We guess this shows that there is a steep price to preaching against homosexuality. Iconic gospel singer and pastor, Kim Burrell, delivered a message to her church calling out the acceptance of homosexuality amongst Christians, reports the Christian Post.
"That perverted homosexual spirit is a spirit of delusion and confusion and it has deceived many men and women. And it has caused a stain on the body of Christ. And those homosexual spirits have been angry and they come up against you [saying] 'you gotta love everybody.' Sit down you serpent," said Burrell with boldness.
But what really got people riled up was what Burrell said about God judging gays. "Anybody in the room who is living with a homosexual spirit, beg God to free you. If you play with it in 2017 you'll die from it. If you play with it in 2017 in God's house you'll die from it. Y'all came to hear about carnal, I came to tell you about sin," she said matter-of-factly.
Though Burrell was specifically addressing Christians who are practicing sin, the media twisted her words to say that she said all gays will die in 2017. Burrell was set to appear with singer Pharrell on the Ellen Show on Thursday. They were going to perform the duet "I See Victory" from the soundtrack of the new movie "Hidden Figures."
Many wondered if Ellen, one of Hollywood's most famous lesbians, would cancel Burrell from the show. And that's exactly what she did. Ellen announced yesterday afternoon on Twitter: "For those asking, Kim Burrell will not be appearing on my show."
Burrell also got dissed by Pharrell and another actress from the movie. Pharrell responded to Burrell's comments by saying: "I condemn hate speech of any kind. There is no room in this world for any kind of prejudice. My greatest hope is for inclusion and love for all humanity in 2017 and beyond."
And "Hidden Figures" actress Janelle Monae also slammed Burrell's words: "I shouldn't even have to post this as you guys should already know where I stand but If you do not pls know I unequivocally repudiate ANY AND ALL hateful comments against the LGBTQ community. Actually I'm tired of that label. We all belong to the same community, a shared community called humanity. And today and tomorrow and the next day I will continue to stand with other like minded people who condemn any and all statements and actions that would seek to deny the basic humanity of our fellow brothers and sisters," Monae posted.
As for Burrell? She has issued a statement clarifying that her words were meant only towards those in the Church, in her church specifically. Thus far, she stands by her statement on God's judgment for Christians practicing sin.
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