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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Gone to his reward

"The GREAT Billy Graham is dead. There was nobody like him! He will be missed by Christians and all religions. A very special man."
- President Trump

The world's best-known evangelist, the Rev. Billy Graham, died Wednesday. He was 99. From the gangly 16-year-old baseball-loving teen who found Christ at a tent revival, Graham went on to become an international media darling, a preacher to a dozen presidents and the voice of solace in times of national heartbreak. He was America's pastor. 

I once heard Billy Graham preach in person in a football stadium. It was... utterly uninspiring. But the experience was also one of the most remarkable things I've ever seen. Because, you see, when he finished, I was thinking to myself, well, that was certainly a bust.

But then people started coming forward. First dozens, then hundreds. In the end, thousands of people came forward in response to the call. It was totally inexplicable. I had seldom been more astonished in my life, before or since.

A few years later, I read something Billy Graham said about his crusades. He said that before he goes anywhere to preach, he asks thousands of Christians in the area to commit to pray for the events, to pray for God to prepare the hearts of those who will be attending. These volunteers pray for months ahead of time. Then, Rev. Graham explained, he shows up, tells the crowd little more than, "God loves you and you need Jesus Christ," and the Holy Spirit does the rest.

Now, I can't prove that is what happened with science, but all I can say with absolute certainty is that whatever it is that made Billy Graham such an astonishingly powerful preacher of the Gospel, it wasn't his eloquence, his rhetoric, or his logic. But he was a true servant of God and follower of Jesus Christ. May his reward be great indeed.

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Blogger LES February 21, 2018 12:25 PM  

I also attended a crusade. I was already a Christian at the time. It was my perception that the first people to go forward were the volunteer counselors. I think this gave others the courage to go forward in a large crowd which they might be reluctant to do in a local church.

I think Graham's messages were so successful was because they were simple yet were delivered with deep, sincere conviction. I don't think he sought to change people's minds but their hearts.

Blogger Josh (the sexiest thing here) February 21, 2018 12:26 PM  

Amen and amen

Blogger James Chinery February 21, 2018 12:28 PM  

Amen.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd February 21, 2018 12:28 PM  

``But he was a true servant of God and follower of Jesus Christ. ''

There is no higher praise.

Blogger RobertT February 21, 2018 12:35 PM  

Mike Huckabee: Billy Graham Death ‘Fake News’ — ‘He’s More Alive Right Now Than He’s Ever Been’

Blogger Resident Moron™ February 21, 2018 12:46 PM  

I worked for a guy who employed his oldee brother as his accountant. The brother, an atheist, complained to me how his little brother was always telling him how a Christian business should be the best business in town but his brother was so disorganized and unreliable it drove him crazy.

Isked him what was the growth in turnover for the last year? 50%.

Year before that? 50%.

How nany years you been here? Ten.

Has it ever been less than 50%? Once it was about 45%.

So, says I, do you think the growth of the business is a function of your brothers entrepreneurial skills?

Now I cannot prove to you with science that the devout worship of my boss was responsible for it, either.

But that older brother is a baptized Christian today.

Blogger Koanic February 21, 2018 12:48 PM  

> He was America's pastor.

Ouch.

Blogger Patrick Kelly February 21, 2018 12:54 PM  

Memory Eternal.

Blogger Patrick Kelly February 21, 2018 12:55 PM  

Memory Eternal

Blogger VD February 21, 2018 12:56 PM  

It was my perception that the first people to go forward were the volunteer counselors.

I wasn't referring to them. It was obvious who the counselors were.

Blogger Unknown February 21, 2018 12:56 PM  

It was his southern accent that pulled people in.

But, his views on race and race relations would be considered fairly 'churchian' by many.

https://billygrahamlibrary.org/billy-graham-racism/

Anonymous Anonymous February 21, 2018 1:01 PM  

I think that much of his appeal and popularity was due to his apparent sincerity. He truly believed what he said.

Blogger Silent Cal February 21, 2018 1:03 PM  

A lovely tribute Vox. Lay a groundwork of prayer and let the Holy Spirit do the rest. One of my favorite verses comes to mind:

"Salvation is of the Lord"
~Jonah 2:9

Blogger James Dixon February 21, 2018 1:05 PM  

> It was... utterly uninspiring.

That was always my reaction to his televised specials. But he always seemed to reach people. And his faith was never in question.

