Rev. Graham Defends Pence's Rules: Satan Seeks to 'Destroy' Marriages, We Must Be 'On Guard'

Michael W. Chapman
By Michael W. Chapman | April 10, 2017 | 1:17 PM EDT

Vice President Mike Pence and 

second lady Karen Pence.  (AP) 

Commenting on the criticism by the liberal media and radical feminists of Vice President Mike Pence's rule about not dining alone with a woman who is not his wife, evangelical leader Franklin Graham said the Pences were "smart" because "Satan is perpetually trying to destroy homes and marriages," and it is wise to "protect and guard the things you cherish."

In interviews, Mike Pence has disclosed that he does not dine alone with any woman who is not his wife, and he does not attend events where alcohol is served without being accompanied by his wife, second lady Karen Pence. 

"I’m thankful we have a Vice President who respects and protects his marriage!" said Rev. Franklin Graham in an April 8 post on Facebook. "Vice President Mike Pence has been catching some flak for statements he made about rules he and his wife Karen have in place."

"Satan is perpetually trying to destroy homes and marriages," said Rev. Graham. "We have to be alert and on guard."

"Proactively setting boundaries for protection of your marriage is important to avoid Satan’s traps," he said.  "No one is immune or beyond failure."

"My parents had rules, as my wife Jane and I have, and as the Pences have," said Graham. 

"It’s not sexist, as some in the media want to make it out—it’s just smart," he said. "You protect and guard the things you cherish. Marriage should be one of those things."

Rev. Franklin Graham. (Screenshot: FNC)

Franklin Graham's father is pastor Billy Graham, one of the most well-known evangelical preachers in the world. Billy Graham, 98, was married to his only wife, Ruth Bell Graham, from 1943 until 2007, when she died of spinal meningitis -- a 54-year marriage. 

Franklin Graham, 64, is married to Jane Cunningham Graham; they tied the knot in 1974. They have five children.  Franklin Graham oversees the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the international Christian aid group Samaritan's Purse. He regularly comments on current affairs on television, radio, and on the Internet. 

Pastor Billy Graham and his wife, Ruth Bell Graham, at

their home in North Carolina. Mrs. Graham died in 2007.

(Photo: BGEA) 



Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman