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SATURDAY, JUL 26, 2014  |  27 comments
Franklin Graham Calls on Christians to Battle Culture

In a column published in the July-August edition of Decision magazine, the head of Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, declared that "Heaven is not for cowards!"

"Christians cannot ignore parts of God's Word because they are unpopular or cause division. Our commission is to proclaim Christ and all He stands for," wrote Graham.

"This is what the church's presence in the world is all about. We cannot sincerely proclaim the truth of God's love while ignoring what He hates, and God hates sin."

Graham also stressed the need for "godly courage" and for Christians to speak out against abortion and homosexuality. ...

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News Item7/29/14 2:40 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Quite a stretch Mike of N.Y., I would suggest that you listen to,
Responsibilities As Slaves)
. It seems to me I have always attacked Dominion theology, q.v., The Christian Right Movement is a disaster for the mission of Christians! ' "The Reconstructionist movement and its allies and offshoots, by substituting political and cultural action for the proclamation of the Gospel, by substituting eschatology for soteriology, and by mangling the Gospel itself, have become tools of Romanist political action" (3/02, The Trinity Review).' excerpt from, Notes on Reconstructionism. Conservative Christians are overlooking The Inadequacy of Moralism and of political action. Dominion Theology/Kingdom Now/Reconstructionism is an anti-Biblical curse. Too bad the Neo-Confederacy GOP doesn't learn that.

News Item7/28/14 7:22 PM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
Jim Lincoln wrote:
so, the Grahams' are a mixed bag, but mixing error with the Gospel corrupts the message entirely.
Naturally, you exclude the mixing of your praise of corrupt government with the Gospel as doing just that, right?

News Item7/28/14 2:27 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
SteveR wrote:
The wicked and charlatans will try to smear Graham, but indeed there is a need for Christians to stop the compromise of our Faith
Did you mean praise Graham? If one only listened to Billy Graham sermons on t.v., and if you were at one of his meeting and didn't go forward and talk to for example of being guided to the Romish Church if you had been associated with it, actually Billy did some good. It was his interviews and activities outside the t.v. pulpit which brings rightful condemnation of Billy. When Franklin was in the background, he wasn't doing that much damage either, I believe Samaritan's Purse was his invention, I think SA has a separate thread for this, so, the Grahams' are a mixed bag, but mixing error with the Gospel corrupts the message entirely.

News Item7/27/14 10:09 PM
Jessica Dawson | Canada  Find all comments by Jessica Dawson
pennned wrote:
I'm glad Jessica, your kind spirit is I'm sure also a gift from the Lord.
Penned, Praise God that we can talk things out as believers and grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, together! To Him be glory both now and forever. Amen.

News Item7/27/14 9:55 PM
pennnned  Find all comments by pennnned
I'm glad Jessica, your kind spirit is I'm sure also a gift from the Lord.

News Item7/27/14 9:51 PM
Jessica Dawson | Canada  Find all comments by Jessica Dawson
Thank you TC, penned, & Unprofitable Servant;

I appreciate all of your thoughts and presenting them in a kind manner — I am sharpened and blessed that you took the time to share with me! 'Grace be with you all. Amen.'

"Iron sharpeneth iron; So a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend." ~ Proverbs 27:17 ASV


News Item7/27/14 9:32 PM
Unprofitable Servant | Georgia  Find all comments by Unprofitable Servant
Jessica, it is not the murderers that are trying to influence common core curriculum to try and make killing an acceptable alternate lifestyle. It is not the drunkards that trying to close businesses for not supporting their drinking habits. It not the thieves that are calling people who speak against stealing thiefophobic. It is not the slanderers that are calling truth hate speech. We don't have a fornicators pride week or pro pornography parades. It is not the "people for covetousness" being supported by executive fiat from the current administration. It is not the extortioners that are pushing to silence the voice of Christians and have street preachers arrested for talking negatively of their sins.

However, all of that can be said of the LGBT community. They are currently one of the choicest of Satan's emissaries to persecute Christianity and to push us to a lawless society.

All sin needs to be preached against and abhorred. Thanks for that reminder.

As to speaking against certain sins more than others in the early church, there is much in the N.T. writings against Judiazers. Should Paul not have put an inordinate amount of writing against it because there were other sins prevalent in his day?

God bless you sister, hope this helps.


News Item7/27/14 8:19 PM
pennned  Find all comments by pennned
... to add.. this nanny state business is another spoke on the wheel. men will tend to be protectors of their own, so we have people trained to shut men up when they are impassioned to protect their own.

and in this case, we are dealing with reprobates that change bathroom codes that endanger children, and will often simultaneously be working to reduce jail sentences for child related crimes! I would expect God to raise up men of the faith that have an inner calling to stand in the gap for the innocent. That is why we have pastors and fathers and leaders!

