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Evangelist's Message to Ashley Madison Users Who Are 'Living in Fear' That Their 'Sins' Will Be Exposed

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"God can take away your guilt and shame."

Caption:TODAY -- Pictured: Franklin Graham appears on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)

Evangelist Franklin Graham penned a message to those "living in fear because of [their] sins" in the wake of the Ashley Madison hacking scandal, telling those who used the website to seek extramarital affairs that God can take away their "guilt and shame."

"Ashley Madison, the cheating website, continues to be in the news. Their slogan is 'Life is short. Have an affair,'" Graham wrote on his Facebook page on Tuesday. "This is partly true — life is short! Much shorter than imagined for some."

The son of famed preacher Billy Graham went on to share the tragic report that some have taken their own lives due to the "shame and embarrassment of their sin being made public" after hackers released 37 million users' records.

Ashley Madison, the cheating website, continues to be in the news. Their slogan is “Life is short. Have an affair.” This...

Posted by Franklin Graham on Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Graham then spoke directly to those who might have been impacted, with a message that could also be easily applied more generally to anyone who might be hiding an indiscretion.

"If you are living in fear because of your sins, I want you to know that your sins can be forgiven. God can take away your guilt and shame and give you a new life," he wrote. "But you have to be willing to turn from your sin and put your faith in His Son Jesus Christ — to trust Him as your Savior and follow Him as your Lord."

Graham continued his message by citing 1 John 1:9, which reads, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

"Life is short. Get ready for eternity today," he wrote. "Jesus is waiting and eager to hear your prayer."

The post included a link to Forgive.me, a website that encourages people to start a "new life with Christ."

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