“The Bible is not homophobic.” Kirk Franklin tackles homosexuality and abortion at The Breakfast Club

“The Bible is not homophobic.” Kirk Franklin tackles homosexuality and abortion at The Breakfast Club

Gospel icon Kirk Franklin visited popular syndicated radio show, The Breakfast Club, where he discussed his new album and his position on the hot button issues of homosexuality and abortion.

“All Scripture is God-breathed … but what we have to understand also is that the Canon of Scripture still is coming from a place of a loving God,” Franklin said on the program last week. “God is not built to hate gay people. The Bible is not a manual on how to hate gay people. And so if we continue to keep isolating these individual things and make that the premise of what God is and who God is, we are missing the [point] … that there is room at the cross for all of us. And all of us got something and to make your something bigger than my something is to miss how big the love and grace of God is.”

He added, “God is a God of truth, I believe that God’s love is the truth. There’s no truth without love and love can’t exist without truth.”

Franklin was responding to co-host Charlamagne tha God, who said he doesn’t see love in the Bible, but rather “homophobic stuff” as well as anti-Semitism.

The Gospel singer contended, “There’s not homophobic stuff in the Bible. What it is, is that there are men and women who have not necessarily been trained to be able to exegete Scripture, to be able to understand the totality of the text. Because if you are going to call one thing a sin in the Bible, you cannot eisegete that text and realize that pride, jealousy, envy [are also sins].”

When co-host Angela Yee expressed her opposition to what some have called conversion therapy — namely efforts to change a person’s sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual — Franklin shared a similar sentiment.

“I think it’s very embarrassing to think that we have to make people exactly the way we think that they need to be, to be able to do life with them,” Franklin said when asked about that. “It’s all about walking out life with men and women and to see everyone created in God’s image and basically no one group of people will ever be monolithic; everybody has different views even inside of different communities. But it’s all about learning how to agree to disagree and still letting love lead the narrative.”

The mainstream radio hosts took the opportunity to also inquire about another controversial topic — abortion.

Franklin revealed he was almost aborted by his mother. The entertainer was adopted by a “64-year-old lady” at the age of four.

“I remember my biological mother telling my adopted mother, ‘I didn’t want him, I wanted an abortion and you wouldn’t let me.’ So I lived with that abandonment issue, so yes, I am a pro-life person. But at the same time, it would be hypocritical to not also tell you that when I was a teenager, I paid for an abortion,” the singer confessed. “It would be hypocritical of me to not also say that I have also contributed to the conversation or to the issues, to the same thing that hurt me.”

He said he apologized to the young lady who had the abortion because he encouraged it and drove her to the facility.

“My point is that I am pro-life but I still believe that I do not have a right to force a woman to do anything with her body, the same way that I can’t force somebody to come to Jesus Christ,” Franklin said in the interview.

“There’s no way that I can’t force anybody to believe in my savior. So I hope that I can try to live a life and try to teach my daughters, try to portray what a loving family and loving children can be. At the same time, it’s got to be a choice. There’s no way that I can force anybody to receive anything.”

Franklin was invited on the show to discuss his 13th studio album, Long Live Love, which is now available.

Explaining the inspiration behind the album title, he said, “It’s just very obvious where we are, just the climate of culture, just the polarization. And even my Christian brothers even across the aisle and their lack of empathy for black and brown people and not being able to understand that the Creator of love is challenging us to be able to learn how to love people that are not always the most lovable because we’re at times not always the most lovable but then still God is madly in love with us.”

Check video below for the part of Kirk Franklin’s interview where he tackles homosexuality and the bible.

 

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  1. Mitch
    June 09, 06:49 Reply

    This brother just balanced well on the fence.
    E never wan talk im mind.

    NEXT!!!

    • Francis
      June 09, 09:30 Reply

      Balanced on the fence how oh? He has his own beliefs and refuses to trample on other people’s AKA He’s working on minding the business that concerns him and him alone

  2. Black Dynasty
    June 09, 10:02 Reply

    Excellent, live and let live. This life is not black & white, the spectrum btw them is huge and it’s perfectly fine to not want to be on either polar opposite.

    He has his beliefs and I’m happy he understands enough to know you cannot and should not force anyone to believe/act the same as you. It’s ok to agreee to disagree and keep it moving.

  3. Higwe
    June 09, 12:39 Reply

    Uhmmmm okay 🤔…….

    You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination. (Leviticus 18:22)

    If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them. (Leviticus 20:13)

    Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)

    The law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, for the sexually immoral, men who practise homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine. (1 Timothy. 1:9-10)

    .just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire. (Jude 7)

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    I think he should have just said “God is not homophobic ….the Bible is a farce created by men ”

    That would honestly have made more sense .🤦🏽‍♂️

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