Illustration: The Devil tempts Jesus in the desert. (Public Domain)
By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews, January 16, 2018
Rev. Franklin Graham. (YouTube)
Evangelical leader Franklin Graham, son of Pastor Billy Graham, said, “darkness is spreading rapidly” across the globe — the sins of pornography, sexual abuse, drugs, religious persecution — and that the “forces of evil are” are doing all they can to “destroy the foundations of a morally healthy society.” He added that the light of Truth, which is Jesus Christ, will dispel the darkness but believers need to help spread this truth in their everyday lives.
“It’s our responsibility as believers to let our light shine before men, and to honor and glorify God by our good works and godly life, regardless of how evil the culture has become,” said Rev. Graham in his January commentary in Decision magazine, which is published by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA).
“The darkness is spreading—rapidly,” said Graham. There have been numerous reports of widespread sexual harassment and abuse, he said, “and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.”
“Online pornography use is at an all-time high,” he said. “Gay and transgender characters are now a common sight on television, even in programs for small children.”
“Atheists are Hell-bent on eradicating any mention of God in town halls, schools and sporting events,” said Rev. Graham. “Drug addiction, especially to new opioid painkillers, is an epidemic in many parts of the country, particularly in rural areas with high joblessness.”
“Abroad, the darkness is just as widespread,” he added. “Christians across the Middle East suffer intense persecution from Islamic terrorists and oppressive governments. In so many parts of the world, it’s never been a more dangerous time to be a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Franklin Graham then explained, as the Bible relates, that “moral and spiritual darkness” is the result of people rejecting God.
“Moral darkness invariably leads to unruly, disobedient living that defies God’s commandments and principles, setting the stage for lifestyles and behavior that eventually reap destructive consequences,” said Rev. Graham. “What I believe is happening today that I certainly haven’t seen in my lifetime is the incredibly swift spread of darkness across virtually every sector of our culture, here at home and in practically every region of the globe.”
“The Bible is clear that such moral chaos comes because people reject the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ,” he said.
The darkness of sin, the “moral and spiritual darkness” caused by rejecting God is a mirrory impression of Hell, said Graham, which is “not only the absence of light, but its complete, utter, total darkness.”
“The Scriptures call it ‘outer darkness,’ a place that is reserved exclusively for the Devil, fallen angels and unrepentant man,” said the reverend.
Those who walk in darkness do not know Jesus Christ, said Graham. “Jesus is the Light of the World.”
People who repent of their sins and follow Christ will be delivered from the “domain of darkness,” said Graham.