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Is He More Radical for Christ Than Billy?

HEADLINE: Franklin Graham: How is he different from Billy?





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Franklin Graham, Brief Bio:

Is He More Radical for Christ Than Billy?

    After youthful years of carousing, school expulsions and rebellion in the shadow of his famous father, Franklin Graham repented in his 20's and became a Christian relief worker and evangelist in his own right.

    Even after his "decision for Christ," he resisted preaching, working instead with Samaritan's Purse, an evangelical Christian relief organization of which he became chief executive officer.

    Eventually he also became a leader of his father's Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and, as Billy became infirm, increasingly took to the pulpit.

    By 2000, he was also CEO of that association and was leading "Franklin Graham Festivals" in the United States and other countries, even as the famous "Billy Graham Crusades" continued as Billy's health allowed.

    As an evangelist, in contrast to the conciliatory ecumenical stance taken by Billy in his later years, Franklin emphasized the repentance of sinners and the uniqueness of Christianity as a true religion.

    He generated controversy in the early years of the 21st century when he described Islam as evil and the Koran as teaching violence.


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Franklin Graham, Brief Bio:

Is He More Radical for Christ Than Billy?

    Graham has said he committed his life to Christ at age 22 while reading the Gospel According to John alone in a hotel room in Jerusalem...

    He married Jane Austin Cunningham in 1974. Their children are William Franklin Graham IV, known as Will (born 1975), Roy (1977), Edward (1979), and Jane, known as Cissie (1986)...

    He was ordained to the Christian ministry by Grace Community Church, Tempe, Ariz., in 1982... He titled his 1995 autobiography Rebel With a Cause: Finally Comfortable Being Graham...

    Substituting for his father, he prayed at the 2001 presidential inauguration of George Bush the younger.


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Franklin Graham, Brief Bio:

Is He More Radical for Christ Than Billy?

    William Franklin Graham III (born July 14, 1952), known publicly as Franklin Graham, is an American Christian evangelist and missionary. He is the president and CEO of both the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) and the international Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse.

    He currently lives in Boone, North Carolina with his wife, Jane.Contents

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Is He More Radical for Christ Than Billy?

    Early years

    The fourth of five children of evangelist Billy Graham and wife Ruth Bell Graham, Franklin Graham was born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina.

    As a teenager, Graham attended Stony Brook School, a Christian private school on Long Island, New York, and finished high school in North Carolina.

    In 1971, he attended LeTourneau College in Longview, Texas, and was expelled from the school for keeping a female classmate out past curfew.[1]

    He graduated from Montreat-Anderson College (now Montreat College) with an A.S. and Appalachian State University with a B.A.

    In 1974, 22-year-old Graham became a Christian in a hotel room while on a trip to Jerusalem. He married Jane Austin Cunningham later that year. They have four children: William Franklin Graham IV (Will), born in 1975, Roy Austin Graham (1977), Edward Bell Graham (1979) and Jane Austin Graham Lynch (Cissie) (1986). Lynch is now married to the NFL's Corey Lynch, safety for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Graham and his wife have five grandchildren.

    As a young man, Graham was actively mentored by two senior members of the Billy Graham Team; Roy Gustafson and John Wesley White. These men worked alongside Billy Graham and had a desire to positively affect the life and ministry of the eldest son of their longtime friend and colleague.

    Franklin began conducting events for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in 1989 and became the CEO in 2000 and its president in 2002.[2] Each year, he conducts at least five Graham Festivals around the world as an evangelist associated with the BGEA. Since 1989, he has preached to more than three million people in 126 evangelistic events.

    He went to Hong Kong from November 29, 2007, to December 2, 2007, to host the Hong Kong Franklin Graham Festival, the first major evangelistic rally in Hong Kong since its 1997 transfer of sovereignty, which drew more than 420,000 attendees.[citation needed]

    Graham spoke at the 1999 Columbine High School memorial, and he also gave the opening prayer at the 2001 inauguration of George W. Bush.

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    His Work with Samaritan's Purse

    Shortly after becoming a Christian, Graham joined Bob Pierce, founder of the organization "Samaritan's Purse," on a six-week mission to Asia. It was during this trip that Graham decided to focus on world relief. In 1979, after the death of Pierce, he became the president of "Samaritan's Purse." Graham now also serves as the organization’s CEO, and heads efforts on behalf of the organization in more than 100 countries, including programs such as "Operation Christmas Child" and the "Children’s Heart Project," among others.


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    Creating Controversy

    Graham came under criticism for comments he made about Islam in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks when he referred to Islam as "a very evil and wicked religion."[3] Further criticism came on April 18, 2003, when he preached at a Good Friday service at the Pentagon.[4]

    Rev. Franklin Graham has made anti-Islamic remarks saying

      > >"True Islam cannot be practiced in this country," Graham told CNN's Campbell Brown in December.

      > > "You can't beat your wife.

      > > You cannot murder your children if you think they've committed adultery or something like that, which they do practice in these other countries."[5][6][7]

      > > You can't have several wives!

    On April 22, 2010 after objections from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation and the Muslim group Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Pentagon rescinded his invitation from the Christian conservative National Day of Prayer Task Force to speak at a Pentagon National Day of Prayer event.[8]

    He still attended the National Day of Prayer meeting at the Pentagon, but outside in the parking lot with about a dozen people.

