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Marvin Sapp Responds to Song, “Stay Prayed Up” with Kandi Burruss

KandiBurrussGospel superstar Marvin Sapp is currently featured on Kandi Burruss’ “Stayed Prayed Up”, which has caused quite a stir within the Gospel community. Most of the flack stems from Kandi’s personal life, as she is the founder of the adult toy company Bedroom Kandi. Before and after the song was released Kandi defended herself in regard to the negative comments she’s received because of the duet. Now, Marvin took to FaceBook to address the song, in which he says will be his only response ever.

Below is a question sent to Marvin by a fan, followed by his response:


Please read my only response to the song “Stay Prayed Up”

Fan: Mr Sapp, I was a big fan of yours however as a Christian I’m a bit confused about your motivation to record the record prayed up. I intentionally watched you on the HOA and was taken back by your conversation with Kandi at the studio. You continued to tell her not to try to explain herself, and that she didn’t have to apologize etc. I’m just wondering is this the watered down version of the word you are teaching in your church? The bible says “my people perish because of a lack of knowledge.” It also says “GOD would rather that we be hot or cold.” Not trying to come off as judgmental but this is the type of thing that makes the church look no different than the world. So fed up with this new concept of stooping to the worlds standards to reach souls Jesus hung out in places with sinners to reach them but HE never comprised GIS standards nor GOD’s word. Kandi is motivated by money just wondering what’s your motivation?

Marvin: Usually I don’t respond to people about things like this however I must this time. The problem with many in the church is 1.) that we major in minors and 2.) ignorant (not well studied) of scripture. Lets deal with the first, This woman who was an ex R&B singer that sells sex toys and live with her man decided on a show that reaches 10 million viewers per showing (believers and unbelievers) to sing about,,,, Not sex toys, drugs or living with a man but PRAYER!!!!!! and the saints are upset. The lyric says, “I stay prayed up, that gets me by, that how I made it through my darkest time, see I’m a sinner and thats no lie, but thank God my prayers are heard because he knows I try” Wow!!!!! nothing elicit or comprising about the lyric…. So lets look at how Jesus dealt with the sinner….. From my study of scripture the only people he checked was the church (religious people of that day) however the sinner he consistently showed COMPASSION!!!!!!! Examples…… Woman caught in the ACT of adultery Also the Woman at the well……. Never exposed them publicly, dealt with them privately. We as believer major in minors…… So caught up in the messenger that we are missing the message “Staying Prayed UP”. Now I close with this…Everyone that God used in scripture was flawed and or had struggles…. Let me call the roll….. Moses was a murderer, Rahab was a harlet (whore), David was a murder/adulter and still considered a man after Gods own heart, Peter was a cutting cusser however was in the inner circle of Jesus, Paul was a murderer and made many blaspheme against God however wrote 2/3 of the NT, He spoke through a Donkey and if we decide to be quite rocks will cry out… We say we are christians which means being Christ-like but question peoples motives that model his behavior….The bible speaks about witnessing and that you need to be wise to win souls and Paul says I became all things to all men that I might win some…. Compromise was never done here nor do I condone her life style or life choices and keeping 100 you don’t know the off camera conversation we had. Again big picture 10 million people at 1 time were challenged to PRAY in difficult times WOW!!!! Thats Awesome and Ministy….. PS Didn’t spell check because I’m late to a meeting…. Be Blessed.

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  1. C Fields

    February 27, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    You better tell it Marvin Sapp. So many people going around judging other people but don’t miss the lesson. If the person who sent Mr. Sapp the message would have listened to the song, it would’ve ministered to his heart. Instead, he’s downing the song because of the messenger. Sounds like persecution to me. He needs to get over it. Prayer is for everyone and that’s just what Kandi says.

  2. Dean

    February 27, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Thank You for printing the question & Pastor Marvin Sapp’s response. I pray that his response will quiet those who felt it necessary to be critical of another human being. How can people consider themselves christian’s; when they are the first to be critical of others???? People we all need to take a moment and think about the things we’ve said and or done before we began a relationship with God!

  3. lisa

    February 27, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Amen Pastor Sapp that person needs to attend bible study so many christians ARE quick to judge

  4. Latrice Gren

    February 27, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    The 3 of you who made the above comments –it appear you are doing the same thing in which you’re accusing the Questioner of doing. We are “ALL” in a growing process. Sometimes learning come by “asking”. A lot of people know the Bible –but do you REALLY understand it to a point of application. Your responses against this Questioner –show you are among the “ALL” that’s in a growing process.

  5. BDiddy

    February 28, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    I applaud Pastor Sapp for agreeing to collaborate on this song. I also applaud him for understanding that his participation is definitely ministry to those who saw the show, to those who will hear the song, and definitely to Kandi. There’s nothing wrong with people posing questions but be prepared for the answer. I think it’s great that the questioner went straight to Pastor Sapp rather talking behind his back. In all they getting, get an understanding. Good job. Let God arise and the enemy be scattered.

  6. Joy Simmons

    March 3, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Mr. Sapp you really broke it down to her. Applause……very well spoken and put into reference. We all sin, we all make mistakes but that doesn’t mean we don’t pray to god…lots of us know the word but interpret it wrong. Kandi is speaking for many of gods children who just haven’t had that anointing.

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