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The Billy Graham Page

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With Billy Graham hitting the 90th milestone (Oh! How I’d love to preach the Gospel well into my Golden Years. If only God would grant me my health and well-being until then…), Christianity Today has collected a variety of current and classic articles on Billy Graham and put them on one page.

You’ll also find some of his sermons on the site.
Click here to get there!

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  1. Didn’t Billy Graham deny that Jesus was the only way? Or was that a hoax or something? I’m honestly wondering…

    Love the blog! :o)

  2. Manda, yes, you are correct. I hate to be a party pooper, but:

    Newsweek, August 14, 2006, with interviewer Jon Meacham:
    “When asked whether he believes heaven will be closed to good Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus or secular people, though, Graham says: ‘Those are decisions only the Lord will make. It would be foolish for me to speculate on who will be there and who won’t . . . I don’t want to speculate about all that. I believe the love of God is absolute. He said he gave his son for the whole world, and I think he loves everybody regardless of what label they have.’”

    Los Angeles Herald Examiner, July 22, 1985:
    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”

    The Charlotte Observer, February 16, 1993, interview with David Frost:
    Graham, “And I think there is that hunger for God and people are living as best they know how according to the light that they have. Well, I think they’re in a separate category than people like Hitler and people who have just defied God, and shaken their fists at God. … I would say that God, being a God of mercy, we have to rest it right there, and say that God is a God of mercy and love, and how it happens, we don’t know.”

    McCall’s Magazine, 1978:
    “I used to think 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 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.”

    Billy Graham also espouses many other false doctrines. He said that Communist Mao Tse-Tung’s “eight precepts are basically the same as the Ten Commandments,” he praised the Roman Catholic mass as a “very beautiful thing,” and said Mohammed Ali’s beliefs in Islam “are something we all could believe.” He is known for sending Roman Catholics back to their Catholic churches after his crusades and for praising all kinds of false teachers, from Robert Schuller to the Pope to Norman Vincent Peale to North Korea’s dictator Kim II Sung.

    He is not, unfortunately, someone we should emulate.

  3. Hank Hannagraff, of the Bible Answer Man radio show, had a wonderful, gracious explanation of why Billy Graham may have said what he said. My paraphrase of what Hank said: “You can’t discredit a man’s lifetime of work, his stance for the Gospel, and his love for Christ, because of the few things he has said in his elder years.”

    Of course, God knows Billy’s heart. We don’t.

    It always pays to be gracious.

  4. Being gracious is always a good thing, I agree. And yet, if you look at the dates of the interviews above, Graham was saying the same thing in 1978, in 1985, in 1993, in 2006. People in America trust Billy Graham and look to him for answers, and when he says things like this, it does an incredible disservice to the cause of Christ. If all religions (and even just being a “good person”) potentially lead to heaven, why repent? Why come to Christ at all? We should pray for Billy Graham, that he will recant.

    Even the apostle Paul warned believers to watch him to be sure that he continued to preach the gospel he had preached from the beginning of his ministry. “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” Galatians 1:8-9

  5. Amy,

    Thanks for sharing those – very compelling, and if you look at the dates, a good case for senility cannot be made. These quotes sound very similar to the things that Joel Osteen would say.

    The Galatians 1:8-9 quote says a lot.

    Steve R.

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