Pastor and gospel singer Kim Burrell is still catching flack for a fiery sermon condemning gays for spreading HIV/AIDS in the church. In a video uploaded to Youtube.com, Burrell warned gays will die in 2017.
In the video, Burrell, 44, is heard saying, “Anyone filled with the homosexual spirit, beg God to free you. That perverted homosexual spirit and the spirit of delusion and confusion, it has deceived many men and women.”
Burrell, who is pastor and founder of Houston's Love & Liberty Fellowship church in Houston, continued:
“You as a man, you open your mouth and take a man’s penis in your face, you are perverted! You are a woman and will shake your face in another woman’s breasts, you are perverted!"
She targeted Bishop Eddie Long as an "embarrassment to the church". The 63-year-old prosperity preacher based in Atlanta is rumored to be infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
"I've never seen anything as heartbreaking as Bishop Eddie Long go down to nothing," Burrell remarked about recent photos of Long's skeletal appearance.
Burrell's fire and brimstone sermon implied that homosexuals in the church community are spreading HIV through unprotected sex.
34 years after the AIDS virus first scorched the earth, men who have sex with men (MSM) still lead the nation in new HIV contraction rates.
The HIV epidemic continues unabated in cities like NY, D.C. and Atlanta, where men forego condoms and take a drug known as PrEP to prevent HIV infection. But there are indications that the drug isn't as effective due to new strains of the HIV virus.
A new campaign has been launched to convince black women to take PrEP. Black women are the 2nd group most likely to contract HIV from men who have sex with men.
Burrell was already backtracking from her controversial statements on Facebook Live. She said her warning of a deadlier HIV epidemic was taken out of context:
"We're not in a war against flesh and blood. 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 falls in the sin was preached.
"What I posted was not all I preached to. Isn’t that something? That is a design of the enemy to make it look like I have a personal agenda against [gay] people. To the carnal all things are carnal, and to the spiritual all things are spiritual."
Burrell is scheduled to appear on openly lesbian Ellen Degeneres's daytime talk show on January 5th.