When you see someone pull a video, it is a clear indication that something is not right. When you are caught saying or doing the wrong thing, the most important thing for a person to do is to protect their image. Never mind the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ and His righteous standard. What is more important to a man or woman in the music industry is their image.
We need to take a page from what Paul said about the Lord Jesus. “…but made Himself of no reputation.”
With “artists,” bad publicity directly affects music sales, contracts, if any, engagements worldwide, and other issues. When the truth of the matter comes front and center, we see that the Body of Christ is in crisis.
We have abandoned the fact that God gets the glory and we are to be the praise of His glory.
Nope. Just like the devil, we want the glory. So when a video tape is unbecoming of an “artist,” the best thing to do is pull the tape. Now, it wasn’t about a song performance, it was about the Word of God that was supposed to be correctly released when posed a pointed question about homosexuality and porn.
Image of man is everything in a world where dollars and cents make more sense to a person purporting to be a child of God, yet live below kingdom of God expectations.
The Lord is slow to anger and is full of mercy.
God is always quick to forgive, but forgiveness is offered when one repents. Forgiveness is not free. The blood of Jesus paved the way for all man to receive forgiveness. The requirement to receive forgiveness is simple.
Repent (turn away from sin forever) and ask for His forgiveness.
We pray for Kirk Franklin but we also declare that from this point on, if you are not going to use the Bible as the ONLY answer when asked questions about the sin of homosexuality and porn, just ask to be excused from the interview. Decline to go to interviews that you know will question your stand. It is much preferred to defer to other strong believers in the Lord than to give wishy washy answers that defame the name of Christ.
It is also important that when we are to answer these questions, we must not be found denying the Lord and His Word. The world is not competent nor qualified in the handling of the Scriptures. Remember that the Sanhedrin constantly questioned the Lord Jesus about the Word. The Sanhedrin were scholars of the law, doctors of the law, yet, they were able to twist the Scriptures. They replaced the commandment of the law with their traditions.
When questions are posed, the world will do the same thing. They will bring people that have degrees to challenge the already interpreted Word of God to attempt to bring into question what God really said. Sounds like another episode of the serpent questioning the Word of God and deceiving Eve.
At this point, Kirk Franklin could be hurting but the chastisement of the Lord is for the purpose of restoring him to the place of right standing and right relationship. He also needs true, disciplined leadership.
Get rid of them weak willed, milky way, passive pastors that stroke the egos of “artists.”
We pastors carry the rod and the staff. The rod to beat the wolf, but the staff is used to rescue the sheep. To use the hook to rescue them when they fall into a ditch. When they want to go in a direction other than the way they should go, the other end of the staff is also used to guide or to steer.
1 Peter 5:2 out of the Amplified Bible (AMP) says, “Tend (nurture, guard, guide, and fold) the flock of God that is [your responsibility],”
That’s what Kirk needs desperately. A pastor that will “(nurture, guard, guide, and fold),” provided, Kirk is willing to submit himself to be under the spiritual care of a genuine shepherd.
The music industry is full of sheep without shepherds. Sheep that refuse to have a shepherd. Sheep that believe they could shepherd themselves in song. These sheep wander from place to place. Some are never under authority and they believe that they are mature enough not to be told anything. Hidden underneath all of their glitter is litter. Secret Sexual Sins and all sorts of lewdness that would make porn stars blush.
The Lord has a standard that must consistently taught, preached, and lived. When we are found whiffing at questions, it is clear that there is no conviction, strength, or courage. The enemy “seeks whom he MAY devour.” Peter said it this way because, sadly, it seems like the devil has too much choice over which sheep to devour. The easy ones are the ones that lack strength, faith (conviction), and courage.
GCMWatch got it right……It was a Joel Osteen moment. Here is the link……http://www.gcmwatch.com/10190/kirk-franklin-pulls-a-joel-osteen-on-gay-marriage-and-porn
I do have to admit that recently Joel Osteen edged a little closer to the conviction that homosexuality is a sin. However, he needs to close the gap and speak with decisive conviction. Something that his late father, Pastor John Osteen, never lacked.
As for Kirk Franklin, it is important that he find strength, conviction, and courage. The vacillation and capitulation is text book for those that fear the media more than they fear God. In a previous video with Pastor Donnie McClurkin, Kirk Franklin appeared to be preaching the Word, but one of the things I always look for is the conviction. There is a difference between crowd pleasing and conviction.
One of these days, the preaching will be so thick, an altar call will not be necessary. Right where people are, they will simple recognize the holy presence of the Lord and repent on their faces before God. The days are coming in humble places where people will just do what is supposed to be done.
Recognize the holy presence of God.
As I’ve said, all you have to do is go back to the Garden and you will see that the enemy waits until you are ready to be tempted. Then he brings out his half truths, until you agree with him. Then he lies to you. Then he murders you in cold blood.
This is what’s happening all across the globe. People are running from the truth in this apostate era of time. Quick to walk away from the Lord and His Word because the pressure to stand for the truth is ever present. When we fail to stand for the truth of the Word of God, we’ll fall for anything.
It cannot be that Kirk was embarrassed. After looking at that video and observing the way that it started, (remember the “Church Ain’t Going No Where” song before the interview if some of you have seen it?), it seems like the believer in Kirk went somewhere.
“With their lips do they worship Me, but their hearts are far from Me.”
When you have no conviction of God in you, you have no fear of God in you. You fear the people more, and that’s when your heart is turned away from the truth. You believe in fables, and other young believers that watch you will live the way you are living. Compromise is easier than standing. Paul told Timothy to profess a good profession like Jesus did before Pontus Pilate. In other words, when it is time to testify, remember how Jesus did it before the Romans. The Romans were intimidating but Jesus didn’t flinch.
So keep Kirk in your prayers, but also learn from this lesson. The Lordship and dominion of Jesus must be so strong in you that you remember that the “eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth to show Himself strong on the behalf of those whose hearts are LOYAL towards Him.“