Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

After More Than an Hour of Often-Earsplitting Christian Rock And. [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

After More Than an Hour of Often-Earsplitting Christian Rock And. [Derived Headline]

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After more than an hour of often-earsplitting Christian rock and praise music Friday, the Rev. Franklin Graham took the podium at the Consol Energy Center for the start of a three-day revival, the Three Rivers Festival of Hope.

And Rev. Graham, son of legendary evangelist Billy Graham and himself a veteran evangelist and head of a wide-reaching humanitarian organization, immediately launched into a sobering survey of the headlines - warfare in Ukraine and the Middle East, racial unrest in Missouri and child immigrants at the border, as he offered a stark choice to the crowd of 7,412: accept Jesus as the only solution.

"We ask, what's the hope?" Rev. Graham said.

He said many people feel what a wounded military veteran recently told him after a suicide attempt, that his "bucket of hope was low."

"You've come here with that bucket of hope pretty empty," Rev. Graham said. "I want you to know God is here. God is willing to heal your heart. I don't care how far you think you have fallen."

And Rev. Graham, who has stirred controversy for his denunciations of other religions and gay marriage, received repeated applause as he delved in numerous hot-button issues,

"Our nation has turned its back on God, our politicians have turned their backs on God and we have taken the path of secularism, which is really anti-God," he said.

He said "a marriage relationship is defined by almighty God (as) between a man and a woman," and anyone who has had sex outside of such a marriage is "guilty of sexual sins."

He also received applause by speaking against abortion. "You say now Franklin, you're stepping on people's toes. ... I want you to know God sees this as murder. It doesn't matter what the state says, it doesn't matter what the president says." But he told the crowd that God will "cleanse you and he'll take that burden of sin away from you. …

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