Evangelist Franklin Graham visits Jackson

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Thousands of people gathered at the capitol building today to see Evangelist Franklin Graham.

Graham’s stop in Jackson was to promote Christian beliefs and principles.

Organizers say 6,400 were at the prayer rally.

A massive crowd surrounded the state capitol building Wednesday.

They sang as they waited for Evangelist Franklin Graham to take the stage.

The visit was a part of the Decision America tour.

Graham asked those at the capitol to join him in prayer, for the state and for each other.

“I think we’re all here today because we know our country is in trouble. It’s in trouble spiritually. It’s in trouble racially. It’s in trouble economically. And you all know it’s in trouble politically,” said Graham.

The cross-country tour prays for the United States and its leaders while encouraging Christians to stand on their Christian beliefs.

Graham asked for prayers for sins in Mississippi, specifically talking about abortion, homosexuality and racism.

“Any type of wicked activity can come and go. And our educators, many of our politicians and many of our churches are more concerned with political correctness then with God’s truth and righteousness,” said Graham.

“God calls us to take a stand and that’s what I’m doing here today,” said Micah Hayward, a prayer rally attendee.

Hayward was part of the crowd.

He says he’s praying for Governor Phil Bryant who was also in the audience. 

“I know the pressures of having to run a state have to be stressful. I’m praying for him in that,” said Hayward.

Graham also weighed in on House Bill 1523, the Religious Accommodations Act.

“We need to be able to live out our faith in public and God’s rules are very clear. I want to follow those rules and his standards and that’s with the governor and many of the legislators here in Mississippi want to do,” said

Graham also said because of “the days in which we’re living we need to be very clear to protect all citizens” including Christians and their right to worship.

This was the fifteen stop on the tour.

On its website, the group says it plans to visit 50 states.

Graham will visit Alabama on Thursday, April 14, 2016, and Texas and Oklahoma later this month.

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