Evangelist Franklin Graham and leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention have responded to Pope Francis’ endorsement of same-sex civil unions, calling it “unthinkable in light of the Word of God” and explaining that no pope or priest gets to “define sexuality or the family.”
“For Pope Francis to attempt to normalize homosexuality is to say that Holy Scriptures are false, that our sins really don’t matter, and that we can continue living in them,” Graham, the president of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, wrote on Facebook.
“If that were true, then Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection wouldn’t have been needed. The cross would have been for nothing. No one has the right or the authority to trivialize Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf,” Graham added.
In a documentary, called “Francesco,” that premiered Wednesday in Rome, the pope says, “Homosexual people have a right to be in a family. They are children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out or be made miserable over it,” the Catholic News Agency reported.
“What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered. I stood up for that,” Francis adds in the documentary by Oscar-nominated Director Evgeny Afineevsky, which highlights the life and ministry of Pope Francis, and is set to make its North American premiere on Sunday.
Graham wrote that the Bible teaches that when God created the human race, “He created them male and female, and blessed them…,” quoting from Genesis 5:2.
“The first family consisted of a male husband and a female wife, then their children, which is how God defines society’s most basic social unit, the family,” Graham continued. “The Bible makes it clear that God disapproved when ‘women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another…’,” he added, referring to Romans 1:26-27.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Anugrah Kumar