Kirk Franklin Defends Collaboration with Kanye; Closes ‘Saturday Night Live’ Performance with Prayer

This weekend, gospel music star Kirk Franklin took to Facebook to defend his recent collaboration with Kanye West on his latest album The Life of Pablo. Though West revealed that the title refers to the Apostle Paul, whom he called “the most powerful messenger of the first century,” the album contains explicit content throughout.

After facing a backlash from Christian fans, Franklin took to Facebook to defend his appearance on the album:

Kanye is not me. I am not him. He is my brother I am proud to do life with. No sprints, but Marathons; like most of us are on. Before one song was released, I was crucified because my brother asked me to take a picture. Again "no Kanye, you're not good enough"? No. That is a dangerous message I believe we send to the world when our posture is they have to meet certain requirements before they are worthy to kiss the ring. It says people are not redeemable, forgivable or candidates for grace. That my friend is religious. I will not turn my back on my brother. I will love him, prayerfully grow with him. However long he'll have me, and however long the race takes. To a lot of my Christian family, I'm sorry he's not good enough, Christian enough, or running at your pace...and as I read some of your comments, neither am I. That won't stop me from running. Pray we win.

On Saturday evening, Franklin appeared with Kanye West and several other high profile collaborators on Saturday Night Live to perform tracks from the album, closing out the song “Ultra Light Beams” with a gospel prayer. (It starts at about 2:50 in the video, though, just a warning, the song also contains strong language.)

The prayer included the lines, “Father this prayer’s for everybody that feels like giving up. This prayer’s for everybody who feels like they’re not good enough. Everybody that said ‘I’m sorry’ too many times. Jesus that’s why I’m glad you came to give us eternal life. I’m so glad about it!”

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Pastor-Roger Grandison

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Pastor-Roger Grandison commented…

I love Kirk and the revolution he has brought to the industry to help make gospel music more effective to a younger generation..but this doesn't make any sense... Most of the comments have reflected a feeling of confusion. God is not the author of confusion. Kirk you will need to go back and rethink whatever it is you were trying to do here. If God doesn't get the glory out of this then you need to hold up your hands and say this was a wrong move. if you really want to help Kanye West change his life making an album or a single with him is not the way forward. Call him on the phone spend time with him send him texts pray with him in private but do not make any more music with him until he's ready to embrace the gospel of Jesus without compromise. Lastly please remember your fans who have supported you through thick and thin. This seems thin, so again please rethink the strategy.

Dominic Jackson

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Dominic Jackson commented…

Much love for Kirk Franklin.

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Dominic Jackson

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Dominic Jackson commented…

Much love for Kirk Franklin.

Richard Njenga

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Richard Njenga commented…

I admire Kirk's courage to intercede despite the noise!

Janna Conn

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Janna Conn commented…

I think when the Bible tells us that we are "part" of the world but don't "partake" of the world, This is a good example. I'm not quite sure how he can condone making an album with someone who chooses to live his life loud and clear about who he really is, which is to say not becoming of a child of God, and his life style choices are nothing that God requires of us as a child of the King. We are held to a higher standard and yes we fail all the time, but there is true repentance and a striving for holiness that a child of God is suppose to have. Yes, many choose to live luke warm, and those children will be judged according, but I don't see any fruit at all from Kanye.

Pastor-Roger Grandison

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Pastor-Roger Grandison commented…

I love Kirk and the revolution he has brought to the industry to help make gospel music more effective to a younger generation..but this doesn't make any sense... Most of the comments have reflected a feeling of confusion. God is not the author of confusion. Kirk you will need to go back and rethink whatever it is you were trying to do here. If God doesn't get the glory out of this then you need to hold up your hands and say this was a wrong move. if you really want to help Kanye West change his life making an album or a single with him is not the way forward. Call him on the phone spend time with him send him texts pray with him in private but do not make any more music with him until he's ready to embrace the gospel of Jesus without compromise. Lastly please remember your fans who have supported you through thick and thin. This seems thin, so again please rethink the strategy.

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