Now Reading
Franklin Graham tells Pete Buttigieg he needs to ‘repent’ for being gay

Franklin Graham tells Pete Buttigieg he needs to ‘repent’ for being gay

Franklin Graham and Pete Buttigieg

Leading evangelical preacher Franklin Graham has criticized Democratic Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg.

Buttigieg, the openly gay Mayor of South Bend, Indiana gave a town hall speech on Monday in which he talked about his faith. In it, he said, ‘God has no political party.’

Graham took to Twitter yesterday to address Buttigieg’s comment.

‘Presidential candidate & South Bend Mayor @PeteButtigieg is right—God doesn’t have a political party. But God does have commandments, laws & standards He gives us to live by. God doesn’t change. His Word is the same yesterday, today & forever,’ he said in the first tweet.

‘Mayor Buttigieg says he’s a gay Christian. As a Christian I believe the Bible which defines homosexuality as sin, something to be repentant of, not something to be flaunted, praised or politicized. The Bible says marriage is between a man & a woman—not two men, not two women.

‘The core of the Christian faith is believing and following Jesus Christ, who God sent to be the Savior of the world—to save us from sin, to save us from hell, to save us from eternal damnation.’

Comments from Franklin Graham condemned

Although Graham’s views on Buttigieg are unsurprising, his words carry influence. His tweet suggesting Buttigieg repent has been ‘liked’ over 27,000 times and retweeted over 6,000 times. However, it also prompted much condemnation – including from other Christians.

Influential blogger and Pastor John Pavlovitz, criticized Franklin, ‘You sold your soul to an amoral President with contempt for everything Jesus stood for. You should check the mirror. Your father would be embarrassed of you.’

Celebrities also waded in. TV host Andy Cohen tweeted in response: ‘God loves everyone. He is gonna have stern words for you though.’

Others were quick to take Graham to task over his support of Donald Trump, pointing out the Bible condemns divorce and adultery.

Buttigieg formally announced his run for Presidential nominee earlier this month. This week, he placed third behind Joe Biden (30%) and Bernie Sanders (24%), with 9% picking him as their preferred Democratic nominee. Biden has yet to formally announced he is standing as a nominee.

See also

Christian pastor: ‘Dear Evangelicals, leave LGBTQ people alone’

Pete Buttigieg said he wouldn’t let prisoners vote and LGBTIs aren’t happy

Blackpool Tower lit up in rainbow colors to greet anti-LGBTI preacher Franklin Graham