Franklin Graham Claims Christians Must Vote for ‘Least Heathen’ Candidate

Franklin GrahamIn an interview this week with the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), Franklin Graham stated that Christians must vote, even if it means holding their nose and selecting the “least heathen of the two heathens.”

“There is a left movement within the evangelical community that are telling people, ‘If so-and-so wins or this person wins don’t vote.’ I’m just saying, I don’t care who wins and who’s out there, you have to vote,” he stated.

Graham said that Christians may find themselves having to determine which candidate is less evil than the other.

“And I’m not going to tell people who to vote for. I’m not going to do that. Let God tell you who to vote for,” he stated. “You may have to hold your nose. You may have to decide which is the least heathen of the two heathens.”

Graham has been conducting the “Decision America” prayer tour across America, asking Christians to pray for the upcoming election. He has declined to endorse any candidate, while also providing commentary on his social media pages about the various happenings on the campaign trail.

“Trump Madness—It’s ‘trumping’ everything in the news, even March Madness,” he wrote on Saturday. “There are those who passionately support him and others who are adamantly against him. He’s a political phenomenon like our country hasn’t seen before. I don’t think America has ever had a presidential candidate opposed by both establishments, Republican and Democratic, as well as the sitting president.”

“This Republican presidential campaign has not only sunk to new lows, but the Republican establishment seems to be desperate to pick their own candidate,” Graham wrote on March 4. “There are some good candidates running, but I’m not going to endorse any of them. I’m fed up with both the Republican and the Democratic parties. Both are corrupt—clearly broken—and need to be overhauled. They need radical change.”

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While some like Franklin believe that Christians must vote despite determining both candidates to be “heathens” who will rule contrary to God’s law, others state that the concept is flawed and unbiblical.

“I think the only righteous thing to do is vote for neither,” Michael Peroutka, 2004 presidential candidate under the Constitution Party, and co-founder of the Institute on the Constitution, told Christian News Network. “I don’t think God requires you to vote for evil.”


He stated that the voting practices of Christians have contributed to the sinking of our nation into the quagmire that it is stuck in today.

“We have voted [for years] for the lesser of two evils, so we get evil,” he said. “And we deserve it because we vote for it.”

Peroutka outlined that he does not believe voting “conservative” or along party lines is the proper biblical mindset.

“I would ask you, even empirically, where has that gotten us?” he declared. “When we’re voting for a conservative, we’re using the wrong standard. [You’re basically voting to] kill one less baby than a liberal.”

Christians are commanded by God to select rulers that are “able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness” (Exodus 18:21), Peroutka noted. He explained that Christians must vote for those who seek to uphold and implement God’s law in our nation, as that is the only righteous standard not based on the opinion of men.

“[For Christians to reject God’s law] is a dangerous and foolish thing to do,” he said. “The lesser of two evils, of course, is evil. And when you choose the lesser of two evils, you [still] choose evil. And when you choose evil and you get evil, you are responsible because you chose it, didn’t you?”

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  • ironnat

    The sovereignty of God will be the determining factor for he appoints kings and rulers not us. I respect the Reverend Graham, however to suggest that God would determine His will through our determination of the least of two evils is way off base.

    • Paige Turner

      Nice beard

  • BKSecrest

    The lesser of 2 evils is still evil. This is very disappointing.

  • Monica C. Holland

    Since we know that Franklin Graham would never vote for a Democrat, he is clearly supporting Donald Trump. By suggesting that Trump is the lesser of the two evils does not negate the fact that he is telling Christian to vote for evil. In a backhanded way Franklin Graham is suggesting that Christians should vote for a racist, misogynist, adulterer and a liar with close ties to white supremacy. Are there any preachers that still preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ? These Republican preachers who put politics before the Bible are a sign of the end-time. Maranatha.. even so come Lord Jesus.

    • Gary W James

      You are so of base.

