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Roughly eight months ago, Graham was pushing covid shots on his Facebook account, claiming that “if Jesus were physically walking the earth now,” he would “be an advocate for vaccines.”
“My answer [is] that based on the parable of the Good Samaritan in the Bible, I would have to say – yes, I think Jesus Christ would advocate for people using vaccines and medicines to treat suffering and save lives,” Graham added in his post about his response when asked if Fauci Flu shots should be taken by Christians.
Months after stating this blasphemy, Graham, who presumably got jabbed in obedience to the government, had to undergo specialized heart surgery to deal with severe inflammation of the pericardium, which is a sac that surrounds the heart.
“I want people to know that COVID-19 can kill you,” Graham further shilled in months past, prior to when he developed this serious heart condition.
“But we have a vaccine out there that could possibly save your life. And if you wait, it could be too late.”
Graham previously gave an interview with Axios that appeared on HBO in which he pleaded with Christians to take the injections because that is supposedly what Jesus would have done.
Franklin Graham accepted the lie and spread it to his followers
The timing of Graham’s hospital admission on November 8 strongly suggests that he experienced a serious adverse reaction from getting injected himself.
According to reports, Graham was admitted to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where surgeons removed his pericardium.
“I want to thank all of you who have prayed for me and shared such encouraging words after my surgery,” Graham’s account tweeted two days after the surgery.
“It means more than you know. I thank God for the good reports. My doctors say I’m doing well and recovering normally.”
Pericarditis and myocarditis, two different yet similar forms of heart inflammation, are a common occurrence post-injection for the Chinese Virus. These two conditions are the primary reason why Sweden, Finland, Iceland, and Denmark have suspended the use of Moderna’s mRNA (messenger RNA) injection.
Taiwan has also suspended the second dose of Pfizer’s mRNA injection for teenagers due to the same problem: recipients continue to develop serious inflammatory heart conditions, which in some cases result in death.
Graham did not even mention the vaccines in his thank-you tweet, however. Instead, he chose to ignore the elephant in the room and pretend as though the injections had nothing to do with his new heart condition (assuming he got injected, of course).
Since he was pushing them so aggressively on Christians, Graham more than likely took the injections himself. This would explain why he developed heart inflammation seemingly out of the blue.
“How much did he get for supporting the lie?” asked one commenter at The Covid World blog. “Jesus and God provided healthy plants for our bodies and non-GMO foods … for starters … what a freak.”
“He is a freemason like his dad so it is expected,” responded another, referring to the late evangelist Billy Graham.
“Jesus raised people from the dead; he didn’t need biological weapons,” wrote another about how the real Jesus Christ would never have promoted these injections, which are clearly part of the Mark of the Beast system that is rapidly being unveiled.
“All vaccines have toxins in them and we have been lied to for decades about them. The drug companies inject people with aluminum, mercury, and other things that cause all kinds of problems through life and make a person a continual customer for the drug companies. If you follow Jesus, you wouldn’t recommend these or any vaccines.”
The latest news about the spread of Chinese Virus injection deception, including from self-proclaiming Christians, can be found at Fascism.news.
North Carolina native and evangelist Franklin Graham successfully underwent specialized heart surgery on Monday, Nov. 8 at the Mayo Clinic, according to a spokesperson. In a release provided by Samaritan's Purse, in recent months, Franklin Graham developed constrictive pericarditis, inflammation, and hardening of the sac around the heart that compresses the heart and keeps it from working properly. wcnc.com/article/news/local/franklin-graham-heart-surgery/275-046c7337-36e7-4634-a715-4e728b8b8e02
Trump also said he is committed to a “smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power.”
Because of this, Graham has asked Trump to “quickly” invite Biden, Harris and their spouses to the White House for a meeting “to begin the healing and preparation for a smooth transition.”
CONTINUING BILLY GRAHAM'S HISTORY OF APOSTASY AND REPUDIATION OF BIBLICAL SEPARATION FROM EVIL, FRANKLIN "DEMANDS" TRUMP RECONCILE WITH THE MOST CRIMINAL, EVIL, FRAUDULENT USURPERS, JOE BIDEN & KAMALA HARRIS
EPHESIANS 5:11-And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
Last Thursday, one day after the deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol, Franklin Graham had a message for Americans.
"“The division in our country is as great as any time since the Civil War,” he tweeted. “I am calling on Christians to unite our hearts together in prayer for President-elect @JoeBiden and Vice President-elect @KamalaHarris, and for the leadership in both parties.”
It was the kind of statement this country needs to hear, a call for reconciliation that you’d expect from a faith leader. Except just two weeks before, this leader’s arms were folded, not open. “Many people believe the presidential election was stolen from @realDonaldTrump,” Graham tweeted on December 28, “and if conservatives lose control of the Senate, there is nothing to stop the radical agenda of the left.”
Earlier in December, Graham echoed the same election lies that fueled the Capitol invaders. “When he says this election was rigged or stolen,” Graham said of the president, “I tend to believe him.”
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Sunday night, several prominent Evangelicals and Christian bands joined together with a host of false teachers and charismatic in a show of “unity” for the Hope Rising online concert. Among them were the well-known and respected Evangelist, Franklin Graham, along with a handful of somewhat respected modern contemporary Christian bands such as Casting Crowns who teamed up with several hopelessly lost false teachers.
Of the worst of them were not only anti-Trinitarian T.D. Jakes and serial blasphemers like Cody Carnes and Kirk Franklin, but also the pro-LGBTQ gay activist, Kristin Chenoweth. Chenoweth has been dubbed a “longtime ally of the LGBTQ community” by GLAAD and other pro-gay groups.
GLAAD reports that during an emotionally-charged acceptance speech for a GLAAD entertainment award, Chenoweth said, “I want to encourage many people of all faiths to come forward and stand with me, even if you don’t believe in Jesus the way I do. He did teach love. Not just tolerance, but acceptance.”
That Franklin Graham and others would think that it is in any way acceptable to put their name and seal of endorsement on the same event as these wicked deceivers is unfathomable. Graham, who is revered as one of the world’s most notable evangelists has a serious problem with compromising the gospel to promote his version of ecumenical unity.
What accord do believers have with unbelievers? What accord does light have with darkness? This is the rhetorical refrain of Paul in 2 Corinthians 6. The answer is none. Is Graham a believer? We are not called to stand in unity with these people, we are called to purge these people from among us (1 Corinthians 5:13).
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Franklin Grahamis following closely in his famous father’s footsteps, which, sadly, have led further from the Bible with each passing decade. In 1996, Franklin was named the first vice-chairman of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association; in 2000, CEO, and in 2001, president. Billy Graham died in 2018.
Franklin Graham told theIndianapolis Starthat his father’s ecumenical alliance with the Catholic Church and all other denominations “was one of the smartest things his father ever did” (“Keeping it simple, safe keeps Graham on high, ”The Indianapolis Star, Thurs., June 3, 1999, p. H2).
He said: “In the early years, up in Boston, the Catholic church got behind my father’s crusade. That was a first. It took back many Protestants. They didn’t know how to handle it. But it set the example. ‘If Billy Graham is willing to work with everybody, then maybe we should too’” (The Indianapolis Star, June 3, 1999).
Franklin Graham’s ecumenical direction is evident from the various forums he frequents, the same ones attended by his father. In 1997, for example, he spoke at the National Religious Broadcasters in January, at Moody Bible Institute’s Founder’s Week in February, and at a Promise Keepers conference in Birmingham, Alabama, in May. That was at a time when one of the directors of Promise Keepers was a Roman Catholic.
Franklin’s 1998 crusade in Adelaide, Australia, left no question about his direction. Present at the media launch for the crusade were Catholic Archbishop Leonard Faulkner and Anglican Archbishop Ian George. TheFestival South Australia Newssaid, “The Archbishops agreed that Festival SA with Franklin Graham next January would be the greatest event the churches have seen in this State’s history.” Almost 400 churches registered for Graham’s Christian Life & Witness Course which was conducted in preparation for the crusade. Twenty-three denominations were represented. The churches included 49 Roman Catholic (false grace plus works gospel), 82 Uniting Church (ultra liberal), 30 Churches of Christ (baptismal regeneration), 25 Anglican (mostly liberal), 1 Greek Orthodox (sacramental gospel), and 3 Seventh-day Adventist (Ellen White is a prophetess, death is only sleep, and punishment in hell is not eternal).
These churches, taken as a whole, represent a hodgepodge of apostasy and doctrinal error. God plainly forbids His people to yoke together with such confusion. “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds” (2 John 9-11).
The Uniting Church in Australia is very modernistic and apostate. The Uniting Church in Paddington, Australia, for example, recently placed a 12-foot-square banner over its entrance declaring that the church is a SAFE PLACE for homosexuals, a place they are accepted and can be open “about their sexuality” (Australian Beacon, Feb. 1998, p. 2). The Paddington Uniting Church’s pastor, Rod Pattenden, told the media, “We want to let gays and lesbians know that they are very welcome in this parish.” He said that at least one-third of Paddington’s Eastside Parish is made up of homosexuals.
The Roman Catholic Church is a false “church” with a false gospel (grace plus works, faith plus sacraments), a false authority (the Bible plus Catholic tradition), and a false head (the pope). The New Catholic Catechism says: “The Church affirms that for believers the sacraments of the New Covenant are necessary for salvation” (1129). Our bookEvangelicals and Romereviews Catholic heresies which were reaffirmed by the Vatican II Council and theNew Catholic Catechism.
Those who responded to the Gospel invitation at the Franklin Graham crusade were sent to the aforementioned sponsoring churches for “discipleship.” Thus we again have the strange sight of a supposed shepherd happily and willfully giving his sheep into the hands of wolves. This is the most spiritually-doctrinally confused hour which the world has ever seen.
The Vice-Chairman for the Franklin Graham Festival in Lubbock, Texas, April 28-30, 2000, was Paul Key, evangelism director for the Catholic Diocese of Lubbock. At least three of the local leaders for the “festival” are Charismatics. The Chairman was Rick Canup, an elder at Trinity Church, a charismatic congregation which formerly had ties with the Assemblies of God. The pastor of this church, Gary Kirksey, was also on the Executive Committee. Pastor Jackie White of the Charismatic Church on the Rock was another of the Vice-Chairmen (E.L. Bynum, “Franklin Graham Festival,”Plains Baptist Challenger, April 2000, p. 1). Paul Key was a Presbyterian minister for 18 years before converting to Catholicism. He has written a book entitled “95 Reasons for Becoming and Remaining a Catholic.”
Roman Catholics participated in Franklin Graham Festivals in Corpus Christi, Texas, in 2005, and in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 2004 (“Central Canada 2006 Franklin Graham Festival Background and Pastoral Notes for Catholic Clergy and Workers,” by Luis Melo, Director of Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Affairs, Archdiocese of Saint Boniface, n.d.).
Many Roman Catholics were trained as counselors for the Franklin Graham Festival in Baltimore, Maryland, July 7-9, 2006. Catholic priest Erik Arnold of the Church of the Crucifixion in Glen Burnie, Maryland, led the team of 225 Catholics who participated in the crusade. He said, “It was a great opportunity for the Christian churches to show their unity in leading people to Christ” (“Catholic Counselors Attend Billy Graham Festival,”The Catholic Review, July 12, 2006). The Graham organization delivered the names of 300 people to the Roman Catholics for “follow up,” and these received a letter from Cardinal William Keller “encouraging them in their faith and inviting them to get involved in the church.” They will be taught, among a multitude of other heresies, that it is acceptable to pray to Mary. In fact, some of the counselors are from the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore.
Roman Catholics also participated in the Franklin Graham Festival in Winnipeg, Canada, in October 2006. The previous year the Graham team approached the Catholic bishops in Winnipeg soliciting their support and involvement (“Central Canada 2006 Franklin Graham Festival Background and Pastoral Notes for Catholic Clergy and Workers,” by Luis Melo, Director of Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Affairs, Archdiocese of Saint Boniface, n.d.). In response, each archdiocese in central Canada had official representation on the Festival Executive Committee, and various parishes provided workers to be trained as counselors and to provide follow up. The Catholics were told: “Following in the footsteps of his father, Franklin Graham will present basic Christianity. The Catholic will hear no slighting of the Church’s teaching on Mary or authority, nor of papal or Episcopal prerogative; no word against the Mass/Divine Liturgy or sacraments, nor of Catholic practices or customs” (Ibid.).
In an interview with Katie Couric on NBC television on April 2, 2005, Franklin Graham praised the late Pope John Paul II and claimed that they preach the same gospel. Graham said: “We disagree on a lot of doctrinal issues and I guess those disagreements will always be there. At the same time we did agree on the fundamentals that Jesus Christ is the son of the living God who came to this earth to die for our sins and when he died on that cross and shed his blood he took the sins of the world with him on the cross; and if we confess our sins and repent and by faith receive Christ into our hearts God will forgive us and cleanse us. These are fundamentals of the faith we agreed on and support and we appreciate this man and the stand he has taken on so many of these moral issues.”
We are glad that Franklin believes and preaches the gospel described in this testimony (apart from the “receiving Christ into the heart” part, which is not scriptural), but he seriously misrepresented the Pope’s gospel. The late Pope believed that the doctrine of salvation by grace alone through Christ alone by faith alone is heresy (the anathemas of the Council of Trent against the gospel of grace alone have never been rescinded). He believed that the sacraments are a necessary part of salvation, beginning with baptism, whereby one is born again, continuing in Confirmation, whereby one receives the Holy Spirit. Speaking at the confirmation of 800 young people at Turin, Italy, Sept. 2, 1988, Pope John Paul II said: “Jesus comes close to us; he enters our history precisely by means of these concrete, visible sacramental signs. … Confirmation is your personal Pentecost. Today you receive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, who on the day of Pentecost was sent by the risen Lord upon the Apostles. Every baptized person as a believer needs to receive the moment and mystery of Pentecost; it completes and perfects the gift of Baptism” (L’osservatore Romano, N. 38, Sept. 19, 1988, p. 16). Nine days later, speaking in Harare, John Paul II said to the crowd gathered in Borrowdale Park: “You have thus become a new people, reborn in the Sacrament of Baptism, nourished by the Holy Eucharist, living in loving communion with God and with one another with the Successor of Peter and the Catholic Church throughout the world” (Ibid., p. 2).
In an April 5, 2005, appearance onHannity & Colmeson the Fox News television network, Franklin Graham was asked the following question by Sean Hannity (who is Roman Catholic): “Let me ask you this, what are some of the disagreements — we only have 30 seconds this segment — between, say, Catholicism and evangelical Christians? Or is it just more that you agree on than disagree on?” Graham replied: “Well, there are a lot of doctrinal issues that we disagree on. But the things that we do agree on are the cross, that Jesus Christ was the son of the living God who went to the cross, took our sins, died on that cross, was buried on the third day, according to the scriptures, rose again. And this is the essence. This is what we agree on and we can work together on and can build on.”
It is commendable for Graham to preach the Gospel on television, and I understand that he had limited time (although his time on the show did not end with that segment) and wanted to focus on the Gospel; but that does not excuse the fact that his reply was artful, erroneous, and dangerous. It was artful in that he refused to state any of Rome’s serious doctrinal heresies. It was erroneous because he said the Roman Catholic Church believes in the cross and salvation the same way that “evangelicals” do, which it certainly does not. This erroneous statement would have given Graham’s Roman Catholic listeners a false sense of security in their faith-works-sacraments gospel. Graham’s statement was dangerous because he said that evangelicals and Catholics need to work together and build on their agreements, whereas the Bible commands God’s people to separate from heresy and apostasy (e.g.,Rom. 16:17;2 Tim. 3:5) and an unscriptural unity plays more into the hands of the antichrist than Christ.
Franklin Graham not only praised the late Pope, he attended the coronation of the new one. Speaking onLarry King Live, April 2, 2005, Billy Graham said: “I don’t have the physical strength to go, and I have been invited. I was invited about six or seven months ago by the Vatican ahead of time. And they’ve asked that I come. So I’m asking my daughter, Anne Lotz, to go [to Pope John Paul II’s funeral]. … And then my son, Franklin, will be going to the enthronement of the new Pope [Benedict XVI].”
In 2014, Franklin Graham held a Festival of Hope in Warsaw, Poland, and preached at Christ the King Cathedral in Katowice. Graham was joined in this radical ecumenism by Michael W. Smith, Tommy Coomes Band, and the Newsboys.
More than any other one man, Billy Graham paved the way for the widespread acceptance of a Catholic Pope by Protestants and Baptists. Graham’s groundbreaking ecumenical evangelism, which downplayed doctrine and exalted experiential religious unity, stretches back more than half a century.
Though more outspoken than his famous father in some respects, Franklin is walking in this same disobedient path in the ecumenical realm.
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Franklin Graham, evangelical Christian leader and son of the most widely known evangelist of the 20th century — the late Billy Graham — took issue Wednesday with South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a Democratic presidential candidate who has publicly attacked Vice President Mike Pence, a former Indiana governor, on the issue of homosexuality and its relationship to Christianity.
Graham said in a tweet, “Mayor Buttigieg says he’s a gay Christian. As a Christian I believe the Bible defines homosexuality as sin, something to be repentant of, not something to be flaunted, praised or politicized. The Bible says marriage is between a man and a woman — not two men, not two women.”
During the CNN-sponsored “Town Hall” event in Manchester, New Hampshire, Buttigieg defended his homosexuality: “I get that one of the things about Scripture is different people see different things in it. At the very least we should be able to establish that God does not have a political party.”
But Buttigieg was the one who first interjected his status as a gay man into the contest, and opted to attack Vice President Pence’s Christian faith in relationship to that status. He recently questioned Pence’s Christianity for serving with President Donald Trump, and said that Pence (who had said nothing publicly about Buttigieg’s homosexuality) and those who think like him should understand that if they have a problem with Buttigieg’s sexual orientation, then they should take it up with God.
What Buttigieg was saying was not really a political statement, per se, because Pence has proposed no laws inhibiting the mayor’s homosexual lifestyle, but rather a religious statement. When Buttigieg said at the CNN event, “It can be challenging to be a person of faith who’s also part of the LGBTQ community and yet, to me, the core of faith is regard for one another,” adding, “And part of how God’s love is experienced, according to my faith tradition, is in the way that we support one another and, in particular, support the least among us,” he was stating religious beliefs.
Buttigieg has every right to express whatever religious belief he wants, but by the same reasoning, so does Mike Pence, and so does Franklin Graham. And when a public figure such as Buttigieg chooses to use his position as a public figure to advance a religious viewpoint, others have not only a right, but a duty, to defend their own religious viewpoint.
But what has happened in American society in recent years is that Christians who accept the authority of Scripture are expected to just shut up and not assert their view that homosexuality, adultery, and other sexual sins are sins.
The truth is that public figures have been using their public platforms to attack evangelical and Roman Catholic Christianity more and more, in increasingly strident tones. When Amy Comey Barrett, a Catholic, was up for confirmation to a federal circuit court judge position, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) actually told Barrett that she did not like her Catholic “dogma.” Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told Russell Vought, a nominee for a post in the Office of Management and Budget, that he was going to vote against him simply because Voight holds to the position that salvation is only through faith in Jesus Christ.
And, incredibly enough, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, the 2016 candidate of the Libertarian Party — a party supposedly dedicated to the concept of “liberty” — dismissed the concept of religious liberty as a “black hole.”
Buttigieg, during his unprovoked assault upon Pence’s Christian faith, said, “My understanding of Scripture, it’s about protecting the stranger and the prisoner and the poor person and that idea of welcome. That’s what I get in the gospel when I’m in church.”
For years, liberals have cited Scripture (wrongly, many say) to argue that Jesus was some sort of progressive who advocated the redistribution of wealth, but when someone else would quote the Bible to defend a conservative position, they would shout that such quotations are “mixing politics and religion.”
We can expect that Graham will be told that he should not have called homosexual behavior a sin — after all, only liberals are allowed to use religion in a political context. But Graham is not even making a political point. On the contrary, Graham is defending his Christian faith from what he believes is a public and deliberate distortion by a politician.
Of course, politicians have never really cared for preachers calling them out for sexual sins. King Herod wasn’t too happy about it when John the Baptist publicly condemned him for taking his own brother’s wife away from him. John the Baptist called it what it was — adultery — and a sin. At the angry wife’s urging, Herod had John beheaded.
Franklin Graham doesn’t face decapitation — we haven’t degenerated that far, yet — but he will no doubt face the wrath of the elites who control academia, Hollywood, and the secular media. He should also receive the support of fellow Christians for bravely defending the faith from distortion.
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Franklin Graham, the son of the late Billy Graham, tweeted that Allah
and the Christian God are “not the same.” Following the recent jihad
attack in Strasbourg, Graham warned that “radical Islam continues to be a
major global threat,” an obvious point that nevertheless makes one an
“Islamophobe” for stating it. Graham disagrees with the Pope:
Referring to the Pope’s comments that Islamic attacks do
not constitute a “war of religion,” Graham posted on Facebook that “I
disagree that it’s not a war of religion. It is most certainly a war of
religion”…. In his reproach of the pope’s interpretation of Islamic
terror, Rev. Graham said that religion “is behind the violence and jihad
we’re seeing in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and here in this
No one has been indicting all Muslims, but there are those who are
quick to call truth-tellers “racists” and “Islamophobes.” Until those
who pretend to care about human rights acknowledge the abuses that are
being committed worldwide in the name of Islam, there will be no moving
forward in the war against the global jihad (stealth and violent), and
no reprieve for its countless victims. Three months ago, the Muslim Council of Britain,
an umbrella organization for hundreds of Muslim groups, demanded that
Franklin Graham be banned from the country for criticizing Islam.
“Franklin Graham: Allah and the Christian God ‘Not the Same,’” by Thomas D. Williams, Breitbart, December 13, 2018:
Celebrated evangelical pastor Franklin Graham reacted
strongly to a recent Islamic terror attack in Strasbourg, France,
warning that radical Islam continues to be a major global threat.
In a two-part tweet Saturday, Rev. Graham, the son of the prominent
Christian leader Billy Graham, reminded citizens that Islamic extremism
has not ceased to be a menace to the world and that, contrary to popular
opinion, the Muslim idea of God is very different from the God
worshiped by Christians.
In the past, Rev. Graham has said that
bloody jihadist attacks should not surprise anyone, since hatred and
violence against nonbelievers are central to the teachings of Islam.
“Why does Islam hate so much?” Graham asked in a 2016 Facebook post. “It’s because the Quran teaches its followers to hate.”
“Jews, Christians and others are to be subdued so that Islam may
‘prevail over all religions,’” he added. “It’s all in the final chapter
of the Quran—‘Kill or be killed in battle, and paradise awaits,’” he
Graham has been an ongoing critic of theories that would equate Islam to Christianity.
In August, 2016, Graham challenged Pope Francis for his remarks suggesting that Islamic terrorism is not religiously motivated.
Referring to the Pope’s comments that Islamic attacks do not
constitute a “war of religion,” Graham posted on Facebook that “I
disagree that it’s not a war of religion. It is most certainly a war of
The pope has frequently declared that all religions seek peace, and
that religious beliefs cannot be the force driving Islamic terrorism.
Rather than religious belief, poverty and misguided politics are the
force behind jihadism, he has stated.
In his reproach of the pope’s interpretation of Islamic terror, Rev.
Graham said that religion “is behind the violence and jihad we’re seeing
in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and here in this country.”
“It’s a religion that calls for the extermination of ‘infidels’
outside their faith, specifically Jews and Christians,” Graham said.
Alluding to the murder of Catholic priest Jacques Hamel in northern
France by two jihadists, Graham stressed the explicit religious belief
that moves Islamic terrorists to perpetrate their crimes…..
“Church leaders label Franklin Graham bus ad ban ‘bias against Christians,'” by Marcus Jones,Premier UK, July 13, 2018:
Church leaders in Blackpool have criticised what they describe as an “astonishing” decision to ban bus adverts promoting an evangelistic event which will see Franklin Graham preach a gospel message.
The Lancashire Festival of Hope leadership team say it’s a “travesty” that Blackpool Transport chose to remove them.
The company had said it came to the decision after listening to public feedback.
A number of people had taken to social media to claim that Franklin Graham would be preaching hate and homophobia at the event which is due to take place at the city’s Winter Gardens in September.
In an open letter, the church leaders said: “Because the Christian community is also a customer, we hope Blackpool Transport will listen to our public feedback as well, and not show what appears to be a potential bias against Christians.”
A number of MPs have raised concern about his visit to Blackpool fearing he will repeat previous statements condemning homosexuality and Islam.
But speaking to Premier earlier this year, Graham said: “I’m not coming to preach hate, I’m here to preach about a saviour – Jesus Christ who can make a difference in our lives if we put our faith and trust in him.”
The church leaders say they are seeking a meeting with Blackpool Transport and have urged Christians not to complain but to act in a positive nature by praying…..
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Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets. –Luke 6:26
The famous Evangelist, Billy Graham, died today at the age of 99. His dynasty as the world’s foremost preacher lasted the vast majority of the 20th century and into the first decade of the 21st century. His crusades, filling stadiums and drawing crowds in the hundreds of thousands, even over a million once in Seoul, Korea, are a legacy that will be remembered forever. But what did Billy Graham’s crusades really accomplish for the Kingdom? Billy Graham was undoubtedly an ecumenicalist, as he praised the pope as his “brother” and treated Roman Catholicism as a valid expression of the Christian faith. Speaking of Pope John Paul II after his death, Graham stated,
I think he’s with the Lord, because he believed. He
believed in the Cross. That was his focus throughout his ministry, the
Cross, no matter if you were talking to him from personal issue or an
ethical problem, he felt that there was the answer to all of our
problems, the cross and the resurrection. And he was a strong believer.
Of course, the pope of the Great Whore is no more a strong believer than Satan or the demons, of whom even believe and shudder (James 2:19). Graham’s affirmation of Roman Catholics did nothing except extend a false hope to millions who are caught up in the idolatrous religiosity of the Roman whore. Graham was even known to partner with Catholic churches during his crusades and send “converts” of his altar calls to Roman Catholic churches. In 1957, according to San Francisco News, Billy Graham stated, “Anyone who makes a decision at our meetings is seen later and referred to a local clergyman, Protestant, Catholic, or Jewish,” and according to the Florida Catholic, Sept. 1983, 600 people were turned over to the Catholic religion as a result of the Orlando crusade. Graham received an honorary doctorate from Belmont Abbey, an Jesuit Catholic school, in 1967.
