Franklin Graham Responds to Jimmy Carter’s Claim That Jesus Would Approve of Gay ‘Marriage’

TURLOCK, CA - MAY 29: Rev. Franklin Graham speaks during Franklin Graham's 'Decision America' California tour at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds on May 29, 2018 in Turlock, California. Rev. Franklin Graham is touring California for the weeks leading up to the California primary election on June 5th with a message for evangelicals to vote.

By Nancy Flory Published on July 14, 2018

Former President Jimmy Carter said in a July 9 interview with HuffPost Live that Jesus would approve of gay “marriage.” Franklin Graham responded this week on Facebook.

Carter said he’d never “run across any really serious conflicts between my political obligations and my religious faith.” Gay marriage was “no problem.”

When asked, Carter said Jesus would approve. “I believe Jesus would. I don’t have any verse in scripture … I believe that Jesus would approve gay marriage, but that’s just my own personal belief. I think Jesus would encourage any quote love affair if it was honest and sincere and was not damaging to anyone else. I don’t see that gay marriage damages anyone else.”

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Graham addressed Carter’s statement in a Facebook post Tuesday. Graham said he would “respectfully disagree” with the former president. Graham posted:

He is absolutely wrong when he said Jesus would approve of gay marriage. Jesus didn’t come to promote sin, He came to save us from sin. The Bible is very clear. God destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah because of homosexuality. God defines sin in His Word — it’s not up to our opinion, the latest poll, or a popular vote. What is very troubling is that some people may read what President Carter has said and believe it, whether it was this week or from a video 3 years ago that is now recirculating. God loves us and gives us the truth in His Word. He warns us of the serious consequences of sin.

Graham then quoted Romans 1:24-27:

‘Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.’

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