By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
Graham responded to the installation of a goat-like satanic deity to mock a traditional Christian Nativity display inside a government building in the U.S. state of Illinois.
The Satanic Temple of Illinois displayed a sculpture of an infant version of Baphomet in the state Capitol rotunda in Springfield before the commemoration of the birth of Jesus.
In televised remarks, Graham said it was “just another very sad attempt” by the devil, who he claimed had been trying to destroy Christmas for some 2,000 years. “King Herod sent his troops to Bethlehem to hunt for the baby Jesus to kill Him. And so the devil has been trying to destroy Christmas ever since,” he told Fox News television. “And this is just another very sad attempt.”
Claiming the statue is about “diversity,” the Satanic Temple of Illinois defended its display. “The Capitol welcomes a diverse range of religions every year to display holiday statues during the holiday season. So we wanted to join in on that,” a spokesperson added.
The Baphomet figure was made by Chris Andres, a horror artist based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, intended to mark the “satanic holiday” called Sol Invictus.
However, Graham stressed that Christmas is about God’s love. “It’s not about the Satanic Temple. It’s about God so loving this world that He sent His Son Jesus Christ to this Earth to take our sins. Jesus died for our sins. He was buried, He rose again, and He’s alive.”
Graham told viewers: “If we are willing to repent, turn away from those sins, and put our faith and trust on Him, God will forgive our sins. And He’ll heal our hearts and invite us to be with Him for eternity.”
The latest satanic incident comes amid mounting concerns among evangelical Christians in the United States about growing animosity towards the Christian faith.
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