What just happened to Franklin Graham has happened before and will happen again. The difference this time is that the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, did nothing to stop it.
Franklin Graham made the so-called ‘inappropriate’ statements back in 2003. Still, after making the statements, he was invited to speak at an official Pentagon Good Friday Service in spite of the same controversy over his statement that Islam is a wicked and evil religion and that Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven. George W. Bush was our President at that time >>> that’s the major difference, people.
Barack Obama visited with Franklin’s father, evangelist Billy Graham, recently and spoke with Franklin about the Pentagon situation, yet he did nothing to clear the way for Franklin to speak at the Pentagon’s National Day of Prayer Service this past Thursday.
WHAT WILL IT TAKE FOR US TO WAKE UP? Obama is not a follower of Jesus Christ, period!
R. Albert Mohler Jr. wrote this in the Christian Post
Who Will Be Tested Next? – The Dilemma of Franklin Graham
Marking the National Day of Prayer, evangelist Franklin Graham led in prayer Thursday morning at the Pentagon. Not inside the Pentagon, mind you, but outside, where he led a handful of other Christians in silent prayer.
The recent controversy about Franklin Graham is a sign of things to come. The prominent evangelist, son of Billy Graham, is known for his plain-spoken Christian testimony. He is also an internationally known figure as founder and head of Samaritan’s Purse, a highly respected Christian relief agency. He had been scheduled to speak at the Pentagon yesterday for an official National Day of Prayer event. But, just two weeks ago, he was disinvited by Pentagon officials after complaints were made about his statements concerning Islam.
In the words of the official Pentagon spokesperson, Franklin Graham’s statements about Islam were “not appropriate.” Oddly enough, most in the media seem to have forgotten that the Pentagon faced a similar controversy over Franklin Graham and the very same comments in 2003, when he was invited to speak at an official Pentagon Good Friday service. At that time, the Pentagon stalwartly refused to disinvite Graham. Indeed, the official Pentagon spokesperson said at that time: “While I, personally, would not agree with some of Rev. Graham’s comments and observations, I would defend his right to have his religious views as part of the freedom we have as Americans.”
Someone’s mind clearly changed between 2003 and 2010 – and that someone wasn’t Franklin Graham. News reports about the disinvitation this year indicate that the Army acted after criticism came from activist Mikey Weinstein, who opposes virtually all Christian influence in the armed forces.
Graham, who also serves as this year’s honorary chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, complained that his disinvitation represents intolerance toward biblical Christianity and a violation of his religious liberty.
What did Franklin Graham say that caused such a controversy? In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks, Graham said that Islam is “wicked, violent and not of the same God.” In his book, The Name, Graham said that Christianity and Islam are locked in “a classic struggle that will end with the second coming of Christ.”
In interview after interview, Franklin Graham has repeated his message that salvation is found in Jesus Christ alone, that the gospel of Christ is the only message that offers salvation, and that any belief system that leads persons away from that gospel is false and empty. He has also pressed his case when asked about Islam, arguing that Islam is prone to violence and mistreats women – arguments he says are validated by his experience with relief efforts led by Samaritan’s Purse.
In a recent conversation with Jon Meacham and Lisa Miller of Newsweek, Franklin Graham made these points clearly. In the most important statement of that interview, Graham said this: “I am who I am. I don’t believe that you can get to heaven through being a Buddhist or Hindu. I think Muhammad only leads to the grave. Now, that’s what I believe, and I don’t apologize for my faith. And if it’s divisive, I’m sorry.”
Clearly, for Christians the most important issue here is the exclusivity of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Faced with mounting criticism from secularist and Islamic organizations, the Department of the Army and the Pentagon faced a hard public test – and they failed that test miserably. They caved into activist pressure and withdrew the invitation.Continue »