Billy Graham: America’s Foremost False Prophet
The Bible warns us that the last days would be characterized by religious deception…
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils.” -1 Tim 4:1
Jesus said…“Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name…and shall deceive many.” -Matthew 24:4-5
Thus the Word of God admonishes us to..
“Prove all things” -I Thes 5:21.
In light of this truth I encourage you to honestly and soberly consider the following facts regarding the unbiblical ministry of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
Mr. Graham is one of the world’s most admired men. To question his Christianity or ministry, for many, is considered to be blasphemous. However, as Christians, we must ask ourselves, “what saith the Scriptures?”
Jesus publicly rebuked the false teachers of His day (Mat. 23). The Apostles and every true Christian since has followed in His footsteps. He commended the church of Ephesus (Rev 3:2) for exposing false prophets and calling them liars. In the Epistles of Timothy alone, eight men are mentioned publicly for their errors (1 Tim 1:19-20, 2 Tim 1:15, 2:17, 4:10, 4:14-16). We are commanded in God’s Word to expose and reprove error (Eph 5:11). Thus, reproving error is a matter of obedience to God. Those who disagree deny the clear teaching of the Bible.
It is a spiritual indictment that Mr. Graham’s biography is entitled “A Prophet with Honor.” Mr. Graham is regularly listed by the Gallup organization as one of the “Ten Most Admired Men in the World.” Moreover, he is described as the dominant figure in that poll since 1948—more than any other man ever. He has been the recipient of some of the world’s most prestigious honors. He even has a star on Hollywood Boulevard.
Far from commending Graham, the above references condemn him. God’s Word says such worldly accolades are the undeniable mark of a false prophet.
“Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! For so did their fathers to the false prophets” -Luke 6:26
“They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.” -I John 4:5
Since the world obviously loves Billy Graham we must conclude, based on God’s Word, that he is an enemy of Jesus Christ (John 15:19; Jas 4:4).
In a television interview with the false teacher, Robert Schuler dated May 31, 1997, Graham made the following heretical statements concerning his view of Christianity.
GRAHAM: “…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…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…and I think that they are saved, and that they’re going to be with us in heaven.”
SCHULLER: “What…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.”
SCHULLER: “I’m so thrilled to hear you say this. There’s a wideness in God’s mercy.”
GRAHAM: “There is. There definitely is”
No real, Bible-believing Christian believes this, but rather, believes the Words of Jesus…
“Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit he can not enter into the Kingdom of God.” -John 3:5
“ Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” -John 14:6
On January 21, 1997 Larry King interviewed Billy Graham on his program:
KING: “What do you think of the other [churches]…like Mormonism? Catholicism? Other faiths within the Christian concept?”
GRAHAM: “Oh, I think I have a wonderful fellowship with all of them. For example….”
KING: “You’re comfortable with Salt Lake City. You’re comfortable with the Vatican?”
GRAHAM: “I am very comfortable with the Vatican. I have been to see the Pope several times. In fact, the night-the day that he was inaugurated, made Pope, I was preaching in his cathedral in Krakow. I was his guest…[and] when he was over here…in Columbia, South Carolina…he invited me on the platform to speak with him. I would give one talk, and he would give the other…but I was two-thirds of the way to China…”
KING: “You like this Pope?”
GRAHAM: “I like him very much…. He and I agree on almost everything.”
KING: “Are you…are you comfortable with Judaism?”
GRAHAM: “Very comfortable….ln New York, they have had me to the Rabbinical Council to…talk with them and Rabbi Tannenbaum, who was a great friend…he gave me more advice and more counsel, and I depended on him constantly theologically and spiritually and in every way…. “
KING: “Mr. Graham, if you had 30 seconds during the halftime at the Super Bowl, what would you tell the audience?”
GRAHAM: “I would tell them to…think about another game…the game of life, and to be sure they’re on God’s side, that God loves them and God is interested in them, and they can pray to God, and He’ll answer their prayers.”
There is more, far too much to adequately document in this short article, but consider a cursory overview of some of the heretical statements made by Mr. Graham over the years…
• “I respect other paths to God,” (Billy Graham, Parade Magazine, Oct 20th 1996)
• ‘I have nothing but the warmest of relations with the World Council of Churches’. (Billy Graham, 1974, Lausanne Congress).
• “Mao Tse-Tung’s eight precepts are basically the same as the Ten Commandments. In fact if we can’t have the Ten Commandments read in the schools I’ll settle for Mao’s precepts'” (May 28th 1978 in the Japanese newspaper ‘Mainichi Daily News’ from Plains Baptist Challenger, July 1977).
• “While I most certainly believe that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, I do not find anywhere in the New Testament that this particular belief is necessary for personal salvation.” (United Church of Observer, July 1, 1966).
• “I believe the Bible is the inspired, authoritative word of God but I don’t use the word ‘inerrant’ because it’s become a brittle divisive word.” (Billy Graham, Newsweek magazine, April 26, 1982)
• “World travel and getting to know clergy of all denominations has helped mold me into an ecumenical being. We’re separated by theology and, in some instances, culture and race, but all that means nothing to me any more” (U.S. News & World Report, Dec. 19, 1988)
• “Sodomites are born sodomites, it is in their genes” ( December 1994 on the Larry King Live).
“To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word it is because there is no light in them.” -Isaiah 8:20
Concerning false teachers, the Bible says we are to be separate (2 Cor 6:17), mark and avoid them (Rom 16:17), rebuke them (Titus 1:13), and have no fellowship with them (Eph 5:11). The Bible says, “Receive them not”, but Billy Graham receives them on his platform and then sends his converts to them. By doing this he becomes a partaker of their evil deeds (II John 10, 11).
Mr. Graham’s sordid love-affair with Whorish Romanism is well documented.
• “John Paul II is the moral leader of the world” (Billy Graham, Religious News Service, Sept. 27, 1979).
• “I found that my beliefs are essentially the same as those of orthodox Catholics we only differ on some matters of later church tradition.” (McCall’s, Jan. 1978).
Catholicism promotes “another gospel” that is cursed of God (Gal 1:8) and that leads men to hell. And yet, Billy Graham is a friend of Rome, the avowed enemy of Jesus Christ. The fact is, the Catholic Institution propagates the vilest of damnable heresies and God commands that Christians must separate and denounce such error (Rev 18:4). When Evangelical leaders fellowship with Romanism and endorse her blasphemous and damnable heresies, they are acting in direct disobedience to the Word of God and are thus compromising their holy office. Furthermore, Graham endorses abortion in the cases of rape, incest, and when the mother’s life is in danger. He also believes in the unscriptural doctrine of baptismal regeneration.
“For the mystery of iniquity doth already work…with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth,… And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” -2 Thes 2:7-12
My friend, in the face of obvious truth, will you continue as an enemy of Christ to defend your apostate religious celebrity or will you receive the truth that will make you free?
“And this is the condemnation, that light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.” -John 3:19-21