The BBC reports:
A conference venue in Liverpool has cancelled an event featuring American evangelist Franklin Graham. Mr Graham, the eldest son of the late preacher Billy Graham, has said he believes gay marriage is a “sin”.
He was due to speak at ACC Liverpool on 12 June as part of a UK tour. But an ACC spokesperson said it had recently been “made aware of a number of statements which we consider to be incompatible with our values”.
“In light of this, we can no longer reconcile the balance between freedom of speech and the divisive impact this event is having in our city. We have informed the organisers of the event that the booking will no longer be fulfilled. We are proud to represent all communities,” the spokesperson added.
Franklin Graham reacts on Facebook:
The world has changed dramatically since my father, Billy Graham, was last in the UK. Church membership has declined, morality is falling, the institution of marriage is at risk, godless secularism is permeating all levels of society, including, sadly to say, some churches.
Though much has changed, the solution to our world’s problems hasn’t changed—it lies in faith in God through His Son, Jesus Christ. That is the timeless hope of the Gospel.
It has been suggested that our upcoming Graham Tour across the UK later this year might be a risk to the “social cohesion” of communities. The Gospel is always a risk to social cohesion because it demands a change. It demands a decision. A response is required to the Cross and the shed blood of Jesus our Savior—His death, burial, and resurrection.