      • gizmo23

        She is spot on. You can write someone in or vote third party

    • Becky

      Amen, Monica C. Holland ; )

  • Marjorie Lee Peterson

    If 2 evil people are running, then yes, you do have to vote for the lesser. Hillary Clinton is a murderer. She let those 4 people in Benghazi die and did NOTHING to help them! She has committed felonies, and should be in prison! She will continue backing the murder of children and she will take the rest of our God given liberties one by one till we have NONE left! Trump isn’t perfect by any means. I don’t believe one word of what he says anymore than Hillary, but he’s not quite as evil as her, and he may surprise us. I doubt it, but he may. I KNOW how she will go. So if it’s between her and Trump, I will enter a vote for Trump as a vote AGAINST Hillary! If she is elected, then I KNOW the kind of evil she will bring.

    • gizmo23

      Why not vote third party or write someone in?

      • Shane Marshall

        Because they would have no chance. The popularity of the two main candidates would not leave enough votes for the third candidate to even have a shot at winning.

        • gizmo23

          I still vote my conviction not because they might win

    • BarkingDawg

      Wait. Did you think that Hillary should have flown over to Benghazi herself with guns blazing?

    • God never called us to compromise and vote for the “lesser of the evils” for you to vote for a man,who brags about affairs with married woman, mocks basic Christian beliefs, including redemption through Jesus Christ, has countless class action lawsuits, from,over,5,000 students claiming he scammed them., mocks the disable, treat, woman’s,with no respect, supports and defends PP, that kills over millions of innocent,babies shows Jesus is probably not your main focus..

    • God never called us to compromise and vote for the “lesser of the evils” voting for a man,who has demonic spirit in him” who believes in partial birth abortions, gay marriage, has a vulgar mouth, who mocks, ridicules and berates those who does not believe in what he believes, can help up a Bible and then tells the American people that he has never,asked for forgiveness because he does not need to. has been married 3 times,,many,more un-bibical things shows you do not stand with God.

  • Bezukhov

    Peroutka… explained that Christians must vote for those who
    seek to uphold and implement God’s law in our nation, as that is the
    only righteous standard not based on the opinion of men.

    Does that mean repealing the 1st Amendment? The 1st Amendment allows me to break the 2nd commandment.

  • Lionel Merritt

    The discussion raises some interesting thoughts about our thoughts of Christianity and the power of God. What I am reading ( and I am probably wrong) is that the two front -runners for the Republicans and the Democrats will be the two national candidates, and that they are both ungodly or support non-Christian thinking. So inevitably the nation must select the better of the two evil candidates.

    Here is the big joke in that thinking. First it assumed that of all the candidates in the race, or who were in the race, there are or were no decent (Christian approved) persons. If that is the case, the nation is in trouble. My opinion is that is (or was ) not the case. Then why is America not voting or did not vote for that or those decent candidates? Maybe the reason is those decent persons were not politically appealing, or they do not (or did not) have the money to fight the campaign in the conventional way. The long and short is Christians did not go out to support or vote based on decency and Christian values. The voting was based on other criteria.

    So when as Christians we stand by and let decent candidates fall by the wayside, because we have bought into a particular campaign way of thinking, what do we expect?. How many Christians were praying and asking God for directions on who to support?. Do we seek directions from heaven or do we take directions from the massive PR campaigns? Do we look for Christian values or godly positions in the candidates, or are we swayed by the jokes and polished political answers manufactured by campaign gurus?

    The country including Christians will get what the country allows. A basic tenet of Christianity is that God answers prayer and guides the godly. If that is true, then we are where we are because we did not submit the matter to heaven before we got to this stage.

    The question for Christians is now, “Is it too late?” For a God with whom nothing shall be impossible, is it too late? Can Christian still petition heaven for guidance on who to support? (It may not be a front-runner). Can Christians get behind someone who may not be a polished orator, who may not have the massive campaign funds, and support that person to the top? Can Christians do that under the guidance and authority of God? Or is this another case of a nation choosing a Saul? Then, let us hope God has another David.

