Franklin Graham: Pope Francis ‘Is Not the Judge’ on Homosexuality
On Meet the Press Sunday morning, Franklin Graham, son and heir apparent of longtime evangelical preacher Billy Graham, clearly differentiated his views on homosexuality from those of Pope Francis, who made headlines this summer when he presented a more accepting view of gays.
“If a person is gay and seeks god and has goodwill, who am I to judge them?” the Pontiff said earlier this year.
“I want to warn people: I think the Pope is right when he says he’s not the judge,” Graham said. “He’s not the judge. God is the judge.”
When asked if his views on homosexuality would ever shift, Graham replied, “God would have to shift, and god doesn’t. God’s word is the same yesterday, today, and a million years from now. It’s a sin. To wink at sin, to tell somebody that it’s okay? I know the consequences of what will happen one day when they have to stand before god.”