The 47-year-old gospel music artist, songwriter and executive who heads the Fo Yo Soul record label is currently co-headlining The Rebel The Soul & The Saint‎ tour along with soul singer Ledisi. This week, he spoke about an issue he feels is driving many millennials away from houses of worship. “One of the reasons why I feel millennials are leaving the Church is because we showed them our scriptures without showing them our scars,” Franklin wrote on Instagram. Franklin’s fellow gospel music artist James

Fortune backed his industry peer’s statement by writing, “I agree” in his comment section. The problem of millennials leaving the Church has been a topic of conversation for several years.In 2015, a Pew Research Center poll found that fewer than six in 10 millennials identify with Christianity. David Cox, PRRI’s director of research, supported those claims when he told The Christian Post last year that an estimated 39 percent of young adults between the ages of 18–29 identify themselves as nones, or religiously unaffiliated. READ MORE