Blogger RC February 21, 2018 1:05 PM  

In Chapter 38 of Harvey Mackay's classic book "Swim with the Sharks," he describes doing business with Billy Graham's organization. It was a great lesson at the time for me (as was that entire book.) Graham's organization engendered loyalty from their suppliers by treating their suppliers as well as they treat their customers. It was a great example of being an authentic Christ-follower in areas where they didn't have to walk the walk.

The only customer I've ever had in that category was Marion Labs in Kansas City, long since rolled up in a series of buyouts. They earned my loyalty and always received preferential terms and prices.

Blogger Josh (the sexiest thing here) February 21, 2018 1:06 PM  

“Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.” Billy Graham

Blogger Nate February 21, 2018 1:06 PM  

Agree completely Vox. I've seen him preach many times and I've never been impressed by his speaking ability.

But then again... since when has human capability mattered that much to God? Moses was a stuttering stammering murderer after all.

Blogger Patrick Kelly February 21, 2018 1:15 PM  

Memory eternal.

Blogger RC February 21, 2018 1:18 PM  

The best pastor I've ever had was called by God to minister when he was 19 and was shocked with the call because he stammered horribly. He related that God promised that he would not stammer in the pulpit and it was amazing to witness the transformation weekly; in the pulpit he was eloquent and otherwise struggled with even basic communication. The man is well into his eighties now and is still preaching and teaching all over the world, George Westlake Jr. He has memorized more scripture than anyone I know. God uses those He chooses to use.

At his advanced age he does struggle now even in the pulpit except when he's reciting scripture from memory. That still flows like a mountain stream.

Blogger DISCRIMINATOR February 21, 2018 1:19 PM  

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Blogger Guitar Man February 21, 2018 1:19 PM  

MOSES DID NOTHING WRONG!

Blogger Aeoli February 21, 2018 1:24 PM  

I smell fear among the antiChristians lately. They are getting desperate.

Blogger Beau February 21, 2018 1:25 PM  

At his 1973 crusade at the Oakland Colosseum a smug teen walked down from the final row of the nosebleed section to "rededicate my life to Christ." Little did I know I was lost and on my way to hell at that moment. Being raised religious, it had never occurred to me that I must too come to Him as the lost sinner I was. The "rededication" did however have a salutary effect; it got me to read the Bible. In these pages I found Matthew 7:21,

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

I was pierced as if by a Zenon searchlight, and knew, really knew, I was filled with sin - lost - and separated from God. Quite a shock for one who always assumed he was right with God. I panicked, tried to remember the message Billy Graham delivered but could only remember the parable where the birds came and ate the seed along the road! I dug through my bedroom for the pack of scriptures the altar worker gave me. Finally found it in the bottom drawer, in the back, in the corner of my dresser, as far as possible away from me and yet still in my room. Read the scriptures and cried out to God to be saved from my sin.

Immediately, a washing wave fell on me from above, and knew I was forgiven everything. Everything! It brought joy, tears, relief and knowledge that I now belonged to God.

Like millions of others I want to thank God for the life and service of Billy Graham. America's pastor indeed.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother February 21, 2018 1:26 PM  

ALSO DISCRIMINATOR: NICK SABAN IS A FAGGOT.

Blogger Sambuca Ford February 21, 2018 1:26 PM  

Saw him once. The message was simple and straight. But...there was something undeniable and palpable in that stadium that transcended human understanding.

No, he was not a great orator or a learned biblical scholar. He was a vessel that Christ filled with the Spirit. Most importantly, in my opinion, he was the vessel that lead millions from damnation to salvation in Christ.

Blogger Guitar Man February 21, 2018 1:28 PM  

ALSO DISCRIMINATOR: BIG FOOT FAKED THE FLAT EARTH LANDING.

Blogger Jeff aka Orville February 21, 2018 1:28 PM  

The power of God in broken vessels. There was a Baptist evangelist named Manley Beasley who had not one, but seven fatal diseases that he lived with for years while conducting his revival meetings in churches.

I saw him three or four years before his death, and once again a year before he died. The last time he had to be helped up onto the platform and clearly looked like a dying man. But minutes after he started, he went under a visible transformation. Energized, standing taller, his voice firmer he no longer looked like a dead man. After the service he deflated back to what he was before.

