When Kirk Franklin announced that his 11th studio album would be called Losing My Religion, the title and viewpoints that came along with it sparked mixed reaction.

Now, Franklin is further explaining why he believes people should focus on their relationship with Christ more than anything else.

“Religion, throughout the years, has become a very oppressive thing that doesn’t allow people to get to know the God it was created to try to lead them to. So basically, it’s just like marriage cannot guarantee intimacy, religion doesn’t guarantee relationship,” the 45-year-old recording artist, songwriter and producer said on the “Tom Joyner Morning Show” recently.

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