One of the country’s most well-known evangelical Christians, Franklin Graham, accused South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg of flaunting his homosexuality and told the openly gay 2020 presidential candidate to “repent” before God.
The Trump-supporting Evangelical leader who earlier this year said he has never heard Trump tell a lie, called homosexuality a “sin” and “something to be repentant of, not something to be flaunted, praised or politicized,” in a social media post on Wednesday.
At Monday night’s CNN townhall featuring five of the 19 declared Democratic presidential primary candidates, Buttigieg was asked about his plans to unite people of different political beliefs and responded by talking about his Christianity.
“God does not have a political party,” he said.
“It can be challenging to be a person of faith who’s also part of the LGBTQ community and yet, to me, the core of faith is regard for one another. And part of God’s love is experienced, according to my faith tradition, is in the way that we support one another and, in particular, support the least among us.”
Graham took to Facebook on Wednesday to explain why Buttigieg is wrong.
Graham shared a CNN story about the town hall on Facebook, and said, “Presidential candidate and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is right—God doesn’t have a political party. But God does have commandments, laws, and standards He gives us to live by.”
“God is God. He doesn’t change. His Word is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Mayor Buttigieg says he is a gay Christian and he wants to unite people behind him. I’m sure there will be many people who will want to follow. But as a Christian I believe what the Bible says. God’s Word defines homosexuality as sin, something to be repentant of, not something to be flaunted, praised, or politicized. The Bible defines marriage as between a man and a woman—not two men, not two women,” Graham, the president of the Billy Graham Evangelical Association, wrote.
“Mayor Buttigieg also said that to him, ‘the core of faith is regard for one another.’ We are definitely to support and help each other—no question. But that does not come above believing and being obedient to what God says is truth. Without that foundation, we really can’t help anyone in a way that impacts their eternity. The core of the Christian faith is believing and following Jesus Christ, who God sent to be the Savior of the world—to save us from sin, to save us from hell, to save us from eternal damnation,” Graham added.
Graham did not explain in the post why he has not issued a similar condemnation of documented liar, admitted sexual assaulter and alleged adulterer Donald Trump, who he has vehemently supported and defended.