Renowned international evangelist Luis Palau served up jokes ribbing gospel singer Kirk Franklin for his high energy performances and the contemporary fashion choices of young preachers in a lighthearted moment during the closing ceremony of the Movement Day Global Cities Christian conference in New York City on Thursday.
Palau, whose appearance followed a spirited celebration by a team of singers and musicians at the event held at the Jacob Javits Center, noted how worship styles have evolved over the years and said he came to embrace the evolution several years ago and had to defend the move.
“About 16 years ago instead of doing crusades we began to call it festivals and we began to bring some of this noisy music, you know. I was used to the ones St. Paul would sing like ‘Amazing Grace’ and things like that. And here comes these guys with drums and lights and smoke,” Palau said to laughter.
“And somebody said to me, ‘How dare you do that? What would John Calvin think?’ And I said, ‘Who cares? He’s been dead for 500 years,” the 81-year-old evangelist quipped.
He then took aim at Franklin.
“I must admit, I’m from the generation way gone. We have a singer that sometimes sings in our crusades called Kirk Franklin. Have you heard of him?” he asked to cheers.
“He’s good. He’s a short little guy and he’s full of life. He’s 50 and he forgets it. And he bounces into the crowd and he’s got a song that has three lines to it. ‘I love you. I love you.’ And for about 5 minutes he goes on ‘I love you.’ And he’s got a group behind him, I don’t know why he needs them but about 15 people to back him up. And when you say ‘OK, you love him,’ he switches to, ‘I need you, I need you.’ And for 5 minutes, you know,” he continued to even more laughter.
“And then finally after 10 or 12 minutes he goes on, ‘I want you, I want you.’ And you say, ‘Lord, take him, he wants you.’ But the Lord keeps him with us, so it must be the Lord kinda likes it. So some of us old timers, we just tolerate it,” he quipped.
“Things are outwardly changed. Have you seen modern young preachers? They come with jeans they got from the Salvation Army with holes in them. Their beard is … and you say Lord, would Paul be this way? And the answer is, of course he would. He was in jail most of the time,” he added.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post