When Billy Graham passed away, many thought that he would now receive God's rebuke for the errors he made in his ministry.
But this view is inconsistent with what God's Word teaches about the perfection of the Saints in glory!
All Bible believing Christians are familiar with Mr. Graham's great crusades at which he preached a true Gospel, calling on men to repent and trust in the blood of Jesus as their only hope of salvation and everlasting life.
There is also no doubt that Mr. Graham did not trust in his own works, but only in the Lord Jesus, and if he did so, then he is now in the presence of His Savior in Heaven.
His gospel message that he preached at his crusades never wavered. He preached that Jesus is the only way to salvation. No doubt many souls heard the gospel preaching and trusted in the Lord Jesus, and will be in heaven one day through Mr. Graham's ministry.
On the downside, Mr. Graham tended towards a decisional regeneration, placing too much emphasis upon man's will, and not enough upon the necessity of regeneration by the Holy Ghost. Graham believed that we have got to pack in the crowds, and expand our audience, and use salesman pressure tactics to draw men to the Savior.
This led to Graham's compromise with liberals and preachers of false gospels such as Roman Catholic officials. Graham wanted to cast a very wide net, but by bringing those who preach a false gospel onto his platforms, he lent credibility to their false teachings.
This was a sin on Graham's part, and should have been rebuked.
Yet Christ's blood cleanses Billy Graham of every sin, and now he appears faultless before Christ's Glory with exceeding joy!
Great Sermon! With all due reverence pastor, I cannot say that I have the same charitable disposition that separates what Graham preached in the pulpit from what he himself says in interviews, that he beleives. Such disparity has proven to be a stumbling block to many souls. They're not mere speculations. When I examine what Lloyd-Jones preached and what he would say when being interviewed by the BBC, it's the same bold biblically based message, always. Unforunately for Dr. Graham there is plenty of room for his ministry on the broad road that leads to destruction. There will be many who prophesied in our Lord's name that will hear the words 'depart from me, I never knew you.' I don't know. Perhaps I'm wrong about his position before God, that he has indeed been presented faultless before Him, because of the merits of Christ, while his works are burned up as wood hay and stubble. But when my Roman Catholic mother can point to people like Dr. Graham to buttress her point that she is just fine before God as a practicing Roman Catholic, it does not cause my confidence level to rise about whether or not this man was a true man of God. Lord Bless brother.
John Pittman Hey (3/19/2018)
from Greenwood, Mississippi
Response to FG I would separate what Billy Graham preached, consistently and all the way to the end - that Christ Jesus is the only way of salvation - from his speculations about God's ways outside direct knowledge of Jesus. I think his speculations were incorrect and dangerous, but he never preached them or relied upon them when appealing to sinners to come to repentance and faith. I did address in the sermon the falsehood of Graham's speculations in these matters. His ecumenism with modernists and Romanists are of greater concern to me. I think they did more damage to the church. And yet, I don't doubt that BG trusted alone in the work of Christ on the cross as his only hope of salvation, repudiating his own works and relying only on Christ's atoning sacrifice. And that alone is why BG has been presented faultless before the Glory of Christ with exceeding joy. Not because he was in himself faultless, but because the Savior cleansed BG with His very blood at Calvary.
Great Sermon! Let me just start off by saying that the greatest preacher of the 20th century was NOT Billy Graham. It was Martin Lloyd Jones. That being said, I must say that when I read statements such as the one that Graham made in 1978 McCall's, where he stated that he no longer believes that a pagan in a far country would perish if he didn't hear the Gospel, and that the embracing of natural light was enough to get him to heaven, thru nature and so on, my perception of him is one of a forked tongue minister, who preaches the true Gospel out of one side of his mouth and a false gospel out of the other. I prayed for a long time that he would publicly repent of these false teachings and embracing the enemies of God as brothers and promoting them to God's people and the world in general. His sins go way beyond mere imperfection and venture into, or at least dangerously close to the area of selling out the gospel and Christ. We do not have the benefits of the New Testament describing to us his true spiritual state, as was the case with Samson and Lot. So the only thing I have to go on is that there was no known repentance on his part for these sins. Sorry. I know I'm not his judge, but neither am I the least bit confident that he is with the Lord at this time.
John Pittman Hey (3/12/2018)
from Greenwood, Mississippi
Reply to comment I did describe Billy Graham's compromise, and I did, several times, state that he should have been publicly corrected, and that believers should not have attended or supported his ecumenical crusades. But I'm afraid that some people won't be satisfied without a searing denunciation of the man. The entire point of the sermon was that, whatever his faults - and he had them - he has now been presented faultless before the presence of Christ with exceeding joy! None of the saints are perfect in our own selves, but when a believer is received by Christ at his death, then that saint is perfect before the One Who died to save us! All of Billy Graham's sins of the flesh have been buried with his body, awaiting the body's perfection at the resurrection. All of Billy Graham's sins have been taken away forever by the Savior's sacrifice and blood shedding at Calvary. We ought to rejoice that now Billy Graham is in glory, and all his faults have been taken away completely. This is the way it operates for all believers, including the ones that we thought were utterly wrong and harmful and disobedient while they still lived.
from Bloomington, Minnesota
Revelation 3:16 The sermons posted on SA about Billy Graham truly reveal the shepherds. The shepherds protect the sheep from the wolves and sound the alarm. They are not more concerned with the praises of men rather than the praise of God (John 12:43). BG was loved by the world, yet Luke 6:26 clearly teaches this is the mark of a false prophet. Was Bob Jones Jr. wrong when he denounced Graham as a false teacher who â€œis doing more harm to the cause of Jesus Christ than any living man. You stated in your sermon that you did not have time to research Billy Graham's life....why not? I humbly ask you to research his life thoroughly and then preach a solid warning to your flock of a master deceiver and ecumenist who was comfortable and accepted by all religions. Billy sought to unite all religions at the expense of the truth when Jesus Christ clearly stated in Matthew 10:34 "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword." We are living in dark and dangerous times. Revelation 3:16 reveals God's thoughts about compromise.
Nancy Bryson (3/4/2018)
from Southeast USA
Good Sermon! This sermon was not too hot, not too cold, but "just right", as Goldilocks would say, concerning Billy Graham. Mr. Hey acknowledges areas in which Mr. Graham erred regarding the gospel, while reminding listeners of Paul's warning in Romans 14 not to harshly and hypocritically judge others in doubtful matters, inasmuch as all of us are desperately guilty ourselves. He also wonderfully quotes Jesus' admonition from Luke, the gist of which is that however obedient we may think we are, at the end of the day we should consider ourselves "unprofitable servants".
John Pittman Hey was born in 1961 in Jackson, Mississippi, to Godly parents who from the beginning raised him in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. With child-like faith he came to Christ on his fourth birthday at his mother's knee. He received his education at church...