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Erica Campbell, one-half of the gospel duo Mary Mary recently did an interview where she was promoting her new book More Than Pretty, which is currently in stores now and she stated that masturbation isn’t pure.

“Where does God go when you are self-pleasuring?” was what the “I Luh God” singer was asked before she went into detail regarding her beliefs about the topic.

“Where does he go? Somebody asked me the question, ‘Was it wrong, was it right?’ I know some churches say for the brothers. ‘It’ll keep you from slipping up. Go ahead and handle yourself. I’ve heard some women say, ‘I take care of myself before I go out on a date,'” Campbell responded.

“I think about purity and purity happens before the actual action of whatever you do. Whatever you watch, whatever you listen to, whatever you do with yourself. Your mind being a place of purity is very crucial. But I think in our society today, everything is sexualized. You could be selling chicken and there will be a pair of boobs there. It’s just everywhere. So I think guarding your mind and guarding your thoughts and treating sex and sexuality as something beautiful that God created that’s supposed to be beautiful and otherworldly and you come together with somebody and your lives come together. It’s not so cheap,” Campbell continued.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 09: Erica Campbell (L) and Tina Campbell of Mary Mary perform onstage during the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

She then stated that she doesn’t believe that sex or pleasure should take place in solitude.

“I just don’t think it’s supposed to be done by yourself. I got an amazing, fine, wonderful husband. I just don’t have to. I got a husband there. Now, I know for singles, it might be a different story but there are married people who would just rather handle it themselves. And I can’t imagine what your husband feels like. Now, I gotta compete with your toys. It’s too much,” Campbell said.

“That’s between you and God but I just think when you are trying to live a pure life when you are trying to hold yourself and keep yourself, for this beautiful, special wonderful moment or life with a spouse, don’t lessen it. Don’t cheapen it,” she continued.

“I’m not judging nobody. I’m just talking about what God created. And it’s always the enemy’s job to pervert it, to twist it, to corrupt it, to make it filthy. He gave us free will. We can choose him or not. There is a way that is right. There is a way that is honoring God. And the scripture says, there is a way that seems right to man. That doesn’t mean that it lines up with God wants for you. And I feel like God’s plan is always a bigger, better, more awesome plan that we can’t see and we don’t understand but I believe there is greatness in that obedience, in that,” Campbell said.

Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.