Blogger de ti February 21, 2018 1:30 PM  

"whatever it is that made Billy Graham such an astonishingly powerful preacher of the Gospel, it wasn't his eloquence, his rhetoric, or his logic."

Of course those things weren't what made him a good evangelist and preacher.

It was his faith. His faith that God would answer prayer; and Graham's conviction that he was doing what God wanted him to do.

Blogger Billy February 21, 2018 1:30 PM  

Billy rolling like preachers from The War in Heaven

Blogger Koanic February 21, 2018 1:34 PM  

The American version of the good shepherd is the cattle baron. One hide's as good as another; they'll all take the mark and pay by the pound.

Blogger Chiva February 21, 2018 1:36 PM  

tells the crowd little more than, "God loves you and you need Jesus Christ," and the Holy Spirit does the rest.

Beautiful.

"for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you." - Matthew 10:20

Blogger Matthew February 21, 2018 1:40 PM  

Reminder: all off-topic comments about the Jews will be spammed.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother February 21, 2018 1:46 PM  

Matthew, that's not fair. All they know how to talk about are Red Sea Pedestrians.

Now, back to your regularly scheduled programming.

Blogger D.J. February 21, 2018 1:51 PM  

@14 Quoted from D. L. Moody:

Some day you will read in the papers that D.L. Moody of East Northfield, is dead. Don't you believe a word of it! At that moment I shall be more alive than I am now; I shall have gone up higher, that is all, out of this old clay tenement into a house that is immortal—a body that death cannot touch, that sin cannot taint;
a body fashioned like unto His glorious body.

I was born of the flesh in 1837.
I was born of the Spirit in 1856.
That which is born of the flesh may die.
That which is born of the Spirit will live forever.

Also, Moody astonished people with revival due to the Holy Spirit rather than what the elites would consider proper language and speaking.

Blogger Skyler the Weird February 21, 2018 1:52 PM  

He was sincere. The Charlotte Observer and other Democrat Left Wing Jornolist rags investigated his ministry for years trying to find anything to bring it down like they had PTL and Jimmy Swaggert. The most they found was some tape of Nixon complaining about left wing Hebrews in his presence.

He will be missed but is now with his wife and with his Lord. Rest in Peace Mr. Graham. Well done good and faithful servant.

Blogger rumpole5 February 21, 2018 1:58 PM  

If he was America's pastor, his flock certainly dwindled on his watch. Nevertheless, other than his excuses for W.J. Clinton's Whitehouse sex escapades, I never detected any shortcoming or guile, in Graham's long career. God bless him and speed him on his journey.

Blogger A rebel without a General February 21, 2018 2:00 PM  

He promoted Integration and he wasn't so great that he prevented the decline of the church.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother February 21, 2018 2:03 PM  

Was Billy Graham supposed to save everyone, do everything and save us all?

What have you done?

Blogger Koanic February 21, 2018 2:15 PM  

Cathartically calming the cattle in the chute to ethnic cleansing isn't kindness, except to the mystery meat packer.

Blogger Quilp February 21, 2018 2:23 PM  

Pack up the babies & grab the old ladies and everyone goes...
If only we could apply that to illegal aliens.

Blogger Emmanuel Mateo-Morales February 21, 2018 2:28 PM  

@36

Mmmm mmm mmmm. That's some GOOD contrarianism.

Blogger SirHamster February 21, 2018 2:33 PM  

Koanic wrote:Cathartically calming the cattle in the chute to ethnic cleansing isn't kindness, except to the mystery meat packer.

Gamma sniping is the best fruit you have to offer?

"Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand."

Anonymous Anonymous February 21, 2018 2:39 PM  

He wasn't perfect. But no one is. He did a great deal of good; more than most.

While it is probably unrelated, I find it interesting that our country's fall into depravity accelerated after Billy Graham retired from doing crusades.

Blogger Nate February 21, 2018 2:40 PM  

"If he was America's pastor, his flock certainly dwindled on his watch."

That is in fact entirely untrue. Over the last 30 years Christianity has grown in the United States. Over the last 30 years the number of people who call themselves Christians has risen. The percentage of people who attend at least 2 church services a week has risen. The number of christians who read the Bible daily has risen. The number christians who pray daily has risen.

Mainline churches are dying... but that's not because people are leaving Christianity. It means they are attending different churches.

