Franklin Graham Preaches Gospel in UK at 3-Day ‘Festival of Hope’ Amid LGBT Protests

Sep 25, 2018 by

By Stoyan Zaimov , Christian Post:

LGBT activists and protesters displayed rainbow flags in the city of Blackpool to protest American evangelist Franklin Graham and the three-day “Festival of Hope.”

“I’m glad to be in Blackpool, England, to preach the Gospel at the invitation of 200 area churches. This morning I went down to the historic Blackpool Tower where my father Billy Graham stood back in 1982 when he came here to preach,” Graham wrote on Facebook Thursday, ahead of the first day of the evangelistic event.

“Will you pray this weekend, that many will turn to Jesus Christ and find the hope and peace that only He can give?” he asked.

Some LGBT and Muslims groups, along with a few Christian churches and local politicians in Blackpool, have spoken out against Graham this past year, arguing that he has preached messages on same-sex marriage and Islam that they find offensive.

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In the top row of the second balcony at the Opera House in Blackpool, England, Hannah Jowle paused to take everything in.

The 21-year-old was wide-eyed and shocked at what she had experienced in her hometown over the three-day Lancashire Festival of Hope. A total of 9,000 people had packed into the Winter Gardens complex over three nights with hundreds making life-changing decisions for Christ…

…Franklin Graham, a worldwide evangelist, had come to the seaside tourist town near Manchester and Liverpool, despite stiff opposition from Blackpool activist groups. His mission, contrary to local media reports, was quite simple—to communicate the love of Jesus Christ.

“It’s not Franklin Graham that’s the cause of the dissent,” said Steve Haskett, executive co-chair for the Festival. “It’s the Gospel. The Gospel has always been controversial.” [From Church of Blackpool Take a Stand – Report from Billy Graham Association on the Blackpool mission]

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