In an ABC News Prime time special titled ‘Faith & Science: The Role of Church Leaders in Vaccination Efforts,‘ Graham spoke with ABC News’ Terry Moran on the grounds of his father’s childhood home at the Billy Graham Library.
ABC News noted that “Billy Graham who many evangelical leaders continue to admire years after his death was born at the height of the 1918 flu pandemic, which claimed several members of the Graham family.”
“I believe it is consistent with Scripture that we protect our lives and do whatever we can to save life,” Franklin Graham said. “So I don’t have any problem with telling a person to take an aspirin or telling a person to have a vaccine.”
Vaccines are a proof of God’s love Franklin Graham explained, “I thank God for the doctors and the researchers that have put this time and effort and money to develop these vaccines and I hope that the American people will use them.”
In a bold statement, the Samaritan’s Purse’s President said, “I think if there were vaccines available in the time of Christ, Jesus would have made reference to them and used them.”
Taking issue with preachers who are using the pulpit to speak out against the vaccines, Graham said, “I hope that the pastors in the pulpit would tell people how they can be saved from God’s judgement and that’s through faith in Jesus Christ. I think a pastor to tell someone not to take the vaccine is problematic because what would happen if that person died [from the Coronavirus] then is a pastor responsible?…I mean I would feel responsible.”
The evangelist who heavily supported President Trump and his efforts to fast track a vaccine during his presidency warned against vaccines that used aborted fetal cells. He said, “I would be concerned with something we used fetal cells from a murdered child, but Moderna and Pfizer, we’ve been told from the scientists, the way they produce that vaccine these things [aborted fetal cells] were not used.”
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Watch the full ABC News report here.