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Graham: "True Followers of Jesus...Cannot Endorse Same-sex Marriage"

 

Rev. Franklin Graham, son of world-famous evangelist Billy Graham, said that “true followers” of Jesus “cannot endorse same-sex marriage,” regardless of what others, including President Obama, the media, or the Supreme Court say about the issue.

CrossGraham said marriage cannot be redefined because marriage was "settled by God himself" and "is not subject to man-made revisions or modifications."

In his May 2014 column for Decision magazine, Graham discussed recent incidents of the LGBT lobby pressuring Christians to compromise on their values:

Because of pressure from the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community, A&E tried to suppress Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame by suspending him from his television series because of his biblically based convictions. The Robertson family was willing to walk away from their wildly successful reality show rather than compromise their beliefs. Facing the possibility of losing the Robertsons—and millions of viewers—the network reinstated the patriarch star. The family-oriented Cracker Barrel restaurant and country store that had pulled Duck Dynasty products from their shelves in the midst of the uproar also had to back up and restock the Duck Dynasty merchandise, issuing an apology for offending a large percentage of their clientele.

In both cases, the LGBT lost. 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.

The nature of marriage as the union between one man and one woman is "biblical truth," Graham wrote, and he was disappointed in World Vision U.S.'s recent decision to endorse same-sex marriage and "depart...from the clarity of God's word" by announcing their employment of "gay Christians in legal same-sex marriages," which Graham called a "great compromise on a basic truth of Scripture."

World Vision reversed their decision within 48 hours after a remarkable amount of backlash from outraged donors.  Graham wrote:

Billy Graham QuoteI do rejoice that the board of directors reversed its decision, but I pray that the fallout will cause a depth of soul-searching. 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. This moral issue has been settled by God Himself and is not subject to man-made revisions or modifications. 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.

The debate over same-sex marriage, Graham wrote, calls into question the authority of Scripture:

It is time for the discussion of unity within the church to come into alignment with God’s Word on the issue of marriage. When there is division within the church, it is because individuals are against Christ Himself, for He is the head of His church, made up of the redeemed who are called to be one with Christ.

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.

Graham maintained that Christians cannot compromise on the issue of marriage and must remain committed to biblical principles.

Compromise is dangerous territory for the Christian—mixing a little truth with a lot of error, wavering between right and wrong. Jesus said, “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth … therefore, repent” (Revelation 3:15, 19). I pray that the church will return to its calling to stand on God’s principles, not wavering, but steadfast, discerning the evil times in which we live. Charles Spurgeon once said, “Discernment is not knowing the difference between right and wrong. It is knowing the difference between right and almost right.”