Franklin Graham Calls Ireland’s Vote for Homosexual Marriage a ‘Defiance of God’

Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, addresses the crowd at the Festival of Hope, an evangelistic rally held at the national stadium in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Jan. 9, 2011. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Allison Shelley
Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, addresses the crowd at the Festival of Hope, an evangelistic rally held at the national stadium in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Jan. 9, 2011. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Allison Shelley

In a social media post Thursday, Franklin Graham called Ireland “a once staunchly religious country” that is now a “light shining in the wrong direction.”

“According to a gay Irish Cabinet minister, ‘[the vote to legalize same-sex marriage in Ireland] makes us a beacon, a light to the rest of the world, of liberty and equality,'” Graham exclaimed. “They must not realize that this is a light shining in the wrong direction!”

Graham focused on Christian teaching instead of popular opinion, adding: “Jesus Christ said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life (John 8:12).'”

Roman Catholic Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke offered his own rebuke of the Irish vote, saying it went beyond paganism.

“I mean, this is a defiance of God. It’s just incredible,” declared the American born Cardinal. “Pagans may have tolerated homosexual behaviors, they never dared to say this was marriage.”

Burke preached against the dictatorship of relativism this week which he says is branding Christians as “extremists.”

In Graham’s contined social media campaign against the attempt to redifine marriage, he posted an article on Friday from Public Discourse titled “A Warning From Canada: Same-Sex Marriage Erodes Fundamental Rights.”

“Canada began federally mandating same-sex marriage in 2005,” declared Graham. “What’s happened since then? One result has been that freedom of speech, press, and religion have suffered greatly.”

Graham further warned of the impending consequences for those who dissent over same-sex marriage.

“If you say or write anything questioning same-sex marriage you could face discipline, termination of employment, or prosecution by the government,” Graham added, noting that if the U.S. Supreme Court makes same-sex marriage federal law, “we will be in the same boat” as Canada.

“Will the next step be to ban us from speaking God’s truth from His Word about this issue?” he asked.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Ray Nothstine

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