The gospel is good news, good news that Jesus made a way for wayfaring man to be reconciled to a Holy God. Good news that for what Adam did — “the fall” which has tainted every human since with the sin nature — there is a remedy!
The genre of gospel music joyfully proclaims Jesus and the good news, uplifting the spirit, soothing the soul.
And it makes perfect sense that the same enemy of the soul who tempted Adam and Eve would hate any good news of salvation and grace.
1 Peter 5:8 warns of this enemy:
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.
The Apostle Paul writes of the battle we’re in. Human eyes cannot see this war, but it’s real.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12
So it should come as no surprise when attacks assail those who preach the gospel and to any who sing gospel, though the ferociousness of the attacks may be breathtakingly surprising.
Kim Burrell has sung gospel music her entire life. The daughter of “a Pastor/Musician father and an Evangelist/Singer mother,” Burrell grew up in the church, singing the old hymns, belting out the gospel. Looking through her resume, a roll call of famous music names appear — Andraé Crouch, Harry Connick Jr., Bebe Winans, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Albertina Walker, Kirk Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and more.
In 2010 Burrell founded the Love & Liberty Fellowship Pentecostal Overcoming Holy Church, where she is a “Senior Eldress/Overseer-Bishop.” The church has an interesting name, but rock solid doctrine as found at the site Kim Burrell Ministries:
We believe the entire Bible is inspired by God, without error and the authority on which we base our faith, conduct and doctrine.
We believe in one God who exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God who came to this earth as Savior of the world.
We believe Jesus died on the cross and shed His blood for our sins. We believe that salvation is found by placing our faith in what Jesus did for us on the cross. We believe Jesus rose from the dead and is coming again.
We believe water baptism is a symbol of the cleansing power of the blood of Christ and a testimony to our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe in the regular taking of Communion as an act of remembering what the Lord Jesus did for us on the cross.
We believe every believer should be in a growing relationship with Jesus by obeying God’s Word, yielding to the Holy Spirit and by being conformed by the image of Christ.
After all these years of singing and preaching the good news, Kim Burrell now finds herself at the center of a firestorm of vitriol. What caused this sudden onslaught?
Burrell was scheduled to sing recently with Pharrell Williams on The Ellen Show, hosted by renowned lesbian Ellen DeGeneres. But prior to the appearance, a video surfaced of Kim preaching against sin, and naming the “homosexual spirit of delusion” in the sermon. Of course, just a short clip was used from a cell phone video and the hate began pouring in from the LGBT community that preaches tolerance and practices perversion and intolerance.
Ellen cancelled Burrell’s appearance explaining:
You were supposed to do a different song, and you were supposed to perform it with a singer that, I actually, I didn’t know her. Her name is Kim Burrell. And she made a statement, she was doing a Facebook live and she said some very not nice things about homosexuals. So I didn’t feel that was good of me to have her on the show to give her a platform after she’s saying things about me.
Pharrell’s response was typical new age, touchy feely — all warm and fuzzy but no biblical truth:
Well, there’s no space, there’s no room for any kind of prejudice in 2017 and moving on. There’s no room. I … she’s a fantastic singer and I love her, just like I love everybody else.
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We all have to get used to everyone’s differences and understand that this is a big, gigantic, beautiful, colorful world, and it only works with inclusion and empathy. It only works that way.