Wolves in Costume: Billy Graham
By: Christopher J. E. Johnson
[Below is an excerpt from Johnson's article "Wolves in Costume: Billy Graham."]
The reason Billy Graham is so deceptive to the masses is because he will talk of faith and grace in Jesus, repentance of sins, and heaven vs hell, but we need to understand Billy Graham does not believe these things. We must not look only at the actions of men, but also what they openly confess, and all of these things combined make up the "fruits," and then we can examine them up-close to properly identify his true beliefs.
The San Francisco News interviewed Billy Graham in 1957. Graham states the following about converts at his evangelistic sermons:
"Anyone who makes a decision at our meetings is seen later and referred to a local clergyman, Protestant, Catholic, or Jewish."
-Billy Graham, San Francisco News interview on Sept 21, 1957, quoted by Edward Hendrie, Bloody Zion, self-published, 2012, p. 169, ISBN: 9780983262763; See also Patrick Marrinan, Paisley: Man of Wrath, Anvil Books, 1973, p. 208
"Many of the people who reach a decision for Christ at our meetings have joined the Catholic Church and we have received commendations from Catholic publications for the revived interest in their Church following our campaigns. This happened both in Boston and Washington. After all, one of our prime purposes is to help the churches in a community. If after we move on, the local (sic) churches do not feel the efforts of these meetings in increased membership and attendance, then our crusade would have to be considered a failure."
-Billy Graham, Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph in 1952, quoted by David W. Cloud, Flirting with Rome: Evangelical Entanglement with Roman Catholicism, Way of Life Literature, 1992; See also Wilson Ewin, Evangelism: The Trojan Horse of the 1990's, Bible Baptist Church, p. 3
Most of Billy Graham's "crusades" and audiences so-called "decisions for Christ," are adding converts to the apostasy of Rome's pagan Catholic church.
Notice that Billy Graham stated that one of his prime purposes was to "help churches in a community," and to Graham, this means ALL churches, even ones that are teaching heresy and abomination against the Lord Jesus Christ. For the past 60 years and counting, Graham has been adding converts to apostate churches, and helping to grow supporters for the coming One-World Religion of the final anti-christ.
According to the documentation in Cathy Burns's book, Billy Graham and His Friends: A Hidden Agenda (with over 4,000 footnote references on Graham and his "crusades"), Graham has had priests and nuns in the audience of his crusades. If you don't understand why this is odd, of all the Catholics I have met, they won't step foot into a real evangelical church, so why are to they attending Graham's event? By 1973, there were nuns singing in Graham's choirs, and in some instances, Graham has had Catholic bishops on the stage with him to "bless" the audience during his sermons!
(See Cathy Burns, Billy Graham and His Friends: A Hidden Agenda? Sharing, 2001, ISBN: 9781891117176
Graham has believed, at least for the past 60 years, and most likely his entire life, that Catholicism is part of Christianity, and that all Catholics are saved. In addition to Graham's support of the heretical teachings of Rome, after one is supposedly "saved," he turns them right back around and is willing to send them to Catholic churches (where they will be corrupted with heresy) or Jewish tabernacles (where they will be taught Christ was just some rebellious man), and they will not get proper teaching and edification from the Bible.
(Read "Corruptions of Christianity: Catholicism" here at creationliberty.com for more details)
In 1961, Billy Graham was interviewed by Wilfed Bockelman of The Lutheran Standard:
"I do believe that something happens at the baptism of an infant, particularly if the parents are Christians and teach their children Christian truths from childhood. We cannot fully understand the mysteries of God. But I believe that a miracle can happen in these children so that they are regenerated, that is, made Christians through infant baptism. If you want to call that baptismal regeneration, that's all right with me."
-Billy Graham, quoted by Briton Hadden & H. R. Luce, Time, Vol. 78, Time Inc., 1961, p. 612
Graham believes that infants can be saved by works via "baptismal regeneration" by having some water sprinkled on them, as is taught in Catholicism. Do you remember at the beginning when I quoted Graham and he said salvation comes by grace, and not works? This is what I meant by saying that he might preach that message, but he doesn't BELIEVE that message. This means he believes people come to Jesus Christ through another means outside of repentance and faith.
