Rev. Franklin Graham was hardly a vision of brotherly love after the Supreme Court ruled that gays have a right to marry. He warned Christians that they should prepare to be persecuted and admonished gays that they’ll go to hell unless they repent of their homosexuality.
Graham said about the ruling, “Our government is recognizing sin. This court is recognizing sin. And that’s what homosexuality is. It’s a sin against God just like any other sin.”
Graham acknowledged that the country will have to accept the court’s ruling but “I will never recognize it in my heart,” he declared.
“Where do you draw the line?” he asked, suggesting that maybe now a man will be able to marry his daughter.
Host Todd Starnes said a lot of Christians worry that the ruling will bring “open season on Christian business owners, on pastors in churches that may not perform same sex weddings or ceremonies.” Then, assuming it’s a given, Starnes asked, “What is your word of warning to them?”
GRAHAM: Well, you better be ready and you better be prepared, because it’s coming. I think there will be persecution of Christians for our stand.
…Any type of sexual relationship outside of the marriage relationship between a man and a woman is a sin against God.
…Our nation has a spiritual problem and …I believe God could bring judgment on America.
…Do I wish ill to gay couples? No, I don’t. But I want them to know the truth, that they are living a sinful life and a sinful relationship and God is going to judge sin one day.
In other words, Graham explained, gays are going to hell. “I love gay couples enough to warn them,” He insisted. “…and I want them to repent… so that they’ll be saved.”
Starnes, in a commentary following the interview, suggested that civil disobedience is called for. "If we're not willing to fight this, even to the point of breaking the law or refusing to recognize the law, then we lose everything."
Watch the hostility below, from the June 26 The Dispatch with Todd Starnes.
And Franklin has a terrible preacher voice.
I’d also love to ask him if he’s married anyone who’s been divorced. Jesus actually spoke out against divorce and Biblical law only permitted divorce in a very limited number of situations—excessive physical abuse and abandonment/neglect were the only permissible reasons for divorce—and the wife had to bring the case (somewhat ironically, the Qur’an permitted wives to divorce their husbands solely by declaring “I divorce thee” three times in a public setting). Does Franklin believe his word is greater than either God’s or Jesus’s?
You could have pointed out Jacob’s little personal life. After he’s cheated his brother out of his (rightful) inheritance, he flees to live with his uncle (IMS, his mother’s brother) where he falls for Rachel, the younger sister (and his cousin) and agrees to labor for 7 years for the privilege of marrying her. Laban pulls the old switcheroo and replaces Rachel with her older sister, Leah. Jacob’s pissed off but Laban says it wouldn’t be “right” for the younger sister to marry first (and Jacob falls for it) so he works another 7 years to marry Rachel. And God has NO problem with this bigamy (in fact, He’s already let Jacob steal his brother’s birthright and He later promises that Jacob will be the father of a “great nation” and renames him “Israel”). So much for “God’s great design” of marriage being “one man, one woman.”
The biggest sin is the mouthpieces behind and in front of this evil “news” channel. These fools act saintly in front of the cameras, but live different lives behind it.
What they do behind-the-scenes is pure evil.
NOTE TO GRAHAM
Don’t throw stones in your glass house. What two people do with their own lives is none of your business. We hope a family member of yours marries a same-sex person.
“But if a man find a betrothed damsel in the field, and the man force her, and lie with her: then the man only that lay with her shall die. 26 But unto the damsel thou shalt do nothing; there is in the damsel no sin worthy of death: for as when a man riseth against his neighbor, and slayeth him, even so is this matter: 27 For he found her in the field, and the betrothed damsel cried, and there was none to save her. 28 If a man find a damsel that is a virgin, which is not betrothed, and lay hold on her, and lie with her, and they be found; 29 Then the man that lay with her shall give unto the damsel’s father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife; because he hath humbled her, he may not put her away all his days.”
Yeah right…give the FATHER some hard cold cash and all is well. As for the woman, she gets the privilege of becoming her rapist’s chattel.
Incest? Well, there are many examples in “The Good Book”. Here is just one of them.
“And the elder said to the younger Our father is old, and there is no man left on the earth, to come in unto us after the manner of the whole earth. Come, let us make him drunk with wine, and let us lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father. And they made their father drink wine that night: and the elder went in and lay with her father: but he perceived not neither when his daughter lay down, nor when she rose up. And the next day the elder said to the younger: Behold I lay last night with my father, let us make him drink wine also to night, and thou shalt lie with him, that we may save seed of our father. They made their father drink wine that night also, and the younger daughter went in, and lay with him: and neither then did he perceive when she lay down, nor when she rose up. So the two daughters of Lot were with child by their father.” [Genesis 19:31-36]
Franklin Graham needs to simply shut his hypocritical mouth.