BILLY GRAHAM AND HIS BIBLE
Dr. Billy Graham constantly appeals to the Bible as the authority for his teaching. "The Bible says" is one of his most used expressions. It is good to make our appeal to Scripture, for it alone can be our final authority (Isaiah ). But it must be more than empty words. There must be a full submission to what the Bible says. In the case of Billy Graham the question is:
Does the Bible support the statements and
actions of Dr. Graham?
We must weigh Dr. Graham's words against the Bible -- with startling results.
DR. GRAHAM DECLARES HIS GOSPEL TO BE THAT OF THE
Speaking at the
The question is: What is the gospel according to the church of Rome?
Vatican Council flatly decreed: "The Church does not draw her
certainty about all revealed truth from the Holy Scriptures alone. Hence both
Scripture and Tradition must be accepted and honored with equal feelings
of devotion and reverence." (
The Bible says, "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 ). The reason for this is simple -- only in Scripture do we have God's inspired, authoritative Word: "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works" (II Timothy ). To be adequately equipped, we need nothing more than Scripture.
Paul's warning is much to the point: "Beware lest any man spoil you... after the tradition of men" (Colossians 2:8).
Billy Graham preach
"The mystery of the Eucharist is the true center of the
sacred liturgy and indeed of the whole Christian life" (Vaican II, Eucharisticum
Mysterium, Intro. A.). In this central act of
Against all this the Bible says, "This man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God" (Hebrews 10:12). Jesus exclaimed on the cross, "It is finished" (John 19:30), the meaning of which is fully explained in Hebrews 9:24-26: "[Christ is entered] into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: nor yet that he should offer himself often ... for then must he often have suffered ... but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself."
Billy Graham still claim to preach this gospel of
shall say that it is by the righteousness of Christ itself that men are
formally justified, -- let him be accursed" (Council of Trent, Session
VI, Canon 10). "If anyone shall say that justifying faith is nothing else
than trust in the Divine mercy pardoning sins for Christ's sake; or that is is
that trust alone by which we are justified, -- let him be accursed" (Canon
The Bible says, "By the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight ... But now the righteousness of God ... which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe" (Romans 3:20-22).
Again it states; "A man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law" (Romans ), and "God imputeth righteousness without works" (Romans 4:6).
In total contrast, the Bible says, "Being now justified by his [Christ's] blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him" (Romans 5:9).
Again: "Therefore being [i.e., having been] justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (Romans 5:1). "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus" (Romans 8:1). The Apostle John gives the reason for this freedom from condemnation: "Your sins are forgiven you for his [Christ's] name's sake" (I John ).
The gospel is
"Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are
covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin" (Romans
4:7-8). This is the gospel that
Billy Graham still claim to preach this gospel of
"The blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the titles of Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix" (Vatican II, Lumen Gentium, VIII Para. 62). Paragraph 61 of the same document says Mary "shared her Son's sufferings as He died on the cross. Thus, in a wholly singular way she co-operated... in the work of the Savior in restoring supernatural life to souls." Pope John Paul II has flatly stated that in Mary "is effected the reconciliation of God with humanity ..., is accomplished the work of reconciliation" (Pope John Paul II, On Reconciliation and Penance, St. Paul Editions, p.139).
It is vain for
Does Billy Graham still boast of preaching the same gospel?
If he does he
can have no message of salvation.
Paul opposed such as preached a gospel like
DR. GRAHAM HAILS THE POPE AS "THE GREATEST RELIGIOUS LEADER OF THE MODERN WORLD."
He wrote this in a lengthy article in the Saturday Evening Post, Jan./Feb. 1980, and went on to refer to John Paul II as "one of the greatest moral and spiritual leaders of this century," "an evangelist," who "sought to speak to the spiritual hunger of our age in the same way Christians throughout the centuries have spoken to the spiritual yearning of every age -- by pointing people to Christ."
