Billy believes men can be saved apart from the name of Christ
In January, 1978, in an interview given to McCall's Magazine, Dr. Billy Graham gave his "updated" understanding of the way of salvation:
"I used to think that pagans in far-off countries were lost and were going to hell if they did not have the Gospel of Jesus Christ preached to them. I no longer believe that. I believe 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."
This is a false gospel Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6.) and one that condemns the one who preaches it "I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel....But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed." (cf.. John. 14:6; Gal. 1:8,9), Graham is clearly wrong in his belief, "How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!" (Romans 10:14-15)
Later in the same article, Billy Graham said, "I found that my beliefs are essentially the same as those of orthodox Catholics. We only differ on some matters of later church tradition. I find that my beliefs are essentially the same as those of orthodox Roman Catholics" (Jan 1978, McCall's Magazine).
In a worldwide televised interview, with Reverend Robert Schuller, Billy Graham affirmed his agreement with the Roman Catholic position on salvation of those who have never heard the gospel:
This is the first part of an approximately 7-minute long broadcast in Southern California on Saturday, 31st May, 1997. This is an exact transcript of an excerpt close to the end of the broadcast.
Robert Schuller: "Tell me, what do you think is the future of Christianity?"
Billy 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. 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, but they know in their hearts that they need something that they don't have, and they turn to the only light they have, and I think that they are saved, and that they're going to be with us in heaven."
Robert Schuller: "What, what I hear you saying is 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?"
Billy 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."
[Robert Schuller trips over his tongue for a moment, his face beaming, then says]
Robert Schuller: "I'm so thrilled to hear you say this. There's a wideness in God's mercy."
Billy Graham: "There is. There definitely is."
This is the second part, broadcast on Sunday, 8th June, 1997. This is an exact transcript of a segment.
Robert Schuller: "You knew ... Fulton Sheen. You knew these men. Your comments on both of these men [Fulton Sheen and Norman V. Peale]."
Billy Graham: "The primary way of communicating is to live the life, let people see that you're living what you proclaim.... [comments on his friendship and conversations with Fulton Sheen] I lost a very dear friend, and since that time, the whole relationship between me and my work, and you and your work, and the Roman Catholic Church has changed. They open their arms to welcome us and we have the support of the Catholic Church almost everywhere we go. And I think that we must come to the place where we keep our eyes on Jesus Christ, not on what denomination or what church or what group we belong to."
This doctrine is exactly what the Pope and the Ecumenical Institute in Rome have been teaching for years. Billy Graham is directly agreeing with the Roman Catholic universal catechism, page 224: para. 847: "Those who, through no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel of Christ or his church, but who nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart and, moved by grace, try in their actions to do his will as they know it through the dictates of their conscience, those too may achieve eternal salvation. This doctrine is the idea that any pagan, practicing idolatrous worship, having no knowledge of the Bible, the gospel of grace, or the Person, name, and redeeming work of Jesus Christ - if he is a "good person" and if he is sincere in whatever he may believe - is automatically "redeemed by the blood of Christ." The Bible tells us that we can not be saved by being the best person we can, or by our own good works. Jesus though, has left us in no doubt about how we are saved: Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6.) "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9.)
Billy states that is sufficient just to know that theres a God: "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 believed in their heart that there was a God..." James 2:19 tells us, "Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well, the devils also believe and tremble." Yes, the devils actually believe in just one God, Jesus Christ! The devils know that all other gods are false gods, and have never saved even one human soul.
Graham states, "They may not even know the name of Jesus, but they know in their hearts they need something that they don't have, and I think that they are saved." It states in Acts 4:12, "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven, given among men, whereby we must be saved."
Graham states, "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 know Christ and not be conscious of it? The Bible says in 1 John 3:24, "And hereby we know that He abideth in us by the Spirit which he hath given us," and also 1 John 4:13, "Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit." and in Romans 8:9, "Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His."
Billy Graham is sending thousands of lost souls to hell, because they listened to him assure them that they are already members of the Body of Christ whether they know it or not, and they dont need Jesus to be saved and enter the Kingdom of Heaven