HOUSTON — Gospel singer Kim Burrell has come under fire after giving a controversial sermon on the subject of homosexuality, which later went viral on several social media platforms.
Burrell founded the Love and Liberty Fellowship Church International, which is a non-denominational Christian organization based in Houston.
"I came to tell you about sin. That sin nature," Burrell said in the video. "That perverted homosexual spirit, and the spirit of delusion and confusion. It has deceived many men and women, and it's caused us pain on the body of Christ."
According to People Magazine, Burrell posted a response to the backlash on Facebook Live.
“We’re not in a war against flesh and blood,” she said in the livestream. “I came on because I care about God’s creation and every person from the LGBT and anything else, any other kind of thing that is supporting gay...I never said LGBT last night. I said S-I-N and whatever else falls in the sin was preached.”
In a firestorm of public remarks from celebrities, many were dissatisfied with her message and her subsequent apology.
The latest push back has also come in the form of a canceled appearance on The Ellen Show later this week. Ellen DeGeneres confirmed the cancellation on Twitter. Burrell and Pharrell Williams were set to bring down the house with their duet "I See a Victory" from the film "Hidden Figures."
Several celebrities have taken to social media to voice their outrage over Burrell's sermon.
Janelle Monae, who stars in "Hidden Figures" and collaborated with the singer on the movie's soundtrack, also shared feeling about Burrell's comments.
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. In addition, I feel 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. We cannot sit Idly by nor will we speak silently when we are confronted with such violence against members of our community. I am personally beyond exhausted by the ignorance and bigotry living in some people. At times I want to punch and I want to slap a lot of people when I read and hear the shit that comes out their mouthes !!! I will rejoice when folks stop thinking they ARE GOD, Jesus' assistant, picking and choosing what "sins" are acceptable in the Bible, and using the Bible as a whip! WE can't afford anymore tearing down of our shared humanity. My advice: If your religion is causing you to spew out words of hate, judge, or look down on others because of who one loves then you need to change it. And fast. If the religion don't make you are more loving or better person, ditch it. But what do I know. My hope is that we ALL go into this new year considering for one moment that we don't have all the answers. My hope is that we become more understanding, less judgmental, more tolerate, and more patient with one another. Including me. HAPPY NEW YEAR. 🙏🏿❤