After a stop in Liverpool on his tour of the UK was canceled, evangelist Franklin Graham is hitting back, declaring accusations of “hate speech” against him are “just not true.”
In a letter calling for Graham’s event at the ACC Liverpool to be canceled, the Liverpool Labour LGBT Network labeled the son of the late Billy Graham was labeled a “homophobic hate preacher” and said that they feared “Graham’s appearance may incite hateful mobilization and risk the security of our LGBTQ+ community.”
Virtually anyone even remotely familiar with the younger Graham knows just how ludicrous this concern is. There are many men these days who speak the truth with fire and energy—which, don’t get me wrong, we do need—but so few men speak that same truth with the firm gentleness we know Graham for. This man spreads the gospel, not hate and fear.
But, of course, he refuses to budge on the fact that God designed sexuality to work within the gender binary He created, which the totalitarian LGBT mob defines as “hate.”
Over the weekend, ACC Liverpool announced that they could “no longer reconcile the balance between freedom of speech and the divisive impact this event is having in our city.”
In their very next breath, ACC Liverpool reached the heights of irony stating that they “are proud to represent all communities.” Apparently not!
In a statement to the UK’s LGBT community on Monday, Graham gave an answer with “gentleness and respect” as commanded in 1 Peter 3:15, stating that he is “coming to share the Gospel, which is the Good News that God loves the people of the UK, and that Jesus Christ came to this earth to save us from our sins.”
“The rub, I think, comes in whether God defines homosexuality as sin,” Graham wrote. “The answer is yes. But God goes even further than that, to say that we are all sinners—myself included. The Bible says that every human being is guilty of sin and in need of forgiveness and cleansing. The penalty of sin is spiritual death—separation from God for eternity.”
“That’s why Jesus Christ came,” he continued. “He became sin for us. He didn’t come to condemn the world, He came to save the world by giving His life on the Cross as a sacrifice for our sins. And if we’re willing to accept Him by faith and turn away from our sins, He will forgive us and give us new life—eternal life—in Him.”
“My message to all people is that they can be forgiven and they can have a right relationship with God,” Graham continued. “That’s Good News. That is the hope people on every continent around the world are searching for. In the UK as well as in the United States, we have religious freedom and freedom of speech. I’m not coming to the UK to speak against anybody, I’m coming to speak for everybody. The Gospel is inclusive. I’m not coming out of hate, I’m coming out of love.”
“I invite everyone in the LGBTQ community to come and hear for yourselves the Gospel messages that I will be bringing from God’s Word, the Bible,” Graham concluded. “You are absolutely welcome.”
In spite of his winsome invitation, the sin-hardened LGBT community of Sheffield successfully petitioned to have Graham’s stop at an arena in their city canceled as well.
According to The Guardian, Sheffield’s council leader, Julie Dore, cited Graham’s “repulsive” and “discriminatory” views on homosexuality in the decision to cancel that event.
Graham’s eight-city tour is still on, according to his website, though some locations are now listed as “TBA.”
Saints, please pray for Franklin Graham’s safety and for his boldness to speak the truth in love. Pray that the stony hearts of the people who wish to drive him out of their city would be softened and receptive to the gospel!
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