Franklin Graham Condemns Obama’s Guest List for Papal Welcome as ‘Sinful’

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(PHOTO: REUTERS/GARY CAMERON) The White House is illuminated in rainbow colors after today’s historic Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage in Washington June 26, 2015.

Evangelist Franklin Graham has called President Obama’s guest list for Pope Francis’ welcome this week “disgraceful and obviously inappropriate,” even as the Vatican has reportedly objected to the White House invite to transgender activists, an openly gay bishop and supporters of abortion and euthanasia.

The guest list for a planned event at the White House’s South Lawn to welcome the pope on his first full day in the U.S. on Wednesday includes Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of Network, a “Catholic social justice lobby” which allegedly supports abortion and euthanasia; Bishop Gene Robinson, former Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire who is the first openly gay Episcopal bishop in the country; Mateo Williamson, a former co-head of the transgender caucus of Dignity USA; and also activists from the LGBT group GLAAD.

“This is disgraceful and obviously inappropriate,” Graham wrote on his Facebook page Saturday. “Is there no end to the lengths the president will go to in order to push his sinful agenda?”

Graham, who leads the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, said it is wise of the Vatican to “question President Obama’s guest list” and that the list of guests “should raise a lot of eyebrows.”

The Vatican has taken offense, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The presence of some figures is especially irritating, a senior Vatican official, who was not named, was quoted as saying. The Holy See worries that any photos of the pope with such guests could be interpreted as an endorsement of their activities. The official also wondered if the White House has invited any representatives of the U.S. anti-abortion movement.

Speaking to reporters, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday he didn’t know who all have been invited. He added that no one should draw any conclusions on specific guests “because there will be 15,000 other people there too.”

Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh wrote on his website  noting that “some people are saying that this is perfectly Obama.”

“He’s got the pope coming, and he wants to insult the pope, put pressure on the pope, and challenge the pope, ’cause the Catholic Church — and Obama’s a leftist, and leftists hate the Catholic Church,” he wrote. “Do not doubt me on that. The Catholic Church is in the top five of all-time biggest enemies for the American left and the worldwide left. And so here is, in one possibility, it is a designed effort to humiliate, challenge, make nervous, make uncomfortable the pope.”

In June, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage will be legal across the country, Graham said Obama is leading the nation on a sinful course.

The president called the ruling a “victory for America.” Prior to the court’s decision, Obama had said, “There has been an incredible shift in attitudes across the country.”

“But it is definitely not a shift for the good of America. The shift in attitudes he refers to is the moral decline we are seeing manifest daily around us,” Graham wrote on his Facebook then.

“Accepting wrong as right—accepting sin as something to be proud of. Yes, that’s definitely a shift. Should we be surprised that he thanked the LGBT community for all that they had helped him accomplish during his time as president?” Graham added, noting that Obama said, “A lot of what we’ve accomplished over these last six and a half years has been because of you.”

September 20, 2015 by Anugrah Kumar , Christian Post Contributor | Source: christianpost.com "Franklin Graham Condemns Obama's Guest List for Papal Welcome as 'Sinful'"

Franklin Graham Outraged at Hillary’s Pro-Life, Terrorist Comparison

(PHOTO: WIAT 42 NEWS VIDEO SCREENCAP) The Rev. Franklin Graham speaking with WIAT 42 News in an interview posted on May 14, 2015.

The Reverend Franklin Graham has denounced recent remarks by Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton comparing Republicans to terrorists.

In a Facebook message posted on Saturday, the head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association stated that Clinton “crossed the line” with her remarks.

Hillary Clinton crossed the line this week when she said that GOP candidates were like ‘terrorists,’ because they were supporting the defunding of Planned Parenthood’s abortion clinics across the country,
 wrote Rev. Graham.

That’s a very absurd comment considering that stopping abortions would save hundreds of thousands of innocent lives across the United States — and considering that to top it off, Planned Parenthood was selling baby parts.