Billy Graham at Belmont Abbey with “Father” John Oetgen in 1967.
Graham’s insistence on “decisional” regeneration and conversion has led to a massive influx of Charles Finney-like emotional evangelistic tactics that now invade the professing church. The idea is that anyone who might be “seeking” peace with God can simply “decide” to follow Jesus, pray a prayer asking Jesus into their hearts, and no longer be under the curse of Hell. This false gospel is now pervasive in many evangelical churches today and masquerades as a “traditional” form of Arminianism, yet this gospel of synergistic decisionalism doesn’t, in most cases, address the need for pure grace among the lost that comes only through the saving knowledge of the truth of Jesus Christ found alone in Scripture apart from any works of righteousness. To make matters worse, Billy Graham not only affirmed Roman Catholics as valid Christian brothers and sisters, but, during an interview with the Universalist, Robert Schuller, Graham denies the exclusivity of Christ and even states that those who have never heard the name of Jesus Christ can be saved as long as they are turning to “only light that they have.” In other words, you can worship a false god and still be saved, according to Graham.
While we mourn the loss of a fellow human made in the image of God, we should not be quick to elevate Billy Graham to hero status among the Christian faith. While only God ultimately knows his fate and the state of his heart, we can be certain that much of what he preached and taught and affirmed was antithetical to the truth of Jesus Christ and His gospel, and, for this reason, we should mourn for all of the souls he has led astray.
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Evangelist Billy Graham died on February 21, 2018, at age 99. He has been called “America’s Pastor” and was consistently voted one of the world’s most popular men. This reminds us of Jesus’ words in Luke 6:26, “Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.” For the pragmatic objective of gaining a wider audience, Graham compromised endlessly. He largely invented “ecumenical evangelism,” which has done so much to build the apostate “one world church.” He turned thousands of converts over to wolves in sheep’s clothing in heretical churches. Refusing to obey Jude 3 and earnestly contend for the faith once delivered to the saints, he pampered and praised every type of false teacher, including theological modernists who deny Christ’s divinity, virgin birth, and resurrection, and Roman Catholics who trust Mary to get them into heaven. For example, in his 1959 San Francisco Crusade, Graham honored the notorious Episcopal Bishop James Pike by having him lead in prayer. In an article in Christian Century, Pike declared that he no longer believed the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith. Refusing to obey Acts 20:27 and declare all the counsel of God, Billy Graham narrowed his message to a pathetically small element of truth and focused on the “positive.” He promoted all sorts of unscriptural things, including Pentecostalism, Christian rock music, and corrupt Bible versions, such as the Today’s English Version, which twists every major text dealing with Christ’s deity. By 1966, Graham said belief in the virgin birth is not an essential doctrine and claimed that it is possible that Adam was an “ape-man” (United Church Observer, July 1966). By 1988, Graham told U.S. News & World Report that theology no longer meant anything to him: “World travel and getting to know clergy of all denominations has helped mold me into an ecumenical being. We’re separated by theology and, in some instances, culture and race, but all that means nothing to me any more” (U.S. News & World Report, Dec. 19, 1988). (Extensive documentation of these things can be found in Billy Graham’s Sad Disobedience, available as a free eBook from www.wayoflife.org.) THE DAY THAT BILLY GRAHAM WELCOMED PILGRIMS TO A MARY SHRINE (Friday Church News Notes, March 9, 2018,www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143) – New Evangelicalism, with its brash “repudiation of separatism,” exploded on the scene in the late 1940s and transformed the face of Christianity in my lifetime, and Billy Graham was its most prominent face. (See New Evangelicalism: Its History, Characteristics, and Fruit, which is available as a free eBook to read or download from www.wayoflife.org.) No one did more in this generation than Billy Graham to make the Roman Catholic Church acceptable to “evangelicals” and to build the one-world apostate church. The apex was when he stood outside of the shrine of the Black Madonna of Jasna Gora in Częstochowa, Poland, in 1979, with a Catholic bishop and greeted the pilgrims who were venerating Mary as the sinless Queen of Heaven and interceder for sinners. What could be more confusing than for a Baptist preacher to do such a thing rather than lift his voice against this cursed false gospel? A photo of the event was published in Graham’s own Decisi on magazine in February 1979, but the caption under the photo merely said, “Mr. Graham greets people outside a national shrine at the monastery in Częstochowa.” Graham was in Poland at the invitation of the late Pope John Paul II, who was a great Mary worshiper. The Black Madonna was one of his favorite pilgrimage sites. In his general audience of December 13, 1995, he called Mary “Mediatix” and “Co-Redemptress” and spoke of her “exceptional role in the work of redemption” (“Council’s Teaching on Mary Is Rich and Positive,” Dec. 13, 1995, L’Osservatore Romano, English edition). In his general audience of May 7, 1997, the Pope said, “Mary is the path that leads to Christ” (Vatican Information Service). How many Polish people have gone to an eternal hell because of Rome’s false gospel? Yet Graham did not have even any clear word of warning about this. He often praised the Pope but never exposed his false gospel. Graham preached in Rome’s churches and accepted Rome’s awards but did not condemn Rome’s great errors. Graham’s visit to Jasna Gora was a real event, but it was also a metaphor of how that Graham invited multitudes upon multitudes of people into the arms of Rome throughout the world, Rome with its false sacramental gospel and false sacramental christ and its false spirit. To bless false teachers is an exceedingly serious business. “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds” (2 John 1:9-11).BILLY GRAHAM’S ECUMENICAL GOSPEL A TWO-EDGED SWORD (Friday Church News Notes, March 9, 2018,www.wayoflife.org, email@example.com, 866-295-4143) – I grew up in a Southern Baptist home and some of my earliest memories are hearing Billy Graham preach on radio and television. He was upheld as a spiritual hero by everyone I knew. It has been said that Graham preached the gospel to more people than any person in church history, but his great ecumenical compromise (working with and supporting every type of church) was a two-edged sword that probably sent more people to hell than to heaven. Consider my wife’s conversion. When she was a teenager, she and her mother heard Graham preach on television when they were living in Alaska. That led them to attend church where they were eventually saved. But in a significant way, it was in spite of Graham that they were saved, because he taught people to go to “the church of your choice.” He did not carefully distinguish between churches. When my wife’s mother decided to go to church the following Sunday, she intended to go to a Methodist church which probably did not preach a clear gospel at that time and place. She was under the impression that “all churches are the same,” and Billy Graham had said nothing in his message or invitation to indicate that her thinking was wrong. The only reason she ended up in a Baptist church where a plain gospel was preached was because the Lord graciously intervened. It was winter, and she couldn’t get up the icy hill to the Methodist church, so she went to the Baptist church instead, not because of Billy Graham but in spite of him. This is why Billy Graham was called “Mr. Facing Two Ways.” His ecumenical gospel saved some and damned more. As we document extensively in the book Billy Graham’s Sad Disobedience (available as a free eBook fromwww.wayoflife.org), he turned multitudes of seekers over to Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and modernistic Protestant churches. Contrariwise, the apostle Paul did not merely preach “a positive gospel”; he preached the true gospel and also exposed false gospels. He said, “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” (Galatians 1:8). Strong language and godly language. Paul plainly identified the Galatian heretics as those who were cursed. Like His Master, Paul did not warn of error in vague generalities.BILLY GRAHAM AND CHRISTIAN ROCK (Friday Church News Notes, March 9, 2018, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143) – Billy Graham had a huge influence on the spread of Christian rock music. Before I was saved, I lived and breathed rock & roll music, and I know for a fact that there is nothing godly in rock music, and I am talking the music and not the lyrics or words. Secular rockers know and readily admit that their music is largely about sex, and such music can never be redeemed for the worship of a thrice holy God. “Christian rock” is confusion. It is apostasy. It is deception. It is wickedness. Following are just a couple of the many quotes we could give along this line: Gene Simmons of KISS said, “That’s what rock is all about–sex with a 100 megaton bomb, THE BEAT!” (Entertainment Tonight, ABC, Dec. 10, 1987). Jimi Hendrix said, “Perhaps [my music] is sexy … but what music with a BIG BEAT isn’t?” (David Henderson, ‘Scuse Me While I Kiss the Sky: The Life of Jimi Hendrix. p. 117). Tina Turner said, “Rock and roll is fun, it’s full of energy … It’s naughty” (Rock Facts, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum). Luke Campbell of 2 Live Crew said, “The sex is definitely in the music, and sex is in ALL ASPECTS in the music.” Observe that these quotes refer to rock’s rhythm rather than to the lyrics. These rock & roll experts are saying that the sexuality is in the rock rhythm. Yet Billy Graham was so lacking in spiritual discernment and so controlled by pragmatism that he used rock to draw crowds of young people. When Graham died, he was applauded by Christian rockers of every stripe (“In Memory of Billy Graham,”www.classicchristianrockzine.com). I don’t know of even one Christian rocker who warned of Graham’s great compromise, because they are one spirit with him in one world church building. Christianity Today’sobituary documented Graham’s role in popularizing Christian rock as follows: “In the 1990s he reengineered the formula for his ‘crusades’ (later called ‘missions’ out of deference to Muslims and others offended by the connotation). His standard ‘youth night’ was revolutionized into a ‘Concert for the Next Generation,’ with Christian rock, rap, and hip-hop artists headlining the event, followed by Graham preaching. This format drew record numbers of young people who cheered the bands and then, amazingly, listened carefully to the octogenarian evangelist” (Marshall Shelley, “Evangelist Billy Graham Has Died: America’s Pastor Shaped Modern Evangelicalism,” Christianity Today, Feb. 2018). For those who have eyes to see and ears to hear, this is a very loud warning about a deep level of spiritual compromise. A person’s view of Billy Graham tells a lot. He was Mr. Ecumenism, Mr. One World Church, and those who love him are part of that “church,” though most are ignorant of the fact. It is an issue of spiritual discernment or the lack thereof. An individual that has the spirit of Psalm 119:128 and Jude 3 cannot be a part of any type of ecumenism. Loving all of the truth and hating error and fighting for the faith once delivered to the saints is the very opposite of what Billy Graham stood for. Billy Graham talked about the truth, but he had no passion to fight for it. That is not biblical Christianity. Biblical prophets and preachers are warriors. “Therefore I esteem all thy preceptsconcerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way” (Psalm 119:128). “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhortyou that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 1:3). ________________________________________________
Chapter 5 from The Rise and Decline of Billy Graham: He Tried to do Right the Wrong Way
Don Boys, Ph.D.
I have climbed out on a limb in stating that Dr. Billy Graham made many major mistakes in his ministry that did great harm to the Christian cause. Moreover, he should be held up as an example lest others follow his compromise that always leads to corruption. He was never corrupt in his personal life for he was exemplary in his finances and his family; however, when one is careless with obeying the Scripture, it always leads to corruption in doctrine. While most people denigrate doctrine, which really is only truth, the Word must be preached, defended, and lived.
Graham swapped his commitment to truth for the bowl of porridge known as compromise that gave him an international bully pulpit. I think he failed and preached pabulum most of his illustrious life as the following facts clearly document.
I know many pastors and laymen who trusted Christ under Graham’s ministry; but that is not the criterion. Was he faithful in the work of the ministry? The answer is “no.” Graham showed some courage, especially in his younger days, when he removed the ropes that were to separate Blacks from Whites at his Chattanooga Crusade in 1953. But he believed that courage, convictions, and commitment to the Word were not as important as reaching the masses. He thought he had to give a little to get a lot. Surrendering Bible doctrine brought him much more than he expected.
He told the Lutheran Standard in a 1961 interview that water baptism can save a person! Dr. Graham said of infant baptism: “I do believe that something happens at the baptism of an infant …. I believe that a miracle can happen in these children so that they are regenerated, that is, made Christian through infant baptism.” That statement is not surprising since his own wife and three of his children were sprinkled, not baptized. However, surrendering on the subject of baptism brought him many new friends and supporters.
In an interview with McCall’s magazine, January 1978, entitled “I Can’t Play God Any More,” Graham said, “I used to believe that pagans in far-off countries were lost—were going to hell—if they did not have the Gospel of Jesus Christ preached to them. I no longer believe that. … I believe that 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.” Graham’s defenders cannot plead his age or Parkinson’s disease. His statement is perversion of the Gospel and cannot be excused, defended, or ameliorated. His defenders need to ask themselves how they can still support him with that statement hanging around his neck. And would they support their local pastor if he said the same thing? I will ask all my critics to these columns those questions. Christianity Today magazine came to Graham’s defense saying that he was misquoted; however later interviews substantiated the early remark and his staff was kept busy doing damage control and readjusting his halo so his followers would not be disenchanted, discouraged, and dissuaded from supporting his work.
I heard Graham say the following, “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 that they have, and I think they are saved, and that they’re going to be with us in heaven.” (May 31, 1997 interview with Graham by Robert Schuller with emphasis added.)
But it gets worser and worser! Graham continued, “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.” He could not have made it any clearer: He believed in universalism and spouted it on television for the world to hear!
That statement is classic universalism that has been condemned by orthodox Christians for over 2,000 years. So, why does almost everyone dismiss Graham’s belief of it with the wave of the hand? That question must be answered by Graham’s supporters.
Graham’s major error was in changing his mind about whom he would work with in his city-wide crusades. He said, “I have promised God I will never have on my committee working in an active way in any of my campaigns men who do not believe in the virgin birth of Christ, who do not believe in the blood atonement of Jesus Christ, who do not believe in the verbal inspiration of the Bible–these men will never be on my committee. I have promised God.” But he reneged.
I could take pages and prove that he had the most radical unbelievers on his committees as well as many Roman Catholic priests, sending convert cards to all of his supporting churches. Graham was sending new professing Christians to the wolves contrary to his earlier commitment. On Nov. 11, 1957, Graham told the San Francisco News, “Anyone who makes a decision at our meeting is seen later and referred to a local clergyman–Protestant, Catholic or Jewish.” Gasp!
Graham is known as “Mr. Facing Two Ways” reminiscent of John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. One day he had glowing praise for Bob Jones University, John Rice of the Sword of the Lord, etc., and the next he was climbing into bed with the most radical modernists in America. This supports the fact that compromise will usually take one farther than he wanted to go.
We are commanded to “earnestly contend for the faith” which I have tried to do. I have just climbed out on a limb and handed my critics a saw. They can do their worst.
Boys’ new ebook The Rise and Decline of Billy Graham: He Tried to do Right the Wrong Way!is available here.
(Dr. Don Boys is a former member of the Indiana House of Representatives; ran a large Christian school in Indianapolis, wrote columns for USA Today for eight years; authored 17 books and hundreds of columns and articles for Internet and print media publications; defended his beliefs on hundreds of talk shows. These columns go to newspapers, magazines, television, and radio stations and may be used without change from title through the end tag. His web sites are www.cstnews.com and www.Muslimfact.com and www.thegodhaters.com . Contact Don for an interview or talk show.)
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Services begin Monday 7 pm All day Tues. 9 am Through Evening service that begins 6:30 pm Lunch and dinner Tues. served by the church No registration charge. Be prepared to be called on to preach from the floor.
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Thousands of U.K. residents have signed on to a Change.org petition
seeking to ban evangelist Franklin Graham from entering the United
Kingdom for a scheduled September 2018 Christian gospel crusade in
Blackpool, in northwest England. More than 7,000 people have signed the petition so far, joining
members of the British parliament in demanding that Graham, the son of
iconic American evangelist Billy Graham and head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association,
be banned from the U.K. because of comments he has made calling
homosexuality sinful and Islam a potentially dangerous religious faith.
Those leading the petition drive charge that the comments violate U.K.
hate speech laws. Initially launched by the Reverend Nina Parker, a female pastor in Blackpool, the Change.org petition
charges that “Franklin Graham supports a ban on all Muslims from
entering the United States while advocating that Muslims already in
living in the United States should be interned.”
Additionally, the petition alleges that Graham “has said that Russian
President Vladimir Putin ‘is right’ in his crackdown against LGBT
rights in his country where gay people are subject to severe human
rights abuses. Atrocities and executions of gay people continue to go on
in the Russian republic of Chechyna with no intervention from the
Russian authorities. Franklin Graham has stated that gay children and
gay people are dangerous and should not be allowed into churches or
The virulently worded petition goes on to charge that, unlike his
famous father, “Franklin Graham engages in outspoken bigotry targeting
refugees, Muslims, and LGBT people. His father promoted unity and
respect in communities, but Franklin Graham’s extreme views promote
prejudice and division.”
Noting that religious leaders in Norway and Canada are protesting
Graham’s scheduled speaking engagements in their countries, the petition
insists that speech “likely to promote prejudice and hatred is grounds
for the government to refuse a visa. Help us stop this man getting a
visa to come here to spread his hatred.” Commenting on her motivation for the petition drive, Parker told the online Huffington Post
that allowing Graham into the U.K. for his Christian gospel event “will
give oxygen to those who hate, as they will be aware of hatred being
expressed by a man of high status in the Church. It will portray a Trump
style, hard line, hate filled version of Christianity devoid of
understanding of and acceptance of ordinary people. It will destroy the
reputation of Christianity in this region as it will be assumed that
this man speaks for all. It will bring Christians into disrepute.”
Gordon Marsden, a member of Parliament who is part of the petition
drive, said in an interview in November that “as a Christian, I have my
own views on people who claim the authority of God and Jesus and then
advocate attitudes which appear to be poles apart from what we’re told
about in the Gospel.”
He added that “as a member of Parliament … I have to be concerned
about where extreme fundamentalism and where speech or opinions that
might stir up hatred against groups of people goes. I think frankly the
evidence is piling up that his visit to the UK, and certainly to
Blackpool and Lancashire, would not be a good thing and not probably, in
my view, a very a Christian thing.”
In response to the petition drive and efforts to stop the
organization’s Blackpool Christian event, the Billy Graham Evangelistic
Association released a statement emphasizing that the scheduled crusade
“will be a positive and encouraging event with music and also a message
from Franklin Graham about the hope that can be found through a
relationship with Jesus Christ. It will be free and everyone is invited
LifeSiteNews.com noted that the efforts to ban Franklin Graham from
the U.K. “contrasts sharply with the welcome his father Billy Graham
received when he arrived in the UK in 1954. Between 1.5 and 2 million
people in total turned out to the mass gatherings of the elder Graham’s
‘London Crusade.’” Contrasting the effort to ban Graham, supporters of the evangelist and global Christian humanitarian have launched their own Change.org petition drive, asking individuals to help ensure that the Franklin Graham evangelistic event goes forward as planned in Blackpool.
“Franklin Graham … is due to come to England to preach,” reads the
petition. “He’s following in his fathers footsteps in preaching the
whole gospel in a clear way, sticking to biblical truths. Let’s stop the
tide opposing him from coming here!”
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Prophecy News Watch 12/27
British Christian publications have been wondering if we are
witnessing the “extinction of Christianity in Egypt”, where the
Christian faithful have suffered persecution and terror attacks at the
hands of Islamic fundamentalists. Christian leaders also seem to be
wondering if Christianity will be “extinct within a generation” in the
UK, where religious people enjoy total freedom of worship and faith.
Last year, the Church of England began to formulate a religious
revolution. Its canonical laws require that British churches hold their
functions every Sunday. The dramatic crisis of Christianity in the UK,
however, is pushing the Anglican church to rewrite those rules, in order
not to officiate in empty and abandoned churches.
A quarter of the British rural parishes now have fewer than 10
regular members of the faithful on Sunday. There are no more children in
25% of the Church of England’s congregations, as new figures have just
shown. On average, nine children attended each church service across all
Anglican churches in 2016. Generally speaking, churchgoers have
dwindled in the UK by 34,000 in just one year.
“Should we care that Britain’s lost its religion?”, Daniel
Finkelstein asked in The Times. Yes. He suggests that nationalism might
take its place, but what if, instead, its place is taken by another
There is no need to be observant to understand the importance of a
country’s cultural affiliation. If there were no mass immigration from
countries with values antithetical to Western ones, the demise of
Christianity would not be as potentially calamitous; society might
simply become one of atheists and secularists.
Europe now, however, is experiencing a terminal decline for two
reasons that are linked: mass unvetted immigration coupled with a
shrinking confidence in its own legitimacy and beliefs. There seems to
be shame over Western colonialism, yet no thought at all seems to be
given to who are the real colonists: The Crusades were a reaction to a
Muslim colonization of the Christian Byzantine Empire, North Africa, the
Middle East, much of Eastern Europe, Northern Cyprus and Spain.
In Europe, the UK is now leading the same process. Britain is living
through “the biggest religious transition since the Reformation of the
16th Century”, according to Linda Woodhead, professor of the sociology
of religion at Lancaster University. In 2000, Anglicans were 30% of the
Half of them have disappeared in just seventeen years. The number of
those who belong to the Church of England fell below 15%, including just
3% of English young people ages 18-24. Writing in the Spectator, Damian
Thompson wondered if “the Church of England is dying”. Churchgoing
dropped by 50% also in Scotland. Another report revealed that more than
half the British population has no religion at all.
According to internal documents from the Church of England,
Christianity is dying in Britain at such a pace that in the next three
decades, Anglican congregations will halve again. Christians in the UK
are on course to be in the minority by the middle of the century.
What defines Europe are its boundaries – not physical but cultural.
Without its culture, Europe could not be distinguished from the rest of
the world. And the pillar of this culture is based on the
Judeo-Christian heritage and values.
The journalist Melanie Phillips stated that the Church of England, by
embracing trendy ideological extravagances such as gender ideology, is
now culturally “sowing the seeds of its destruction.” The goal of all
this “inclusivity,” according to Phillips, is actually to “overthrow the
Christian basis of the West”.
Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, has said that
“political correctness” is bullying and undermining Christianity in the
UK. “I cannot imagine any politician expressing concern that Britain
should remain a Christian country; that reticence is a scandal and a
disgrace to our history.”
According to a new poll, a total of 41% of British millennials, born
between 1980 and 2000, said that the UK has “no specific religious
identity”. As the progressive publication Prospect asked, “if we are no
longer a Christian country, what are we?”. Former archbishops of
Canterbury have warned that the UK will be soon unrecognizable. Rowan
Williams has said that the UK is already “post-Christian”.
The existential crisis of the Church of England does not involve only
the third Christian congregation in the world, represented by
Anglicans. The crisis is also going to tear apart a source of the
British landscape, politics and culture. Recently, The Spectator
featured “The end of British Christianity” on its cover, where one
elderly lady is seen as the only faithful in a cathedral.
“It’s often said,” the magazine continued, “that Britain’s church
congregations are shrinking, but that doesn’t come close to expressing
the scale of the disaster now facing Christianity in this country. If
that rate of decline continues, the mission of St Augustine to the
English, together with that of the Irish saints to the Scots, will come
to an end in 2067”.
The level of atrophy in the Church of England is so extensive that
Anglicanism is expected to collapse “for the next thirty years”. There
are also rumors that “half of England’s Anglican cathedrals could
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor said recently that in the UK,
Christianity has been “nearly defeated”. If the Church of England
disappears, there will be a totally different UK. The British historian
Niall Ferguson has called it “the creeping Islamization of a decadent
“‘Extremist’ Franklin Graham Must Not Pray At Inauguration, Trump’s Team Told,” by Harry Farley, Christian Today, January 13, 2017 (thanks to The Geller Report):
Franklin Graham should be removed from Donald Trump’s
inauguration line up, the US’ largest Muslim civil rights group said on
The outspoken conservative pastor and son of evangelist Billy Graham is due to pray at the ceremony next week in Washington. But the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) called on the
president-elect to drop Franklin, who they described as a “notorious
Islamophobe”, in order to unite the country. “If President-elect Trump truly seeks to unite our nation as he
promised in his acceptance speech, he will limit the list of those
offering prayers at the inauguration to religious leaders who work to
bring us together, not to create divisions between faiths,” said CAIR
National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “Rev Graham’s ill-informed and extremist views are incompatible with
the Constitution and with American values of religious liberty and
inclusion.” A statement from CAIR pointed to comments from Graham in which he called Islam a “very evil and wicked religion”. Graham also claims Islam is incompatible with American values. “Every Muslim that comes into this country has the potential to be
radicalised – and they do their killing to honour their religion and
Muhammad,” he wrote on Facebook in 2015. “”[T]rue Islam cannot be practiced in this country. You can’t beat
your wife. You cannot murder your children if you think they’ve
committed adultery or something like that, which they do practice in
these other countries,” he once told CNN. “I don’t agree with the teachings of Islam and I find it to be a very violent religion.”…
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Who hates the Scriptures more than the church of Rome? The Roman Catholic Church has perverted the Grace of God, twisted His Word, and blasphemed His name more than any other religious system in the world. They are the counterfeit version of Christianity, masquerading as the final authority in Christendom while neglecting the very teachings of Christ.
Those teachings of Christ we have today are found only in the Apostolic writings that we have collected in what we call the Bible. The Bible is the true believer’s final authority on all matters of faith and morals. This is known as the doctrine of Sola Scripture–a doctrine that the Roman Catholic Church wholly rejects.
The Roman Catholic Church holds to a damning doctrine of salvation by works. That is, they reject the biblical teaching that Christ’s sacrifice is completely sufficient to save and that it requires the supplementation of the sacraments through the Church. Yet, the Bible clearly teaches that we are saved not of our own doings, but by grace alone and that any good works we do are a result of our salvation, not the cause.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,not a result of works, so that no one may boast.For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. – Ephesians
Franklin Graham, son of the great Catholiccompromiser, Billy Graham, wants the Roman Catholic Church to “remain unmovable” on biblical teachings.
“I appreciate the Catholic Church remaining very strong on moral issues through the years, and I pray they will be immovable on teachings of the Bible,” he posted on Facebook recently.
