by Michael W. Chapman, CNSnews:
Commenting on the Oregon mass shooter’s targeting of Christians and the anti-Christian forces in the media, the courts, and the Obama administration, Rev. Franklin Graham said “intolerance and hate against Christians has been rising” across the nation” and that people “who confess loyalty to Jesus Christ” are now the objects of “ridicule and even persecution.”
Franklin Graham, son of world-renowned evangelist Billy Graham, also drew a parallel between the Christians killed by the Oregon shooter and the Christians martyred by the Romans in the first centuries of the Church, in his commentary for the November issue of Decision magazine.
He further asked whether believers are brave enough to “stand up for Jesus Christ,” even in the face of death.
Noting that one eyewitness at the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon said the killer ordered students to stand up and state whether they were Christians, Rev. Graham said that, “Within five hours of the shooting, the president of the United States stood up and passionately pleaded for stricter gun control laws, saying, ‘Our thoughts and prayers are not enough.’”
“Here’s what I know: This was not about gun control,” said Rev. Graham about the Oct. 1 shooting. “It was about a man filled with hate, especially for those who bravely and boldly confessed they were Christians.”
“The shooter, who listed ‘organized religion’ as a dislike on his Facebook page, perpetrated a hate crime against the Name of Jesus Christ and those who follow Him,” said the reverend.
“The culture of intolerance and hate against Christians has been rising at an alarming rate across this nation,” he said. “From the media, to the courts, to this current administration, there has been a flagrant, disturbing mockery of Christian values and beliefs.”
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