With two children out of wedlock, church musician Stanley Carter says he refuses to cast judgment on the embattled male gospel singer caught on camera giving head to another man.
The pews have been buzzing ever since news broke that a male gospel singer from the Maryland/D.C., area had a sex-tape leaked online that showed him performing passionate oral sex on another man.
Lead singer of the group Predestined, Kevin Terry is making national headlines, as photos and a 47 second video of him on his knees, not praying, has been posted and shared on the internet, causing his November 30th CD release concert to be cancelled.
While it seems as though the black church – not surprisingly – have turned their back on the young minister who released his first album entitled The Cross Experience, live in 2011, one minister, who says he’s seen Terry perform live a few times and has even talked with him, says he plans to organize a concert for the embattled minstrel.
Stanley Carter, 22, serves as the drummer and worship leader at Kingdom Tabernacle of Refuge, which is moving to a new location soon in Upper Marlboro Maryland.
An admitted fan of Kevin Terry & Predestined, Carter says while he’s very disappointed in Kevin, he’s even more disappointed in the cameraman who leaked it.
“I’m shocked that this is out, it shouldn’t be out and it definitely shouldn’t have happened like this. The person on the other side of the camera is destroying Kevin’s ministry,” says Carter, who thinks the footage is actually from a few years ago.
Carter says he refuses to cast judgment on Terry because sin is sin, “they’re no degrees on sin,” he adds.
A father of two, Carter tells me he had both his kids out of wedlock and knows all too well what how Terry is feeling.
“Christians are not as forgiving as they would like to believe they are. People, particularly in the black church, are very hurtful and judgmental; they push people outside of church. If church people focused on God as much as they focused on other’s people issues, their lives and their efforts would so much more substantial.”
After coming under fire by “hypocrites” who questioned his ability to lead worship as a “sinner,” Carter shares that he almost left the church for good.
“When people found out I was having my first kid, they supported me, and they showed me love. However, when words spread around town that I was having my second child, people weren’t as nice. I went through a serious stage of depression, but God spoke to me and told me he would push me through and that I would have a story to tell.”
Preparing to marry the mother of his three-month old child, Carter believes everyone deserves a second chance, and he wants to be the one to give Terry’s his.
“If we don’t struggle, how can we truly be effective in ministry? Everyone has a gift that needs to be shared, and this distraction shouldn’t hinder Terry’s ability to share his. I feel lead to throw a concert for him. This is the time where people can be restored and be renewed. There will be glory after this, this is just a detour. Kevin can get back on route; he just has to keep looking forward. God’s blood covers our past, present and future, and if you don’t like it, you can take it to the cross!”
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