Blogger Robert Browning February 21, 2018 2:41 PM  

Martin Luther King Jr. counted Graham as a close friend and ally, once remarking, “Had it not been for the ministry of my good friend Dr. Billy Graham, my work in the civil rights movement would not have been as successful as it has been.”

NBC News

Blogger Koanic February 21, 2018 2:43 PM  

> Over the last 30 years Christianity has grown in the United States.

Among whites?

Blogger Latigo3 February 21, 2018 2:49 PM  

Thanks for your take on this Vox. Your comments remind of Paul's first letter to the Corinthian church in I Corinthians 1:23 " But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;"
Also verse 25 "Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men".
Preaching, combined with prayer and fasting can do move spiritual mountains.
I was reading an article about Billy Graham this morning and it brought up William Randolph Hearst's support of Graham when he told his people to, "Puff Graham". I mentioned to my son this morning, imagine if Jeff Bezos or Mark Zuckerberg did this today? That is what it was would be like. God will have the Egyptians give you their gold, while they may not be converted when God is involved, amazing things happen.

Blogger weka February 21, 2018 2:52 PM  

Agree and quoted this morning. Billy Graham led my father to Christ. His organization had rules around treating their suppliers: they did not pay on time they paid when the bill arrived -- and on sexual harrassment -- not being alone with a woman not your spouse -- that were set up during the freaking depression when the amount of corruption and violence was great.

And Graham was young.

He was an example of how to be wily as a snake while remaining innocent in a swamp.

His reward will be great. And his final address to the American people was that they repent.

May we do so, beginning with me.

Blogger Bible Berean February 21, 2018 3:01 PM  

I served as a counselor in 8 of 9 crusades in the S.F. Bay Area in 1997.

I can affirm what Vox observed. Graham's messages were not particularly compelling, but they were straightforward and correct. And when Graham gave the invitation, evey time, it was like tendrils of the Holy Spirit would weave in and out of the crowd climbing up the stadium rows and individuals would stand and start to come down and a trickle increased to a stream, and then to a flow at stairs leading onto the field.

The memory of that experience sends chills up and down my spine to this day.

Blogger Fred February 21, 2018 3:15 PM  

Youre right Vox. He laid it out simply and God does the work, and brings the increase. He will be in great company with the great preachers of old.

Blogger Koanic February 21, 2018 3:25 PM  

> "Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand."

That verse is about diet. The cows weren't literal.

Blogger MycroftJones February 21, 2018 3:45 PM  

I read Billy Graham's biography. He described his crisis of faith. While all his dialectical seminary friends were losing theirs, he went for a walk at night and said "I'll believe no matter what the Bible says". Billy talked about his weakness in theology, but that many men came forward to help him over the years, so he got better and better. When he first started preaching, one of his topics was the ten plagues, but in his sermon he went well beyond ten. The story of his ordination as a minister was pure alpha male, worth reading.

I've been told that Billy Graham's early training was with the British Israelites. He doesn't discuss it in his autobiography though.

Blogger MycroftJones February 21, 2018 3:53 PM  

I watched Billy Graham once. He did seem pure alpha male. He looked like a cowboy, he spoke with a deep, calm, authoritative voice, full of confidence. He described how he might lose up to 20 pounds in a week long campaign, the energy was so intense.

Blogger KingTooter February 21, 2018 3:56 PM  

Amen

Blogger SirHamster February 21, 2018 4:14 PM  

Koanic wrote:> "Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand."

That verse is about diet. The cows weren't literal.


Gamma evasion activated.

For someone who spends so much time preaching legalism, you sure love to mutilate the Word the moment it applies to your own behavior. God is not fooled.


But back to the OP: Thank you for the post, Vox. May each Christian here commit to pray for our churches and our nations.

Blogger Ostar February 21, 2018 4:24 PM  

The hatred of atheists and lefties for Graham is immense. Barack Obama did something right for once and paid tribute to him today on Twitter.

A typical response in disagreement: "Awwww not you too...He was not a good man... and his son is the devil incarnate"

Blogger CarpeOro February 21, 2018 4:36 PM  

Not all are ready to come to Christ. That is not necessarily a fault in the messenger - more often the fault lies with them.