Does Franklin Graham really believe that the Roman Catholic Church has been faithful to God’s Word? Simply because they happen to fall on the right side of certain moral issues doesn’t mean we can stand with them as believers in Christ. The Roman Catholic Church does not have Christ. And if you do not have Christ, then your “good works” are nothing more than filthy rags in the eyes of a Holy God(Isaiah 64:6). Further, you cannot stand clothed in the righteousness of Jesus unless you have been saved by the blood of Jesus by His Grace alone, through faith alone.
As Protestants and Evangelicals, we have historically stood on the final authority of God’s Word. We hold to the biblical Gospel of grace, while Rome holds to the damning Gospel of works. We cannot join with those who hold to a false gospel and proclaim a false Jesus in any spiritual matter, nor can we tolerate those who do (2 Corinthians 11:4). This is strictly forbidden by the Scriptures that Rome rejects as the final authority.
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? – 2 Corinthians 6:14
So what is the fascination with Rome? Why are so many evangelicals pushing for unity with the false church? The truth is, the true Gospel and the teachings of the Bible have become, in the words of former Southern Baptist president, Ronnie Floyd, “secondary matters.” Saving the world from the secular influx of immorality has become the Gospel that most professing Christians hold to. It has become more important to stop gay marriage, stop socialism, stop abortion, stop liberalism, and restore our freedoms than it is to proclaim Christ crucified.
While these things are important, they have become for so many a golden calf of righteousness, and we have become so pragmatic in ideology that we’re willing to compromise the very truth of the Gospel in order to bring these things to pass. Morality, as opposed to Christ alone, has become both the means, and the end.
The Church of Rome happens to agree with many biblical teachings on morals, therefore, they are seen as viable partners in the war on culture and faith, when in fact, we should be evangelizing Roman Catholics, calling them to repent of their hatred of God and his Word, and leading them to the truth that is found only in the Scriptures.
What if these things are the judgment of God because the Church has neglected to proclaim the biblical truth? Do we really think we can restore our nation and turn it back to God by joining hands with those who reject Him? We must draw the line at justification. God is not going to save us, or restore us, through a false Gospel, or a false Jesus.
The fear of man trumps the fear of God for so many. Matthew 10:28 says “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Instead, fear the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” There will be countless souls in eternal damnation who practiced morality. They will say “Lord Lord, did we not do many mighty works in your name? (Matthew 10:28)”
“Depart from me,” Jesus will say. True works of righteousness are obeying God rather than men (Acts 5:29). We, as Christians and the Church, should be primarily calling people out of this world–not trying to fix it.
Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” – John 18:36
“No nation can spit in His holy face, as this nation is doing, and imagine it will come away unscathed. No king in his White House castle can, in haughty pride, illuminate the castle with the hijacked colors of God’s rainbow and not pay a dear price for his belligerent affront to the God of all creation. The rainbow belongs to God, and one day every person will admit he knew it all along. Satan has been in heaven, and that means he has seen God’s rainbow around His throne (Revelation 4), and as the dirtiest stroke of insolence he can conjure against the Lord, he has inspired the reprobate minds of his homosexualist pawns to hijack that rainbow as a symbol of their degenerate wickedness. This does not end well for our nation.”
Sodomite “marriage” ruling means dark days ahead for USA
Since the last round of twisted, egregious Supreme Court dictates, it has been easy to sit by in numb grief for our nation, because many of us have been warning, like a broken record, that these lawless things were on the way. Even so, strongly expecting the Court to do the wrong thing and finally seeing it happen are two different things. The reality of it is a body blow. We have seen plenty of bad Supreme Court decisions, and it’s hard to top Roe v. Wade for badness, but the outrageous ruling on sodomy-based “marriage” is pretty much the final nail in the coffin of the formerly-free Republic of the United States of America, because it will result in the destruction of our God-given, First Amendment-protected freedoms, if there is not massive push-back by the American people. Do you see that push-back happening? Me, neither.
There have been many excellent commentaries roundly refuting the legitimacy of the Court’s hellish decision to destroy the meaning of marriage, something the justices of the Court do not have the power nor the authority to do. In their profound arrogance and utter disregard for the Constitution, they made the ruling anyway, and although they handed down this evil edict, they did not change what marriage is, because they can’t. Marriage is one thing only, the union of a man and a woman. It will never be anything else, no matter how many rulings and laws born in the pit of Hell say otherwise.
The persecution of Christians in the United States will now begin in earnest, as we have not seen thus far in our nation. While many associate murder with persecution, we’re not quite there – yet (but, give it time). Persecution does not necessarily involve outright killing. In addition to slander, defamation, intimidation and other personal attacks, it can mean “legal” assaults on people that cause them to lose their jobs, their money, their private property, their businesses and their freedom. These things have already been happening in cases across the nation, from bakers and photographers to bed and breakfast owners to company CEOs.
With the Supreme Court imposing the abomination of sodomite “marriage” on the United States, we will now see Christian groups and organizations, schools and churches come under lawfare waged by homosexualist foot soldiers, who are the tools of the Marxist cultural revolution that ramped up in the 1960s and has been thrown into warp speed under Barack Obama (or whatever his name is). The goal of this demonic campaign, of which the militant homosexual movement is a central part, has always been the destruction of Christian freedom and expression and the moral and societal foundations of our once-great nation.
The endgame is tyranny over the people, because that is the devil’s desire, and the people of this movement do his dark will. Whether it’s the homofascist movement, the illegal alien invasion, the war on our energy sector, the heavy-handed federal commandeering of natural resources, even the bolstering of our Muslim enemies abroad and more, we face tyrannical evil on a number of fronts emanating from the communists in the malicious Obama regime and their fellow travelers who now run our nation and its major institutions.
It took them about a hundred years, but the communists, led by the forces of Hell, have finally just about sealed the deal in taking down the United States of America. Don’t bother telling me it isn’t so, or that I’m a “quitter” for observing the obvious, or that after we elect some more “Republicans” (again) all will be well. It will not be well, because what’s wrong with America is something no election can fix. What’s wrong with America is a deep corruption of the soul, and the devilish success of the radical homosexual/”transgender” movement is a testament to that deep corruption.
This movement is evil. The Supreme Court ruling destroying marriage is evil. The highest court in the United States has, by the largest, lawless edict yet, given “legitimacy” to abominable sexual behavior and imposed a grotesquery of “marriage” on the nation. Dark days of tyranny are ahead. Our freedoms are hanging by a thread, because God is not mocked. No nation can spit in His holy face, as this nation is doing, and imagine it will come away unscathed. No king in his White House castle can, in haughty pride, illuminate the castle with the hijacked colors of God’s rainbow and not pay a dear price for his belligerent affront to the God of all creation. The rainbow belongs to God, and one day every person will admit he knew it all along. Satan has been in heaven, and that means he has seen God’s rainbow around His throne (Revelation 4), and as the dirtiest stroke of insolence he can conjure against the Lord, he has inspired the reprobate minds of his homosexualist pawns to hijack that rainbow as a symbol of their degenerate wickedness. This does not end well for our nation.
republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, and research purposes:
Commenting on the White House being illuminated on Friday with gay-rainbow lights to celebrate homosexual marriage, Rev. Franklin Graham said it was "outrageous" and a "slap in the face" to millions of Americans who support real marriage, and added that because God gave the rainbow sign to Noah following the flood, it is an image forever "associated with His judgment" and a sign of "God's judgment to come."
Franklin Graham, son of world-renowned pastor Billy Graham, further said that "one day God is going to judge sin -- all sin" and "only those who are found righteous will be able to escape His judgment."
"The President had the White House lit up in rainbow colors to celebrate the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage," said Rev. Graham in a June 29 post on Facebook. "This is outrageous—a real slap in the face to the millions of Americans who do not support same-sex marriage and whose voice is being ignored."
"God is the one who gave the rainbow, and it was associated with His judgment," said Rev. Graham. "God sent a flood to wipe out the entire world because mankind had become so wicked and violent. One man, Noah, was found righteous and escaped God’s judgment with his family. The rainbow was a sign to Noah that God would not use the flood again to judge the world."
"But one day God is going to judge sin -- all sin," said Rev. Graham. "Only those who are found righteous will be able to escape His judgment. That righteousness comes through faith, believing on the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ who took our sins and shed His blood on the cross for each and every one."
"So, when we see the gay pride rainbow splashed on business advertisements and many people’s Facebook pages, may it remind all of us of God’s judgment to come," he said. "Are you ready? Are your sins forgiven?"
The homosexual rainbow lights at the White House on June 26, the day the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that gay marriage is a right, was orchestrated by top Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, according to The Washington Post. Obama, when told of the gay-lights plan, reported The Post, said, "It's a great idea, if you can get it to work."
In a statement, the White House said, "Tonight, the White House was lit to demonstrate our unwavering commitment to progress and equality, here in America and around the world. The pride colors reflect the diversity of the LGBT community, and tonight, these colors celebrate a new chapter in the history of American civil rights."
In the New Testament in the gospel of Luke, chapter 17,Jesus Christ tells His disciples about what the world will be like when He returns. "First He must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation," says Christ. "And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all."
Christ continues, "Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed."
Franklin Graham, 62, is president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and also runs the international Christian aid group Samaritan's Purse. He is married and has five children. Rev. Graham frequently preaches in evangelical Christian crusades in the United States and abroad.
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FRANKLIN GRAHAM: ALWAYS OBEY THE POLICE, EVEN IF THEY DENY YOU YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, BREAK INTO YOUR HOME OR CAR WITHOUT A WARRANT, STEAL YOUR LEGAL GUNS, KILL OR ASSAULT YOU WITH TASERS, CLUBS & GUNS
“Listen up–Blacks, Whites, Latinos, and everybody else. Most police shootings can be avoided. It comes down to respect for authority and obedience. If a police officer tells you to stop, you stop. If a police officer tells you to put your hands in the air, you put your hands in the air. If a police officer tells you to lay down face first with your hands behind your back, you lay down face first with your hands behind your back. It’s as simple as that. Even if you think the police officer is wrong—YOU OBEY. Parents, teach your children to respect and obey those in authority. Mr. President, this is a message our nation needs to hear, and they need to hear it from you. Some of the unnecessary shootings we have seen recently might have been avoided. The Bible says to submit to your leaders and those in authority “because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account.””
“While Graham is absolutely correct that we should show respect for authority, failure to show respect or even obedience is not grounds for the use of lethal force in the vast majority of cases. Refusal to follow instructions may result in arrest, but we should be very concerned about an America where the alternative to blind submission to law enforcement is potentially lethal.
But what happens when a police officer acts outside of the law or violates our constitutionally protected rights?
In America, we should absolutely be able to understand the legal grounds for law enforcement actions, raise concerns if we feel them to be improper and have no fear of being shot in the process. We should indeed respect government and law enforcement officials, but we have experienced times when civil disobedience to unjust laws or discriminatory enforcement is necessary to show our fidelity and respect to the highest authority given to us by our Creator.”
“Here’s a statistic for you: It’s been 31 days since the release of the White House Task Force on 21st Century Policing report, but the number of fatal police encounters is already over 100 and counting. That’s an average of more than three people killed each day in March by police in America.”
““Rev. Franklin Graham and other leading evangelical figures are publicly backing efforts to require background checks for all gun purchases, providing a shot in the arm to stalled congressional efforts to enact elements of President Barack Obama’s gun control plan.
“Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham and the president of Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse, and Dr. Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission told TIME they have agreed to back universal background check legislation put forward by the administration in the wake of last year’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
“‘As ministers, we agreed together that we could stand on a united front for universal background checks,’ Graham told TIME, noting he had many conversations with civil rights leader Rev. Amos Brown on the subject. ‘We think that’s reasonable and responsible.’”
My disappointment, and even anger, at Mr. Graham’s endorsement of universal background checks cannot be put into words. When America falls into tyranny and oppression it will be with the help and assistance of the likes of Franklin Graham and Richard Land. In fact, it is no hyperbole to say that pastors and Christians all over America are facilitating their own slavery.
Adolf Hitler would never have been able to become the fuhrer of Germany without the collaboration and cooperation of Germany’s evangelical pastors and churches. It is an absolute truth that the blood of Hitler’s victims flows to the doorsteps of Germany’s churches. There were some 14,000 evangelical churches in Germany at the time Hitler and his fellow Nazis were rising to power. Out of those 14,000 pastors and churches, only 800 had the courage and sagacity to oppose Hitler. That equates to about 5%.”
“All of that sounds well and good. I, too, was taught by my father to respect and obey authority. And if a policeman points his semi-automatic handgun in my face and tells me to get on the ground, I will get on the ground for fear of my life. BUT THAT DOESN’T EXCUSE A POLICEMAN WHO GIVES UNLAWFUL ORDERS OR WHO THREATENS THE LIVES OF CITIZENS UNNECESSARILY AND ILLEGALLY.
I can promise you that if I am on the ground at the point of a policeman’s gun, it is NOT respect that has laid me prone on the pavement; it is FEAR. Fear for my life.
Yes, honest, God-fearing folks respect the POSITION held by law enforcement officers, but there can be no respect for those individuals who use the position of law enforcer to misuse and abuse the law!
The examples of police abuse and the “trigger-happy-cops” syndrome are now a regular occurrence in our country . Every day in America, harmless, innocent citizens of all ages and races are subjected to police thuggery. It may not be true, but it seems that more and more police officers have a “shoot-first-and-ask-questions-later” police-state mentality. And it is being demonstrated on the streets of America EVERY DAY.”
MICHAEL W. SMITH performed at the Catholic-sponsored World Youth Day in Denver, Colorado, in 1993. Smith and guitarist-songwriter BILLY SPRAGUE performed with Catholic Kathy Troccoli at a concert in November 1985 in Tampa, Florida. The concert was sponsored by Youth for Christ and the First Assembly of God of Clearwater, Florida (St. Petersburg Times, Florida, Religious Section, Nov. 9, 1985, p. 3). Smith also wrote the foreword to Brennan Manning’s The Ragamuffin Gospel, which is published by Multnomah Press. Manning is a Roman Catholic who attends mass daily.
In 1997, Smith joined the Roman Catholic Kathy Troccoli and 40 other CCM artists to record Love One Another, a song that talks about tearing down the walls of denominational division. Smith testifies that he has had many charismatic experiences, though he doesn’t like the label “charismatic” because of “negative baggage associated with the term.” At a Full Gospel Business Men’s meeting he was “slain in the spirit” for 15 minutes and “laughed all the way home” (Charisma, April 2000, p. 55). Another time he felt “a bolt of electricity go through my body from the top of my head to my toes–wham!” He also started laughing uncontrollably–“rolling on the floor,” “hyperventilating”–on that occasion. Inside Magazine interviewed Smith in 1991 and noted that his music is influenced by Alan Parsons. The interviewer said: “There’s also the influence of such groups as Alan Parsons in your music” (Inside Music, January/February 1991, p. 23). Smith’s quick reply was “DEFINITELY!” Parsons is one of the most occultic rock musicians. One of his songs is openly titled Lucifer.
ECUMENICAL OPENING PRAYER GIVEN BY CATHOLIC
BISHOP OF PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA,
VIDEO OF THE ECUMENICAL PRAYER:
BLARING ROCK MUSIC IS TYPICAL OF GRAHAM’S “WORSHIP” FESTIVALS:
As Lighthouse Trails has been reporting on over the past number of months, evangelical church leaders are coming out of the woodwork like never before in showing their willingness to unite with and give credibility to the Catholic Church.
How close we are to the unification of Rome with “Charismatic evangelicals” and eventually all religions. This is something that Understand The Times has been predicting for some years as the present Pope Francis and the last two Popes, Pope Benedict and Pope John Paul, have been active in promoting the New Evangelization.
The purpose of the New Evangelization is to promote the Roman Catholic gospel by reaching out to all religions as well as the separated brethren and introducing them to the Eucharistic Christ.
Oakland’s report includes a video clip of Kenneth Copeland and Tony Palmer (an evangelical “evangelist” for the Catholic Church who was recently killed in a motorcycle accident). This video is worth watching and will help show how far the evangelical church has gone on the road to Rome. In the video, Palmer who was speaking at Copeland’s church told the congregation that he was coming in “the spirit of Elijah” similar to that of John the Baptist. As youwatch this video, you will see that the “spirit” in which Palmer was coming was what he called “reconciliation” (meaning Protestants reconciling with the “Mother” church). Incidentally, Catholic priest Henri Nouwen put much emphasis on this type of “reconciliation,” and asRay Yungenshowed inA Time of Departing,Nouwen used the means of contemplative mysticism to remove thewallsbetween biblical Christianity and Roman Catholicism.
Also in March, we posted a short piece titled “A Picture Says a Thousand Words,” which showed a banner from Ambrose University that stated “Catholics and Evangelicals in God’s Mission Together” (just one of many examples where Christian colleges are showing an affinity with Roman Catholicism.
Back in February of this year, we posted “A Word of Caution: Ecumenical-Backed Movie, “Son of God,” May Send Subtle New Age/Roman Catholic Messages.” We issued this warning about the Son of God movie because of the New Age/Roman Catholic influence that the producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey would have on the making of the film. In fact, Downey stated clearly that her intention in making the movie was to “bring people together.”1We know that means to break down the barriers between Christianity and Catholicism. And yet, many popular evangelical leaders gave raving endorsements of the film (e.g., Max Lucado, Bill Hybels, Rick Warren, Erwin McManus, Pat Robertson, Luis Palau, and others).
Now, Lighthouse Trails has learned that at the August 15-17 2014 gathering called “Three Rivers Festival of Hope” in Pittsburgh, PA, Franklin Graham (who led and organized the event) brought in Catholic Bishop David Zubik to give the opening prayer on stage with the large audience. During the bishop’s prayer, he acknowledged his belief that Protestants and Catholics are all part of the same church. While Graham’s public stand against homosexual marriage and his work to help the poor and needy is commendable, his giving a thumbs up to Roman Catholicism is moving the church closer and closer to complete apostasy. While we know that Graham’s father, Billy Graham, allowed Catholic counselors at his own crusade meetings (which sadly set a precedent), it’s a big jump to give a Catholic priest the platform at an evangelical event to lead in an ecumenical prayer that puts Catholicism on par with Protestant Christianity.
In a newspaper article advertising the Franklin Graham event, it states:
Photo: Catholic Bishop David Zubik
Bishop David Zubik said the festival dovetails with calls by recent popes to a “new evangelization,” bringing back cradle Catholics who drifted or became estranged from the faith.
“We felt as long as there was a Catholic component to this particular crusade, we wanted to be a part of it,” Bishop Zubik said.
Those who respond to Rev. Graham’s invitation to make a decision for Christ, and who identify as Catholic, will be given the opportunity to go to Epiphany Church — adjacent to the Consol Energy Center — for the sacrament of reconciliation, or confession.
“We’re right next door,” Bishop Zubik said.
Bishop Zubik said Catholics don’t share all of Rev. Graham’s controversial political statements but added: “That’s not what this is all about. The whole point is to bring people back to Jesus.” (source)
The question we have at Lighthouse Trails is, which Jesus is Franklin Graham sending these people to when he sends them to the Catholic Church for the sacrament? We believe the answer to that is “another” Jesus as the Bible warns will happen (2 Corinthians 11:4).
According to one article, nearly 26,000 people showed up to the Graham revival meeting with around 1700 coming forth to commit or recommit their lives to Jesus.
In an article written by Bishop Zubik titled “The Church Evangelizing!,” Zubik expresses his support for the papacy’s “New Evangelization” program that Roger Oakland has warned about in his books Another Jesus: the new evangelization and the eucharist christ and Faith Undone. In the article by Zubik, he states: “As Catholics, we invite others ‘to come to Jesus’ not only at events in stadiums, but to come to Him in the sacraments, most especially the Eucharist” (p. 8). Ironically, the Catholic Church as a whole holds the official position of “closed communion,” which means that only converts to Catholicism can legitimately partake in the sacrament of the Eucharist. Many evangelicals do not understand what the Catholic church teaches about the “sacraments” and the “Eucharist.” They do not realize that the Catholic belief is that Jesus Christ is actually in the wafer and his blood in the wine, and this “transubstantiation” takes place only when a Catholic priest prays over the bread and the wine. This continual re-crucifying of Christ is the benchmark of Catholic Church doctrine to the point of martyring those who would not accept that Jesus Christ was in a wafer (see Foxe’s story about a woman who was burned at the stake for refusing to accept the Catholic belief on the Eucharist.)
This woman, Mrs. Prest, gave up her life because she understood that the Catholic “Gospel” is a religion of works based on participation in the Eucharist and the other sacraments. According to Catholic doctrine, salvation is never certain because it is based on earning something that was meant to be free as opposed to the clear statement of the Bible that we can have full assurance of salvation in that it is based on grace through faith alone in the perfect, one-time sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross. The Christian Gospel cannot be reconciled with the Sacrament of the Eucharist, but many are deceived into thinking they are one and the same thing merely because they are both focused on the Cross. But a gift that is earned is no longer a gift; in short, the free gift of salvation has been rendered useless by turning it back into a system of works. If you have not read Roger Oakland’s article and booklet The New Evangelization From Rome: Finding the True Jesus Christ, we urge you to do so as it lays out the Bible Gospel versus the Catholic “Gospel.”
Photo: The man with the Mary statue at the Franklin Graham crusade
Another aspect of the Catholic “Gospel” that shouldn’t be ignored can be seen on an interesting video (see video) on YouTube of a man who is being interviewed who tried to go into the Franklin Graham meeting but was denied access because he was carrying a statue of Mary, and security guards would not allow him to bring the statue in. What is worth noting is that this Catholic man states that the way to truly know God or Jesus is through Mary and that she will actually even usher in world peace and the second coming of Christ.
Frankly, what is the point of keeping a statue of Mary out of the Graham crusade but allowing a Catholic bishop to give the opening prayer? Perhaps Franklin Graham does not realize that embracing Catholicism cannot be a smorgasbord where you pick and choose which elements you want. Catholicism has a whole plethora of anathemas for those who differ on various unscriptural doctrinal points.
Lest you think that the Catholic Church’s “New Evangelization” program is only trying to reach “backslidden” Catholics, we need to ask the question, Who is the Catholic Church’s “New Evangelization” program trying to reach? The answer: Everyone! As Bishop Zubik states in his article: “Pope Francis has made it clear that our witness [for the Catholic Church] must be to and for everyone—to each other as fellow Catholics, active or not, as well as to other Christians, to non-Christians and to nonbelievers.”
While we believe that at least part of the motivation for these evangelical leaders to join forces with the Catholic church is politically and morally motivated to “help bring America back to God,” we believe this unifying for the sake of political and moral issues is going to backfire on the evangelical church as the Catholic papacy and leadership (including the Jesuits) are using these issues to “bring back the lost brethren to the Mother Church.” And the question that must be asked is, if this united ecumenical body of evangelicals and Catholics is successful in bringing in a new White House administration that holds to traditional moral values, will the compromise of Christian faith by evangelicals be able to be reversed and separation of the two different belief systems be restored? Not likely considering the level of spiritual deception the evangelical church is at today. In essence, a paradigm shift has already taken place. And what will happen if the ecumenical evangelical/Catholic effort is unsuccessful in bringing in a morally conservative White House administration in the next election in 2016? We can be sure that the now-very-blurred lines that have in the past distinguished evangelical Christianity from other belief systems will erode all together because unrepentant compromise never produces good fruit but only leads to further compromise. Rather, the foothold that Satan presently has will throw the door wide open for the making of a totally corrupt and apostate church.
For those evangelical/Protestants who believe we have much in common with the Catholic Church and can unify with it, consider these statements, which Warren B. Smith cited in his book “Another Jesus” Calling. They are taken from the 1994 Catechism of the Catholic Church, which is the official source for all Roman Catholic doctrine today. After reading these quotes, can any Bible-believing Christian say they share the same faith as Roman Catholicism?:
“Let us rejoice then and give thanks that we have become not only Christians, but Christ himself. Do you understand and grasp, brethren, God’s grace toward us? Marvel and rejoice: we have become Christ.” (#795)
“For the Son of God became man so that we might become God.” (#460)
“The only-begotten Son of God, wanting to make us sharers in his divinity, assumed our nature, so that he, made man, might make men gods.” (#460)
Finally, what is it that we as Christians should hope for? For those who hope to see the church at large turn around from the apostasy that is upon her, there will be great disappointment. The Bible indicates such a falling away is going to happen. Our purpose should not be to hope that all of this will turn around but rather that those who have ears to hear and eyes to see will comprehend the times in which we live and remain steadfast in the faith and to the truth of the Gospel, which God has committed to us.
For biblical believers in Jesus Christ who see this taking place and refuse to become part of this apostasy, they will find themselves on the outside looking in, but when that day comes (and it’s not far off), it will be the safest place to be.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.(1 Corinthians 15:58)
CATHOLIC BISHOP OPENS PRAYER FOR FRANKLIN GRAHAM EVENT
(Friday Church News Notes, August 29, 2014, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143) – A Roman Catholic bishop gave the opening prayer for Franklin Graham’s Festival of Hope in Pittsburg, August 15-17. Bishop David Zubik rejoiced in the ecumenical spirit represented by the event (“Festival of Hope attendees enjoy final day of worship, music, Graham,” Pittsburg Tribune Review, Aug. 17, 2014). He prayed, “Lord, how good it is for us to be here: Orthodox, Presbyterian, Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, Pentecostal, Catholic, and many more. Despite our differences, what draws us here is your Son Jesus Christ.” There is nothing new here. Though Franklin Graham is more outspoken on some matters than his father, Billy, he is totally on board with the ecumenical agenda. In 1999, Franklin said that his father’s ecumenical alliance with the Catholic Church and all other denominations “was one of the smartest things his father ever did” (“Keeping it simple, safe keeps Graham on high,” The Indianapolis Star, Thurs., June 3, 1999, p. H2). Billy Graham’s association with Rome goes back to the early days of his ministry before he came to prominence. We have documented this in the free eBook Billy Graham’s Sad Disobedience atwww.wayoflife.org. See also the report “Franklin Graham’s Radical Ecumenism.” ____________________________________________________________________ SEE MAJOR REPORT ON THE GRAHAMS AND ROME: http://www.wayoflife.org/database/billy_graham_and_rome.html
CATHOLICS ARE SO GLAD FRANKLIN GRAHAM DOESN’T “PROSELYTIZE”
Dave Dames was a bored-at-Mass 16-year-old when a Protestant friend invited him to hear the Rev. Billy Graham preach at Pitt Stadium in 1968.