Graham went on to say that

people like Hillary Clinton, they are trying to create a smokescreen of intimidation, inciting fear by saying anyone in favor of defunding Planned Parenthood is somehow against women’s health.

Last week, in a speech given in Cleveland, Ohio, Clinton drew a comparison between terrorist groups abroad and Republicans over their pro-life efforts, such as defunding Planned Parenthood.

“Now, extreme views about women, we expect that from some of the terrorist groups, we expect that from people who don’t want to live in the modern world, but it’s a little hard to take from Republicans who want to be the president of the United States”, stated Clinton.

 
“Yet they espouse out of date, out of touch policies. They are dead wrong for 21st century America. We are going forward, we are not going back.”

Graham’s post in response to Clinton’s remarks received over 98,600 likes and more than 36,900 shares on Facebook, as well as 13,000+ comments of varying viewpoints.

Clinton’s remarks come as the debate over the legitimacy of the anti-Planned Parenthood undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress continues in Congress.

Last Thursday, Planned Parenthood presented a report arguing that the videos were edited to present a false account of what really happened. CMP rejects that claim, however. Additionally, the report was paid for by Planned Parenthood and conducted by a research group that has conducted opposition research for the Democratic Party and President Barack Obama election campaign.

August 31, 2015 | by Michael Gryboski , Christian Post Reporter | Source: christianpost.com "Franklin Graham Outraged at Hillary's Pro-Life, Terrorist Comparison"

Franklin Graham Warns Hell Will Have ‘No Forgiveness’ or ‘Second Chances’ After Oscar Pistorius Gets Early Prison Release

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Evangelical preacher Franklin Graham has warned that there will be no forgiveness or second chances in hell, commenting on the early prison release of South African Paralympic runner Oscar Pistorius, who served only 10 months out of a five year sentence.

In hell, where all who are guilty of breaking God’s laws will be condemned for eternity, there will be no parole, no forgiveness, no second chances,
Graham warned in a Facebook post on Monday.

He added:

God is offering amnesty to all sinners if they are willing to repent and turn from their sins and receive God’s provision for their sin — the blood of His very own Son, Jesus Christ, who died on a Cross for the sins of all mankind, was buried, and God raised to life.

South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (C) is escorted to a police van after his sentencing at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria October 21, 2014. Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, ending a trial that has gripped South Africa and the world.

Pistorious is expected to go into house arrest on Friday, having served only 10 months in prison for shooting his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s Day in 2013.

The athlete rose to fame at the 2012 London Olympic Games, where he competed using carbon-fibre prosthetics and reached the semifinals of the 400m race against athletes with natural limbs, earning the nickname the “Blade Runner.”

Throughout the trial he maintained that Steenkamp’s death was a tragic accident, as he thought he was shooting at a robber hiding in the bathroom, and not his girlfriend. Judge Thokozile Masipa sentenced him to five years behind bars in October 2014 after he was convicted of culpable homicide.

Masipa said back then that “a non-custodial sentence would send the wrong message to the community. On the other hand, a long sentence would also not be appropriate either, as it would lack the element of mercy.”

Stephan Terblanche, an expert in sentencing and a professor at the University of South Africa, told CNN that the country’s prisons are overcrowded and underfunded, which could have played a role in Pistorius’ early release.

Steenkamp’s parents said in a letter, however, that serving 10 months for taking a human life is not an adequate punishment.

“Incarceration of 10 months for taking a life is simply not enough,” the statement from June and Barry Steenkamp read. “We fear that this will not send out the proper message and serve as a deterrent it should.”

The parents said that they have forgiven Pistorius, but stressed that those found guilty of a crime must be held accountable for their actions.

PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE)  Franklin Graham is shown in this file photo.

