Franklin Graham Answers Questions on Homosexuality: 'You Can Be Gay and Go to Heaven No Question - But You Must Repent First' (VIDEO)

Jeannie LawApr 27, 2014 12:04 PM EDT

Evangelist, Reverend Franklin Graham recently participated in an ABC News panel discussion on the religious right and mainstream American views, in which he addressed the issue of homosexuality.

During the segment with Russell Moore, Ralph Reed and Cokie Roberts, Graham was questioned on whether his position on homosexuality remained the same.

Graham emphasized on the importance of repentance for all people and for all sins, "Maybe gays that are watching want to know, 'Can God forgive me? Or can I go to heaven as a gay person?' Absolutely. But the same for any of us. We have to repent of our sins in turn. A person cannot stay in adultery and be accepted by God. You'll have to repent."

"Franklin Graham is a sinner," the son of Billy Graham continued, "and I'm no better than a gay person. I'm a sinner. But I've been forgiven, and I've turned from my sins. For any person that's willing to repent in turn, God will forgive."

Following his exhortation on the absolute need for repentance, the outspoken minister concluded his answer by clearly stating that if a person repents for their sin - even if that sin is homosexuality - then "you can be gay and go to heaven, no question."

In a past interview when Graham was asked if there could be a shift for him on his stance in homosexuality, he replied:

"Well, God would have to shift and God doesn't. God's word is the same yesterday, today, a million years from now and this is sin. To wink at sin and to tell somebody it's OK, when I know the consequences of what will happen one day when they have to stand before God."

Rev. Graham is now the head of his father's ministry, the Billy Graham Evangelical Association, and believes it is his duty as a minister of the gospel to give people the truth of the word of God.

"I want to warn people. And I think the Pope is right when he says he's not the judge. He's not the judge. God is the judge," Graham said.

Click below to watch the panel discussion on ABC News:

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