Evangelist Franklin Graham says the steep spike in sexually transmitted diseases in the United States is further proof that there’s a “moral crisis” of sin facing the nation.
The president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association took to Facebook Tuesday night after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that nearly 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were diagnosed in the country in 2017.
The mark breaks a record previously set in 2016 by over 200,000 cases and also marked the fourth consecutive year of “sharp increases in these sexually transmitted diseases.”
While some health experts are calling on President Donald Trump to declare a public health crisis, Graham told his 7 million Facebook followers that he believes what America really “has is a moral crisis and a spiritual crisis.”
“And it manifests itself in many ways, including this public health crisis,” Graham wrote on the social media page. “Sin always has a cost, a consequence.”
The son of late evangelist Billy Graham stressed that while God “loves us and wants to protect us,” it is “His Word” that instructs people how to live.
“Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body,” Graham wrote, quoting 1 Corinthians 6:18.
“The real answer doesn’t lie in practicing their definition of safe-sex, increased testing, or funding for clinics as the experts recommend — the answer lies in hearts turning to God and living within the guidelines He gives us in His Word.”
As words like that can rub many people the wrong way, Graham admitted that his is not the “politically correct answer.”
“But it’s the truth,” he concluded.
The CDC analysis of STD cases reported for 2013 and preliminary data for 2017 “shows steep [and] sustained increases” in gonorrhea, primary and secondary syphilis and chlamydia.
Chlamydia remained the most common STD reported to CDC with more than 1.7 million cases diagnosed in 2017, an increase of over 110,000 cases from 2016. Forty-five percent of cases 2017 were among females aged 15 to 24 years old.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith