Franklin Graham, the president and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, recently told his 9.6 million Facebook followers that: “I think Jesus Christ would advocate for people using vaccines and medicines.”
The internet is full of articles, theories, data, and opinions concerning the COVID-19 vaccines—both positive and negative. There’s a lot out there for you to read.
I have been asked my opinion about the vaccine by the media and others. I have even been asked if Jesus were physically walking on earth now, would He be an advocate for vaccines.
My answer was that based on the parable of the Good Samaritan in the Bible, I would have to say—yes, I think Jesus Christ would advocate for people using vaccines and medicines to treat suffering and save lives.
In this Scripture passage, Jesus told about a man beaten and wounded, lying on the roadside as religious leaders passed by and didn’t help.
But a Samaritan, considered a social outcast of the day, becomes the hero of the story when he stops and cares for the injured man—pouring oil and wine, which were the top medicines of the day, on the man’s wounds.
We also know that Jesus went from town to town healing “every disease and sickness.” He came to save life—to offer us eternal life.
Did Jesus need a vaccine Himself? Of course not. He is God.
Ten days before this post, he told ABC News:
I think if there were vaccines available in the time of Christ, Jesus would have made reference to them and used them.
I think for a pastor to tell someone not to take the vaccine is problematic because what would happen if that person got coronavirus and died?
This is a very clear example of why Jesus doesn’t need religious leaders on earth to represent him. Every single person alive today can search the scriptures for truth independent of religion and religious leaders, and have a direct relationship with Jesus Christ, because professional clergy are not needed to know Christ, and to communicate with him.
When Jesus died on the cross to break the power of sin and death, the Temple curtain that separated the “Holy of Holies,” where only the High Priest could enter once a year, from the rest of the Temple grounds where people gathered for worship, was torn in two.
And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. (Matthew 27:50-51)
He effectively abolished the Aaronic priesthood, taking over as the High Priest himself according to a new order. Hence, human priests, pastors, bishops, or any other title of religious leader, is not only no longer needed, but abolished, under the “new covenant” which we currently live.
Now the first covenant had regulations for worship and also an earthly sanctuary. A tabernacle was set up. In its first room were the lampstand, the table and the consecrated bread; this was called the Holy Place.
Behind the second curtain was a room called the Most Holy Place, which had the golden altar of incense and the gold-covered ark of the covenant.
The priests entered regularly into the outer room to carry on their ministry. But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance.
The Holy Spirit was showing by this that the way into the Most Holy Place had not yet been disclosed as long as the first tabernacle was still standing. This is an illustration for the present time, indicating that the gifts and sacrifices being offered were not able to clear the conscience of the worshiper.
They are only a matter of food and drink and various ceremonial washings—external regulations applying until the time of the new order.
When Christ came as high priest of the good things that are already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made, that is to say, not a part of this creation.
He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.
The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean.
How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!
For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant. (Hebrews 9:1-15)
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9)
Mr. Graham is either unfamiliar, or doesn’t care, that the English word for “medicine” in the Greek language that was used to write the New Testament part of the Bible, is pharmakeia, from which we get modern English words such as pharmacy, pharmaceuticals, etc.
However, the modern English translations never translate pharmakeia as medicine. Probably because it is referred to as a bad, sinful behavior, and usually translated as “witchcraft,” or “sorcery.”
It is associated with Satan, the Devil, and not Jesus. Jesus healed by his own power, and not by pharmakeia.
One example where pharmakeia is used in the New Testament writings is Galatians 5:19-20. It is translated “witchcraft” in the King James Version (KJV):
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies (Galatians 5:19-20)
Pharmakeia is also used in a couple of places in the Book of Revelation, the last book of the Bible:
And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts. (Revelation 9:20-21)
Pharmakeia is translated “sorceries” here in the KJV.
And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. (Revelation 18:23)
Again, the KJV translates it as “sorceries.”
This is Koine Greek, the language the original manuscripts of the New Testament portion of the Bible was written in, and it was the common language of the people.
And pharmakeia is the word the people living during the time of Jesus would have used for what we say today are “medicines,” or “pharmaceutical products,” and that Franklin Graham has wrongly stated that Jesus would have condoned.
So let’s read that last verse of Revelation again, with the proper English translation of pharmakeia this time:
And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy medicines were all nations deceived. (Revelation 18:23)
Does this sound similar to what is happening the world today? Are “merchants” and “great men of the earth” today deceiving all nations with their “medicines,” their pharmaceutical products?
Should Franklin Graham Being Giving Medical Advice?
Franklin Graham is neither a licensed medical doctor, nor does he appear to be very well educated about the contents of the Bible, an ancient collection of writings thousands of years old that anybody can read and examine on their own, without religious teachers telling them what it says. See:
The Bible very clearly teaches that all healing comes from God, whether the medical system is used or not, but the medical system seldom heals anyone, and instead just manages disease for continued profits.
But to truly understand the roots of the modern medical system, and their symbols, please read:
I do not know if the Graham family has been involved in pedophilia and Satanic Ritual Abuse or not, others can speak to that topic much better than I can, and one needs to do their own research.
But just taking Franklin Graham’s words at face value about what he recently said about the COVID “vaccines” and Jesus approving of their use, we can clearly see that Franklin Graham is on the side of the Globalists and their eugenic views of reducing the world’s population.
Perhaps they have offered Mr. Graham a place in this New World Order after The Great Reset?
But perhaps unfortunately for Mr. Graham, the real New World Order is going to be setup by Jesus, and then he will know right away whether he will be part of it or not.