Franklin Graham Responds to Hijab-Wearing Christian College Professor’s Claim That Muslims and Christians Worship the ‘Same God’

Evangelist Franklin Graham has weighed in on the ongoing controversy surrounding Dr. Larycia Hawkins, the political science professor who was suspended from Wheaton College, an evangelical institution in Illinois, after saying that Christians and Muslims “worship the same God.”

Graham, who said that he is “deeply concerned” over faculty recommendations that the case against the professor be dropped, also pushed back against Hawkins’ “same God” proclamation in a Facebook post published on Saturday.

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“Both my father Billy Graham and my mother attended Wheaton College in Illinois – in fact that’s where they met,” Graham wrote. “I’m surprised and disappointed that the faculty council there is now recommending the college drop their plans to terminate a professor who published that she believed Islam and Christianity worship the same God in December.”

The Christian leader, who is the president and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, went on to explain exactly why he believes that Christians and Muslims do not worship the same God, calling Hawkins’ comments “no minor issue.”

“Islam denies that God has a Son. They deny that Jesus is God. They do not believe in a Triune God–the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,” Graham continued. “I can tell you – Islam and Christianity clearly do not worship the same God.”

He continued, “How the faculty council can now support this professor being allowed to teach students is deeply concerning.”

Graham’s comments came after Wheaton College’s Faculty Council, the liaison between the college administration and faculty, voted unanimously to urge leaders to halt any efforts to potentially fire Hawkins.

Wheaton College responded to the Faculty Council’s recommendation by noting that it is within the confines of the faculty handbook, but that the school is following “established protocol” in how it handles Hawkins’ case.

“The next step in this process is a hearing before the Faculty Personnel Committee. The Faculty Personnel Committee will receive presentations from the Provost and Dr. Hawkins regarding the substantive and procedural issues each would like to raise, will review the evidence presented, and will make a formal recommendation regarding the termination of tenure,” the statement read. “The Faculty Personnel Committee’s recommendation will then be taken into consideration by President Ryken, as he makes his recommendation to the Board of Trustees.”

As TheBlaze previously reported, Wheaton College placed Hawkins on administrative leave last month, as officials further investigated comments that she made about the “relationship of Christianity to Islam” following a public announcement that she would be wearing a hijab — a Muslim headscarf — throughout the advent season.

“I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book,” she wrote in a Dec. 10 Facebook post. “And as Pope Francis stated last week, we worship the same God.”

With reports earlier this month indicating that Wheaton College would now be considering termination, the school released a Jan. 6 statement to TheBlaze explaining at the time that there was an “impasse reached by the parties.”

“Wheaton College can confirm reports that on January 4, 2016, per College policies and procedures, Provost Stanton Jones delivered to President Philip Ryken and to Dr. Larycia Hawkins a Notice of Recommendation to Initiate Termination-for-Cause Proceedings regarding Dr. Hawkins,” the statement read. “The Notice is not a termination; rather, it begins Wheaton College’s established process for employment actions pertaining to tenured faculty members.”

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Pope Francis Criticizes Fundamentalists Who Believe They Possess ‘Absolute Truth’

Pope Francis has strictly denounced proponents of fundamentalism who claim that they possess “absolute truth.”(1.)
The Pontiff recently concluded his three-country tour of Africa, visiting the Central African Republic, Uganda, and Kenya.
The Christian Post reports that during an in-flight press conference on his return trip to Rome, Francis stated,“We Catholics have some–and not some, many–who believe they possess the absolute truth and go ahead dirtying the other with calumny, with disorientation, and doing evil. They do evil. I say this because it is my Church.”(2.)
He added that “ideas and false certainties” can replace faith, love, and God.
The Pope said he was pleased with his trip to Africa where he focused on bringing unity between Christians and Muslims. (3.)
“We are living at a time when religious believers, and persons of goodwill everywhere are called to foster mutual understanding and respect, and to support each other as members of our one human family. For all of us are God’s children,” Francis stated. (4.)
Francis also commented on the climate change talks in Paris, stating, “We are on the verge of suicide, to put it strongly.” He urged world leaders to take action on this issue. (5.)
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Notes:
1. Jesus said “I am the way the truth and the life” (John 14:6)
2. Jesus is not the head of the Catholic church because that church is a man made religious system. Jesus is the head of his true church.
3. Christians and Muslims do not worship the same God. Bible believing Christians follow The One True God whereas Muslims follow the false god of the Koran. Allah is not a real god, he’s just a false idol that people worship, just like and Hindu god, etc.
4. Only those that are born again are called the children of God ( John 1:2, Galatians 3:26, Romans 8:17)
    Those that haven’t bent the knee to Jesus Christ and received Him as Lord and Saviour are children of the devil. (John 8:44, 2John 1:9)
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