Besides the election, there is a more important battle taking place, Franklin Graham says, and the battle against godless secularism is for the soul of the country.
Writing on his Facebook page Sunday, the president of Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association said that the "forces of godless secularism want to remove the name of God and his son Jesus Christ" from the United States, and that those battles have been rising with for several years with more intensity.
The candidates may be focusing on the key battleground states and the electoral college but the real battle, Graham said, is in the heavenly realm.
Citing the famous passage in the New Testament about spiritual warfare, the evangelist quoted Ephesians 6:12-13 which reads: "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand."
"My question for you — Have you put on your armor?" he concluded.
Graham has warned multiple times in the past few months about the dangers of godlessness, particularly the variety that appears on the progressive left and in the entertainment industry.
Last Sunday Graham noted that in the 1930s, America experienced the Great Depression but that now the nation is in the midst of a Great Deception. Today, he said, "Hollywood and media moguls want you to think sin is okay, even something to celebrate. It's not. Sin has a price, and the price is death — spiritual death."
As CP reported on Oct 10, when tapes emerged of Republican candidate Donald Trump bragging about groping women in 2005 Access Hollywood interview with Billy Bush, the evangelist said Trump's remarks were indefensible but added that "the godless progressive agenda of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton likewise cannot be defended."
"Our nation's many sins have permeated our society, leading us to where we are today. But as Christians we can't back down from our responsibility to remain engaged in the politics of our nation," he continued.