As reported by the CNN,Evangelist preacher Franklin Graham planned a seven-city UK tour. All seven venues have dropped him
By Rob Picheta, CNN
Updated 10:59 AM EST, Thu February 06, 2020
(CNN)A planned UK tour by US evangelist Franklin Graham is in question after every venue booked by the preacher canceled planned appearances, following an outcry over his homophobic and Islamophobic comments.
Graham — the son of preacher Billy Graham — has called Islam “evil,” attacked laws increasing rights for transgender people, and told his followers that the legalization of same-sex marriage was orchestrated by Satan.
An arena in Newcastle upon Tyne became the seventh and final venue to cancel his scheduled appearance on Wednesday. The move follows similar decisions by venues in other British cities, including Birmingham, Liverpool and Sheffield.
Graham, one of the most high-profile speakers in the US, is the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and an outspoken supporter of US President Donald Trump, whose election he believes was enabled by God. Graham has spoken at multiple rallies held by Trump.Franklin Graham wants the nation to pray for Trump on Sunday. But other Christians call it propaganda
He has more than 10 million fans across his social media profiles, but has fueled anger for several of his past comments and stances.
Graham has expressed support for conversion therapy and called homosexuality a sin and abomination. He called Islam a “wicked and evil” religion and falsely suggested former US President Barack Obama was “born a Muslim.”
In April Graham was also condemned for writing that Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg’s homosexuality is “something to be repentant of, not something to be flaunted, praised or politicized.”
A petition calling for Newcastle’s Utilita Arena to drop Graham had been signed more than 5,000 times, and the venue told CNN they made the decision “following talks with our partners and relevant stakeholders.”
“Franklin Graham’s views are wholly inconsistent with our city, which is preparing to welcome huge celebrations and tens of thousands of people this summer for UK Pride,” Ste Dunn, chair of the Northern Pride group, said on the petition site.
Though his tour is currently without a venue, Graham has said he intends for it to continue and will make arrangements at alternative sites.
“We are still finalising where the Graham Tour will be held, but we want to be clear that the initiative and all associated training courses will take place on the same dates as originally planned,” a statement on the BGEA’s website says. CNN has contacted the organization for comment.
Graham’s father, Billy, is reported to have persuaded more than 3 million people to commit their lives to Christianity and his preaching was heard in 185 of the world’s 195 countries, according to the BGEA. He died in 2018 at the age of 99.
Times have changed from the times of Billy Graham. While the church in the US has managed to hold the fort for Jesus, Europe seem to have allowed rebelion against Jesus to take stronger hold on the people.
While God raised a President to help Gods ways and work in the US, other leaders dont seem to border about prayers in the Schools, and the conformity of the Church to the world continues in other parts. The UK out of share compassion opened her doors to all sorts and today are they loosing grips?
The persecution forewarned by Jesus that shall come upon the Church during the end time is not accepted by many , But it seems to me that God is using His Servant Frankin Graham to show us believers how the bad times will start and operate. When people reject the visit and speech of a Servant of God, whose servant do they prefer? When the scripture against certain conducts is resisted and rejected who have they accepted. It has been said by many prophets of God, that the LGBTQ people will be used mightily to persecute the Church, And Evangelist Franklin Graham’s experience in the UK is telling us volumes of the shape and manner the persecution will follow. If they can stop the Church from talking,and preaching they can drive the church underground and then kill the Church!