Pope Francis' progressive views on homosexuality have left some American evangelists with a bad taste in their mouths.
Franklin Graham, son of evangelical preacher Billy Graham, told NBC’s “Meet The Press” on Sunday that just because the Pope has an accepting view of gays doesn’t mean that God does.
“If a person is gay and seeks god and has goodwill, who am I to judge them?” Pope Francis said earlier this year.
When asked if he would ever shift his views on homosexuality like the Pope has, Graham refused.
“Well God would have to shift, and god doesn’t,” he said. “God’s word is the same yesterday, today, and a million years from now. And this is sin. To wink at sin, to tell somebody that it’s okay, when I know the consequences of what will happen one day when they have to stand before god.”
Graham advised people not to listen to the Pope.
“I want to warn people: I think the Pope is right when he says he’s not the judge,” Graham said. “He’s not the judge. God is the judge.”
The progressive Pope was named Esquire’s “Best Dressed Man of 2013” on Friday.
He was named TIME magazine’s Person of the Year in December.