GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Jentezen Franklin, senior pastor of Free Chapel, releases the following statement in response to the recent suicide of Anthony Bourdain and other notable personalities:
“It crushes my heart to wake up every morning and hear of more and more wonderfully gifted individuals cutting their own precious lives short. Anthony Bourdain was a master of his life’s work, much like Kate Spade, Avicii, and other talented people who we’ve lost far too soon. Each and every story I hear reminds me that what the world needs isn’t fame, fortune, success or an impressive resume – what the world needs is hope.
No matter how accomplished each of us are, every soul desperately needs to understand they are loved and were created with a purpose. This isn’t simply a mental health crisis, it’s a spiritual crisis. The demons that lie to us need to be stared down and told to leave in Jesus’ name. However glamorous one’s life may seem, many people are hurting deeply on the inside, and it’s our job to come alongside them and tell them the truth.
Pastor Jentezen Franklin is the Senior Pastor of Free Chapel, a multi campus church. Each week his television program Kingdom Connection is broadcast on major networks all over the world. A New York Times best-selling author, Jentezen has written eight books including his latest, Love Like You’ve Never Been Hurt