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(Franklin) Graham: ‘True Followers of Jesus...Cannot Endorse Same-Sex Marriage'
CNS News ^ | May 16, 2014 | Michael W. Chapman

Posted on 05/19/2014 3:58:40 PM PDT by xzins

Franklin Graham: ‘At Every Turn, the Gay and Lesbian Agenda is Being Pushed by This Administration’ Rev. Franklin Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. (AP)

(CNSNews.com) – Rev. Franklin Graham, son of world-renowned evangelist Billy Graham, said that “true followers” of Jesus “cannot endorse same-sex marriage” regardless of what President Barack Obama, the Congress, the Supreme Court, or the media say about the issue, adding that marriage was “settled by God Himself” and cannot be modified by man.

“True followers of Jesus Christ, whose salvation is based entirely upon God’s Word, cannot endorse same-sex marriage, regardless of what our President, the Congress, the Supreme Court, the media or the latest Gallup poll says about the matter,” said Rev. Graham in his May 2014 column for Decision magazine.

“This moral issue has been settled by God Himself and is not subject to man-made revisions or modifications,” he said. “In the end, I would rather be on the wrong side of public opinion than on the wrong side of Almighty God who established the standard of living for the world He created. Marriage is a biblically moral issue, not a political or theological one.”

Rev. Graham made those remarks after first discussing how “pressure from the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community” on the A&E cable channel had tried to force Duck Dynasty off the air last year because its patriarch, Phil Robertson, had expressed his “biblically based convictions.”

Graham also noted how the restaurant and country store chain Cracker Barrel had initially given in to LGBT pressure and pulled all its Duck Dynasty products from its shelves, only to reverse itself after an uproar by millions of Americans who support the show.

“In both cases, the LGBT lost,” said Rev. Graham. “While many in the liberal and progressive media have deceived the public into thinking that this group makes up a large portion of our nation’s population, surveys support the fact that this small but boisterous movement consists of less than 2 percent of society.”

Rev. Graham went on to discuss how the international Christian aid group, World Vision, had also apparently given in to pressure in March, announcing that it would hire people in same-sex marriages. That decision also caused an uproar from donors and other evangelical groups, and World Vision subsequently reversed its decision within two days.

At the time, Rev. Graham, who is head of the international Christian aid group Samaritan’s Purse, said, “In our country today, there is tremendous pressure on Christians, churches, and Christian organizations to lower our moral standards. God is clear in His Word, and His standards never change. I’m thankful that Christians across the country urged World Vision to reverse their decision, and prayed fervently that they would do so. Three cheers.”

Rev. Graham: ‘True Followers of Jesus … Cannot Endorse Same-Sex Marriage’ Regardless What the President, Media, Supreme Court Say

After commenting on Duck Dynasty and the World Vision scandal, Rev. Graham said he was grateful about how things concluded but hoped the fundamental issue would “cause a depth of soul-searching” because, as he understands it, there is no compromise on marriage.

“This debate is ultimately about something much more important than the question of same-sex marriage,” said Rev. Graham. “It is about the great compromise, calling into question the authority of Scripture. If Christians do not agree concerning the authority of Scripture, we will eventually disagree about all sorts of things.”

He continued, “The church is on dangerous ground when it departs from the teaching of Christ and attempts to redefine His commands and compromise His truth. There are many things in Scripture that Christians disagree on, but the Bible is crystal clear about the sanctity of life and marriage. It is also clear that homosexuality is spelled out as sin—there are no ifs, ands or buts.”

Rev. Graham ended his commentary by telling those in “the LGBT community” that God “loves you and will forgive you,” and that God “is eager to forgive all sinners,” including Graham himself.

Franklin Graham, 61, is married, has five children, and lives in Boone, N.C. He is the president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the Samaritan’s Purse.


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1 posted on 05/19/2014 3:58:40 PM PDT by xzins
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To: xzins

Amen!


2 posted on 05/19/2014 3:59:57 PM PDT by Java4Jay (The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of the people.)
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“In both cases, the LGBT lost,” said Rev. Graham. “While many in the liberal and progressive media have deceived the public into thinking that this group makes up a large portion of our nation’s population, surveys support the fact that this small but boisterous movement consists of less than 2 percent of society.”

Graham is right. WE don't make noise. Nixon called us the "silent majority." I guess now we are: "The STILL Silent Majority that is willing to be trampled."

3 posted on 05/19/2014 3:59:59 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins
‘True Followers of Jesus...Cannot Endorse Same-Sex Marriage'

Amen!!!

