Evangelical Christian leader Franklin Graham said on Wednesday that Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg should ‘repent’ for the ‘sin’ of being gay.
‘Presidential candidate & South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is right – God doesn’t have a political party,’ the son of the late evangelical preacher Billy Graham tweeted.
‘But God does have commandments, laws & standards He gives us to live by.
‘God doesn’t change.
‘His Word is the same yesterday, today & forever.
‘Mayor Buttigieg says he’s a gay Christian.
‘As a Christian I believe the Bible which defines homosexuality as sin, something to be repentant of, not something to be flaunted, praised or politicized.
Franklin Graham (left), the evangelical leader, called on South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg (right) to ‘repent’ for being gay
‘The Bible says marriage is between a man & a woman – not two men, not two women,’ Graham tweeted on Wednesday
‘The Bible says marriage is between a man & a woman—not two men, not two women.
‘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 is the son of the late evangelical Christian preacher Billy Graham (seen above in June 2005)
Graham is a controversial figure, particularly over his support for President Trump.
When asked about allegations that Trump had an affair with porn star Stormy Daniels and then paid her hush money to keep quiet about it, he said last year: ‘President Trump I don’t think has admitted to having an affair with this person.
‘And so this is just a news story, and I don’t even know if it’s accurate.’
Graham told NBC News: ‘We certainly don’t hold him up as the pastor of this nation and he is not.
‘But I appreciate the fact that the president does have a concern for Christian values, he does have a concern to protect Christians whether it’s here at home or around the world and I appreciate the fact that he protects religious liberty and freedom.’
Graham was reacting to Buttigieg’s remarks from a CNN town hall event on Monday in which he spoke about his religious views as well as his sexual orientation.
Graham is a controversial figure, particularly over his support for President Trump. When asked about allegations that Trump had an affair with porn star Stormy Daniels, he said last year: ‘President Trump I don’t think has admitted to having an affair with this person.’
‘It can be challenging to be a person of faith who’s also part of the LGBTQ community and yet, to me, the core of faith is regard for one another,’ Buttigieg said.
‘And part of God’s love is experienced, according to my faith tradition, is in the way that we support one another and, in particular, support the least among us.’
Buttigieg was asked during the town hall how he planned to unite Christians who are liberal, conservative, and moderate.
He said his devotion to faith is expressed through his humility and his concern for the weaker segments of society.
‘Frankly, it couldn’t be more radically different than what I see certainly in this White House, where there is a lot of chest-thumping and self-aggrandizing, not to mention abusive behavior, but also political agenda that seems to always be revolving around that idea that somehow it’s too easy for poor people in this country,’ he said.
‘It’s just so different from what I get when I read Scripture.
‘I get that one of the things about Scripture is different people see different things in it,’ he said.
‘But, at the very least we should be able to establish that God does not have a political party.’
Buttigieg has emerged from obscurity to become a serious candidate for the Democratic nomination in the early stages of the race.
A new Reuters/Ipsos public opinion poll shows that while Buttigieg is well liked by Democrats, he still has a ways to go to catch up to frontrunners Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.
Graham on Wednesday was reacting to Buttigieg’s remarks from a CNN town hall event on Monday in which he spoke about his religious views as well as his sexual orientation
According to the poll, 24 percent would vote for Biden over 19 other declared and potential candidates.
Another 15 percent said they would support Sanders, who ran a competitive campaign for the Democratic nomination in 2016.
No other candidate received more than 7 percent of public support, and 21 percent said they ‘don’t know’ which candidate they would back in a primary.
Sixty-three percent of all Americans say they have a “favorable” impression of Biden, including 88 percent of Democrats, 59 percent of independents and 39 percent of Republicans.
In comparison, 58 percent of Americans said they have a favorable view of Sanders and Buttigieg, whose upstart campaign has out-raised some of his more established rivals this year.