The Rev. Franklin Graham has said that the U.S. Supreme Court's upcoming decision on whether to legalize same-sex marriage across America or allow states to continue to make their own decisions will "rank as the most historic and far-reaching judgment of the 21st century." He argued that it could pave the way for "persecution of believers," and said he would be praying for the nine Supreme Court justices.
"This is a pivotal moment in the history of America. As nine U.S. Supreme Court justices consider arguments brought before the court on April 28 about whether to make same-sex marriage a constitutional right, we need to pray fervently for the wisdom and counsel of God to work its way into the hearts and minds of those making this momentous decision," Graham said in a message on Facebook Saturday.
"The impending decision will rank as the most historic and far-reaching judgment of the 21st century. If our nation's highest court decrees same-sex marriage as the law of the land, the consequences will be great. It sets the stage for persecution of believers committed to living by the truth of God's Holy Word. " more >>
Franklin Graham, the head of nonprofit Samaritan's Purse, said he was discouraged by the impetus behind the draw Muhammad event in Garland, Texas, which some claim sparked the attack from two Muslim gunmen, allegedly affiliated with the terror group ISIS.
"What this event was doing in Texas was mocking Islam. I disagree with [them]," said Graham in a Fox News interview on Wednesday.
Graham said he wouldn't want anyone mocking Jesus Christ, and for this reason poking fun at Islam is off limits for him. more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham has defended Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, calling him a "great American and a strong Christian" after CBS's "Face the Nation" host Bob Schieffer suggested that he has taken his stance on marriage "too far" and pointed out that the Southern Poverty Center has branded his organization an "anti-gay hate group."
"I know Tony. He's a great American and a strong Christian. Just because Christians take a stand aligned with what the Word of God says is true, that doesn't mean we are anti-gay. It means that we love people enough to warn them. God tells us in His Word that lying is sin, stealing is sin, murder is sin, adultery is sin, homosexuality is sin ... and 'the wages of sin is death,'" Graham said in a Facebook message on Monday.
He added that those who stand up for traditional marriage are often targets of "the liberal media's anti-Christian bias," but said that does not mean that they should stop speaking out. more >>
Evangelist Franklin Graham, megachurch pastor Joel Osteen, and producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey have topped Newsmax's list of the 100 most influential Christians in America, released on Monday.
"Christianity's challenges in today's world of instantaneous information transmission and new brands of sin are not what they were a century ago, nor are they quite what they were during the socio-sexual revolution of the '60s. And not all the names below are occupants of pulpits — not traditional physical pulpits, anyway," Newsmax.com stated.
The news website, part of Newsmax Media, listed Graham at the very top of its list. The Evangelical, who is head of Christian charity Samaritan's Purse, has been highly vocal about Christian persecution around the world, and has, on a number of occasions, blamed President Barack Obama's administration for not doing enough to speak out and protect them. Graham is the son of famous evangelist Billy Graham, who also made the list, at No. 5. more >>
In one of his recently syndicated "My Answer" question-and-answer columns, world-renowned evangelist Billy Graham was asked why God sometimes says "no" to certain prayer requests even though He loves all of His children.
"Dear Billy Graham: I know God sometimes says 'no' when we ask for something in our prayers. But if He really loved us, wouldn't He always answer our prayers with a 'yes'?" the letter from a woman identified only by her initials of G.H. asked.
The 96-year-old Graham, the founder of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, compared God and His denial of certain prayer requests to a parent who says 'no' when their kids ask if they are allowed do something that is unsafe. more >>
The North Carolina House has approved a proposal to put a statue of evangelist Billy Graham in National Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol, replacing the stature of Gov. Charles B. Aycock, who has come under criticism for his white supremacist views.
All states can contribute two statues each inside the U.S. Capitol, and some of them are placed within Statuary Hall. States can also request changes, as North Carolina wants to do.
After much debate, the chamber voted 71-28 for the bill. If the N.C. Senate also backs it, a statue of Graham will replace that of Gov. Aycock, which was installed in 1932. more >>