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Fire from Billy Graham???
And Nadab and Abihu died, when they offered strange fire before
the LORD. (KJV)
in 'bold brown' are
fully adhere to the fundamental tenets of Christian faith for myself
and my ministry. But, as an American, I respect other paths to God–and,
as a Christian, I am called on to love them” (“Our
Task Is to Do All We Can, Not to Sit and Wait,” Parade Magazine,
Oct. 20, 1996, p. 4).
“Each time a President has
asked me to lead the Inaugural prayer, I have argued that I should
not do it alone, that leaders of other religions should be there
too....We are all brothers and sisters in our hearts. We ought to
love each other.” What about other Christian
leaders who do not share this view? “Well,
I don’t agree with them” (ibid., p.
At San Francisco Crusade, 1997 Billy Graham stated: “There
are other sins. Why do we jump on that sin [homosexuality]
as though it’s the greatest sin?...What I want to preach about
in San Francisco is the love of God. People need to know that God
loves them no matter what their ethnic background or sexual orientation.
I have so many gay friends, and we remain friends” (“Graham Welcomes Gays at San Francisco,” Christian
News, Oct. 20, 1997, p. 7).
In his autobiography "Just As I Am," Graham talks more
about the people he knew than about Jesus!
“The heart of the problem for
men like Bob Jones, Carl McIntire, and John R. Rice was the sponsorship
of the Crusade  by the Protestant Council of New York. The
council, they contended, included many churches and clergy who were
theologically liberal and who denied some of the most important
elements of the biblical message. It was not the first time some
of them had raised their objections to my growing ecumenism, of
course, but the New York Crusade marked their final break with our
work” (Just As I Am, pp. 302-03).
“My goal, I always made clear,
was not to preach against Catholic beliefs or to proselytize people
who were already committed to Christ within the Catholic Church.
Rather it was to proclaim the Gospel to all those who had never
truly committed their lives to Christ” (ibid.,
“During the past ten years
my concept of the church has taken on greater dimension....I an
now aware that the family of God contains people of various ethnological,
cultural, class, and denominational differences”
(“What Ten Years Have Taught Me,” Christian Century,
Feb. 17, 1960, p. 188).
“I am far more tolerant of
other kinds of Christians than I once was. My contact with Catholic,
Lutheran, and other leaders...has helped me, hopefully, to move
in the right direction” (“I Can’t
Play God Any More,” McCall’s, Jan. 1978, p. 158).
“I do believe that something
happens at the baptism of an infant....We cannot fully understand
the mysteries of God, but I believe a miracle can happen in these
children so that they are regenerated, that is, made Christian,
through infant baptism. If you want to call that baptismal regeneration,
that’s all right with me” (“A
Lutheran Looks at Billy Graham,” Oct. 10, 1961, p. 12).
“I used to believe that pagans
in far-off countries were lost–were going to hell–if
they did not have the Gospel of Jesus Christ preached to them. I
no longer believe that. I believe that there are other ways of recognizing
the existence of God–through nature, for instance–and
plenty of other opportunities, therefore, of saying ‘yes’
to God” (“I Cant’ Play God Any
More,” McCall’s, Jan. 1978, p. 156).
“I’ve found that my beliefs
are essentially the same as those of orthodox Roman Catholics, for
instance....We only differ on some matters of later church tradition”
(ibid., p. 158).
“When I hear the Pope plead,
‘Come to Christ, come to Christ,’ he sounds like me
when I invite people at the end of my services to come forward and
make a decision for Christ” (“The Split-Up
of Evangelicals,” Newsweek, April 26, 1982, p. 89).
["Early on in my life, I didn't
know much about Catholics. But through the years I have made many
friends within the Roman Catholic church. In fact, when we hold
a crusade in a city now, nearly all the Roman Catholic churches
support it. And when we went to Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn., for
the crusade [last year], we saw St. Paul, which is largely Catholic,
and Minneapolis, which is largely Lutheran, both supporting the
crusade. That wouldn't have happened 25 years ago" (Billy
Graham interview with Promise Keepers New Man magazine, March-April
On the 12/22/94 Larry King Live Show, Graham
also said that he believed that homosexuals are born with a tendency
toward homosexuality; i.e., in the genes.
