Are Dr. Billy
Graham and Similar Preachers False?
[Gospel is that we
Jesus Christ, with proof that we obey his commandments, for our everlasting
life. Any other gospel is perverting the gospel of Christ. The Bible invariably says that we
must believe and obey the gospel, in order to escape the vengeance of our Lord Jesus
Christ, in flaming fire.]
Are Dr. Billy Graham and Similar Preachers False?
Are Dr. Billy Graham and Similar Preachers False?
[Gospel is that we must believe Jesus Christ, with proof that we obey his commandments, for our everlasting life. Any other gospel is perverting the gospel of Christ. The Bible invariably says that we must believe and obey the gospel, in order to escape the vengeance of our Lord Jesus Christ, in flaming fire.]
Christians know about various cults, and know to be wary of ‘religions’ that are based on teachings/writings other than the Bible. What they typically don’t suspect, though, are false teachers inside Christian churches who falsely claim to teach the Bible. Of course, Christians may agree or disagree with how various denominations teach their own doctrines as true, and all others are wrong. But they are all wrong, since the purpose of the gospel of Jesus Christ is not taught in any denominational doctrine. But this is very minor and they are just false alarms, whereas the major deception will rob you from eternal life, while they make you to think that you are in the arms of Jesus Christ. Most of the times, they are just preaching stories as gospel or twisting the word of God, and to avoid making a scene, we simply accept and assume our own Bible scholars must be smarter than we are. Remember, though, that Jesus Christ did not love or endorse even the bible scholars of his own time, but called them hypocrites, saying; "But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in." (Matthew 23:13).
Jesus Christ and his apostles repeatedly warned us of the presence of, and the need to be wary of, deceptive workers. In your church, does your minister caution you to be wary of false ministers? Does he teach God’s truth in a way that empowers you to recognize false teachings; and to spot false teachers? If not, your minister may be a deceiver who cannot afford to educate you regarding false teachings, because this exposure would be disastrous for his own ministry! The issue of false teaching and how to identify it is crucial and must not be ignored. These are not my words; they are the words of Jesus Christ regarding false workers.
Consider to take a few sermons preached by your favorite preacher. Compare it to a sermon of Jesus Christ (you may take, for example, a portion of the sermon of the mount). If the purpose and concept of the sermons of your preacher are the same as of Jesus Christ, you have a good preacher. If they are not the same or if there is discord, then you have a false preacher.
From Genesis to Revelation, almost all the books of the Bible warn about false workers. Outwardly, these workers appear to serve God; but inwardly, they serve mammon; i.e., they work for the things of the world, for their own personal gain and fame, or (as God says) they serve Satan. They appear righteous, but they are fakes planted by Satan in the field of God (i.e., the church world). They are counterfeit Christians and false workers. Even though the Bible repeatedly warns us of such false workers, these false servants are intermixed with the true servants of God. Christians generally don’t speak up about this or point out these people.
Jesus Christ says in Matthew 13: "24) Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which he sowed good seed in his field: 25) But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 26) But when the blades were sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. 27) So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in the field? from whence then hath it tares? 28) He said unto them, An enemy hath done this." Satan has strategically placed his people in key leadership and ministry positions in the Church world, and that is why these ministers do not caution their followers about false workers. They do not want to be found out! Some of them may caution you about someone else (perhaps a teacher of Bible truth, or a preacher of another denomination), but such caution serves primarily to hide their own lies they themselves represent. Those who preach clever lies; those who use the Bible to tolerate, permit, justify and/or live with sin are of Satan. Another strategy of these preachers is, to criticize the lies of the other preachers, pretending as if they tell the truth, whereas they are bigger liars than others. Compare their sermon with the sermons of Jesus Christ, then you will know that these preachers are of the devil, the father of lies.
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It is not hard to identify a false preacher. But, the true question is: do we really want to know whether our famous preacher is true or false? If we like him enough, we don't want to accept that he is false. In John 3:19 Jesus Christ says: this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light. That is, if we are evil in our hearts, we will not come to the light that is the truth, to know who is false and who is true. We will embrace a false preacher as good. Now, do you really want to know who is a false teacher? 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light. If you do what God tells you to do, you will desire to know the truth, otherwise you will not desire the truth.
Jesus Christ says in John 14:6 he is the truth. He says in John 8:44 (the devil) abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. 46 Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? 47 He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God. These verses are not hard to understand. Jesus Christ is sinless and he is the truth. The devil is the father of lies. The preachers of those days believed the devil, but they did not believe Jesus. How about the preachers and the people of this day? They are also the same. If I want to give proof for what I say, I can fill in hundreds of pages very easily. But, let me show you just one example for you to see.
Dr. Billy Graham is a world famous evangelist who is very well accepted as a man of God throughout the whole world. Millions of people will vote for him as the best evangelist and a truthful servant of God. They will approve him by his smile, his style of presentation, his language, how he please people, how he make it easy for them to reach heaven, the sense of satisfaction and the peace he gives, the job well done, it is accomplished by an alter call, not to be worried about it further, the big advertisements, campaign work well done with an excellent team work, the money spent and the glamour behind it, the prestige of the white house (presidents of the USA) behind him, the support of the world nations by the backing of USA, big following of the population of the world, the fame and prestige and so much more, they rank him as the top man of God. According to these, he is the most honest true preacher of God. Now, come to the nitty-gritty. Let us compare his messages with the Bible and see whether he is a true preacher of God or not. If his messages are opposite to the Bible, then he is a false preacher.
