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Rev. Franklin Graham Praises Putin for Stance Against Homosexuality.


Image: Rev. Franklin Graham Praises Putin for Stance Against Homosexuality(AP)

By Todd Beamon

The Rev. Franklin Graham has praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for his stance against homosexuality and slammed President Barack Obama’s “shameful” embrace of gay rights.

“To be clear, I am not endorsing President Putin,” Graham, the son of renowned evangelist Billy Graham, said in the March issue of Decision magazine.

The magazine in published by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, based in Charlotte, N.C. Franklin Graham is the association’s president and CEO.

“To survive in the KGB and rise to power in Russia, you have to be tough,” Graham said of Putin. “His enemies say he is ruthless. To some, he is a modern version of a czar. His personal life has its own controversies.

“Isn’t it sad, though, that America’s own morality has fallen so far that on this issue — protecting children from any homosexual agenda or propaganda — Russia’s standard is higher than our own?

“Putin is right on these issues,” Graham continued. “Obviously, he may be wrong about many things, but he has taken a stand to protect his nation’s children from the damaging effects of any gay and lesbian agenda.”

Last year, Putin banned the “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations to minors,” Graham said. The restriction was highlighted by the Russian president’s critics leading up to the Winter Games in Sochi last month.

“American media and liberal activists were outraged that the Olympics would be allowed in such an ‘intolerant’ culture,” Graham said. “Even though Putin said that gays and lesbians would be allowed at the Olympics, the fact that he took a stand — simply to protect children — ignited a worldwide cultural firestorm.

“He further explained the law by saying, ‘We have a ban on the propaganda of homosexuality and pedophilia,’ ” Graham said.

The evangelist called the American response to Putin’s crackdown “sadly predictable,” noting that President Obama sent gay and lesbian athletes to Sochi. He also mentioned Attorney General Eric Holder’s announcement last month that his office would push forrecognition of same-sex marriage in all 50 states — “even in the 33 states that outlaw those marriages.”

Graham then charged Obama and Holder with having “turned their backs on God and his standards, and many in the Congress are following the administration’s lead. This is shameful.

“The world used to look to America for moral leadership,” Graham said. “But those days are long gone.”

He said that the United States has “abdicated our moral leadership” — at home and abroad.

“We defeated Communism, only to relax and see secularism and progressives take over our country,” Graham said. “Secularism is as godless as communism. Secularists and progressives have taken over our schools, media, and local and federal government. And it has all happened in the twinkling of an eye.”

He ended by quoting portions of Matthew 25:34 from the New Testament.

“But the Bible makes it clear that one day, ‘all nations will be gathered before [God]’ for judgment, and that ‘at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,'” Graham wrote.
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Franklin Graham: ‘Duck Dynasty’ and the Ducking Church.


 

Phil Robertson
Phil Robertson

I appreciate the Robertson family’s strong commitment to biblical principles and their refusal to back down under intense media pressure over Phil Robertson’s comments in a recent interview. As the Robertson controversy winds down—at least for now—I have been amazed at how many churches have apparently “ducked” out on the issue (sin). Some were even quick to condemn Phil Robertson.

If we Christians banded together and took a stand, perhaps we wouldn’t be losing so much ground in what the media is calling the “cultural war.” However, it is not a cultural war—it is a religious war against Christians and the biblical truths we stand for. Some churches have fallen into the trap of being politically correct, under the disguise of tolerance.

God is not “politically correct,” and He is certainly not tolerant of sin. The Bible tells us that He is going to judge all sin one day; and anyone who is not found under the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ, will face an eternity in hell separated from God.

Scripture says, “So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just, and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth” (Matt. 13:49-50). But today God is willing to forgive anyone who truly repents (is willing to turn from their sin), asks for His forgiveness, and believes on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ (“For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” Romans 10:13).

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

Franklin Grahamson of evangelist Billy Graham, is the president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse.

Franklin Graham: ‘I Support My Friend Phil Robertson’.


Franklin Graham
Franklin Graham (BGEA)

Phil Robertson’s desire is to see all men and women repent—that is to turn from their sin and follow Christ in obedience. Indeed, that’s his own story, as he freely shares. This is my desire too.

We live in a culture that openly supports and promotes sin against God. While Phil Robertson is not anyone’s judge—God is, and will judge all sin. Jesus Christ came to this earth to save sinners, which includes me.

I have appreciated the Robertson family’s commitment to biblical values, and that they have not backed down in a politically correct world that is tolerant of everything except biblical standards and values. I pray that we would be a nation where we can disagree civilly while holding firm convictions.

I support my friend Phil Robertson.

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

FRANKLIN GRAHAM

Three Reasons Why Christians Should Tip Generously.


 

Joy Allmond

2013 has been the year of restaurant tipping drama in the Church. Or, so it seems in the news.

In January, various news outlets reported that a pastor left no monetary tip to a waitress in an Applebees. Instead, she left this note as a tip: “I give God 10 percent. Why do you get 18 (percent)?”

The waitress posted it online and subsequently got fired.