Concerning the issue of abortion, a year earlier on ABC's
"Good Morning America" (GMA) (9/5/91), Graham, when asked
the Christian position on abortion, said: "...there is a Christian position, I think. But I'm not prepared to
say what it is." And, again two weeks later on GMA (9/19/91),
Graham said: "But there are occasions
when abortion is the
only alternative" (although he
didn't say when it is okay to snuff out innocent, unborn human life).
(Reported in the 2/22/93, Christian News.)
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association held its North American
Conference for Itinerant Evangelists in Louisville, Kentucky 6/28/94-7/1/94.
It included the participation of more than 40 denominations
and organizations as Graham predicted that "a new generation
of evangelists is on the horizon." This conference followed
the pattern of previous conferences -- it gave a great boost to
WCC-NCC denominations, the charismatic movement, and the Roman Catholic
Church. In the waning years of his ministry, Graham
is giving great emphasis to training the future generation of evangelists
to disobey God's Word when it comes to working with those who preach
a false gospel. (Original source: Sept/Oct 1993, Foundation
In 1952, and again in 1958, Billy Graham made sound statements
concerning the separation from those who teach false doctrine. For
example, in 1952 he wrote to Dr. Bob Jones, Sr.: "We
have never had a man on our [crusade] committee that denied the
virgin birth, the vicarious atonement, or the bodily resurrection."
In 1958, Graham stated in Eternity magazine: "If
a man blatantly denies the deity of Christ or that Christ has come
in the flesh, we are not to even bid him Godspeed. Thus, the Scriptures
teach that we are to be separated from those who deny the deity
of our Lord Jesus Christ. ... I am to treat him as an Antichrist
and an enemy of the cross." Yet, as early as
1963, Graham had United Methodist Bishop, Gerald B. Kennedy, as
his Los Angeles Crusade Chairman. Kennedy wrote in one of
his books (God's Good News, p. 125): "I
believe that the testimony of the New Testament taken as a whole
is against the doctrine of the deity of Jesus. ..."
Yet Graham said of Kennedy in 1963, "Bishop Kennedy is one of the ten greatest Christian preachers
In 1985, Graham affirmed his belief that those outside
of Christ might be saved. Los Angeles reporter David Colker
asked Graham: "What about people of other faiths who live good
lives but don't profess a belief in Christ?" Graham replied, "I'm going to leave that to the
Lord. He'll decide that" (Los Angeles Herald
Examiner, 7/22/85). While this answer
might appear reasonable to those who do not know the Bible, in reality
it is a great compromise of the Truth. God has ALREADY decided what
will happen to those who die outside of faith in Jesus Christ. The
book of Ephesians describes the condition of such as "children
of wrath" (Eph. 2:3) and "having no hope, and
without God in the world" (Eph. 2:12). That
is why Christ must be preached. Men without a saving knowledge of
Christ are condemned already (John 3:18). There
is no mystery or question about this matter, because the Bible has
A recent interview on CNN's "Larry King Live"
television broadcast once again reveals just how far Graham has
fallen from the orthodox teaching of Scripture. King interviewed
Graham for a full hour on Christmas Day, 1998. During the course
of the interview, King questioned Graham about the afterlife soon
after Graham had mentioned he was not afraid to die since he knew
he would be with God (italics added):
GRAHAM: I'll know
Him. He'll know me. He will receive me. I believe the moment that
I die, an angel comes and takes my hand and leads me into His presence.
KING: In your body or through a soul?
GRAHAM: Both --
maybe both, because we have been resurrected. Remember, this body's
coming back together again. Nothing ever disappears ...
KING: All right. You'll meet Jesus and then what will it
be like? What will paradise be like?
GRAHAM: It's going to be like paradise.
It'll be the -- everything that you ever wanted for happiness will
be there. People say that the Bible teaches there's no sex in Heaven.
If sex is necessary for our happiness and fulfillment, it'll be
there. And then, if certain other things that we think are pleasurable
will -- it'll be there.
???What does the Bible
For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are
given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven. (KJV) NO sex in Heaven!
