- The Washington Times - Friday, December 20, 2019

Evangelist Franklin Graham slammed Christianity Today on Thursday after the publication founded by his late father called for President Trump to be removed from office.

“Yes, my father Billy Graham founded Christianity Today; but no, he would not agree with their opinion piece,” Mr. Graham wrote on Facebook. “In fact, he would be very disappointed.”

Christianity Today published an editorial Thursday claiming that Mr. Trump unconstitutionally and immorally “attempted to use his political power to coerce a foreign leader to harass and discredit one of the president’s political opponents.”

“To the many evangelicals who continue to support Mr. Trump in spite of his blackened moral record, we might say this: Remember who you are and whom you serve,” editor Mark Galli wrote. “Consider how your justification of Mr. Trump influences your witness to your Lord and Savior. Consider what an unbelieving world will say if you continue to brush off Mr. Trump’s immoral words and behavior in the cause of political expediency.”

Mr. Trump on Friday slammed the publication as a “far left magazine” that he will no longer read.

In his response, Mr. Graham revealed that his father voted for Mr. Trump and would be “disappointed” in the magazine taking the Democratic position.

Christianity Today released an editorial stating that President Trump should be removed from office — and they invoked my father’s name (I suppose to try to bring legitimacy to their statements), so I feel it is important for me to respond,” Mr. Graham wrote. “Yes, my father Billy Graham founded Christianity Today; but no, he would not agree with their opinion piece. In fact, he would be very disappointed.

“I have not previously shared who my father voted for in the past election, but because of this article, I feel it is necessary to share it now,” he continued. “My father knew Donald Trump, he believed in Donald Trump, and he voted for Donald Trump. He believed that Donald J. Trump was the man for this hour in history for our nation.”

Mr. Graham went on to call the editorial a “totally partisan” and “unfathomable” attack on the president.

“Christianity Today said it’s time to call a spade a spade,” he wrote. “The spade is this — Christianity Today has been used by the left for their political agenda. It’s obvious that Christianity Today has moved to the left and is representing the elitist liberal wing of evangelicalism.”

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