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Billy Graham on Larry King

Billy Graham was on Larry King Live last night. It was about what I expected, although I must say this caught me by surprise:

King: Does God love him?

Graham: Does God what?

King: Satan. Does he love Satan?

Graham: Well, he created him as Lucifer. In the 22nd of Ezekiel, it tells us about it, and he must love him, but the end of Satan is hell. Hell was created for the devil and his angels, or his demons, not for men.

Wow, God loves Satan? That is some interesting theology.

King: So some of the social issues of the day. How do you react to gay marriage?

Graham: Of course I believe marriage is for one man and one woman.

King: Do you believe in gays having a civil union?

Graham: I don't think so. I'm not talking about those things much.

King: You're not - you don't think gay people are lesser, though?

Graham: Oh, no. They are created in the image of God, and God loves them. Christ died for them, and he can forgive them of whatever. But you know, we make so much of homosexuality, but it's just one of many sins. There is pride, lust, greed, all these things from (inaudible) through history of people that have lived terrible lives, and those are the things that are the symptoms of a deeper problem. Man has a disease that started in the Garden of Eden when man rebelled against God. And that was the beginning of a disease that we all have down to our generation.

King: But do you think - you don't think homosexuality - or do you think it's a choice?

Graham: Well, that's a big debate.

King: But if it's not a choice, it can't be a sin. Right?

Graham: Well, maybe. God will make that judgment, not me. I'm not deciding who's a sinner and who is not.
...

King: But what about those faiths - the Mormons and the others that you mentioned - believe in Christ. They believe they will meet Christ. What about those like the Jews, the Muslims, who don't believe they ...

Graham: That's in God's hands. I can't be the judge.

What courage! That's taking a stand!

King: What worries you the most?

Graham: Poverty in the world.

Poverty. Not quite the answer I'd expect from an evangelist. But then, Graham isn't exactly what I expect from an evangelist.

2005-06-17 at 9:46 AM MT | |