Billy Graham

The intent of this article is to objectively look at the activities and statements of Billy Graham and make a determination as to whether they are Biblical.

To some, this information concerning Billy Graham will be hard to believe, for others it will be information simply doubted and dismissed, others it will be cause for alarm.  As the site owner and a Christ follower I prayerfully ask you to take this information seriously in this age of compromise, deception and apostasy. It is important that as a follower of Christ that one strive to be a good Berean (Acts 17:11) and to obey God's word and test the spirits (1 John 4:1) and not be swayed by Grahams iconic status.

Some have said, Billy Graham has changed his position on biblical truth he once preached in the early part of his ministry and that Graham's ministry shows a man who has continually drifted further and further away from Biblical truth. Some have stated that the things Billy Graham is saying today is the result of his infirmities and old age. Therefore he doesn't have all the needed faculties to think things through.

When one investigates the beliefs and behavior of Billy Graham throughout his ministry one can clearly see the things that he articulates today in his old age.

There is evidence that show that he has never been fully convinced about biblical inerrancy and infallibility in addition to displaying an ecumenical spirit. This can be gleaned by looking at those whom Graham says have been influential to him in his early years.

During Billy Graham College years at Florida Bible Institute, Graham recounts the following during one of his class room sessions: Notice the word ecumenical and notice Graham's jubilant response to the "diversity of viewpoints in his autobiography "Just As I Am". ecumenicalism and diversity of viewpoints have been a hallmark of Graham's ministries and associations.

The Infallibility Struggle

The following reflects the continuing struggle Graham had with Biblical infallibility in which he contributed Henrietta Mears in helping him deal with the issue. This time also fuel Grahams' of infallible of the Bible and his early influence by the ecumenical teacher Henrietta Mears.

"Graham eventually graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois with a degree in anthropology, in 1943. It was during his time at Wheaton that Graham decided to take the Bible as the infallible Word of God. Henrietta Mears of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood was instrumental in helping Graham wrestle with the issue, which was settled at Forest Home Christian camp (now called Forest Home Ministries) southeast of the Big Bear area in Southern California." [10]

According to Talbot School of Theology in an article written about Henrietta Cornelia Mears By Richard J. Leyda, it is stated that Dr. Billy Graham claims that his evangelistic ministry was transformed through Mears and events surrounding the College Briefing Conference of 1949 at Forest Home. Concerning her, he states, "She has had a remarkable influence, both directly and indirectly, on my life. In fact, I doubt if any other woman outside of my wife and mother has had such a marked influence. Her gracious spirit, her devotional life, her steadfastness for the simple gospel, and her knowledge of the Bible have been a continual inspiration and amazement to me. She is certainly one of the greatest Christians I have ever known!" (Powers, 1957, p. 7) [8]

"Henrietta Mears’ ecumenical influence was widespread. She was a close friend and coworker of Charles Fuller who promoted her on his radio broadcasts. Fuller, Ockenga, and Orr all taught at the Forest Home Christian Conference Center which she founded to “train the next generation of world leaders.” With Fuller, Ockenga, and Orr, Henrietta Mears established the campus ecumenical movement...[7]

The Inspiration Struggle

Billy Graham again acknowledges his struggle with the inspiration and authority of scripture as mentioned in his book "Just as I am: the autobiography of Billy Graham By Billy Graham. This struggle occurred when Graham was the president of a liberal arts college, Bible school and seminary. See the following excerpt from his book page 136. By the way, Graham's questioned himself as to whether he believed about inspiration as his predecessor of Northwestern Bible and Missionary, Dr Riley.(see Dr. Riley's view of inspiration)

Dr Riley's View of Inspiration

To Riley the Scriptures were an explicit revelation of God to man, without historical, ethical, or moral error. Their purpose was to reveal the nature of God, to provide man a knowledge of himself, and to indicate the way of peace and love between the two. Riley accepted these writings as inspired upon the basis of internal evidence and external "proofs." By the former he meant what he believed to be the Bible's matchless code of morals, its supernatural revelations, its unity of teaching and purpose. He also felt that the Bible began in Genesis on such a lofty plane that only inspiration and not evolution could account for its height. By external proofs he had in mind the experiences of men which verified Biblical promises, the fulfillment in history of Scriptural prophecies, and the support of archaeological discovery. The latter led him to see an absolute agreement between science and the Scriptures. He came to believe not only in inspiration but in the verbal inerrancy of the Old and New Testaments. To Riley, verbal inspiration was important because "the record of the Saviour must be completely trustworthy if the Saviour is to be trusted, because the latter faith is based on the former record.""