4 posted on 05/19/2014 4:00:09 PM PDT by rjsimmon (The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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To: xzins

....or be pro-choice


5 posted on 05/19/2014 4:01:56 PM PDT by kingattax (America needs more real Americans.)
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To: xzins

If I live in FL and agree with Rev. Franklin, does that make me a Graham cracker?


6 posted on 05/19/2014 4:02:03 PM PDT by chajin ("There is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12)
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This is one of the ONLY that would permit you to post such and article as this for discussion.

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7 posted on 05/19/2014 4:03:16 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

I totally agree with Rev. Graham.


8 posted on 05/19/2014 4:03:38 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: xzins

jerry falwell helped transform the ‘silent majority’ into the ‘moral majority’ that for a time was the power inside the GOP.

we need a Moral Majority 2


9 posted on 05/19/2014 4:04:14 PM PDT by kingattax (America needs more real Americans.)
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To: xzins

This is the new statue of Caesar that the obedient must fall down and worship before to secure their lives and their place in society.

True Christians will not bow.

Get ready for the Colosseum.

Get ready for the fiery furnace.


10 posted on 05/19/2014 4:04:46 PM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: xzins

Romans 1:18-32.


11 posted on 05/19/2014 4:06:26 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: xzins

Pity that all christians...... are not christians...


12 posted on 05/19/2014 4:06:37 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: Fungi

Amen. Irrefutable scripture.


13 posted on 05/19/2014 4:07:08 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins
Florida Man Wants to Marry His Porn-Filled Computer
14 posted on 05/19/2014 4:08:39 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (You can't be passive and moral.)
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To: xzins

Indeed.

Can’t and won’t.

It’s not something that makes any sense to me at all, in fact it strikes me as complete lunacy, so no.


15 posted on 05/19/2014 4:09:30 PM PDT by chris37 (heartless)
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To: xzins

God bless Rev. Graham.

Amen!


16 posted on 05/19/2014 4:09:40 PM PDT by Finalmente
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To: rjsimmon

It’s another truth that we hold to be self obvious.


17 posted on 05/19/2014 4:10:30 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: xzins

He never wavers.....Thankful for him.


18 posted on 05/19/2014 4:11:32 PM PDT by Guenevere
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To: xzins

The politics of personal destruction will begin in 10,9,8.......


19 posted on 05/19/2014 4:12:10 PM PDT by The Public Eye
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To: xzins

If Franklin Graham keeps making pronouncements like this , I’ll have to start sending money to his organization. Is there any other evangelical leader talking like this?


20 posted on 05/19/2014 4:13:36 PM PDT by odawg
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To: jazusamo

I have been trying to think of ways to tell my children (early 20s) that gay marriage is wrong without sounding so out dated as they perceive me to be on this issue. What Graham says is the perfect way—that God decided what marriage is and that we can’t change it. It’s just a crystal clear way to explain.


21 posted on 05/19/2014 4:13:45 PM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: Fungi

Romans chapt 1:

“verse 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”

There’s your majority of liberals, not only condone homosexuality but “have pleasure in them that do them”.


22 posted on 05/19/2014 4:14:04 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha. 1 Cor 16: 32)
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To: xzins

I wish all “Christian” leaders would stand with him.
God bless & protect him for speaking the truth.


23 posted on 05/19/2014 4:15:03 PM PDT by FES0844
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To: xzins

In my book, anyone who endorses or accepts homo-marriage...

...is not a Christian.
...is not a conservative.

...is not someone whose opinions I will trust or value one single whit, even on other issues and topics.


24 posted on 05/19/2014 4:16:47 PM PDT by greene66
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To: xzins

Amen!


25 posted on 05/19/2014 4:18:37 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: Fungi

That says it all about the liberals of today especially the ones drunk on power in DC.


26 posted on 05/19/2014 4:19:21 PM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: All

Very few other websites even ALLOW you to post articles for discussion.

This is one of the ONLY that would permit you to post such an article as this for discussion.

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27 posted on 05/19/2014 4:20:05 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: greene66
even on other issues and topics.

100% agreement, greene66

28 posted on 05/19/2014 4:20:58 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: Java4Jay

If you have a gender identity problem, take off your clothes and stand in front of a mirror, it is self explanatory. Then go take a dump. Now you know what your anus is for.

Same sex marriage is just a progressive ploy to further break down the traditional family structure, the basis for a civilized society.


29 posted on 05/19/2014 4:21:56 PM PDT by bobo1 (progressives=commies/fascists)
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To: xzins

Genesis 1
“27 And God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

28 And God blessed them: and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply”

QUEERS can`t multiply.

