Excusing EVIL…& promoting SIN…
That’s just what I witnessed Reverend Franklin Graham doing on CNN Tonight…with Don Lemon…on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. Honestly…he ought to be ashamed of his damn self. BUT…BUT…BUT…B—U—T…before we get into all of that…let me hip you to some things about Franklin Graham.
Franklin Graham is the son of Billy Graham…and the president & CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Who is Billy Graham??? According to the Billy Graham Library… “In over 55 years of ministry, Billy Graham has preached the Gospel message to more than 215 million people in over 185 countries around the world. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, which he founded in 1950, reaches out to millions more each year through radio and television broadcasts, films, literature, training, events, and the Internet.”
Back in the day…my parents use to watch the Billy Graham tv shows…all the time. I remember seeing him on tv preaching to packed stadiums…about God. The Washington Post puts it like this… “For decades, Billy Graham was perhaps America’s most famous religious figure, someone who could draw hundreds of thousands to evangelistic “crusades,” someone picked by president after president to pray at inaugurations. If America had a pastor, Graham was it.”
So… Franklin Graham got his notoriety by swinging on his dad’s coattails. If it wasn’t for his dad’s “HUGE” name recognition…we would be saying… “Franklin Graham???Who the hell is Franklin Graham???” Well, anyway… On Tuesday night, Reverend Franklin Graham was interviewed by Don Lemon…& the topic of discussion was…Donald Trump. Now, don’t get it twisted… Franklin Graham has been a staunch supporter of Donald Trump…for quite a while. On November 12, 2016, Christian Today interviewed Franklin Graham about Donald Trump and reported him saying… “I know there are a number of pastors that have had a great influence on his life. People change over a period of time. I think Donald Trump has changed. Now at the same time, if he gets mad he may use ‘hell’, or ‘damn’, or some other words to express his displeasure. But I trust him. I think when he says something he means it. If he says he’s going to do something, he’s going to do it.” Franklin Graham prayed at Trump’s inauguration on January 20, 2017. O.k…
So, what we have here…is somebody (Franklin Graham) outwardly…proclaiming to be a follower of the Heavenly Father…who is telling us (right after Trump won the 2016 Presidential election)…that HE – TRUST – DONALD TRUMP. His words…not mine. “But I trust him” …Franklin Graham says. Now…just to remind you, in case you forgot… Let’s have a little refresher on this man we call … Donald Trump. SO…WHO IS THIS MAN???
For the sake of time…I’ll just mention a few of his hi-lights. No. 1. Donald Trump is a pathological liar. This bastard lies as easily…as he breathes. Maybe…easier. On January 2, 2018, CNN reported that… “according to the amazing Fact Checker blog at The Washington Post, Trump has made 1,950 misleading or simply false claims since being sworn in as President on January 20, 2017. That’s an average — average — of 5.6 a day.” No. 2. Donald Trump has cheated & swindled…his crooked ass onto 5th avenue in New York. No doubt. No. 3. Donald Trump is a sexist. He takes pleasure in meeting attractive women for the 1st time & “grabbing them by their pussy.” His words… not mine. No. 4. Donald Trump is an adulterer. No. 5. Donald Trump is a racist. And, you know he has the gull to say–publicly– that “he’s the least racist” of anybody else. No. 6. Donald Trump is an elitist. Yes…I know… His dumb-ass probably can’t even spell it. No. 7. Donald Trump is an anti-Semite. No. 8. Donald Trump is anti-Muslim. No. 9. Donald Trump is Hitleresque. Straight up! He is a Nazi…at heart! O.k…let’s keep going.
A few nights ago, Don Lemon & Reverend Franklin Graham had the following discussion about Donald Trump:
Why do you think evangelicals were so willing to call out…say…Bill Clinton’s behavior, but not President Trump’s?
I think that’s a very good question Don and I appreciate that. The difference is what happened with Bill Clinton, he did this while he was in office. And, that’s the difference. And, what Kennedy did, the affairs he had was while he was in office. Ah, the affairs that Johnson had was while he was in office.
These alleged affairs. They are alleged with Trump, didn’t happen while he was in office. This happened…eleven…twelve…thirteen…fourteen-years ago. And, so I think there is a big difference. Not that we give anybody a pass, but, we have to look at the timeline. And, that was before he was in office and I think the President has changed quite a bit in the last eleven years. At least, I have seen that.
Well, let’s say that. Because…
I think there has been a maturing of the President.
O.k… Have you read his twitter account? Because… Listen… There are a number of different things here. The… What he admitted to is the Access Hollywood tape. That happened. It came out. You were already supporting him…when that came out. You didn’t take your support away.
But, I didn’t support that Don. I didn’t support that.
But your saying in one voice that you didn’t support that, but, you are still supporting him. Then, also the pay-out to the porn star. That was in 2016. That wasn’t eleven years ago, that’s now. The threatened nuclear war with North Korea. That’s now.
The story came out.