Blogger OneWingedShark February 21, 2018 4:44 PM  

VD wrote:A few years later, I read something Billy Graham said about his crusades. He said that before he goes anywhere to preach, he asks thousands of Christians in the area to commit to pray for the events, to pray for God to prepare the hearts of those who will be attending. These volunteers pray for months ahead of time. Then, Rev. Graham explained, he shows up, tells the crowd little more than, "God loves you and you need Jesus Christ," and the Holy Spirit does the rest.
Thank God for his Holy Spirit! Thank God that he still works in the world, alive and active, bringing mankind to himself through Jesus by that very Holy Spirit!

Blogger CarpeOro February 21, 2018 4:53 PM  

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Blogger OneWingedShark February 21, 2018 5:02 PM  

Silent Cal wrote:A lovely tribute Vox. Lay a groundwork of prayer and let the Holy Spirit do the rest. One of my favorite verses comes to mind:

"Salvation is of the Lord"

~Jonah 2:9

Indeed! And that is good news, for if it were man then it would be temporary and ineffectual; fortunately God can deal in eternity and effectual propitiation.

Blogger Darwinite February 21, 2018 5:07 PM  

I was born too late to see him in person, but from everything I’ve read including his own words, what made him a great evangelist wasn’t his speaking or anything else in him. He applied the Parable of the Sower to the age of mass communication. In his own words (though I may paraphrase): “All I have ever done is to speak the word of the Lord, to speak it with conviction, and to speak it to the world.” The Evangelist spreads the seeds (the verses of the Gospel), and the Holy Spirit prepares fertile ground in Men’s hearts.

Blogger Paddy J S February 21, 2018 5:46 PM  

Your religious articles are always good. Second only to bashing liberals.

Blogger John (not the pope) February 21, 2018 5:47 PM  

"I once heard Billy Graham preach in person in a football stadium. It was... utterly uninspiring. But the experience was also one of the most remarkable things I've ever seen. Because, you see, when he finished, I was thinking to myself, well, that was certainly a bust."

I was barely a teen when I went to his Crusade...and what Vox says here was my thought then. BUT man...the folks flooded the stadium field around the stage...and I was certainly strengthened to stay the course of my then-fledgling faith.

I'm praying that God raises up more and more servants like him.

Anonymous Anonymous February 21, 2018 5:57 PM  

Billy Graham was a treasure and a jewel. May he rest in peace. And thank the Lord that he sent Rev. Graham during my lifetime.

I was blessed to see several of his sermons on TV as a child and as a young man. They had great impact on me and I am grateful for the gift.

Blogger Al February 21, 2018 6:28 PM  

Attention readers wishing to cut through the sentimentalist lies spewed in this post, this comment thread, and in the mainstream media, see:

Billy Graham has died: Santo Subito!
https://akacatholic.com/billy-graham-has-died-santo-subito/

The hard, brutal truth is that Billy Graham was yet another of the devil's puppets. Such is today's reigning diabolical disorientation.

Blogger Unknown February 21, 2018 6:42 PM  

In 2015 aroundo 75% of Americans identified as a Christian. In 1990 it was 85%. This suggests a small, but statistically significant, reduction

Blogger Danby February 21, 2018 6:44 PM  

Al wrote:The hard, brutal truth is that Billy Graham was yet another of the devil's puppets. Such is today's reigning diabolical disorientation.


As a Catholic, let me be the first to say "go back to hell , you fake Christian."

Blogger Al February 21, 2018 6:49 PM  

#62

Sadly, Danby, you've been infected by the Judas Council (aka, the Second Vatican Council, 1962-65). Before the Judas Council, the idea of lauding heretics like Billy Graham (or the man calling himself "Pope Francis") would have rightly been seen as patently absurd and grounds for excommunication.

You've been Protestantized, Danby, as have most "Catholics" today. For example, in addition to praising heretics like Graham, isn't it also true that you attend the blasted Novus Ordo (dis)service?

Such is today's reigning diabolical disorientation.

Blogger steve brown February 21, 2018 6:51 PM  

May his soul rest in peace.

Blogger M. Bibliophile February 21, 2018 7:00 PM  

Billy Grahm was not Catholic. He lacked the authority of apostolic succession. He was never a priest. He was far from perfect.

But above all, he epitomized the spirit of those of whom Christ told His disciples to let preach because he "...could not speak evil of Me." He has indeed gone to his reward and may Christ welcome him home.

