The Rev. Franklin Graham has spoken out against Orlando International Airport's recent unveiling of plans to create a new Muslim prayer room that will cost $250,000 in taxpayer dollars, and asked how loud would objections be if the money were allocated to build a prayer room for Evangelical Christians, or other groups.
"Let's call this what it is — a mosque. The airport already had an interfaith prayer room since 1983 (with prayer rugs available in it) — but that wasn't enough. How loud do you think the objections would be today if they spent $250,000 in taxpayer money to build a new prayer room exclusively for Evangelical Christians? Or for Jews or Mormons or any other group? Why do Muslims get preference?" Graham asked in a Facebook post on Saturday.
News 13 reported earlier this month that the prayer room is set to open on Sept. 1. The decision to build a new "Reflection Room" to Terminal B at the Orlando airport was made after Emirates Airlines announced it's adding non-stop flights from Orlando to Dubai, which would mean an increase of passengers from the Middle East. more >>
Notable Christian leaders have denounced the decision of First Baptist Church in Greenville, South Carolina, a historic Baptist congregation, to allow for LGBT ordination and marriage.
The church, which disassociated from the Southern Baptist Convention in 1999, says its now accepting of gay ordination and marriage, but claims that it doesn't have an official position on homosexuality.
"Now, here's the big issue — we have a congregation that has clearly adopted a statement saying it's going to welcome same-sex couples, that it will perform same-sex weddings and that it will ordain openly gay ministers, but it says it's taking no position on homosexuality," said Albert Mohler Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in a podcast Tuesday. more >>
Leading evangelist and humanitarian Franklin Graham has chastised Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton for saying last week in a meeting with Black Lives Matter activists that she doesn't believe changing hearts is the way to true racial reconciliation.
Earlier this week, CNN released video it had obtained showing a behind-the-scenes meeting between a group of leading Black Lives Matter activists and the former secretary of state after one of her campaign events in New Hampshire.
In the video, Clinton is seen arguing with Julius Jones, the founder of the Black Lives Matter chapter in Worcester, Massachusetts, about what should be done to help establish racial justice for African-Americans in the country. more >>
Danny Lotz, the 78-year-old son-in-law of evangelist Billy Graham, died on Wednesday after two days in intensive care, his family has revealed. Married to Anne Graham Lotz for 49 years, the former basketball player was remembered as "God's gladiator" for his strong faith.
"At the age of 50, Danny developed a severe case of Adult 1 diabetes. For over 10 years following his retirement from dentistry he fought the ravages of the disease, earning him the beloved nickname, God's Gladiator," a statement on Anne Graham Lotz's website reads.
It adds that he lost sight in one eye and hearing in one ear, and despite also struggling with heart disease, never complained or stopped caring for others. more >>
Danny Lotz, the son-in-law of famous evangelist Billy Graham, is in intensive care after being found unconscious in his swimming pool. Evangelist Anne Graham Lotz, Graham's daughter, said in an update on Tuesday that the next 24 hours are "crucial" for her husband.
"Thank you for your prayers as we walk through this valley of the shadow. Danny is holding his own. The next 24 hours are critical and should give us some answers," Anne Graham Lotz wrote in a Facebook update on Tuesday.
"This I call to mind and therefore I have hope; because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning. … Lamentations 3:21-23," she added. more >>
Tullian Tchividjian, former pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale and a grandson of famed evangelist the Rev. Billy Graham, has been deposed of his clergy credentials by the South Florida Presbytery.
"While Pastor Tullian Tchividjian was deposed of his pastoral credentials, the South Florida Presbytery is committed to continuing to offer him pastoral care," the presbytery stated, following a regular meeting of the regional body's leadership last week.
"Our goal in doing this is to both protect the integrity of the Church from which his credentials were given while, at the same time, wrapping Tullian in the grace offered by Jesus Christ to all those who confess sin, pursue repentance and desire restoration." more >>