    In the August 30, 2010 issue of the Time magazine, "Is America Islamophobic?" Frank Graham reportedly said that Islam "is a religion of hatred. It's a religion of war." Building the cultural center near Ground Zero, he says, means Muslims "will claim now that the World Trade Center property ... is Islamic land."[9]

    On Iraq, Graham says he is, "poised and ready" to send representatives of the charity he runs to Iraq as soon as possible.

    While the purpose is humanitarian aid, Graham also admits, "I believe as we work, God will always give us opportunities to tell others about his Son. ... We are there to reach out to love them and to save them, and as a Christian, I do this in the name of Jesus Christ."

    On August 19, 2010, when asked by CNN correspondent John King if he had doubts that President Barack Obama is a Christian, Graham stated, "I think the president's problem is that he was born a Muslim, his father was a Muslim. The seed of Islam is passed through the father like the seed of Judaism is passed through the mother.

    He was born a Muslim, his father gave him an Islamic name."

    Franklin continues to say, "Now it's obvious that the president [says] he has accepted Jesus Christ. That's what he says he has done. I cannot say that he hasn't. So I just have to believe that the president is what he has said."[10]

    Graham has also been criticized for refusing to participate in 1994 peace negotiations between the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and the Sudanese and Ugandan governments. [11]

    When Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir was indicted by the International Criminal Court in March 2009, Graham argued in an op-ed in The New York Times that Bashir should not be indicted for alleged genocidal acts because the indictment would lead to the collapse of the 2005 peace agreement.[12]

    People for the American Way, among others, criticized Graham for downplaying Bashir's war in mostly Muslim Darfur because of peace in the mostly Christian south of Sudan and because Bashir has allowed Graham and his Samaritan's Purse latitude in operating in Sudan.[13]


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Is He More Radical for Christ Than Billy?

    Family Roots

    Franklin Graham is the fourth of five children of the famous American evangelist, Billy Graham, and his wife Ruth Bell Graham. He has described his early life as rebellious in character, but while in Jerusalem he says he had a strong religious experienced and decided dedicate his life to Christian causes.

    He started out by helping Bob Pierce, founder of the Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse. Pierce died of leukemia and the following year, 1979, Graham took over as president and chairman of Samaritan's Purse. He continues in the function today for the $131 million, 300-employee organization.

    In the year 2000, Franklin followed in his father's footsteps by becoming the executive officer of his father's ministry. In 2001 he took over his father's traditional role of delivering the prayer during the presidential swearing-in ceremony in Washington, D.C.

    After the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, Graham began to launch into bitter attacks against Islam. Many Christian leaders made similar attacks, but Grahams were among the harshest and most public. He has labeled Islam "a very evil and wicked religion" and argues that it drives people to mass-murder. He has also claimed that the United States is being "...Islamized by huge contributions from Saudi Arabia to our universities to pay for Islamic studies, to support Islamic causes."


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    Books

    * "A Wing and a Prayer" (2005)

    * "All for Jesus" (2003), with Ross Rhoads

    * "Kids Praying for Kids" (2003)

    * "The Name" (2002)

    * "Living Beyond the Limits: A Life in Sync with God" (1998)

    * "Rebel With A Cause: Finally Comfortable Being Graham" (1995), autobiography

    * "Miracle in a Shoe Box" (1995)

    * "Bob Pierce: This One Thing I Do" (1983)


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    References

    1. ^ Franklin Graham - Early Years"

    2. ^ "Billy Graham's son takes the pulpit, his own way". USA Today. March 7, 2006. http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-03-07-franklin-graham-cover_x.htm. Retrieved May 2, 2010.

    3. ^ Evangelist's views on Islam draw critics in Winnipeg

    4. ^ Muslims at Pentagon Incensed Over Invitation to Evangelist

    5. ^ "No-name radicals vs. 'South Park' just a distraction - CNN.com". CNN. April 26, 2010. http://www.cnn.com/2010/OPINION/04/26/iftikhar.south.park/index.html?hpt=C2. Retrieved May 2, 2010.

    6. ^ "Pentagon's Preacher Irks Muslims". CBS News. April 16, 2003. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/04/16/national/main549684.shtml.

    7. ^ "Franklin Graham conducts services at Pentagon". CNN. April 18, 2003. http://edition.cnn.com/2003/ALLPOLITICS/04/18/graham.pentagon/. Retrieved May 2, 2010.

    8. ^ Newsmax 04/22/2010

    9. ^ Montopoli, Brian (August 19, 1010). "Does America Hate Islam?". CNN. http://www.cbsnews.com

    /8301-503544_162-20014152-503544.html?tag=mncol;lst;1/. Retrieved August 20, 1010.

    10. ^ "Graham: Obama born a Muslim, now a Christian". CNN. August 19, 1010. http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/08/19/graham-obama-born-a-muslim-now-a-christian/. Retrieved August 19, 1010.

    11. ^ [1]

    12. ^ "Put Peace Before Justice," The New York Times, 2 March 2009

    13. ^ People for the American Way, "Right Wing Watch," 8 April 2009

    14. ^ "The Peace Wager". The Walrus. June 2005 magazine. http://www.walrusmagazine.com/articles/2005.06-international-affairs-how-to-help-darfur/3/


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    External links

    * Official site of Franklin Graham Festivals

    * People magazine - timeline history

    * Father and Son bio

    Video links

    * Franklin Graham on The Hour

    * UnCut Graham on The Hour

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