A Rev. Franklin Graham event was cancelled because of his viewpoints on gay marriage, according to published reports.
A group called the “Liverpool Labour LGBT Network” called the son of the late preacher Billy Graham a homophobic “hate preacher.” They feared that a high profile event gaining so much traction “may incite hateful mobilization and risk the security of our LGBTQ+ community,” the group wrote.
Graham posted a letter to the LGBTQ community in the U.K., informing them that he didn’t have intentions to condemn but to share the Gospel of Christ. “I’m coming to speak for everybody,” he added. “The Gospel is inclusive. I’m not coming out of hate, I’m coming out of love.”
Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow is also reviewing an upcoming event by Graham after protests and a petition was started for it to be canceled. The petition was started by Church of Scotland minister Rev. Bryan Kerr. They have attracted over 100 signatures.
The petition states: “We call on the SEC to follow the decision of the Liverpool ACC Arena and recognize that the views of Franklin Graham have the real potential alienating a large number of the population of the area they serve.”
When Billy Graham made his first trip to the UK in 1954, many objected to his visit. However, thousands had come to know Jesus Christ, and many today still share how God changed their lives during those Crusades.
-Written by Corine Gatti-Santillo