Her reaction to getting stiffed: “I come home exhausted, sore, burnt, dirty and blistered on a good day. I’ve been stiffed on tips before, but this if the first time I’ve seen the Big Man used as reasoning.”

Just last month, another story broke about a restaurant patron’s discrimination as the reason behind stiffing a server.

The gay server posted a photo of a receipt signed by some customers who also allegedly left this note: “I’m sorry, but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle.”

The couple came forward and denied those allegations, producing a receipt and a credit card statement that indicates they did, in fact, leave a tip.

But nevertheless, it becomes “bad press” for Christian restaurant patrons.

Mostly recently, however, there has been a positive story getting national attention. The “Tips for Jesus” movement has countered some of the negativity.

It is undetermined who is behind “Tips for Jesus,” but this individual or group posts Instagram photos of receipts documenting exorbitant tips left for unsuspecting servers.

The mission statement presented on the Instagram account: “Doing the Lord’s work, one tip at a time.”

Unfortunately, however, stories like the first two are caricatures of a widespread reality: the Sunday lunch shift has become the most dreaded for most restaurant workers.

Brian, a professed Christian, and a waiter who often serves the Sunday lunch crowd at a popular chain restaurant, sees a wide range of Christians‘ attitudes toward tipping.

“I’ve personally heard the whole gamut of arguments for bad tipping. They range from ‘not satisfied with service’ to something similar to the patron from the Applebees scenario, to abundantly generous,” he explained.

Whether a restaurant worker is believer like Brian, or an outspoken atheist, Christians, especially, should treat their servers exactly the same–both in courtesy and in compensation. Scripture has much to say about showing partiality, in many contexts. The second chapter of James spends the first several verses addressing the subject of favoritism. The heart of the message, as it could apply the way Christians treat restaurant service people, can be found in verses eight and nine:

If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.

Scripture–alone–is reason enough to tip our servers well, but there are practical reasons why it should be done. Here are four practical reasons why Christians should be above-average restaurant tippers:

It Strengthens Our Credibility as the Church

This one goes without saying, but bad tipping becomes a barrier between the heart of a waitperson and the gospel.

“When I think about the way some of my Christian brothers and sisters tip their servers in a restaurant, it makes me cringe,” said Brian. “And it is doubly cringe-worthy to think about what those servers outside the church think of God when they see their patrons bow their heads to pray and then leave a sub-par tip.”

Paul talked about the importance of credibility in ministry in 2 Corinthians 6:3. He said,

We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited.

Note that he didn’t say we would get spiritual “results” with someone if we treat them well. He was simply providing instruction on protecting the credibility of the Church through above-board actions. As restaurant diners, we should be above-board in the way we tip.

It would be arrogant of us to think that someone could come into the Kingdom because of some wonderful tip we have left on the table. It is important to note that we cannot bribe someone into the Kingdom by giving them a good tip or any other type of compensation. Salvation is a work of the Spirit, and we, as humans, have the privilege of being fleshly agents in bringing others to truth.

So, next time when tipping a server, think of it in terms of getting out of God’s way, rather than “winning” someone with a good tip.

We Are Commanded to Compensate Well

1 Timothy 5:18 is abundantly clear on fair compensation. Timothy wrote,

For Scripture says, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,” and “The worker deserves his wages.”

While Timothy was writing to people in the church, he quoted Deuteronomy 25:4 and Luke 10:7, verses that are general instructions to God’s people about properly compensating someone for a service.

Why does it matter to God that we compensate well?

As God’s people, everything we do should be an attempt to imitate God’s character and to display His glory. God is the ultimate Giver. So we, in turn, should not withhold a good thing–in this case, compensation–from those who serve us in restaurants.

Think about this, beyond monetary compensation: what if God compensated us according to the way we serve Him? Even the most faithful and hard-working in the Church would fall terribly short. If God operated this way, we would be stripped of life’s essentials.

Just as our Father is a great Giver, we should practice generosity in our tipping.

It’s Good For You

When we bless our restaurant servers with a healthy tip, we receive a blessing. We obey the many commands to treat others well, and we reflect the generous heart of God. When we fulfill these commandments, John 15:9-11 explains that we are actually the receivers:

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep  my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands  and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your  joy may be complete.

Very few things allow us to identify with the heart of God like giving. When we tip well–even when we don’t feel it is deserved–we are pleasing to God.

And that, in turn, brings us unspeakable joy.

Joy Allmond is a web writer for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and a freelance writer. She lives in Charlotte, N.C., with her husband, two teenage stepsons and two dogs. Follow her on Twitter @joyallmond.

Publication date: December 16, 2013

Billy Graham’s Health ‘About the Same,’ Says Spokesman.


Billy Graham
A close associate says Billy Graham‘s condition has remained relatively the same for weeks.

While family members have asked for prayer for Billy Graham, a close associate says his condition has remained relatively the same for weeks.

Graham has been in a weakened condition since his 95th birthday party on Nov. 7, says Billy Graham Evangelistic Association spokesman Mark DeMoss, but his vital signs are still strong.

