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The Essential Franklin Graham
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How many people really know much about Franklin Graham, one of Billy Graham’s two sons? His real name is William Franklin Graham III. Currently, Mr. Graham, son, is president and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.  Here is an attempt to examine the North Carolina son more closely via some of his many quotes and other data. Note: Blue words in brackets [ ] are mine; passages with no quotation marks in both colors are statements of Mr. Graham’s; words inside single quotation marks ‘ ‘ are Mr. Graham’s; and words inside double quotation marks “ “ are from one of the articles online.


(Note: This article is for educational/informational purposes only and is in no way put together for commercial use.)


God created every one of us.

Every life is precious to God.

In sexual behavior outside the parameters that God created, we’re at high risk, and we’re seeing the evidence of this with HIV/AIDS.

Jesus Christ came to this earth for sinners.

I’m a sinner. I’m no different, no better.

God loves that person [infected with HIV/AIDS]. He doesn’t hate them. They’ve made mistakes. We’ve all made mistakes.

I just believe as a Christian, we are to show love; we are to show compassion to people; not to point the finger, not to do this, but to love them and care for them…

I think we have to take responsibility for our own life and realize there are consequences to the decisions we make. There are consequences.

I believe there is good and evil in the world. I believe there is a devil.

…God gave life. He created life, and the devil wants to take it; he wants to destroy it. And me, I’m a minister. I want to save life all that I can…

I like to hunt… [to me this is a negative quote as I dislike killing most animals!]

I don’t worry about being used if it’s for taking a chance for peace, let’s put it that way.

…But Jesus did tell people he healed, ‘Go and sin no more.’ And I think that to a person with HIV/AIDS, he would tell them, ‘Go and sin no more.’

Is that it? [no after-life] Or is there something beyond life that God has for us? The Bible teaches that there is—that there is eternity and death is the portal that transfers us from this life to the next.

I think God gave us a brain. He expects us to use it.

I’m just a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ who is given the mission to proclaim God’s Gospel…

When you see people come forward [at a Crusade, etc.] it is always a very humbling moment because you see the work of the Holy Spirit in people’s lives. It is not Franklin Graham doing it; it is not my gifted preaching because I am not a gifted preacher…

No it doesn’t change. The Gospel message is the same.

I try to start every day with my own private Scripture reading and taking time to pray.

[on Rick Warren] …he’s a natural… He’s a Southern Baptist. He believes the Bible the way I believe it.

The people on the far left hate God, they hate his standards, and hate the name of his son.

We’re called in Scripture to pray for those in leadership.

Any type of sexual relations outside of marriage between a man and a woman is a sin against God. It’s very serious. God is going to judge sin…

A person can’t say, ‘I’m going to follow Jesus and [continue to] sin;’ he can’t do that…

When I do sin, I have to ask God for forgiveness and that he will cleanse me.

Hell is a lake of fire for eternity for ever and ever.

It’s obvious that God made sex for the human race to have existence.

The president has a mess in front of him. Unfortunately, I don’t think he can solve the problems we’re facing. The problems we’re having in the Middle East, the problems of natural resources and global warming, are beyond any one person. It’s going to take God sending his son back to redeem this world.

Jesus Christ is the author of the tolerance that we hold to in this nation. Jesus Christ never belittled another faith system. He never preached against the idolatry that was all around him in different faiths. He showed great tolerance toward sinners—he loved them as a matter of fact.

If a Roman Catholic strapped dynamite on himself, walked into a mosque in Saudi Arabia and said, ‘In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and Catholics around the world, I do this,’ then detonates himself and blows up the mosque and himself up—the pope would be on television within minutes denouncing this man, denouncing this act and having a fund-raising appeal, not for the family of the man who did this but for the families of the victims who got blown up in the mosque. Every cardinal… But there has been silence from the Muslim clerics. There has not been denouncing of what happened here in New York City at the World Trade Center or what happened in Israel. And I link all of this together. There has not been condemnation by the clerics. Saudi Arabia has had fundraising appeals for the families of the suicide bombers, but not for the families of the victims. This is more evidence that something is wrong here.

