Billy Graham throughout his ministry career has turned thousands of “converts” over to apostate churches.
The evidence for this is overwhelming. It has been documented extensively in the 354-page book – Evangelicals and Rome By David Cloud.
The following is taken from another book – Billy Graham’s Sad Disobedience.
As early as September 21, 1957, Graham said in an interview with the San Francisco News; “Anyone who makes a decision at our meetings is seen later and referred to a local clergyman, Protestant, Catholic, or Jewish.”
In his autobiography, Just As I Am, Graham made the following statements:
“He [Willis Haymaker, Graham’s front man] would also call on the local Catholic bishop or other clerics to acquaint them with Crusade plans and invite them to the meetings; they would usually appoint a priest to attend and report back. This was years before Vatican II’s openness to Protestants, but WE WERE CONCERNED TO LET THE CATHOLIC BISHOPS SEE THAT MY GOAL WAS NOT TO GET PEOPLE TO LEAVE THEIR CHURCH; rather, I wanted them to commit their lives to Christ” (Page 163).
In 1983, The Florida Catholic (Sept. 2, 1983) reported of the Orlando crusade: “Names of Catholics who had made decisions for Christ were provided at that meeting by Rick Marshall of the Graham organization.” The report said the names of 600 people had been turned over to the Catholic Church.
In 1984, at the Vancouver, British Columbia crusade, the vice-chairman of the organizing committee, David Cline of Bringhouse United Church, said, “If Catholics step forward THERE WILL BE NO ATTEMPT TO CONVERT THEM and their names will be given to the Catholic church nearest their homes” (Vancouver Sun, Oct. 5, 1984).
In 1987 a Catholic priest, Donald Willette of St. Jude’s Church, was a supervisor of the counselors for the Denver crusade. Willette reported that from one service alone 500 cards of individuals were referred to St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church in Englewood, a suburb of Denver. (Wilson Ewin, Evangelism: The Trojan Horse of the 1990s).
In 1989, Michael Seed, Ecumenical Advisor to (Catholic) Cardinal Hume, said of Graham’s London crusade: “Those who come forward for counseling during a Mission evening in June, if they are Roman Catholic, will be directed to a Roman Catholic ‘nurture-group’ under Roman Catholic counselors in their home area” (John Ashbrook, New Neutralism II, p. 35).
In 1992, the Catholic archdiocese of Portland, Oregon, had set a goal to supply many of the counselors needed for the Graham crusade. All Catholics responding to the altar call were channeled to Catholic churches. Billy Graham’s crusade in Cincinnati, Ohio, June 27-30, 2002, included full participation of the Roman Catholic Church. In preparation for the crusade, five Catholic parishes — Our Lady of Lourdes in Westwood, Our Lady of the Rosary in Greenhills, Our Lady of the Rosary and Guardian Angels in Cincinnati, and Trinity Center in Dayton — presented week-long courses to prepare Catholic counsellors to deal with those who came forward in response to Graham’s invitations. According to Curtis Kneblik, assistant director of evangelization for the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Dayton, invitations were sent out to 9,000 Catholics to request their participation in this training, and hundreds responded. Priest Charles Bowes told his parish that the Graham mission was a “golden opportunity to evangelize Catholics and to help our parish…” (The Catholic Telegraph, May 10, 2002).
When Catholic leaders refer to “evangelizing Catholics,” they do not mean what Bible believers mean, that such Catholics are unsaved and on their way to hell. They believe, rather, that the Catholics who go forward at the Graham crusade already have Christ through their infant baptism and that that they merely need to be brought into a more active sacramental relationship with the Catholic Church. When Catholics hear of “receiving Christ,” they do not think in terms of receiving Christ once-for-all through faith in His blood. They think, rather, in terms of Catholic doctrine, which teaches that they receive Christ continually in the sacraments, such as the mass and confession, yet they can never be assured of eternal life because the Catholic gospel is a mixture of faith plus works. Kneblik admitted this when he said: “We have an altar call every Sunday. Christ is truly present (in the Eucharist). We have to stand up and walk toward Him like they did on that field” (The Catholic Telegraph, July 12, 2002).
