Outspoken evangelist the Reverend Franklin Graham has stated that the attacks in Paris and Beirut have shown that "Islam has declared war on the world."
In a statement posted on his Facebook page Monday evening, the head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association also mentioned other brutal attacks by Islamic terrorists.
Evangelical preacher the Rev. Franklin Graham has responded to the terror attacks in Paris on Friday by stating that unchecked Muslim immigration to the U.S. could open the door to a repeat of such violence on American soil.
"I've said this before, and many people criticized me for saying it. We must reform our immigration policies in the United States. We cannot allow Muslim immigrants to come across our borders unchecked while we are fighting this war on terror. If we continue to allow Muslim immigration, we'll see much more of what happened in Paris — it's on our doorstep," Graham said in a Facebook message on Sunday.
He added that France and Europe are being "overrun" by "young Muslim men," which is creating security concerns. more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham has slammed French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo for mocking the Russian plane crash in Egypt which led to 224 deaths.
"Nothing is sacred to Charlie Hebdo. It seems inconceivable that the French magazine's cartoonists would use the loss of 224 lives that were on the Russian airliner that crashed Oct. 31 in their satire," Graham said in a Facebook post on Monday.
"The magazine's editor said they were a secular, atheist newspaper and that 'the term blasphemy has no meaning for us,'" he continued. "I have news for them — it means something to the rest of the world and it means something to all those whose lives have been forever changed by that tragic crash. Charlie Hebdo was wrong in mocking Islam and they're wrong now." more >>
Legendary evangelist Billy Graham celebrated his 97th birthday over the weekend and his son, Franklin Graham, who has followed in his father's footsteps in ministry, took to social media with a touching message about his dad's condition and his deepest desire.
"Today is my father Billy Graham's 97th birthday!" Franklin posted, along with a photograph of a young Graham. "He came to faith in Christ just a week before his 16th birthday and went home and told his mother what he had done. He knew for sure that his heart had changed."
Graham went on to become one of the greatest evangelists of his time, preaching to millions and seeing many come to Christ. Graham is arguably the most influential Christian preacher of the last six decades. He was ranked No. 4 on Gallup's Most Admired Man List for 2014 and has been on its top 10 list 58 times between 1946 and 2014 — the most appearances of any man in the world since Gallup started the survey. more >>
The Rev. Billy Graham has issued a written warning to America's churches: "Prepare for persecution." The renowned preacher and founder of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association penned a commentary that was posted on his website last week and is slated to appear in the November edition of Decision magazine.
In the magazine, Graham notes that the American church has been largely unfamiliar with persecution, writing that this "immunity to persecution that Christians in our country have experienced in the past two or three centuries is unusual."
"As a whole, our nation does not know what privation is. We do not know what sacrifice is. We do not know what suffering is. Suppose persecution were to come to the church in America, as it has come in other countries," wrote Graham. more >>
Responding to a question sent by an employee of a civic organization, evangelist Billy Graham acknowledges that while no pastor is perfect, it's "wrong, and a sin in the eyes of God" for Christians to criticize their pastors.
"Why do some people seem to enjoy criticizing their pastor?" reads the question sent to the 96-year-old evangelist, according to the website of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, now headed by his son, the Rev. Franklin Graham.
"I'm in a civic organization with a couple of friends from another church, and it seems like all they talk about is their pastor's shortcomings. Should I say something to them about this?" adds the question. more >>