    No my friend, the question is not how to pick the better of two evils. It is how do we get a decent Christian -minded person to rise to the top, so we can have a better option. Is our God greater than the campaign gurus? In life, even with God, we get what we seek, or allow!

    • Josey

      My son said the same thing, it is getting old that the lesser of two evils is being presented as our only choice, well said my friend, well said.

  • Becky

    Amen, Michael Peroutka.

    “Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” John 18:36.

    This world and all of its systems belong to Satan (John 12:31), hence all of the evil. Why should a Christian vote for a system that is filled with corruption and goes against God? Why should a Christian vote for a system that will eventually be removed by God? There are no good reasons for a Christian to partake in this worldly system.

    Christ used His precious time on earth teaching others The Way unto salvation. Christ is our perfect example and we are to follow the ways of our Leader and not the ways of the world. Our mission, during our short stay on earth, is to spread the gospel (Matt 28:18-20).

    • Paige Turner

      And your point?

    • Ken Faivor

      Paige can’t see your point…….I see, and agree.

  • gizmo23

    Do people here know that there are third parties and you can write someone in ?

    • Shane Marshall

      Yes, but a third party candidate would have no chance. The popularity of the two main candidates would not leave enough votes for the third candidate to even have a shot at winning. So essentially, anyone voting for the third party candidate would just be providing one LESS vote for the lesser of the two evils (either Trump or Cruz) and making it all the more likely for the greater of the two evils (either Hillary or Bernie) to win. No good.

      • gizmo23

        Maybe that is the problem. We only feel we have 2 choices. The parties like it that way but I don’t think it serves us well. Anyway I vote for who I think best represents me, not for the lesser of 2 evils and not to stop someone else from winning.

    • Asemodevs

      The only reason you would urge people to vote for a 3rd party is you figure it will help Hellary, so it’s obviously a very bad idea.

      • gizmo23

        I have voted third parties for years. I think it is dishonorable to vote to help or hurt another candidate

    • Yes, My third party write in will be Jesus 🙂

    • Voting for Jesus, instead of Trump and Hillary won’t vote for evil 🙂

  • Emmanuel

    a lying christian or a greedy christian
    tough to pick

    • gogo0

      christianity aside, they are both greedy and liars. it seems there is no escaping that when talking about high-office politicians.

      • Emmanuel

        true. so real question is “who is the least evil?”

        • God never called us to compromise and vote for the “lesser of the evils”. Evil”is,still evil’ Hillary and Trump are the flip side of the same coin. Except Hillary tries to hide her corruption and Trump is straight up. One profited from contributions the other brought influence. Neither is better.

          • Emmanuel

            Yup, I’m going with Cruz but just heard, five mistresses.

        • it’s like Satan and Lucifer. The devil is the same person just different titles.Same creature who comes to Kill, Steal, and Destroy.

          • Emmanuel

            He does but we are victorious.

  • Josey

    Isaiah 59:12- 21 vs 1 and vs 2 starts by stating that, Behold, the LORD’S hand is not so short
    That it cannot save; Nor is His ear so dull That it cannot hear. 2But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, And your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.

    12 For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them; 13In transgressing and lying against the LORD, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood. 14 And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.
    15 Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment. Salvation is Only of God
    16 And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.
    17 For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke.
    18 According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence. 19 So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him. The Covenant of the Redeemer
    20 And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD. 21 As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.
    There is only one way to the Father of all creation and that is through His Son, Jesus Christ, there is no other way. Repent and cry out to Him for His mercy, He alone can save and deliver us, no man can do so.