This is the false christ of the mass.
The Catholics who went forward in the Graham crusade were subsequently invited to join a Catholic study group in their area. The strong Catholic participation was not mentioned in the official Billy Graham material on the crusade, but the information was found at the Roman Catholic diocese web site.
Graham’s June 1996 crusade in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, brought the participation of 119 Catholic parishes and 269 Lutheran congregations (Christianity Today, July 15, 1996).
This represented 53 percent of the Catholic parishes. This was a dramatic change from the 1973 Minneapolis crusade, when no Catholic churches and only a few Lutheran churches participated. Archbishop Harry Flynn, head of the archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, urged priests to become involved in the crusade “in an effort to reach alienated Catholics” (Morphew Clark, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Jan. 13, 1996).
Priest Robert Schwartz of the St. John Neumann Catholic parish told reporters that about 60 members of his parish had been trained to counsel those who came forward during the crusade.
In 1997, Graham said that nearly all of his crusades were supported by Roman Catholic churches. He said this in an interview with New Man magazine, published at that time by Promise Keepers.
Following is his statement on Catholicism:
“Early on in my life, I didn’t know much about Catholics.
But through the years I have made many friends within the Roman Catholic Church. In fact, when we hold a crusade in a city now, nearly all the Roman Catholic churches support it. And when we went to Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn., for the crusade [last year], we saw St. Paul, which is largely Catholic, and Minneapolis, which is largely Lutheran, both supporting the crusade. That wouldn’t have happened 25 years ago” (“Billy Graham in His Own Words: What the Evangelist Has Learned from a Lifetime of Ministry to the World,” New Man, March- April 1997, pp. 32, 33).
The Billy Graham organizational committee preparing for the November 2004 crusade in Los Angeles, California, promised the Roman Catholic archdiocese that Catholics will not be “proselytized.” A letter from Cardinal Roger Mahony, dated October 6, 2004, and posted at the archdiocese web site, stated:
“When the Crusade was held in other locations, many Catholics responded to Dr. Graham’s message and came forward for Christ. Crusade officials expect the same for the Los Angeles area.
These officials have assured me that, IN KEEPING WITH DR. GRAHAM’S BELIEF AND POLICY, THERE WILL BE NO PROSELYTIZING, AND THAT ANYONE IDENTIFYING HIM OR HERSELF AS CATHOLIC WILL BE REFERRED TO US for reintegration into the life of the Catholic Church. We must be ready to welcome them.”
Roman Catholic actor Jim Caviezel was featured on the platform at the second night of the Billy Graham Los Angeles Crusade, Nov. 18-21, 2004. Caviezel starred as “Jesus” in Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ. He says he prayed to St. Genesius of Arles and St. Anthony of Padua for help in his acting career.
He visited Medjugorje to witness the site where Mary allegedly appeared to six young people. Caviezel said, “This film is something that I believe was made by Mary for her Son.” Caviezel prayed the Rosary to Mary every day during the filming.
Does Graham believe Caviezel’s gospel, or does Caviezel believe Graham’s gospel, or is it that the biblical truth that two must be agreed before they walk together is no longer in force today?
What confusion and disobedience!
This is just the tip of the iceberg. For many decades, Billy Graham has turned large numbers of his converts over to the hands of wolves in sheep’s clothing such as Catholic priests and modernistic Protestant pastors.
Accepting Degrees from Rome Billy Graham accepted degrees from Catholic colleges and said the Catholic gospel is the same as his own.
On Nov. 21, 1967, an honorary degree was conferred on Graham by the Catholic priests who run Belmont Abbey College, North Carolina, during an Institute for Ecumenical Dialogue.
The Gastonia Gazette reported:
“After receiving the honorary degree of doctor of humane letters (D.H.L.) from the Abbey, Graham noted the significance of the occasion–’a time when Protestants and Catholics could meet together and greet each other as brothers, whereas 10 years ago they could not,’ he said.