Rather than leading him out of the Catholic Church, “it planted a seed to take my faith much more seriously,” said Dames, a member of St. Teresa of Avila Parish in Perrysville.
Hoping that others will have the same experience, he and his wife, Judy, were among hundreds of Catholic volunteers who were trained to assist those who will commit their lives to Jesus when Graham’s son preaches next month in Pittsburgh.
The Diocese of Pittsburgh is cooperating with the Three Rivers Festival of Hope at the Consol Energy Center, where Franklin Graham will invite listeners into a new or deeper Christian life. The free event includes performances by musicians ranging from rapper Lecrae to worship artist Michael W. Smith to country star Charlie Daniels. It will begin at 7 p.m. Aug. 15-16, and at 4 p.m. Aug. 17, with doors opening 90 minutes early. Details are at www.threerivershope.org.
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association doesn’t steer converts into or out of any particular Christian tradition, but reconnects them with one to which they have a tie. Those who identify themselves as Catholic will be referred to a Catholic parish for follow-up.
A special feature of the Pittsburgh festival will be the Catholic welcome center next door at Epiphany Church, where Catholics who wish to renew their faith can receive immediate support and an opportunity for the sacrament of reconciliation.
“Catholics who step forward at the festival wishing to renew their relationship with Jesus will have almost instant access to him in the sacrament of his mercy and love,” said Helene Paharik, associate general secretary of the diocese and a member of the festival executive committee. “If Catholics bring friends to the festival, we want them to know that they can bring them immediately afterward to Epiphany to celebrate their reconciliation with our precious Lord.”
Steve Geitgey, an adult faith formation teacher from St. Winifred Parish in Mount Lebanon, will be among the volunteers inside Epiphany. A convert to Catholicism, he led supplemental training classes for Catholics who had completed the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s Christian Life and Witness course.
The Catholic training emphasized that conversion isn’t a momentary experience, and that God gave the church sacraments to strengthen and renew the followers of Jesus.
“This is a conversion of life. We want to accompany people on that journey,” Geitgey said.
While ministry is under way at Epiphany, Christine Raizin, a member of Holy Child Parish in Bridgeville and president of the Pittsburgh Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, will be in an office at Consol recording commitment cards.
Many of her relatives have left the Catholic Church for non-denominational congregations, so she was thrilled to learn that Catholics who come forward at the festival will receive the encouragement, support and sacraments they need from the Catholic Church.
“We are a very Spirit-filled church,” she said. “People think that if you’re a Catholic you don’t read the Bible or you don’t understand that Jesus is Lord. But we do. It isn’t the pope who directs everything, it’s the Holy Spirit. Once you understand what the Eucharist is, why would you not want to be Catholic?”
Twelve pastors have volunteered their parishes as centers of welcome and support for those who return to the practice of their faith after the festival.
Pastoral associates, including Franciscan Sister Annie Bremmer at SS. John and Paul Parish in Franklin Park/Marshall Township, Mary Jordan at St. Richard Parish in Richland Township and Tess Keddie at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Carnegie “are working closely with parishioners to finalize their plans to integrate these new friends into their parish communities. It is being done in the spirit of Bishop Zubik’s pastoral letter (“The Church Evangelizing!”), and his call to be a friend, be a friend of Jesus, make friends for Jesus,” Paharik said.
Ten parishioners from St. Damien of Molokai Parish in Monongahela received training to counsel new converts when they come forward at the festival. New or returning Catholics who are referred to St. Damien will receive one-on-one mentoring.
St. Damien parishioners “have always had an interest in reaching out to the unchurched or to those who have fallen away,” said Father William Terza, pastor. “We are always open to welcoming people back to the faith and to pursue their relationship with God.”
Bring a friend to the Three Rivers Festival of Hope
By: HELENE PAHARIK
One of the memories Bishop David Zubik shared with us in his pastoral letter, “The Church Evangelizing!” was from his childhood, watching TV as the Rev. Billy Graham preached to stadiums full of people. Bishop Zubik recalled when the choir sang “Just as I Am” and thousands streamed to the field to commit their lives to Jesus, he felt joy but also a little bit guilty. He wondered, was it wrong for him, a Catholic, to be glad that people were responding to a call from a Protestant evangelist? (“The Church Evangelizing!,” 19) Catholics do rejoice whenever people turn to Jesus. As Catholics, we invite others to encounter Jesus in Scripture, the sacraments and in service to their neighbor.
We can witness that first-hand Aug. 17 at 4 p.m., when Bishop Zubik will offer the opening prayer as Rev. Graham’s son, Franklin Graham, continues his father’s ministry at the Three Rivers Festival of Hope in the Consol Energy Center.
Members of the diocesan staff, along with hundreds of Catholic volunteers, have worked for months alongside Christians from many denominations to plan for this event. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is wonderful about ensuring that anyone who responds to the message will be directed back to the Christian community to which they may already belong. When someone goes forward and says they are Catholic, they will be put in touch with a Catholic parish, one that is prepared and waiting to receive them.
The Consol arena was providentially built beside Epiphany Church. Each night after the festival, Epiphany will host a welcome center for Catholics. Fellowship will be offered in the parish hall. The church will be open for private prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, and priests will be available to celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation.
The events in Consol Energy Center are the culmination of a larger evangelization process. For months beforehand the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association trained thousands of local Christians to talk to their friends about Jesus and invite them to the festival.
Again, one can see God’s providential timing. The Graham organization’s message about bringing friends to meet Jesus echoes the theme of Bishop Zubik’s fourth pastoral letter, “The Church Evangelizing!” That theme is: Be a friend. Be a friend of Jesus. Make friends for Jesus. This is an opportunity for all of us Catholics to put that lesson into practice.
The Festival of Hope is an easy invite. It’s free and features great music. On the evening that Bishop Zubik will be there, Sunday, Aug. 17, starting at 4 p.m., the performers include Michael W. Smith and The Charlie Daniels Band. I have to confess that I haven’t heard of some of the other performers, but folks tell me that they’re very popular with teens and young adults. Ask your (grand) children about a Christian rapper named Lecrae, who’s set to appear Saturday at 7 p.m.
Check the whole schedule at www.ThreeRiversHope.org. You can find music that your friends like, that your children like, that you like. Then ask them to come with you to the event. This could be an easy first step in fostering their friendship with Jesus. Afterward, bring them next door to Epiphany Church.
Bishop Zubik wants to make sure that when someone desires to strengthen their relationship with Jesus in the arena, it’s not just a flash in the pan. His heartfelt prayer is that you, your family and friends will rediscover the spiritual resources of the church in a fresh, new way.
Jesus gave us the sacraments to bring us to him and keep us close. We want to make sure that Catholics who begin a renewed journey of faith have the grace of those sacraments. We want them to ask questions about what they’ve just experienced and how that fits into what they learned about the church earlier in their lives. We want to help them resolve personal or family issues that may have estranged them from the church. Epiphany Church will be a place to begin those conversations, which can continue and deepen in parishes that have been prepared to receive people from the Festival of Hope.
Be a friend. Be a friend of Jesus. Make friends for Jesus. Bring a friend to the Festival of Hope. Then share that experience with us at Epiphany Church. See you there!
Paharik is a diocesan assistant general secretary and director of the Department for Human Life and Dignity. ______________________________________________________________________
In an interview published by the Argentine Weekly “Viva”, the pope listed his Top 10 Secrets for Happiness. One of them was quite shocking in view of the Great Commission given to the church by our Lord Jesus Christ. Pope Francis disagrees with the true Head of the Church in saying that we should not proselytize. He said we should respect others’ beliefs because “the worst thing of all is religious proselytism, which paralyzes.” The word “proselytize” means to try to convert somebody to a religious faith. The pope said “the church grows by attraction, not proselytizing.”
Mike’s Comment: The pope’s church does indeed grow by attraction to its “smells and bells.” Catholicism has always appealed to the flesh with its pagan rituals, including the solemn worship of the Eucharist, the flowing priestly robes, the flicker of the candles, the smell of incense, the pomp and pageantry of idol worship, and sacrifices for the dead. The influence of the secular media also encourages the world to love the “humble” man in white who declares himself to be the “Vicar of Christ” and “Holy Father.” It is no wonder the Lord Jesus declared, “Woe to you, when all people speak well of you” (Luke 6:26). Why wouldn’t the world love this pope? He says atheists and homosexuals can follow their conscience into heaven. It is no wonder the pope says “the worst thing of all is religious proselytism.” He thinks everyone who has a conscience will make it through the pearly gates.
The Lord’s church does not even resemble the pope’s church. God’s Church is the body and bride of Christ. It is His purchased possession. It is the Church of the first-born, whose names are written in heaven (Heb. 12:23). This is the Church to which the Lord Jesus promises “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it”(Matt. 16:18). Every member of the Lord’s church has been evangelized with the glorious Gospel of grace. After they heard the word of truth and believed in the Lord Jesus, they were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of their inheritance to the praise of His glory (Eph. 1:13-14). Every member has been born again as a new creation in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17). This is the only Church of which no one member can perish; they are safe in the hands of God for all eternity. The calling of God the Father, along with the continual intercession of God the Son, coupled with the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit, protect all who have been divinely chosen. They joyfully proclaim the voice of the Good Shepherd so His lost sheep will hear and follow Him (John 10). They are not citizens of this world because they are only passing through on their way to heaven. This church will be presented without spot or blemish before the Father’s throne. To God be all glory, praise and honor!
This old video proves Billy Graham’s universalism in an interview with Robert Schuller. It clearly exemplifies Graham’s public apostasy which spans decades. Nevertheless, Ingram sees no problem holding hands in joint ministry endeavors with Billy and Franklin Graham.
Now we will show that the “winsome” Chip Ingram of the “Silicon Valley”, California, has maintained associations with compromised Christians, such as the Grahams, (e.g. at the Cove, http://www.thecove.org/), despite their Catholic connections, universalism, “wider mercy salvation”, treating Mormonism as mainstream Christianity, awards to “word of faith” heretics, youth rock concerts, and ecumenism. Add to that Ingram’s drinking deeply of the cesspool of the world of pagan psychology focusing on NDE, or “near death experiences” as proof (among 6 extra-biblical, unbiblical proofs) of the existence of an afterlife besides the Bible. Add again, his unbiblical, mythical, faulty and heretical demonology which populates this world and the next. Add again the association with Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, John Ortberg and other emerging heretics.
Perhaps Ingram, in his rush to be “all things to all people” got sidetracked and his ego inflated by the “performance metrics” (rising income, to name one) of his ministries’ successes in the last few years, which has mistakenly convinced him that he must be doing something right with his sycophant undiscerning followers/donors. The business metrics may look encouraging, but what about the metrics of “real evidences of salvations/sanctifications/spiritual growth”? Ingram claims that pastors and church leaders can’t seem to define these, allegedly providing such definition, but he never offers a biblical definition, other than marketing his use of worldly business models and systems to fill a “need” that he’s convinced you of by nothing more than slick salesmanship.
We previously commented on the integration of secular, worldly business practices into churches at:
“It needs to be said that churches should not be run like businesses. When churches are run like corporations, pastors, elders and deacons lose whatever humility they once had and become manipulative dictatorial leaders and/or task masters, and discard their roles as shepherds, ministers, caring advisers, and equal members of the body of Christ, under the authority of God. Frequently, and in their sinful arrogance and independent spirit, the result is a complete failure to teach from the Bible, disciple believers, and warn and/or correct the congregation in a loving way about apostates, heretics, false teachers, false prophets, and the twisting of Scripture. Instead, they themselves become the focus of worship, the primary and final arbiters of truth, doctrine, and practice on their own authority. Members are ridiculed for wanting to hear Bible based expository preaching on the pretense that it just makes people fat and lazy, unwilling to work for the common good of the church. Adopting a business-like structure in church creates a hierarchy of authority, a “chain of command”, leads to abuse, contributes to gnosticism, fosters elitism, belittles the congregation as a working class, values performance over grace, diverts from the God-given guidance of Scripture and focuses on implementing the vision cast by leaders, requires the congregation to subject themselves to unbiblical self-appointed change agents, drives the congregation away from the true gospel of grace towards a social gospel of works, creates a socialist, collectivist, community organizational structure that denies or suppresses individualism, individual thought, and individual effort. Compliance and compliant church members fit into this unbiblical business community, and consequently, individualistic personalities are routinely discarded and booted out if they “don’t get with the program”.
Let’s begin and lay out the evidence, which, by the way, is very much hidden deep in a mountain of glowing, positive accolades from many sources and carefully crafted public persona imagery, couched in an aura of professionalism. This is all man-centeredness to the maximum, with a baptism in self-centeredness for his followers.
What we are dealing with here is much more sinister than simply a common integrationist methodology of mixing the Word of God with psychology producing psychoheresy. No, Ingram is careful to frequently give a disclaimer that what he offers is not just psychology alone. No, he claims his solutions are biblical and often quotes from the Bible. Nevertheless, the habits, addictions, symptoms, conditions and dysfunctional behaviorisms that he addresses are described as such, in psychological terms, never as sins and/or sinful, where the patient/counselee is the victim of past hurts and wounds. The latter approach of being personally responsible for sins would alienate much of his audience who would have to take the blame themselves for their state of mind and soul.
What Ingram offers is just another age-old form of gnosticism, with man’s wisdom pre-eminent, for a price. It’s what you don’t get in this package tied so neatly with a fancy ribbon, namely the Holy Spirit’s role and work in the believer!
Ingram was the senior pastor of Santa Cruz Bible Church, http://santacruzbible.org/, a large non-denominational church located in Santa Cruz, California, where he and Dan Kimball served on staff together for over twelve years (see page 265 of Dan Kimball’s book, “The Emerging Church”). Kimball is at Vintage Faith Church now:
Ingram is one of six contributors to Kimball’s book, including Howard Hendricks (Center for Christian Leadership), Brian McLaren (founding pastor of Cedar Ridge Community Church, and emergent heretic), Sally Morgenthaler (president of Sacramentis.com), Mark Oestreicher (president and publisher of Youth Specialties, www.youthspecialties.com), and Rick Warren (senior pastor and Purpose Driven Pope of Saddleback Church www.saddleback.com).
Ingram comments on page 223 of Kimball’s book cited above: “Dan’s thoughts on discipleship are not limited in their application to the emerging church. The (ancient) disciplines are needed everywhere and can form a rich arena for followers of Jesus from all generations.” This is a direct comment on Kimball’s chapter 19, “Spiritual Formation: Becoming a Vintage Christian”, sub-paragraph titled “Restoring the ancient disciplines (Catholic contemplative mystical practices) to create vintage Christians”.
http://livingontheedge.org/about-us/core-values, indoctrinations into legalism, works and a type of “purpose driven” service similar to Rick Warren’s “Purpose Driven Life”, where the gullible are led to believe that bible study, learning and wisdom should take a back seat to “kingdom building”. “BIO” is a step further into a regimen of “spiritual disciplines” (also known as “spiritual formation”); for example this excerpt:
“BIO is a simple framework of spiritual disciplines that, when practiced regularly, builds healthy, sustainable spiritual growth for life. A BIO believer is committed to living out their faith daily before God, in community and on mission.”
Contrast this with what the Bible has to say about justification and sanctification. There is nothing that can be added to, or should be added to, the completed work of Jesus Christ:
Romans 3:20-” Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”
Romans 3:24-“being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus”
Romans 3:28-“Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law.”
Romans 4:2-“For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.”
1 Corinthians 6:11-“But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God”
Shalem-Trained Contemplative Fil Anderson Member of Samaritan’s Purse “Spiritual Care Team”
Fil Anderson is a name Lighthouse Trails has been acquainted with for several years because of his
book Running on Empty: Contemplative Spirituality for Overachievers and his involvement with
organizations such as Youth Specialties and Young Life (Anderson had been in Young Life leadership
for many years and is still involved with the organization). Anderson also speaks with Richard Foster’s
To say Anderson’s book is contemplative would be an understatement. The book is filled with
contemplative names such as Brennan Manning, Dallas Willard, Richard Foster, Evelyn Underhill, and
John Cassian. Also favorably named in the book are: Thomas Merton, Soren Kierkegaard, Sue Monk
Kidd, Tilden Edwards, Gerald May, and several others who fall into the panentheistic mystical camp.
Contemplative prayer is clearly the theme of the book. In addition to the contemplative advocates
referenced and quoted in the book, contemplative practices such as lectio divina, repetitionof a word or
phrase, and the Jesus Prayer are also promoted. One of the books that Anderson quotes from is Morton
Kelsey’s book, The Other Side of Silence: A Guide to Christian Meditation. Kelsey is a contemplative
mystic who has influenced tens of thousands of people. Practicing mystical meditation led Kelsey to say:
“You can find most of the New Age practices in the depth of Christianity. . . . I believe that the Holy One
lives in every soul.”1 And also:
Each church needs to provide classes in forms of prayer. This is only possible if seminaries are
training pastors in prayer, contemplation and meditation, and group process. . . . The church has
nothing to fear from the New Age when it preaches, teaches, and heals.
Like Ruth Haley Barton, Fil Anderson was trained at the Shalem Institute on Spiritual Formation. He spent
two years in training there. In the acknowledgements of his book, Anderson thanks “[t]he magnificent
people at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, for playing such a vital role in my spiritual formation,
especially Rose Mary Dougherty, Tilden Edwards, and Gerald May.” This is not a surprising comment
coming from someone who is totally sold on contemplative prayer. But it is disheartening to learn that
Anderson is involved with Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse. Anderson is a member of the Spiritual
Care Team. We called Samaritan’s Purse and were told that the Spiritual Care Team is a group of
volunteers made up mostly of long-time “friends” of Samaritan’s Purse whose primary purpose is to do
follow-up phone calls with people who have been in need. We asked the person we spoke with at
Samaritan’s Purse if all the Spiritual Care Team members were Christians, and she told us that each
team member was a “solid” Christian believer. We asked if a New Ager would be allowed to be on the
Spiritual Care Team, and she said, “probably not.” Obviously, to those who understand the dynamics of
contemplative spirituality, it is troubling to know that Samaritan’s Purse is using a strong contemplative
proponent to “minister” to people in need. If those people, in their time of great need, are directed in any
way to the teachings of mystics like Thomas Merton, Tilden Edwards, Sue Monk Kidd, or Gerald May, how
is this going to help them? In actuality, it can hurt them deeply. For one, these mystics believe that God
dwells in everything (all creation and in every human being) and thus the message of the Cross
(the Gospel) would not be needed. Secondly, should these people in need begin to practice contemplative
mysticism, they will end up with occultism rather than with God’s Holy Spirit. Like most contemplatives,
Anderson describes a spiritual emptiness in his life: “In my deepest parts I knew that God was everywhere.
Yet often I wondered and even doubted whether God was in my spirit” (Running on Empty, Kindle
Locations 259-260). Anderson talks about being so busy with church activities when he was a young
Christian man that he finally became burnt out – filled with despair and depression. He ended up in a
psychiatric hospital where he received some temporary help. After college, Anderson became a leader
in the international Christian organization Young Life. He eventually slipped back into feeling burnt out
and in despair until one day he attended a retreat where he read a book by panentheist Thomas Kelly.
From there on out, Anderson’s life changed, and he became a contemplative, looking to the mystics he
writes about in his book for his spiritual nourishment.
This is just another example of how contemplative spirituality has come into the church. We believe there
are very few Christian organizations that have not been affected to some degree.
Samaritan’s Purse is an organization that helps people in dire need. On their Statement of Faith, they
adhere to the basic fundamentals of the Christian Faith. We hope they can be alerted to the truth about
contemplative spirituality and would reconsider allowing mysticism proponents to offer spiritual ”help” to
people in need.
Years ago, Lighthouse Trails sent a copy of A Time of Departing to Franklin Graham’s office. We don’t
know if he ever read it. We are going to send a copy of this article and another copy of A Time of Departing to his office this week. Please pray that he will receive the book and will read it.
On the Samaritan’s Purse website, it states that their mission is “to follow the example of Christ by
helping those in need and proclaiming the hope of the Gospel.” The hope of the Gospel and
contemplative spirituality do not line up together. They are on two opposite poles. Notes:
1. Morton Kelsey cited in Charles H. Simpkinson, “In the Spirit of the Early Christians” (Common Boundary magazine, Jan./Feb. 1992).
2. Morton Kelsey, New Age Spirituality (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 1st edition,
1992, edited by Duncan S. Ferguson), pp. 56-58.
“He’s a member of the Spiriitual Care Team for Samaritan’s Purse. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and Fuller Theological seminary, he also completed
the Graduate Program in Spiritual Guidance at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in
In case you are still one of those Christians who still think of Billy Graham and Franklin Graham as shining, guiding stars in your walk with the Lord, consider the following evidence to prove otherwise. The Grahams are as apostate and universalist as Rob Bell, and a bunch of other emerging types.
John MacArthur on Billy Graham’s universalism:
John MacArthur on Billy Graham’s “wider mercy salvation”:
Take Heed Ministries of Cecil Andrews of Northern Ireland video: “Billy Graham, the Man and His Message”, documents Graham’s drift away from the doctrines of the Bible toward universalism, Catholicism, and ecumenism:
Pastor Ralph Ovadal of Pilgrims Covenant Church, Monroe, Wisconsin www.pccmonroe.org, has six audio sermons about Billy and Franklin Graham’s “Rock the River” youth events on sermonaudio.com, under his Heart of the Matter program:
Remarks from Billy Graham asserting that Muslims and those of other religions who “turn to the only light they have” without consciously trusting Christ are saved—despite clear warning in Scripture—have come back to light after his son Franklin Graham, the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), expressed disagreement with a Wheaton professor who contends that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.
As previously reported, associate professor Larycia Hawkins posted to Facebook two photos of herself wearing a hijab earlier this month, and stated in a lengthy explanation that she plans to wear it everywhere she goes during the Advent—including at the professedly Christian college and to church.
“I stand in human solidarity with my Muslim neighbor because we are formed of the same primordial clay, descendants of the same cradle of humankind—a cave in Sterkfontein, South Africa that I had the privilege to descend into to plumb the depths of our common humanity in 2014,” Hawkins wrote.
She said that not only does she have a common ancestry with Muslims, but that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.
“I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book,” Hawkins asserted. “And as Pope Francis stated last week, we worship the same God.”
In light of controversy over the matter, the professor was suspended by university officials and placed under review. Some Wheaton students protested her suspension, calling for Hawkins to be reinstated.
Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham, who graduated from Wheaton in 1943, expressed dismay over Hawkins’ actions and statements in a social media post on Wednesday.
“Can you believe this Wheaton College professor who says she’s going to wear a hijab for the holidays this year to show solidarity with Islam? Shame on her!” he wrote.
“She said that Muslims and Christians worship the same God. Well she is absolutely wrong—she obviously doesn’t know her Bible and she doesn’t know Islam,” Graham continued. “The God of the Bible has a Son named Jesus Christ. The god of Islam doesn’t have a son, and even the thought of that would be sacrilegious to Muslims. The God of the Bible sent His Son to earth to die in our place and save us from our sins.”
Graham’s remarks come in contrast to those made by his father in 1997 while being interviewed on Robert Schuller’s “Hour of Power.” During the segment, Graham stated that Muslims and those of other religions may be saved without hearing of Christ or reading the Scriptures in realizing that they “need something,” although not pinpointing what it is.
“I think that everybody that loves Christ or knows Christ—whether they’re conscious of it or not, they’re members of the Body of Christ,” Billy Graham said. “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,” Graham continued. “They may not even know the name of Jesus, but they know in their heart that they need something that they don’t have, and they turn to the only light that they have.”
“And I think that they are saved, and that they’re going to be with us in Heaven,” he declared.
Schuller then sought clarification on Graham’s remarks.
“What I hear you saying 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?” he asked.
“Yes, it is, because I believe that,” Graham replied. “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.”
In 2005, when asked by talk show host Larry King if Muslims and others will go to Heaven even though they don’t believe in Christ, Graham replied, “That’s in God’s hands. I can’t be the judge.”
“How do you feel when you see a lot of these strong Christian leaders go on television and say, ‘You are condemned. You will live in Hell if you do not accept Jesus Christ,’ and they are forceful and judgmental?” King asked.
“Well, they have a right to say that, and they are true to a certain extent, but I don’t — that’s not my calling,” Graham replied. “My calling is to preach the love of God and the forgiveness of God and the fact that He does forgive us. … [Y]ou can get off on all kinds of different side trends, and in my earlier ministry, I did the same, but as I got older, I guess I became more mellow and more forgiving and more loving.”
Efforts to obtain comment from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association as to whether Graham still holds to the belief have been unsuccessful, and Franklin Graham has likewise not addressed concerns over the matter. However, in the past, representatives have reportedly pointed to an article published in Decision Magazine in the 1960s, which outlined Graham’s viewpoint on the issue.
Anne Graham Lotz– Not recommended. While the core of Anne Graham Lotz’s teaching isn’t radically off base, biblically, (i.e. she’s not blatantly teaching Word of Faith, NAR, or other heretical doctrine) there are too many red flags about her teaching and behavior to regard her as a trustworthy teacher of God’s word. She has no qualms about preaching to men. False teachers Rick Warren and Beth Moore have each written forewords for Anne’s books. Anne has poor hermeneutics. Here, she completely ignores the context of 2 Chronicles 7:14 and claims it as a promise for America. Here, while correctly stating several times that God speaks through His word, she also seems to teach extra-biblical revelation by saying we can mistake other people’s voices for the voice of God and continually using the phrase “listening for God’s voice.” Anne endorses unbiblical “circle-making” prayer, and she is beginning to dabble in NAR-esque prophesying. Click here for more information on Anne Graham Lotz.
