On Sunday (Dec. 18), Franklin Graham, president and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, shared his thoughts on Amy Grant’s decision to host her niece’s upcoming same-sex wedding.
Often using the word “welcome“ when discussing her faith and the LGBTQ+ community, Grant told The Washington Post, “Honestly, from a faith perspective, I do always say, ‘Jesus, you just narrowed it down to two things: love God and love each other.’ I mean, hey, that’s pretty simple.”
However, Graham disagreed with how Grant described love, tweeting, “Amy Grant announced that she and her husband Vince Gill are going to host a same-sex wedding on their farm for her niece. Amy is quoted as saying, ‘Jesus you just narrowed it down to two things: love God and love each other.’ Yes, we are to love God and love each other. But if we love God, we will seek to obey His Word. Jesus told us, ‘If you love Me, keep My commandments’ (John 14:15).”
“God defines what is sin, not us; and His Word is clear that homosexuality is sin,” Graham stated.
“For me,” Graham went on to say, “loving others also means caring about their souls and where they will spend eternity. It means loving people enough to tell them the truth from the Word of God. The authority of God’s Word is something we can never compromise on.”
Last month, Graham praised actress and Great American Family creative director Candace Cameron Bure for standing by the traditional definition of marriage.
“I appreciate [Bure’s] boldness in standing with God’s definition of marriage and supporting Judeo-Christian values,” Graham wrote after Bure received criticism from fellow celebrities for saying that Great American Family “will keep traditional marriage at the core.”