Blogger CF NEAL February 21, 2018 7:00 PM  

As a zealous activist, I personally despaired of Dr. Graham's dismissive attitude to all things pro-life. Wrote him a long letter; never got a reply. Later, his son Franklin became an outspoken pro-life advocate, and even Brother Billy began to open up. All things considered, I believe he remained faithful to his calling, as pray I mine. MARANATHA!

Blogger rumpole5 February 21, 2018 7:08 PM  

Re: Nate, response -- USA Christianity in decline?

See: US News and World Report --Americans Are Becoming Less Religious
Casey Leins • April 11, 2017

This is the sort of stuff I've been seeing. Do you have a contrary cite?

Also, I am in my 60s. I can recall mostly full Christian churches. Now I see increasingly vacant, older and female congregations. It looks like decline to me.

Blogger bw February 21, 2018 7:09 PM  

Still working it apparently

Blogger Kirk Forlatt February 21, 2018 7:16 PM  

When I heard of Rev. Graham's death, I made a mental wager with myself about how long it would take for the holiness-spiraling crowd within churchianity to begin dissecting his theology, nitpicking him for being insufficiently Christian, insufficiently law-oriented, theologically impure, and guilty of ignoring important topics like supralapsarianism and the hypostatic union. And I was right...the MDiv jackals are in full cry. Interesting thing, though....these same pious pricks had no problem with the grandstanding RC Sproul, who recently died. And many of them were pals with Sproul's greasy, mendacious son, who continues to dishonor the name of Christ and the concept of masculinity. But at least Sproul & son could talk for 45 minutes on the conspectus of the parousia without stopping for air.

Good deeds matter. And I for one would not want my good deeds stacked up against Rev. Grahams, no matter how fancypants my theology might be. Some of these boys with their hands perpetually up in the air in seminary need to simply shut the fuck up.

Blogger The Pepe report February 21, 2018 7:28 PM  

yeah, Graham was great

Blogger M. Bibliophile February 21, 2018 7:31 PM  

Never heard of Sproul, but I definitely heard of Rev Grahm. I share Vox's opinion on his speaking, but also on his ability to reach people with the Holy Spirit. Let's not refight the 30 Years War.

Blogger Danby February 21, 2018 7:37 PM  

Al wrote:Sadly, Danby
Sadly, Al. you know nothing of me, you know nothing of Salvation, and you have sadly joined a cult that denies the Word of God, and His express desire and will.

Anonymous Anonymous February 21, 2018 8:05 PM  

"But then people started coming forward. First dozens, then hundreds. In the end, thousands of people came forward in response to the call."

And almost all of them were volunteer counsellors.

Billy Graham was a scammer, and his target was churches. He was an archetypical wolf in sheep's clothing. Churches would pay him bank to come and evangelise, would bear all the expenses, do all the organization, in the expectation that they'd get a flood of new tithers.

They'd send their own congregants to be counsellors, and those people would come forward at the altar call, creating the illusion that thousands of people were getting saved. In actual fact, the ground in front of the stage was a sea of christians vainly looking for a non-christian to lead in the sinner's prayer. I remember it clearly - I was a teenaged "usher" at one of 'em.

I mean - come on. Do you really think that an unsaved person goes to a Billy Graham rally to find Jesus? Or for any reason at all? One or two dragged along by a co-worker or a rello, perhaps, who answers the altar call out of awkward politeness.

Billy Graham is right up there with Mother Teresa.

Blogger Al February 21, 2018 8:37 PM  

Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, paulmurray. They don't want to hear uncomfortable truths about how Graham was a scammer.

As for "Saint" Mother Teresa, sadly she--like Danby above and others such as "Saint" John Paul II--was yet another child of the Judas Council. Actual, unreconstructed Catholics know this.

Blogger bob kek mando - ( I love the smell of Autism on the internet. It smells like ... victoREEEEEEEEE ) February 21, 2018 9:18 PM  

71. paulmurray February 21, 2018 8:05 PM
would bear all the expenses, do all the organization, in the expectation that they'd get a flood of new tithers.


you can't cheat an honest man.

Blogger rycamor February 21, 2018 9:33 PM  

When I was 18 I sang in the choir at one of Billy Graham's crusades for a week. I remember strongly that the weeks of preparation included daily exhortations to prayer. So in between the singing, I would just look out in the crowd and pick one person to pray for. And then when that person came forward I would pick someone else. As I recall, all but one person I prayed for eventually walked up. I shared this strategy with a friend and he did the same thing, and joked it was like sending a tractor beam out to pull people forward.

