Donnie McClurkin may tour the world as an award winning gospel music superstar, but the heralded pastor is also a single man who admits he gets lonely.
“Sitting in Johannesburg feeling a lil lonely and homesick … I live a blessed and prosperous life and travel this entire globe…no lack of finances, gaining in health, loved and although [I’m] single, I’m believing for love …,” McClurkin revealed on Instagram. “After all, if I could be blessed with all of the wonderful family, finances and friends…a love to share it with can’t be too much further away…and boy, are they gonna be BLESSED!”
The 56-year-old senior pastor at Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport, New York has been transparent about his romantic life, mistakes and desires in the past which include dating fellow gospel singer Yolanda Adams.
“Yolanda and I have been friends for almost 30 years and I tried to date her once. We are best friends,” he told Essence magazine last year. “Sooner or later I’m going to wear her down. Either her or Halle Berry, one of the two.”
McClurkin is a single father to a daughter and son, who he believes taught him the true meaning of love.
“My son is teaching me how to love,” McClurkin previously said on TBN’s “Praise the Lord”. “My son is releasing me to love.”
The “We Fall Down” singer has also been transparent about his battle with homosexuality in the past, which he insists he has been delivered from. When the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage earlier this year, McClurkin was as outspoken as ever about the ruling.
“We’ve just received the answer from man’s Supreme Court … we already received the answer from GOD,” the pastor of Perfecting Faith Church in New York wrote. “With NO REGARD to what the Supreme Court of MAN decrees … no matter what MY past was or feelings & struggles … GOD has set the only standard for marriage to be between man and woman … in biology, in physiology, in history, biblically & scripturally and that … I will NEVER speak against!”
At the end of his initial Facebook post, McClurkin spoke about loving all people, including those with same-sex attraction. Still, he drove his point home by admitting his own wrongs and addressing the issue in love.
“… WE STAND AGAINST ALL SIN, EVEN IF ITS IN US. … AND WE DON’T AGREE WITH OR CONCEDE TO SOCIETY’S CHANGE OF GOD’S PLAN AND INTENTION FOR MAN! THE SUPREME COURT WAS WRONG. GOD AND HIS WORD IS RIGHT,” McClurkin wrote. “I know, I know, I’ve done many things in this regard wrongly, but that only qualifies me to address it! In love.”
This is not the first time McClurkin has received backlash for speaking up about his thoughts concerning homosexuality. In 2013, he was removed from the lineup of a Washington, D.C. concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington after sharing his personal testimony of being delivered from homosexuality.
The pastor spoke about the matter on “The Tom Joyner Morning Show,” where he opened up about being molested multiple times as a child before engaging in a homosexual lifestyle. Because of his own history, McClurkin insisted, he is not homophobic.
“You can’t call me a homophobic if I’ve been a homosexual,” he said on the radio show. “That’s quite a stretch.”