Once again, Graham's theology is completely contrary to
Scripture. God's Word NEVER teaches that whatever is necessary for
physical human happiness will be the believer's lot in Heaven.
On the contrary, the believer will
rejoice in praising God and fulfilling His will, not the desired
will of the individual. The believer's physical
body, while on the Earth, is still wrestling with the lusts of the
flesh and the pride of life that are certainly pleasurable to the
earthly saint. But Heaven will be a place where the believer will
fulfill the will of the Saviour and honor and glorify Him throughout
all eternity. To give the impression that Heaven will be a type
of wild, self-gratifying, self-indulgent party paradise is a dangerous, FALSE theology. (Excerpted
and/or adapted from the Jan-Feb 1999, Foundation magazine.)
Graham also believes that men can be saved apart from the
Name of Christ. (Source: 5/31/98 television interview with
Robert Schuller, as reported in the May-June 1997, Foundation magazine.):
SCHULLER: Tell me, what do you think is the future of Christianity?
GRAHAM: Well, Christianity and being
a true believer -- you know, I think there's the Body of Christ.
This comes from all the Christian groups around the world, outside
the Christian groups. I think everybody that loves Christ, or knows
Christ, whether they're conscious of it or not, they're members
of the Body of Christ. [How
can anyone love Christ or know Christ and not be conscious of it?
This is impossible! (Rom. 8:9,16; 10:14; 1 John 3:24; 4:13; John 3:18)?]
And I don't think that we're going
to see a great sweeping revival that will turn the whole world to
Christ at any time. I think James answered that -- the Apostle James
in the first council in Jerusalem, when he said that God's purpose
for this age is to call out a people for His name. And that's what
God is doing today, He's calling people out of the world for His
name, whether they come from the Muslim world, or the Buddhist world,
or the Christian world, or the non-believing world, they are members
of the Body of Christ because they've been called by God. They may
not even know the name of Jesus [NOT possible my friend! (Acts 4:12; Rom 10:13)], but
they know in their hearts that they need something that they don't
have, and they turn to the only light that they have, and I think
that they are saved, and that they're going to be with us in heaven.
SCHULLER: Well, what I hear you saying, that it's possible
for Jesus Christ to come into human hearts and soul and life, even
if they've been born in darkness and have never had exposure to
the Bible. Is that a correct interpretation of what you're saying?
GRAHAM: Yes, it is, because I believe
that. I've met people in various parts of the world in tribal situations,
that they have never seen a Bible or heard about a Bible, and never
heard of Jesus, but they've believed in their hearts that there
was a God, and they've tried to live a life that was quite apart
from the surrounding community in which they lived. [Even the devils believe there is a God! (James 2:19)].
SCHULLER: [R.S. trips over his tongue for a moment, his
face beaming, then says] This is fantastic! I'm so thrilled to hear
you say that! There's a wideness in God's mercy!
GRAHAM: There is.
There definitely is.
What Graham is actually saying here
is: "Sinners can be saved by their good
works and that a personal relationship to Jesus Christ by being
born again is NOT necessary to salvation." This statement
also directly agrees with the Roman Catholic universal catechism,
page 224; para. 847: "Those who, through no fault
of their own, do not know the Gospel of Christ or his church, but
who nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart and, moved by grace,
try in their actions to do his will as they know it through the
dictates of their conscience, those too may achieve eternal salvation."
Thus, Roman Catholicism, and Billy Graham, have said that even
if you never hear about Christ, you can still be saved by being
the best person you can be.
The Bible says: Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (KJV)
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (KJV) Jesus, Himself left no doubt.
Graham refuses to defend the Bible
as the inerrant Word of God. Newsweek magazine,
April 26, 1982, examined the debate on the issue of Biblical infallibility.
The article noted that Billy Graham is not on the side of inerrancy:
"Billy Graham, for one, clearly is not. 'I
believe the Bible is the inspired, authoritative word of God,' Graham
says, 'but I don't use the word "inerrant" because
it's become a brittle divisive word.'"
In Graham's statement in 1957, he branded the Catholic gospel, "a stench in the nostrils of God" (A Prophet
With Honor, p. 223). So true, is my
humble comment on that one!!! BUT . . . what or WHO changed Billy Graham's mind?
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