The 45-year-old recording artist mused about the concept of religion on social media.
Franklin is releasing his first album in four years and took to his Instagram to introduce the album ,Losing My Religion, claiming that “religion is a prison”.
“In the beginning religion created a MASK of LIES … for generations church was where we went to go HIDE …. Imaginary God talk without relationship is empty INSIDE. … There’s room at the cross for everyone even ME … religion is a prison, but truth sets us FREE,” Franklin wrote.
While he thanked his fans on Twitter for their support, Franklin – who recently released his new single Wanna Be Happy – also admitted to being nervous about releasing new music.
“The next time you THINK America, PLEASE include ME. … The preacher isn’t God, religion’s first MISTAKE … ‘m losing my religion, THANK GOD … Helping YOU lose yours is my job.”
Franklin went on to reveal that his album would be released Nov.13 with the a pre-release date set for Oct. 16. His first single “Wanna Be Happy” premiered during the season eight finale of BET’s “Sunday Best” music talent show that he executive produces and hosts.
While he thanked his fans on Twitter for their support, he also admitted to being nervous about releasing new music.
“I can’t thank you enough for the love you’ve shown my new song,” he tweeted. “Every artist is afraid, I’m just not afraid to admit it! WANNA BE HAPPY?”