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How is Gabriel Swaggart connected to the Assemblies of God?

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Gabriel Swaggart denounced the Assemblies of God in 2013 for hosting Christian hip hop artist KJ-52 at a concert for middle and high school students because KJ-52 samples secular pop artists in his music. Gabriel Swaggart is the Director of Crossfire Youth Ministries in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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KJ-52, born Jonah Sorrentino, made guest appearances on the pop records of Newsboys, TobyMac, and Jeremy Camp. He is also noted in the Guinness Book of World Records for his freestyle skills, and his song "Tonight" was used as theme music on ESPN's Monday Night Football.

Reverend Donnie Swaggart is Gabriel Swaggart's father, and Evangelist Reverend Jimmy Swaggart is Gabriel Swaggart's grandfather. Gabriel Swaggart hosts “Generation of the Cross” and “Living Waters” on SonLife Broadcasting Network, which is home to Jimmy Swaggart Ministries.

The Assemblies of God defrocked Jimmy Swaggart due to sex scandals in the 1980s and '90s, and Swaggart became an independent, non-denominational Pentecostal minister. Swaggart admitted to having multiple sex partners despite being married and staged and broadcast a public apology to his wife, Frances, and his son, Donnie. His sentence was a three-month suspension from preaching in the United States and a two-year rehabilitation period. According to People magazine, the only specific transgression he admitted to was a "pornographic" encounter with a New Orleans prostitute.

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