I am extremely disappointed in Franklin Graham’s judgment. While many Christians are looking at the China Olympics as an opportunity to bring the gospel into the normally restrictive country he sold out to the repressive regime saying that there should be “No missionary work during Beijing Olympics (OneNewsNow.com)”
Beijing – The son of American evangelist Billy Graham said Friday he is opposed to missionary work at this summer’s Beijing Olympic Games.
Franklin Graham, also an evangelist, was speaking to reporters Friday during a visit to Beijing for meetings with the Communist Party-controlled Protestant church movement. He said he wanted to encourage authorities to resolve conflicts with the church, but would not criticize policies that critics say limit the church’s independence and religious rights.
While some Christian groups have said they plan to proselytize during the August games, Graham said he was against that because Chinese law does not permit such actions. “I would not support any illegal activity at all,” Graham said.
have you never read…
I’ve often been partially amused by the many times Jesus looked at the most religiously educated men in Israel and said, “Have you never read….” I think I suddenly understand how he felt, well at least a little.
When Peter and John were dragged (twice) before the Jewish council they were told that preaching the gospel was against the law. Peter’s response?
Acts 4:19-20 “Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge; for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.”
The same thing happened again a chapter later:
Acts 5:27-29 “When they had brought them, they stood them before the Council. The high priest questioned them, saying, “We gave you strict orders not to continue teaching in this name, and yet, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.
Sorry Franklin, IMHO you are grievously mistaken. The Chinese government might want to stop the spread of the gospel, but Jesus has a different passion.