Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Franklin Graham part of "a new evangelization" partnering with Catholics, Graham's Three Rivers Festival hosts Catholic Bishop Zubik

As many already know. Billy Graham is an ecumenical religionist who preaches an aberrant, unsaving doctrine. [Read also "When Did Graham's Compromise Begin?]

The elder Graham has been a friend of Rome for a long time, partnering with Popes and priests in various ecumenical endeavors as if the Catholic religion was true.


Occasionally people have asked me if the son, Franklin Graham, believes the same about Rome. There is an oft-repeated quote from a newspaper article from 1999 which seemed to indicate the younger Graham does. Franklin Graham told the Indianapolis Star (6/3/99) that his father's longstanding ecumenical alliance with the Catholic Church and all other denominations, "was one of the smartest things his father ever did."

But was one quote enough? Not to me. I waited and watched to see what would come out later. Would the fruit be thorns, or grapes? It didn't seem likely that Graham the Younger raised in such an environment as Graham the elder's, would emerge with beliefs that were true, but in any case, I was in wait and see attitude.

Meanwhile, in 2011 I saw a very interesting article from Maryland. It's obvious that Rome's doctrines are not saving doctrines and that the Roman Catholic Church is false. Yet astoundingly,
"An Episcopal church has decided to convert, en masse, to Catholicism. The parishioners, along with the pastor, wants to be under the authority of the Roman Catholic Church and its pope. Why? "[C]hurch members said, they were satisfying their longing for a clear religious authority by welcoming the leadership of Pope Benedict XVI. ... they decided that the Reformation was a mistake. "It feels fantastic," Delaney said. “It’s like correcting 500 years of history.”"
I was flabbergasted that they would choose such obvious falsity. However, that little trickle was an example of what by now has become a broken dam. Falsity of all sorts of Catholic mischief has flooded into the faith. Lighthouse Trails has a good rundown of the examples of formerly evangelical leaders embracing various aspects of Catholic ritual. (Labyrinths, Contemplative Prayer, Lectio Divina, ecumenical partnerships, acceptance of Catholic dogma etc.) Just this month, I wrote about the infiltration of the Protestant use of Catholic prayer bead rosaries.

Since my first awakening notice of Catholic-Protestant unification in 2011, I've seen that Catholicism has become all the rage in Protestantism. The avalanche since 2011 in Catholicism entering Protestantism has been veritably sweeping away many individuals and whole churches. The acceptance of and promotion by top Protestant evangelical leaders is furthering this cause.
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Case in point- Franklin Graham. In August at the Three Rivers Festival (Franklin refuses to call the gatherings "Crusades" like his father,) the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association hosted a Catholic Bishop on stage, partnered with the city's Catholic church as part of the "evangelistic outreach." Bishop David Zubik was the Catholic representative, and he was invited to give the opening prayer. Worse, seekers were encouraged to come to the Catholic church for counseling, since they were 'right next door.' Here are the Bishop's words. This is from the August 10 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Bishop David Zubik said the festival dovetails with calls by recent popes to a ”new evangelization,“ bringing back cradle Catholics who drifted or became estranged from the faith.

"We felt as long as there was a Catholic component to this particular crusade, we wanted to be a part of it,“ Bishop Zubik said. Those who respond to Rev. Graham’s invitation to make a decision for Christ, and who identify as Catholic, will be given the opportunity to go to Epiphany Church — adjacent to the Consol Energy Center — for the sacrament of reconciliation, or confession. ”We’re right next door,“ Bishop Zubik said.
Franklin Graham and Billy Graham will have to answer to our Holy Savior for their part in decades of consigning babes to darkness. They are false apostles, workers of darkness making sons of hell twice as worse as they are (Matthew 23:15, Luke 13:27). Their end will be as they deserve.

And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds. (2 Corinthians 11:15)

Did you know that Bob Jones Sr. called the elder Graham a "limb of satan"? We must call evil what it is. Denny Burk wrote a good essay the other day, "We must call evil, "evil." He was referring to Islam, but I apply his concept here to Catholicism. Just because Islam is ferocious and obviously false doesn't make it more evil than Catholicism, which sort of looks partly Christian and acts kind of nice. They're both evil, because both religions and its adherents are doing evil against Jesus.

