A Voice for the Suffering Church: Trump, Pence, Graham Team up for Christians

A Voice for the Suffering Church

The Trump administration’s commitment to defend persecuted Christians is a “breath of fresh air from God,” Rev. Franklin Graham told CBN News at his World Summit for the Defense of Persecuted Christians.

“No question it’s a breath of fresh air, I think it’s a breath of fresh air from God, because they are listening to God’s people and we didn’t see that under President Obama,” Graham told CBN’s George Thomas in a one-on-one interview.

Unlike the former president, Graham said, President Trump is not afraid to acknowledge Islamic terrorism.

“You have now a president who isn’t afraid to use that word and calls it as it is, truly is. And he’s willing to stand up for Christians and we’ve already seen that if he says something he means it,” he said.

“I thank God that we have an administration that is finally listening to the voice of the suffering Church around the world.”

Graham’s experience leading a Christian humanitarian agency has given him decades of experience in the Middle East where he has witnessed the growing violence against Christianity in countries like Lebanon, Sudan, Syria and Iraq.

Preaching an Easter Sunday service to Iraqi Christian refugees from Mosul reinforced his commitment to taking action on behalf of suffering Christians.

“They had to flee for their lives and they were given 30 minutes to leave the city or they’d be killed. So all they left with was the money in their pocket and the clothes on their back and many of them did not escape,” he said.

“I’ve just seen that this is something that should be done not later, but we should have done it sooner.”

Graham decided to hold a summit to bring persecuted countries from across the globe together with those from the free world so they could tell their stories, find support and encouragement, and work to find solutions to help suffering believers endure until the persecution ends.

The three-day event in the U.S. capital goes through May 13; it brought together 600 believers from 130 nations.

“We brought it here to Washington so we could put a spotlight, we wanted to have the administration, we wanted to have people on the Hill, the State Department to be exposed to the these Christians and the suffering that is taking place,” Graham said.

The event received a big boost when Vice President Mike Pence addressed the crowd Thursday morning. Pence told the audience that he was humbled to be in their presence, that the persecuted are in his prayers and the prayers of the president, and that the administration is committed to protecting and promoting religious freedom.

“Any time you have the White House take time to give attention to what you’re saying, it is extremely beneficial,” Graham said.

“Donald Trump, is very supportive of defending Christians and he said this during his campaign, that he was going to defend Christianity and he’s not ashamed of saying that and Vice-President Pence is not ashamed of that, but they’re going to do what they can to not only to protect Christians here at home, but Christians around the world.”

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  1. [Franklin Graham also takes on another issue in a manner that the USCCCP and most AmChurch bishops “fear to tread”]

    Peter LaBarbera

    Franklin Graham: Christians ‘should pull out of the Boy Scouts completely’

    May 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Christian evangelist Franklin Graham Friday applauded the LDS Church for partially pulling out of two programs run by the politically correct Boy Scouts of America, but said the Mormons didn’t go far enough and urged “all churches” to completely disengage from all Scouting programs.

    “I think the Mormon Church—and all churches—should pull out of the Boy Scouts organization completely,” Graham said in a May 12 Facebook post. “They need to get their younger boys out as well. I would not want my child or grandchild to be influenced by the lifestyle of a gay Scout Leader that goes against God’s design for creation.”

    On May 11, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), commonly known as the Mormon Church, ended its long participation with two Boy Scouts of America (BSA) programs, the Varsity and Venture programs, geared to boys aged 14-18 (in the U.S. and Canada). The Church is setting up its own programs for LDS boys in that age group, but said it “will continue to use the Cub Scout and Boy Scout programs for boys and young men ages 8 through 13.”

    In an LDS Church Q-and-A document, in response to the question, “Why is the Church remaining with the Cub Scout and Boy Scout program?” it responded, “These programs currently meet the development program needs of boys from ages 8 through 13.”

    Many observers believe that the LDS move is rooted in the BSA’s rapid embrace of pro-LGBTQ policies, as described by Graham: “Two years ago the Boy Scouts of America voted to allow gay leaders and then this year began to allow members based on their gender identity rather than their biological sex, opening the door to transgender members.”

    The Scouts’ first capitulation to homosexual activists was in 2013, when it voted to allow self-described homosexual boys to join as members. That was 13 years after the BSA’s narrow victory in the nation’s highest court affirming its right to live by its own “morally straight” creed, which did not include homosexuality and atheism.

    The LDS Church states that the Scout programs for younger boys continue to “meet the development program needs of boys from ages 8 through 13.”

    But Graham disagrees, noting, “Churches should always stand with teachings that align with the Word of God.”

    As Graham states, the Mormon Church was the largest institutional sponsor of the BSA. The LDS Church said its pullout from older teen Scout programs will have little impact on its overall contribution to the Boy Scouts.

    Mormon agrees: Time to pull out completely

    Whereas Franklin Graham was very clear about why Christians should pull out of the Boy Scouts, LDS Church authorities were not, adopting a more ambiguous tone in explaining their partial withdrawal. The LDS Church did not explicitly criticize the BSA’s altered sex and gender guidelines.

    That frustrated another Graham (unrelated), conservative Mormon pro-family leader, Stephen Graham of the Utah-based group Standard of Liberty. He agrees with Franklin Graham that the LDS Church should have made a clean break with the Boys Scouts of America.

    “The BSA is in league with the devil, ever since they equivocated on their godly moral values,” Stephen Graham told LifeSiteNews, “and so why would you ever want to associate with them anymore?”

    He said the LDS Church should have completely pulled out from the Boy Scouts four years ago, when the BSA first compromised its “morally straight” position against the “sexual sin” of homosexuality.

    “It seems to me that if you’re going to pull anyone out [of the BSA], you’d want to pull out the youngest, most vulnerable boys, ages 8-13…They are the most at risk for being led astray,” said Stephen Graham, whose own son overcame homosexuality and is now married and has children in a natural family.

    He said it was shameful that his LDS Church did not pull out of the Scouts after the youth organization allowed openly homosexual men to become Scoutmasters, saying that “Mormons are not exempt from the predations of homosexuality.”

    Stephen Graham said the LDS Church leadership famously seeks to “avoid bad press,” so it “wants to avoid appearing to be reacting to the latest move by the BSA” of allowing gender-confused girls to be members because they claim a male “gender identity.”

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