In looking at Dr. Riley's view of inspiration it is difficult to see why Graham would not have believed in the same sense as Dr. Riley had believed.

Evangelicals Should Avoid Divisiveness Over Biblical Inerrancy

1977 at Inter-Varsity's Urbana, Graham showed his indifference to the infallible Holy Scriptures when he said, 'evangelicals should avoid divisiveness over such matters as Biblical inerrancy' (as reported by Evangelical 'Press Service'). The Bible's inerrancy is Christianity's foundation. If it is not inerrant, we have no authority.[9]

It is interesting to note that, "in 1943, during Graham's time at Wheaton that Graham decided to take the Bible as the infallible Word of God. Henrietta Mears of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood was instrumental in helping Graham wrestle with the issue, which was settled at Forest Home Christian camp (now called Forest Home Ministries) southeast of the Big Bear area in Southern California." [10] Yet 34 years later (1977) Graham's says, "'evangelicals should avoid divisiveness over such matters as Biblical inerrancy' (as reported by Evangelical 'Press Service')

The Bible says, "that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. (NKJV). By the way Biblical inerrancy is a foundation part of "the faith".

The Church Warned

According to article called, "Billy Graham Trail of Error" written by Michael Wagner the following is stated:

"Those such as Brad K Gsell an elder and minister of music of the Bible Presbyterian Church of Charlotte, NC, and others have warned about Graham’s drift toward error. Presbyterian minister Lain Murray, in his book Evangelicalism Divided: A Record of Crucial Change in the Years 1950 to 2000 (Banner of Truth Trust, 2000), includes two chapters describing Graham’s influence on evangelicalism, and demonstrating his move from a more conservative stance to a willingness to embrace proponents of error and heresy. In Murray’s words, by the 1980s Graham “had come to accept the primary idea of ecumenism that there is a shared experience of salvation in Christ which makes all differences of belief a very secondary matter” (p. 69). Murray also points out that two prominent evangelical leaders (both Calvinists, by the way), Martyn Lloyd-Jones from Britain and Francis Schaeffer from the USA, expressed their concerns to Graham about his drift. But their concerns were ignored (pp. 75–77). Gsell sums up the situation this way: “Billy Graham, a man with great gifts and abilities, changed his position in the mid-1950s from one of unswerving obedience to Scripture no matter what the cost, to one of accommodation. This was done in order to gain wider influence and respectability both in the world and in the church” (p. 60). Graham started out in a conservative Presbyterian church, then became a very conservative Baptist, then a wishy-washy Baptist. The direction is from a position of more truth toward a position of less truth."

Sending Converts back into Roman Catholicism

In Billy Graham autobiography (Just as I'm) he acknowledges that, "that his goal was not to get people to leave their church(Catholic); rather, I wanted them to commit their lives to Christ. See the following excerpt of page 163 from Graham's autobiography

Rome's Gospel The Same

One can only conclude that Billy Graham considers the teachings of Roman Catholicism as being Biblically correct and is in agreement with its doctrines.

Billy Graham has explicitly stated he believes in the Same Gospel As Rome as he stated in the Gastonia Gazette- " Speaking at the Roman Catholic Belmont Abbey College, North Carolina, Dr. Graham said: "The gospel that built this school and the gospel that brings me here tonight is still the way to salvation" (Gastonia Gazette, November 22, 1967). That is plain enough. The then executive vice-president of Belmont Abbey College, Rev. Cuthbert E. Allen, agreed. He wrote, "I have followed Billy Graham's career and I must emphasize that he has been more Catholic than otherwise... Billy Graham is preaching a moral and evangelical theology most acceptable to Catholics." (Personal letter, reproduced in Billy Graham and the Church of Rome, by I.R.K. Paisley, Appendix. Document No.3)." click here to read more 

Again in his 1997 autobiography, 'Just As I Am' Graham said his goal was not to lead people out of Roman Catholicism: “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” (Graham, Just As I Am, p. 357)[16]

