Christianity Today, a magazine founded by the late Rev. Billy Graham, published an article titled “Trump Should Be Removed From Office,” but Rev. Franklin Graham has denounced the article and criticized the publication for invoking his father’s name to legitimize their political statement.
Reverend Franklin Graham is the son of the late Reverend Billy Graham.
Billy Graham provided spiritual counsel to every president from Harry S. Truman (33rd) to Barack Obama (44th), as well as founded the magazine Christianity Today along with Carl F. H. Henry in 1956.
However, Franklin Graham isn’t pleased with the magazine’s current editor, Mark Galli, over its latest piece, “Trump Should Be Removed From Office,” particularly for invoking his father’s name.
“Christianity Today released an editorial stating that President Trump should be removed from office—and they invoked my father’s name (I suppose to try to bring legitimacy to their statements),” Franklin Graham wrote on Facebook. “So I feel it is important for me to respond.”
“Yes, my father Billy Graham founded Christianity Today; but no, he would not agree with their opinion piece,” Graham continued. “In fact, he would be very disappointed.”
“In our founding documents, Billy Graham explains that Christianity Today will help evangelical Christians interpret the news in a manner that reflects their faith,” the article on Christianity Today began. “
The impeachment of Donald Trump is a significant event in the story of our republic. It requires comment.”
“That said, we do feel it necessary from time to time to make our own opinions on political matters clear—always,” the piece continued, “as Graham encouraged us, doing so with both conviction and love.”
“The president of the United States attempted to use his political power to coerce a foreign leader to harass and discredit one of the president’s political opponents,” the magazine wrote. “That is not only a violation of the Constitution; more importantly, it is profoundly immoral.”
“His Twitter feed alone—with its habitual string of mischaracterizations, lies, and slanders—is a near-perfect example of a human being who is morally lost and confused,” the article continued.
“None of the president’s positives can balance the moral and political danger we face under a leader of such grossly immoral character,” the article added.
“I have not previously shared who my father voted for in the past election, but because of this article, I feel it is necessary to share it now,” Franklin Graham wrote on Facebook.
“My father knew Donald Trump, he believed in Donald Trump, and he voted for Donald Trump. He believed that Donald J. Trump was the man for this hour in history for our nation.”