He calls for a ban on religions entering in the country. That’s now. He has 15 accusers. Some of them said it was shorter than a long time ago…as you said. He started a fight with a gold star family. He started a fight with gold star widows. He fights with people on twitter. He uses the word “s hole” about certain countries. That’s all in the current timing now. That’s not from years ago. So that argument that he has changed…or he’s somehow evolved. That just doesn’t stand. Most people don’t see that.
Well… No, but, the…the…the affairs that Clinton had were while he was in the oval office. Johnson, Kennedy, the same thing.
There are more to a person’s character than affair. Your saying that the only thing that matters is an affair.
No, no, that’s what you spend a lot of time Don on the media focusing on this. But, you take his rough language. There’s a lot of Presidents that have had rough language. And a lot of these things that have been accused of the President I’m not sure are true. He said he didn’t do it. And, ah, the others have said he didn’t do it.
Does that make it right because someone else is a sinner…or someone else used bad language and this President uses bad language, does that make it right?
We shouldn’t excuse the behavior from any President. Isn’t the President suppose to be a role model for all?
Well, you certainly want them to be a role model. But, he is a business man Don. He is not a politician. So, this is new territory for him. And, I believe all of us are sinners. All of us…
He’s the President. So, are you saying that business people don’t have morals as well…Reverend.
No. No. No.
And, they shouldn’t have standards. You are saying he is a business man and not a politician. He’s the President of the United States.
He is a business man. And, when he’s at business meetings he talks a certain way. And, he’s trying to get the point across. But Don, I believe that Donald Trump is a good man. And, I believe he is the President of the United States for a reason. I think that God put him there. He offended everybody just like you said. He seems to have did everything wrong as a candidate and he won. And, I don’t understand it other than I think God put him there. And, Don listen, all of us are sinners. You and me and Donald Trump there is a lot that we can do to improve. Donald Trump is not perfect. He is not President perfect. When President perfect comes down the road we will vote for him.
Sooooooooo…. What needs to be said about these things???
First, God does not excuse any sin because of the timing of the sin. The fact that Kennedy, Johnson & Clinton committed adultery while they were in office is not the crucial fact…for God. The crucial fact for God…is that they “committed adultery” …period. So, for Reverend Franklin Graham to say that it is the “timing” that’s the difference…is…ridiculous. In office…out of office…on the rooftop…under a bridge…is not what controls…here. What controls for God…is again, the commission of the “sin”…period. O.k…
Second, Graham saying “all of us” are sinners…serves what purpose??? What I do…& what you do…doesn’t have a damn thing to do with Donald Trump’s multitude of sins. And… God HATES the fact the Donald Trump is a racist…a sexist…is anti-Semitic…is anti-Muslim…is a liar…is Hitleresque. And… God HATES the fact that Donald Trump doesn’t feel he has EVER done anything that requires him to ask God for…forgiveness. So, what we have here IS one of the biggest devils…walking God’s green earth…THINKING…he’s an angel. “COME ON!…Franklin…WAKE UP & smell the truth!” O.k…
Third, for Reverend Franklin Graham to say that Donald Trump is a “good” man, tells me that Graham is…a lying ass. DAMN!!! A blind man…can see how evil & wicked Trump is. O.k… Franklin Graham is held out to be a top leader in the Evangelical Christian community. So, this man has got the ear of a lot of folks. MY! MY! MY! May God help all who are within earshot of this devilish man and reveal the truth…to them! For, Reverend Franklin Graham has lost his got damn mind! O.k…
Fourth, Graham saying that he thinks that God put Donald Trump in office is SINFUL…in and of…itself. Just—plain—BLASPHEMY…I say! There is no where in the bible, where God exalts a devil. NO WHERE! Psalm 34:16 states… “The face of the Lord is against evildoers, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.” Psalm 37:1-2 states… “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. 2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.” O.k…
What happened with Donald Trump is similar to what happened with King Saul…during David’s time. Here’s what happened… God did not want Saul appointed as a king over His people. But… The people wanted Saul as their king. So, God ALLOWED it. He did NOT want it…but, He ALLOWED it. There is a big got damn difference between “wanting” something & “allowing” something. The Bible says… ” 4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, 5 and said to him, “You are old and your sons do not follow in your ways; appoint for us, then, a king to govern us, like other nations.” 6 But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to govern us.” Samuel prayed to the Lord, 7 and the Lord said to Samuel, “Listen to the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them. 8 Just as they have done to me, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so also they are doing to you. 9 Now then, listen to their voice; only—you shall solemnly warn them, and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them.” (1 Samuel 8: 4-9) Now…
Even when God had his Prophet Samuel warn the people about how the King would mistreat them…they STILL…wanted a man to rule over them. The Bible says… “10 So Samuel reported all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king. 11 He said, “These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen, and to run before his chariots; 12 and he will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and some to plow his ground and to reap his harvest, and to make his implements of war and the equipment of his chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14 He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive orchards and give them to his courtiers. 15 He will take one-tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and his courtiers. 16 He will take your male and female slaves, and the best of your cattle and donkeys, and put them to his work. 17 He will take one-tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves. 18 And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves; but the Lord will not answer you in that day.” 19 But the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel; they said, “No! but we are determined to have a king over us, 20 so that we also may be like other nations, and that our king may govern us and go out before us and fight our battles.” 21 When Samuel had heard all the words of the people, he repeated them in the ears of the Lord. 22 The Lord said to Samuel, “Listen to their voice and set a king over them.”” (1 Samuel 8: 10-22) And, for the record…
King Saul ended up with his head rolling around on the ground. Oh, yeah… Detached, from the rest of his body. His demise…came like this… “Now the Philistines fought against Israel; and the men of Israel fled before the Philistines, and fell slain on Mount Gilboa. 2 The Philistines overtook Saul and his sons; and the Philistines killed Jonathan and Abinadab and Malchishua, sons of Saul. 3 The battle pressed hard on Saul; and the archers found him, and he was wounded by the archers. 4 Then Saul said to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword, and thrust me through with it, so that these uncircumcised may not come and make sport of me.” But his armor-bearer was unwilling, for he was terrified. So Saul took his own sword and fell on it. 5 When his armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he also fell on his sword and died. 6 Thus Saul died; he and his three sons and all his house died together. 7 When all the men of Israel who were in the valley saw that the army had fled and that Saul and his sons were dead, they abandoned their towns and fled; and the Philistines came and occupied them.