Every preacher will quote verses from the Bible, talk about sin, salvation, Jesus Christ, his life without sin, his sufferings and cross, the grace of God, etc, etc. Dr Billy Graham, as a fantastic preacher, does a great job on covering all the basics. But the bottom line of the message and the grand finale are the deciding factors for our question. Let us see them. He says in his message: “I never have been righteous all my life, I never been sinless, I am a sinner.” This is the statement of Dr. Billy Graham during his message. What the Bible says about this? In Matthew 5:20 Jesus Christ says: "For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven." But Dr. Billy Graham said: “I never have been righteous all my life.” The Bible says not to sin in Psalm 4:4, Romans 6:1,2&15, 1 Corinthians 15:33, Ephesians 4:26, 1 John 2:1, etc. Jesus Christ said “go, and sin no more” in John 5:14 & John 8:11. But Dr. Billy Graham said: “I never been sinless, I am a sinner.” I Peter 4:1 ... as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; 2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. So, Dr. Billy Graham preach just opposite to the bottom line command of God, which is repeatedly stressed by Jesus Christ. "Matthew 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. 1 Peter 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. 17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:" God tells us to be holy and says that his judgment will be according to what we do with it. Dr. Billy Graham supposed to preach this. Instead he acknowledg it and he preach another method how to get to heaven through a back door. But there is no other way other than what God told us. A true preacher will preach the method of God. A false preacher will undercut what God says and device his own method to deceive people. See what Dr. Billy Graham does. He said: “That is why Christ died on the cross. He died on the cross and shed his blood to provide the righteousness for you. Justifies you just as if you were never committed a sin.” Then he said: “I am now clothed in the righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ, and when God looks at me he doesn't see the old evil bad hearted Billy graham, but He will see Jesus.” These are total lies. The author of these lies are the devil, who is the father of lies, gives these lies to his preachers. Dr. Billy Graham got this lie from the devil. Not only him, but most preachers preach this lie and made the whole Christian community believe this lie. So, he is not a true preacher of God, but a preacher of the devil. But, he is so famous, the whole world love him and praise him as the true evangelist of God. But, he is a false preacher.
Let me take you to one more key point. It is the grand finale of his crusades. The song “Just as I am, without one plea, But that Thy blood was shed for me, And that Thou bidst me come to Thee, O Lamb of God, I come, I come.” is being sung in the background. This song is very much of a deceptive song. Probably the devil could have inspired this song. Dr. Billy Graham invites people to come forward to the stage, hundreds at a time. Why are they going to the front? It is to take a decision for Christ. What is that decision? It is to handover the responsibility and assignment to Jesus Christ, because Dr. Billy Graham says: “He will make it for you and you cannot make it.” Then the people are assured that they will go to heaven if they made the decision to hand over the responsibility to Jesus Christ to take them to heaven. This is lie. It is from the devil. But, who will suspect Dr. Billy Graham as a false preacher!
Here we took one case to make a point. There are hundreds of thousands of false preachers and millions of false believers. Most probably, you could be one of them, if you are not a preacher, then you could be one of the believers. How do we know a preacher is false? Don't try to look for who is false or who is true. But, there is a better way.
"1 Timothy 6:3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; 4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, 5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself." (1). False preachers will not consent to wholesome words of the Bible. They will chose and pick up a few verses from the Bible, exaggerate them out of proportion, give their own interpretations and they reject many other verses from the Bible that will contradict their interpretations and pretend that the other verses do not exist. Even if you show the verses to them, they will evade them or will deny them. Don't try to convince them that they are wrong. They already know that they are wrong. But, they have some other mission. It could be money, fame, prestige, pride, or even the devil could pressure them. The word of God says from such withdraw thyself. So, just leave them alone and you just escape from them. They have sold themselves to the devil. (2). The words of our Lord Jesus Christ are pure truth. If you are sincere, first you study what Jesus Christ has taught for eternal life or what is the gospel that he was preaching, and so on. If you made yourself thorough with his teachings, then you will know as and when someone preach against his teachings. Whoever contradicts the preachings of Jesus Christ is a false preacher. The word of God says from such withdraw thyself. So, just leave them alone and you just come out of them. (3). If any preacher who contradicts the doctrine which is according to godliness, that is, if he preach a doctrine that accommodates sin, directly or indirectly, it is a false doctrine. It is deception. The word of God says from such withdraw thyself. So, just leave them alone and you just depart from them.
If you follow these 3 steps, you will know who follows Jesus Christ and who follows Satan. If you find one, who teaches truth, join him. Until you find a fellow brethren, you keep studying the word of God and obey them. You will find that the Lord Jesus Christ has been your teacher.
3 John 1 says: "9) I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not." So, prominent men of churches will not accept the true servants of God in churches. "10) Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church." They will influence even other churches to cast the true men of God out of churches. "11) Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God." So, do good works of righteousness, if you are of God. Don't worship churches, but worship God. Be righteous and holy. God will gather you to himself.
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