The Billy Graham organization preparing for the November 2004 crusade in Los Angeles, California, promised the Roman Catholic archdiocese that Catholics will not be “proselytized.” A letter from Cardinal Roger Mahony, dated October 6, 2004, and posted at the archdiocese web site, stated: “When the Crusade was held in other locations, many Catholics responded to Dr. Graham’s message and came forward for Christ. Crusade officials expect the same for the Los Angeles area. These officials have assured me that, IN KEEPING WITH DR. GRAHAM’S BELIEF AND POLICY, THERE WILL BE NO PROSELYTIZING, AND THAT ANYONE IDENTIFYING HIM OR HERSELF AS CATHOLIC WILL BE REFERRED TO US for reintegration into the life of the Catholic Church.[16]

Compromising the Faith by Promoting False Teachers, Organizations, Religions

Graham has compromised "the Faith" by promoting the following false teachers and non Christian Organizations through positive acknowledgement and endorsement

The below list is not meant to be exhaustive list of those Graham has promoted through positive acknowledge and endorsement, but reflects a pattern of his questionable associations.

Arch Bishop Fulton L. Sheen -“In his autobiography, Graham describes the first meeting with Sheen, though he doesn’t give the exact date. He says he was traveling on a train from Washington to New York and was just drifting off to sleep when Sheen knocked on the sleeping compartment and asked to “come in for a chat and a prayer” (Graham, Just As I Am, p. 692). Graham says: “We talked about our ministries and our common commitment to evangelism, and I told him how grateful I was for his ministry and his focus on Christ. … We talked further and we prayed; and by the time he left, I felt as if I had known him all my life.” Thus, Graham claims now that he accepted Fulton Sheen’s sacramental gospel as the truth even in those days. There is a serious problem with this, though. There was a deception in this. While Graham was meeting with Fulton Sheen and befriending him as a fellow evangelist, Graham was assuring Fundamentalist leaders, such as Bob Jones Sr. and John R. Rice, that he was opposed to Catholicism and that he was a separatist and a Fundamentalist. It is obvious, though, that Billy Graham was never committed to that in his heart. [11]

Mother Teresa - 26 August 1910 – 5 September 1997, born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, was a Catholic nun of Albanian ethnicity and Indian citizenship, who founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India in 1950. For over 45 years she ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying, while guiding the Missionaries of Charity's expansion, first throughout India and then in other countries. Following her death she was beatified by Pope John Paul II and given the title Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.[3] The following shows statements made by Mother Teresa as to her beliefs from Way of Life:

Mother Teresa Believed All Men Are Children of God

In her speech before the United Nations in October 1985, she said, “We gather to thank God for the 40 years of the beautiful work of the United Nations for the good of people. No color, no religion, no nationality should come between us--we are all children of God. ... When we destroy an unborn child,we destroy God” (Christian News, Nov. 11, 1985, p. 17)

Mother Teresa called AIDS sufferers “children of God” and said, “Each one of them is Jesus in a distressing disguise” (Time, Jan. 13, 1986).

The April 7-13, 1990, issue of Radio Times told the story of Mother Teresa sheltering an old Hindu priest. “She nursed him with her own hands and helped him to die reconciled with his own gods.” This is exactly what the Missionaries of Charity do in Kathmandu, Nepal, as we shall see later in this report from the interview with Sister Ann.

In the biography Mother Teresa: Her People and Her Work, she is quoted by Desmond Doig as follows: “If in coming face to face with God we accept Him in our lives, then we ... become a better Hindu, a better Muslim, a better Catholic, a better whatever we are ... What God is in your mind you must accept.”

Mother Teresa participated in the “Summit for Peace” in Assisi, Italy, in November 1986. This blasphemous prayer meeting was arranged by the pope and was attended by leaders of many different religions, including Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic, Shinto, Sikh, and North American Indians--all of whom united in prayers for world peace (Time, Nov. 10, 1986, pp. 78-79).

When Mother Teresa died, her longtime friend and biographer Naveen Chawla said that he once asked her bluntly, “Do you convert?” She replied, “Of course I convert. I convert you to be a better Hindu or a better Muslim or a better Protestant. Once you’ve found God, it’s up to you to decide how to worship him” (“Mother Teresa Touched other Faiths,” Associated Press, Sept. 7, 1997). [4]

read more about other Mother Teresa

Astrologist Jeanne Dixon - Jeane Dixon was born in Medford, Wisconsin on January 3rd, 1904, died on January 25th 1997 of an heart attack. She was raised a Roman Catholic and always credited God for her gift of psychic ability. Needless to say her predictions did not meet the standard of a Biblical prophet which is 100% accuracy. She said her mother took her to a fortuneteller when she was 8 and the fortuneteller told the eight year old Dixon that she had a sensitivity to events around her and presented her with a crystal ball, in which she saw visionary pictures.[1]

In researching Graham relationship to Jean Dixon I ran across the following from auction website: (http://kicklightoriginal.com/sh/current-auction/) that listed the contents description of Billy's Grahams letter to Mrs. Dixon.

