An old quote from former President Jimmy Carter has preacher Franklin Graham at his homophobic worst.
Graham, the evangelical son of Billy Graham, says Jesus Christ would be against same-sex marriage and that God would destroy the grooms.
For his part, Jesus doesn’t say anything about same-sex marriage anywhere in the New Testament. But Graham is taking issue with Carter suggesting that “Jesus would promote any love affair if it was honest or sincere and was not damaging to anyone else. And I don't see that gay marriage damages anyone else." After all, Jesus is very much on the record about his great support for love.
Carter issued that speculation during an interview with HuffPost in July 2015. Breitbart for some reason dug up that comment and recirculated it Monday, leading to a very alarmed Graham responding on Facebook.
Graham actually took things all the way back to Sodom and Gomorrah, arguing that God doesn’t marry gay people, he destroys them.
“I have to respectfully disagree with former President Jimmy Carter on this one,” wrote Graham. “He is absolutely wrong when he said Jesus would approve of gay marriage. Jesus didn’t come to promote sin, He came to save us from sin. The Bible is very clear. God destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah because of homosexuality.”
God isn’t actually on the record in the Bible about the exact motivations for the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. It might’ve had to do with all the gang rape. One can’t be sure.
Still, Graham sounds certain that it was the gang rape of men, not just any type of gang rape, that had God so upset in that chapter of Genesis.
“God defines sin in His Word — it’s not up to our opinion, the latest poll, or a popular vote,” Graham wrote. “What is very troubling is that some people may read what President Carter has said and believe it, whether it was this week or from a video 3 years ago that is now recirculating.”
Graham finished his Facebook post with a quote from a chapter in Romans, in which the apostle Paul wrote a letter to the Romans about the dangers of idolatry. Graham prefaced the quote by saying God “warns us of the serious consequences of sin.”
Graham doesn’t note that Paul was actually writing about idol-worshippers. “God gave them up,” wrote Paul, which led to acts “against nature.” While some argue that Paul included the Roman practice of pederasty (a kind of child molestation) among those acts against the true good nature of humanity, he never mentions same-sex marriage. The quote from Paul went on to say those he’s referencing “deserve death.”