I’m not my father, I can’t be.  I love him, admire him, appreciate him, but I’m not Billy Graham.

I’m probably a little quicker [than his father] to say what I think.

I pray for our nation, I pray for my family, and I pray for myself that I would be faithful to God in everything I do and everything I say.

I just talk to him, just like I talk to you [interviewer] now. I say, ‘God, I need your help right now.’

I’m not worried about what people think about me 100 years from now. I’m worried about what God is going to think about me for eternity…

We live in a world where everyone is compromising themselves right into the grave. I think we should hold true to our faith and to our belief.

We must not forget that it wasn’t the Jews that put him on the cross, and it wasn’t the Romans. It was my sins, it was your sins, the sins of this world.

Because he was obedient and said, ‘Yes,’ God took him [Franklin’s father, Billy Graham] out of that dairy barn and literally took him around the world.

Just being the son of Billy Graham won’t get me into heaven.

I’ve been called to the slums of the streets and the ditches of the world.

Evangelistic preaching is what Daddy does. I never thought I would. (1995)

This whole notion of tolerance. They [some Muslim groups] say, ‘Well, you Christians are narrow-minded. You say Jesus is the only way. You’re not tolerant of other religions.’  Well, the other religions are not tolerant of us. I’m not putting down their faith system; it’s just not what I believe. And I don’t accept their way as truth. They don’t accept my way. That’s fine. But don’t ask me to believe that their way to God is a valid way. I don’t believe that. (2002)

[Franklin’s sister Anne]: ‘He didn’t get Daddy’s gift of diplomacy.’

“When her prodigal son was ordained in 1982, [Ruth Bell Graham] told the assembly at Grace Community Church in Tempe, Arizona: ‘Nobody’s hopeless. I mean it—nobody.’ “

“Franklin did inherit [his father’s] penetrating green eyes, square jaw, wide smile and rangy 6-foot build. He speaks with his father’s perfect diction.”

I have more of my mom’s personality, to my favor. She’s strong. She doesn’t back down an inch.

“‘I stand for nothing but this,’ he says, Bible aloft again. ‘That’s just how I’m wired.’ “

…in 2004 and 2005, we saw more conversions than any time in the history of the organization, more than in the last 60 years combined.

We’re going places where they have never heard God loves them.

“He sees sin as a blight without borders, beyond time. ‘Man’s heart is the same everywhere. It’s evil. It’s wicked. The human soul is a putrid sore of greed, lust and pride.’”

“’Daddy’s 87! He’s like Santa Claus,’ Franklin says. ‘He’s the nice, gentle, elder statesman.’”

“Franklin says he has mellowed. On temporal matters, ‘I back down all the time… I have a great reverse gear. I can go backward just about as fast as I can go forward. But I’ll never back up on the Bible.’”


Franklin Graham references used for this article are the following:,9171,1196431,00.html







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Reviewed by Micki Peluso

This was most enlightening!! Thanks so much for taking the time to do this. I know a great deal about Billy Graham, but little about his son.

Micki Peluso
Reviewed by Linda Law
Randall, I enjoyed this so much! I have always loved Billy & Ruth Graham, and certainly know about Franklin...I am very pleased that he finally came back around to his dad's way of teaching...(things go full circle)... You are correct, to see people come to Christ is very humbling; yet it is such a fabulous feeling our heart and mind and inner being collide! I also agree with your () and enjoyed the views you express....I believe we are so similar in that.. As a Catholic most of my life, I am finally learning more about the Bible and how it affects our lives...Catechism was my Bible for a lifetime, and now I am so hungry for the written word. My Bible Study Class is on Monday's and it's the one time frame that I schedule and look forward to each week.. Your assessment about these countries that do so much evil in the name of their religion, their Gods makes me sick inside....and then to see them "taking care of the brainwashed suiciders" rather than the victims is just another form of screwed up beliefs! Anyway... so happy you posted this's great... thank you, and hugs. Lindalaw
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