The Rev. Franklin Graham criticized modern Christian music star Amy Grant after she and her husband introduced their plans to host a same-sex marriage ceremony for his or her niece at their farm, denouncing homosexuality as a sin.
In a Sunday Fb put up, Graham, the son of legendary evangelist Billy Graham and head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Affiliation, mentioned, “God defines what’s sin, not us; and His Phrase is evident that homosexuality is sin.”
Graham took difficulty with Grant being quoted in a Washington Submit article as saying: “Jesus, you simply narrowed it down to 2 issues: love God and love one another.” The artist informed the outlet about her and her husband’s plans to host her niece’s marriage ceremony at their farm. The marriage would be the household’s “first bride and bride” nuptials, based on the report.
The 70-year-old Graham agreed that God calls Christians to like each other however cited John 14:15 to emphasize that loving the Lord means obeying Him.
“Now we have all sinned, and with a view to have a relationship with God and spend eternity with Him in Heaven, we should flip from our sin and put our religion in His Son, Jesus Christ, who got here to earth to die for our sins,” Graham wrote.
Citing Acts 3:19, Graham contends that the Bible calls on individuals to repent their sins to God in order that their sins “could also be worn out.”
“For me, loving others additionally means caring about their souls and the place they are going to spend eternity,” he continued. “It means loving individuals sufficient to inform them the reality from the Phrase of God. The authority of God’s Phrase is one thing we will by no means compromise on.”
Grant grew to become the primary modern Christian music star to obtain the Kennedy Heart Honors earlier this month, a lifetime achievement award given to efficiency artists for contributing to the tradition.
Upon studying that her niece declared her sexuality, Grant overtly mentioned her response was: “What a present to our complete household to only widen the expertise of our complete household.”
“Actually, from a religion perspective, I do at all times say, ‘Jesus, you simply narrowed it down to 2 issues: love God and love one another,'” Grant mentioned. “I imply, hey — that is fairly easy.”
In 2013, Grant did her first interview for PrideSource.com, an LGBT information web site, the place she shared her views on religion and LGBT points.
“I do know that the spiritual group has not been very welcoming, however I simply need to stress that the journey of religion brings us into group, however it’s actually about one relationship. The journey of religion is simply being keen and open to have a relationship with God. And everyone is welcome. All people,” Grant mentioned.
The spouse and Christian singer additionally informed “Proud Radio” host Hunter Kelly final yr about why it is vital for her to set a “welcome desk.” Grant acknowledged that she was invited to a “desk the place somebody mentioned, ‘Do not be afraid, you are beloved.’ Homosexual. Straight. It doesn’t matter.”
“[It] would not matter how we behave. It would not matter how we’re wired,” Grant mentioned, based on Church Leaders. “We’re all our greatest selves once we imagine to our core: ‘I am beloved.’ After which our creativity thrives. We’re like, ‘I am gonna prepare flowers in your desk and my desk.’ After we’re beloved, we’re courageous sufficient to say sure to each good impulse that involves us.”
Graham, who additionally serves because the president of the Evangelical humanitarian assist company Samaritan’s Purse, often feedback about present occasions on social media.
Graham not too long ago responded on Fb to a sermon by a College of Cambridge analysis pupil, who claimed that Jesus had a “trans physique.” The sermon, delivered on Nov. 20 by Joshua Heath, in contrast Jesus’ aspect wound and blood circulation to the groin in Jean Malouel’s 1400 work Pietà to wanting like a vagina.
The evangelist asserted that “to insinuate that Jesus Christ, the Holy Son of God, is transgender or to sexualize in any approach His sacrificial loss of life on the Cross for the sins of mankind is utter heresy.”
Graham wrote that “the Bible warns us about false lecturers,” arguing that “this speaker and the dean on the College of Cambridge who defended him are false lecturers, preaching heresy.”
“[P]eople do not want messages from the pulpit which are attempting to interpret artwork like this speaker was — individuals want the reality of the Phrase of God that has the ability of God to vary hearts and lives for eternity!” Graham acknowledged.
Samantha Kamman is a reporter for The Christian Submit. She may be reached at: email@example.com. Follower her on Twitter: @Samantha_Kamman
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