UPDATE (4:00 p.m. ET):
Porsha has now issued a video response to the backlash, via People. In the homemade clip, the Housewife apologizes for the statements she made three years ago at Georgia's High Praise Christian Center Ministries.
"My heart was heavy and it's imperative for me to address the issue," she begins, adding, "God loves all of his children."
The reality star also makes a point to stress that things were out of context, explaining that "the sermon was shown not in its entirety, therefore the message was omitted." But regardless, she is deeply regretful for the situation and those she offended. "I apologize that those words hurt the LGBT community, my fans and my supporters," Porsha says. "Life is a journey and I'm growing every day."
Click here to see the video response in full.
Original story (3:00 p.m. ET):
Well, this may get a little awkward. Just a few days after Porsha Williams performed her new single “Flatline” for the first time in a NYC gay club, a video has surfaced that shows the Real Housewives of Atlanta star preaching at her church a few years back — and she’s saying some things her patrons at last week’s gig may not like too much.
The aspiring pop star has always seemed accepting of all lifestyles, but this old sermon (which was uploaded in 2010, though no actual date is provided) shows the young Housewife preaching about saving non-believers — including gays and lesbians.
"Don't let the devil tell you you're not worthy of God's blessings. He wants to use you no matter what," Porsha says on the pulpit. "That's why we Christians are supposed to be telling the hooker on the street, the drug dealer, the person who in the hospital who try and commit suicide, the gays, the lesbians — we're supposed to try and save them and tell them, ‘You are worthy!'"
Something tells us that the gay and lesbian fans of RHoA — as well as show exec producer Andy Cohen! — won’t be taking too kindly to being grouped with drug dealers and prostitutes. Eek.
Porsha goes on: "So the devil can put a plan of despair in your mind, then you no longer have what? Hope: the very essential thing that makes us Christians in the first place. The loss of hope, the loss of hope, means we will never have God's promise of eternal life. And I ain't gonna let nobody get in the way of my eternal life."
Now, we have to give Miss Porsha the benefit of the doubt here: People change their tunes all the time, and we imagine she’s grown up a lot in the time since this occurred. Still, this is probably not going to do wonders for her rumored to be on-the-rocks gig on the reality show…
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