Lot Title Description Estimate

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BILLY GRAHAM
(b. 1918). World-famous American evangelist and leading fundamentalist spokesman. TLS "ºBillyº," 1p, 7¼"x10½", Montreat, NC, Apr 16, 1969. On his personal Billy Graham letterhead to Mrs. Jeane Dixon, Children to Children in Washington, DC, thanking her for her letter and mentioning President Richard Nixon. Responding to a letter from the celebrity astrologist, he explains that he had been "ºin Southeast Asia when your letter arrived. I think that is one of the most wonderful prayers by St. Francis of Assisi that I have ever read. I am in the process of sharing it with my entire family. I shall put it in my pocketbook and give it to the President º[Nixon] ºthe next time I see him. By the way, I happen to know that he admires and appreciates you. You do such a wonderful work and I read everything you write.º.." Boldly signed, though ink a bit uneven. Light general toning from previous framing; annotated at top right corner; else VG. http://kicklightoriginal.com/sh/current-auction/

$100-200

In addition the Washington Post ran an article titled "Prophet Margin What Does the Future Hold for the Sale of Jeanne Dixon's Possessions? By Jura Koncius Washington Post Staff Writer Sunday, July 19, 2009"  mentioned the following about letters from Billy Graham.

Dixon kept everything. There are several letters from Ronald Reagan to Dixon and her husband, James, a Washington real estate executive who died in 1984, plus books, letters and telegrams from Billy Graham, Brigitte Bardot, Betty Ford, John Glenn, Joan Crawford, Richard Nixon and Harry Truman. There is a framed copy of a 1991 Senate roll-call vote on the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas with a cryptic notation, "Dear Mrs. Dixon, Wow. You hit it right on the head. Many heartfelt thanks. Love, J.P."  read full story

Koncius article mentioned the fact there was a letter written by Billy Graham to Jeanne Dixon in her belongings but not the contents of the letter.(http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/16/AR2009071604717.html)

Episcopal Bishop James Pike -This has been widely documented for 40 years. In Graham's San Francisco Crusade, 1959, he honored the notorious liberal Bishop James A. Pike by having him on the platform and to lead in prayer. He also appeared at Grace Cathedral with Pike. Yet Pike had written in LOOK magazine, expressing himself as not believing in the fundamentals of the faith. Pike, in a pastoral letter that was to be read in all the Episcopal Churches of his diocese, stated that "Religious myth is one of the avenues of faith and has an important place in the communication of the Gospel." He spoke of the "myth of the Garden of Eden." He said, "the virgin birth... is a myth which churchmen should be free to accept or reject..."[17]. The following video is an interview of Pike espousing his theological views. [18]

Norman Vincent Peale - Billy Graham stated, "I don't know anyone who has done more for the kingdom of God than Norman and Ruth Peale, or have meant any more in my life -- the encouragement they have given me" Another day we had lunch with Dr. Norman Vincent Peale and his wife, Ruth; his preaching on 'the power of positive thinking' had made him familiar to millions. Mrs. Peale did a magnificent job heading up the women's prayer groups for the Crusade, and Dr. Peale was warmly supportive of the meetings. Although our emphasis in preaching differed, I found him a deeply committed believer with a genuine concern that men and women give their lives to Christ

Yet in a television interview with Phil Donahue in 1984, Peale said, "It's not necessary to be born again. You have your way to God; I have mine. I found eternal peace in a Shinto shrine. I've been to Shinto shrines; and God is everywhere."[17]

Robert Schuller-An endorsement of Robert Schuller by Billy Graham appears on the back cover of Robert Schuller's 1985 edition of Self-Esteem: The New Reformation (first published in 1982) along with the endorsement of W. Clement Stone who is on Schuller's international board of directors. Billy Graham also“…advised Schuller, back in 1969, to start his "Hour of Power" television show. In 1972, Graham made Schuller a leader in his Anaheim Crusade, saying, "There is no one in all the world I love in Christ more than I do Bob Schuller. . He has done some of the greatest things for the Kingdom of God of any man in our generation" [17]

Wider Mercy Gospel That Rome and Billy Graham Espouses

Another change of particular note is rather than give a Biblical response of the eternal destiny of those who follow the world's religions, he elects to say, "that it's in God's hands I can't be their judge." The problem with this type of response is that God has already spoken to the issue in is word and as believers we have a commandant from the Lord to be faithful witnesses to his word. (Is 8:20)

Summary

The facts vividly show that Billy Graham ministry has been riddle with compromise of Biblical truth and duplicity. Graham has demonstrated he is a practitioner of ecumenism starting early on in his ministry, Graham has set aside some of the essential historical tenants of the faith to achieve unity with Roman Catholics, liberal theologians and organizations such as the Word Council of Churches and others who are hostile to the gospel and Biblical truth.

