A street preacher who went viral for rebuking gospel music star Kirk Franklin for failing to represent the Gospel during a 3.5-minute performance at the recent BET Awards show, finally got to meet with Kirk in a follow-up conversation, and strongly defended his position, insisting that Kirk Franklin is guilty of selling his soul to the devil, according to a Christian Post report.
The street preacher who identifies himself as Ty told the singer ahead of one of his concerts in Jacksonville, Florida, that he had “a lot of blood” on his hands for using his performance time to sing what he called lullabies to the world instead of pointing them to repentance.
Franklin brought him to spotlight when he shared on social media an approximately 4-minute long clip of Ty’s rebuke on Instagram.
During the rebuke, Franklin offered to meet with the preacher to discuss his concerns. They eventually met. Franklin’s “spiritual father,” Tony Evans, senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship and founder and president of The Urban Alternative, also joined the meeting by telephone.
In the meeting, Ty defended his position using Scripture while Franklin told him that he “humbly” disagrees with how he should have used his time at the BET Awards.
Ty also argued that Franklin should not have been present at the BET awards at all.
“I don’t believe that God would have you stand in the presence of the wicked,” he contended. “I don’t think the Lord would have you sit at BET unless it was for such a time as this for you to raise up a standard and say repent, for the kingdom of Heaven is coming, we are in the last days.”
The preacher explained in his commentary that he was not at Franklin’s concert to necessarily meet him, but had actually gone there as he has done at other gospel events to warn people.
In a video commentary posted on Ty’s YouTube page, the preacher explained that he was not at Franklin’s concert to necessarily meet him, but had actually gone there as he has done at other gospel events to warn people.
“I myself had to get rid of many of my own albums to this day of which I’m still trying to chase down the ability of them to get taken off of certain stores all over the world because I too was singing songs just like Kirk Franklin,” he remarked.
“I was a pastor of a church, people loved me, I was loved by everybody and I sang songs, I made albums, people bought those albums. I was traveling Florida. I was starting to become very well-known in the local industry here in Florida and I was up and coming,” he said, noting that he was also getting many invitations to speak.
Then one day, he said, the Lord spoke to him.
“One day I met the Lord in my living room and He said to me that I had a lot of blood on my hands. I too had to be woken up from my sleep and I hope that Kirk Franklin will wake up from his,” he said.
“I don’t hate Kirk Franklin, the Bible says open rebuke is better than secret love. If I hated kirk Franklin I wouldn’t have come and given him the message. I wouldn’t have entertained him or even rebuked him. Jesus says the ones I love ‘I rebuke and chasten.’ It’s important that we know that when there’s love, brothers that love one another are OK with just saying hey, you need to get this right. This is wrong in your life and I was not angry at Kirk. What I’m really angry with is how the BET Awards continues to push out the filth that they do over and over again, every single day, day in and day out,” he said.