8 The next day when the Philistines came to strip the dead, they found Saul and his sons fallen on Mount Gilboa. 9 They stripped him and took his head and his armor, and sent messengers throughout the land of the Philistines to carry the good news to their idols and to the people. 10 They put his armor in the temple of their gods, and fastened his head in the temple of Dagon. 11 But when all Jabesh-gilead heard everything that the Philistines had done to Saul, 12 all the valiant warriors got up and took away the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons, and brought them to Jabesh. Then they buried their bones under the oak in Jabesh, and fasted seven days.
13 So Saul died for his unfaithfulness; he was unfaithful to the Lord in that he did not keep the command of the Lord; moreover, he had consulted a medium, seeking guidance, 14 and did not seek guidance from the Lord. Therefore the Lord put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David son of Jesse.” (1 Chronicles 10: 1-14)
There is no way that God…in all of His goodness…would ever pick a devil, like Donald Trump…to hover over His people. What we have here…at work… is “freewill.” God gives us all “freewill.” And, on any given day, countless numbers of His children are out here doing EVERY UNGODLY thing…under the sun. Now… Does them doing these UNGODLY THINGS…mean that God wants it??? HELL NO!!! HELL NO!!! (I’m sorry but, that did deserve 2 “Hell No’s”) For God tells us…not to sin. Now…
Just as God did not interfere with the “freewill” of the people to have a king rule over them back in the time of the Prophet Samuel…God did not interfere with the “freewill” of the people in the 2016 Presidential election. So… We… “the people” …got the President…WE…CHOSE…under man’s election rules. Not, God’s rules. The Father didn’t have a damn thing to do with that messed up shit. So, for Franklin Graham to believe that God chose Donald Trump to be President…tells me just how messed up…his spirit & mind is. So messed up, that God has told me to WARN His people…about Franklin Graham. O.k…
Billy Graham’s grand-daughter, Jerushah Armfield, was interviewed by Jim Sciutto on CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront,”…on Friday, 1/26/18. He asked her how she felt about her uncle, Reverend Franklin Graham’s, comments to Don Lemon…regarding Donald Trump’s “shit hole” comments about Africa, Haiti and El Salvador. Jerushah told Jim… “…people seem to be focusing on the language that he used which really wasn’t the issue. I don’t think that was anybody’s issue regarding the language that he used. I think it was the context of what he said around the language that he used. I think they’re focusing on the language and making excuses for it when I really don’t know that was anybody’s issue to begin with. I think it was the disheartening…dehumanizing comments that were said…around the word.” O.k…
No man of God…EXCUSES EVIL…& PROMOTES SIN! So, we have a CHARLATAN…known as Franklin Graham…whose trying to “trick” God’s children. Why? He has chosen “the things of man” …OVER… “the things of God.” Franklin Graham loves the notoriety that comes along with knowing & being around the “President of the United States.” This probably makes him feel as though he is…walking the path that his daddy…Billy Graham…walked. You know… Going to the White House…& rubbing elbows with American leaders…& so forth. Well, I’ll tell you about another path that Franklin Graham is also walking down.
To intentionally mislead God’s children…is abhorrent…in the sight of God. To try & convince others that Donald Trump is “good”…when that bastard is TRULY…a devil…is abhorrent…in the sight of God. Why??? Because it puts God’s children in grave danger if they trust…a devil. Remember, a human devil…works for “THE DEVIL.” Yes… The same damned Devil whose number 1 aim is to steal…kill & destroy God’s children. So, for Reverend Franklin Graham to intentionally mislead God’s children about Donald Trump…means he is working for the Devil. And, this also means that Franklin Graham…has strolled himself…onto a path…that will take him straight to HELL!
Iris R. Whiting ©