Graham Crusade

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Q. Franklin Graham will be having an evangelistic meeting in Toronto, and I planned to invite some co-workers to attend the meeting. However, a sister brought up the issue that Billy Graham’s confession of faith has been questionable in recent years. Can you give me some guidance whether it is right to invite my friends to Franklin’s meeting?

A. This is a hard subject. On the one hand, some would think you’re just sour grapes to criticize the world-famous evangelist. On the other hand, some would consider you compromised too if you endorse him. It is very sad to see a successful, life-long ministry ending up in controversies, but it is true that Billy Graham has compromised his views in the last 2 decades, in ecumenism and inclusiveness. In an interview with Robert Schuller in 1997, he stated that:

“… everybody that loves Christ, or knows Christ, whether they’re conscious of it or not, they’re members of the Body of Christ. … 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 that they are saved, and that they’re going to be with us in heaven.”

He had agreed with Catholics not to proselytize them, endorsed Bill Clinton who approved partial-birth abortion and supported gay rights, and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) supported Mitt Romney by removing an article listing Mormonism as a cult.

Yet Franklin Graham’s evangelistic messages remain evangelical, calling for people to repent from sin and turn to Christ. My position on inviting people to his meetings is therefore a mixed one – attend the crusade but follow them up yourself. It is based on Php 1:18 But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true,Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice. So long as Christ and the gospel is preached, people can be won to Him and be saved. But I want to follow them up properly so that they become true disciples, not nominal Christians who compromise and backslide. It is very disheartening that Graham started out well but did not finish strong. I hope we all learn a lesson to watch how we finish. Hope this helps.

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