Franklin Graham Condemns Pope For “Normalizing Homosexuality” – God Says Gays Face “Eternal Death”

Franklin Graham Condemns Pope For “Normalizing Homosexuality” – God Says Gays Face “Eternal Death”

Franklin Graham writes today on his Facebook page:

The news has reported that Pope Francis said in a new documentary that “homosexuals have a right to be part of the family” and is calling for civil union laws for same-sex couples. I find these comments from the Pope unthinkable in light of the Word of God.

For Pope Francis to attempt to normalize homosexuality is to say that Holy Scriptures are false, that our sins really don’t matter, and that we can continue living in them. If that were true, then Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection wouldn’t have been needed. No one has the right or the authority to trivialize Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf.

Yes, God makes it clear that He loves us and does want us to be part of His family, but He also tells us how that can happen. The Bible says, “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19).

I want everyone to know the truth and to find the peace that comes only from fully surrendering our lives to Him and His commands. The consequence of an unrepentant, unbelieving heart is also clear in the Word of God — eternal death.

Unless we repent and receive His offer of forgiveness, surrendering our lives to Him, we will spend eternity a part of a different family when we leave this earth—the family of the condemned.

I think from what I have read and watched today the Pope has been preaching acceptance and opening the church to gay people since he was a bishop before becoming Pope.  He is in the middle of a firestorm from what I have read.  There are a lot of gay priests who are tired of hearing they are going to hell while they are also the means to heaven and forgiveness for the people.   But there are hardliners who are openly and actively against the Pope’s stance of inclusion and for years have fought him over doctrine.   There is a few Archbishops who openly say he is not the real Pope but the prior Pope still is.  The prior Pope even added to a book condemning many of the current Popes positions, which he publicly had to take back claiming he did not understand what was being asked.   Yes he did but his cushy gay lifestyle was about to end so he retreated fast.     The fact is the current Pope understands the church is dying, losing members due to two things.   The molestation scandal while claiming moral superiority, and the fact the majority of the public has moved on from their stance on moral issues and are leaving the church.   He knows if he wants to rebuild the church they need to keep the younger people, they need to rebuild the brand.   The diehards don’t want the brand to change.   They are willing to accept death of their religion thinking such a thing can never happen, their money and their god wont allow it.   The more realist people in the church realize their god is spiritual and the world is realistic.  So this Pope has for years been trying to bridge the two, the fanatical dogmatic dictatorial side of the church and the more open less dogmatic more modern accepting side of the church.   

I do not have enough back ground in either religion or Catholicism to truly grasp the fight here or where it will go.   I think this baby step is all the Pope thinks he can do now, but I think he can read polls that say the majority of Catholics support gay people.  What do you think on this?   Hugs

Edit to add this comment from the post.

 

 

I thought this was a rather enlightened spin on the Seven Deadly Sins

Wrath is beating someone up because they exist in a way that you don’t like. Wrath is not being angry because someone hurt you.

Lust is not wanting to have sex with other people. Lust is using sex to hurt other people or hurting another person in a sexual way.

Gluttony is not eating lots of food. Gluttony is when you have enough resources, but keep them to yourself because you do not want to give up the power associated with it.

Greed is not wanting to improve the state of your material life because it would improve your quality of life. Greed is taking opportunities and resources away from already marginalized people.

Envy is not looking at someone who has a higher quality of life and wanting to improve it. Envy is when you are looking to take away from someone who is in the same situation as you.

Sloth isn’t when you’re exhausted or hurting and being too tired to do anything else. Sloth is when one contributed nothing to the work and yet reaps the rewards of the work.

Pride is when you think of yourself as greater than your peers and your fellow humans. Pride is not being proud of yourself or others for accomplishing something that was difficult. You are allowed to be proud of your hard work and accomplishments.

13 thoughts on “Franklin Graham Condemns Pope For “Normalizing Homosexuality” – God Says Gays Face “Eternal Death”

  1. Nan October 22, 2020 / 13:30

    I think Franklin Graham is a BIGOT! That’s what I think.

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    • Nan October 22, 2020 / 13:34

      Further, he does NOT speak for whatever “God” he believes in, contrary to what he might think. He’s an ugly, spiteful, angry individual who most likely commits most of the sins he rails against.