August 18, 2015 | by Stoyan Zaimov | Christian Post Reporter | Source: christianpost.com "Franklin Graham Warns Hell Will Have 'No Forgiveness' or 'Second Chances' After Oscar Pistorius Gets Early Prison Release"

Franklin Graham Responds to Presbyterian Church’s Apostasy

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The Apostate Presbyterian church USA:

It wasn’t really surprising when the Presbyterian church USA moved to fully embrace same-sex marriage by changing the wording of its constitution earlier this week. But the fallout could be wider than first believed.

Reuters reported how the move threatens to “further splinter one of the largest U.S. mainline Protestant denominations. Religion News Service seems to believe mainline Protestants are solidifying gay marriage support. And just weeks ago, controversial former pastor Rob Bell flat out told Oprah Winfrey that the church is “moments away from embracing” gay marriage.

You can hear the gay rights drum beat, and it’s getting louder. Thankfully, Franklin Graham is beating a different drum.

“The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) approved redefining marriage in the church constitution Tuesday to include a ‘commitment between two people,’ becoming the largest Protestant group to formally recognize gay marriage and allow same-sex weddings in congregations,” Graham wrote on his Facebook page.

“In His Word, the Bible, God has already defined marriage, as well as sin, and we should obey that rather than looking for ways to redefine it according to the desires of our culture. Marriage is defined as between a man and a woman—end of discussion. Anything else is a sin against God, and He will judge all sin one day.”

3/20/2015 Jennifer Leclaire | Original Source: charismanews.com "Franklin Graham Responds to Presbyterian Church’s Apostasy."

Franklin Graham & Tony Perkins Respond to Obama’s ISIS-Christian Prayer Breakfast Comparison:

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 Jesus Lived for Peace, Mohammed Killed Innocent People

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Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham

Leading Evangelist Franklin Graham took to Facebook on Thursday to respond to President Barack Obama’s implication at the National Prayer Breakfast that ISIS’ brutality abuse of religious minorities in Iraq and Syria is similar to that of Christian brutality over 1,000 years ago.

In a post on his public Facebook page, Graham, the son of world-renowned Evangelist Billy Graham and the current president of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and humanitarian organization Samaritan’s Purse, argued that just because people have used Jesus’ name for “evil” purposes in the past does not mean that Jesus actually called on his followers to do such horrible acts, like the Crusades

Today at the National Prayer Breakfast, the President implied that what ISIS is doing is equivalent to what happened over 1000 years ago during the Crusades and the Inquisition,

Graham wrote. “Mr. President — Many people in history have used the name of Jesus Christ to accomplish evil things for their own desires. But Jesus taught peace, love and forgiveness.”

Graham further wrote that unlike Jesus, who lived His life without sin, Mohammed took many innocent lives.

“[Jesus] came to give His life for the sins of mankind, not to take life. Mohammad on the contrary was a warrior and killed many innocent people,” Graham asserted. “True followers of Christ emulate Christ — true followers of Mohammed emulate Mohammed.”

Graham and some other Christian advocates expressed disappointment that President Barack Obama used the brutality of Christians during the Crusades and Christians’ use of slavery in America as a plea for religious tolerance.

Many critics claim that he should have focused on today’s plethora of Muslim oppressors, who use the name of Mohammed to justify their attacks.

“Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history,” Obama said. “And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.

“So this is not unique to one group or one religion. There is a tendency in us, a sinful tendency that can pervert and distort our faith,” the president continued. “No God condones terror. No grievance justifies the taking of innocent lives, or the oppression of those who are weaker or fewer in number.”

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Tony Perkins is president of the Family Research Council.

Tony Perkins: Outspoken Christian and a leading social conservative activist Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, also criticized Obama for his easy willingness to condemn Christian brutality but inability to acknowledge terrorist ties to Islam.

Perkins told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly that he thinks the president squandered a chance to bring more awareness to the lives of people currently being oppressed by Muslim oppressors, which currently includes an American citizen.

