Veteran gospel singer Shirley Caesar is making headlines again, but not for singing about “beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes.”
The 11-time Grammy-winner has weighed in on the heated controversy swirling around fellow gospel songstress Kim Burrell’s comments on homosexuality.
According to her, the way to avoid being lambasted online for controversial commentary is to confiscate folks’ cell phones at the door.
“We’re living in critical times now. Now I want to say this to every pastor. The Lord dropped this in my spirit,” the 78-year-old told an audience at First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Landover, MD in a clip uploaded on YouTube Wednesday, Jan. 4.
“Any time you want to say something to your church, to your members, collect the phone calls at the door—your cellphones,” she instructed.
Though the pastor of Mt. Calvary Word of Faith Church in Raleigh, NC never directly said Burrell’s name, nor condemned her recording industry colleague’s characterization of homosexuality as perversion and sin, Caesar did offer advice on how to discreetly address church matters not intended for the general public.
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