Earlier this week I shared with you some photos and details of Da' T.R.U.T.H.'s wedding vow renewal ceremony with his wife Nicole that occured on their 8th wedding anniversary.
Friday morning, through his website (www.datruth.net), he also released an official statement / update on his restoration process.
Here is that text.
Greetings Family of God & Friends,
I’m coming to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as a brother, a friend and co-laborer in the gospel. I’d like to start by thanking you all for your love, prayers and support. For every one that has been wondering where I’ve been, I say with all sincerity that I have been at the foot of the cross, seeking the heart of God, reprioritizing, realigning myself with Him and reuniting with my wife, family and friends.
I have sought forgiveness from my wife Nicole Lambert for breaking my vows and the covenant that I made before God, abdicating my responsibility as the priest of my home and forsaking my responsibility as a husband and a father.
I owe more than an apology to my two daughters Carlise Jackson and Summer Lambert. I would never want a man to do to them what I did to their mother. In this area I have been an example of what not to be. I am saddened and deeply shamed by my actions.
To my personal ministry team, I realize that my actions have compromised the integrity of our mission and call but I am so grateful that you have forgiven me and I am looking forward to how the Lord is rebuilding us as a community and will use that to minister healing to His people and the world at large.
I also want to apologize to every pastor that welcomed me into their pulpit, every youth conference that I’ve participated in, every attendee at every rally and/or concert, to every young person that looked up to me, to every parent that told their child to listen to what I say, to every one of my colleagues that represent in the ministry with integrity.
To say I’m sorry is insufficient and inadequate. When you let down your God, your family and the kingdom more has to be said:
For the that last 6 months I’ve said nothing because I needed time to hear from God, my spiritual advisors and those that are closest to me. During that time, my wife and I have been submitted to a Christian marriage counseling team who have led our restoration process through weekly sessions, along with support from other key individuals. Although we have come to completion of our official restoration plan, my wife and I will remain tightly connected to our counseling team.
I’m grateful unto God that even though I don’t deserve it the Lord has forgiven me. I’m overjoyed beyond words that my family is reconciled. God has shown me the power of forgiveness, reconciliation and restoration—indeed He does make all things new!
I cannot begin again, without now seeking your forgiveness as my kingdom family. My behavior was inexcusable, but with God’s grace and mercy I pray you find it forgivable. It is my sincere prayer that not another person would be ravaged by the sin that nearly destroyed my family at my own hands. The bible says we overcome by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony. Through the testimony of my deliverance, I pray that not another marriage is jeopardized, ministry leader compromised, and young person demoralized.
In the same way that Paul felt like the least of the Apostles because he persecuted the church of God, I feel like the least of my contemporaries because of my sin. However, much like Paul, I am what I am and am called to do what I do by the grace of God. After Peter failed, Jesus said to Him “once you have been converted turn and strengthen your brothers.”
Therefore, I am now eager to once again proclaim the excellencies of He who pulled me out of a season of darkness and translated me back into His marvelous light. My passion for preaching Jesus has been restored and I just want to glorify Him with my life and my lips. My testimony has changed and I wish to share it in sincerity and truth. I am a man on fire and I am coming to you with the belief that what God has placed in my wife and me will greatly impact this generation. It is my prayer that you will allow me back into your hearts, back into your pulpits and back before your young people again.
I am not the man I used to be. I have been broken by my sins, humbled by His grace and I am committed to the gospel that has forever changed my life.
Amazed by His grace,
Emanuel (Da’ T.R.U.T.H.) Lambert
Additional details of the vow renewal ceremony were also provided by his representatives at The Uplift Group.
June 17, 2010 New York, NY—Acclaimed Christian Hip Hop Artist Da’ T.R.U.T.H. renewed his wedding vows with beautiful wife Nicole Lambert earlier this week on Tuesday, June 15th—their eighth wedding anniversary. This special event punctuated the completion of their official restoration plan—marking the page of a new beginning and giving testimony to the redeeming power of reconciliation. Additionally, today, he has released a public letter to his family and supporters on his website www.datruth.net.
The private ceremony, held in their backyard and attended by family and close friends, was officiated by Bishop Gilbert and Mrs. Debi Coleman—the marriage counseling team leading the Lambert’s restoration process. Also in attendance were Alvin Love & CeCe Winans (pictured in the insert), who have been walking intimately with the couple as supporting counselors and mentors. Da’ T.R.U.T.H.’s long-time friend and spiritual father, William “The Ambassador” Branch and his wife Michelle, Maurette Brown Clark and DJ Wade-O—host of The Wade-O Radio show—were in attendance as well.
More than a celebration, this was truly a worship experience where Jesus was the only star. DJ Wade-O described it as “an out of this world experience.” He went on to say “Not including my own, I can't remember being that moved and touched at a wedding ceremony. The worship was incredible. Bishop Coleman was tremendous. And it’s obvious that Manny and Nicole have a lot of great people around them who will continue to support and love them as they enter this new chapter in their relationship.”
As the service came to close, the presence of God was so tangible that Da’ T.R.U.T.H. was moved to share the gospel and an exhortation to married couples. Through sobs of gratitude, he expressed that “sin was the reason for the breakdown between God and man. It was also the reason for the breakdown between man and man—and with his wife in this case—and Christ is the remedy for both.” The ceremony also included moving performances by friends and co-laborers CeCe Winans who sang “I Promise” and Maurette Brown Clark (pictured in the insert) who moved everyone with her powerful song “Sovereign God.”
The couple sat down with DJ Wade-O after the ceremony to share their powerful testimony of deliverance and restoration. That audio can be downloaded or streamed here.
We in the Christian Hip Hop community rejoice with the Lambert family in this news and hope that you will join us in continued prayer for our brother in the faith.