A sermon by gospel singer Kim Burrell has surfaced in which she declared homosexuals were “perverted” and would die in the coming year.
Burrell, who collaborated with Pharrell Williams on the song “I See a Victory” from the new film Hidden Figures, was speaking at the Love and Liberty Fellowship Church in Houston, which she founded, though the date of the sermon is unclear.
“I came to tell you about sin,” Burrell declares in the speech. “That sin nature, that perverted homosexual spirit is the spirit of delusion and confusion, it has deceived many men and women and it has cast a stain on the body of Christ.”
“You as a man, you open your mouth and take a man’s penis in your face, you are perverted,” she insisted. “You are a woman and will shake your face in another woman’s breast, you are perverted. It has come to our church and it has embarrassed the Kingdom of God.”
The video of the sermon went viral on Friday, prompting Burrell to post a response on Facebook.
“I came on because I care about God’s creation,” she said. “And every person, from the LGBT and any other kind of thing that is supporting gay, I never said LGBT last night, I said S-I-N. And whatever falls under sin was preached. What was posted isn’t how I preached too, but only that… That is the design of the enemy to make it look like I have a personal agenda against people.”
Burrell, who has worked with Missy Elliott, Harry Connick Jr. and R. Kelly, is slated to appear on the Ellen Degeneres Show on January 5, along with Pharrell. Some are calling for DeGeneres to cancel her appearance, while others want an on-air discussion of her comments.
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Response to the sermon was swift, as hackers took to Burrell’s Wikipedia entry and made some sardonic alterations.