Rev. Franklin Graham lifted up and defended Rev. Robert M. Grant, Jr., for his invocation at a Virginia House of Delegates meeting – after Democrats bantered, cut off and walked out on him because his prayer called the Democrat-controlled chamber to a higher measure of biblical accountability.
The senior pastor of The Father’s Way Church of Warrenton, Virginia, boldly called out Virginia’s political body for promoting and implementing immoral/anti-Christian policies that will incur God’s judgment, and Graham praised him as a hero – rather than the villain that Democrats made him out to be.
When the truth hurts …
Even though many of the Democrats in attendance vehemently opposed Grant’s words, and even walked out in the middle of the prayer in protest, Graham stood by him 100%
“Here’s a guy who’s got guts for Jesus,” Graham expressed on his Facebook page Friday. “Democrats in the Virginia House of Delegates treated this African American pastor with contempt.”
The president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) and Samaritan’s Purse was taken back by the disrespect and utter contempt Democrats showed to the black Christian leader who clung to the biblical backbone upon which America was founded.
“Rev. Dr. Robert M. Grant, Jr., was invited to pray and he took a stand for life, marriage and biblical principles,” Graham continued. “He was heckled by some, some walked out, and then he was cut off by the gavel of the Democratic Speaker of the House. They didn’t want to hear the truth, but what Pastor Grant said was truth.”
He fully backed every aspect of Grant’s invocation.
“He’s right – these are crucial times. He urged lawmakers to honor God’s laws and be aware of His judgment,” Graham concluded his post. “You can see what happened in the video in this news link. I just love this guy.”
House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax, Va.) cut the pastor’s prayer short while her other Democratic colleagues heckled Grant or just walked out.
When right is wrong and godliness is offensive
Grant’s invocation touched everything from racial inequality to prison reform, but when his prayer addressed abortion and same-sex marriage – and how laws protecting these immoral behaviors will incur God’s wrath – Democrats writhed in their seats and objected.
“The unborn has rights and those rights need to be protected,’ Grant insisted in his invocation, according to The Christian Post (CP). “They should never be denied the right to exist, the right to develop or the right to have a family. The word of God has given us a warning: woe to anyone who harms an innocent child.”
He essentially rebuked legislators for playing God.
“We should never re-write what God has declared … It’s not yours to change or alter its wording,” Grant insisted. “The Bible is the copyright of God’s Word. Marriage is to join a biological male and a biological female in holy matrimony – not to provoke the almighty God.”
As facilitator of the gathering, Filler-Corn turned things around.
“Eventually, Speaker Filler-Corn gaveled him down and began reciting the Pledge of Allegiance along with other legislators – effectively cutting off the pastor,” CP reported.
This was followed by an address denouncing Grant’s speech, which was made by Democratic Delegate Luke Torian, who serves as the pastor of First Mount Zion Baptist Church of Dumfires, Virginia.
In comments made before the chamber that received a loud ovation, Torian denounced Grant’s invocation as “totally wrong and disrespectful to every member in this House.”
“[We clergy] are to respect this House, we are to invoke God’s presence, we are to ask for His blessings, we are to ask for His protection, we are to ask for His guidance,” Torian insisted, as recorded on a YouTube video.
But apparently, God’s wisdom is not sought or wanted when it does not comply with Democrats’ radical anti-Christian agenda and when it “makes[s] people feel bad.”
“We are not to give political speeches and to make people feel bad,” Torian contended. “That is not what a prayer is supposed to do. And over the years that I’ve been here, on both sides of the aisles, there have been clergy who have not honored the integrity of the request.”