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erica campbellGospel platinum recording artist, Erica Campbell from the duo Mary Mary, received a lot of backlash from her fellow Christians concerning a recent promotional photo she posted on her Instagram.

The picture shows Campbell wearing a white form fitting dress. The outfit has a turtle neck top with the sleeves up to her wrist and hemline below her knees. It was posted after receiving a recent Grammy nomination for her solo radio hit, “A Little More Jesus.” Campbell’s future solo album, HELP, will be released March 25, 2014.

 Immediately, religious people took to the web to express their disapproval of the photos.

“This is not ok. Yes, you are a beautiful, curvy woman but no ma’am you are singing the gospel of Jesus Christ. We compel men to come through our love for Jesus, but when we wear things that are distracting, the message is somehow lost and it becomes about us and not about Him,” wrote pastor Stacey Woods on the American Preachers site.

“The sexy attire takes any man or woman’s mind off God and onto other things that aren’t godly,” Christian site A Toast 2 Wealth stated.

The Grammy Award-winning Duo Mary Mary, sisters Erica Campbell and Tina Campbell, are no strangers to receiving heavy criticism for their use of hip-hop influences and fashion trends.

Campbell sat down with Inside Edition to speak out about the controversial image surrounding her brand new album.

“I feel comfortable in my skin, I define my sexy. I don’t let any body tell me it has to look like A, B, or C… I refuse to be put in that box. My intention is never to offend anybody. I feel comfortable in the body that I’m in. I have three kids, I have a husband who’s very happy,” said Campbell.

“You Glorify God by loving people, by caring for people, by being honest, by feeding the hungry, by telling people about His love and His light. You don’t inspire somebody with or without a dress. Just like if somebody came in with tattoos and they were feeding the hungry, they would be doing the work that God wants us to do,” she continued.

Campbell went on to explain that she was tasteful and covered up and she’d like to be an alternative example to inspire women to be beautiful, and respectful while singing about God.

This topic of discussion brings to mind, “Render your hearts and not your garments.”