I’m going to go out on a limb and state that Anne Graham Lotz is not someone Christian women can trust to teach them the Bible, as she has demonstrated that she does not rightly handle the Word of Truth. (2 Tim. 2:15) My saying this will surely upset women who believe that Anne’s a solid Bible teacher simply because she’s Billy Graham’s daughter and Franklin’s sister. Bud Ahlheim of Pulpit & Pen offers many reasons for not taking her teaching seriously.
But before I get to that, for those who are unaware of –or doubt–Mrs. Lotz’s decline into “hermeneutical roadkill,” I’ve provided several articles at the bottom of the page that make it clear that the path she’s on is decidedly unbiblical.
Now to Bud Ahlheim’s blog post:
While discernment is a mandated chore for every Christian, one that can only be finely honed by the Spirit-illuminated study of Scripture, sometimes it doesn’t take a whole bunch of that skill to recognize the smell of hermeneutical roadkill that’s trying to be passed off as spiritual barbecue.
Such is the case with Anne Graham Lotz. That she has parlayed her father’s almost hallowed name within evangelicalism into what some see as a reputable “ministry” is probably no surprise, especially when viewed from a, shall we say, more pragmatic fiscal perspective. That hers is a “reputable” ministry, one “rightly handling the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15) is another matter altogether. Then, of course, there’s the even more fundamental question, “Should SHE even be doing this?” (1 Timothy 2:12)
In any case, Lotz has a nifty name for her endeavor that, no doubt for her, is imbued with significant spiritual meaning – AnGeL Ministries. You’ll note, in what can only be seen, perhaps, as divine providence, that the word “angel” is built around her monogram. Neat-o, huh?
Lotz, though, has a substantial history of “imbuing” things with spiritual meaning that, most often, represent bonafide violence to both the text and tenor of Scripture. She ought to imbue less, methinks, and abide more in the Word.
From her own website, Lotz, in April 2015, advised her followers that, as a result of studying the Book of Joel, and because “the messages almost made the hair stand up on the back of my neck,” (always a valid hermeneutic) she was certain Jesus “is soon to return to take all His followers to heaven.” You may ask how she knows this. “Because God was clearly warning that His judgment is coming on America and on our world, and it’s going to be ugly. I knew it then, and I know it now.” (God was, you understand, talking about America back there in the days of Joel. Try to keep up, okay?)
Okay, well, hmmm. Yes, we are told, by Jesus, no less, to be ready. “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.” (Matthew 24:36) Well, Lotz didn’t prophesy a date and time, so maybe she’s in the clear on this one.
But, “it’s going to be ugly?” Sadly, for many people, the righteous wrath of God as He judges sin will be ugly. It will be ugly, terminal, and eternal. But not for believers, since we tend to believe that we have been justified by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. Any warnings of ugliness should be to motivate us to “preach the Gospel,” not shudder in fear of a judgment for which Christ has paid our ransom.
Lotz points out the ugliness in her 2015 blog because she wanted to offer “a prayer I have written personally for each of the 9 days,” … “for those who sign up.” The “9 days” are the dates she identifies as May 15 – May 23, the days “between the Day of the Ascension of Jesus and the Day of Pentecost.” You see, those have “traditionally been days of prayer and fasting for an outpouring of God’s Spirit.” Oh, yeah, sure.
(Insert sound of annoying discernment tocsin here … again.)
Most believers understand the Pentecost event from Acts 2. What most tend to disregard is that this event was not the only “outpouring of the Holy Spirit” recorded in Acts. Similar events occurred with each of the geographic people groups Christ included in Acts 1:8. An outpouring occurred in Jerusalem and Judea with Jewish believers. (See Acts 2) It also occurred for the Samaritans and “God fearers.” (See Acts 8:14-17; Acts 10:44-48, Acts 11:13). Finally, it came to the Gentiles, notably under the ministry of the Apostle Paul. (See Acts 19:1-7) Plus, that last outpouring? Yeah, it was the last outpouring. Not something happening in our day. Continue reading
EXCERPT: “You have been given much Anne; thus your accountability before Jesus is far greater than the hundreds, probably thousands, who are going to read what you said about “The Circle Maker” and say to themselves, well, if Anne Graham Lotz believes and endorses and practices what the circle maker says, then it must be okay. BUT IT ISN’T. Thus, you have now become a stumbling block and not a stepping stone to all who will follow your lead.”
EXCERPTS:“This issue with Lotz’s email should be clear to discerning Christians. In a similar fashion to those of the Word-Faith Movement, Lotz has said that we need to pray like Honi. The way Honi prayed was not how a humble, worshipful Christian should be expected to pray. Honi, who treated God as his personal cosmic butler, is not a man who should be held up as an example to be imitated.”
“Lotz’s email, in a way similar to Batterson’s book “The Circle Maker”, promotes a mystic practice that misunderstands both the nature of God and of prayer. Christians need not draw a circle (physical, mental, or spiritual; literal or metaphorical) around any nation to pray for it . Furthermore, Christians should not be presumed to present God with ultimatums.”
“Those subscribed to Anne Graham Lotz’s mailing list should rethink the wisdom of their subscription. It is prudent for Christians to keep one degree of separation between themselves and heretics.”
Pandering to the discernment-free and Scripture-disregarding, ecumenical efforts of the modern evangelical church, the false teacher Anne Graham Lotz will presumably be drawing circles around the entire nation as she mystically leads it to pray for “repentance, revival, and a recommitment to serious prayer.””
“Anyone familiar with Lotz’s less-than-orthodox practices (She gives “prophetic” words, too, FYI) may herein recognize yet further departure from God’s Word by the larger “evangelical” church. As we know, the enemy may disguise himself as an “angel of light,” this time perhaps via Lotz’s self-monikered, anagrammatic AnGel Ministries. “God has called me to be a messenger. I have used my initials, AGL, to name my non-profit ministry AnGeL Ministries because in Scripture angels are God’s messengers.”” Instead of a logical and literal interpretation, Lotz suggests an esoteric meaning. She is stating that prayer was God’s mechanism for the creation of the world. HUH? Did God draw a circle around nothingness and ask for the world to be made? Is she claiming that God prayed to God for the creation of the world and that God answered God by doing it? (Here, friends, is an example of eisegetical violence being done to Scripture.)
EXCERPTS: “Released on May 10, 2016 Anne Graham Lotz’s latest book is sure to make its mark in the “Christian” publishing market. The reasons for this are twofold. The book is authored by someone with the evangelically hallowed name of “Graham,” which itself is enough cause to prompt the Biblically-astute to cast a discerning eye. Secondly, in the world of “Christian” publishing, false “prophets” create genuine profits.”
“The Daniel Prayer is a mess, and a dangerous mess, at that. Lacking any pervasive Scriptural logic, unless contemplative, egocentric mysticism counts, the tome seems borne mostly out of an overly mystical, decidedly anthropocentric form of American Christian theology, with the emphasis being on “America,” not “Christian.” That such a system could be even considered “theological” is erroneous since it gives mere lip service, not strict adherence, to Scripture, elevates man’s desires far above the plans of God, and promotes its tenets with the underlying theme that America is the new Israel. Lotz perpetuates this fallacious theology throughout the text. The subtitle of the book, Prayer That Moves Heaven And Changes Nations, highlights an apparent denial of the doctrine of the sovereignty of God that remains consistent throughout the book.
America is losing favor with God, according to Lotz, and that calls for the Daniel prayer. She proceeds to excise this prayer from the historical narrative of Scripture and promote its modern incantation as a miracle fix for the woes of America.
Lotz lauds herself for everything from choosing God, to knowing Scripture, to using prayer successfully, to getting messages, and “messengers,” from God, to understanding prophetic messages from the news.
Soteriologically, Lotz denies faith is a gift from God.”
EXCERPTS:“Obviously, the claim is that Mrs. Lotz is “proclaiming the word of God.” We hope you will see, this is a lie. She is a false teacher who follows in the footsteps of her broad way father, Billy Graham.”
“Instead of disagreeing with Phillips, Lotz agreed and stated that the Pope “believed in Jesus,” “believed in the Scriptures,” was “a great leader,” was “a man of character,” and she respected him “as a person, a leader.” She applauded his ecumenism “to bridge the gaps between Protestants and Catholics and Jews and Catholics,” and called it “a wonderful thing.” She said,
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Oftentimes an individual tells me, “I have given my life to Jesus,” or “I have invited Jesus into my heart.”
I have no doubt that some people who describe their salvation in these terms are genuinely saved, but these are not biblical descriptions of salvation and I am convinced that to use such terminology is not a harmless matter. To “give my life to Christ” or to merely “invite Jesus into my heart” gives the wrong idea, in fact.
TO “GIVE MY LIFE TO CHRIST” implies that I have something good or worthwhile to offer to Him and that there is something good in me that God would accept, which is definitely not true. “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one” (Rom. 3:10). The Bible says that even our supposed righteousness is unacceptable before a thrice holy God: “... we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6).
TO “INVITE JESUS INTO MY HEART” is not the same as acknowledging my wicked sin and my frightful unsaved condition and putting my trust in what Jesus Christ has done on the cross for me as the only means of salvation. To “invite Jesus into my heart” implies that my heart is not the filthy thing that the Bible says that it is. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jer. 17:9). It is true that the Bible says Jesus Christ comes into the life of the believer. In 2 Cor. 6:16God says, “I will dwell in them, and walk in them,” but this is only after the individual is redeemed and cleansed and sanctified by faith in Christ’s atonement.
The term “invite Jesus into my heart” is usually based on Revelation 3:20: “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” First of all, this is not an invitation to an individual but to a church. See verse 19. “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.” Jesus is graciously knocking on the door of the wayward church and inviting individuals to respond to His rebuke by repenting of their apostate condition. I do not doubt that there is an application of this verse that extends to Christ’s blessed invitation to individual sinners, but we know that one verse cannot contradict everything else the New Testament says about salvation.
To tell the sinner merely to receive Jesus into his or her heart gives the wrong idea UNLESS we carefully explain about his sinful condition and God’s judgment of sin (Rom. 1:18 - 3:18) and Jesus’ sacrifice for sin (Rom. 3:19-24). This is the true Roman’s Road plan of salvation.
The gospel is not inviting Jesus into my heart; it is summarized as follows by the Lord’s apostle: “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how 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).
Biblical salvation is described in Acts 20 as repenting of my sin and self-will, which means to surrender to God, and putting my faith in Jesus Christ as my sin bearer. This is the message that Paul preached. “Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21).
Biblical salvation is described in Romans 10 in terms of believing in the heart that God has raised Jesus from the dead (Rom. 10:9).
Biblical salvation is described in John 3 in terms of being born again by putting my faith in what Jesus did when He was lifted up on the cross (John 3:3, 14-16).
Biblical salvation is described in Acts 4 in terms of believing in Jesus Christ as the only Lord and Saviour (Acts 4:10-12).
Biblical salvation is described in Acts 8 in terms of believing with all one’s heart that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He paid the sacrifice that was demanded by God’s law and that is described in Isaiah 53 (Acts 8:26-27).
There are many other descriptions of salvation in the New Testament, but nowhere is salvation described as “giving my life to Jesus” or merely “inviting Jesus into my heart.”
We need to be very careful about salvation, because nothing in this life is more important than finding the right way of salvation and the Bible warns that there are false gospels and false christs and false spirits (2 Cor. 11:1-4).
We are saved by believing from the heart “that form of doctrine which was delivered” to us, which refers to the doctrinal content of the biblical Gospel. “But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you” (Rom. 6:17).
Shallow presentations of the gospel can become “another gospel” if the individual is left with a wrong concept of what it means to be saved.
It is instructive that many of those who are victims of the “Quick Prayerism” method of evangelism and who have merely prayed a sinner’s prayer but do not show any evidence of regeneration describe their salvation in the aforementioned terms.
SOME RESPONSES TO THIS ARTICLE:
”I agree completely. Most of us have probably been guilty of repeating terminology we have heard, even if it is not biblically sound, including these phrases. However, I think it is important to use the language of the Bible. These two phrases are not descriptive of Bible salvation, reflect a shallow understanding and presentation of the gospel, and could easily deceive someone about the true nature of repentance and faith” (Thomas Smith, Pastor, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, St. Clair, Missouri).
“I think this is a subject that needs to be dealt with frequently. Tozer pointed out many years ago that ‘accepting Jesus into my heart’ is not biblical terminology, and that ‘receiving Christ’ (John 1:11,12) conveys a much more serious truth” (Buddy Smith, Pastor, Grace Baptist Church, Malanda, Queensland, Australia).
“The whole message of ‘ask into the heart’ is very recent in the history of the Lord’s churches. It looks to me like Baptists accepted it from evangelicals of other denominations. It was not the preaching of the old Baptists. There are several songs along the same line as this also. Sadly, it seems that a lot of people get their doctrine from their songs instead of getting their songs from their doctrine. Is there a sense in which the Lord dwells in our hearts? In light of Gal. 4:6 and Eph. 3:17 the answer is yes, but we still are never commanded to preach ‘Ask Him into your heart,’ nor do we see the Gospel heralds in the New Testament preaching that. When I preached on this recently, the immediate reaction of one man who has been saved for years was, ‘This sounds like borderline heresy,’ simply because he had always heard this, even in his years at BJU, other sound churches, etc. When I opened the Word and we looked together he agreed that what I preached was Biblical. My dad has been preaching for years that we are not telling people to ask Jesus into their life or give their life to Jesus. Their life is wrong; it is a mess; it is wicked. We are preaching that sinners need ‘new life in Christ’” (Bobby Mitchell, Jr., Pastor, Mid-Coast Baptist Church, Brunswick, Maine).
“I think the reason for the problem terms you mention (‘I have invited Jesus into my heart,’ etc.) grow out of a shallow or weak presentation of the Gospel. If the lost person would be led to see himself as the wicked & lost hell bound sinner the Word of God says he is and that he is under the wrath & condemnation of a Holy God, he would recognize that there is not one ounce of good in him. If the purpose of ‘The suffering Lamb of God’ on the cross would be plainly preached and the lost sinner would be made to see the great sacrifice of the Christ -- as He bleeds and dies, as He is making the Atonement in His blood sacrifice for the sins of the whole world, as He is suffering the wrath of God poured out on Him, as He bears the sins of all mankind, as He is personally bearing the sins of the sinner who is being witnessed to. And if the Holy Spirit would then convict this sinner of the desperately wicked condition of his own heart and life and he would then see his hopeless, worthless position outside of God’s grace, surely he would repent of his sins and be saved. At this point it would seem like the only words the lost sinner would then be able to utter would be ‘God be merciful to me, a sinner.’ Seeing God’s great love for lost sinners in Christ on the cross and being convicted by the Holy Spirit would surely produce believing faith in the finished work of Christ for the salvation of the soul” (Wilbert Unger, Pastor, Bethel Baptist Church, London, Ontario).
“INCENDIARY SPEECH” TOO OFFENSIVE FOR CANADA’S LIBERAL SOCIAL JUSTICE
“Our concern is that the contentious and
confrontational political and social rhetoric that Mr. Graham has used
has the potential to overshadow the message of Jesus and incite
hostility in our highly charged social climate.”
“we do not believe that Rev.
Graham … should be the exemplar that impresses itself on these new
CANADIAN ECUMENICAL PREACHERS TELL GRAHAM – SCRAM!~
THEY THINK HIS STATEMENTS & POLITICAL VIEWS ARE HARMFUL TO THE PRESENTATION OF THE “GOSPEL” TO PROGRESSIVES
CITE HIS ANTI-MUSLIM & ANTI-LGBT POSITIONS AS NOT CONDUCIVE TO “UNITY” &
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Evangelical Critics: Franklin Graham’s Evangelism Won’t Work in Vancouver
Canadian pastors debate whether Trump baggage will hurt local outreach efforts.
KATE SHELLNUTT| FEBRUARY 25, 2017
Compared to Franklin Graham’s evangelistic rallies in far-off countries,
his upcoming event in Vancouver is relatively close to home. But the
diverse, mostly secular Canadian city is culturally a world away from
the Bible Belt.
That’s partly why a group of fellow evangelicals has joined local
Christian leaders asking him not to speak at the Festival of Hope, a
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association event scheduled to take place next week in the Vancouver Canucks’ arena.
For months, a group of Vancouver pastors have raised concerns about
Graham’s “contentious and confrontational political and social
rhetoric,” particularly his characterizations of the LGBT community,
Muslims, and immigrants.
Context matters for evangelism, and they worry that a figure who has
made such controversial remarks won’t be a good fit to share the Good
News with the more progressive people of Vancouver. Especially not right
“Given that the express goal of this event is evangelism, with the
commitment of new believers to Christ, we do not believe that Rev.
Graham … should be the exemplar that impresses itself on these new
evangelical pastors and a Catholic leader who were invited to endorse
the March 3–5 event, but opposed Graham’s place as keynote speaker.
The latest statement against
Graham’s appearance was released Friday afternoon and signed by leaders
representing 60 percent of Vancouver’s Christians. Pastors from
Baptist, Reformed, Foursquare, Vineyard, and nondenominational churches
signed the letter, along with representatives from Catholic and mainline
“Hopefully it will differentiate the mainstream Christian vision from
what Franklin Graham has said,” Tim Dickau, senior pastor at Grandview
Calvary Baptist Church, told CT. “We’re not opposed to the festival. But
it’s important to distinguish that, ‘No, we disagree with these aspects
of his statements.’”
President Donald Trump’s election in the United States has put
Canadian evangelicals in a sensitive spot. Evangelicals make up only
about 10 percent of Canada’s population, compared to 25 percent in the
US, and number even fewer in Vancouver. Trump’s perceived association
with evangelicals has only made their reputation worse among the people
they seek to reach.
“There’s a real sense of conflating Trump with evangelicals,” which
doesn’t go over well in liberal Vancouver, said Ken Shigematsu, pastor
of Tenth Church, one of the largest and most diverse congregations in
And while Graham did not endorse Trump, he prayed at his inauguration, appeared alongside the president during his victory tour, and has championed his recent policies.
Shigematsu was a sponsor of the Festival of Hope, and knows its
organizers through his mentor Leighton Ford, Billy Graham’s
brother-in-law and a Toronto-born evangelist. But the Christian and
Missionary Alliance pastor ultimately decided to withdraw his
involvement from the event. Shigematsu said Franklin Graham’s political
positions, particularly on refugees and immigrants, were “at odds with
our church’s vision and ethos.”
About 1 in 4 evangelicals in Canada today are immigrants, a demographic credited with recent church growth in the country, according to the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC). The Vancouver Sun reported that
“Graham’s crusade runs the danger of dividing the city’s ethnically
diverse Christian population of roughly 850,000, since it continues to
be actively promoted, including on bus ads, by dozens of prominent
DISREGARDING MATTHEW 10:34-
“Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.”
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We, the undersigned, represent a broad diversity of
Christian churches, including evangelical congregations, and over 60% of
the Christians in the metro area.
We are releasing the attached letter regarding
Franklin Graham being the speaker for the Festival of Hope, after nine
months of dialogue with the Festival of Hope committee.
Diversity of opinion is not a sign of disunity. It is a
sign of health. We have learned from each other that unity is best
achieved at the start of a journey together, before an irrevocable
decision like the selection of a speaker has been made. Despite this
diversity of opinion about Mr. Graham, we trust that many will find new
life in Christ at the Festival of Hope over these next few days and
that, irrespective of anything else, this city will experience the love
of God in new and profound ways. We pray to that end.
We had planned to release the letter on February 21st,
but agreed to hold it until today to give Mr. Graham time to reply in
writing. We received Mr. Graham’s reply last night (the 23rd). We are
encouraged that he gave us a gracious response and has publicly pledged
to avoid controversial topics while in Vancouver and to focus on the
However, Mr. Graham has neither retracted nor
sufficiently addressed the harmful statements to which we drew his
attention, and which can be found here. Therefore, we are releasing our letter. We urge Mr. Graham to release the reply he sent us.
We want to make clear that our letter was not written at the request of the
City of Vancouver. It was already in draft form when a
few of us met with the Mayor earlier this month. The Mayor called that
meeting because he wanted to share his concerns and to ask what the
Christian community could do to diminish the potential risk of inciting
violence that he and the Vancouver Police Department perceived.
We love and respect our sisters and brothers on the
Festival of Hope Committee. We have worked together for many years and
hope to do so for many years to come. Nonetheless, we feel compelled to
clarify our concerns to the wider community, regarding our perspective
on what brings honour to Jesus and on the Good News he asks us to share
in word and deed.
We are eager to dialogue further with our sisters and
brothers about their concerns and ours – and with Mr. Graham if he is so
February 24th, 2017
To our Christian colleagues and our fellow Vancouverites,
As pastors and Christian leaders in greater Vancouver,
we deeply believe in a Jesus who is “for” all human beings. He is so
“for” us that he willingly died to teach us how we can have life to the
fullest with him. We desire that all people hear his message of hope.
We are concerned that Franklin Graham, who is our
brother in Christ, will be the keynote speaker at the Festival of Hope
conference to be held here in March.
Our concern is that the contentious and
confrontational political and social rhetoric that Mr. Graham has used
has the potential to overshadow the message of Jesus and incite
hostility in our highly charged social climate.
We wish to make clear that we value the work our
sisters and brothers in Christ have done in organizing the Festival,
which intends to celebrate and share the true message of Christianity:
the Good News about Jesus of Nazareth. We pray that the Festival of Hope
will be all that God wants it to be.
Jesus’s life, sacrificial death, and resurrection
ensure that justice will ultimately prevail in the world, that the
universe will be restored to its full goodness and wellbeing, and that
everyone may find in Jesus forgiveness of sin and reconciliation with the Creator who knows and loves each of us in our unique particularity.
Jesus inaugurated his ministry in and for the world by
announcing, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed
me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom
for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the
oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour” (Luke
Regrettably, Franklin Graham’s public comments appear
to compromise Jesus’s mission of love and justice for all. He has made
disparaging and uncharitable remarks about Muslims and the LGBTQ+
community, while portraying the election, administration and policies of
U.S. President Donald Trump as intrinsically aligned with the Christian
For instance, Franklin Graham has said that:
All Muslims should be banned from the United States
because Islam is a “very evil and wicked religion” at war with the
LGBTQ+ persons should not be allowed to enter
churches or even enter as guests into Christian homes, because “the
Enemy [Satan] wants to devour our homes”;
The outcome of the recent U.S. presidential election
was due to “the hand of God,” giving the impression that the Christian
church as an institution is partisanly aligned with an administration
and its policies.
Such blending of politics and religion is dangerous.
First, it comes close to aligning the power of the church with the power
of the state. Second, it does so by seeming to develop a false
religious narrative to support an exalted and troubling American
nationalism. Third, it can divide Christians who do not view things the
same way as Mr. Graham. Fourth, we are concerned that some of the
policies of the Trump administration have introduced unprecedented
structural shifts that put the most vulnerable in our world at risk of
greater harm. These policies may jeopardize refugees and reinforce
Some examples of the incendiary speech Mr. Graham often employs can be found at whatfrankgrahamsaid.wixsite.com/whatfrankgrahamsaid. Statements
like these do not convey the spirit of Christ that we would hope to see
preached by an ambassador of the Gospel to Canada.
Offering a Christian presence and witness in Vancouver
is a lifelong task that belongs to all of us. Unfortunately it’s one we
may find more difficult if our fellow citizens are given the impression
that such remarks are representative of Christianity.
Christians can legitimately disagree with one another
on many issues of political and religious policy, and we do engage in
ongoing conversation about these issues. Biblical ethics do not sort
neatly into “conservative” and “progressive” circles, even less so among
Canadian Christians than our American counterparts.
We have attempted to resolve this matter through
dialogue with Festival organizers, who we had hoped would be open to
inviting a speaker with a message that more clearly aligns with the Good
News of Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, our efforts have been
unsuccessful. So with heavy hearts we have taken this unusual, painful
step to speak publicly about our differences.
We continue to respect Franklin’s father, the
prominent evangelist Billy Graham, and we appreciate the life-saving
work that Franklin’s international relief agency, Samaritan’s Purse,
does in some of the world’s most challenged regions. It is not our
intention to vilify the Festival’s organizing committee. We simply
believe it is a mistake to think Franklin Graham’s political stances are
immaterial to his presenting the Gospel. We want to continue to work
with all our sisters and brothers in the faith, even in the wake of this
controversy. We do not want disagreement on this one initiative to
reverse the tide of cooperation that has been building for years now.
As followers of Jesus, then, we commit to:
Joyfully sharing Jesus’s Gospel that calls us to serve and love our neighbours of differing ethnic or religious commitments;
Creating a society that includes people from every nation, in line with God’s abiding passion for reconciliation;
Encouraging our elected leaders when they work for a
just and peace-filled society that comes closer to God’s vision of
flourishing life, while challenging them when they enact policies that
Sincerely in Christ,
The Most Reverend J. Michael Miller, CSB, Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver
The Rev. Cari Copeman-Haynes, President-Elect, BC Conference of the United Church of Canada
The Rev. Garry Janzen, Executive Minister, Mennonite Church British Columbia
The Rev. Dr. Laura Nelson, President of the Board of Canadian Baptists of Western Canada and Pastor of Olivet Baptist Church
The Right Reverend Melissa Skelton, Bishop of the Diocese of New Westminster
Pastor Randy Barnetson, Vancouver Foursquare Church
The Rev. Dr. Jeremy Bell, Executive Minister, Canadian Baptists of Western Canada
The Rev. Geoff Chapman, University Chapel
The Rev. David Chow, Killarney Park Mennonite Brethren Church
The Rev. Albert YS Chu, The Tapestry
The Rev. Lydia Cruttwell, First United Mennonite Church
The Rev. Geoffrey DeJager, Vancouver First Church of the Nazarene
The Rev. Dr. Darrell Johnson, Pastor and Professor
The Rev. Dr. Tim Dickau, Grandview Calvary Baptist Church
The Very Reverend Peter G. Elliott, Rector of Christ Church Cathedral and Dean, Diocese of New Westminster
The Rev. Mike Hsu and The Rev. Mark Swanson, Grace Vancouver Church
The Rev. Heather Joy James, Cambie Village Church
The Rev. Matt Kitchener, Pastor, Canadian Baptists of Western Canada
Silas Krabbe, Community Theologian and Coordinator, Mosaic Church
The Rev. Tim Kuepfer, Mennonite Church of BC
The Rev. Gordie Lagore, Vancouver East Vineyard Church
The Rev. Daniel Louie, Urban Village Church
The Rev. Janina Mobach and The Rev. Mary-Lee Bouma, Downtown Friends Christian Reformed Church
The Rev. Dr. Ted Ng and Diana Gee, Pastors, Faith Community Christian Church
The Rev. Jesse Pals, The Tapestry Marpole
The Very Reverend Dr. Gary Paterson, St Andrew’s Wesley United Church
Dr. Cam Roxburgh, Pastor of Southside Community Church
The Rev. Dr. Ken Shigematsu, Tenth Church
The Rev. Trevor Vanderveen, First Christian Reformed Church of Vancouver
Jonathan Bird, Executive Director, CityGate Leadership Forum
The Rev. Dr. Tom Cooper, President, City In Focus
Prof. Ron Dart, Dept. of Political Science/Philosophy/Religious Studies, University of the Fraser Valley
Dena Nicolai, Chaplain and Refugee Support Mobilizer, Christian Reformed Churches of Metro Vancouver and the Lower Mainland
The Rev. Dr. Richard R. Topping, Principal, Vancouver School of Theology
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Part of a letter sent to top members of Congress
earlier this month and signed onto by 99 churches says: “The charitable
sector, particularly houses of worship, should not become another cog
in a political machine or another loophole in campaign finance laws.”
