Rev. Franklin Graham directed his criticism at 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg for strutting his homosexuality as a proclaimed Christian, with the evangelist sharing that believers must repent of homosexual behavior – not flaunt it.
After coming to Vice President Mike Pence’s defense last week – when the openly gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana, attacked the validity of the Republican’s Christian faith – Graham schooled the contentious Democrat by giving him a little Bible 101 – knowledge that he should have as a member of the Episcopalian Church.
“Mayor Buttigieg says he is a gay Christian, and he wants to unite people behind him, [and] I’m sure there will be many people who will want to follow,” the 66-year-old son of the late Rev. Billy Graham posted on Facebook. “But as a Christian, I believe what the Bible says: God’s Word defines homosexuality as sin – something to be repentant of, not something to be flaunted, praised or politicized.”
Follow God’s Gospel, not social ‘gospel’
The 37-year-old politician has boasted about his same-sex “marriage” to his gay partner – an issue that Graham has addressed from a biblical perspective.
“The Bible defines marriage as between a man and a woman – not two men, not two women,” the president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) and Samaritan’s Purse explained.
Graham also addressed Buttigieg’s contention that God does not favor one political above another.
“Presidential candidate and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is right – God doesn’t have a political party, [b]ut God does have commandments, laws and standards He gives us to live by,” the preacher from North Carolina stressed on Facebook. “God is God – He doesn’t change. His Word is the same yesterday, today and forever.”
Buttigieg’s attempt to turn his political podium into a progressive pulpit and justify homosexuality while condemning Bible-believing Christians for not embracing homosexual behavior was also met by Graham, who, again, shed biblical light on the matter.
“Mayor Buttigieg also said that to him, ‘the core of faith is regard for one another,’” Graham recounted in his post.
“We are definitely to support and help each other – no question, [b]ut that does not come above believing and being obedient to what God says is truth. Without that foundation, we really can’t help anyone in a way that impacts their eternity.”
He then restated the fundamental calling of Christians – as expressed through the Bible.
“The core of the Christian faith is believing and following Jesus Christ, who God sent to be the Savior of the world – to save us from sin, to save us from hell, to save us from eternal damnation,” Graham concluded.
Back to round 1
Over a week ago, Buttigieg’s attempted cheap shot at Christians – particularly Pence – also made national headlines.
“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 openly gay mayor insisted, according to WND.
Buttigieg used these words to rally more support from the LGBT community earlier this month while stumping for his 2020 presidential campaign.
“An Episcopalian, Buttigieg targeted Pence’s beliefs in [this] speech for the LGBTQ Victory Fund,” WND noted. “Graham said in response to Buttigieg’s criticism of Pence’s stance on marriage that the Indiana mayor doesn’t have the authority to redefine sin.”
Wasting little time after hearing Buttigieg’s contentious words, Graham took to social media to straighten out the mayor’s confusion over Scripture.
“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 – and it applies to every single human being,” Graham posted on his Facebook page earlier this month. “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.”
Then he exposed the false “social gospel” Buttigieg was selling his supporters in the guise of God’s Word.
“We don’t define sin – God does in His Word, the Bible,” Graham impressed to the Indiana mayor via Facebook at the time. “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.”
While speaking before his LGBTQ audience, Buttigieg claimed his homosexuality improves him as a person.
“[My marriage to a gay man has made me a] better human being,” Buttigieg stated at the time. “Yes, Mr. Vice President, it has moved me closer to God. [It was someone or something] far above my pay grade [that made me homosexual].”
Pence defended his position about same-sex marriage as one rooted in the Bible – not his personal opinion – and he also shamed Buttigieg for attacking his Christian convictions.
"He said some things that are critical of my Christian faith and about me personally, and he knows better,” Pence told CNBC's Joe Kernen in an interview clip that aired April 10. “He knows me."
It was implied that Buttigieg has launched such attacks to bolster his presidential campaign and draw publicity as he establishes a name for himself nationally.