Christian leader Franklin Graham said that former President Jimmy Carter was "absolutely wrong" when he claimed in a recent interview that Jesus Christ would "approve gay marriage," and added that the Bible "is very clear, God destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah because of homosexuality."
In an interview with Huff Post Live, Jimmy Carter said, "I believe that Jesus would approve of gay marriage. ... I think Jesus would encourage any love affair if it was honest and sincere and was not damaging to anyone else and I don’t see that gay marriage damages anyone else."
Commenting on those claims in a July 10 post on Facebook, Rev. Franklin Graham, son of Pastor Billy Graham, said, "I have to respectfully disagree with former President Jimmy Carter on this one. He is absolutely wrong when he said Jesus would approve of gay marriage. Jesus didn’t come to promote sin, He came to save us from sin."
"The Bible is very clear," said Graham. "God destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah because of homosexuality. God defines sin in His Word—it’s not up to our opinion, the latest poll, or a popular vote."
"What is very troubling is that some people may read what President Carter has said and believe it, whether it was this week or from a video 3 years ago that is now recirculating," said Graham. "God loves us and gives us the truth in His Word. He warns us of the serious consequences of sin."
Rev. Graham then quoted the New Testament, where it is clear that God condemns the sins of homosexual behavior and and any sexual behavior contrary to God's commands.
“Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due” (Romans 1:24-27).