Franklin Graham told Muslims that in Jesus Christ’s name they can be forgiven when he participated in a panel interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News. According to Christian Today, Graham went on to assure Muslims that they do not have to carry out jihad to please God and that “God loves them and he will accept them through faith and through his son, Jesus Christ.”
Graham had spoken out against Duke University ‘s plan to allow the Adhaan, the Muslin call to prayer, to be announced from Duke chapel. Graham issued a Facebook post encouraging Duke alumni protest the decision. In one Facebook post, Graham challenged Duke’s decision.
“Will evangelical Christians be allowed the same three minutes weekly to broadcast the message across campus that God Almighty of the Bible sent His Son Jesus Christ to offer forgiveness of sins and salvation to all who will repent, believe, and call on His Name?”
Soon afterward, Duke rescinded the plan due to a “credible and serious security threat” according to WRAL. Alumni pressure to worship only Jesus Christ in Duke Chapel was not mentioned as a reason for the change.
In response to Hannity’s suggestion that converting to Christianity could be dangerous for Muslims, Graham is quoted as saying that Muslims can simply silently pray to themselves.
“God, I believe in you and I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins and I want to invite him to come into my heart and I want his forgiveness and I want him to transform my life.” He went on to say that they do not have to tell their Muslim families because it could get them killed.
Graham, the fourth child of Billy Graham, is a Christian evangelist and heads the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) and of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief organization.
This is not the first time Franklin Graham has created controversy with comments about Islam. In December, Christian Today reported that he called Islam a “religion of war,” and encouraged Christians to convert Muslims in their communities. He also attacked the Episcopal Church’s National Cathedral for holding a Muslim prayer service. Just like with the Duke situation, Franklin Graham shared a Facebook post expressing his dismay.
“It’s sad to see a church open its doors to the worship of anything other than the One True God of the Bible who sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to earth to save us from our sins.”
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