Franklin Graham, an evangelical pastor and son of Billy Graham, does not appreciate the overall lack of support from churches for the hateful remarks Phil Robertson directed toward the gay community. Somehow ignoring or silently assenting to Robertson’s racism, anti-Muslim comments, and suggestions that people should just go ahead and bag themselves a 15 or 16 year old before she’s an old maid (at 20), Graham accuses churches across America of “ducking” their responsibility to support the biblical principle of irrationally hating others in a December 30 post on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association web site entitled: “Franklin Graham: Duck Dynasty and the Ducking Church.”
Graham is “amazed ” by the number of churches that have refused to take a stance on Robertson’s comments in the GQ interview that sparked controversy for the patriarch of the Duck Dynasty family fauxbillies.
According to Graham, Christians are losing the “cultural war,” or as reasonable people would call it, “the ability to openly hate.” He rails against churches who have “fallen into the trap of being politically correct, under the guise of tolerance,” reminding Christians that “God is not ‘politically correct.'” His railings against the “PC crowd,” a common reference to those who are accepting of others rather than bigoted and sanctimonious hypocrites, seem well-placed when in support of someone who has expressed repeated and extreme hatred toward the LGBT community and numerous ethnic groups.
Graham’s stance on Duck Dynasty is unsurprising, as it comes following a rousing holiday gay-bashing. Graham is the President and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse. His combined income from the two posts is over one million dollars.
Here is the statement from the man himself:
I appreciate the Robertson family’s strong commitment to biblical principles and their refusal to back down under intense media pressure over Phil Robertson’s comments in a recent interview. As the Robertson controversy winds down—at least for now—I have been amazed at how many churches have apparently “ducked” out on the issue (sin). Some were even quick to condemn Phil Robertson.
If we Christians banded together and took a stand, perhaps we wouldn’t be losing so much ground in what the media is calling the “cultural war.” However, it is not a cultural war—it is a religious war against Christians and the biblical truths we stand for. Some churches have fallen into the trap of being politically correct, under the disguise of tolerance.
God is not “politically correct,” and He is certainly not tolerant of sin. The Bible tells us that He is going to judge all sin one day; and anyone who is not found under the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ, will face an eternity in hell separated from God.
Scripture says, “So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just, and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth” (Matt. 13:49-50). But today God is willing to forgive anyone who truly repents (is willing to turn from their sin), asks for His forgiveness, and believes on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ (“For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” Romans 10:13).[/box]