never been able to sit through Menace more than once). But who doesn’t love Alec Guinness’ original Obi-Wan? So why the hell would you change Luke to Hayden Christensen? Fans despised him AND it bastardized the original release once again.

          But you know, even by suspending disbelief and picturing a Jedi afterlife, there is still zero logic.

          Much like the last-ever hour of Battlestar Galactica. I’m hoping Starbuck pops up next in my living room so we can kick back some booze and play some Triad while smoking cigars.

  6. WaterMyPlant permalink
    March 31, 2009 9:35 am

    Sometimes even the press is not allowed to interview them, even for a local story.

    “Desai could not be interviewed due to Fox and American Idol’s fairness policy, which requires either all contestants to be interviewed or none at all.”

  7. WifeKiller permalink
    March 31, 2009 2:41 am

    Oh goody. Now we have 3 weeks of dead Gampy pimping to endure. I am sure Gokey’s brother is en route to L.A. with a nice big photo of the old man as we speak. Remember to point heavenward, Brother Gokey!

  8. Harlequin of Hate permalink
    March 30, 2009 10:29 pm

    My condolences to Gokey and his family. That being said I really hope Gokey has the decency to not mention this or take Ryan’s bait to use this for a sympathy votes. I also agree that it’s tasteless someone in his church is blogging about this with the intention of drumming up publicity for the church. I hope AI finds out about this and gives a smack down to the person who blogged this and tells Gokey to tell his cult-members to slap a muzzle on it.

  9. Sane Jason Fan permalink
    March 30, 2009 8:11 pm

    I’m sorry to hear this and I hope the rest of his family is in good health for their sake and for the sake of Idol viewers. I’m not sure how many more Gokey sob stories I can take. Should I even hope the show won’t mention this?

  10. bob permalink
    March 30, 2009 7:51 pm

    I was missing the FBIM reports. Sorry to hear about his grandfather. Isn’t it special how Mr. Moorehouse used the occasion in his blog to get more in there about Danny being at the CHURCH than about anything else. Wow. I hope we get more poop on FBIM soon. I love to read about each new level of craziness.

    • TopIdol permalink
      March 30, 2009 8:15 pm

      So do I 🙂

      I can’t believe the poor taste in which that blog was written. Let’s pimp FAITH BUILDERS! DANNY GOKEY WAS HERE TODAY! TITHE EXTRA FOR GOKEY!

      These people continue to make me sick. I’m glad they’ve helped make an ass of themselves again. I was trying to think of the context in which I would write more posts 🙂

  11. March 30, 2009 7:39 pm

    If they fingerprint grandpa’s pillow, will they find Pastor Rolex’s fingerprints?

    I think the rest of his family need to go into the witness protection program before they suddenly kick the bucket too.

    • phil permalink
      March 31, 2009 2:42 pm

      When I was at the church we did have a period where alot of people died in a row. Hmmmmmmm………………..
      Jerry even said “Not sure if I want to go back to Beloit. People are dying there.”
      Another AZ church member said “If I moved back I wouldn’t attend. There’s death in that church.”
      This was years ago when they had a string of people die. It was sad but it starts to make one think what is going on? Not that anyone intentionally did anything. That would never happen would it?

    • Sandra permalink
      April 12, 2009 1:01 am

      Actually, if his grandpa died or not it is none of anyone’s business. He hasn’t mentioned it, but I can assure you the media wants to find out, cuz thats just what they do! You shouldn’t talk crap about it, its very painful and real when you lose someone you love. Thanks.

      • April 12, 2009 8:39 am

        Yes, it is no ones business, but Morehouse decided to make it everyones business. This guy is out to make his own life better based on Dan and his personal tragedy. I have actually heard rumors at FBIM that Pruitt instructed Dan to tell everyone about Sophie to get more votes and to get on the show. Well, that really worked well for everyone! Have the producers have decided that Dans grandfathers death does not need to be everyones business, or not, only time will tell.

        Did you notice how the post changed, but the posters keep posting about Dan and his dead grandfather. Even mentioned how he died. Maybe it is idol setting up for another show about a dead relative. It is interesting that his grandfather died of a heart disease too…

        Think about it Sandra, maybe you should just write your tithe check to Terry Morhouse, Jeff Pruitt or Robin Pruitt, because the are the ones who are going to use your money for their own desires anyway.

        My hope is that he gets voted off real soon.

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