Franklin Graham III, son of the late televangelist Billy Graham, says he’s concerned for the country’s moral well-being because today almost a quarter of Americans identify as atheists or otherwise claim no religious affiliation, a sharp increase from a generation ago, when few people claimed no religious affiliation.
“The United States is a country founded by Christians on the basis of Christian values, so it is very disturbing from a moral and spiritual standpoint that one out of every four Americans is not going to get into heaven,” said Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
Graham was speaking at a rally in Charleston, S.C., for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Other religious leaders, including Jerry Falwell, Jr., and James Robison, were at the event.
“It’s a mystery to me why Americans are losing faith in religion,” said Robison. ” Especially now, when we’re on the verge of electing Donald Trump as our next president, it’s hard to understand why so many millions of people are choosing the godless path.”
Falwell said Christians in the United States are on the verge of achieving something they’ve long been working for, which is the election of a president who will act on the Christian values of demonizing Muslims, insulting ethnic minorities, mocking people with disabilities, dismissing people who’ve made sacrifices for the country, and undermining trust in government by calling the election rigged before votes have been cast.
“How many years have we worked to achieve this moment?” said Falwell. “We should be seeing the floodgates open as people come in from the dark and rush to the light of God. Instead, for reasons I can’t fathom, people are rushing away from the light of God. I can only assume it’s because our country is being taken over by Satan.”
Graham said true Christians should get on board and help elect Donald Trump president, because he’s a man who, over the course of three marriages, 3,500 lawsuits, and numerous occasions of disparaging women publicly, exemplifies what being a Christian is all about. “It’s about doing what you want while telling other people what they can and can’t do,” he said. “It’s about using Christianity as a fig leaf for meddling in other people’s lives while you take their money, promise them things you can’t deliver, and do in private what you tell people not to do in public.”
After the event, the three Christian leaders discussed meeting in the private jet of Creflo Dollar, the televangelist, so they can discuss why so many Americans are no longer identifying as Christian or a member of any other religion.
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