During what were known as crusades, over many years, he asked people in different parts of the world to make a personal commitment to the God of the Bible.
I would never criticize any Christian for praying with or for anyone. Mr. Obama has just met for prayer with Mr. Graham at his North Carolina home.
The Bible teaches us that we are to pray not only for our friends but for our enemies as well. No matter what Mr. Graham’s thoughts are about Mr. Obama, he should be willing to pray with and for him. Rev. Graham has graciously welcomed our chosen leader to his home for just that purpose.
I will not question Mr. Obama’s motives. I think, however, that Mr. Obama is aware of Mr. Graham’s latest views on Christianity. I think that Mr. Obama would agree, unfortunately, with the statement that Rev. Graham made to Dr. Schuller in the you tube video posted below.
Some might blame Mr. Graham’s “newest” statements on old age. Unfortunately, Mr. Graham’s interview with Dr. Schuller, one whose teachings are filled with new age and heretical doctrine, occurred at a time when the evangelist’s mind was clear.
Sadly, Mr. Graham’s beliefs have changed over time. Listening to later interviews, like the one noted in this video with Robert Schuller, Billy Graham sounds nothing like his former self.
You don’t have to watch an entire sermon to get the idea that Rev. Graham was once fearless when it came to sharing his faith and trust in the Words of the Bible. I have included an interview that he did with Woody Allen. Rev. Graham’s stand is clearly evident in the interview. You will note, in the interview, that Mr. Graham makes it clear that it is not his word that matters, it is God’s Word. He is, of course, referring to the Bible.
In later years, Mr. Graham evidently changed his philosophy. He has made statements that rely on his own opinion, those that are not consistent with simple, Biblical teachings.
Some say that Billy Graham’s past evangelistic work has been a waste. I disagree. I have heard many of his messages. Until the last few decades, Mr. Graham’s gospel message seemed clear and correct. He communicated it well. Many people came to understand the truth of the Gospel message.
Once a dashing and uncompromising man of God, Mr. Graham is now old and ill. I understand that his mind could easily be affected by his age. However, many of his questionable statements were made before his recent frailties.
I think Mr. Graham is representative of what has happened in our culture in recent times. We are entering an age of “tolerance.” The message: we must accept all faiths as equal to the one gifted to us in the Bible. There is a problem with this message. The Bible articulates one truth. Mr. Graham preached this truth valiantly for years. The one thing that many people don’t want to tolerate today is the message that Billy Graham preached clearly for decades.
Tolerance only represents love when the truth is communicated with it. A tolerance that negates scriptural truth becomes something, in a word, that is being removed from the language of the new millennium: sin.
Billy Graham “fuzzy” on whether Jesus is the only way:
An interview with Woody Allen:
Story about Mr. Obama’s Meeting with Mr. Graham: