Shirley Caesar Defends Kim Burrell By Saying Pastors Should Do This?
BY: NISHA THOMAS
Pastor and legendary gospel singer Shirley Caesar is now commenting on the Kim Burrell scandal by saying that Christians are living in a very perilous time.
She opened up about Burrell being publicly rebuked for openly condemning the sin of homosexuality in a sermon that was recorded on Facebook Live at a Texas church.
In a sermon that was preached just this past Wednesday at First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Landover, Maryland, Caesar seemed to subliminally defend Burrell by speaking out against President Barack Obama’s decision to legalize gay marriage.
“I come here to tell you tonight that all of us have made a whole lot of mistakes,” said Caesar, who is a pastor at Mount Calvary Word of Faith Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, in the sermon posted on YouTube. “If walls could talk, if hotel beds could talk. If you were going to say something, you should have said it four years ago when our president made that stuff alright.”
The gospel singer, whose career has also received a resurgence when her “Hold My Mule” song went viral over the 2016 Thanksgiving Season, says that she is learning to be a little more mindful when speaking on certain topics.
“Now, I’m learning bishops to process it before I speak,” she said. “I’m learning now not to speak too fast because once it’s out there, it’s gone.”
Caesar also made a suggestion that pastors collect phones from their congregation before their message is deliver on a topic that could seem controversial.
“We’re living in critical times now. I want to say to every pastor, the Lord dropped this in my spirit: Anytime you want to say something to your church, to your members, collect the cell phones at the door,” she said. “Everybody in here, over 4,000 people in here, about one phone is about 1 million people by itself. So now, with all of these people, is that something that you want to say in house?
“You have to have the usher get their phones and the other people’s phones. The ushers, the deacons, get all of their phones.”
Caesar’s remarks only come days after Burrell was put on blast by Janelle Monae and Pharrell Williams, two other celebs who both played a major part in the soundtrack for the new movie, ‘Hidden Figures.’
Burrell’s sermon that spurred a backlash from LGBT activists and celebrities rebukes the spirit of homosexuality, which she refers to as being deceptive.
“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,” Burrell is seen telling her congregation in the YouTube video posted on Dec. 30. “And those homosexual spirits have been angry and they come up against you [saying] ‘you gotta love everybody.’ Sit down you serpent.”
She has since been booted from ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ and celebrities are proudly speaking out against her and what they would consider as the hate speech that she’d delivered on that night.
So, what are your thoughts on this news? Do you think Shirley Caesar’s idea to take phones is a good one? Or is it pretty damn stupid?