According to ChristianToday.com, the satirical website Celebtricity, which is known for fabricating stories to keep its audience guessing what is real news and what is fake, claimed that Franklin said:
"Every human being was wired with the desire for happiness. And we will try different things all in the pursuit of that feeling. I'm saying, if you really want to be happy, you have to start with YOURSELF. Don't be brainwashed by a make-believe deity. My goal is to try to lead people to the manufacturer of their souls because we all know Jesus is as fake as the Easter Bunny."
One of Franklin’s fans tweeted the quote to him. Franklin replied, stating, "I never said this, my brother... Jesus IS and ALWAYS will be, my Lord and Saviour."
Other fans expressed their happiness that Franklin had not really turned from his Christian faith.
The Gospel singer has also been criticized by many for his controversial album “Losing My Religion” and for associating himself with rapper Kanye West.
Franklin responded to his critics, saying, "What I want to say about the Kanye thing is that whoever wants me to be in their life — whether it's a rapper, celebrity, janitor, banker, newsman, teacher — my job is to be a light for God and Christ," he says. "Whoever I'm with and whatever I'm doing, that's my purpose."
Publication date: May 13, 2016