Billy Graham holds to Rome's false gospel of baptismal regeneration. The following quote is from an article writen in October of 1961, after Graham gave an interview to Lutheran clergyman Wilfred Brockelman, who was then the associate editor of The Lutheran Standard:
"I have some difficulty in accepting the indiscriminate baptism of infants without a careful regard as to whether the parents have any intention of fulfilling the promise they make. But I do believe that something happens at the baptism of an infant, particularly if the parents are Christians and teach their children Christian Truths from childhood. We cannot fully understand the miracles of God, but I believe a miracle can happen in these children so that they are regenerated, that is, made Christians through infant baptism. If you want to call that baptismal regeneration, thats all right with me" (The Lutheran Standard, "Time", American Lutheran Church, October 27, 1961) Brockelman said, "One would assume that, as a Baptist, Dr. Graham would be opposed to infant baptism." Brockelman not only found this not to be the case, but that Graham's wife, Ruth, and all their children but the youngest, were baptized as infants. (Reported in the summer 1991 Dorea, pp. 9-10.)
Graham once said, "It is my opinion that we ought not to contrast the 'nurture of grace' and the 'grace of conversion' as many have tried to do. I am convinced that they are both, and happy is the man who by the nurture of grace is brought to the grace of conversion." Anyone familiar with Roman Catholicism knows that their "nurture of grace" refers to the grace of the seven sacraments.
Billy Graham Kneeling and worshipping the Mass Wafer
The Catholic sacrament of the Mass is the greatest attack ever on the finished work of Christ (cf. Heb. 10:19-22). The Mass destroys the biblical teaching of Christ's atonement, and thereby, the very Gospel itself. Graham thinks the Mass is not only beautiful, but that it is clear in the gospel, on October 21st 1973, at Milwaukee Graham said:
"This past week I preached in a great Catholic Cathedral a funeral sermon for a close friend of mind who was a Catholic [publisher James Strohn Copley], and they had several bishops and archbishops to participate. And as I sat there going through the funeral Mass, that was a very beautiful thing, and certainly straight and clear in the gospel, I believe, there was a wonderful little priest that would tell me when to stand and when to kneel and what to do." (Billy Graham, Church League of America, p. 84 & 'Billy Graham' by L.L. Bynum Lubbock. Texas).
The Catholic Mass is not a memorial of Christs sacrifice on the cross; it is an alleged re-offering of that sacrifice. The Vatican II Council reaffirmed that the Mass is "a sacrifice in which the sacrifice of the cross is perpetuated" and that through the unbloody sacrifice of the Mass Christ offers "himself to the Father for the worlds salvation through the ministry of priests" (Vatican II, The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Instruction on the Worship of the Eucharistic Mystery, Introduction, C 1,2, p. 108).
Does Billy Graham really think that a priest re-sacrificing Christ is the gospel? Paul and the Apostles preached that Christ was "once offered to bear the sins of many" (Heb. 9:28), the gospel is that "Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures" (1 Cor. 15:3,4). The Bible gospel says Christ was sacrificed once, was buried once, and was resurrected once, and that one offering takes care of the believers sin. In the New Testament there is no instruction for the formation of a special priesthood in the churches, every believer is a priest (1 Peter 2:5,9), or for the offering of a sacrifice, Christ, our High Priest, has done that for us. In the Roman Catholic Church, the carving of Christ hanging on the cross is derived from their heretical view of the gospel. Instead of an empty cross depicting a once-for-all, completed sacrifice, they have a perpetually crucified Christ depicting their doctrine of the Mass.
Billy Graham Does Not Believe In A Literal Hell
The Orlando (Florida) Sentinel for April 10, 1983, asked Billy Graham: "Surveys tell us that 85% of Americans believe in heaven, but only 65% believe in hell. Why do you think so many Americans don't accept the concept of hell?" He replied: "I think that hell essentially is separation from God forever. And that is the worst hell that I can think of. But I think people have a hard time believing God is going to allow people to burn in literal fire forever. I think the fire that is mentioned in the Bible is a burning thirst for God that can never be quenched."
"Hell is not the most popular of preaching topics. I don't like to preach on it. But I must if I am to proclaim the whole counsel of God. We must not avoid warning of it. The most outspoken messages on hell, and the most graphic references to it, came from Jesus Himself. ... Jesus used three words to describe hell. ... The third word that He used is 'fire.' Jesus used this symbol over and over. This could be literal fire, as many believe. or it could be symbolic. ... I've often thought that this fire could possibly be a burning thirst for God that is never quenched. What a terrible fire that would be--never to find satisfaction, joy, or fulfillment!" (A Biblical Standard for Evangelists, Billy Graham, A commentary on the 15 Affirmations made by participants at the International Conference for Itinerant Evangelists in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, July, 1983, Worldwide Publications, Minneapolis, Minnesota, pages 45-47).
In the July-August, 1984, issue of "Decision," 'pp. 1-2, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association presented a sermon by Billy Graham entitled, "There Is A Real Hell".
According to Dr. Billy Graham, there are at least "three kinds of hell.":
- Hell in the heart
- hell in society, and
- a future hell.
Graham claims that the sinfulness of human nature and the wickedness of secular society are the first two types of hell, and his total content regarding a future hell is contained in the brief statement "third, there hell in the future, and it goes on and on..." He then poses the heretical possibility, which he states he has positively considered, that he has "often wondered if hell is a terrible burning within our heart for God, to fellowship with God, a fire that we can never quench."
