Billy Graham’s Apostasy – More Evidence

In an article from Worldnetdaily by Tom Flannery we read the following:

In a profile of Graham in the current issue of Newsweek, managing editor Jon Meacham asks the 87-year-old evangelist whether those who belong to religions that reject Christ as savior (Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, etc.) and secularists will be saved.

“Those are decisions only the Lord will make,” Graham replied. “It would be foolish for me to speculate on who will be there [in heaven] and who won’t. … I don’t want to speculate about that.”

It seems that Billy Graham no longer believes that it is necessary for people to believe the gospel in order to be saved.

According to the World Net Daily article,

In the Newsweek profile, Graham explains his new thinking thus: “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.”

This sounds great, and of course God does love everybody, but it doesn’t mean that He will let everyone into heaven. The Bible says in John 3:16 that God gave his Son, “that whosoever believes should not perish but have everlasting life”. It wasn’t so that whosoever disbelieves should not perish but have everlasting life.

The promises of Salvation are not given to those who do not believe. In Mark’s gospel, chapter 16 verse 16 it is even clearer. “He who does not believe will be damned”.

There are warnings in the Bible about starting well but finishing badly. One example is that of King Uzziah. Another was King Asa. Both kings prospered greatly and had great victories while they sought the Lord. But both of them had a bad ending and died with horrible diseases under the Lord’s curse because of their sins. These warnings are relevant and up to date for us. We are getting too many examples of how even prominent ministers can fall – through sexual sin, greed or the love of the praise of men. Let us pray for one another and even for Billy Graham that he might repent of this compromise before it is too late.

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  1. bvkallis says:

    Jesus said that no man cometh to the Father except through Him. This fact is true also of the old testament saints because Jesus decended into the lower parts of the earth and presented Himself to them. So when it says “no man” it really means “no man”. Those saints had to go to the Father via Him and acknowledge Him as the Messiah and the only way to God

    • The best I have ever heard this captured is in a song Carman sang years ago, called “Lazurus”

      Worth a listen if you haven’t heard it!

  2. 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 (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 [How can this be? (cf. 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.

    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

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  3. chadian says:

    just wanted to bring something to your attention : in the book of Mark , the Lord says ” … go and preach the Gospel to all creation . He who believes shall be saved ; he who does not believe shall be damned ” . In other words , those who HEAR the Gospel , but do not believe it , are damned . As for those who have never heard the Gospel , who are we to judge ? Even the apostle Paul seems to say , in the book of Romans , that they will be judged according to the amount of light they have received – which is quite fair , don’t you think ? i also want to add that i really enjoy your articles , Mike , because they push me to go deeper in the Word . may God bless you and your family !

    • michael says:

      The danger of being judged according to the light you have is that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”, “the wages of sin is death”, “there is none righteous, no not one”, “no one seeks God” and so on.

      Honestly, if EVEN WE as Christians were judged only according to the light we have, we would all be condemned to hell. Because we make decisions that result in so much loss for others.

      It is the blood of Jesus Christ that makes us acceptable to God. Without that sacrifice and that cleansing we would have no chance.

      Can people enjoy the cleansing power of the Blood of Christ without a revelation of Christ, while they are following after whatever else there may be in this world or in the demonic spirit realm?

      I am not saying that Jesus never comes and reveals himself and preaches the gospel to people. Perhaps he does occasionally. But I think we’d see more evidence of it if it was a widespread way of dealing with peoples enslaved in Satan’s dark kingdom.

      Go into some Buddhist, Islamic or Hindu nation, talk with a thousand people personally, and I doubt that even one in a thousand who has not heard the Christian gospel has any conception whatsoever of saving faith in the Creator God.

  4. “Do not speak against one another, brethren He who speaks against a brother or (C)judges his brother, speaks against the law and judges the law; but if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge of it.”

    I’m not sure why you insist on reading between the lines here. Nowhere does Graham say that anyone who believes anything can get into heaven (isn’t that what you are implying?)…he is speaking truth in a public venue so that he might witness the Truth in private. It’s why he has had the ear of thousands of powerful men and women — and they hear the Gospel — and why the world listens to his preaching. He lets God do the judging — his job is sharing the Gospel personally.

  5. chica_miel says:

    He seems as if he is trying not to offend anyone but regardless of what he says or what any Christian say, non- believers and convicted individuals will be offended. What many Christians don’t understand is that when they answer a question in biblical sense, they are not judging anyone. The Word of God has already judged them and their deeds. You are just affirming the Word of God

    I haven’t remembered this scripture by heart yet but I am aware of it. “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

    Hebrews 4:12

  6. pearlofgreatprice says:

    for just a minute, just an inch of compromise, and we find ourselves miles off the mark! Yes it appears that someone needs to bring the Gospel to Billy Graham! Perhaps remind him of the crucifixion of Christ and WHO HE IS to us. Wow. so sad.

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