Evangelist Franklin Graham: ‘Sanctuary Cities’ That Protect Immigrants Are A ‘Little Picture Of Hell’
Evangelist Franklin Graham said that California “sanctuary cities” — cities that welcome and protect immigrants as the Bible commands — are a “little picture of Hell.”
Graham who is touring the Golden State with “Decision America California Tour” has been calling on Christians to vote to stop the “blue wall.” Democratic states are commonly known as “blue states.”
Graham told Fox News radio host Todd Starnes that “California is sinking,” notes The Christian Post.
Graham then attacked sanctuary cities, such as San Francisco:
People are leaving the state. The tax base is eroding. They are turning their once beautiful cities into sanctuary cities, which are just a little picture of Hell. Just go to San Francisco and go to this once-beautiful city and see what has happened to it.
Graham claimed that churches could turn California “back into a beautiful state”:
I am just wanting the churches to realize that they don’t have to take this and that churches can be the voice and they can be the ones that turn the state back to God and turn it back into a beautiful state.
Graham, who has openly supported President Donald Trump and other Republicans, insisted that his 10-city California tour is not political, which The New York Times accurately reported it is:
I haven’t talked to anybody in the parties. We are staying out of the politics part of it but I do want Christians to vote and I want them to ask God before they vote, who they should vote. But, I don’t think the Christians should be silent. The Christian voice needs to be heard.
So, I am sure the New York Times thinks this is political. They can think whatever they want to think. I want people to vote. That is so important that we do that and not just vote, but encourage Christians to run for office. We need Christian legislators. We need Christian mayors. We need Christians on the city council.
Graham made sure Starnes knew that the word “Christians” meant by describing right wing Republican positions:
When I say Christians, I mean Christians who are willing to take a stand for biblical truth for what the Bible has to say about marriage, what the Bible has to say about the sanctity of life and are willing to stand behind God’s principles and take a bullet for that.
What I mean by take a bullet is when they get criticized or attacked for their political views, that they just stand there smile and take it and not budge. We need Christians to take a stand and take a hit if need be.
The New York Times notes that Graham called progressive Americans — those who support human rights and civil rights — “godless.”
Graham also told a group of California pastors in Pasadena, California, that progressives wanted to take away their precious tax exempt status.