  • Amos Moses

    Cruz Said Trump Should Denounce KKK over Endorsement, but Embraces Endorsement from Two Men Who are Part of a Theological Cult

  • Amos Moses

    If God wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates. ~Jay Leno~

    The problem with political jokes is they get elected. ~Henry Cate, VII~

    We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office ~Aesop~

    If we got one-tenth of what was promised to us in these State of the Union speeches, there wouldn’t be any inducement to go to heaven. ~Will Rogers~

    Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.
    ~Nikita Khrushchev~

    When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I’m beginning to believe it.
    ~Clarence Darrow~

    Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel. ~John Quinton~

    Why pay money to have your family tree traced; go into politics and your opponents will do it for you. ~Author unknown~

    Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other. ~Oscar Ameringer~

    I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them. ~Adlai Stevenson, 1952~

    A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country. ~ Tex Guinan~

    I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
    ~Charles de Gaulle~

    Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks.
    ~Doug Larson~

  • If Christians stand together and refuse to vote for either candidate, the consequences may be bad in the short term, but polling data will show that there is a sizable voting bloc searching for a Godly candidate. Someone is going to notice that.

    As long as we continue to vote for the lesser of two evils, we will get candidates who pay lip service to our principles with no intention of letting that interfere with their ungodly agenda. The Republican party could use a cold dash of reality right about now, and Christians allowing Hillary to get elected may be the tonic they need.

  • BobbyHead

    What Franklin is saying is that if the real Christian, and that would be Ted Cruz, does not make to as the Republican ticket, then we have to vote for the less of the two evils. We would have to vote for that revengeful Trump over the evil arrogant feminist, in the likes of Hillary. That’s what we have to do. In the mean time if your State has not voted yet, then vote of Ted Cruz.

    • God never called us to compromise and vote for the “lesser of the evils” voting for a man,who has demonic spirit in him, who believes in partial birth abortion, gay marriage, pretends planned parenthood does good things. When their main business is killing,millions of innocent babies, has a vulgar mouth, mocks, ridicules and berates,those,who does not believe in what he believes. Sadly can hold up the, Bible,and then tells the American people that he has never asked for forgiveness,because he does not need to. has been married 3 times, if you, cannot,be faithful to your wives how can he be faithful to our Constitution. I am NOT a hater,I have,to stand before HOLY GOD when I leave this world. I will NOT vote for Donald or,Hillary because they believe in the same things and the GOD’s Word, has no meaning to them. My heart and my convictions must be true to Christ.

    • sandra-paquette-

      Ted Cruz has been in 5 affairs. And claims to be a Christian???

      • BobbyHead

        You believe cheap rag sheets that are not fit to rap fish?

        • sandra-paquette-

          You wait it will be true. He has LIED about so much.

          • BobbyHead

            You will be found to be the liar telling false rumors from a rag sheet.

          • sandra-paquette-

            All in good time it will prove to be right. He’s not even honest enough too say he is a globalist – OWG. He is so sneaky. All in good time.

  • Let’s be truthful! Since the 18th-century founders, in Article 6, banned Christian tests and thereby mandatory biblical qualifications, America has pretty much been left with nothing but the least heathen candidate, IF they’re lucky. America’s choice for “leaders” have, consequently, been reduced to nincompoops, scoundrels, and outright criminals.

    For more, see online Chapter 9 “Article 6: The Supreme Law of the Land” of “Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective.” Click on my name, then our website. Go to our Online Books page, click on the top entry, and scroll down to Chapter 9.

    Then, find out how much you REALLY know about the Constitution as compared to the Bible. Take our 10-question Constitution Survey in the right-hand sidebar and receive a complimentary copy of a book that EXAMINES the Constitution by the Bible.

  • Bobby Walker

    And would be who?

  • Bill Whitney

    If he understood his bible he would realize voting has ended in America, the protestant reformation has died and with it the freedoms of this country. The bible is 100 percent accurate to who America is now ruled by and voting changes nothing but to keep those who have no love for truth blinded. Trump stated he will not change the murdering of babies. Watch the video of Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani in a Drag Queen Scene. Trump says he will allow men in drag to go into the bathroom with you daughters. Up till the late 1920’s you had a chance to know who the Antichrist was even more so in the early 1800’s. Pastor wrote many books concerning the Anti-Christ and what role America would play as most of the populace understood Danial and Revelation. After the late 1950’s all but a small few still proclaim the truth, as Tony Palmer said there is no longer a Protestant church.