All this is most deceitful. John Paul II proclaims every Roman Catholic heresy noted above -- and then goes even further.
1. The Pope bans sinners from going directly to Christ for pardon.
Confession to a priest to obtain absolution from him "constitutes the only ordinary way in which the faithful who are conscious of serious sin are reconciled with God ... every serious sin must always be stated, with its determining circumstances, in an individual confession." (John Paul II, On Reconciliation and Penance, p.132. The emphasis is his. The only extraordinary way he allows is confession to a priest or priests in a group exercise pp. 128, 132.)
The Pope allows no access to Christ for pardon, except through a human priest. Is this "pointing men to Christ"? Nowhere in the New Testament is any man placed between a penitent sinner and Christ.
Jesus said: "Come unto me ... and I will give you rest" (Matthew ).
The Bible says, "Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; and having an high priest [Christ] ... let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith" (Hebrews 10:19-22).
John Paul II utterly contradicts this. Far from pointing men to Christ, he places a barrier in their way to keep them from Christ.
2. The Pope invites men "to turn with me to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mother of Jesus, in whom 'is effected the reconciliation of God with humanity.'"
He says that to Mary's Immaculate Heart "we have repeatedly entrusted the whole of humanity" (Reconciliation and Penance, pp.139, 140).
The Bible knows nothing of such language. Paul said, "I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace" (Acts ) -- not to Mary.
What kind of spiritual leadership is the Pope giving? Is he pointing men to Christ? How can Billy Graham appeal to what the Bible says and at the same time hail a Mariolator as an evangelist who points men to Christ?
Pope John Paul II has just published his twelfth encyclical, Ut Unum Sint (May They All Be One). In it he said the Roman Catholic Church would not change its doctrines for the sake of unity, and asserted his rule as the prime mover behind the ecumenical movement.
"With the power and the authority without which such an office would be illusory, the Bishop of Rome must ensure the communion of all churches," he wrote in the 115-page document. "For this reason, he is the first servant of unity."
The European, 2-8 June 1995
DR. GRAHAM SENDS HIS ENQUIRERS INTO ROMAN CATHOLICISM, EASTERN ORTHODOXY, LIBERAL PROTESTANTISM, ETC.
Long ago Dr.
Graham stated his policy for following up an enquirer: "His name and
address and a lot of information about him is taken and within 24 hours that is
sent to a minister of the church of his choice regardless of denomination"
(Interview in U.S. News and World Report,
Does the Bible have anything to say about such a policy? It certainly does.
In the early church, converts "continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship" (Acts ). They were not placed under the care of deniers of the gospel. The Bible says, "Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them" (Ephesians 5:100). Dr. Graham's policy is a blatant violation of the Bible which he professes to hold as his supreme authority. No converts should be sent to any church where they cannot emulate the converts of apostolic times and fellowship on the basis of sound doctrine.
BETRAYS HIS BAPTIST BRETHREN IN
A woman was
arrested at one of his Russian meetings for displaying a banner with the
message "We have more than 150 prisoners for the work of the gospel."
Dr. Graham defended the police for arresting her. He said, "We detain
people in the
The Bible says,
"Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which
suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body" (Hebrews 13:3).
Dr. Graham in
Dr. Graham appeals to the Bible. Judge his message, his policy, and his fellowship by the Bible. By that standard he stands exposed as blatantly flaunting the plainest statements and standards of Scripture.
God's work cannot be done in such a way. The Bible says: "Cursed be he that doeth the work of the Lord deceitfully" (Jeremiah 48:10).
If the Bible is right, Dr. Graham is wrong. The Bible is right.
Either Dr. Graham should drop his appeal to the Bible or he should cease his wanton disobedience of its message and methods.
We sincerely pray that even at this late stage Dr. Graham will take the latter course and "earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints" (Jude 3).
Written by Alan Cairns, Greenville, South
Distributed by Toronto Free Presbyterian Church
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