“People keep saying different things, some good and some not so good,” DeMoss told Asheville, N.C.’sCitizen-Times.com. “But he’s about the same. I think everybody’s intentions are good. The family members want everybody to pray for Mr. Graham, and I understand that.”

DeMoss says he is in touch with Graham’s medical staff daily.

“I think everybody is concerned about Mr. Graham, but we’re not getting any different reports from the medical staff,” he says. “I’m checking in every day, and there has not been a change for better or worse in the last number of weeks. He’s weak, he’s at home, and his vital signs are good—his pulse, his heartbeat, his blood pressure. He’s not in any immediate danger.”

Speculations about Graham’s health started when his son, Franklin Grahamsaid last week that his father’s health had been declining in the weeks since his birthday party. Later in the week he asked for prayers for his ailing father.

Additionally, Graham’s grandson recently said the evangelist is close to going home to be with the Lord.

“On Nov. 7 [with his ‘My Hope America With Billy Graham’ outreach], he finished his race and up until that time, God had protected his health and gave him supernatural strength and now, the only thing left is for him to come home,” Will Graham, son of Franklin Graham, said. “God has removed His hand of protection, and old age has set in.”

When asked how to pray for his grandfather, Will Graham replied, “I don’t know how to answer that anymore. I wish He would give him strength, but I don’t think he needs strength anymore. It’s time to go home.”

Billy Graham’s nephew, Mel Graham, said Friday that the evangelist had had a good couple of days.

“Overall we are encouraged,” Mel Graham told WSCO TV. “He’s doing great today. He had a nice breakfast. He sat up in bed and had oatmeal and a banana, and his favorite fluffy cat was right there by his side.”

He added, “When I saw him a few days ago, we had a nice visit. He was a little weaker, but the last few days was considerably stronger then when I saw him, so I look forward to getting up in the next day or two and spending some time with him.”

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

Rev. Billy Graham Close to Death, Grandson Says.


A frail and ailing Rev. Billy Graham is “close to going home to be with the Lord,” according to his grandson, Will Graham.

Will Graham, the son of Franklin Graham, CEO of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, says his 95-year-old grandfather is not suffering but that “old age has caught up to him and is sucking the life out of him.”

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I wish (God) would give him strength, but I don’t think he needs strength anymore,’ Will Graham told the Christian website Assist News Service. “It’s time to go home.”

Since celebrating his 95th birthday on Nov. 7 at a North Carolina gala attended by more than 1,000 people, Billy Graham’s tenuous health has been declining. He was recently hospitalized for pulmonary problems and has been dealing with Parkinson’s disease for more than 20 years. He has also battled pneumonia, broken hips, and prostate cancer.

On Wednesday, Franklin Graham asked the world to pray for his father, who has offered spiritual guidance to generations of presidents beginning with Harry Truman.

Our family would appreciate your prayers for him that the Lord would strengthen him,” Franklin Graham wrote in an online message posted at Charismanews.com.

Will Graham said that God has protected his grandfather,providing “supernatural strength and now, the only thing left is for him to come home. God has removed his hand of protection and old age has set in.”

In 2011, Newsweek reported that the charismatic preacher who became famous in the 1940s for staging revivals he dubbed crusades now lives in near seclusion in the family home in western North Carolina. He is isolated by failing eyesight and hearing, passing most of his days watching Fox News and local programming “on a massive flat-screen TV.”

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By Melissa Clyne

Billy Graham’s Son Requests Prayer for Weakened Father.


Billy Graham and Franklin Graham
Billy Graham is honored at the celebration of his 95th birthday as his son Franklin Graham (right) looks on. (BGEA)

My father turned 95 this past Nov. 7, and I am pleased to say that my family was able to be with him as he celebrated another milestone in his long and productive life. Joined by many colleagues and friends from around the nation and the world at this celebration, he spoke briefly of these friendships and did not fail to point people to the Lord Jesus Christ. This will forever be his legacy which is, as the Bible says, a testimony to the faithfulness of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Since that night a few short weeks ago, he has had another bout with a respiratory infection and was hospitalized briefly before returning home to recuperate. He is extremely weak, but his vitals are good.

Our family would appreciate your prayers for him that the Lord would strengthen him. He has been so encouraged by the release of his most recent book, The Reason for My Hope: Salvationthat he immediately began work on another book about a subject that he feels God has laid on his heart. Only the Lord knows what is in store as we move forward in service to Him.

To all who have stood with us—some for 60 years—supporting us financially and undergirding us through prayer, thank you for your faithful support. We are encouraged with how God has blessed the proclamation of the gospel through My Hope. This evangelistic outreach will continue for the next five years, as the Lord is using it so effectively in people’s hearts. We are thankful that He is touching hearts, as tens of thousands have responded to the invitation to confess their sins and receive Christ as Savior.

We value your prayers—in fact, we depend on them. We find words of comfort and praise in the psalms: “Oh, bless our God … and make the voice of His praise to be heard, who keeps our soul among the living, and does not allow our feet to be moved. … Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will declare what He has done for my soul. … Blessed be God, who has not turned away my prayer” (Ps. 66:8-9, 16, 20).

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

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