A number of celebrity preachers and singers are coming to the defense of gospel music star Kirk Franklin after he was publicly rebuked by a street preacher for allegedly failing to present the message of the Gospel during a 3.5-minute performance at the recent BET Awards show.
Franklin shared an approximately 4-minute long clip of the rebuke on Instagram late Monday where the unidentified preacher in Jacksonville, Florida, told him, “You’ve got a lot of blood on your hands, sir!” for using his performance time to sing what he called lullabies to the world instead of pointing them to repentance.
“You didn’t stand up at the BET Awards and say ‘hey guys, Jesus is coming back soon and the Bible says in the book of Revelation that the blood will be up to the horse’s bridle because of the blood of the sinners and no one’s warning people. The Bible says your prophets were false because they did not warn you of the sin that leads you to calamity,” the preacher said through a bullhorn.
Franklin asked, “You didn’t believe that I said Jesus is Lord at the BET awards?”
In his performance of his song called “Love Theory” with singers Erica Campbell, Kelly Price and Jonathan McReynolds, Franklin shared a brief message about his faith when he declared “brothers and sisters, if you believe that Jesus is the light of the world, get up on your feet right now.”
The street preacher argued that he believes Franklin was just playing lip-service to the Gospel.
“That’s not enough sir. The Bible says, ‘If I say to the wicked, you shall surely die and you don’t warn them, their blood is on your hands.’ You got a lot of people at the BET Awards, you’ve got a lot of blood on your hands, sir! You’ve got a lot of blood on your hands. That’s what I’m here to tell you,” he continued.
While many obvious Christians celebrated Franklin’s performance at the awards show on social media, some persons argued that Franklin’s performance along with the other singers who are all judges on the inspirational singing competition “Sunday Best,” was a promotion for the competition which premiered on BET on June 30.
During the encounter, Franklin questioned whether the street preacher felt it was the right way to engage someone he felt wasn’t representing the Gospel and the preacher suggested the artist has been listening to the wrong preachers.
“The preachers are drunk with the wine of Babylon. Haven’t you read through the book of revelations? Drunk with the wine,” preacher argued.
“So you’re saying every preacher that I talk to is drunk with wine?” Franklin asked.
“Well if the preachers that you talk to were not drunk with wine you know what they would tell you? When you go to the BET Awards, rebuke, reprove and correct. All Scripture is useful,” he said.
Franklin argued that he only had “three minutes” but the preacher insisted he would have done a lot more with the Gospel in that time.
“If I had three minutes in front of the world, I would tell them that wrath is coming and they better repent. That’s what I would tell them. ‘Cause what you said is ‘keep on singing the lullaby everybody. See you later. Go to Hell. That’s what it was,” he said of the singer’s performance.
“Maybe you didn’t watch the same show,” Franklin pushed back.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair
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