Franklin Graham Calls Out Obama for His Silence on Martyred Christian Students

Franklin Graham
Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, addresses the crowd at the Festival of Hope, an evangelistic rally held at the National Stadium in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, January 9, 2011. |

Franklin Graham, the son of renowned evangelist Billy Graham and CEO of Samaritan's Purse, is calling out President Obama for what he deems as his failure to acknowledge the slaughter of Christians in the horrific mass shootings in Umpqua, Oregon, last Thursday.

While discussing Billy Graham's new book, Where I Am: Heaven, Eternity, and Our Life Beyond with Fox News host Todd Starnes, he [Franklin] was asked about last week's shooting at Umpqua Community College where gunman Chris Harper Mercer questioned students if they were Christians before shooting them dead.

"I don't understand the president. Christians were martyred! They were asked specifically, 'Are you a Christian?' And if they said 'yes,' he said, 'You're getting ready to meet your God now in one second,' and he pulled the trigger," said Graham.

"So Christians are martyred. And we're seeing that not only in the Middle East, but we're beginning to see it here in the United States, and the president is silent," he asserted.

Graham believes the escalation of Christian persecution throughout the world is a sign pointing to the return of Jesus Christ.

"As a Christian, I believe the Bible cover-to-cover, and the disciples asked Jesus what would be the signs of His return and the end of the age. And He gave some very specific warnings and one of these warnings we see in the Gospel of John, He said: 'Remember that the world hated me first, and they're going to hate you because of my name,' and we're seeing this hatred of Christians now," he continued.

Graham said the world is approaching the "midnight hour" on God's clock, based on religious persecution and other signs spoken by Jesus in Scripture, such as the increase in wars around the world. He added, however, that it's impossible for anyone to predict the exact time as to when Jesus Christ's second coming will occur.

"Whether [the signs mean He's returning] tomorrow or 500 years from now, I have no idea," he said.

He then explained that God is concerned with where people will spend eternity and wants all to repent of their sins and turn to Him.

Graham has pulled no punches when elaborating on his disagreements with the Obama administration on such issues as gay marriage, abortion, Planned Parenthood and conflicts in the Middle East.

In July, Graham took to his Facebook page to address the president's support for gay marriage and made a strong suggestion concerning Obama's decision to allow the White House to be illuminated in rainbow colors to celebrate the Supreme Court's ruling.

"Just three years ago, the president was on record as holding to the biblical definition of marriage. Now he can't say enough about his support for the LGBT agenda — right after the Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage, he had the gall to disgrace the White House by lighting it up with the gay pride rainbow colors to celebrate," wrote Graham in July.

"This is arrogantly flaunting sinful behavior in the face of Almighty God. My advice? He might want to have some extra lightning rods installed on the roof of the White House," he asserted.

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