FRANKLIN GRAHAM SCORES A BIG WIN IN RELIGIOUS FREEDOM CASE IN UK

After a legal fight lasting several years, evangelist Franklin Graham has won an important case for religious freedom in the UK. A County Court Judge Claire Evans has ruled that the 2018 Lancashire Festival of Hope was discriminated against when ads promoting the event were pulled from buses in Blackpool, in an effort to ban him from preaching. In 2018, the Blackpool Council and Blackpool Transport Services removed bus advertisements displaying the words “Time for Hope,” citing that members of the community complained about Graham’s association with the festival. The transportation company said they received feedback from members of the community who were concerned over the evangelist’s religious beliefs on marriage and sexuality. Complaints referenced Graham’s biblical views about LGBTQ matters like same-sex marriage.

Some falsely accused him of “preaching hate” or being “racist.” Jane Cole, managing director at Blackpool Transport said, “The removal of these adverts is as a result of us listening and acting on customer and public feedback which we aim to do at all times. Blackpool Transport is a proud ongoing supporter of the Pride and LGBT+ communities and in no way did we intend to cause any distress or upset.” After the decision was announced, additional complaints were made about the removal of the advertisements by members of the public who saw the move as bias against Christians, censorship, and a restriction of free speech. Moreover, the court concluded that the ads themselves were inoffensive and the transportation company had actually violated the UK’s Equality Act 2010. The law forbids discrimination against anyone because of religion or belief.

Judge Evans ruled “overwhelmingly in favour” of the Lancashire Festival of Hope, saying that Blackpool “had a wholesale disregard” for the Festival’s right to freedom of speech. It prioritized the rights and opinions of members of the LGBT community. “We thank God for this ruling because it is a win for every Christian in the U.K.,” Graham said. Despite removal of the ads, the Lancashire Festival of Hope brought 9,000 people together in Blackpool, garnered more than 50,000 online views worldwide, and saw more than 400 people commit their lives to Christ. “It is a significant day for religious liberty,” said James Barrett, chairman of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association UK. “The court recognized that Blackpool Council cared more about appeasing the LGBTQ community than upholding the rights of local churches to advertise a Christian festival.” He added, “The judge summarized it best in her ruling when she said, ‘This is the antithesis of the manner in which a public authority should behave in a democratic society.

PRAYER IS THE ONLY ANSWER

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Americans intercede in prayer in the nations capital, Washington DC, September 26th 2020

On Saturday, September 26, Franklin Graham led the Prayer March 2020 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern starting at the Lincoln Memorial. How many people attended the nearly two-mile march in Washington, D.C.? It was estimated at close to 50,000. 

As well, thousands of churches across the United States will pray for repentance and revival on Sunday, September 27 in response to calls by the leaders of more than 50 churches and ministries to observe Repentance Sunday as the country is going through “division, destruction, and degradation.”

“Inspired by Old Testament calls to sacred assemblies, this special day (September 27) marks the beginning of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, in the historic Church calendar,” said the organizers on the event’s website.

Prayer March 2020 Crowd Size

Rev Franklin Graham has said events this year such as the coronavirus pandemic and injustice has caused the US to reach a boiling point. He said: “I think there’s kind of a boiling point here with many people,” he said. “We have seen injustice on our streets and some of our communities. The frustration that people aren’t heard, that people are marginalized. It seems that all of this is boiling at the same time. “Republicans cannot fix it; Democrats cannot fix it. Only God can.” The US evangelist was speaking in an interview ahead of this past weekend’s national prayer march which took place in Washington DC. Thousands of people walked on the National Mall from Lincoln Memorial to the US Capitol building, pausing to pray at different landmarks.

He said “America is in trouble, but we do have hope and that hope is in almighty God. “We need to pray now more than we’ve ever done in our life. Our communities are hurting, people are divided and there is fear and uncertainty all around.” Rev Graham said it’s hard to say whether there can be a Great Awakening in the nation because many pastors won’t be vocal with the Biblical view on controversial subjects. “Many in the Church today are comfortable and a lot of pastors don’t want to rock the boat,” he said. However, be believes 2020’s events have caused people to think about their spiritual lives. “I sense there is something moving in our country. I don’t believe that our country is going to be spared from God’s judgment. We are not a Christian nation. We are now a secular nation and the secularists are wanting to strip God out of everything,” he said.

WAKE UP CHURCH – END TIMES PERSECUTION UPON US

JESUS gave His disciples, and us, plenty of signs of His second coming and they are unfolding now just as prophesied. The mainline church in the west is asleep, also as prophesied “as in the days of Noah, they were eating and drinking etc.”? What is your church preoccupied with at the moment? Is it with the latest building programme, or paying off the debt from the last building programme? Is your pastor preaching about the coming judgement and the lost souls in your street? Is he preparing you for the coming persecution?

Franklin Graham is aware and doing his best to alert the church. Take a look at the following video.

Franklin Graham: It’s Barbaric, Evil and Time for Us to Get up and Do something.

DONALD TRUMP ON FAITH, FAMILY AND RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

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Charisma magazine is endorsing Donald Trump. Our cover story and related articles in the October issue of Charisma magazine make the case for our decision.

Before we could write the cover story, we felt we needed to interview Donald Trump personally. We began asking for an interview in June. It happened on Aug. 11 in Orlando. Trump was in town to speak to some home builders and then to a group of about 500 pastors. He told the pastors that he had just spoken to home builders, but that they were home builders, too, which got a great response.

Before Trump spoke without a teleprompter (he said the prepared speech was so boring it would have put everyone to sleep), he was introduced by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. “Every year, everyone says it’s the most important election of our lifetime, Huckabee said. “But folks, I’m not messing—this really is the most important election of our lifetime.”

After his ad-libbed speech in which he talked about religious liberty issues and even repealing the 1954 “Johnson Amendment” that caused prayer to be taken out of schools (1963) and initiated the Roe v Wade abortion decision (1973). I met for 10 minutes in a back room with Trump for the interview. You can hear on it my Strang Report podcast on the Charisma Podcast Network.

I’ve interviewed a number of presidential candidates, governors and other politicians in my 45-year media career. But the opportunity to interview Trump in the midst of his unlikely campaign strikes me as markedly different.

With Trump, what you see on television is not what you get behind the scenes. A sense of humility surrounded the Republican nominee that many don’t see in liberal media soundbites. He still shot straight, but his sincerity was far more striking than what we can portray in black and white in a magazine.

In my brief interview with Trump, I asked him the questions I thought mattered most to our Charisma readers. I believe his answers show a confident, determined man who truly is committed to making America great again through government based on principles that honor God rather than defy Him.

The full interview will run in the October issue of Charisma along with a package of articles that make the case for how God is raising up Trump at a critical period in history and, conversely, how voting for Hillary Clinton and the far left platform she endorses should be opposed at all costs. There is also an interview with Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence.

While you must wait to read the interview, you can listen to it on my podcast. Dr. Steve Greene, who has his own popular “Greenelines” podcast, accompanied me to the Trump interview. He and I talk in the studio about the behind-the-scenes of how we got the interview, our observations of what happened that day and why we think electing Trump is right for America. (Charisma Assistant Online Editor Taylor Berglund accompanied us to the interview and wrote observations from a millennial point of view, which you can read here).

Steve Strang is the founder of Charisma and CEO of Charisma Media.