Franklin Graham, has been under pressure of late as his 2020 UK tour has seen all eight major venues tear up their agreements.
Dubbing him the ‘hate preacher’ because on his last trip, he stated homosexuality was a sin, Graham, pictured above at the BBC, has been criticized by Britain’s highly influential LGBT groups, who are up in arms that he wants to preach in their country.
Even the Evangelical Alliance in the UK and the Archbishop of Canterbury are refusing to give his tour their public support.
“Today in London I’ve had several interviews with media about our upcoming evangelistic tour across the UK later this year,” he commented on Facebook. “We have had some opposition from groups who oppose the Scripture and its teaching. I told The Guardian & Premier Christian Radio this morning that I wasn’t coming to the UK to preach against anyone or any group, but to preach the Gospel—the Good News of Jesus Christ—to everyone.
“We are all sinners—including Franklin Graham—and I want everyone to know that God loves them and has a plan for their lives. When BBC asked me about it, I told them that I thought those complaining must not have heard my messages—and I invite them all to come.
“Will you pray for God to work in a mighty way in the hearts of the people of this great nation?”
Graham told Premier Christian Radio that, “I believe the Bible teaches that marriage is between a man and a woman. That’s the Church of England’s position. I think Her Majesty the Queen, that’s her position and it’s the position of the Church, pretty much worldwide. This is what the Bible teaches and that’s what I believe.
“I think there’s a number of churches that feel that proclamation evangelism, like what we do, like my father did is old school, old fashioned and it doesn’t work in today’s culture.
“I’m here to say it does work if it’s done correctly with churches praying. God will use this. Peter stood up on Pentecost and preached and 3000 were added to the church in one day, Paul stood on Mars Hill in Athens and preached and people were saved. God uses all forms of evangelism.”
But as the saying goes, ‘any publicity is good publicity,’ he went on to say that telling people not to come “sometimes that encourages people to come and I hope that’s the case.”
One thing is certain, and that is that the whole of Britain is now well aware of his forthcoming 2020 tour.