Here is Franklin Graham’s entire letter to Greater Vancouver from two days ago.
Next weekend, I’ll be with you in Vancouver to proclaim the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. I am extremely grateful for your partnership in the Greater Vancouver Festival and want to ask you to join me in praying with urgency for your city, your community, your friends, and your family.
Vancouver desperately needs the light of the Gospel, and my heart, like yours, is deeply burdened for the lost in your city. The darkness hates the light, and our efforts will be opposed. I assure you that the sole purpose of the Festival is sharing the Good News of Christ; He is our only message. Unfortunately, some people may try to divert attention away from this by focusing on statements I have made on other matters.
What do I believe about Muslims, homosexuality, immigration, and politics? Here is a brief explanation:
• I love Muslim people. The work of Samaritan’s Purse, the global humanitarian charity that I lead, is involved in helping the most vulnerable people of all races and religions. I’m sure you agree that Mohammed cannot lead anyone to Heaven—Jesus alone is the way, the truth, and the life. I have witnessed first-hand the oppression that Sharia law brings and its violent application toward women and non-believers. Instead, I believe wholeheartedly in the freedom that the Gospel of Jesus Christ provides.
• The church is a place where all people—gay or straight—are given the opportunity to find redemption and reconciliation with God. Advocacy for the gay lifestyle, however, runs contrary to what Scripture teaches. We will continue to love people enough to tell them the truth about sin, as defined by God, not man, and warn them of its consequences. I want people everywhere to know that we can be forgiven, cleansed, and set free from the power of sin’s control by believing on Jesus Christ and trusting Him as our Savior and Lord.
• I am for immigration, not against it. At Samaritan’s Purse, we work to help thousands of refugees every day in many different countries. As the church, we are called to reach those who are lost and hurting and introduce them to the Prince of Peace. That mission, though, has been confused with the role of the state, which is to secure its borders and protect its people. In the US, we must take time to vet who is entering the country. Just because we give medical care to ISIS fighters in our field hospital in Mosul, Iraq, does not mean that those fighters should be allowed to immigrate into the United States. The role of the church is to provide loving care, but the role of the government is to provide careful security.
• When it comes to political party affiliation, I am an independent. I have no hope in the Republican party and no hope in the Democratic party. Neither party has shown the ability to deal with the complex needs of our country, and politics certainly cannot take the place of the church. Jesus Christ can change the human heart, and He alone is the answer to the problems of the world.
God is bigger than any opposition we will face, and I am praying that He will use this event to transform many lives as the Gospel of Jesus Christ is proclaimed. Will you join me in asking God to draw many lost people to the Festival and to open their hearts to this message?
In addition to praying, I hope you will reconsider and come—and bring as many lost people as you can so that they will have the opportunity to hear the Gospel and receive Jesus Christ by faith. Everyone is welcome, regardless of religion, ethnicity, age, or gender identity. “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16, NKJV).
Thank you again for partnering with us. May God bless Vancouver and bring a great spiritual harvest in British Columbia.
February 23, 2017 from the desk of Franklin Graham