First, Paul didn’t promote himself. He didn’t form a ministry named for himself and didn’t exalt himself (and allow others to exalt him) as something great.
Second, Paul didn’t praise heretics. Rather, he condemned and even cursed them (e.g., Galatians 1:6-7). Graham, on the other hand, has praised countless heretics, including theological modernists and Roman Catholic prelates. This was not done in a corner. Countless examples can be found in Graham’s autobiography “Just As I Am.”
Third, Paul didn’t join hands with heretics in ministry. Nowhere is there an example of Paul joining together with the Pharisees or Saducees or Judaizers in some evangelistic enterprise. But Billy has made this his working practice, and this damnable ecumenical philosophy has spread throughout evangelicalism.
Fourth, Paul didn’t turn converts over to heretics. He carefully nurtured them in sound churches. Billy, on the other hand, has turned countless seekers over to the hands of wolves in sheep’s clothing. As early as Sept. 21, 1957, Graham said in an interview with the San Francisco News, “Anyone who makes a decision at our meetings is seen later and referred to a local clergyman, Protestant, Catholic, or Jewish.”
Fifth, Paul didn’t encourage people to worship idols, but Billy has done exactly this. On his trip to Poland in 1979, Graham stood in front of the idolatrous shrine of the Black Madonna of Jasna Gora in Czestochowa and smilingly greeted the Catholic worshippers who were there to venerate Rome’s false Mary as Queen of Heaven. A photograph of this was published in the February 1979 issue of Decision magazine, a copy of which I obtained a few years ago from the Graham Center at Wheaton College. By preaching in the Catholic churches in Poland and by visiting that nation’s major Mary shrine and not plainly telling the people that the Roman Catholic gospel is false and by pretending that the Catholic prelates and priests are fellow believers, Graham confused multitudes of people about the nature of the very gospel itself.
Sixth, Paul didn’t narrow down his message for the sake of gaining a wider audience. He told the elders at Ephesus, “For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God” (Acts 20:27). Billy, on the other hand, only preaches the gospel and refuses to deal with other matters.
Seventh, Paul didn’t contemplate another way of salvation, preaching that all men who have not been born again by faith in Christ are “dead in trespasses and sins,” “having no hope, and without God” (Eph. 2:1, 12). Billy, on the other hand, stated in an interview with McCall’s magazine in January 1978 that he no longer believes that “pagans in far-off countries are lost and going to hell if they do not hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” He repeated this heresy in 1985, 1993, and 1997.
These are only a few of the ways that Billy Graham falls short when tested by the light of God’s Word. His evangelistic ministry is not a New Testament ministry, but no one seems to care, which only highlights the depth of the apostasy today. (Further documentation for these statements can be found in the report “Billy Graham’s Sad Disobedience,” which is available at the Way of Life web site.)
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