Johnson, who leads the Philly Open Air Church, didn't back down. "The word of God says, ‘What shall it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?' … Turn from sin, turn from blasphemy, turn from unrighteousness that you are purporting in your music. … It doesn't matter how much money you get. Without Jesus Christ, you will be lost eternally. My hope is that you come to know Him. I have a desire to see you saved. I've been through some of the same things you've been through. I did four years incarcerated. God changed my life. He can change yours."
The conversation, which took place Wednesday afternoon, got even more interesting as Johnson talked about having served a four-year prison term for assaulting a police officer.
Mill responded saying: "Did I judge you or anybody judge you about what you did to an officer or how you did it? I been found guilty of the same thing you been doing. Nah, I got an even lighter charge than aggravated assault. So, your record is worse than mine, basically. You know what I'm saying? Listen though. I'm not hear to judge you about the things you do and all. The way I'm looking at it, you want to be famous or you want to get your church some money. If you want that, you could have came to me and said that. … I'm out here feeding my family. For you to be talking about you trying to ban me, I done took 20, 30 drug dealers off the street. I'm out there passing them coats out to them kids. Where was you at?"
Read the column that sparked it all, here .
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