Gospel singer Le’Andria Johnson’s pastor, Tim Rogers, says her irreverent criticism of the Church was “misguided passion” and he hopes Christians don’t “throw her away altogether” because there is a place for her in the Kingdom.
“The Bible says if a brother be overtaken in a fault, if you’re really spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness considering yourself,” Rogers, a fellow gospel singer who leads The Hope Church in Blytheville, Arkansas, told The Christian Post earlier this week.
“A lot of preachers have called me to say she said things that they can’t say. And they are sick of the politics of the church. Me and her did have a talk about her passion being guided because that’s what I understand that it was the other day. It was misguided passion,” he added.
Johnson won the hearts of Christians nationwide with her talent and candor when she won the BET gospel singing competition “Sunday Best” eight years ago.
Her turn in the spotlight has been punctuated by behavior that some Christians say is unbecoming for someone who professes to be a practicing Christian.
Johnson recently slammed the Church and Bishop Marvin Winans in a scathing expletive-laced critique. She also vented her frustrations with a Christian culture she described as hypocritical. Her outburst caused her to lose a booking for the recently concluded Essence Festival in New Orleans.
“You know what I’m tired of though? … I’m tired of being Le’Andria Johnson that y’all know of,” she said. “And Ima tell you like this: I could be on a Kirk Franklin level. I could be on a Mary level. Yolanda Adams, Marvin Sapp, Fred Hammond. All the gospel greats … all the R&B. Beyoncé, Brandy. … If I played the game, I could really be on that level. I could, but I’m not ’bout playin’ no games, though.”
It was after that outburst that Essence organizers reportedly removed Johnson from a slated tribute to Dottie Peoples. She said she wasn’t going to pretend to be someone she wasn’t just to become a gospel superstar and called out Church leaders for being hypocritical while dismissing the Church as a business.
Johnson apologized on Monday for her delivery but remained unrepentant about her criticism of the machinery behind Christian culture.
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Source: Christian Post