Kirk Franklin called for Christians to think outside of their personal bubbles in a series of tweets just before the start of the new year.
Franklin, 44, is a staple in the gospel music industry with his own Sirius XM radio station, Kirk Franklin's Praise, television hosting gigs on The Game Show Network's "The American Bible Challenge" and BET's "Sunday Best." The entertainer is very vocal on Twitter about his faith and recently directed a series of messages at his fellow Christians just before the new year.
In his message, Franklin pointed out that a lot of Christians live in fear that keeps them from dealing with people and things that are not labeled as Christian.
"Too many of us Christians are afraid of losing what we never paid for. We don't have non Christian friends, listen to different music because we're afraid," Franklin tweeted. "And we label it all as ungodly. So everything about us, our gifts, language, creativity, lives in a bubble...So the people that listen to us, think like us."
The entertainer went on to speak about the possibilities of people's faith being judgmental.
"If your faith is that fragile, it will become judgmental. In 2015, the bubble has to burst..," Franklin wrote. "And we can still rock Jesus. #letsmakeGodfamousandnotourselves."
While some of Franklin's followers asked him to further explain his message, he made it clear that people were not saved because of things they did, but because of the gift of Jesus Christ.
"'Losing what we never paid for..' Salvation is a gift. You didn't buy it," he tweeted. "That's what I mean. Listening to secular music, movies is based on one's spiritual maturity."
He quoted "Working out your salvation" from Philippians 2:12 before wishing followers a happy new year.
Franklin is a celebrated veteran in the gospel music industry, with seven Grammys, 13 GMA Dove Awards and 15 Stellar Awards. The musician has mastered the art of creating quality gospel music for two decades and insisted that the most important quality in the music is sincerity when speaking to The Christian Post earlier this year.
"It should reflect wherever we are and our personal spiritual growth with God. If that's not our top priority, then our artform is going to be very shallow," Franklin told CP. "It should not be just for the sole purpose of the artform itself ... if it's that, we'll suffer. We have to make sure people can feel the sincerity of our own testimony and our own journey so they know this is something that is really real for us."