Graham: 'I would never say this is God's judgment'
Evangelist Franklin Graham
Evangelist Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham, said Tuesday that a sinful New Orleans could find spiritual rebirth in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
He said the city's revelry in Mardi Gras celebrations and ties to voodoo run counter to Christian beliefs, but Graham emphasized his belief that the disaster did not signify a punishment from God.
He discussed his philosophy from Boon, North Carolina, with CNN's John King.
KING: When you use words though, sort of like, "God has a plan, God has a purpose," I don't assume you're trying to say that this storm happened and hit New Orleans because of any activity of its people?
I would have to say that the "Readers' Digest" version of the article makes Franklin look much better than the original article. He kept mentioning the Catholic Bishop of New Orleans. The Roman church is part of the immoral culture of New Orleans. Franklin Graham's ecumenism is disgusting, q.v.,
Almost equally disgusting is his desire to involve Church with the Government. The Great Commission was not to have churches run trailer parks. :-(
Recalling scriptures in my thoughts and in my spirit, I don't recall Jesus ever retracting anything He said nor apologize for the things He said. In fact, He throughout His ministry caused so much "trouble" for the ruling church leaders that they wanted Him dead! They got what they wanted BUT we as adopted children received grace and forgiveness and eternal life through HIm who was obedient unto death!
1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. (2 Tim 4)
18 For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth. (2 Cor 10)
The world at large will never understand the way of God. Neither will we if we don't trust and believe in Him to save us--especially from ourselves!
Our Lord said that they were not more sinful, but he did not say that the falling tower wasn't a punishment. PC evangelism to a certain extent, but also a lot of good said by Mr. Graham in this article.