Evangelical Christian leader Franklin Graham said the "decadent values of leftist-progressives" could plunge America into a "moral collapse," and that we must pray for "true submission to the authority of God's Word." If we don't, our society will drift, un-anchored to the truth, and this will "lead to increasing wickedness and lawlessness."
Rev. Graham also specifically condemned the leftist-progressive promotion of homosexuality, gay marriage, and abortion. "When a culture rejects the truth and authority of the Word of God," he said, "then it has rejected none other than God Himself."
Franklin Graham, son of the late Pastor Billy Graham, made his remarks in a commentary in the January 2020 issue of Decision magazine.
"We must pray for our president, for Congress, for our churches and for our leaders at every level," said Graham. "We know that God hears and answers the heartfelt prayers of His people."
"Let's also pray for a true submission to the authority of God's Word in every area of our life," he said. "Obedience is a bedrock principle for any culture or society that yearns for the blessings and favor of a holy God. Without it, we are left to drift according to whatever norms the culture may adopt."
"This will inevitably lead to increasing wickedness and lawlessness," said Rev. Graham.
He than noted three destructive phenomena that are contributing to America's moral collapse.
"God's Word says that homosexuality is wrong, not acceptable," said Graham. "'Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.'" (1 Corinthians 6:9-10, NKJV)
He continued, "God's Word says that marriage is between one man and one woman. Not between a woman and a woman or a man and a man. 'Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.'" (Genesis 2:24, NKJV)
"God's Word says that life is precious in the womb, where every child is knitted together by God Himself," said the reverend. "Abortion is the murder of a child, not the removal of fetal tissue."
"When a culture rejects the truth and authority of the Word of God, then it has rejected none other than God Himself," added Graham. Yet "when 'every man does what is right in his own eyes,' then the moral breakdown of a society is in full gear.'"
Earlier in his commentary, Rev. Graham cited a recent Pew Research poll on Americans' spiritual beliefs. The survey showed that 26%, or one in four Americans, identifies as atheist, agnostic, or "nothing in particular."
"More troublesome, is the large percentage of young people who rarely go to church and profess no particular view on faith," who are labeled "Nones," said Graham. This group now "represents 44% of Americans ages 19-29, and they have little or nothing to do with religion at all."
"I believe our nation is perched on a sheer moral precipice," said Graham. "If we are undermined much more by the decadent values of the leftist-progressives, we could plunge into a perilous moral collapse."