“The evangelist’s first sermon at a Catholic institution was at the Abbey, in 1963, and his return Tuesday was the climax to this week’s Institute for Ecumenic Dialogue, a program sponsored in part by the Abbey and designed to promote understanding among Catholic and Protestant clergymen of the Gaston-Mecklenburg area. “Graham, freshly returned from his Japanese Crusade, said he ‘knew of no greater honor a North Carolina preacher, reared just a few miles from here, could have than to be presented with this degree. I’m not sure but what this could start me being called “Father Graham,”’ he facetiously added.
“Graham said… ‘Finally, the way of salvation has not changed. I know how the ending of the book will be. THE GOSPEL THAT BUILT THIS SCHOOL AND THE GOSPEL THAT BRINGS ME HERE TONIGHT IS STILL THE WAY TO SALVATION” (“Belmont Abbey Confers Honorary Degree,” Paul Smith, Gazette staff reporter, The Gastonia Gazette, Gastonia, North Carolina, Nov. 22, 1967).
This is simply amazing!
The monks of Belmont Abbey and our college community extend our sympathy to the Graham family over the death of Billy Graham. He dedicated his life to Jesus Christ and his Gospel. May he now receive the reward promised to the Lord’s good and faithful servants. He will be in our prayers at Belmont Abbey. – Abbot Placid Solari
Does Billy Graham really believe that the sacramental grace-works gospel that built Belmont Abbey is the way of salvation?
If so, why does Graham preach that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone without works or sacraments?
Why does he remain a Baptist rather than joining the Catholic Church?
On the other hand, if Graham does not believe Rome’s gospel is true, why did he say what he does?
Why does he fellowship with Rome? The evangelist tries to have it both ways, but it is impossible.
This is why Graham has been called “Mr. Facing Both Ways”!
Catholic Bishop Blesses Graham’s Converts The Roman Catholic bishop of Sao Paulo, Brazil, stood beside Graham during his 1963 crusade in that city, and blessed those who came forward at the invitation. Graham said this illustrated “something tremendous, an awakening of reform and revival within Christianity” was happening (Daily Journal, International Falls, Minnesota, Oct. 29, 1963, cited by the New York Times, Nov. 9, 1963).
Welcoming Catholics to Worship Mary On his trip to Poland in 1979 Graham stood in front of the shrine of the Black Madonna of Jasna Gora inCz e s t o c h owa and greeted the Catholic, who were there to venerate Rome ’s f a l s e Mary as Queen of Heaven.
A photograph of this was published in the February 1979 issue of Decision magazine , a copy of which I obtained a few years ago from the Graham Center at Wheaton College.
By preaching in the Catholic churches in Poland and by visiting that nation’s major Mary shrine and not plainly telling the people that the Roman Catholic gospel is false and by pretending that the Catholic prelates and priests are fellow believers, Graham confused multitudes of people about the nature of the very gospel itself.
Goal Not to Lead Catholics Out of Rome
In his 1997 autobiography, Just As I Am, Graham said his goal was not to lead people out of Roman Catholicism: “MY GOAL, I ALWAYS MADE CLEAR, WAS NOT TO PREACH AGAINST CATHOLIC BELIEFS OR TO PROSELYTIZE PEOPLE who were already committed to Christ within the Catholic Church. Rather, it was to proclaim the gospel to all those who had never truly committed their lives to Christ” (Graham, Just As I Am, p. 357).
The Pope an Evangelist
In 1979 Graham called Pope John Paul II “the moral leader of the world” (Religious News Service, Sept. 27, 1979).
He also said that John Paul II “is almost an evangelist because he calls to people to turn to Christ, to turn to Christianity” (The Star, June 26, 1979, reprinted in the Australian Beacon, August 1979, p. 1).
In an interview with The Saturday Evening Post (Jan-Feb. 1980), Graham described the visit of John Paul II to America in these words:
“The pope came as a statesman and a pastor, but I believe he also sees himself coming as an evangelist … The pope sought to speak to the spiritual hunger of our age in the same way Christians throughout the centuries have spoken to the spiritual yearnings of every age–by pointing people to Christ.”
