During his Decision America Tour stop in Atlanta this week, the Rev. Franklin Graham told a local news station that God's judgement is coming to America for going against His law, which is destabilizing society.
Graham, who heads the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, was asked a series of questions by the media outlet about gay marriage, specifically why people who oppose same-sex marriage aren't just as wrong as those who supported segregation.
"The Bible doesn't teach segregation. But the Bible is very clear about what it says about homosexuality. No question. It is very clear. So you can't argue with that. Segregation was something men came up with. God didn't come up with that," Graham said earlier this week in an interview with local station 11 Alive following a rally at the Georgia capitol.
When asked about segregationists who in the past used the Bible to justify their views, the evangelical preacher responded: "Well, you show me in the Bible where it says 'segregated.' You show me. 'Thou shalt be segregated?' No, that's not there. That's just — man created segregation, not God."
Graham has been speaking out against what he sees as the "moral onslaught" on America during his Decision America Tour rallies, which are encouraging evangelicals to get out and vote in the elections. He has also identified the legalization of gay marriage as one of the biggest "failures" of the country.
When asked why he thinks gay marriage is a threat to society, Graham said that it "goes against what God teaches. And anytime we oppose God, it's a danger to society, I can promise you that."
Graham was subsequently asked whether a gay person destabilizes society, to which he responded: "Now you're asking me about one person, or you're going to be general? I'm talking about, if you take any time — and let's just get off gays, you're hung up on that — any time we adopt laws that are contrary to God's laws, we as a nation or we as a people are in trouble. Any law that's contrary to God's law is trouble."
Graham further argued that people who claim that married gay people in loving adult relationships are stabilizing society are "liars."
"Because anything you do that is contrary to God's law doesn't
. It goes against God's law. And it's only going to weaken society and weaken us as a people. So no question, that's a lie," he insisted.
Back in June, following the Supreme Court's decision to strike down gay marriage bans, Graham warned that Christians nationwide need to be prepared to face persecution.
"Our nation has a spiritual problem and we need God's forgiveness and we need to repent of our sins and turn from our sins because I do believe that God's judgment will come on this nation," the evangelical leader said at the time.
"You better be ready and you better be prepared because it's coming. I think there will be persecution of Christians for our stand," he added.