Pastor Donnie McClurkin says the job of the church is not to condemn but to pray for perpetrators of sexual harassment and assault.
McClurkin, the Grammy Award-winning gospel singer who leads Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport, New York, spoke about the matter at the gospel music event called The Experience in Lagos, Nigeria, last week. While the singer and preacher acknowledged that sexual harassment was not a new thing, he explained his belief about why it has become such a highly publicized issue in recent months.
“The bottom-line is that these things have been going on for a long time. Whether it reaches the church, politics, entertainment, these things are not new,” he said, according to THISDAY. “We have to realize that immorality has been part of existence in so many facets that has gotten to this overwhelming volume that is peaking through.”
The 58-year-old said the church has a part to play in helping people to heal after such traumatic events.