The Church Times reports:
A TOUR by Billy Graham’s son, Franklin Graham, to “share the hope of Jesus”, should not be supported by parishes, the Bishop of Sheffield, Dr Pete Wilcox, has said.
In a statement issued on Wednesday of last week, Dr Wilcox said that he could not support the mission event due to be held on 6 June at the FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield, “and so will not be encouraging parishes in the diocese of Sheffield to support it either”.
The Bishop explained: “Mr Graham’s rhetoric is repeatedly and unnecessarily inflammatory, and, in my opinion, represents a risk to the social cohesion of our city.”
“I gladly took part in Billy Graham’s Mission England in 1984, as a candidate for ordained ministry, and in his LiveLink Mission in 1989, as a curate. But, to my sadness, I detect a tailing off of humility and generosity in the Graham organisation since those days.”
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