I have prayed for the Lord to keep witnesses to Christ in the midst of a compromising generation. I'm sure others are as well!


News Item7/27/14 8:11 PM
MS  Find all comments by MS
Well said..pennned.
Wise words.

News Item7/27/14 8:03 PM
pennned  Find all comments by pennned
Jessica Dawson, you might notice that westboro is a political plant meant to divide, they are not the expression of Christian thought.

I agree that we shouldn't be one issue people but in actuality a few leaders are naming a political movement that is taking over the country. I believe it to be communism. And the gay agenda is used to divide the people and to demoralize the people so that the next generation can be ruled. Anyone who speaks will be ridiculed, and that's what persecution looks like. Those who love Christ will be accused of all sorts of things, because they "won't go with the program".

Jesus Christ dealt directly with the religious leaders of the day and their own form of moralism, he threw over the tables at the temple for instance, seeing as people were making money from it... so much of sin seems to get down to money and power.

If you read Wumbrand, he also dealt headlong with Communism as a philosophy, because it was used to keep the youth under check..'we do not recognize this 'God', the state has told us nothing of him, therefor he doesn't exist'. many accused him of being anticommunist, even when he was beaten for years by these people, but prayed continually for their salvation.


News Item7/27/14 5:42 PM
Jessica Dawson | Canada  Find all comments by Jessica Dawson
TC wrote:
It's not a matter of elevating one sin above another or accepting one while denouncing another. The fact is that the homosexual movement is the sledgehammer that secularists are using to strip religious freedom. The church is obligated to stand and defend the truth of God's Word.
Outspoken high-profile persons and Churches have been known to focus on homosexuality above other sins and unfortunately many associate the every day believer with such aggressive tactics as the Westboro Baptist Church — which has been a blight upon the testimony of Jesus Christ, Who showed love to sinners, dying for sinners.

At the time the New Testament was written, same sex interactions were prevalent. Yet the New Testament is not filled with railings against homosexuality — but against all manner of sexual immorality and sin in lists. And, believers are acknowledged as being cleansed of these same sins. " Let all that you do be done in love." Amen.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (New King James Version)

"Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves."

~ Matthew 10:16 NKJV


News Item7/27/14 4:23 PM
s c | Oh  Find all comments by s c
Sadly, penned, Christians haven't had a problem with the hetero perverts and "educated" atheists doing it (raising their children). Graham coming against homosexuality or abortion is like...oh yeah, catholics doing it. We reward and support someone for saying one thing right while they aid in watering down Christianity. As "Olde" stated, just an attempt to stir up the insiders and try to redeem the graham legacy.

News Item7/27/14 3:43 PM
pennned  Find all comments by pennned
I don't see Christians focusing that much on it.... in fact, most haven't a clue what's coming. lawyers who work for large church groups are awfully quiet right now....what I see is the gay lobby, backed by very powerful groups, changing the times and laws of the land, with their eyes on the institutional church, the educating of the youth, etc. they are demanding allegiance in the marketplace.

I guess Christians are supposed sit back and let Sodom and Gomorrah raise their children?

I applaud Mr. Graham for this one.


News Item7/27/14 3:14 PM
Dorcas | USA  Find all comments by Dorcas
Yes indeed TC...

News Item7/27/14 2:40 PM
TC | Louisiana  Find all comments by TC
Jessica Dawson from Canada writes:

I'm tired of Christians focusing so heavily on the homosexuality of persons outside the church ~ is this the mandate from Christ to preach? Or is it not to 'proclaim Christ and Him crucified'?

It's not a matter of elevating one sin above another or accepting one while denouncing another. The fact is that the homosexual movement is the sledgehammer that secularists are using to strip religious freedom. The church is obligated to stand and defend the truth of God's Word.


News Item7/26/14 6:10 PM
s c | Oh  Find all comments by s c
Olde Foderal interesting name, very insightful and succinct response. And Jim Lincoln, always appreciate your input. It's always useful to have links or resources to which one may find information.

News Item7/26/14 5:16 PM
Olde Foderal | Isles of Langerhans  Find all comments by Olde Foderal
Good point about Ralph Ovadal's Heart of the Matter program covering Franklin Graham's activities.

I don't think this will get much press; I see the news comes from the Christian Post website, not exactly one of the most popular ones in the world.

So think of it as meant for 'internal consumption' only, that is, for Christians only to talk over (no one else cares).

Since the father's influence has faded, FG has to say something to 'fan the flames' and get some attention. Maybe he hopes someone from a TV network will give him an interview--how about the comic Stewart? or PBS's Bill Moyers, formerly LBJ's press secretary, or ABC's George Stephanopolus, formerly Clinton's press secretary.
Now, as to the 'truth' of what he says, I don't think it will change anyone's way of life. Usually, 'culture wars' means voting for conservatives, which are hard to find today. It happened in Virginia last month but didn't happen in Mississippi. