Did Franklin Graham Say ‘America Will Not Come Back’ in Jacksonville?
Claims that Graham said “America will not come back” unless the church “takes a stand” when he spoke at First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida circulated in a viral email.
This claim reappears periodically and is accurately attributed to evangelist Franklin Graham.
Graham, chief executive officer of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, delivered the remarks at the Jacksonville Pastors’ Conference in January of 2015:
America has changed, and it’s not coming back unless the church takes a stand. There are storms that are coming. We find ourselves in these storms, and many times we as church run, and we run to the wrong place. You see, Jesus is in the boat. All we have to do is call him. Call his name. But the secularist and the humanists, you mention the name of Christ, and they jump all over you.
While Graham did say this, it's not clear how he and his followers square that with the Founding Fathers' views on freedom of religion.
Also included in a forwarded email about the speech is an essay that went viral shortly after President Barack Obama was re-elected in 2012. Both the essay and Franklin Graham’s speech talk generally about secularism and the purported persecution of Christians in the United States, but they are otherwise unrelated.
The essay (which was not written by Graham) added that President Obama's re-election was the “final nail in the coffin for the legacy of the white Christian males” who supposedly were responsible for settling the United States.
The essay doesn’t list an author, but most versions say that an unnamed Marine veteran wrote it.We were unable to verify who wrote it.
Collected on: 04/15/2015
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
Franklin Graham was speaking at the First Baptist Church in Jacksonville , Florida a few weeks back when he said America will not come back.
Time is like a river. You cannot touch the water twice, because the flow that has passed will never pass again. Written by a USMC Vet. (I can’t argue with any of it. Passing it along as it was received.)
The American Dream ended (on November 6th, 2012 ) in Ohio . The second term of Barack Obama will be the final nail in the coffin for the legacy of the white Christian males who discovered, explored, pioneered, settled and developed the greatest Republic in the history of mankind.
A coalition of Blacks, Latinos, Feminists, Gays , Government Workers, Union Members, Environmental Extremists, The Media, Hollywood , uninformed young people, the “forever needy,” the chronically unemployed, illegal aliens and other “fellow travelers” have ended Norman Rockwell ‘s America . The Cocker Spaniel is off the front porch… The Pit Bull is in the back yard. The American Constitution has been replaced with Saul Alinsky ‘s “Rules for Radicals” and Chicago shyster, DavidAxelrod , along with international Socialist George Soros will be pulling the strings on their beige puppet to bring us Act 2 of the New World Order.
Our side ran two candidates who couldn’t even win their own home states, and Chris Christie helped Obama over the top with a glowing “post Sandy ” tribute that elevated the “Commander-in-Chief” to Mother Teresa status. (Aside: with the way the polls were run, he didn’t need any help!) People like me are completely politically irrelevant, and I will never again comment on or concern myself with the aforementioned coalition which has surrendered our culture, our heritage and our traditions without a shot being fired.
You will never again out-vote these people. It will take individual acts of defiance and massive displays of civil disobedience to get back the rights we have allowed them to take away. It will take Zealots, not moderates & shy not reach-across-the-aisle RINOs to right this ship and restore our beloved country to its former status.
Those who come after us will have to risk their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to bring back the Republic that this generation has timidly frittered away due to “white guilt” and political correctness… An American Veteran……… Semper-Fi
Got the guts to pass it on? You betcha!!!!!