Franklin Graham has been touring across America for the past several years, spreading the Gospel to millions of people. At every stop Franklin has prayed for the nation and the local community and encouraged the lost souls to make the decision to choose Jesus and a life of faith.
The tour of America has been so powerful and life-changing to the people whom have attended that Franklin is going to be taking his message across the pond to the United Kingdom.
As with many preachers and prominent Christians who have dedicated their lives to preaching the Gospel, Franklin is being persecuted for his beliefs. He is being accused of being hateful and bigoted. Steps have even been taken to censor and ban his message.
Advertisements for a 'Hope in Jesus' event on Franklin’s UK Tour were placed on buses in Blackpool. Anti-Christian activists caught wind of the advertisements and complained to Blackpool Transport. According to Premier, the bus line caved to the hate mob and banned the Franklin Graham ads from running on their busses.
One of the complaints against Franklin is that he speaks out against homosexuality, which is to say that he preaches what the bible teaches. Jane Cole, the managing Director of Blackpool Transport explained why they targeted Franklin. "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," she said.
Franklin Graham is not backing down in the face of persecution and instead is planning to go full steam ahead in his quest to bring his message of hope and truth to the people throughout the United Kingdom. He released a passionate statement to the people of the UK and to people all over the world:
“I'm sorry that some see hope as offensive, but I can assure you that tens of thousands of people in Blackpool and across the United Kingdom are searching for hope. Sex, drugs, money, even religion—none of these are the answer.
I’m coming to share with everyone in Blackpool, Lancashire, and across North West England that there is One who can give you hope. Hope for today, hope for tomorrow, and hope for eternity. His name is Jesus Christ! Will you pray with me for this event in September and for God to work in a mighty way to transform hearts and lives across this region?”
Will you join us in praying for Franklin Graham as he continues to share a message of hope across the world? Please also pray for the people persecuting him and other Christians. May the Lord replace the hatred in their hearts with love, truth and understanding.