In an exclusive interview with Newsmax TV last week, Rev. Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, said the country is in the economic shape it is in because, "we have turned our backs on God."
“The more we turn our backs on God, the bigger our problem becomes,” he said.
“I didn’t hear any of the candidates say that we needed to call our nation to prayer. I didn’t hear any of the candidates say that we needed to ask God for help," he added.
“We still think that we can work our way out of this problem – and I don’t think we can,” he told Newsmax. “I don’t have confidence in the Republican Party right now, and I don’t have confidence in the Democratic Party."
He went on to say that America needs God's help to solve her problems, but Obama's re-election has put the country further down a "path of destruction."
"In the last four years," he said, "we have begun to turn our backs on God."
“We have taken God out of our education system. We have taken him out of government. You have lawyers that sue you every time you mention the name of Jesus Christ in any public forum.
“What has happened is we have allowed ourselves to take God out everything that we do – and I believe that God will judge our nation one day,” he warned, adding that God may "have to bring our nation to our knees – to where that we just have a complete economic collapse."
Graham discussed a number of issues in the interview, including the controversy surrounding the resignation of General David Petraeus and the treatment of Christians in Iran.
Graham also addressed a complaint filed with the IRS by the Freedom from Religion Foundation. The Wisconsin-based group objected to a full-page ad put out by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association encouraging Christians to vote for biblical values.
Graham called the complaint "ridiculous."
“The African-American churches do this all the time. Candidates go to their churches and stand in the pulpits and give political messages and sermons. Why can’t we do the same?" he asked.
“We didn’t tell anybody how to vote for a candidate. We told them how to choose candidates – and made that plural – who backed Biblical principles. There are a lot of Republicans, Tea Party people, Democrats that we focused these ads on," he added.
But Graham said the complaint is part of a larger effort by the radical anti-Christian left to silence evangelical Christians.
“They want to shut the mouths of evangelicals. They want to shut the mouths of Christians," he said.
Thanks to a complaint filed with the group earlier this year, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission investigated Prudhomme’s Lost Cajun Kitchen in Columbia, Pa., for offering a discount to patrons with church bulletins.
The group also targeted a water park in Little Rock, Ark. for offering a church discount.
Last Christmas, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott sent the group a simple message when it went after a nativity scene in Henderson County: "Don't mess with Texas."
Graham, however, said that he would not be silenced.
“I’m going to continue to speak out,” he said. “I’m not afraid. I’m not worried.”