Franklin Graham has stirred up quite a bit of controversy this week, which should really not be a surprise, since it seems to follow the bombastic, loud-mouthed, obnoxious “pastor” everywhere he goes lately.
He is scheduled to hold a rally in Vancouver during the month of March. However, more than thirty pastors in Vancouver have denounced his visit, because of his divisive rhetoric. They are considering asking him not to come at all, after the incident at the Quebec mosque. In the letter, the leaders decried Graham’s “contentious and confrontational political and social rhetoric.” This comes after the city’s mayor and other officials asked festival organizers this week to drop Graham completely.
They noted he has become more controversial, even among Evangelicals. He has been very outspoken regarding his anti-Muslim stance, his anti-Planned Parenthood position, and his anti-LGBTQ opinion. Though he never officially endorsed Trump, he read from the Bible at his inauguration, and he has stated that “God’s hand intervened” in the election.
After Grace Slick turned things around on Chick-fil-A, and donated all the money she made to a pro-LGBTQ group, Graham blasted her on Facebook.
“She certainly has the right to do that, it’s her money, she earned it [but] what I want Grace and others to know is that Almighty God created and defined marriage in His Word. Any sexual relationship outside of marriage between a man and a woman is sin, and all sin carries a death sentence. Jesus is willing to forgive the sin in our lives if we will call on Him in faith. He is the only one who can bring the healing and transformation our hearts need. Grace, it’s my hope and prayer that you will put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ because He loves you very much.” (Pink)
All life is precious, unless you do something Frankie doesn’t approve of, in which case he will condemn you to hell via social media. That’s totally the Christian thing to do!
Now he is “not happy” with Barbara Pierce Bush, because she is raising money for Planned Parenthood. <collective gasp> He actually compares fundraising for PP to raising money for a Nazi death camp. He still cites the debunked videos about PP selling body parts, and he riles people up talking about their tax dollars paying for abortions (they don’t). He really is a prime example of pro-birth. He praises Putin for his anti-gay stance and for protecting Russian children from exposure to “the gay lifestyle”. (LifeNews)
We could come up with a thousand reasons why Graham is going to hell, or why his organization is inadequate. But I think one verse from his Bible will sum it up quite nicely.
Matthew 7:5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
Billy Graham stayed out of politics, served multiple presidents, both Republican and Democrat. It really is almost too late for Frankie, but he should take a lesson from his father. Sit down and shut your mouth, Son.