“What we have here is the president refusing to acknowledge that Islam and that ideology that is behind it that has been radicalized is being used to kill Christians,” Perkins said. “This was a great opportunity for the president to draw attention to the genocide that is happening in the Middle East at the hands of Islam. This was a great opportunity for pastor Saeed Abedini, he could have used this opportunity to demand that Iran release him and send him home.”

In his speech, Obama mentioned a recent trip he took to India where people of all faiths are targeted by people of other faiths. Perkins further criticized the president for not even bothering to mention his recent trip to Saudi Arabia, a Muslim kingdom in which some commenters claim has a religiously intolerant penal code that is as brutal as the Islamic State.

“He didn’t mention his stop in Saudi Arabia on his way back to this country and the fact that they rank by his own State Department as one of the worst abusers of religious freedom in the world,” Perkins explained.

Republican Louisianna Governor Bobby Jindal issued a statement on Friday responding to Obama’s speech, stating that the president needs to wake up to the “reality” of today’s religious extremism.

“It was nice of the President to give us a history lesson at the Prayer breakfast,” Jindal said. “Today, however, the issue right in front of his nose, in the here and now, is the terrorism of Radical Islam, the assassination of journalists, the beheading and burning alive of captives. We will be happy to keep an eye out for runaway Christians, but it would be nice if he would face the reality of the situation today. The Medieval Christian threat is under control, Mr. President. Please deal with the Radical Islamic threat today.”

Although the National Prayer Breakfast also featured a heartfelt keynote speech by hall-of-fame NASCAR driver Darrell Waltrip about how Christ transformed his life, the event was “overshadowed” by Obama’s “high horse” comment, Perkins said.

“That was overshadowed by the president talking about how faith is a weapon,” Perkins said. “Faith is not a weapon. What we see is ISIS is using weapons to kill Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East and the president cannot bring himself to say that.”

February 6, 2015 BY SAMUEL SMITH , CP REPORTER | Original Source: christianpost.com

Franklin Graham: There Are Storms Coming

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Times have changed. And no politician or political party can save us.

oklahoma-state-evangelism-2015That’s what Franklin Graham told an Oklahoma City crowd Monday night at the Oklahoma State Evangelism Conference.

Talking about the forces of secular humanism that have taken root in the United States, Franklin Graham called on Christ followers to take an active interest in politics—from local school board races to Washington.

“Now I’m not talking about Baptists or Republicans and the Tea Party,” he said. “I have no confidence that any of these politicians or any party is going to turn this country around. The only hope for this country is for men and women of God to stand up and take a stand.”

“Well, you say, ‘Now Franklin, your father wouldn’t get onto these subjects,'” Franklin Graham said, addressing the need to stand up to secularism.

“Wait a second. My father, when he was going to school, they had a Bible in school,” he continued. “When he was going to school, they had the Ten Commandments on the wall. When he was going to school, you could pray in school, and the teachers would lead in those prayers.

Our country has changed. And we’ve got to take a stand.

Talking about growing up in the ’50s and ’60s under the Red Threat, Franklin Graham recalled that communism was seen as the ultimate enemy of freedom.

“When the Berlin Wall came down, everybody said we won,” he said. “And secularism came. And secularism and communism are the same thing. They’re godless. They’re anti Christ.”

The message was strong and challenging. But a thread of hope ran through it, from start to finish.

There is only one who can save,” Franklin Graham said. “Only one. Jesus Christ.”

Pulling from Matthew 8:1-34, where Jesus calmed the storm that had his disciples fearing for their lives, Franklin reminded the crowd that we aren’t very different from the people who were with Jesus 2,000 years ago.

There are storms that are coming,he said.And we find ourselves in these storms, and many times we as a church, we run and we run to the wrong place.

“You see, Jesus is in the boat. All we have to do is call Him, call on His name.”

Sometimes that will mean facing ridicule from a secular world, Franklin Graham continued. But the people of God have to stay strong.

“The secularists and the humanists, you mention the name of Christ, they jump all over you,” he said. “I get jumped on all the time. I don’t care. I really don’t.