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      • Scottie October 23, 2020 / 09:17

        Hello Nan. So many of them are, the loudest ones at least. The make their god in their own image, so they can say they are speaking for their god, because they made it. The hates their god has is because that is the hate they gave it. Hugs

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    • Scottie October 23, 2020 / 09:05

      Hello Nan. I agree. I am reading of all the bishops and others who are coming out against the Pope and what he said. They have become so entrenched in that thought line they can not adjust. The Pope realizes they will have to start making small changes or lose entirely. But his fellow church members do not see that they are losing big time, or they just can not admit it. Hugs

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  2. inspiredbythedivine1 October 22, 2020 / 13:49

    I’m kinda shocked ole Pope Francis hasn’t had someone slip arsenic in his nighttime tea yet. Old time Catholic archbishops do not like him as he is a threat to their old time bullshit way of thinking. Said old timers should be far more worried about priests fucking kids than about gays being welcome into the church, but I suppose that’d be asking for a miracle, eh.

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    • TheChattyIntrovert October 22, 2020 / 15:38

      Guess they’re going for the “one mountain at a time” thing. The trouble is they took centuries to openly address this one. The universe forbid it take centuries (if the catholic church lives that long) to tackle kid safety.
      More alarming is the rabid anti-homosexuals I’ve known that assume if you’re okay with gay people, you’re also okay with pedophilia (dunno why they gotta make that connection, but the ones I know always do). And this step in openly welcoming gay people into the church–while there’s been thousands of documented cases of children being sexually abused in the church–is gonna feed that thought mill to bursting.

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      • Scottie October 24, 2020 / 04:49

        Hello Chatty Introvert. I read that the Vatican had cut that line out of the stuff they published and tried to hide it. But they gave access to the raw footage to the documentary company who found it and put it in their documentary. The Vatican people were furious. So much for inclusion. Hugs

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        • TheChattyIntrovert October 24, 2020 / 10:57

          They only like to include positive things. That’s their version of inclusion, it seems.

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    • Scottie October 23, 2020 / 14:32

      Hello inspiredbythedivine1. These are the kind of people who get so set in their ways they can not change even when things around them do. Remember for centuries the Catholic church denied the earth rotated around the sun, and killed anyone who dared make the true claim. These church authorities are also older with the bigotries of their time. I find it interesting these hard Catholic groups do not realize how the Pope is trying to save their religion. As to the old way of retiring a Pope, I have read a lot about it being suggested and I hope the Pope has a food tester. I would check for snakes in my bed if I was him. One reason these bishops and other church leaders hate this Pope is he doesn’t go for the privileges and pomp accorded to Popes. He doesn’t live in the Papal palace, and refuses to live the sinful life of luxury his predecessors did. That is a rebuke to those living high on the hog on church donations and a threat to those hoping to rise in rank to have that lifestyle. Hugs

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  3. Dennis Cole October 22, 2020 / 14:54

    Scottie – as a reformed former Catholic, I have an insight to share that I haven’t seen anywhere, from anyone else. Baby steps is right, because while the Church may recognize and even tolerate civil unions, even between members of the same sex, it will never become a part of the Dogma. Only Holy Matrimony is accepted as the perfect state between a man and woman, and that Sacrament is NOT available for same-sex couples. And opposite-sex couples who live together without being married are denied the other Sacraments as well, just as same-sex couples.

    So he’s essentially saying, “Yeah, let em have their happy little Civil Unions, just don’t come around thinking you’ll get ANY of the benefits that heteros get.”
    And how they deal with Divorce is another big hunk of hypocrisy. With a nod and a wink, (and a sizeable contribution to the Parish,) you can even get REmarried in the Church, if you ask for and receive “special Papal dispensation,” which a local Bishop can administer, so that they’re not constantly bugging Frankie every time divorcees wanna remarry.

    The two major things that soured me on the Catholic Church were “God loves everyone equally, but if you don’t worship him, you’ll go to hell. FOREVER.” And that whole bit about priests and nuns having to take vows of poverty, but then you look at the gold-embroidered vestments, and the solid-gold chalices priests are required to use, and all the trappings of the “Superiors,” like the archbishops, the cardinals, and the Pope. I don’t know if it’s still true, but the Vatican at one time was hoarding more gold than any single country, (including the US,) and more precious artwork than any museum, and lots of prime real estate – on which it’s never paid one penny in taxes.

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    • Scottie October 23, 2020 / 15:54

      Hello Dennis. Thank you for your insight. As always you share well needed information.

      I think the Vatican and the Catholic church is an organized crime scam. A well run Ponzi scheme for the organization to fleece the followers for the money to let the church employees live well with doing little work. The higher up in the organization you get the better you live with the fleeced money. Think about what the flock gets for all the money here and now they give, a promise of something in the future after their death. No way to prove it , and no way to collect a refund after is there?
      Thanks again. Hugs

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  4. Keith October 23, 2020 / 09:09

    Scottie, Franklin seems to have a hard time with that golden rule thing. Keith

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    • Scottie October 24, 2020 / 06:40

      Hello Keith. I think he has a hard time with more than that. But grifters got to grift and con men need to con. Hugs

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