Pushback to President Donald Trump’s promises to repeal the Johnson
Amendment was expected from the American Humanist Association and
American Atheists, and he got it. But from Baptists?
Trump said at a campaign event in Virginia in October, “I think [the
Johnson Amendment is] very unfair, and one of the things I will do very
early in my administration is to get rid of [it] so that our great
pastors and ministers, rabbis … and priests and everybody can go and
tell and participate in the [political] process.”
This became part of the Republican Party’s platform:
Republicans believe that the federal
government, specifically the IRS, is constitutionally prohibited from
policing or censoring speech based on religious convictions or beliefs,
and therefore urge the repeal of the Johnson Amendment.
Speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast in February President Trump said:
It was the great Thomas Jefferson who
said, “The God Who gave us life gave us liberty.” Jefferson asked, “Can
the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction
that these liberties are the gift of God?” Among those freedoms is the
right to worship according to our own beliefs.
That is why I will get rid of and totally
destroy the Johnson Amendment and allow our representatives of faith to
speak freely and without fear of retribution.
The offending language appears on the website of the Internal Revenue Service:
All Section 501(c)(3) organizations are
absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or
intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition
to) any candidate for elective office.
Violating this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes.
The signatories from the 99 churches who oppose Trump’s promise to repeal explained their reasoning:
Current law serves as a valuable
safeguard for the integrity of our charitable sector and campaign
finance system. People of faith do not want partisan political fights
infiltrating their houses of worship. Current law simply limits groups
from being [both] a tax-exempt ministry and a partisan political entity.
The letter went on to say that repeal would be “highly divisive” and have a “detrimental impact” on community life:
Houses of worship are spaces for members
of religious communities to come together [and] not be divided along
political lines; faith ought to be a source of connection and community,
not division and discord.
If houses of worship endorse candidates,
their prophetic voice, their ability to speak truth to power as
political outsiders, is threatened.
The credibility and integrity of
congregations would suffer with bad decisions of candidates they
endorsed. Tying America’s houses of worship to partisan activity demeans
the institutions from which so many believers expect unimpeachable
All of which is complete and unadulterated applesauce, according to Pastor Chuck Baldwin, writing in his weekly newsletter:
Liberal pastors from a variety of
Christian denominations promote their socialist agenda from the pulpits
of their churches all of the time. Are we really expected to believe
that Jewish synagogues, Muslim mosques, and Hindu temples do not promote
their particular agendas contained in their sacred texts that affect
their political, social and cultural lives?
[These groups] … are neck-deep in politics.
The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) has been salivating over the
opportunity to take the IRS to court over the issue, certain that courts
would rule the Johnson Amendment unconstitutional. The ADF holds that
the Johnson Amendment 1) violates the “establishment clause” by
requiring the IRS to monitor sermons to make sure that they are not
transgressing its restrictions; 2) violates the “free speech clause”
because it requires the IRS to discriminate against speech based solely
on the content of the speech; 3) violates the “free speech clause” by
“conditioning the receipt of a tax exemption on refraining from certain
speech”; and 4) violates the “free exercise clause” because it burdens
the free exercise of religion without a compelling reason.
That may explain why the IRS has been extremely reluctant to enforce
its mandate. Instead, it has been happy just to let the threat do its
work for itself, emasculating pastors and limiting political speech from
the pulpit for more than 60 years.
Baldwin said that if pastors were really free to speak out on the
political issues that are vital to maintaining and strengthening the
Republic, it not only would inform the culture but would represent
Virtually everything Jesus did was a
direct challenge to both the political system of Rome and the religious
system of Jewry.… That’s why His death was a collaboration of both the
Roman political system and the Jewish religious system.
Similarly, virtually everything the early
church did was a direct challenge to those same systems. True men of
God and Christians throughout two thousand years of church history
constantly challenged both the political and religious systems of their
Simply put, the Johnson Amendment has successfully kept the church
from performing one of its primary duties and responsibilities:
informing believers about how the Good News should impact the culture in
which they live. That may also explain why the National Council of Churches and the Islamic Society of North America also signed the letter.
townhall was held by the offices of United States Senator Tom Cotton
and United States Congressman French Hill in Little Rock on Monday,
April 17th, 2017. Like other townhall, several leftist activist
screamed, held signs, & interrupted during the event. Questions
regarding taxes, foreign policy, Trump, war, military, & other
issues are asked by audience members. Both Congressman French Hill and
Senator Tom Cotton are up for election in the 2018 session.
of the organized protest groups at this event include the taxpayer
funded pro abortion group Planned ParentHood, the Soros funded group
Moveon.org, supporters of Bernie Sanders, Medical Marijuana groups,
& probably 1/2 a dozen other groups. Despite the hype at these
townhalls, it is unlikely that the democrat party or any other group
will be able to unseat Senator Tom Cotton or French Hill in the 2018
TRUMP SWORE TO DESTROY THE JOHNSON AMENDMENT,
501C3 TAX EXEMPTION, & IRS RESTRAINTS ON FREE SPEECH INCLUDING
Though the late Jerry Falwell(1933-2007) claimed to be a fundamental Baptist, he was a groundbreaking ecumenist who helped pave the way for the creation of the end-time, one-world harlot “church.” In a sermon preached in Evansville, Indiana, on December 12, 1978, Falwell said, “I believe God has called us in this last quarter of the 20th century to bring respectability to fundamentalism” (cited from Don Jasmin, Why Do Fundamental Schools Go Apostate, 2007, p. 171).
That was the same unscriptural pragmatic objective that was announced at the founding of the New Evangelical movement in the late 1940s. When Christianity becomes respectable in the sight of this sin-cursed world, it has left its biblical moorings. The Lord Jesus Christ is Almighty God, but He wasn’t respected when He came into the world 2,000 years ago, and He is not respected by the world today.
One of Falwell’s first concrete steps toward compromise was in the late 1970s when he decided that he needed to influence politics, and toward that end he formed the Moral Majority.
In the 1960s Falwell had rightly said, “Nowhere are we commissioned to reform the externals. We are not told to wage wars against bootleggers, liquor stores, gamblers, murderers, prostitutes, racketeers, prejudiced persons or institutions, or any other existing evil as such. I feel that we need to get off the streets and back into the pulpits and into our prayer rooms” (“TV Evangelist Jerry Falwell Dies at 73,” USA Today, May 15, 2007).
By the late 1970s Falwell had made an 180 degree turn with the formation of the Moral Majority. By 1986 the organization had 500,000 active contributors and a mailing list of six million people, and Falwell stated that Catholics made up the largest constituency (30%) (Christianity Today, February 21, 1986).
In his autobiography Strength for the Journey, Falwell referred to the “Catholic brothers and sisters in the Moral Majority” (p. 371). Christianity Today, Nov. 2, 1979, recorded an ecumenical gathering Falwell attended that year. “Seated with Falwell on the platform were ministers of varying racial, ethnic, and denominational backgrounds, including traditionalist Catholic theologian, William H. Marshner.”
If Falwell had spoken the unvarnished truth and contended for the faith once delivered to the saints (Jude 3) at such forums, he would not have been invited back.
Falwell was one of the speakers at the April 1980 “Washington for Jesus” rally. Fellow speakers were Catholic priests John Bertolucci, John Randall, and Michael Scanlon, as well as modernist Robert Schuller and a host of radical charismatics, including Jim Bakker of PTL, Pat Robertson of the 700 Club, and Demos Shakarian of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International.
In an interview published in the National Catholic Register, May 9, 1982, Falwell said that Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II are “the greatest men in my lifetime.” He did not give any warnings at all about the pope’s false gospel which is cursed of God (Galatians 1:7-8). While admitting that there are differences between Roman Catholics and “conservative Protestants,” Falwell made the amazing statement that Roman Catholics accept “the new birth experience.” Surely the man knows that the Roman Catholic Church teaches that the new birth is in baptism. In no sense do Catholics believe “the new birth experience” in a scriptural manner.
While attending the St. Louis 2000 ecumenical conference with press credentials, I asked many charismatic Roman Catholics who worked for various Catholic ministries when they were born again, and not one of them gave a scriptural answer. Some of them did not even know what I was talking about.
In 1983 Cal Thomas, Moral Majority’s director of communications, said that the group is composed of Jews, Catholics, Mormons, Protestants and some “non-religious” members. He noted that they do not pray in their meetings. Jerry Falwell told a meeting of the Religious Newswriters Association that “if we ever opened a Moral Majority meeting with prayer, we would disintegrate” (The Flaming Torch, Jan.-Feb, 1983, p. 14).
In 1983 Gary Habermas, a professor at Falwell’s Liberty Baptist College, co-authored a book which, according to an advertisement in Charisma magazine, reached an amazing conclusion: “The Shroud [of Turin] [which the Catholic church claims to be Christ’s burial shroud] is almost certainly authentic. Through its revelation about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, it helps build faith in an unbelieving age” (The Flaming Torch, Jan.-Feb. 1983). Habermas would have us believe that a bogus Catholic relic can actually build faith in an unbelieving generation, an amazing conclusion for supposed Fundamentalists to reach. There are many scriptural reasons for rejecting the Shroud of Turin. For one, the image on the Shroud depicts a longhaired man. This could not possibly be the Lord Jesus Christ, according to 1 Corinthians 11:14, which says it is a shame for a man to have long hair.
In the December 1984 issue of Falwell’s Fundamentalist Journal, a Roman Catholic cardinal was given a forum to tell fundamentalists what he felt they needed to hear. This is like asking the devil what he thinks of fundamentals!Journal editor Edward Dobson said:
“‘What would you say to a Fundamentalist if given the opportunity?’ This was the question we recently asked a Jewish rabbi, a Roman Catholic cardinal, an Evangelical leader, and an articulate voice for liberal Christianity … For too many years, we Fundamentalists have existed in our hermetically sealed world and promoted the attitude that we do not care what anyone else thinks about anything. In this issue of the Journal, we venture into new territory and listen to what others say and think about Fundamentalism. The article by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin is especially interesting. It reflects many of the changes that have occurred in the Roman Catholic church in recent decades. We view much of that change in a positive light. … To Cardinal Bernardin’s unique insight into the American Catholic church we say, ‘gratias’” (Fundamentalist Journal, Dec. 1984).
God has not called His people to listen to heretics; He has commanded that we reject them! For a supposed “fundamentalist” to call the changes in Rome “positive” is evidence of overwhelming ignorance and blindness.
Dinesh D’Souza, in his 1984 biography about Falwell, quoted Falwell as saying, “I know many Catholic priests who are born again and who preach the same message I do” (p. 169). D’Souza also said: “To the chagrin and horror of fundamentalists, [Falwell] is frequently seen at prayer meetings with Catholics and Jews. … He has become more gracious–he is more accepting of Roman Catholics and orthodox Jews” (Falwell Before the Millennium, pp. 180-181).
The March 1985 issue of Falwell’s Fundamentalist Journal contained the following statement on page 14:
“Extremists who declare that the Papacy is anti-Christ, or who dehumanize others with emotive declarations of their own bigotry, are insensitive to others and lack the love of Christ.”
Ever since the founding of the Roman Catholic Church, Bible believers have labeled it anti-christ. In our book Rome and the Bible we have given many such quotations from Albigenses, Waldenses, Anabaptists, and Protestants.
In was also in 1985 that Falwell gathered with thirty-two Catholics, Protestants, and Jews at Indiana University for discussions sponsored by Rabbi Leon Klenicki (Australian Beacon, Nov. 1985).
That same year, Falwell invited Catholic, pro-abortion Senator Edward Kennedy to speak at Liberty Baptist College and Thomas Road Baptist Church. “The Senator announced to the audience of 5,000, ‘I am an American and a Catholic.’ He then lectured them on Pope John XXIII’s renewal of the gospel call and the voice of Catholic bishops in the U.S.A. He opened his speech with these words. ‘I have come here to discuss my beliefs about faith and country, tolerance, and truth in America. … I love my country and I treasure my faith.’ … In spite of Kennedy’s travesty of historical facts, open defiance of Biblical standards (‘I utterly reject any such standards,’ he said), his obvious scorn of Biblical truth and defense of his Roman faith, the Senator was given two standing ovations and was interrupted a dozen times by applause. Cal Thomas’ impression as Moral Majority spokesman was that this is a step towards ‘disarming ideologues on both sides’” (The Flaming Torch, Jan.-Mar. 1985).
The Fundamentalist Journal for December 1986 ran a photo of Falwell addressing the students at Notre Dame University, a major Roman Catholic school. Not only is Notre Dame University a hotbed of Catholic dogma; it is a hotbed of theological modernism. The professors teach that the Bible is a mixture of truth and myth, that Adam and Eve were not historic, that the world evolved, that Jonah was not swallowed by a whale, etc.
In an editorial in the January 15, 1988, issue of Christianity Today, author Terry Muck noted Falwell’s ground-breaking ecumenism:
“Perhaps Falwell’s greatest accomplishment, however, was getting Protestants, Catholics, and Jews to work together on common causes. The Moral Majority is a coalition of groups that heretofore had let theological differences stand in the way of coordinated activity on shared concerns like abortion and pornography. It stands as a model of ecumenicity of the best sort—an agreement to work together on issues without trying simply to gloss over theological differences” (Christianity Today, Jan. 15, 1988).
Falwell spoke highly of the pope on several occasions. In his January 1985Moral Majority Report, Falwell called the pope and Billy Graham great moral and religious leaders.
In 1988 Falwell mailed a letter to bookstores advertising a film about Pope John Paul II. Falwell made the following amazing statement about this Catholic pope:
“Dear Christian Bookstore Owner: Pope John Paul II will never become a Baptist, and it is for sure that I will never convert to Roman Catholicism. However, I have stated often that I believe this Pope is a man of unique character and courage. His consistent stand on moral and social issues has provided the world leadership so desperately needed at this hour. Robert Evans is the Cecil B. deMille of this generation. It should be, then, no marvel that Mr. Evans has so perfectly captured the innermost person and principles of John Paul II. When I first watched the ‘Power of Faith,’ I was deeply moved. While the Pope and I have broad doctrinal and theological differences, this man’s commitment to the dignity of human life and his strong opposition to tyranny and bigotry provide a shining light for the people of our generation who need such reinforcement. … I think people from all faiths and walks of life will appreciate this film” (Jerry Falwell, Moral Majority Report, Jan. 1985).
Why would a Baptist leader promote a video by a religious leader who preaches a false gospel and thereby leads multitudes to eternal hell? The Bible says the pope and anyone else preaching a false gospel is under God’s curse (Galatians 1). Did Falwell not fear that someone reading his recommendation of the pope might be encouraged to listen to him and thereby be deceived into following Catholicism? The Bible says we are not even to bid “God speed” to those who deny the doctrine of Christ (2 John 8-11), because those who assist false teachers become partakers of their evil deeds. In praising the pope and recommending his video, Falwell did much more than bid him “God speed.”
Billy Graham was the commencement speaker at Falwell’s Liberty University in 1997, and in the October 1995 issue of the National Liberty Journal Falwell praised Graham for his “long and faithful ministry.” Graham, who accepts degrees from Catholic colleges and says the Catholic gospel is the same as his own; who has turned thousands of converts over to apostate churches; who thinks the previous pope was a great evangelist; who thinks there is special power in infant baptism; who doubts that Hell is a place of literal fiery torment; who invites Catholic bishops onto his platform to bless those who come forward at his invitations; who praises Christ-denying modernists; who has promoted practically every perverted Bible version to appear in the last five decades–Billy Graham has had a faithful ministry?
This was evidence of spiritual blindness on the part of Dr. Falwell.
When New York’s Cardinal John O’Connor died on May 3, 2000, Falwell praised him. O’Connor was who was one of the most prominent Catholic leaders in America. In his news fax on May 4, Jerry Falwell said:
“The Cardinal and I differed on a few theological and social issues, but my respect for him was unwavering because of his ministerial kindness and unconditional willingness to help those in need. . . . Every pastor in America can learn a great lesson from this man. We should never permit our political or social differences to hamper our God-given instruction to minister to our fellow man. As a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I cannot expect people to take this message seriously if I am unwilling, as a representative of Christ, to meet them where they are. Change in people’s lives comes after a relationship with Christ begins, so we must be frequently disposed to taking the Gospel to unfriendly environments. Cardinal O’Connor embodied this mandate. I am grateful that John O’Connor — a man of courageous faith — had such a profound influence on the Catholic Church through his fifty-five years of ministry. I pray that another pro-life, pro-family minister can be found to fill his significant and substantial shoes.”
I can understand how Pastor Falwell could say he was thankful for Cardinal John O’Connor’s efforts against abortion and homosexual “rights,” but in praising him so profusely and in failing so completely to warn that the cardinal preached a false gospel, Falwell was misleading his listeners. He did mention in passing that he and O’Connor “differed on a few theological and social issues.” A FEW! Cardinal John O’Connor believed that salvation is through the sacraments of Rome, that the pope is the Holy Father and Vicar of Christ and supreme authority over all churches, that the Catholic priesthood mediates between God and man, that Mary is the sinless Queen of Heaven, that dead “saints” can hear and answer prayer, that the Mass is the literal body and blood and re-sacrifice of Jesus Christ, that believers go to purgatory, etc. Are those simply “a few” theological matters? In truth, they are the difference between heaven and hell! Yet Jerry Falwell–addressing his vast listening audience composed of people from all sorts of denominations, including Catholic–leaves them with the impression that he believed Cardinal O’Connor was a true Christian minister. As noted earlier, according to 2 John 9-11, we are not even to bid false teachers “godspeed,” let alone praise them!
We see just how cozy Falwell became with Roman Catholicism in a scene described by Keith Fournier in his book Evangelical Catholics. Fournier, Dean of Evangelism at Roman Catholic Franciscan University of Steubenville, verified Falwell’s shifting position concerning the Roman Catholic Church. Speaking about a meeting he attended of the “American Congress of Christian Citizens,” Fournier stated:
“In our meeting room were major Evangelical leaders I’ve admired for years—Dr. Charles Stanley, Dr. Jerry Falwell, Dr. D. James Kennedy, Pat Robertson, and many others. I found not only a tremendous openness to my presence, but also a growing respect for my church and a thawing in what had been hard ice in the past. Perhaps the comments by Dr. Falwell were most illustrative. He told the whole group not even to consider trying to affect public policy with only a narrow Evangelical Protestant church coalition. He said that from its inception any such effort must include Catholics and consultation with great churchmen such as Cardinal Law and Cardinal O’Connor. Clearly not backing off one bit from his self-described ‘narrowness of doctrine,’ Dr. Falwell showed a refreshing openness” (Evangelical Catholics, p. 172).
The root of societal ills is religious or spiritual in nature. The root problem of America’s social ills is the apostasy and cowardice in the pulpits and the churches. Roman Catholicism, because of its apostasy from the Word of God, is at the heart of American’s problem (as is theological modernism and every other anti-scriptural ism). It is foolish in the extreme to think that Romanism could somehow be part of the solution. How can Roman Catholicism, which has never produced true biblical morality, be an effective accomplice in a coalition to bring back morality to America? Wherever Roman Catholicism holds sway over men’s lives (visit Italy or Mexico or the Irish Republic, for example), you will find rampant immorality (adultery, fornication, pornography, child molestation), even in its priests, divorce, annulments, gambling, lascivious dancing, immodest dress, alcoholism, juvenile delinquency, idolatry, occultism, superstition, hypocrisy, agnosticism. It is with no sense of joy that I say these things, but this is a fact that I have observed with my own eyes. I realize that not every Catholic priest is a moral reprobate, but huge numbers of them are; and I realize that not every Catholic man or woman practices the things I have listed, but large numbers of them do. Roman Catholicism simply does not have the spiritual life and power to produce genuine biblical godliness. The devil is the author of false religions like Roman Catholicism (2 Corinthians 11; 1 Timothy 4), and it is a strange sight to see men like Jerry Falwell clamor for unity with false religions for the purpose of defeating the devil’s works!
Falwell endorsed Chuck Colson’s 1992 book, The Body, which urges evangelicals to join forces with Catholics and charismatics and which looks upon the Catholic Church as a part of the body of Christ. Colson said, “…the body of Christ, in all its diversity, is created with Baptist feet, charismatic hands, and Catholic ears–all with their eyes on Jesus” (World, Nov. 14, 1992).
It was reported in 2000 that the coach of Falwell’s Liberty University’s football team is a Roman Catholic (Frontline, May-June 2000, p. 6).
In September 2004 Falwell yoked together with Rick Warren for a second “Super Conference.” Speakers included Ed Young, a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention; Elmer Towns; charismatic Jim Cymbala; and others. It was held at Liberty University. Rich Warren, senior pastor of Saddleback Community Church in southern California, holds the “judge not” New Evangelical philosophy and uses “Christian” rock to draw big crowds. In his book The Purpose Driven Life, Warren says, “God warns us over and over not to criticize, compare, or judge each other.” In fact, while God’s Word warns against judging hypocritically or judging by our fallible human traditions it plainly instructs us to judge everything by God’s Word, especially doctrine and church practice. Acts 17:11 and 1 Thess. 5:21 are examples of this warning. Warren uncritically quotes Catholic heretics such as John of the Cross and Henri Nouwen with no warning to his readers. Jim Cymbala, pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle, is a charismatic. The Brooklyn Tabernacle’s statement of faith says, “We believe the baptism of the Holy Spirit is for all believers as a definite endowment of power for service and is subsequent to, and separate from, conversion.” They also say that all the gifts of the Spirit are for today.
In November 2004 Falwell announced that he was launching a new version of the Moral Majority called The Faith and Values Coalition (TFVC). The three-fold goal is to lobby for pro-life judges, to seek a federal amendment barring same-sex marriage, and to elect another conservative president in 2008. Falwell’s son Jonathan was executive director and Mathew Staver, founder of the Liberty Counsel, was vice-chairman. Tim LaHaye was the board chairman. That this new venture would proceed on the same ecumenical platform that characterized the Moral Majority was evident in a fundraising letter that Falwell published on Nov. 16, 2004. He called radical ecumenists and charismatics “courageous and brilliant evangelical mega-leaders.” He listed 18, including Franklin Graham, Pat Robertson, and Rod Parsley. Franklin Graham has said that his father’s ecumenical alliance with the Catholic Church and all other denominations “was one of the smartest things his father ever did” (“Keeping it simple, safe keeps Graham on high,” The Indianapolis Star, Thurs., June 3, 1999, p. H2). Pat Robertson, founder of the 700 Club and Regent University, is an ardent ecumenicist who has long worked with and fellowshipped with Romanists and exemplifies the deep compromise and disobedience that is rampant in evangelical-charismatic circles today. In 1985, Robertson revealed that during 25 years of broadcasting, he has “worked for harmony and reconciliation between Protestants and Catholics” and “refrained from airing major theological differences” (Christian News, July 22, 1985). Rod Parsley, pastor of World Harvest church in Columbus, Ohio, is a dangerous false teacher who preaches the Word-Faith heresy. He teaches that believers can have whatever they desire by faith and confession, promises healing as a part of salvation, etc. Those who backed the Independent Baptist Network were backing men like Falwell, because they are rampant in the Baptist Bible Fellowship International, and the other fellowships coming together in this venture.
In December 2004 Falwell said he believed America was on the verge of a spiritual awakening (Religion Today, Dec. 1). He wanted to build on this alleged awakening with the newly formed political action group The Faith and Values Coalition. Falwell believed “the church of Jesus Christ is now standing tall” and “if we will press the battle now–in the next four, eight, or twelve years, we can bring this nation back to the faith of our fathers.” He said America has been undergoing “a quiet spiritual awakening” during the past two decades, and points to the popularity of the Left Behind books, the rise of CCM, and the increase of those who describe themselves as evangelicals.
From where I stand, the only spiritual awakening discernible in America is one built upon spiritual compromise, heresy, and idolatry. Contemporary Christian Music is not spiritual revival: it is worldliness. The increase in the numbers of “evangelicals” is of no consequence because the definition of evangelical has become meaningless. The term “evangelical” describes a Roman Catholic praying to Mary, or a Fuller Seminary president denying the verbal inspiration of Scripture, or Wheaton College inviting a Mormon professor to talk about C.S. Lewis, or Cornerstone College hosting a rock & roll dance party, or someone falling on the floor and calling it a miracle or muttering nonsense and calling it tongues, or a movie about Jesus based on the visions of a Catholic mystic. Seeing that this type of thing is not on the periphery of evangelicalism but at its very heart, on what biblical authority do we describe today’s evangelicalism as spiritual revival?
Independent Baptists, take heed. Jerry Falwell was the blind leading the blind. The fruit of Dr. Falwell’s compromise is evident in the changes that have occurred in Liberty University.
