His Roman Catholic Doctrines
No, the above heading is not a misprint. Billy Graham actually believed a number of outright Roman Catholic doctrines!
Graham, although supposedly a Baptist, actually held to the Roman Catholic heresy of baptismal regeneration! As far back as 1961 he said: “I still have some personal problems in the matter of infant baptism, but all my children with the exception of the youngest were baptized as infants. I do believe that something happens at the baptism of the infant, particularly if the parents are Christians…. I believe that a miracle can happen in these children so that they are regenerated, that is, made Christian through infant baptism.” (emphasis added). Was this a Baptist talking? Or – a Roman Catholic?
In 1973, in his “Key ̓73″ crusade, Graham recommended Roman Catholic literature, especially a biography of the pope which contained hundreds of pages of Roman Catholic doctrine. This did not trouble Graham, who called it “a classic in devotion.” And in the same year he also participated in a Roman Catholic mass! – the central blasphemy of Rome. In fact, on 21 October 1973 he said that he preached in a Roman Catholic cathedral, and he said of the blasphemous sacrament of the mass that it “was a very beautiful thing and certainly straight and clear in the gospel I believe.”
Think about this! And ask: if this man believed that the abomination of the popish mass was part of the true Gospel, then was he a Protestant…or a closet Papist?
In 1976 he said: “There’s not as much difference between me and Catholics theologically as there is between me and some Protestants theologically.” He is on record as saying: “I’ve found that my beliefs are essentially the same as those of orthodox Roman Catholics.” He stated that he and the Vatican were in complete harmony regarding their beliefs.
Well, then, what was he? Protestant or Papist? No true Protestant would ever say such things.
In the February 2000 edition of Decision magazine, the official publication of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Graham wrote: “Peter became a great evangelist and a great writer, and it was on Peter that Christ built His Church.” Read that again! It is outright Roman Catholic doctrine! Only Rome says the Church was built on Peter. It is a devilish lie, for it is built on Christ alone.
Was Billy Graham a closet Roman Catholic? The evidence points strongly in that direction!
In the 2005 interview with Larry King, Graham actually admitted that he was not sure of his own salvation, but he was sure of John Paul II’s salvation! 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.”
Graham actually said of himself, “There may be a question about my own [salvation], but… I think he’s with the Lord, because he believed.” Billy Graham, uncertain about his own salvation? This man who preached to millions the world over, urging them, in true Arminian fashion, to “decide for Christ” – this man was not even sure of his own salvation? That statement speaks volumes about this “Protestant” who deceived millions with a false “gospel.” And – it is true Roman Catholic doctrine! For no Papist can ever be sure of his salvation, according to the teaching of Rome.
His Promotion of Ecumenism, Interfaith and Liberalism
Although he was officially a Baptist, Graham was extremely popular, more so than any other preacher ever, among members of virtually all denominations – and his popularity even extended to many people of other religions as well!
Yet what does the Bible say? “Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets” (Lk. 6:26); “The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord…. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?” (Matt. 10:24,25); “Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach” (Heb. 13:13).
When he first began, he would not permit doctrinal Liberals onto his local sponsoring committees. But as time passed this stance changed, until eventually he would not hold a crusade in any city which could not assure him of wide denominational support, and Liberals most certainly did sit on the committees. Furthermore, those who “came forward” during his “altar calls” were referred back to Liberal “churches”.
In early 1951 Graham was insisting that leading Modernists be put on his sponsoring committee. In fact, he even cancelled plans for his New York City crusade in 1951 because Fundamentalist preachers refused to have Modernists on the committee. He wrote that all the churches had to sponsor him before he would come. And yet, with a lie in his mouth to deceive, he wrote in May 1951, “I have never been, nor will I ever be, in favour of a Modernist being on the committee or in any way having working fellowship in this meeting”!
Not only did Graham refer “converts” from his crusades back to their Roman Catholic “churches” if they had previously been Romanists, but he did the same with Liberals/Modernists, and Jews! As far back as 1957 he said, “penitents are referred to either Protestant, Catholic or Jewish clergymen”!
Early on in his career, he was asked what the diabolically evil World Council of Churches (WCC) would do at its forthcoming meeting, and he replied, “Elect the Antichrist as president.” But how his tune changed as the years went by! In 1960 he actually participated in a high-level conference of the World Council of Churches. He was a speaker at its Conference on Evangelism.
In 1962 in his crusade in Montevideo, Uruguay, he asked Emilio Castro to lead in prayer and called him “My great friend.” Yet Emilio Castro, a Methodist pastor in Uruguay, was a Liberal who believed that men may indeed have evolved from apes; who claimed that the god of Buddhism was the same as the God of Christians; and who defended abortion! This did not concern Graham – he actually gave 40% of the “referral cards” handed in at the campaign to Castro for follow-up. This amounted to over 400 people!
Over 400 people, sent into the clutches of this wolf in sheep’s clothing!
In 1966 he spoke to the WCC, and said there was a new spirit of co-operation in the world which he believed could be attributed to the ecumenical movement. In the same year he also addressed the general assembly of the Liberal, Gospel-denying National Council of Churches in the USA, which was affiliated to the WCC.