Billy Graham's Unbiblical Views
Billy Graham's Unbiblical Views Concerning Hell
In the July-August, 1984, issue of "Decision," pp. 1-2, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association presented a sermon by the noted evangelist entitled, "There Is A Real Hell." The printed sermon both deletes and denies the Biblical truth concerning the doctrine of hell.
According to Dr. Graham, there are at least "three kinds of hell." Hell in the heart, hell in society, and a future hell. The bulk of Dr. Graham's sermon centers around the sinfulness of human nature and the wickedness of secular society which he claims are the first two types of hell. While the Scriptures portray the reality of both the sinfulness of human nature and the wickedness of secular society, the Word of God never states or implies that these constitute the place called "hell".
Dr. Graham's total content regarding a future hell is contained in the brief statement "third, there is hell in the future, and it goes on and one..." The noted preacher then pursues to pose the heretical possibility which he states he has positively considered (and obviously desires his millions of readers to likewise consider and potentially accept!) that he has "often wondered if hell is a terrible burning within our heart for God, to fellowship with God, a fire that we can never quench."
The Bible nowhere presents hell under the description Dr. Graham gives. Nowhere does the Word of God indicate that the rebellious, depraved, defiant, sinful heart of men who have rejected Christ in this life will drastically change to suddenly long for fellowship with God in eternity. Wicked hearts that crave sensual perverted gratification in this earthly life will continue to desire that sensual gratification in eternity, without a moment's satisfaction or pleasure.
If hell in the future can be redefined as an insatiable appetite for God, then the sinful state of human nature and the wicked actions of society which Dr. Graham claims are present hell can also be redefined as "longing for God," which is utterly ridiculous.
Similar to the cults of our generation, Dr. Graham has employed terminology concerning hell that is familiar to the Scriptures, but he utilizes a different dictionary. In redefining this vital Bible doctrine, Billy Graham has declare his allegiance with the blasphemous apostasy of our day.
SOURCE: F.B.F. News Bulletin
Billy Grahamís Unbiblical Attitude Toward Sodomy
Billy Graham is reported as saying in December 1994 on the Larry King television show in the U.S.A., that sodomites are born sodomites, since, as he put it, it is in their genes (Calvary Contender, vol. XII, No. 3). Such a statement is heretical and must prove comforting and encouraging to the evil cause of the sodomites.
Sodomites have long claimed that they were born deviants and that therefore their sodomy may be traced back to God. It is a slanderous and wicked indictment of God. It not only makes God the author of their sin, it makes Him hypocritical and unjust for punishing sodomy, the best example of which is seen in the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Genesis 13:13, 18:20-21; 19:24-25; 2nd Peter 2:6-8; Jude 7.
The origin of sin is not to be found in manís genes. The genes are the biological factor that determines the physical and personality characteristics which we inherit from our progenitors. Sodomy is a sin. It is listed with the vilest of sins in Romans 1:24-32. If a sodomite can not be blamed for his wickedness, then neither can the murderer, the robber or any other wicked person whose ways are contrary to Godís law, be blamed for their behaviour. If one form of sin may be traceable to the human gene, so must all.
The truth is: manís propensity for sin is derived from his utterly corrupt and depraved nature which he inherited from Adam, the father and federal head of the human race. Our genes make us individuals, who display characteristics and personality traits that link us to our forefathers. Our depraved natures link us to Adam and his transgression in the Garden of Eden, Genesis 2:16-17; 31-24.
The depravity of the human heart is such that ALL are capable of the most wicked actions, including sodomy. That such wickedness does not break out in the life of all the unregenerate must be put down to the restraint that is exercised upon many by the environment created by the redeemed of God. The public testifying to Christ through the preaching of the gospel, prayer and the general influence exercised by those who are called the Ďsalt of the earthí, Matthew 5:13, greatly hold in check the sinful inclinations of manís depraved heart. Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah, Isaiah 1:9. As evil company corrupts moral character, I Cor. 15:33. So the holy influence of believers restrains wickedness. Billy Grahamís statement is not one that will restrain wickedness but will positively encourage it. Even Lot was vexed with the filthiness of the Sodomites and remonstrated with them. Do not so wickedly, Genesis 19:7. It says something for Billy Graham when his witness against sodomy is weaker than that of Lot!
Murder or Robbery
Sodomy is a work of the flesh, an offshoot of human depravity. As such it can be no more acceptable than murder or robbery. The fact that it is not so equated in our day is but part of the rebellion against Godís truth that has broken out on every hand and at every level in society. It is part of that latter-day throwing off of the restraints that God has imposed upon mankind that is referred to in Psalm 2. Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us, verse 1-3. The result of this apostasy is the decriminalizing of those things that God has condemned. Murder is no longer a crime punishable by death in our land. The present campaign to release those terrorists who are guilty of the most awful murders indicates that, and shows that the apostasy is to be found in the highest positions in the state and the professing church of Christ.
The legalizing of the murder of the unborn, the legalizing of killing of the old and infirm, crimes of violence amongst adolescents are blamed upon so-called deprivations and environmental influences and must be treated by foreign trips at public expense. These are but further examples of mankindís re-categorizing of sin.
A leading campaigner for sodomites, actor Sir Ian McKellen, recently tore up a Bible on the stage of a theatre in which he was working, as a protest against the condemnation of sodomy that is contained in it. He urged others to do the same. He particularly objected, he says to Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13. Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination, and if a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death: their blood shall be upon them. McKellen said that he made a practice of tearing those chapters out of hotel Bibles. He may tear all the pages from all the Bibles that he can get his hands on but the words remain in force. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away, Matthew 24:35. His actions provide us with a perfect commentary on the whole issue. It is a conflict between men and the Word of God.
Dr. Billy Graham, whose departure from the Word of God in many areas is well documented, may not have been as dramatic in his action but his comment on the Larry King show is of the exact same spirit as McKellenís brazen defiance of God. To all his other unscriptural actions and utterances Billy Graham has now raised his voice in assisting in the normalizing and approving of this most heinous of debauched practices.
~ From The Burning Bush, Northern Ireland
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