Hers's Graham again, interviewed by Larry King:
"I would be for abortion in violent rape... I take the same stand that the pope takes, I'm against abortion, except in cases of rape..."
-Billy Graham, interviewed on Larry King Live, January, 1988, retrieved July 15, 2013, [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMUhnCJln1A]; In the interview, Graham repeatedly forced the insertion of the word 'violent' before rape to make the murder of a baby seem more justified.
The first heresy we see in this statement is Billy Graham comparing his position to that of the pope, very much giving the impression that the pope's authority is valid, and implying that Graham himself has a similar position of authority, like he is "pope of the Protestants."
I do not consider myself to be a "Protestant." Being a Protestant means you have been part of the Catholic church, but have dissented in protest; thereby attempting to reform Catholicism. I am a Christian, not a Protestant nor a Catholic.
I am in no way justifying rape, but why punish the baby for the sins of the father? Why not kill the rapist instead of the baby? Billy Graham says he's okay with killing babies depending on the situation, but ignores the Bible when it comes to killing, and most of the time during this interview, Graham speaks from his own personal beliefs, rather than from the authority of Scripture.
(Read "Can Christians Kill in Self-Defense?" here at creationliberty.com for more details; there are no Biblical grounds to kill a baby in the womb.)
The number of times Graham stands up in front of the world and praises the popes of Rome is astounding:
"In this exclusive interview, evangelist Billy Graham hails Pope John Paul II's pilgrimage to Portland as a triumph for Christianity. Dr. Graham and other religious leaders also heap praise on the pontiff for helping to push forward the religious revival worldwide."
-Quote taken from the image caption, The Star, June 26, 1979
Graham continues to praise the Roman pontiff over and over, despite the blatent abominations the Catholic church commits against the Gospel:
"Since his election, Pope John Paul II has emerged as the greatest religious leader of the modern world, and one of the greatest moral and spiritual leaders of this century... The Pope came [to America] as a statesman and a pastor, but I believe he also sees himself coming as an evangelist, forthrightly urging those who have perhaps given little thought to spiritual matters to realize the truth of the Christian message and commit their lives to Christ... The Pope sought to speak to the spiritual hunger of our age in the same way Christians throughout the centuries have spoken to the spiritual yearnings of every age—by pointing people to Christ... Also, in countless ways many evangelical Protestants and Roman Catholics are discovering they share a common bond through their mutual commitment to the Christian faith... Recently I learned that the word 'pontiff,' (a title by which the Pope is often known) comes from the Latin words which originally meant 'bridge builder.' During his visit to America, Pope John Paul II was indeed a bridge builder, and that is something our divided world desperately needs. In a world which often seems to have lost its way, his voice will continue to remind us of our responsibilities to each other—and to God."
-Billy Graham, "The Pilgrim Pope: A Builder of Bridges," Saturday Evening Post, January-February, 1980
Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:
[Ye] hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?
Graham also tries to soften the concept of hell, redefining it so it becomes fluffier and easier to swallow. A Florida newspaper reporter told Graham that a poll showed 45% of Americans don't believe in hell, asked Billy why he thought that was the case:
"I think that hell essentially is separation from God forever. And that is the worst hell that I can think of. But I think people have a hard time believing God is going to allow people to burn in literal fire forever. I think the fire that is mentioned in the Bible is a burning thirst for God that can never be quenched."
-Orlando Sentinel, Florida, Apr 10, 1983
If hell is just "separation from God," and there is no lake of fire, and no burning as described in Luke 16:24, then many people today want to go there. So many people are into sex, drugs, drinking, loud and violent music -- they want to be separated from God, so to them, hell seems not so bad, and Satan wants the world to believe that lie.
(Read "Does Hell exist in the Bible?" here at creationliberty.com for more details)
In Billy Graham's interviews, he often starts his sentences with "I THINK," instead of starting with "the Bible says," because Graham's version of God does not come from the Bible. Graham's version of God comes from his own mind; shaping his "god" into his own image.
These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.
Graham forms a 'god' out of idolatry, where he makes up a god in his imagination, one that is formed after his own preferences, and worships it instead of the true living God of the Bible. In a nutshell, he turns to the people and says, "You have a hard time accepting the Biblical God, so let me redesign him a bit so he's more comfortable for you." Graham has [...]
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Wolves in Costume: Billy Graham