Commenting on the radical Islamist attack in Strasbourg, France, where a Jihadist opened fire on people at a Christmas market -- 5 have died and 14 were wounded -- Christian leader Franklin Graham said, "Nothing has changed about the goals and lethal intentions of radical Islam. We must keep our guard up."
He also stressed that "the god of Islam" is not the same as the "God of the Christian faith."
In a Dec. 15 post on Facebook, Rev. Graham said, "Radical Islam continues to be a huge threat in this country and around the world."
"I thank God for the hard work and diligence of the French police and law enforcement who tracked down terrorist Cherif Chekatt and stopped him before he killed anyone else," said Graham.
"On Tuesday [Dec. 11], he yelled 'Allahu Akbar' as he opened fire on innocent people in Strasbourg, killing 4 and gravely wounding 12 others," said Graham. "Please remember the families of those whose lives were taken in your prayers, as well as those who were wounded." (One of the seriously wounded died over the weekend and the number of wounded was officially raised to 14.)
Graham continued, "A French terrorism expert said, 'For us, this is the new normal, and something that will be with us for years to come.' Nothing has changed about the goals and lethal intentions of radical Islam. We must keep our guard up."
"Contrary to what some may say, the god of Islam and the God of the Christian faith are not the same," said the evangelical leader.
"The God of the Christian faith is the Creator of the Universe—He has a Son whose name is Jesus, who came to Earth to save us from our sin and can change each and every heart who will come to Him in repentance and faith," said Rev. Graham.
As the BBC reported, the terrorist Cherif Chekatt, age 29, "had a string of criminal convictions in France and Germany and had become a radical Islamist in jail." Near the Christmas market, which attracts thousands of people, Chekatt yelled "Allahu Akbar" ("God is greatest") as he opened fire, reported the news agency.
"The Islamic State group's self-styled news agency, Amaq, on Thursday said that Chekatt was 'an Islamic State soldier' who had 'carried out the operation in response to calls for targeting citizens of coalition countries' fighting its militants in Syria and Iraq," said the BBC.