Roman Catholicism - Ecumenism - Continued 3

When the Billy Graham Crusade was held in Portland, Oregon, September 1992, the Catholic Sentinel of Oregon (April 24, 1992) contained an article entitled "Counselors Recruited For Billy Graham Crusade." The Sentinel reported that 10,000 counselors were expected to attend the necessary classes, and the Roman Catholic churches had set a goal to supply 6,000 of these. The article also stated, (regarding the "decision makers"): "Those who have been baptized Catholic or express a Catholic preference will be directed to local parishes that are part of the Crusade."

After the Crusade, the Catholic Sentinel (25 Sept 1992) reported: "Graham's message is for people to return to God and their churches. Graham offered special praise for the Catholic Church, saying, 'We're delighted that the Roman Catholic Church now cooperates with us wherever we go"

Graham's third Pittsburgh Crusade, held from 2 June 1993 - 6 June 1993 was reported on by Christianity Today (previous crusades in Pittsburgh were held in 1952 and 1968):

"The effort was marked by an ecumenical cooperation that saw 1050 churches and 65 denominations come together. 171,500 persons attended 12,515 of them making commitments to Christ. [Contributions came] in at $180,000 above the $1.45 million budget. The Crusade in largely Roman Catholic Pittsburgh had six Catholics on the [Crusade] Executive Committee. Earlier crusades did not include invitations to Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese officials. This time Graham met with eight bishops and executives from Catholic and Protestant groups" (7/19/93 Christianity Today)

In a television interview before the Sept 1993 crusade in Columbus, Ohio, speaking of the people of Columbus, Ohio, Graham said: "You're too good, you don't need evangelism. In fact, that's what kept us from coming [to Columbus] for so long." A reporter said: "The Catholic Church ... is taking an active part ... and is inviting its parishioners to attend the crusades" (19 Sept 1993 Columbus Dispatch)

The Houston Chronicle, 1993, reports:

"President Bill Clinton would make a great evangelist, the Rev. Billy Graham told U.S. News & World Report in a recent interview. Graham said he was impressed with Clinton's charisma and 'with some of the things he believes. From a biblical point of view, we should be headed in the direction of goodness and righteousness, away from crime and immorality,' Graham said, 'and towards one's neighbors who are in need. I'm encouraged by the emphasis President Clinton and Hillary are putting on that.'"

In Parade magazine (Oct. 20, 1996), Billy Graham admits to being a registered Democrat, thereby adding his influence to the November 5th re-election of his friend, Bill Clinton. He also insists that leaders of other religions, Islam, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, etc. should be represented at presidential inaugurals. "Each time a President has asked me to lead the Inaugural Prayer," explains Graham, "I have argued that I should not do it alone, that leaders of other religions should be there, too." A recognition of the validity of other religions will "put our love into action." Graham tells the interviewer.

The Charlotte Observer reported on a press release of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, where Billy Graham lashes out at Southern Baptists who desire to evangelize Jews for Christ. Graham makes it clear that he firmly opposes "proselytizing" the Jews, Billy Graham's unbiblical teaching is that, if you are a Jew, you are already part of the Body of Christ, even if you reject Jesus. All Jews, Graham states "are engrafted into the Christian Church,".

The following is a quote from the book Just As I, Am (p.302-4) by Billy Graham:

"The breakthroughs in ecumenical relations heralded by the Second Vatican Council were still several years away, and in all fairness, many Protestants likewise had strong anti-Catholic views. For me the central issue has always been Christ and our commitment to Him, not our loyalty to an ecclesiastical system, important as the church is to our spiritual growth and service ... Cardinal Cushing of Boston had been particularly friendly to me. He wryly told the press after our meeting several years before that if he had a half dozen Billy Grahams, he would not worry about the future of his church! ... My own position was that we should be willing to work with all who were willing to work with us. Our message was clear, and if someone with a radically different theological view somehow decided to join with us in a Crusade that proclaimed Christ as the way of salvation, he or she was the one compromising personal convictions, not we."

The following is from a Billy Graham interview with Larry King, January 1997:

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.

Billy Graham fails to warn people about the false gospel of Roman Catholicism, and their continuing efforts toward spiritual and political control of the world. By including Catholics in his evangelistic crusades, and sending inquirers to Catholic churches, people are led to believe that Roman Catholicism is true Christianity. This makes it difficult to preach that Catholics need to be saved and leave their apostate church. Graham is deceived, and in turn, is deceiving others, just ask those who have been saved and delivered from the bondage of Roman Catholicism.

Graham's collaboration with apostate religious leaders in bringing Roman Catholicism, Evangelicalism, and ecumenicalism together and their unscriptural position upon which their search for "Christian unity" is based, is evidence that Billy Graham is helping in the formation of the one-world, Harlot Church described in the Book of Revelation. We need to return to Biblical Evangelism, not Ecumenical Evangelism. The power of the Gospel is diminished whenever its proclaimers join hands with apostate teachers, or the world in a misguided effort to reach more people. The true Gospel does not join hands with its enemies—it exposes them. "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world ... ." (1 John 2:15)

Billy Graham often appears to be on both sides of a theological fence at the same time. Graham's call to "receive Christ," or "make the step of faith," or "come to Christ tonight," is general enough to allow Catholic leaders to insert their sacramental gospel into it. He speaks in generalities, disregarding specific applications which might bring offense. Billy is a master at the art of double-speak.

 

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