It was originally established as Liberty Baptist College with the emphasis on training Christian workers, but in the quest to achieve certification and “respectability” and approval by the Southern Baptist Convention it has changed dramatically.
To obtain certification from the Virginia State Board of Education, Creationism was moved from the science department to the philosophy department.
Don Jasmin observes, “Remember, the science department is where you supposedly deal with facts; the philosophy department is the area where you deal with fiction! Creationism is not just a philosophical concept, it is a Biblical and historical fact” (Why Do Fundamental Schools Go Apostate, p. 185).
Today the student application at Liberty University does not require a testimony of salvation. There is no compulsory church attendance. There is no doctrinal statement that teachers must sign.
Newt Gingrich, former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker, delivered the Liberty University graduation speech on May 19, 2007. Gingrich’s invitation, which was extended before Falwell died, is further evidence of the deep spiritual compromise that encompassed Falwell’s ministry in his latter years. Gingrich is a brilliant politician and historian, but he should not be the speaker at an alleged Bible-believing college. His testimony of salvation is very weak. He told James Dobson, “In terms of my own life, let me say that I was raised initially as a Lutheran and I ended up converting and becoming a Southern Baptist when I was in graduate school at Saint Charles Avenue Baptist Church with Dr. Avery Lee, who was just a great, great preacher and moral leader” (“Newt has ‘sought God’s forgiveness,” WorldNetDaily, March 8, 2007). To convert from Lutheran to Southern Baptist is not a biblical testimony of salvation. I wrote to Gingrich’s organization and asked for his testimony, but they did not reply.
In his commencement address at Liberty University, Gingrich did not even mention salvation in Jesus Christ, and in his commencement address at the University of Mary Washington on May 13, 2007, Gingrich urged the graduates to follow “five basic rules of life.” They were “dream big, work hard, learn daily, enjoy life and be true to themselves.” It is not scriptural to be “true to yourself,” and he neglected the most important “rule” of all, which is to be born again and to fear God. Gingrich is twice divorced and thrice married and has had affairs both during and outside of wedlock (“Newt Gingrich,” Wikipedia). Gingrich actively supported a homosexual congressional candidate in Wisconsin, praising him for ‘courage’ in running for office, and he opposed an attempt in the House of Representatives to censure homosexual congressman Barney Frank for criminal conduct, including letting a homosexual prostitution ring be run out of his home (The New American, Dec. 1994). Gingrich is one of the top lobbyists for the alcohol industry (The Fundamentalist Digest, Jan.-Feb. 1993).
On April 25, 2014, Mormon Glenn Beck, Mormon political activist and conservative talk show host, spoke at Liberty University’s final convocation of the semester.
It was not a political address. It was a rousing, tear-drenched sermon about God and the Bible, a sermon in which Beck exalted Joseph Smith and cited Mormon theology, and it was received with frequent cheers and applause and a standing ovation at the end.
(Beck spoke at Liberty University’s graduation service in 2010 when he was given an honorary doctorate of humanities. Also, the Sounds of Liberty music group and Jerry Falwell, Jr., participated in Beck’s Restoring Honor event in Washington, D.C., that year.)
Jerry Falwell, Jr., gave Beck a glowing introduction at the graduation service in 2014 and received from him a $50,000 check as a gift to the school. This is in direct and blatant disobedience to God’s Word.
“Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds” (2 John 8-11).
The Falwells need to learn a lesson from the early preachers.
“Because that for his name’s sake they went forth, TAKING NOTHING OF THE GENTILES” (3 John 1:7).
You are not so tempted to compromise when you are content with God’s provision and aren’t spending heaps of money that you don’t have and when you aren’t pursuing accreditation from the world and when you don’t build mega-institutions that have no biblical authority.
Speaking before a large banner bearing the school’s motto, “Training Champions for Christ,” the Mormon’s message was filled with spiritual deception. At best, Glenn Beck has a false christ. (For more about this event, see “Liberty University and Mormons Together,” www.wayoflife.org.)
Liberty University recently justified its hiring of a homosexual advocate to teach students choreography for a presentation of Mary Poppins.
And a homosexual named Brandon Ambrosino was allowed to enroll as a graduate in Liberty’s seminary program. Liberty University has also moved into the realm of contemplative prayer. In 2007, Lighthouse Trails reported that David Wheeler’s course Foundations in Youth Ministry II uses Mark Yaconelli’s book Contemplative Youth Ministry. “Yaconelli, the son of the late Mike Yaconelli (founder of Youth Specialties), is a strong advocate for contemplative. On Mark Yaconelli’s website, under Practices and Processes, Yaconelli lays out some ‘guidelines’ for centering prayer and recommends Thomas Keating and Basil Pennington, both of whom promote panentheism (God is in all things and people). In another course by Dr. Wheeler, he is using a book by Doug Fields (Saddleback Youth Pastor)” (“Liberty University Uses Contemplative/Emergent Textbooks,” Lighthouse Newsletter, Feb. 13, 2007). The Liberty University course Evangelism and Christian Life has a bibliography that is “a who’s who of contemplative prayer (Foster, Willard, Warren, and Boa, etc.).”
In 2016, Liberty has scheduled two emerging preachers to speak at chapel services. Rich Wilkerson Jr., pastor of Vous Church near Miami, spoke at Liberty’s chapel service on January 20, and Erwin McManus, pastor of Mosaic of Los Angeles, is scheduled to speak on February 3.
Wilkerson is so cool that he is close friends with foul-mouthed, blasphemous rapper Kanye West, who appeared as a thorn-crowned Jesus on the cover of Rolling Stone in 2006. His 2013 album was titled Yeezus, which is a play on West’s nickname Yeezy and the name Jesus. The cover art depicts West being crowned king by angels. In the song “I Am a God,” he raps, “I just talked to Jesus,/ and he said, ‘What up, Yeezus?’/ … I know He the Most High/ But I am a close high/ … I am a god.” The Book of Zeezus: A Bible for the Modern Day, published in 2015, is a version of the book of Genesis that replaces every mention of God with the rapper’s name. Wilkerson performed West’s marriage to pop icon and Playboy model Kim Kardashian. Wilkerson collaborates with West on a number of projects, including the “Yeezus Tour.” In a promotional video for his reality show Rich in Faith, Wilkerson says, “I come from a different perspective. I don’t think people are interested in a bunch of religion, like tell me what I can and can’t do. But I think people are interested in having a relationship with a higher power.” Wilkerson doesn’t warn about sin and judgment. He says, “I don’t know who’s going to Hell. I just know that followers of Jesus are going to Heaven–that’s what the Bible says. My message isn’t ever who’s going where” (“Liberty University Welcomes Reality Show ‘Pastor,’” ChristianNews.net, Jan. 20, 2016). Wilkerson never explains how his “Jesus” differs from the false christs that Paul warns about (2 Cor. 11:1-4).
Liberty University speaker Erwin McManus is author of The Barbarian Way, in which he urges Christians to reject rules and boundaries. As “evidence” he shows his complete disregard for sound principles of biblical interpretation by citing John the Baptist’s statement in Matthew 3:11 that Jesus would “baptize us in both Spirit and fire.” McManus’s amazing interpretation is that “Barbarians are guided by the wind of God and ignited by the fire of God” and that “the way of the barbarian can be found only by listening to the voice of the Spirit” (The Barbarian Way, p. 13). This is blind mysticism divorced from the protection of “sola Scriptura,” but it has nothing to do with what John was teaching in this passage. In fact, the baptism with fire is interpreted by John himself in the very next verse as eternal judgment, something that the emerging guys don’t talk much about. Mosaic is one of the many Southern Baptist Churches that have been taken into an emerging direction by a new generation of cool pastors.
Jerry Falwell Jr. would doubtless say that his associations aren’t indicative of his own beliefs and that he has liberty in such matters, but the Word of God exposes this error. “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3), and, “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them” (Romans 16:17), and, “evil communications corrupt good manners” (1 Cor. 15:33). Liberty University is on a slippery slide of compromise that began under Jerry Falwell’s direction. His compromise started with small steps, as it always does, but the Word of God warns that “a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump” (1 Cor. 5:6; Gal. 5:9).
The following warning was given many years ago by former Baptist Bible Fellowship International (BBFI) president Dr. Victor Sears:
“Dr. Falwell is not basically a fundamental Baptist. . . . [but] is a New Evangelical in the same compromising vein as Dr. Billy Graham. If we keep following the road paved by Falwellism, we of the (BBF) will lose our identity completely as old-fashioned, Bible-believing separatists” (Calvary Contender, June 15, 1987).
Sadly, most Baptist Bible Fellowship churches have followed the road paved by Falwell and have adopted the soft, non-separatist, contemporary approach. Already in the early 1990s, some prominent BBF leaders supported the radically ecumenical Promise Keepers.
We agree with what Jerry Huffman of the Calvary Contender wrote in September 2003:
“Spurgeon preached separation from error and compromise. He said: ‘That I might not stultify my testimony I have cut myself clear of those who err from the faith, and even from those who associate with them.’ We do great harm to the cause of Christ by appearing to condone the disobedience of those unequally yoked with unbelievers.”
– Luis Palau (pronounced pahl-OW), is an Argentinean-born (1934, to Roman Catholic parents) international evangelistic preacher with immense popularity in South and Central America. He claims to have been born-again at age 12, and immigrated to the U.S. in 1960. Palau is the author of 44 books and booklets, and has written more than 100 articles published in Charisma, Christian Herald, Christian Parenting Today, Christian Reader, Christianity Today, Decision, Discipleship Journal, Focus on the Family,Moody, The Plain Truth, Pursuit, World, World Vision, Worldwide Challenge, and many other periodicals. He has been pegged by some to replace the ecumenical Billy Grahamas the United States’ pre-eminent evangelist; “the Billy Graham of everywhere” says The Wall Street Journal. (This, of course, was prior to the 11/95 appointment of Graham’s son, Franklin, to replace the retiring Billy.) Palau models his ministry and organization after Graham, being influenced by Graham since 1962, when he served as a translator at a Graham crusade in California. Graham gave Palau money to start his own organization in 1978, the Luis Palau Evangelistic Association (LPEA). Palau raises money for his stadium crusades like Graham also — the responsibility falls upon sponsoring local churches.
– Palau is a graduate and member of the Trustee Board at the neo-evangelical/psychologically-oriented Multnomah School of the Bible in Portland, Oregon (now Multnomah Biblical Seminary). He is commonly called “the Billy Graham of South America.” The title is fitting, for he has followed Graham’s new evangelical policies in his crusades and has been willing to join hands with liberals, charismatics, and Roman Catholics. His ministry has not been confined to South America, however. He has had crusades in such diverse places as Aberdeen, Scotland; New Zealand; Managua, Nicaragua; and Peoria, Illinois (New Neutralism II, p. 67).
– Since Palau’s first crusade in 1966, an estimated 14 million people in 69 nations have attended 414 of Palau’s cross-denominational crusades and rallies (now termed “Festivals”) — he has preached on every continent except Antarctica, and was the first evangelist to hold stadium evangelistic meetings in the Soviet Union (1989). In addition, tens of millions more have been exposed to the Palau message through radio and TV broadcasts in 104 nations. His radio programs are broadcast each weekday on more than 500 stations in North, South, and Central America (200 in the U.S.). Palau often purchases television time in cities where he plans stadium crusades, airing a live call-in program called Night Talk with Luis Palau (carried by two national cable networks — the National Empowerment Television Network and the Inspirational Network). Viewers call to discuss their spiritual, family, and other concerns. Palau claims to explain the basic Gospel and prays with those who want to trust Jesus Christ. The national program also features taped segments of live TV programs from Palau’s U.S. crusades. [Palau now airs two distinct radio programs — Luis Palau Responde and Cruzada, Spanish radio programs broadcast on more than 500 stations throughout Latin America and the United States; and Reaching Your World with Luis Palau, a two-minute daily radio program, which went on the air 1/31/00, broadcast on more than 530 stations in the English-speaking world.] (Source: LPEA Internet web site, 8/27/01.)
The Luis Palau Evangelistic Association (LPEA), his Portland, Oregon based non-profit organization, cites more than 757,000 “known public decisions for Jesus Christ” as a result of the crusades, while tens of thousands more have supposedly made life-changing decisions for Christ as a result of LPEA’s broad range of ministries. The LPEA has an annual budget of more than $4 million and 80 full- and part-time employees. In 1995, the operation moved into a $1.3 million complex in Beaverton, Oregon, a Portland suburb. The new building includes a television studio in addition to radio rooms. Palau has dreams of becoming a “Christian-based alternative to ‘Geraldo’ and ‘Oprah.’ I want to go nose to nose with the talk shows” (Martha Irvine: 10/13/95, Associated Press story).
– What kind of gospel is preached at a typical Palau’ crusade? Palau conducted a “festival” in Waterbury, Connecticut on 4/29/01. In an interview with Ed Flynn of “Talk of the Town” on radio station 1320 AM, on April 24, promoters of the Palau festival said that the evangelist is “a uniter, not a divider,” that he is nondenominational and sends his converts “right back to the churches they come from.”
On 10/1/93, WGN-TV superstation out of Chicago aired a tape of Palau’s message from his Phoenix Crusade held at the America West Arena the end of October of 1992. [Jerry Colangelo, the president and CEO of the Phoenix Suns professional basketball team, was the Crusade Chairman.] Palau’s message was titled, “Hope for the Stressed-Out.”
Palau’s message was peppered with “the Bible says” this/”the Bible says” that, but Palau never quoted a Bible passage. For example: “The Bible says the Lord saves us from the pit — the pit of despair, the pit of low self-esteem … the Bible says He redeems your life from the pit.” Palau, of course, didn’t give the passage from the Bible to document that the Bible actually says God saves us from low self-esteem — probably because there is no such passage. (Chuck Swindoll, Josh McDowell, R.C. Sproul, Clyde Narramore, andother “Christian” psychologizers say the Lord saves us from low self-esteem, but the Bible certainly doesn’t say that. The salvation of sinners depends upon the convicting power of the Holy Spirit to show sinners that they are lost and guilty before God, so that they might repent and place their trust in Christ for salvation. What does this have to do with helping the sinner enjoy feelings of greater self-esteem?)
The serious error in Palau’s so-called gospel message was further illustrated in the Phoenix crusade video. The Phoenix message was interrupted with cut-outs to a call-in television show Palau had done earlier in 1992. One caller, a homosexual with AIDS from San Antonio, was “led to the Lord” by Palau via the repetition of an easy-believism, decisional regeneration type of prayer so common in today’s crusade evangelism. Nowhere in the prayer was there the acknowledgement that the man’s homosexuality was sin (although Palau told the caller that he had “failed” the God who “loved and died for him”).
– Scholars have observed that although evangelists traditionally preached about hell-fire and brimstone, they began avoiding the topic entirely in the 1960s and ’70s, concentrating instead on the love of God rather than risk of offending the populace. Adhering to this trend, Palau says he will emphasize God’s forgiveness: “I think that’s where I’m gearing my message,” he said. “I think there’s a great sense of guilt in America. People want to know if they’re going to heaven, an implicit acknowledgment that there’s a less desirable alternative than paradise. There is no need to call Americans sinners. They know it already.” (Emphasis added.) (4/17/96, Chicago Tribune). [In a 6/6/01 interview with Religion Today, Palau confirms his position: “While he does not emphasize hell in his preaching ‘to excess,’ says Palau, ‘I do bring it in as a warning — not as a major but as a minor emphasis.'”]
So not to offend with the gospel, Palau is, in effect, saying that he preaches a watered-down gospel that is no gospel at all. For example, in 1995, Palau preached to an estimated 26,000 in four meetings in Kathmandu, Nepal. Since proselytization is illegal in Nepal, Palau encouraged Nepalis to “fall in love with Jesus,” instead of urging them to renounce Hinduism. This, of course, is not the Gospel of Christ. And what about the other gods the Hindus worship? They would gladly add Jesus to their thousands of other gods. They might even make Him their chief god, but not the only God (10/95, O Timothy). [Responding to BDM’s criticism of Palau’s “watered-down gospel,” Palau responds in a 6/6/01 interview with Religion Today, “Almost 80 percent of my preaching comes from the Bible. The other 20 percent is cultural, historic and psychological. I try to position and think, ‘Where is my audience coming from?'”]
– Many times the best indicator of the “Biblical quality” of a ministry is the “quality” of those endorsing it. A Palau brochure received by BDM in 12/93 had a section entitled “What Others Are Saying.” It included glowing endorsements from the ecumenical Billy Graham; charismatic demon-deliverer Evelyn Christenson; liberal charismatic preacher E.V. Hill; hyper-charismatic Jack Hayford; and Catholic sympathizer and New Age religionist Chuck Colson. [In a separate piece of literature, Joseph Stowell, president of Moody Bible Institute, endorsed Palau’s 8-week Chicago Crusade scheduled for April-May, 1996 (see below).]
BDM also received a book from the LPEA titled Say Yes!: How To Renew Your Spiritual Passion (Multnomah Press, 1991, 168 ppgs.). In addition to Graham, Hayford, and Colson endorsing the book, other endorsers were modernist John Stott; Campus Crusade‘s ecumenical leader Bill Bright; Dallas Seminary’s neo-evangelical psychologizerHoward Hendricks; ecumenical social activist D. James Kennedy; the then director of the neo-evangelical National Religious Broadcasters, E. Brandt Gustavson; and financial psychobabbler Ron Blue. [Additionally, on 12/2/93, TBN aired a tape of a Palau’ message from his 10/16/93-10/24/93 Greater Ft. Worth Crusade held at the Tarrant County Convention Center. Giving testimonial endorsements prior to Palau’s message were ex-Dallas Cowboy football coach, Tom Landry, and self-love psychologizer and motivational speaker Zig Ziglar.]
Also, Palau’s web site lists endorsers of his ministry: Billy Graham, Chuck Colson, Jack Hayford, Joni Eareckson Tada, Joseph Stowell, and the Archbishop of Canterbury (Angelican).
Of all the endorsers of Palau and his ministry, we could not find a single endorsement by anyone even remotely considered to be an evangelical, Biblical fundamentalist!
– Palau says the fight against violence and hopelessness in America must be fought with more contemporary weapons. So he incorporates some modern devices into his crusades. Christian rap music replaces the traditional hymns at many events, and big-screen video shots of sporting events are used to attract younger audiences. Palau says, “I think we need to adapt rather than fight it. I’m sure somebody is called to fight it, but my attitude is rather than fight it, exploit it.” Palau also quietly accepts the MTV cartoon characters, Beavis and Butt-head — “Those two guys … you can scream all you like, but they’re here to stay, those two,” showing a sort of respect for the cartoon delinquents on MTV (10/93 Associated Press report, printed in the Bloomington, Indiana, 10/23/93, The Herald-Times).
An example of Palau’s contemporary techniques would be his 1992 Phoenix Crusade (which drew about 72,000 total over the five days of meetings). On the last day of the crusade, the “Christian” rap group DC Talk performed to about 16,000 of all ages amid roving colored lights and man-made fog. (See the 6/96, Christian Conscience for areview of a DC Talk concert — article by John Beardsley, pp. 54-58.) Palau sandwiched himself in the middle of the afternoon’s festivities with a short message and an invitation. About 700 came forward before the rapping resumed. In his messages throughout the week, Palau frequently used humor and made references to such popular figures as Madonna and Elizabeth Taylor. He said he wants to present the Christian message “positively” and to show people he’s not a “ranting, raving preacher.” In one message he talked of heaven, but noted that many preachers dwell too much on hell (11/2/92, The Arizona Republic).
– Palau’s 8-week “Say Yes, Chicago” Crusade was held over a 57-day period in April-May, 1996, and featured more than 70 events in a variety of metropolitan-area venues, including the Rosemont Horizon, the UIC Pavilion, and Soldier Field. Palau staffers and a 150-member executive committee of local clergy and laity raised $2.3 million and enlisted 1,700 churches from Kenosha to Kankakee and DeKalb, as well as from the city and suburbs. The official Palau Chicago campaign brochure lists churches of many denominations: Presbyterian, Lutheran, Assemblies of God, Evangelical Free, Nazarene, Episcopal, and Christian. Rock musicians performed. Individual Catholic priests were involved in leadership roles. One of the sponsoring churches was church growth guru Bill Hybels of Willow Creek Community Church. Ecumenical speakers included Tony Evans, E.V. Hill, Raleigh Washington, Joseph Stowell, Erwin Lutzer, and Rabi Maharaj. The attendance goal was set at 500,000; 15,000 people were given a two-hour training course on how to share their faith with friends and neighbors. The schedule included a nightly call-in TV show, special breakfasts and luncheons, and women’s, children’s, and youth events.
Palau claims to have preached the gospel to 129,000 people at 75 events throughout greater Chicago, and to have bagged 9,460 new Christians during the two-month campaign (of which 44% were “first-time commitments”). Palau also presented his version of the gospel through 27 one-hour television programs on four Chicago stations, originating in the studios of WCFC-TV38, and as a result, claimed more than 650 callers “indicated they prayed with Luis or with counselors, committing their lives to Christ.” (Source: LPEA Internet web site, 8/27/01.)
– From 1/1/80-1/4/80, a “Methodist Congress on Evangelism” was held at Oral Roberts University. Palau appeared with Billy Graham, Oral Roberts, Dr. Charles Allen of the First United Methodist Church of Houston, and several Methodist bishops. This is just an example to show that Palau is not adverse to cooperation with those still in the fellowship of apostate Methodism or those on the radical fringe of charismaticism. In addition, Palau’s 5/92 Peoria Crusade included cooperation with over 150 churches, many of them liberal, charismatic, and even some from John Wimber‘s radical Vineyard Christian Fellowship.
Palau’s evangelistic association is also affiliated with the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). Along with (apostate) comedian Steve Allen, Palau was a speaker at the 1987 convention of the National Religious Broadcasters, an arm of the NAE at the time. Despite these dubious connections, he has also been a speaker at Moody Bible Institute, Dallas Seminary’s “School of Evangelism,” and the 25th anniversary celebration of Talbot Seminary (New Neutralism II, pp. 67-68).
– Promise Keepers is the gigantic new (1991) “men’s movement” among professing evangelical Christians. Its roots are Catholic and charismatic to the core. PK’s contradictory stand on homosexuality; its promotion of secular psychology; its unscriptural feminizing of men; its depiction of Jesus as a “phallic messiah” tempted to perform homosexual acts; and its ecumenical and unbiblical teachings should dissuade any true Christian from participating. Promise Keepers is proving to be one of the most ungodly and misleading movements in the annals of Christian history. Nevertheless, Palau is a promoter of this ecumenical, charismatic, psychologized men’s movement, as evidenced by his speaking at PK’s 1992 National Men’s Conference and at regional stadium rallies in 1995, 1996, and 2000, and by his authoring a chapter in two PK books (Go the Distanceand Seven Promises of a Promise Keeper). [Palau’s wife, Pat, also authored a chapter in two PK books (Promises! Promises! and The Joy of a Promise Kept) designed for the wives of Promise Keepers. Others authoring chapters in Promises! Promises! are the wives of Howard Hendricks, Gary Smalley, and John Trent.)]
– Dr. Bill Jackson, president of the Association of Fundamentalists Evangelizing Catholics (AFEC), prepared a 6/18/99 statement on “The Gospel of Jesus Christ—An Evangelical Celebration” (EC) (see the 6/14/99 Christianity Today for the full text of the EC). This document has been endorsed by Charles Colson, Bill Bright, and J.I. Packer, all of whom also signed the controversial ECT documents of 1994 and 1997; as well as endorsed by R.C. Sproul, John MacArthur and D. James Kennedy, all of whom publicly [albeit weakly] challenged and criticized them for signing the ECT documents (see above). There are a number of helpful statements in this latest document which deal with areas which were not fully dealt with in the ECT documents (e.g., imputation is now dealt with favorably, but has been consistently opposed by Roman Catholic Councils and Catechisms). EC says, “We cannot embrace any form of doctrinal indifferentism by which God’s truth is sacrificed for a false peace.” But there is certainly no better example of “doctrinal indifferentism” than the ECT documents themselves (James 1:8)! Because ECT I stated that “Evangelicals and Catholics are brothers and sisters in Christ,” in order to be relevant the new EC document should be submitted to the Roman Catholics who signed ECT I and II. It is difficult to see how a person could subscribe to both ECT and EC. The only logical conclusion is for all who signed EC to remove their names from ECT. It also appears that the so-called “evangelical” ECT endorsers have been “let off the hook” by former critics such as R.C. Sproul. We believe EC will be used to rehabilitate those who erred in 1994 and 1997, without their having to admit or ask forgiveness for their error. (Source: 7/15/99, Calvary Contender.) [Other “evangelical” endorsers of EC among the 15 members of the Drafting Committee and 114 members of the Endorsing Committee include John Ankerberg, Kay Arthur, Tony Evans, Jerry Falwell, Bill Hybels, David Jeremiah, D. James Kennedy, Max Lucado, Woodrow Kroll, Tim & Beverly LaHaye,Erwin Lutzer, Bill McCartney, Luis Palau, Pat Robertson, Ronald Sider, Charles Stanley, John Stott, Joseph Stowell, Chuck Swindoll, Bruce Wilkinson, and Ravi Zacharias; also endorsing EC were hyper-charismatics Jack Hayford and Steven Strang.]
However ignorant Palau and fellow endorsers may be of all this, his participation in EC makes him a party to its consequences. It is also important to note that the EC document (which is supposed to be a definitive and comprehensive statement of the true saving Gospel of Christ), never mentions repentance for salvation, and never mentions the total depravity of man (thereby leaning towards a decisional regeneration). Moreover, the EC promotes an ecumenical unity (via “trans-denominational cooperative enterprises”) with all professing believers who attest to the EC’s “essentials” of the faith. But this is not the unity of the faith taught in Ephesians. While we are instructed by Scripture to be of one mind, the evangelical today scoffs at the idea of true Biblical unity based on complete agreement with, and submission to, God’s holy Word. The only use of the word “unity” in the New Testament is found in Ephesians chapter four. It is a “unity of the Spirit” (v. 3), not of men. It is a “unity of faith” (v. 13) based on sound doctrine for which believers are to contend, not water down nor reclassify into essentials and non-essentials (Jude 3). No real spiritual unity can exist apart from doctrinal unity, and we are to “mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them” (Rom. 16:17).
