Kirk Franklin caught flack from many colleagues and Christians when Kanye West revealed that the gospel singer would be featured on his new album, The Life Of Pablo.

According to a New York Times review of the record,  the first song on the album, “Ultra Light Beams” features Franklin praying, and Kanye has referred to the track as “a God dream.”

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“You know this album is really a gospel album and the first song ‘Ultra Light Beams’ said ‘this is a God dream’ — and this is something, like all y’all 20,000 people here right now, that couldn’t happen without God really holding me down,” West told the Madison Square Garden audience, E! News reports. “I’ll forever appreciate Jay-Z for that, I’ll forever appreciate Adidas for that, and I’ll forever appreciate my wife and her family for supporting me.”

Kirk says he was heavily criticized for participating on West’s album, and now he’s defending his relationship with the tortured rapper saying, “Kanye is not me. I am not him. He is my brother I am proud to do life with.”

You can check out Kirk’s lengthy IG message below, in which he addresses those quick to judge and condemn.

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