In 1979 he said of the pope of Rome, John Paul II (who in addition to being the head of this monstrous, false religious system, was a Communist), “I think the American people are looking for a leader, a moral and spiritual leader that believes something. And the pope does…. Thank God, I’ve got somebody to quote now with some real authority.” One would think that a supposed “Evangelical” like Billy Graham would be content to quote the Lord Jesus Christ as His authority, for “never man spake like this man” (Jn.7:46), and none has greater authority than He; but Graham chose rather to let the Antichrist be his authority! Are we really to believe that this man was a Baptist, and a Protestant? A man who said he would quote the pope of Rome as his authority?
The answer is surely, by now, as plain as day. And yet the evidence just continued to stack up.
Before John Paul II visited the United States in 1979, Graham said his visit could start a spiritual revival. He went on, “John Paul II has become the moral leader of the world. My prayers and the prayers of countless other Protestants will be with him as he makes his journey.” And after the papal visit, Graham called John Paul II a statesman, pastor and evangelist, who was “pointing people to Christ”.
In 1980 Graham 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 this century”. Graham’s ecumenism, compromise, heresies, etc., are all well documented. And yet millions of gullible Protestants flocked to hear him preach, and exalted him as the world’s greatest evangelist! He was to ecumenical, Arminian “Protestantism” what John Paul II was to Romanism. In many circles he was the Protestant equivalent of the pope. The truth, however, is that Graham was as spiritually blind as any Roman Catholic, and very much in favour of Romanism, as his words and deeds proved conclusively.
Graham met the pope of Rome in the Vatican itself, in a private audience on 11 January 1990. They discussed the status of “Christianity” in the world.
Relaxed and jovial with each other: Graham and the Roman pope, John Paul II
In 1991, 250 000 people attended the Graham crusade in New York’s Central Park. Special guests were representatives of the National Council of Churches and several mainline denominations. New York’s Romish archbishop, O’Connor, the bishop of Brooklyn and the archbishop of Newark strongly endorsed the crusade.
When John Paul II died in 2005, Billy Graham heaped praise upon his head:
“Pope John Paul II was unquestionably the most influential voice for morality and peace in the world during the last 100 years. His extraordinary gifts, his strong Catholic faith, and his experience of human tyranny and suffering in his native Poland all shaped him, and yet he was respected by men and women from every conceivable background across the world. He was truly one of those rare individuals whose legacy will endure long after he has gone.” And he added: “His courage and perseverance in the face of advancing age and illness were an inspiration to millions – including me.”
This is extraordinary praise for a pope of Rome from a supposed Baptist! His language could not have been plainer. He could not have praised the pope more if he had been a Romish cardinal!
Graham also said: “It was my privilege to meet with him [John Paul II] at the Vatican on various occasions, and I will always remember his personal warmth to me and his deep interest in our ministry. In his own way, he saw himself as an evangelist”.
Graham was asked to write the foreword to Life magazine’s special commemorative edition of 130 pages dedicated to John Paul II after his death. He wrote: “When future historians look back on the most influential personalities of the 20th century, the name of Pope John Paul II will unquestionably loom large in their accounts. Few individuals have had a greater impact – not just religiously but socially and morally – on the modern world. He will stand as the most influential moral voice of our time.”
Many years ago, when I preached the series of messages entitled Billy Graham: Serving the Papal Antichrist, I pointed out that John Paul II once said that he and Graham were “brothers.” On 2 April 2005, Graham was interviewed by talk show host Larry King. King asked: “Did he [John Paul II] tell you once that you and he were brothers?” And Graham replied: “That’s correct. He certainly did. He held my hand the first time that I met him…. when he was elevated to the papacy, I was preaching in his cathedral in Krakow that very day. And we had thousands of people in the streets. And watching the television today of Krakow has brought back many memories.”
If any true minister of the Gospel was referred to, by the Antichrist, as his “brother”, he would wonder what he had done, what he had preached or failed to preach, how he had compromised and sinned, to bring such a calamity upon him!
If the one the Bible identifies as the Antichrist calls you his brother, then you know you are preaching a false “gospel” – Rome’s false “gospel”.
In the interview with Larry King in 2005, King asked him, “There is no question in your mind that he is with God now?” And Graham replied: “Oh, no. There may be a question about my own, but I don’t think Cardinal Wojtyla, or the Pope – I think he’s with the Lord, because he believed. He believed in the cross. That was his focus throughout his ministry, the cross, no matter if you were talking to him from personal issue or an ethical problem, he felt that there was the answer to all of our problems, the cross and the resurrection. And he was a strong believer.”
The Bible, however, calls every pope of Rome “the man of sin and son of perdition”, in 2 Thess.2:3,4. Like Judas, also called “the son of perdition” in Scripture, the popes go to hell when they die, not heaven, for they are not Christians – each and every pope is the Antichrist foretold in God’s Word!
And yes, John Paul II “believed in the cross”; but what cross? He believed, not in the atoning death of Christ on the cross for all His elect, but in the Roman Catholic cross! He believed in the crucifix, in the image on the crucifix, and in praying to that image!
King said to Graham: “You said that he [John Paul II] was an evangelist.” And Graham replied: “He was, indeed. He traveled throughout the world to bring his Christian message to the world. And we see tonight the outpouring from the world that he touched. And I think he touched almost everybody in the whole world.” He added: “He suffered as much as anybody you could ever imagine…. And through it all, he taught us how to suffer. And I think in recent days he’s taught us how to die.”
Could the most fanatically devoted priest of Rome have used more adulatory language?