– Luis Palau was named as one of four Honorary Co-Chairmen of the A.D. 2000 Evangelism organization. (The other three were Billy Graham, Campus Crusade’s Bill Bright, and Kyun Chik Han of Korea. Paul Cedar of the Evangelical Free Church chaired the A.D. 2000 International Coalition of Christian Leaders, which is composed of 200 key leaders from various denominations, national, and local churches.) A.D. 2000 Evangelism is ecumenical, compromising to the core, and even has some New Agers in its ranks (e.g., Jay Gary and Robert Muller), yet many undiscerning or uninformed believers are supporting, praising, and participating in it. This unscriptural evangelism movement includes Roman Catholics, Orthodox, Charismatics, Pentecostals, and Protestants of all kinds. It is evident that many have not yet realized the impossibility of evangelizing the world when millions of those participating in that effort preach a false gospel. This makes the A.D. 2000 Evangelism program a curse, not a blessing.
According to the July-August 1993, Mission Frontiers Bulletin, “These International Coalition leaders share the vision of the A.D. 2000 and Beyond Movement. [“A church for every people and the Gospel for every person by A.D. 2000,” is their slogan.] They are ‘front line’ leaders, implementers, activists, equippers, and/or mobilizers in the ministry of world evangelization. Coalition members give leadership to the involvement of their own constituencies and share spiritual counsel with the various A.D. 2000 boards, committees and resource network leaders. They will seek to rally support and resources of all kinds to see the objectives of the movement fulfilled.” (Emphasis added.) Seeking “all kinds” of support simply means that they will utilize whatever group claims to be in agreement with their “objectives” of global evangelization. The problem with such an inclusivist policy, however, is that some of the groups whose support they are trying to enlist embrace many unbiblical beliefs and strange gospels (September-October 1993,Foundation magazine).
– The “Alpha Course” was devised by Holy Trinity Brompton, London, a large charismatic Anglican church. Anglican priest Nicky Gumbel began teaching it in 1990. It is now the largest evangelistic effort in Britain and has been taken up by the main denominations and spread to the U.S. and elsewhere. Luis Palau has endorsed it. Its philosophy is New Age, leading to experiences rooted in the occult. The Alpha Course, originally intended for new Christians, is now aimed at the unchurched. But at its core is a “watered-down” gospel. It is geared less to conversion than to seeking the spurious Toronto Blessing experience. (Source: 12/15/98, Calvary Contender).
– Palau is a member of COR (Coalition on Revival), a Reconstructionist/Dominionist organization dedicated to a social gospel/activism agenda that proposes to impose Biblical standards (e.g., Old Testament law) on unbelieving peoples and institutions. Since Palau has signed COR’s Manifesto, it is interesting to read what the people affiliated with COR believe. The following is from a brochure announcing the 12th Annual Northwest Conference for Christian Reconstruction. Does this not sound like a different gospel? (emphases added):
“The Christian Reconstruction movement believes that the Bible contains not only a message of personal salvation through the blood of Christ shed on the cross, but also a comprehensive law structure which is alone able to provide a just basis for society. It is committed to the view that sovereignty and thus government belong to God, and that all delegated government, whether to family, church or state (civil government), is to be exercised in obedience to the law of God’s covenant. Furthermore, salvation involves every aspect of man’s life and thus also the relationships he sustains to the world around him. The exercise of dominion in accordance with the terms of God’s covenant is therefore basic and vital to the Christian faith. To neglect this is to deprecate the extent of Christ’s victory at Calvary.”
That Palau has no problem identifying with this movement is a bit disconcerting to say the least. (For details of COR’s unbiblical strategy for “taking the world for Christ,” see COR’ documents titled A Manifesto for the Christian Church, Forty-two Articles of the Essentials of a Christian World View, and Twenty-five Articles of Affirmation and Denial on the Kingdom of God. These three documents, along with COR’s 17 Sphere/World View Documents, make up what COR calls its “20 COR World View Documents.”) – Campus Crusade founder Bill Bright fasted 40 days during the summer of 1994, during which he claims to have received a “prophecy from God” that a mighty revival is coming. He then issued a call for hundreds of liberals, charismatics, and new-evangelicals to gather in Orlando 12/5/94-12/7/94 to fast and pray for revival. An Invitation Committee made up of a hodgepodge of 72 liberals, new evangelicals, and charismatics was formed. Included were: Robert Schuller, Charles Colson, E.V. Hill, Jack Hayford, JamesDobson, W.A. Criswell, Charles Stanley, Paul Crouch, Luis Palau, Bill Gothard, Pat Robertson, Kay Arthur, and Larry Burkett. CCC’s Bill Bright cites “a great sense of urgency to link arms and unitedly call upon God for help in the spirit of King Jehoshaphat (2 Chr. 20).” This ecumenical “linking” is in the “spirit of Jehoshaphat” indeed, but the Jehoshaphat of 2 Chr. 18 (instead of 2 Chr. 20) where he “linked” with wicked King Ahab and incurred the wrath of God. (Reported in the 11/15/94, Calvary Contender.) [Another three-day “Fasting & Prayer” conference was held in 11/95 in Los Angeles; it attracted 3,500 “evangelicals” and charismatics. The Invitation/Host Committee for this event included most of those listed above, plus Dick Eastman, Chuck Smith, Bill McCartney (Promise Keepers), Tim and Beverly LaHaye, Shirley Dobson, Paul Cedar (E-Free), Ted Engstrom (World Vision), Joseph Stowell (Moody), and Joseph Aldrich (Multnomah). A third conference was held 11/14/96-11/16/96 in St. Louis. New additions to the Host Committee included Max Lucado, Henry Blackaby, Loren Cunningham (YWAM), Greg Laurie, Dennis Rainey, Randy Phillips (Promise Keepers), Josh McDowell, D. James Kennedy, Howard Hendricks, and Neil Anderson. (Conferences have been held every year now, but there is an uncertain future with Bill Bright’s August 2001retirement from Campus Crusade, and his 2003 death.)]
– While reporting on Amsterdam ’86, Fundamental Evangelistic Association reporter Dennis Costella asked Palau if he would cooperate with Roman Catholics. Palau replied that he certainly would and admitted that it was being done. He went on to mention specific plans for more extensive Catholic involvement in his future crusades (Jul/Aug 1986,Foundation magazine). Some of the details of past Palau’s involvement with Catholics follows:
(a) In 1974, in a meeting in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Catholic charismatics were among the counselors (8/16/92, Pastor James E. Singleton sermon, Tri-City Baptist Church, Tempe, Arizona).
(b) In Managua, Nicaragua in 12/75, a conservative tabloid Novedodes carried this headline: “Archbishop sees no problem with the Palau campaign.” The 12/19/75Christianity Today reported: “It enjoyed the support of most of Managua’s 125 Protestant churches and many Catholics. Catholic charismatic groups attended.”
(c) The Canadian Paper Faith Today (5/78) gave a glowing report of Palau’s crusade in Montevideo, Uruguay. It said, “On the final night of the crusade, the secretary of the Catholic Bishop of Montevideo attended the meeting. He conveyed the Bishop’s regrets that he could not attend personally, but he assured Palau that on some future occasion, he hoped to be present.”
(d) The 1987 Palau Crusade in New Zealand was reportedly “the first time the Catholic Church has ever backed a major evangelical Christian mission” in that area. Catholic Bishop Dennis Browne of Auckland accepted an invitation to join the mission’s advisory board along with leaders of many other denominations (4/18/86,College Weekly).
(e) The 1993 Palau Crusade in Jamaica featured this note in a 1/31 newspaper ad: “The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kingston gives wholehearted support in mobilizing its members to participate in the National Crusade 1993. This venture is seen by us as an important event in the spreading of the Gospel in an ecumenical manner” (3/15/93, Calvary Contender).
(f) A Palau Londonderry (Ireland) crusade campaign organizing committee member (a Baptist pastor) was interviewed on BBC radio in company with a Roman Catholic priest — he did not dispute claims that Palau sends Catholics back to Rome. At Palau’s 5/16/95-5/21/95 crusade, Roman Catholics and Protestants worshipped together in a tent-pavilion on the bank of the Foyle River, which divides Protestant and Catholic communities (6/12/95, NIIR; and 9/15/95, Calvary Contender).
(g) Palau admits that his 2001 Mission Connecticut audience has been, in some spots, 60 to 70 percent Roman Catholic: “The good thing about that,” according to Palau, “is that they bring a high respect for God, a high sense of sinfulness, and a sense of the holiness and the awesomeness of God” (6/6/01, Religion Today).[What a perverted view of the true spiritual state of Roman Catholics!]
– More evidence Palau has made a determined effort to appeal to Catholics: A 10/31/92 article in The Arizona Republic (“One In Christ: Luis Palau Emphasizes Similarities in Making Interdenominational Appeal,” p. B8) detailed Palau’s philosophy for reaching the lost in false religious systems:
“… Palau’s form of worship presents such a broad Christian message that it appeals to Protestants and Catholics alike. … But unlike other evangelicals who have actively tried to lure … Catholics away from their churches, Palau aims to keep people in their own Christian churches — regardless of denomination. … ‘on the core of Christianity, we are one,’ Palau said in a recent interview. … Palau represents a growing trend among religious groups … that do not want to alienate Catholics. … [Palau] carefully avoids the controversial differences between Catholics and Protestants. … Protestants of Palau’s type have a message that does not require abandoning church membership … Bible studies are deliberately held at times that would not conflict with Masses and controversial subjects like the Virgin Mary are avoided. Instead there’s an attempt to find a common ground in the Bible.”
In other words, Palau’s plan is to give them (Catholics, in the above example) a watered-down, non-offensive gospel, and then leave them in the same blasphemous religious system they were in before being “saved.” [LEPA and Palau have also taken part in the annual ecumenical/charismatic/Catholic-accommodating March For Jesus campaigns.]
– Some think that the ecumenical evangelism techniques used by Palau are not that serious a matter, and that those opposing him are over-reacting. The following excerpts are from a letter from the pastor of the First Romanian Fundamentalist Baptist Church in Chicago:
“Louis Palau has organized evangelistic meetings in some cities in Romania. The Baptist believers in Romania were not informed about who he is, and therefore helped in these meetings. The association of Mr. Palau spread word that 40,000 have been converted through these meetings. I had the occasion of talking with some Romanian pastors after the meetings, and this is their evaluation:
(a) There were no additions to the churches with people “converted” in these evangelistic meetings;
(b) One pastor mentioned that the only result he could point to in his church was the one drunk person came to him and said he wanted to be baptized, for he heard Mr. Palau saying people need to be baptized. This was the evidence of people responding after the meetings;
(c) Some pastors observed that now they have a hard time organizing evangelistic meetings, because people have participated in those organized by Mr. Palau and their interest in these events is gone. By such actions, people are being immunized against the Word of God!
If Mr. Palau has succeeded in anything in Romania, he has succeeded in conditioning people against the Gospel.”
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matt 7:13-14)
On this Good Friday morning I am praising God for the faithful “narrow gate” preaching ministry of Pastor John MacArthur and his radio ministry, Grace to You (GTY). Far too many professing Christian leaders are standing behind their pulpits trampling the Reformation and the Gospel itself beneath their “broad is the way” ecumenical feet, celebrating Roman Catholicism’s new pope and proclaiming him a brother in the Lord and the ministry of the Gospel, “the pure Gospel” (Luis Palau). John MacArthur is NOT celebrating Roman Catholicism or the pope. He continues to stand in Southern California as a lightning rod for the Lord Jesus Christ and His Gospel, the pure Gospel of the Bible, the pure Gospel of the Reformation. Before he steps into the pulpit he does not check to see which way the winds of popular ecumenical apostasy are blowing so he can adjust his message accordingly. Instead, he leans into that soul damning wind and faithfully thunders forth the soul saving Gospel of Jesus Christ. See Pastor MacArthur’s recent pope exposing message titled Usurping the Seat of Christ: http://www.gty.org/resources/Sermons/80-405/Usurping-the-Seat-of-Christ
Strength attracts and breeds strength. Courage attracts and breeds courage. Love of Christ and His Gospel attracts and breeds love of Christ and His Gospel. The man at the helm of GTY’s radio ministry is Phil Johnson, an Elder at Grace Community Church, the longtime editor of Pastor MacArthur’s books, and a faithful preacher/teacher of God’s Word in his own right. Did I mention that he occasionally blogs? Phil Johnson was recently called upon by the Christian World View radio talk show to represent GTY and the historic Protestant, Evangelical “faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). The entire interview is well worth the hour it takes to listen to it. The Reformation, the pope, Roman Catholicism, and Evangelical departures from “the faith” are discussed at length. You can listen to the entire broadcast here:http://thechristianworldview.com/tcwblog/archives/5742
At around the 15:44 mark of the interview, the radio talk show host asks Phil Johnson about Luis Palau’s bold “broad is the way” promotion of the pope in a Christianity Today interview from 3/14/2013. When questioned about the new pope, Mr. Palau told the CT reporter; “He’s a very Bible-centered man, a very Jesus Christ-centered man. He’s more spiritual than he is administrative, although he’s going to have to exercise his administrative skills now! But personally, he is more known for his personal love for Christ. He’s really centered on Jesus and the Gospel, the pure Gospel.” Here is Phil Johnson’s response to Palau’s apostate promotion of the pope and his sacramental system of salvation; “Palau made the shift I think sometime in the 90’s, maybe in the 1980’s, where he embraced ecumenism, and began to involve Roman Catholics in his crusades, and changed his message so that he didn’t preach justification by faith alone, Sola Fide, or any other thing that would offend his Roman Catholic constituents. And he’s been carefully and deliberately courting a Roman Catholic constituency for nearly 20 years now… He’s departed from the historic protestant and Evangelical position (the Gospel).” Phil Johnson has rightly assessed Palau’s open and repeated promotion of the pope as a proponent of the “pure Gospel” as a clear departure from “the historic protestant and Evangelical” Gospel.
GTY’s faithful spokesman goes on to remind us (around the 32-34 minute mark) that Rome has declared all who hold to salvation being by grace through faith, and not of sacramental works to be under the official anathema (damnation) of the Roman Catholic Church. To bolster that point he stated that ALL the cannons and decrees of the Council of Trent are reconfirmed in current Catechism of the Catholic Church. Phil stressed that he sees Luis Palau, Rick Warren, Hank Hanegraaff, and the broader Evangelical world’s re/union with Roman Catholicism as symptomatic of Evangelicalism’s love affair with pragmatism and insistence that relationship trump sound doctrine, even the doctrine of Soteriology, the Gospel. There is a vast and willful ignorance of history and theology, and we (the Evangelical church) are ripe for this kind of departure from the “faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3).
Thank you Pastor John MacArthur and GTY spokesman Phil Johnson for faithfully declaring, defining, and defending the “narrow gate” Gospel of Jesus Christ as if billions of souls depend on it! May God raise up a new generation of Gospel reformers in the PNW and all around the globe who will not sit silent while the “narrow gate” of Christ’s Church is being overrun by “broad is the way” apostasy. It is time to sound the alarm. It is time to take up the Sword of the Spirit and wield it boldly for Christ our King.
The church I have had the privilege of pastoring for almost 14 years (Beaverton Grace Bible Church) is just a mile away from the headquarters of Luis Palau’s Evangelistic Association. The Christian community in our area (churches, radio ministries, colleges, seminaries, etc.) is saturated with all things Palau. He is kind of the local Christian evangelist rock star. Even the openly homosexual mayor of Portland was happy to associate himself with Luis Palau up on the platform during a downtown Portland Palau Festival. The Evangelical churches in the Portland area lend their ready support to Mr. Palau’s ministry locally and globally. Mr. Palau regularly fills the pulpits of the two largest Bible churches (Cedar Mill Bible Church & Southwest Bible Church) in the area.
Back in 2008, BGBC began to call Mr. Palau and his ministry back to the “faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). I met with one of the lead men who plan and coordinate the Palau Festivals. I sat with him in our church and watched video footage of priests celebrating their delivery of thousands of rosaries and the heretical sacrament of penance at Luis Palau’s events. He told me that he would pass on my “concerns” to someone closer to Luis. Sadly, the Palau Association has continued to become an association of apostasy as they depart from the true Gospel, preferring friendship and partnership with the false gospel of the Roman Catholic Church.
See Luis Palau Association’s Ecumenical Evangelism Exposed -parts 1-3 (2008)
Five years later, Luis Palau has come out of the closet with his “broad is the way” apostasy and he is now openly promoting the pope as a proponent of the “pure Gospel.” It is an obvious but suppressed reality that the pope is Catholic; that Catholicism is not Christianity; and that Luis Palau and Rick Warren’s promotion/union with the pope is bold apostasy. It is long past time for TRUE Bible believing, Gospel believing, Christ loving pastors and churches to call Luis Palau and Rick Warren to repent of their apostate promotion/union with the heretical Roman Catholic Church, priests, bishops, and antichrist pope. Cedar Mill Bible Church, Southwest Bible Church, and all genuine Bible/Gospel believing churches and ministries need to cease their support of Luis Palau until such a time as he repents of his apostasy. The multitude of professing Evangelical churches that support, celebrate, and look to Rick Warren for leadership need to call him to repent of his apostasy, and break their union with him until such a time as he does. The love of Christ, His TRUE Gospel, and over a billion Catholic souls demands that we expose the antichrist pope’s “evil deeds” (2 John 9-11). The church must declare, define, and defend the Gospel.
Beware of the pope and popish doctrine! Phil. 3:2 warns us to “Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation!” This is an appropriate description and warning of the pope and popish doctrines. There is a corruption and corrosion of Biblical conviction and theology in the Evangelical church as evidenced by a ready acceptance and celebration of pope, priest, and the false Gospel of Roman Catholicism. Rick Warren, Luis Palau, and so many like them have crafted a peace with the pope and His false Gospel that cuts the heart out of the true Gospel and blasphemes the finished work of Christ on the cross.
Rick Warren tweeted to the world, “Welcome Pope Francis, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Habemus Papam, You have our prayers.” In a Christianity Today article Warren described Roman Catholic sacramental system of salvation as mere “doctrinal distinctives” and went on to assert “the fact is, we do serve the same Lord.” Luis Palau has repeatedly stated that the pope is his personal friend and that “He’s really centered on Jesus and the Gospel, the pure Gospel” (Christianity Today, 3/14/13). Rick Warren and Luis Palau are two highly influential “broad is the way” apostates.
Charles Spurgeon rebukes Warren, Palau, and all like them; “False gods, attempts to represent the true God, and indeed, all material things which are worshipped, are so much filth upon the face of the earth, whether they be crosses, crucifixes, virgins, wafers, relics, or even the Pope himself. We are by far too mealy mouthed about these infamous abominations: God abhors them, and so should we. To renounce the glory of spiritual worship for outward pomp and show is the height of folly, and deserves to be treated as such.” (The Treasury of David, Psalm 106:20)
The two following messages are a call to declare, define, and defend the Gospel against the winds of apostasy blowing out of Rome, through the heretical halls of Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Church and Luis Palau’s non-Evangelical Association of apostasy.
On July 20th, the Wall Street Journal released an article titled, “Ailing Pope Francis Hurries to Bolster His Progressive Legacy.” Lighthouse Trails has addressed several issues regarding the Catholic Church’s current pope since his inception in 2013. Pope Francis (aka Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina) is a Jesuit, and as we wrote about in March of 2013, is spiritually “founded” on a contemplative tradition. For those who understood the “fruit” of contemplative prayer, it came as no surprise when very shortly into his reign, his inter-spiritual and universalistic beliefs surfaced. A March 2013 by USA Today was titled “Pope Francis Calls for Intensified Dialogue With Muslims” which reported on his belief that everyone is “a brother or sister.”
Pope Francis’ efforts to bring the Protestants under the fold of the Catholic Church were zealous. And as we have documented, he had the help of famous and highly popular evangelicals such as Rick Warren, Beth Moore, Franklin Graham, James Robison, and Kenneth Copeland. Ray Yungen wrote about this in his article “Christian Leaders – A New Openness . . . to the Catholic Church.” Francis turned to an Anglican priest, Tony Palmer, who became the Pope’s right-hand man in bringing in the “lost” fold. At one point, Palmer stood at the podium in Kenneth Copeland’s church and told the excited and welcoming congregation that the “protest” was no longer needed and we, as evangelicals and Protestants, could reunite with the Catholic Church. It looked like Palmer would be able to make great inroads in aiding the Pope and the Catholic Church when he was killed in a motorcycle accident in 2014 bringing his ecumenical work for the Vatican to an end, although the “new evangelization” has continued in his absence.
Just as Merton saw “fana” (Islamic mystical state) as one of the paths to spiritual unity, Pope Francis sees the various religions as one family. He is bringing Thomas Merton’s ideas of unity to the table of global unity among all humanity. Thomas Merton’s “contemplative style” (that Pope Francis referenced to Congress) saw no contradiction between Christianity and Buddhism; and Merton said he wanted to be the best Buddhist he could possibly be. When Pope Francis praised Thomas Merton (knowing full well the implications of this), he gave a green light for everyone to embrace interspirituality. And where there is interspirituality, there is no place for the Cross of Jesus Christ.
While the Roman Catholic Church is filled with false teachings and anti-biblical doctrines, Pope Francis has taken it to a whole new level. And as the article below explains, he is determined to do what he can to solidify his progressive legacy so that it continues even after he is gone.
“Ailing Pope Francis Hurries to Bolster His Progressive Legacy”
By Frances X. Rocca
The Wall Street Journal
ROME—Pope Francis is moving to shore up his progressive legacy as his health problems increase, making key appointments that could shape the Catholic Church well past the end of his pontificate.
Following hospitalizations in March and June, the pope named a new Vatican doctrinal chief, members of a Vatican synod that could consider major changes to church governance and teaching, and additional members of the body that will elect his successor, all in a little more than a week.
The 86-year-old, who has had two operations for intestinal surgery in the past two years and now often uses a wheelchair, is planning trips to Portugal and Mongolia next month.
“He’s a man in a hurry right now and he’s putting the final touches on this very long and gradual process of changing the church,” said Robert Mickens, English editor of La Croix International, a Catholic publication. Click here to continue reading.
(photo: Pope Francis with evangelical leaders including Tony Palmer, Kenneth Copeland, and James Robison)
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Franklin Graham, President, and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and of Samaritan’s Purse took on the deceptive progressive theology posing as Christianity in an article published on Wednesday at Decision magazine. He called it “the Eternal Peril,” accurately portraying it as Satan’s lie dating from the serpent’s confrontation with Eve in the Garden of Eden.
The lie, he wrote, “has cropped up in the halls of seminaries, infiltrated the pulpits of thousands of churches, and been propagated by a godless liberal media. It is bent on casting doubt and undermining the foundational principles of God’s Word.”
The counterfeit theology attacks the basic foundational structure of Biblical Christianity at every point, seeking to destroy it and then replace it with a man-centered worldview. On gender identity, Graham writes:
Although Scripture clearly says that marriage is between one man and one woman, proponents of progressive Christianity twist and distort the truth of God’s Word on sexuality, focusing on such nonsensical trends as gender identity.
They deny God’s distinction of the sexes, and instead invent their own misguided standards, unguided by the Word of God.
Progressive Christianity rejects God’s plan and replaces it by affirming same-sex marriage. It accepts the use of pornography, one-night stands, and same-sex encounters — virtually any sexual activity as long as it reflects a “concern for each other’s flourishing,” according to promoter Nadia Bolz-Weber.
It accepts Satan’s assurance to Adam and Even in the garden:
“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from [the tree of the knowledge of good and evil] your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” — Genesis 3:4-5
The fruit was enticing, the promise was enthralling, and the invitation to assert her own independence from God was overwhelming. Her sin was not in itself eating the fruit of the tree; it was her decision to deny God, His warning, and especially His sovereignty.
When she ate and didn’t immediately die, Adam fell for the lie as well, thus fatally infecting their progeny right up to the present day.
From there, Progressive Christianity goes downhill. The Bible isn’t the infallible Word of God, but merely an ancient travelogue, a wonderful work of literature that reflects only what people believed about Him when the words were written thousands of years ago.
It denies Genesis 1:1 (“In the beginning, God”) and replaces it with the lie of evolution. As progressive authors, David Felten and Jeff Procter-Murphy wrote:
Far from being fallen creatures trying to return to a mythical Eden, human beings are emerging as a species from more primal and baser instincts to become more responsible and mature beings.
It denies the deity of Christ as the only son of God, and instead considers Him as just a good example to follow, more of a “big brother” than the Creator of the universe “Who made us, and not we ourselves.” (Psalm 100:3).
It denies the crucifixion’s purpose as the only possible redemption for sinners and instead declares that it reveals God as a monster inflicting unspeakable abuse on His own Son. It asks, as did one proponent: “Who originated the Cross? If God did, then we worship a cosmic abuser, who in Divine Wisdom created a means to torture human beings in the most painful and abhorrent manner.”
It reinterprets the resurrection (which it cannot deny) as an example “to show us,” writes believer Alisa Childers, “how to forgive our enemies by allowing Himself to be crucified by an angry mob.”
It denies the total depravity of man, ignoring Biblical revelations such as these:
Man’s heart is “deceitful and desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9);
Man is “dead in transgressions” (Ephesians 2:5);
Man loves sin (John 3:19; John 8:34);
And therefore, he will not seek God (Romans 3:10-11);
Because he loves the darkness (John 3:19);
The depraved lifestyle embraced by Progressive Christianity reflects the gospel of Christ as foolishness (1 Corinthians 1:18);
Because it is unable to accept it (Romans 8:7).
The deception of Progressive Christianity is fueled by its attractiveness, seeming to many as an option to the true faith — more acceptable, more likable, more palatable in an increasingly sinful and declining world. Progressive Christianity, as Will Vining noted in The Christian Post, is “most deceiving when it looks and feels like the Truth.”
Graham ended his post with this reminder from the apostle Paul’s letter to his protégé, Timothy (2 Timothy 4:2-5):
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.