- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 25, 2019

Franklin Graham, the 66-year-old son of the late evangelist Billy Graham, fired off a series of tweets Wednesday saying the homosexuality of Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is not something to be celebrated.

Mr. Graham, the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse, made the comments while responding to a CNN article about Mr. Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who is an openly gay Christian.

“God does not have a political party,” Mr. Buttigieg was quoted as saying in the article. The mayor said Monday that it’s “challenging” to be a person of faith and a member of the LGBTQ community but that “the core of faith is regard for one another.”

Mr. Graham suggested that Mr. Buttigieg’s celebration of his sexuality conflicts with the Bible’s teachings.

“Presidential candidate & South Bend Mayor @PeteButtigieg is right — God doesn’t have a political party,” Mr. Graham tweeted to his nearly 2 million followers. “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.

“Mayor Buttigieg says he’s a gay Christian,” he continued. “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,” he concluded.

Mr. Buttigieg did not respond to Mr. Graham’s criticism.

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