Evangelist Franklin Graham was the undisputed center of attention Thursday during National Day of Prayer observances in the nation's capital, putting in an early morning appearance outside the Pentagon, speaking to 350 people on Capitol Hill and then meeting the media at a press conference afterward.
Despite the controversy that attended his participation, Mr. Graham's message was unchanging and unapologetic - that Islam is inferior to Christianity.
"I don't believe Muhammad can lead anyone to God, but salvation is through Christ alone," he told reporters outside the Cannon House Office Building caucus room. "I don't accept this notion that all roads lead to God."...
Gil Rugh said or, wrote: The world sees sin as a malfunction rather than a powerful influence toward evil and wickedness. Consequently none of the counseling, treatments, or programs designed by man has any potential to break this power over a life. When the Church tries to mix in the ways of the world in dealing with sin with the God‚Äôs means of salvation it dilutes its effectiveness and power to change a life.
I would agree that 'bashing' another religion isn't the same as presenting the gospel, but I would also say that putting a false religion on equal ground with Christianity is not only wrong, but also dangerous. Too many evangelists in the spotlight are wishy washy and non-commital. I've said before that I enjoy listening to Joel Osteen and I believe that his heart really is in the right place, but where the rubber meets the road in several interviews, he is reluctant to say that Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to salvation. There is a time when you should present the case for Christ to people trapped in a religious system with 'kid gloves'. Nobody should try to force anyone to change, but there also comes that time when you have to leave those mockers to their fates. I don't think you will find any follow up scripture where Paul continues to give complements to those that scoffed and mocked the gospel. I don't think he would be on CNN hocking his latest epistle while saying, "You know Larry, essentially we all worship the same God. I want to lift people up not tear them down." No, once you have heard the truth of the gospel it is up to you to decide what to do with it. Jesus is the only way way to God. Islam and all other religions are inferior as they lead to hell.
Attacking other religions is different from presenting the Gospel. Case in point, please see the authentic preaching of Paul among real idols worshipers. He started by almost complementing them! ...
Act 17:22-34 (ESV) "22 So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: "Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. 23 For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, 'To the unknown god.' What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. 24 The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, 25 ..., 26 ..., 27 ..., 28 for "'In him we live and move and have our being'; ... 29, ..., 30 ... , but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, 31 because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead." 32 Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked. ..." 33 So Paul went out from their midst. 34 But some men joined him and believed,... and a woman ... and others ..."/God Bless/RR
To you Evangelical Protestants who state that Franklin Graham preaches a False Gospel, Graham's words as quoted in the article prove otherwise "I don't believe Muhammad can lead anyone to God, but salvation is through Christ alone".