A pastor who will play a role in Donald Trump’s inauguration has claimed that George Michael is in hell, unless he accepted Jesus.
Wham! frontman George Michael passed away on Christmas Day, survived by his boyfriend Fadi Fawaz.
Since his death, dozens of people have opened up about the singer’s extraordinary generosity and anonymous philanthropy, donating millions to good causes without revealing his identity.
But Franklin Graham, a pastor who is set to perform prayers at Donald Trump’s inauguration next month, has claimed the singer is in hell unless he “accepted Jesus”.
In a Facebook post that named the singer and Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher, he wrote: “Each of us will stand before Almighty God to give an account.
“The decision that will determine where we spend eternity is whether we have believed in His Son, Jesus Christ, trusting Him as our Savior and following Him as Lord. There are no VIP passes or exceptions.
“Jesus said, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’.
“I hope each of these people had made that all-important decision before they took their last breath on Earth.”
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Graham is President of international Christian charity Samaritan’s Purse, and has made a string of anti-LGBT comments in the past.
He claimed: “The country is imploding. We are seeing a moral implosion. Just like we saw the World Trade Center on 9/11 when the planes hit the tower, they imploded, they fell from within, and this is what’s happening to our country, we’re falling within.
“So many school districts now are controlled by wicked, evil people, and the gays and lesbians… I keep bringing their name up, but they are at the forefront of this attack against Christianity in America.”
Earlier this year Graham declared gay people are ‘the enemy’, attacking churches that have become LGBT-inclusive.
In a recent interview with a Russian newspaper, Graham praised Vladimir Putin’s support for anti-gay laws – and claimed that homosexuals “take people’s children”.
Parroting disturbing rhetoric often used by anti-LGBT vigilantes in Russia, he said: “Homosexuals cannot have children, they can take other people’s children.”
He added: “I very much appreciate that President Putin is protecting Russian young people against homosexual propaganda. If only to give them the opportunity to grow up and make a decision for themselves.”
He was selected this week for Trump’s inauguration despite his slew of extremist comments. The Christmas Shoebox Appeal run by Graham’s charity continues to enjoy mainstream support in schools.