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02/06/2014

Beelzebub the wedding planner: Franklin Graham says Satan is behind marriage equality

by Jeremy Hooper

In a column about the recent Duck Dynasty fiasco, Billy Graham's son Franklin has revealed who, exactly, is behind gay people's right to marry. Spoiler alert: He's red with pointy ears and a penchant for arid climates.

Screen Shot 2014-02-06 At 10.36.08 AmThis is a full-scale assault against Christianity and the followers of Christ. When prayer is banned from the public square, when our President fails to defend biblically defined marriage, and he openly and zealously advocates for gay rights; when legislators rush to overrule existing laws to promote gay marriage; when schools and courts consistently suppress religious freedoms; we know we are locked in a war against the Christian faith, not culture.

The architect behind this offensive is none other than Satan himself. The Scripture says that the devil, our archenemy, is bent on as much destruction as possible. “But woe to you O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short” (Revelation 12:12).

Satan knows that one day very soon, he will be cast into the lake of fire and sulfur in hell (Revelation 20:10). As that day draws near, his malicious, hellish activity is intensifying. He has already been decisively defeated on the cross by the Lord Jesus Christ, who took away his ultimate weapons of death and condemnation. For now, however, he still has power to work woe on earth.

“The whole world” the Apostle John wrote, “lies in the power of the evil one” (1 John 5:19). Behind the well-orchestrated attacks on the church is the evil one who hates the Name of Christ as well as believers who have been rescued from his sinful grip.

The worldly systems of politics, courts, entertainment and education can be instruments of devilish harm unless they are under the influence of Christian precepts and principles.

This is why we see Christians and the Christian faith under such intense attack today. The enemy of our souls is working his wicked schemes that seek to suppress and oppress believers. We know that in the end, he will miserably fail, for Christ is the Victor. The Bible says in 1 John 5:18 that Jesus, who was born of God, protects believers, and Satan cannot touch them. Satan’s power is always restricted by our sovereign God, and the rule and reign of God’s Kingdom cannot be stopped. The Apostle Paul said: “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet” (Romans 16:20).
Ducking the Issue [Billy Graham Evangelistic Association]

The least Satan could do is pick up part of the wedding tab. Those ceremonies are puh-ricey! But I digress.

Franklin goes on to co-opt a phrase popular with persecuted people, suggesting that the Christians who subscribe to that, a majority religion here in America, are somehow related to those who overcame the Nazi regime. He writes:

Martin Niemöller was a German church leader who stood with Dietrich Bonhoeffer against Hitler’s control of the church before and during the second World War. That resistance, which landed Niemöller in the Dachau concentration camp and resulted in Bonhoeffer’s execution two weeks before the end of the war, contrasted with others in the church who cowered before the evil of the Third Reich. Many credit Niemöller with these words:

“First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.”

Attend a Tea Party rally or listen to the charges against our president here in the year 2014 , and you might think that socialism, communism, and unionists are still the persecuted. But I digress again.

If Franklin Graham, silver spooned scion of a dominant religion and discriminatory civil rights stance, wants to try to convince America that he faces an uphill battle because he was born a white, male, Christian, cisgender heterosexual of a prosperous nation, then I'm more than willing to have that national convo. And if he wants to couple that silliness with an insistence that the lord of Hell is the covert officiant of all same-sex weddings, then I'm more than excited for the marriage equality movement's quickly forthcoming victory party.

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