Michael Foust | ChristianHeadlines.com Contributor | Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Evangelist Franklin Graham says the opposition to his United Kingdom tour is due to opposition to the gospel – and that those who have banned him are “truthophobic.”
Graham is scheduled to preach in eight United Kingdom cities between May 30 and Oct. 4 but doesn’t have a place to speak due to a series of cancellations. The arenas and convention centers that were set to host Graham dropped him under pressure from LGBT groups and activists.
At issue are Graham’s biblical positions on marriage and sexuality. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association says the tour will go on, despite him being banned from specific locations.
Graham, in a Facebook post Sunday, stood his ground.
“Opposition to the Gospel shouldn’t really surprise us,” he wrote. “Jesus warned that it would come. As you may know, my eight-city evangelistic tour across the UK has been met with resistance by LGBTQ activists who inaccurately claim that I am homophobic, Islamophobic, and say that I speak hate. Anyone who knows me or has heard me speak knows that this really isn’t true – but, I DO preach the TRUTH of the Gospel. Could it be, rather, that these folks are truthophobic or free-speech-ophobic?”
Graham embedded a video from Martyn Iles, managing director of the Australian Christian Lobby. Iles defended Graham in the 10-minute clip.