One has to admit Graham's has denied one of the most important doctrines of the faith which is Christ's exclusive claim that he (Jesus) is the only name under heaven whereby men can be saved. (Acts 4:12, Rom 10:13. Has Graham not been taught this or read these verses during the course of his life? After looking at the evidence, I'm convinced that Graham has intentionally opposed what this verses clearly teach. This opposition of Biblical truth by Graham should be most troubling to the body of Christ, for this kind of behavior is a manifestation of the "spirit of the anti- Christ (1John 2:22-23).

By building Billy Graham into an ICON, objective Biblical discernment is thrown out the window by those who ignore the actions of Graham thus reflecting the state of the institutional church and where we are on God's prophetic time table.

On the Billy Graham website in an Article titled "Notable Quotes from Billy Graham", one of the things Graham states on 'regrets' is, "...For one thing, I would speak less and study more,..." I wonder is this a reflection of the theological positions Graham has taken during the course of his life, maybe now in his later years he is having doubts about the seeds he has sown and the positions he has taken.

Because Billy Graham is considered and ICON within Christendom many are following him and the path he is on. His legacy will no doubt be carried on even after his death.

Graham has clearly created bridges into Roman Catholicism and laid the Balaamic framework for apostates and error to enter the church of Christ.

World Council of Churches(WCC) - See part 2 'The Legacy From Compromise' (under development)

National Council of Churches - See part 2 'The Legacy From Compromise' (under development)

Additional Articles

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Billy Graham General Teachings/Activities

Billy Graham by Carol Brooks of In plain Site Ministry

BILLY GRAHAM'S DISOBEDIENCE TO THE WORD OF GOD

"I used to play God, but I can’t do that anymore. 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. ( James Michael Beam, "I Can’t Play God Anymore," McCall’s (January 1978): 158, as cited in a pdf by Kurt A. Edwards in a Dissertation for Doctor of Philosophy at the Bowling Green State University: http://etd.ohiolink.edu/send-pdf.cgi/Edwards/20Kurt/20Alexander.pdf?bgsu1212785421 on pages 65-66.

A Letter sent to BGEA

The Reverend Billy Graham WAS Warned Repeatedly Against His Modernist, Ecumenical Activities

BILLY GRAHAM and ROME

Tony Snow Interviews Billy Graham FOX NEWS SUNDAY Date: January 2, 2000 Time: 09:00 Transcript: 010200cb.250 Byline: Tony Snow (see Question by Tony Snow, "SNOW: When you (Graham) get to Heaven, who's going to speak first, you or God? " near bottom of transcript. Graham's response indicates a salvation by works rather than grace. This really comes out when he compares himself to Mother Teresa

[1] Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology

[2] http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/bgealetter.html

[3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother_Teresa

[4] http://www.wayoflife.org/database/motherteresa.html

[5] http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/graham.html

[7] http://www.discerningtheworld.com/category/1-people/henrietta-mears/

[8] http://www2.talbot.edu/ce20/educators/view.cfm?n=henrietta_mears

[9] http://www.seekgod.ca/fuller1.htm

[9] http://www.cephas-library.com/evangelists_billy_graham_facts_pamphlet.html

[10] http://www.websters-dictionary-online.com/definitions/billy%20graham?cx=partner-pub-0939450753529744%3Av0qd01-tdlq&cof=FORID%3A9&ie=UTF-8&q=billy%20graham&sa=Search#906

[11] http://www.wayoflife.org/database/grahamandrome.html

[12] Just as I am: the autobiography of Billy Graham By Billy Graham Page 136

[13] http://collections.mnhs.org/MNHistoryMagazine/articles/43/v43i01p014-030.pdf page 4

[14] http://www.cuttingedge.org/news/n1388.cfm

[16] http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/1621537/posts

[17] http://www.inplainsite.org/html/billy_graham.html

[18] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1cjh5ZunU0