While the sinfulness of human nature and the wickedness of secular society, is a reality, nowhere in scripture does it state that these constitute the palce called "hell", and nowhere does scripture indicate that the Christ rejecting, sinful heart of men in this life, will suddenly long for fellowship with God in eternity.
If hell in the future can be redefined as an insatiable appetite for God, then the sinful state of human nature and society which Graham claims are the present hell, can also be redefined as a "burning within our heart for God," which is utter rubbish.
Graham said concerning creation, "How you believe doesn't affect the doctrine. Either at a certain moment in evolution God breathed into one particular ape-man who was Adam, or God could have taken a handful of dust and blowed and created a man just like that" ('United Church Observer' 'Sunday Magazine' June 1966).
On ABC's "Good Morning America" (GMA) (9/5/91), Graham, when asked the Christian position on abortion, said: "there is a Christian position, I think. But I'm not prepared to say what it is." And, again two weeks later on GMA (9/19/91), Graham said: "But there are occasions when abortion is the only alternative" (Reported in the 2/22/93 Christian news)
Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13. Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination, and if a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death: their blood shall be upon them.
When in Portland for the September 1992, Crusade, Graham, was asked about his position on Oregon's upcoming (November 1992) statewide referendum that would declare homosexuality abnormal, and would thereby prohibit government support of it. Instead of giving an answer from the Bible, Graham played the politician: "I find it is emotional, with strong arguments on both sides of the issue. I intend to stay out of national and local politics while here. God loves all people whatever their ethnic or political background or their social orientation. ... I never speak against other groups" (22 September 1992 The Statesman Journal)
Billy Graham is reported as saying in December 1994 on the Larry King television show in the U.S.A., that sodomites are born sodomites, since, as he puts it, it is in their genes (Calvary Contender, Vol. XII, No. 3).
Sodomites have long claimed that they were born deviants and that therefore their sodomy may be traced back to God. This not only makes God the author of their sin, it makes Him hypocritical and unjust for punishing it.
The origin of sin is not gentic, the genes determine the physical characteristics, and personality traits that link us to our forefathers. Man's inclination for sin is derived from his corrupt and depraved nature which he inherited from Adam, linking us to his transgression in the Garden of Eden, Genesis 2:16-17; 31-24.
Everyone is capable of the most wicked acts, including sodomy. It is only the public testifying to Christ through the preaching of the gospel, prayer and the general influence exercised by those who are called the 'salt of the earth', Matthew 5:13, that greatly hold in check the sinful inclinations of man's depraved heart. Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah, Isaiah 1:9. As evil company corrupts moral character, 1 Cor. 15:33. So the holy influence of believers restrains wickedness.
If one form of sin can be traced to the human gene, then all can, and no one can be blamed for their wicked behaviour. It is an example of mankind re-categorizing sin. Sodomy is a work of the flesh, an offshoot of human depravity. The fact that it is becoming more and more accepted in todays society is part of the latter-day throwing off of the restraints that God has imposed upon mankind. It is the rebellion against God's truth, the conflict between men and the Word of God. The result of this apostasy is the decriminalizing of those things that God has condemned.
The following occurred in an interview on the 20/20 television program, May 2, 1997:
Hugh Downs: "I'd like to get your opinion also about homosexuality, what do you feel about that?"
Billy Graham: "Yes, well I think that the Bible teaches that homosexuality is a sin, but the Bible also teaches that pride is a sin, jealously is a sin, and hate is a sin, evil thoughts are a sin, and so I don't think that homosexuality should be chosen as the overwhelming sin that we are doing today."
At the October 1997, crusade in San Francisco, Billy told the liberal media: "What I want to preach about in San Francisco is the love of God. People need to know that God loves them no matter what their sexual orientation." Graham also proudly confided: "I have so many gay friends, and we remain friends."
According to the San Francisco Chronicle & Examiner (October 10, 1997), after hearing Graham's latest milktoast sermon, Brian Jackie, a gay San Francisco Catholic, praised the evangelist. "Graham is a man of integrity," said Jackie, ading that Billy Graham always has a "positive message."
The Reverend Bill Byrd, a homosexual pastor of the San Francisco Evangelical Gay Church, agreed. "I have no problem with Graham's preaching," said the Reverend Byrd, "Billy Graham brings people together"
Billy Graham certainly does bring people together - marching down the wide road to Hell.
Contrary to what Billy Graham says, homosexuality is an "overwhelming" sin". While it is true that all moral sins are evil before God, and that any sin can be forgiven through the blood of Jesus Christ, the Bible does not say that all sin is the same in its effect in this world. God poured out fire and brimstone upon Sodom specifically because of its homosexuality (Genesis 19; Jude 7). Homosexuality is to "change the natural use into that which is against nature" (Romans 1:26). It is a sin against nature itself, destroying the very fabric of society, which is the family, biblically defined as a man and a woman united in holy matrimony rearing children to fear God. Homosexuality is defined in Romans chapter one, as "vile affections" (v. 26), "against nature" (v. 26), "unseemly" (v. 27), "a reprobate mind" (v. 28).
Romans 1:31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgement of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
As always, when Billy Graham has to answer a difficult question, he would rather play politician, giving an issue dodging, compromising, political-type statement, that makes him popular with the world, instead of giving the Biblical viewpoint. Jesus said, "Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets" (Luke 6:26). Billy Graham is probably one of the world's most popular and admired men - along with his friend Pope John Paul II, but the true prophets of old were never popular.