It’s never a good sign when atheists are the ones offering context to Bible verses that Christians are quoting…
But when evangelist Franklin Graham is involved, that’s usually necessary. In a Facebook post purported denouncing people heckling Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, Graham managed to work in the verse that condemns gay people to death.
Protesters shouting “Sodom and Gomorrah” interrupted mayor and 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg this week at a rally in Iowa. I don’t agree with heckling anyone — I think we should be respectful. In response, Buttigieg made the comment, “the condition of my soul is in the hands of God …” Mayor Buttigieg is absolutely right — His soul is in the hands of God, so is everyone’s. He also says that he’s a Christian and wants to become the first openly gay president in America’s history. What’s wrong with that picture? In reality, being a Christian isn’t just a title we select or a church membership. It is a faith in God and His Word that transforms our lives to be more like the One we follow — Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15). The Bible makes it very clear that homosexuality is a sin. “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination…” (Leviticus 20:13). That’s what God says and that settles it for me. I stand with the Word of God. I care enough about people to tell them the truth and to warn them about the judgment to come for all sin.
The full verse from Leviticus 20:13, of course, is “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.”
At least the hecklers are just rude and ignorant. Graham thinks it’s loving to call for the death penalty for gay people who have sex… except he tries to hide it. Imagine cherry picking the Bible and picking a part that call for the execution of gay people who aren’t celibate. And then pretending you’re acting out of love. What a horrible person.
(via Joe. My. God.)