“I gave my life to Christ. He died for me; He shed his blood for me. I’m not going to back up, and I’m not going to run.”

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Franklin Graham: America Is Waging 'War on Christmas' and 'War on Christ' Over The 'Hatred' of Christian 'Culture'

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While evangelical leader and founder of the Samaritan’s Purse humanitarian organization Rev. Franklin Graham is claiming that America is waging a “war on Christmas,” a Christian advocacy group has sent legal memos to over 13,000 U.S. school districts reminding administrators that freedom of Christmas expression is constitutional.

Graham, the 62-year-old son of world-famous evangelical Billy Graham, wrote in the December issue of the Billy Graham Evangelical Association’s Decision Magazine that over “the last few decades” social culture in America has become increasingly intolerant toward Christianity, and the Christmas spirit, although millions of Americans celebrate the birth of Christ every year.

“Unfortunately, the United States in the last few decades has witnessed increased hostility toward the sacred nature of Christmas, erupting into what has become a blatant war on Christmas,” Graham wrote. “That’s because at its root and core, the war on Christmas isn’t really about Christmas — it’s about the Son of God. The war on Christmas is a war on Christ and His followers. It’s the hatred of our culture for the exclusive claims that Christ made.”

Across the U.S., many local government entities and school districts have put in place rules and regulations that prevent people from openly sharing in the Christmas spirit, or even the Christian faith, in public spaces and many have also formally removed references to Christmas from public places and events, where Christmas and other religious references were once commonly used.

Graham provided a few examples. The city of Pittsburgh now refers to the Christmas holiday as “sparkle day.” A local Minnesota courthouse has banned red poinsettias because someone claimed that the flowers were a “Christian symbol.” He also added that a Veterans Administration hospital in Georgia has banned the singing and playing of Christmas songs in public areas.

“Stores, schools and communities across America continue to find new and intolerant reasons to remove any religious references to Christmas, stripping it of any holy or historical significance,” Graham further explained. “Christian songs, prayers, and other spiritually vital connections to Lord Jesus Christ are deleted or diminished.”

While Graham did not mention it in his piece, the largest school district in Maryland voted in November to strip religious holidays from its school calendars after Muslim leaders complained that Eid al-Adha was not on the school calendar as a day off for students. This means that Christian holidays such as “Christmas break” and “Easter” are no longer officially recognized by the Montgomery County School District.

Also, a South Carolina charter school, in 2013, canceled its participation in the Operation Christmas Child program, a charity initiative run by Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse organization, which encourages the donation of shoe boxes filled with small gifts for underprivileged children in third-world nations.

Additionally, a number of schools around the country have banned the singing of Christmas carols.

As many school districts have come under fire from atheist and humanitarian organizations that have threatened legal action if the schools do not curb their involvement in religious activities — most prominently participation in Operation Christmas Child — the legal group Alliance Defending Freedom has vowed to help protect school districts’ First Amendment rights.

ADF, a legal group fighting for the right of Christian expression, sent a memo Wednesday to over 13,000 school districts throughout the U.S. saying that the singing of Christmas carols, and other forms of Christmas expression in public schools, does not violate the Constitution.

The memo additionally informed the school districts that the group is available to represent districts in court if their students’ constitutional rights are being challenged.

“No court has ever ruled that the Constitution demands school officials to censor Christmas carols, eliminate all references to Christmas, or silence those who celebrate Christmas,” the memo states.

ADF senior legal counsel Jeremy Tedesco said that schools have no obligation to prevent their students from participating in Christmas events, such as singing Christmas carols or donating to Operation Christmas Child program.

“School districts do not have to remove religious references from their calendars. They should not violate the First Amendment by stifling student expression about Christmas,” Tedesco said. “They can and should allow religious Christmas carols to be part of their school productions. And they can lawfully help impoverished children through community service projects, such as Operation Christmas Child.”

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