Many of us who respected the man want to know.
I believe I know him as well as anyone on this forum. He was born in Charlotte, N.C. a year after my father and have heard of him since I was a boy born and raised in Winston-Salem, N.C. ninety miles sightly NE from Charlotte. Mr. Graham lived even until his death about 60 miles from where I now lived and have been close to his homeplace many, many times even very recently. He's the largest landowner in N.C.~at least at one time, maybe not now but can easily be check out.
I know what he believed and what he did not. He started out at Bob Jones University when the school was located in Tennesse, but now in Greenville, S.C. where he was not welcome and never spoke at the university after he left~which may be a good thing for Mr. Graham.... I'll leave that to God. They BOTH believe the same more or less, only Mr. Graham would fellowship with any and all in the name of religion
, NOT Christianity. There are MANY religions in this world, but only
one is from heaven approved by the word of God.
The biggest and most serious error and I will add corruption that Mr. Graham taught and was that he was champion of the system called easy-believe-ism~better known as decisional regeneration
. The Jesus Christ he proclaimed and taught around the world to is not the same Jesus Christ Paul preached. Either Paul was a false prophet, or Billy Graham was--they did not preach the same Christ, EVEN THOUGH the words flowed freely from his lips, yet IN A WAY that even got him to lay in honor at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. Only four private citizens have had that honor....an honor that Jesus would have NEVER HAD, he was crucified naked on a cross, and just before his crucifixion, he was greatly humiliated, with mocking, spitting on him, and pulling his beard out, etc, etc.
The world could accept what BG taught because it allowed them to have a sense of THEM CONTROLLING THEIR DESTINY and making God a helpless bystander WAITING for THEM to SAVE THEMSELVES by THEIR decisions, as though it was in their power to do so! All of which is against God's testimony
that is in the scriptures, which scriptures they claim to believe, but it is a pick and chose religion that people like Mr. Graham preached and the world CAN ACCEPT because it put power IN THEIR hands and NOT in God's. MOST hate a God that does as HE PLEASES, who ALONE is infinite in every way imaginable to the human mind. Decisional regeneration
is a lie and against God's testimony. The first Adam's decision sent all into sin, darkness and at enmity against God. We are set FREE through Jesus Christ by the Spirit of the living God quickening our imprison spirits that are in BONDAGE to sin and Satan. It not as easy as such men like Mr. Graham taught and besides, the crown of glory is truly placed on man's head for his own decision to follow Christ.
The many who walked the isles through BG's gifted persuasion where sent back to find themselves a place of worship be it Isalm, Jehovah Witnesses, Mormonism, Catholicism, liberal Baptist churches (where he was a member in Spartanburg, S.C.), etc. etc.
Christianity is much more than what Mr BG presented to the world~There's a cross to bear, there are TRUTHS to defend, there's a war against spiritual wickedness in high places, which place, Mr. Graham like the Pope's and others have no problem befriended them and having their admiration of them. Something is seriously wrong when that happens. Jesus was NOT a friend of higher powers, and the doors certainly did not swing wide open for him in his days UNLESS he was being judged.
How can anyone read such scriptures as:
Hebrews 11:33-38~"Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
They were fed to lions, slaughtered with swords; thrown in furnaces of fire; were tortured in different ways; stoned to death; tormented, and forced to leave their land and WANDERED about not in fancy clothes and private jets, but whatever they could kill to make their own clothes.
Bottom line, speaking the name of Jesus Christ freely makes it EASIER to deceived multitudes if you offer to them a religion where they can still feel in control of their own life and destiny and NOT under the demands of another, namely the God who created all things. Most are like Pharoah of old who said: WHO is the LORD that "I"
should obey him? A true believer LOSE their life NOW that they may find it in the world to come! It is not popular, with the world, But God has called us to FLEE Sodom and Gomorrah, and NOT look back.