After condemning the first openly homosexual presidential candidate, Pete Buttigieg, for his attack on Vice President Mike Pence’s Christian faith, Rev. Franklin Graham reminded the ultra-left Democrat that God is the One who decides what sin is – not man.
“We don’t define sin – God does,” the world-renowned evangelist lectured Buttigieg on Facebook.
Setting Buttigieg’s theology straight
Graham was referring to public criticism of Pence by the assumed Democratic presidential candidate during a speech for the LGBTQ Victory Fund over the weekend, in which he attacked the vice president’s biblical stance on same-sex "marriage."
“That’s the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand – if you got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me – your quarrel, sir, is with my Creator,” the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana – who is a member of the left-leaning, LGBT-friendly Episcopalian Church USA – insisted, according to WND.
But Graham – who serves as the president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) and Samaritan’s Purse – would not let the 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful get away with his flawed theology.
“To set the record straight, Mr. Mayor, the issue isn’t whether somebody has a problem with who you are – the issue is that we all have a problem with God because of our sin,” the preacher from North Carolina told Buttigieg via social media. “And it applies to every single human being. God loves us, and the Bible says we are all sinners who need God’s forgiveness – which He offers if we repent and turn from our sin and put our faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.”
Graham went on to explain something Buttigieg should have known as a professing Christian.
“We don’t define sin – God does in His Word, the Bible,” the Christian leader continued. “Using new terms like ‘Progressive Christianity’ and the ‘Christian Left’ may sound appealing to some, but God’s laws and standards do not change. He says, ‘For I am the Lord, I change not.’ I believe what the Bible says is truth.”
Buttigieg insisted in his speech that marrying a homosexual man has made him a “better human being.”
“Yes, Mr. Vice President, it has moved me closer to God,” the LGBT activist claimed. “[It was someone or something] far above my pay grade [that made me homosexual].”
Graham argued that Buttigieg is trying to fault Pence for taking God at his word, as clearly written in the Bible.
“[Buttigieg is] attacking Vice President Mike Pence for his stand with the Word of God,” the vocal street preacher insisted. “I have such a great respect for the vice president – for his leadership in our nation, for his personal integrity and for his Christian faith.”
During his speech to LGBTQ activists, Buttigieg went on to share that he fought his homosexual desires for some time.
“If you had offered me a pill to make me straight, I would have swallowed it before I could get a sip of water,” Buttigieg insisted.
The South Bend mayor also brought up the problematic “Equality Act,” which is geared to make LGBTQ "rights" trump religious freedom guaranteed to Americans by the U.S. Constitution – under the guise of civil rights.
“He also promised he would support a federal ‘Equality Act,’ which – according to the bill now in Congress – would threaten constitutionally protected rights of Christians,” WND noted from the speech.
Instead of returning insults, Pence took the respectable approach and candidly contested Buttigieg’s unprovoked attack on his faith and integrity as a Christian.
“He knows better [than to say] things that are critical of my Christian faith and about me personally,” Pence told CNBC Wednesday. “He knows me, but I get it. You know, it’s look, again, 19 people running for president on that side in a party that’s sliding off to the left, and they’re all competing with one another for how much more liberal they can be.”
The attack on Pence from his fellow Hoosier reportedly came out of the blue.
“Bizarrely, Pence had not issued any comments to provoke such pointed remarks,” CBN News pointed out. “Pence – who has been a staunch believer in traditional marriage for his entire political career, noted that this ‘doesn’t mean that we’re critical of anyone else who has a different point of view.’”
Pence stressed that his professional interaction with Buttigieg was an enjoyable experience – even though the two are at opposite ends of the political spectrum.
“[As governor of Indiana, I] worked very closely with Mayor Pete, [and we] had a great working relationship,” Pence asserted.
Buttigieg’s attack also triggered a response from Pence’s wife, Karen.
“In our country, we need to understand you shouldn’t be attacked for what your religious beliefs are,” she insisted, according to CBN News. “I think kids need to learn that, at a young age, that this is okay – what faith people have. We don’t attack them for their faith.”