He mentioned this in an interview with CARRINGTON LEI. See excerpts from the interview below
CARRINGTON LEI: What I learned today: Pastor Donnie McClurkin isn't a man to mince words. Serious about the Lord, his ministry and his music, he speaks candidly in a no holds barred interview about his new CD, "We Are All One - Live in Detroit (out today) and is surprisingly forthcoming as I quizzed him about rumors of homosexuality and the Lesbian Bisexual Gay & Transgendered community.....
.......Speaking of President Obama, you, along with other gospel acts were tapped to perform during the campaign – were you surprised by the backlash from the gay community?
DONNIE McCLURKIN: Not at all because for the last eight years I’ve gone through the same thing. It’s not the gay community; it’s a few of the activist. There are a lot of people in the gay community who are ardent fans of gospel music.
Before we started this interview I went onto the Internet and saw an anti-Donnie McClurkin blog and they put this fake interview up of somebody who said that they were with me. In the comment section there were people saying derogatory things about me, but then the Christian community must have gotten a hold of it and they were supporting me and it ended up being a situation where even some gay people were saying, “Leave him alone!”
I’m used to this now and whether gay or straight, God called me to minister to everybody and those who have negative things to say, let them be the few and far between.
CARRINGTON LEI: Now, a part of the reason so many people take issue with you is because you believe that homosexuality is a choice and can be, I’m not sure how to phrase this – is "cured" the right word?
DONNIE McCLURKIN: Cured is what they have said in order to make it more villainous or controversial. Most of the things you read that I’ve said, I have not said. There’s always a spin on it, it’s all according to whose telling the story – it’s not good print if it’s not controversial.
I never said that I was cured from anything, I said that I was delivered, and that’s what God does - He delivers.
CARRINGTON LEI: So, when you say delivered, does that mean that you were delivered from homosexuality – or the ability to act on a same-sex attraction, because there’s a difference.
DONNIE McCLURKIN: Is there a difference?
CARRINGTON LEI: I absolutely believe that there is a difference. You considered yourself gay at one point and now you say that you’re delivered. To me, the term delivered can be pretty ambiguous, depending on how you use it. The difference in saying, “I’m attracted to the same sex, but I’m choosing not to act on my attraction” and not having an attraction at all is vastly different.
DONNIE McCLURKIN: Not at all. The bottom line is that it’s all the same. It’s by not choosing to act that the attraction and the appetite starts to abate and wane.
I’m a diabetic now and I don’t eat sugar, but it doesn’t mean that I don’t want sugar. The more I don’t eat the sugar, the more I lose the taste for sugar and the more my diet starts to change permanently – I can’t stand a regular soda now because it’s too much sugar. So, the more I don’t intake the sugar, the more it leaves out of my desire.
CARRINGTON LEI: I never really thought of it that way, but it makes sense. So, how do gay people who disagree with your position, approach you? Are they angry with you?
DONNIE McCLURKIN: There has only been one instance were I had an angry outburst. Seven people came to our church and one young man came up to the alter call and he wanted to become verbal and aggressive while people were up there crying for God. Well, I’m not the traditional guy and my thing was, “If you don’t want God, go back to your seat and sit down and don’t you ever walk up here again with this! Do you think you can stop this? You can’t stop these people from receiving Jesus, so you go and sit down and don’t you open your mouth again until we finish this service!”
Then they wanted to leave and I told them to hold the door and don’t let them go nowhere. You came in here, you’re gonna stay until we finish the service.
CARRINGTON LEI: Wow, how did that end?
DONNIE McCLURKIN: In the ministry that I pastor, God has given me the control there and I’m not gonna let anybody come in and upset what God has done. If you want to talk to me, wait until I finish and say, “Can I have a word with you because I don’t agree with you.” those words alone will peak my interest and I’ll say, "Come on sit down - let’s discuss."
Mena asks: Can people be delivered from Homosexualism?