In a lengthy article about the Pope in 1980, Graham praised the Pope as a “bridge builder” and said: “Pope John Paul II has emerged as the greatest religious leader of the modern world, and one of the greatest moral and spiritual leaders of the century” (Saturday Evening Post, Jan.-Feb. 1980).
After visiting the Pope in 1981, Graham said, “We had a spiritual time” (Christianity Today, Feb. 6, 1981, p. 88). Graham made the following statement about the Pope’s address in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1983: “I’ll tell you–that was just about as straight an evangelical address a I’ve ever heard. It was tremendous” (Foundation magazine, Vol. V, Issue 5, 1984).
Far from being “evangelical,” Pope John Paul II was committed to a false gospel and was devoted to Rome’s Mary.
If he was an “evangelist,” he was an evangelist of heresy.
Engraved in his wooden coffin, viewed at what has been called “the world’s largest funeral,” was a large letter M for Mary (The Evening Standard, London, Apr. 8, 2005).
Thus Pope John Paul II’s papal career ended as it began. When elected Pope in 1978, Karol Wojtyla of Poland dedicated his papacy to Mary, taking as his episcopal motto the Latin words “Totus Tuus,” meaning “Totally Yours” (“John Paul II’s Devotion to Mary,” Inside the Vatican, special insert, May 1996).
He had these words of complete devotion to Mary embroidered on his papal robes. In his 1994 autobiography Crossing the Threshold of Faith, which sold four million
copies in the first year alone, he said: “Totus Tuus. This phrase is not only an expression of piety, or simply an expression of devotion. It is more. During the Second World War, while I was employed as a factory worker, I came to be attracted to Marian devotion. … Mary is the new Eve, placed by God in relation to Christ, the new Adam, beginning with the Annunciation, through the night of his birth in Bethlehem, through the wedding feast at Cana of Galilee, through the Cross of Calvary, and up to the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. The Mother of Christ the Redeemer is the Mother of the Church. … the Mother of God shares in a unique way in the Resurrection and in the Glory of her own Son…”
John Paul II venerated Mary on every occasion, private and public.
It was his custom to pray the Rosary before an image of Mary on the first Saturday of every month.
The Madonna of the Immaculate Conception was brought from the Vatican collection for the occasion.
John Paul II worshipped at Marian shrines throughout the world, from the Black Madonna in Jasna Gora, Poland, to Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal, to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico.
He continually exalted Mary in his sermons. We are told that on his trip to Latin America in 1996 he “ended every speech by exalting Mary” (“John Paul Woos Straying Flock,” Christianity Today, April 8, 1996, p. 94).
He consecrated nations and continents to Mary. In fact, in 1984, John Paul II was so thankful for surviving an attempted assassination that he dedicated the entire world to “the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”
He dedicated the year 1987 to her. The Year of Mary was kicked off on June 6 with a Global Prayer for Peace. It featured the Pope leading an internationally televised Rosary in which he prayed to Mary in five languages.
In his general audience of June 19, 1996, the Pope said: “Mary was free from personal sin and moral imperfection throughout her life” (Vatican Information Service, June 19, 1996).
He exalted Mary as MEDIATRIX and COREDEMPTRESS.
In his general audience of December 13,
1995, he observed that the Vatican II Council applied the
title of Mediatix to Mary and spoke of her “mediating role”
and “her cooperation in a wholly singular way in the work of restoring supernatural life to souls” and “her exceptional role in the work of redemption” (“Council’s Teaching on Mary Is Rich and Positive,” Dec. 13, 1995, L’Osservatore Romano, English edition).
John Paul II even used the term “worship” to describe devotion to Mary. In his general audience of May 7, 1997, thePope said that “MARIAN WORSHIP in the ecclesial community … is based on the will of Christ” and “MARY IS THE PATH THAT LEADS TO CHRIST…” (Vatican Information Service, May 7, 1997).
The Pope concluded by urging all Christians to acknowledge Mary’s “providential role in the path of salvation.”
Billy Graham’s spiritual blindness in calling such a Mary Worshipper an “evangelical” is frightful!