His Worldly Accolades
Loved by the world, Graham picked up numerous honorary doctorates and awards throughout his long life:
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Freedom Award, for contributions to the cause of freedom;
The Congressional Gold Medal;
The Templeton Foundation Prize for Progress in Religion;
The Big Brother Award, for his work on behalf of the welfare of children;
The Speaker of the Year Award in 1964;
Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire, for his international contribution to civic and religious life over a period of 60 years;
Cited by the George Washington Carver Memorial Institute for his contributions to race relations;
Recognised by the Jewish Anti-Defamation League of the B’nai B’rith, and the National Conference of Christians and Jews for his efforts to foster a better understanding among all religions;
Regularly listed by the Gallup organisation as one of the “Ten Most Admired Men in the World”.
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); and, “Yea, all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (2 Tim. 3:12).
Spiritual Advisor to Presidents and Other Politicians
One can know a lot about a man by the company he keeps. Graham, a registered Democrat, was the “spiritual advisor” to eleven American presidents, as well as a great many other political and civic leaders.
But did his “advice” make any difference to how those presidents behaved? Even assuming it was biblical advice, no – not at all! But of course, any advice he gave was anything but biblical.
Graham regularly visited former President Richard Nixon when he was in office, advising him and leading private services there. Nixon offered Graham the post of ambassador to Israel, but Graham declined. When Nixon’s profanity became public via the White House tapes in the Watergate affair, Graham admitted, “I might have exaggerated [Nixon’s] spirituality in my own mind.” Surprise, surprise.
Billy Graham and Richard Nixon
Former president, George H.W. Bush, invited Graham to hold a series of Bible studies at the Bush family home. When Graham died, Bush said: “Billy Graham was America’s pastor.” Actually, a pastor is a shepherd over a church. A nation cannot have a pastor, because a nation does not equate with a local church. This reveals the so-typical confusion in peoples’ minds between Church and State, even in a country like America where the two are supposed to be separate.
Bush went on: “I think Billy touched the hearts of not only Christians, but people of all faiths, because he was such a good man. I was privileged to have him as a personal friend…. He was a mentor to several of my children…. We will miss our good friend forever.” Once again a comment about Graham’s contribution to the diabolical interfaith movement. And again, although he was a personal friend and mentor to the Bush family, exactly what good did this do to them? Nothing, as the evidence amply reveals. The story of the Bush family is not the story of a Christian family, but of a powerful, one-world-supporting, Establishment family.
Former president, George W. Bush, recalled in an interview years ago that at a time when he was a cynic and a heavy drinker, with many questions about faith, Graham had an “enormous influence” on his life, and helped him to “understand the redemptive power of a risen Lord.” In a statement after Graham’s death, Bush said: “A great man, a humble servant, and a shepherd to millions has passed on. Billy Graham was a consequential leader. He had a powerful, captivating presence and a keen mind. He was full of kindness and grace. His love for Christ and his gentle soul helped open hearts to the Word, including mine. Laura and I are thankful for the life of Billy Graham”.
Is Bush truly converted? We are to judge according to fruit (actions; conduct); and his actions prove otherwise. He is typical of the vast numbers of Graham’s “converts”: no true change of life, no fruit giving evidence of true saving faith (2 Cor. 5:17).
What about the sleazy, criminal former president, Bill Clinton and his equally sleazy and criminal wife Hillary? “Hillary and I are saddened by the passing of our friend Billy Graham, one of the most important religious leaders in American history. His powerful words and the conviction they carried touched countless hearts and minds. I will never forget the first time I saw him, 60 years ago in Little Rock, during the school integration struggle. He filled a football stadium with a fully integrated audience, reminding them that we all come before God as equals, both in our imperfection and our absolute claim to amazing grace. Later as Governor, in the White House, and afterward, I saw him live that faithfully in the constant kindness, encouragement, and counsel he extended to Hillary and me. Billy has finished his long good race, leaving our world a better place and claiming his place in glory.”
Oh, Clinton can sure spin a good tale. He called Graham the friend of Hillary and himself, and said Graham was his counsellor (astounding, is it not, how all these presidents called him their friend and advisor, whether Republican or Democrat, supposed “Conservative” or outright Liberal!). Yet the wicked lifestyles of the Clintons show that they paid absolutely no heed to his “advice” – assuming his advice was even remotely biblical, which his track record shows it simply could not have been! And note how Clinton used biblical phraseology: “finishing the race”. Clinton knows nothing of the grace of God. Note how he spoke of “our absolute claim to amazing grace” and “claiming his place in glory.” This is not Bible truth. It is Arminian works-salvation.
Close: Graham and Bill Clinton
Billy Graham praised Bill and Hillary Clinton, and actually endorsed Hillary running for president! He also attacked critics of Bill Clinton and called for newspapers to support him. Speaking at a luncheon for 500 editors, Graham said Clinton’s personal life and character were “irrelevant”, and also said that he had given Clinton his support when Gennifer Flowers went public about her affair with him. Graham said he called Clinton and said, “This will pass,” and not to worry! No wonder Clinton spoke so highly of him when he passed away! A supposed Gospel minister, dismissing Clinton’s philandering ways and telling him not to be concerned!