Pastor and recording artist Donnie McClurkin recently shared an emotional testimony with an audience at the Holy Land Experience in Orlando, Fla.
The Grammy-winning pastor of Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport, N.Y., credited his God-given musical talents and the prayers of gospel artist Andrae Crouch for helping him break free from shame he had felt since he was 11 years old.
“I never thought that I would be doing this because people told me what I could not do,” McClurkin said. “They didn’t tell me who I was. They never told me what I could accomplish, who I could be. They put the shackles on and the limits on.
“But God used music in order to free me by increments of all the bondage—until I could move past what people thought of me, until I could move past people’s opinion, until I could move past people’s naysaying, until I could see in me what others wouldn’t tell me was there.”
He shared how Crouch, a pastor and one of the pioneers of contemporary Christian music, encouraged and prayed for him when he was 11.
“And Andrae Crouch laid his hands on my head … and prayed one simple prayer: ‘Lord, give him what you gave to me,’” McClurkin recalled.
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SOURCE: Charisma News