Ergo, no blessing from God.

Ergo, queers “so-called “marriages” are from the devil`s handiwork and as evil as a satanic mass.


30 posted on 05/19/2014 4:24:07 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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To: Graybeard58

Verse 30: they invent ways of doing evil. Can you think of a better description of Rats? Everyday they find something else to defile and screw up.


31 posted on 05/19/2014 4:25:06 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: xzins

He is correct. We follow the definition of marriage Christ Himself gave:

4 And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”
Matthew 19:4-6

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+19%3A4-6&version=NASB


32 posted on 05/19/2014 4:28:19 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: xzins

yes


33 posted on 05/19/2014 4:28:23 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Fungi

Yes, the Chapter also says that they know it’s wrong because God made us to know right from wrong instinctually. That’s why they cry so loud and bully so badly to be accepted cause they know how wrong it is.


34 posted on 05/19/2014 4:28:26 PM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: xzins

Amen. Proud of him.


35 posted on 05/19/2014 4:31:20 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Sanity is the adequate response of the mind to the real thing: adaequatio mentis ad rem.)
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To: xzins

2 or 3 percent, but add the low-information voters, the clueless under-30 crowd, the religious liberals, and assorted other enablers.


36 posted on 05/19/2014 4:33:38 PM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: bunkerhill7
QUEERS can`t multiply

They must be able to multiply ... they keep popping up all over the place. ;-)

37 posted on 05/19/2014 4:37:26 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: dandiegirl

Indeed. If homosexuality was truly a good thing, they wouldn’t feel the need to criminalize criticism of or disagreement with it.


38 posted on 05/19/2014 4:37:59 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: odawg
If Franklin Graham keeps making pronouncements like this , I’ll have to start sending money to his organization. Is there any other evangelical leader talking like this?

i do not know of any... not who come across the way Franklin Graham does... he is faithful, and God has gifted him not just with words and wisdom but with a certain essence...

41 posted on 05/19/2014 4:41:02 PM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: dandiegirl

I couldn’t agree more, it’s a perfect way to explain it.


44 posted on 05/19/2014 4:44:44 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: xzins

May God richly bless the Graham family!
Our God is the only God. He is the True God. He is Holy and Just. He is timeless and All-Powerful. He is Merciful and He will judge righteously.
He is Love.
He loves sinners and He has a plan for every person. It is through His Son. Jesus Christ that we who believe are justified in God’s eyes. There is no other way to be saved from eternal damnation.
I love My God - but He first loved me.
When I was lost, He sought me. Jesus paid my ransom and I am free from the penalty of my sin.
God is good.
All the time.


45 posted on 05/19/2014 4:45:42 PM PDT by kinsman redeemer (The real enemy seeks to devour what is good.)
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If you read it closely, this passage is also an indictment of evolution. Failing to acknowledge the Creator, they invent other ways to explain the Creation. Have you ever listened to an evolutionist explain evolution? It has become a religion, it is not science—and they accuse us of not being able to explain Creation and accepting it on faith. Well yes we do have faith; what do you call their belief?
46 posted on 05/19/2014 4:46:52 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: dandiegirl

I would also describe for them in bald detail exactly what it is homosexuals do.

It’s not easy to discuss something so filthy, but IMO a person is less likely to think of ingesting feces as just another normal way to have sex.


48 posted on 05/19/2014 4:57:15 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: xzins

Too many Christians have fallen into the ‘fairness’ trap regarding homosexuality in general and homosexual marriage in particular. They’ve bought into the notion that since Jesus didn’t explicitly forbid either , they must be OK, especially since the activists have been pushing the idea for the past 10 years. That coupled with the idea that Christians aren’t supposed to be ‘judgmental’, makes many squishy Christians particularly vulnerable to the non-stop push from homosexual activists, and the MSM.


49 posted on 05/19/2014 4:57:40 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: xzins
"Very few other websites even ALLOW you to post articles for discussion.

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I sincerely believe that Free Republic is worthy of our support. A dollar, a five, a ten, a hundred, a thousand....whatever....It ENCOURAGES Christian participation.

Donate here: https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate"

Agreed. I'm unable to post comments on my local news website, here in thoroughly red central Virginia. They banned me for calling Terry McAuliffe corrupt.

It's ridiculous how long the Freepathons are taking to complete. How many people are coming here every day without contributing? If this is you, consider how much you would miss FR, and pony up.

50 posted on 05/19/2014 5:02:09 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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