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Franklin Graham Uses Celebrity Deaths To Promote Religion

| by Michael Allen

Evangelist Franklin Graham used the recent deaths of George Michael, Carrie Fisher and "Watership Down" author Richard Adams on Dec. 27 in an effort to convert people to Christianity.

In a post on Facebook, Graham questioned whether these three celebrities, who died less than a week ago, had accepted Christianity before their deaths:

This week pop icon George Michael passed away at age 53, Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher died at 60, and award winning Watership Down author Richard Adams died at the age of 96. From the unknown to the most well-known, we all have something in common -- death. Our time on earth is brief -- the Bible says like "a vapor."

And 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" (John 14:6).

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I hope each of these people had made that all-important decision before they took their last breath on earth -- Have you? If you haven't, call on Him today. Don't delay.

A day later, on Dec. 28, Graham used Facebook to gush about his upcoming appearance at the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump:

It is a privilege to be asked to take part in the inauguration of the next President of the United States. I am very thankful that prayer and reading from God's Holy Word will be a part of this important ceremony as the world watches. We need God's blessing and favor on this nation and our new president, Donald J. Trump. I'm praying for that -- will you?

Controversial televangelist Paula White will also be praying at Trump’s inauguration.

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According to the New York Daily News, White was one of six prosperity preachers investigated in 2011 by the Senate Finance Committee.

The twice-divorced televangelist was investigated over $150 million that her former ministry, Without Walls International, took in between 2004 and 2006.

White and her-then husband owned a $3.5 million condo in Trump Tower and other multimillion-dollar properties at the time.

Sources: Franklin Graham/Facebook (2), New York Daily News / Photo Credit: Matt Johnson/Flickr

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