Franklin Graham told his 2.5 million Twitter followers that Americans are losing their freedoms on Tuesday, the morning after the FBI executed a search warrant at former president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.
“It is an issue of freedom—as Americans we are losing our freedoms,” Graham said. “Our nation has become so corrupt politically and morally. We need to repent and turn from our sins and call on the name of God, asking for His forgiveness.”
The FBI was searching for National Archive documents the president allegedly took with him upon leaving the White House in 2021.
Graham, the son of the late evangelist Billy Graham and current president and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse, said that the FBI lost a lot of credibility long ago.
“Thirty years ago the FBI lost a lot of credibility over the unfortunate events that surrounded Ruby Ridge. Last night as we watched the events that unfolded at Mar-a-Lago, I couldn’t help but think that the FBI and DOJ are losing credibility and the trust of the American people again,” Graham wrote. “I have no idea what was in former President Trump’s safe, but if the government thought there was something there that belonged to them, they certainly could have asked for it.”
The 70-year-old evangelist shared that he is concerned that politics have entered the FBI, IRS, and DOJ, weaponizing departments to act against Americans.
“Should we be concerned that there are plans to supercharge the IRS and hire 87,000 new agents? Definitely,” Graham said. “This is a step in weaponizing the IRS to act against people, organizations, and businesses who have a voice of dissent against government agendas. It is an issue of freedom—as Americans we are losing our freedoms. Our nation has become so corrupt politically and morally.”
Graham called for the nation to repent and stated that America needs new leadership, saying, “We need men and women who respect Biblical principles and values to run for office at the local, state, and national level. Join me in praying for this country. Ultimately, our hope is not in politicians or leaders, but in Almighty God.”
During an interview with TBN Centerpoint’s Doug McKelway, Graham was asked what he believes Jesus would have done in a situation like the FBI’s raid on Trump’s residence. Instead of directly answering McKelway’s question, Graham said, “Our freedom is being eroded in this country.”
“Our forefathers gave us the freedom of speech, the freedom to come together, to elect our officials and so forth. But this is disappearing so quickly,” Graham continued. “And it’s frightening to see government agents going to a former president’s home and going through his personal files, breaking into his safe and taking things that they want.”