When gospel music singer and Pastor Kim Burrell came under fire for preaching a sermon about the “perverted homosexual spirit,” many people blamed the Black church for fostering beliefs deemed hateful by many celebrities and LGBT advocates.
Other leaders in the Black church community, however, insist that the Grammy nominated singer’s message is rooted in love.
While many accused Burrell and the church of preaching homophobic messages, according to apostle James Duncan, who leads a predominately Black church in Brooklyn, New York, and prayed and prophesied to Burrell, her sermons come from a loving place.
“Kim Burrell is a servant of God and she has to preach the message of the Kingdom of God. It’s not her church — a Black or a white church — it’s Jesus’ church,” Duncan, the pastor of Christ Church International, said in an interview with The Christian Post.
“She is preaching a Gospel of love because she is preaching for people to come out of sin,” he said. “If our parents corrected us it’s not because they hate us, it’s because they love us and they don’t want us to be destroyed. Jesus is not against the people, He’s against the sin which causes us to miss the mark of God.”
Duncan explained why the homosexual lifestyle isn’t condoned in the Bible by citing Genesis 1:28 where God tells Adam and Even to be fruitful and multiply.
“God put a seed in the man that he would produce. He put a seed in fruit, in the plants, birds and the animals that they would perpetuate life,” Duncan said. “The lifestyle of the LGBT community is not what God created and she was expressing to them, ‘Look, every man has a choice to make. But I assure you the better way.”
Burrell, who appeared on the soundtrack for the film “Hidden Figures” film, had two of the film’s stars, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe Robinson, speak out against her sermon while producer and soundtrack composer Pharrell Willms publicly condemned her sermon as hate speech.
A search for “Kim Burrell” and “Black church” on Twitter reveals that a number of people associate the Black church with homophobia.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post