CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) and of Samaritan's Purse, Franklin Graham has commented about notable Christian leaders walking away from the Christian faith. Recently, author of the best seller I Kiss Dating Goodbye, Joshua Harris not only walked away from his marriage, but apologizes to the LGBTQ people and claims he's no longer a Christian. Moreover, Hillsong's famed songwriter and worship leader Marty Sampson also admits his doubts saying, "I'm genuinely losing my faith, and it doesn't bother me."
In an interview with FOX Nation host Todd Starnes, Starnes asked Graham why he thought those two guys had walked away from Christianity.
"They weren't real Christians. They were young. Their faith wasn't very strong. They might have been atheists. They hate God. And they just wanted publicity," says Graham.
"... Well, first of all... Somebody has called them "leaders." I don't. I don't recognize them as leaders. These are very young people, and I doubt whether they even have a very strong faith, or if they even had a faith at all to begin with.
"And so, for whatever reason, they have decided they're going to turn their back on God, and God's standards. And I feel sorry for them. They're in a very dangerous place to be out from under God's protection. And, for me, I'm going to keep going doing what I do."
"I believe the Bible. I believe the Bible to be the Word of God. I believe every word of the Bible. I do not understand it all, but I believe it all."
"And, Todd, we know how God warns in Revelation, He warns churches that turn their back on him, and these young men who have renounced their faith have made it so public. Why are they making it so public? I think they just want publicity. And that's the only reason they've done it. Otherwise, why [didn't] they just leave their faith and just be quiet about it?"
"But, no, they had to make a big thing about it, trying to get others to follow them, to do the same. And I'd just say, "shame on them," and you'll stand before God one day and give an account to Him."