Michelle Williams Defends Christianity Amid Criticism of Secular Music

Michelle Williams, one third of the R&B group Destiny's Child who is gearing up to release a gospel album, recently defended herself against criticism concerning her faith.

Williams, 31, has released gospel music in the past while performing secular music with the likes of her fellow group mates Beyonce Knowles and Kelly Rowland. Recently, the singer and actress spoke about some people having an issue with her balancing both her gospel roots and secular music.

"I don't make it an issue. Everybody else does," Williams revealed in an interview with Philadelphia's Praise radio station 103.9. "You know, as a human your feelings are going to get hurt because you want people to know, like, what do I gotta do to prove to people that I'm saved?"

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The singer went on to question what types of signs people would need to witness in order to take her seriously as a Christian.

"Do I need to speak in tongues? Do I need to froth at the mouth," Williams questioned on the radio station. "Saints of God, what do y'all need me to do?"

Despite some criticism that she has received, Williams said she believes that she is doing her part to be a witness for Jesus Christ.

"He places people in different parts (areas) for different reasons," Williams said on the radio station. "We know he's coming back soon and I am doing my part to make sure that people know about him."

The gospel singer spoke about her choice to partake in the genre despite the success of Destiny's Child in a previous interview with Billboard magazine.

"Some people will do gospel when their career fails, but I chose to do it at the height of the popularity of Destiny's Child," Williams told Billboard. "And I didn't want to do it because it was a fad. I wanted to do it because it's in me. It's in my heart."

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