As debate over North Carolina’s anti LGBT law heats up, Franklin Graham asked his followers if they were willing to “take a bullet” and become a martyr for their “intolerant” beliefs.
The president and CEO of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association founded by his father has enthusiastically promoted the controversial HB2 law and complained about transgender people’s access to public restrooms for months.
Sunday evening, Graham posted a message on Facebook asking anti-LGBT bigots to martyr themselves or face God’s wrath.
“What would you take a bullet for?” Graham asked. “What are the principles and beliefs that you would not compromise under any circumstances? Even if it meant putting your life on the line?”
Graham encouraged his followers to follow the example from the Old Testament tale of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego from the Book of Daniel. In the story, the three Hebrew boys refused to bow before the image of King Nebuchadnezzar and were thrown into a “fiery furnace”. The boys not only survived, but the wicked king saw them walking with a fourth figure who appeared to be a “son of God”.
“I want to call on every Christian and every pastor to stand firm like these patriarchs of old and not bow to the secular, increasingly godless culture in which we live—even when (not if) we’re criticized, mocked, and labeled intolerant,” Graham said.
Just two days earlier Graham alluded to Daniel 3 to complain about an Obama’s administration directive on transgender access to public school restrooms.
“Who does President Barack Obama think he is? The sultan of Washington?” Graham asked Friday in a Facebook post. “Does he think he can just make a ‘decree’ and we will bow down and simply obey?”
Schools that fail to comply with the Obama administration’s interpretation of equal rights laws can lose federal funding.
“The president obviously must have no fear of God, who made us and created us male and female,” Graham said. “I hope that school districts across this nation will defy President Obama and his administration’s radical progressive agenda to promote and advance the sin of homosexuality and the LGBT agenda.”
Graham encouraged violent confrontations over their opposition to LGBT rights.
“The God of the Old Testament that delivered Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from their fiery execution is the same God today — and He is still more than able to save,” Graham promised. “Will you stand against ungodliness? What are you willing to take a bullet for?”