Blogger Nate February 21, 2018 10:25 PM  

Yes. That report is total bullshit. There is an excellent article on the federalist that completly proves that Christianity has not shrunk at all.. And is in fact growing. There are mainline denominations that are losing tons of memebership but those people are going to New different churches

Blogger Beau February 21, 2018 10:27 PM  

I mean - come on. Do you really think that an unsaved person goes to a Billy Graham rally to find Jesus? Or for any reason at all?

I did.

Blogger vorlos February 21, 2018 10:35 PM  

Vox said "The two generations before us lost" and Graham led/influenced them. So lets examine the evidence.

Graham enthusiastically embraced all civil rights laws
Graham advocated for the destruction of South Africa against apartheid leading to the gruesome deaths of white Christians.
Graham supported uncritical Israel worship.
Graham never effectively opposed abortion, homosexuality, unjust wars, fornication, promiscuity, divorce, pornography, corruption of our culture, massive invasion of Christian west, satanic media and education systems and drug culture.
Graham sucked up to presidents.
Graham, famously, "converted" George Bush, thus helping him become president and gained people's trust.
Graham did not preach about hell.
Graham did preach the heretical doctrine, "God hates the sin, but loves the sinner." Perhaps, this was the worst of all.
God decides. Deus Vult

Blogger Matthew February 21, 2018 10:41 PM  

AI, when you have to split your 888 verbal diarrhea over multiple comments, it's a sign you need to slow down and/or shut up.

You're now on a 5 comment per post limit.

Blogger Harris February 21, 2018 11:00 PM  

I can attest from my own life experience that at one moment when I felt completely unworthy to be used, God used me in an extraordinary way. The true genius of Billy Graham was living in a state of continual, conscious dependence on the Holy Spirit of God.

Vox Day mentions how utterly unimpressive Billy Graham's speaking was.

I Corinthians 1:21 "For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe."

Billy Graham was willing to be a fool for God, in such a way that God received the glory for the response, and not him through personal eloquence. And he didn't try to steal God's glory. He simply was obedient to be a "foolish preacher."

God bless him, and his family.

Blogger Thad tuiol February 22, 2018 12:01 AM  

"No man can find salvation except in the Catholic Church. Outside the Catholic Church one can have everything except salvation. One can have honor, one can have the sacraments, one can sing alleluia, one can answer amen, one can have faith in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost, and preach it too, but never can one find salvation except in the Catholic Church."
St. Augustine, Sermo ad Caesariensis Ecclesia plebem

Blogger Danby February 22, 2018 12:31 AM  

Changing your name to sock puppet your false and heretical message is not allowed here, Al.

Blogger Beau February 22, 2018 12:32 AM  

Romans 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 10:9-10 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Romans 8:38-39 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Blogger Danby February 22, 2018 12:46 AM  

Wha ti really hate, Al, is you representing the condemned dogma of your heretical Feenyite sect as the teaching of the Church. It has been roundly and officially condemned by the Church for centuries, as you well know. You only give fuel to the enemies of the Church by your heresy and your behavior.

Blogger Technomad February 22, 2018 2:01 AM  

While I am not fond of evangelists, or of their brand of Christianity, I will say this much for Billy Graham: Unlike many of his now-disgraced colleagues, I have never heard a breath of scandal, dishonesty or hypocrisy about him.

Anonymous Anonymous February 22, 2018 2:07 AM  

@84:

Amen.

Blogger Koanic February 22, 2018 3:40 AM  

"Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets."

Blogger Koanic February 22, 2018 6:10 AM  

The Churchian preaches by silence and teaches by tolerance, thinking he will thereby escape judgment, as if the Creator were blind to nuance. Better to speak bold falsehood sincerely, than to skirt truth with piously sly hypocrisy.

Blogger Beau February 22, 2018 10:06 AM  

Revelation 22:16-17 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

Blogger Koanic February 23, 2018 2:36 AM  

Billy Graham is the Protestant version of Pope Francis. Great is their reward.

Blogger Jerry27 February 23, 2018 8:28 AM  

I read his biography. He tells of getting a letter from Sen Joe McCarthy. He decided not to respond to the letter.
thanks,
Jerry

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