Bishop David Zubik said the [Franklin Graham Three Rivers] festival dovetails with calls by recent popes to a ”new evangelization,“ bringing back cradle Catholics who drifted or became estranged from the faith.
I'm very sad that I must call the younger Franklin a false teacher, a false worker, but the evidence is clear. It gives me no pleasure to say it nor to see it. I do grieve for the many people who come to his 'festivals' (of darkness) and are brought full circle back to their unsaved state. If anything comes from this essay let it be two concepts that stay with you:


1. We must see evil what it is; and after prayer and evidence, call it out (Jude 1:3,) and marking those who cause divisions (Romans 16:17)
2. We must be vigilant. These are dangerous times (2 Timothy 3:1).

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Further reading


Like Father, Like Son: Franklin Graham (Son of Billy Graham) Allows Roman Catholic Bishop To Pray At His Pittsburgh Evangelistic Revival! Watch The Video Here!

Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Revival Headliner Franklin Graham has trail of support

Pittsburgh Catholic Newspaper: Catholics extend welcome to [Franklin Graham's] Festival of Hope crowds

The End Time: "The dangers of the bible...AND..."

11 comments :

  1. Like father, like son. What's new? Sigh.

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  2. I am so saddened and disappointed in Franklin Graham's decisions. I have always admired him.... his Samaritan's Purse organization is wonderful and I have never seen Franklin Graham interviewed on tv where he didn't boldly and accurately proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. You can watch so many interviews of him on You Tube and see this also! If someone like Franklin can give in to something like this, anyone can. It really is scary to watch even true believers compromise with the world. The rest of us need pray earnestly that the Lord will keep our eyes open, our discernment sharp, our paths straight and pleasing to Him, and never allow us to be confused and compromising of His absolute truths. Because, like I said.... if Franklin could fall foolishly for this, any of us can! Lord, protect my heart and mind!

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    1. You wrote, "If someone like Franklin can give in to something like this, anyone can." No, I must disagree. The key here is "true" as in true believer. There are tens of thousands of born-again Christians who have given/and will give their lives for Christ. Please don't cheapen it by likening them to this ecumenical player. And I mean it sincerely.

      Julienne, CA

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    2. Please, Franklin is not a superhuman. Just because he's sold to Rome doesn't mean every Christian is prone to do the same. If he was raised in a true Christian home, I'm certain that he would have a little bit of spiritual discernment to tell the difference between the wide and the narrow gate.

      God is not mocked. Every false convert will reap what they are sowing on this earth in the name of Christ.

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    3. One does not have to be superhuman to remain in Christ and true to His doctrines.

      The point of the essay is that Graham already lacks discernment and since he HAS sold out to Rome this incontrovertably demonstrates he IS a false convert.

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  3. you may've already covered this? Forgive me if I'm repeating you or myself (LOL) But you do know that Franklin's sister, Gigi, married a Catholic YEARS AGO, right? To have read 1 of her books, it was almost an arranged marriage by her parents if I recall correctly -- at least they were VERRY happy, ecstatic and ACCEPTING of it!! I honestly don't know if Billy & his family began their love affair with rcc at that time...? Or long before...?

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  4. :(
    Just :(
    Sigh.

    -Carolyn

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  5. Maybe they just realized the truth, the Catholic Church is the one true church; history makes it obvious and scripture supports it. Anyway, if so many intellectual evangelicals that spend their time and careers studying Christianity decide to become Catholic, then maybe it is not "obviously false."

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  6. [I discovered the following article on the stimulating web. Reaction, anyone? Sarah]

    Franklin Graham's warning of coming persecution of Christians echoes what his mother Ruth and father Billy have clearly stated.
    In a Google article titled "Letter from Mrs. Billy Graham," Ruth stated that "I would rather prepare myself to go through the tribulation and be happily surprised by an unexpected rapture, than expect to be raptured only to find myself going through tribulation."
    Her husband, Billy, had this to say: "Perhaps the Holy Spirit is getting His Church ready for a trial and tribulation such as the world has never known." He stated this on p. 72 in Sam Shoemaker's book "Under New Management," and the same quote is also found in a Google piece entitled "Famous Rapture Watchers - Addendum."
    To see the rest of Franklin's message which can no longer be ignored or censored (!), Google "Franklin Graham's Warning" which can be found on Joe Ortiz's "End Times Passover" blog.

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    1. thanks Sarah. There seems to be no end of false things Billy Graham believes.

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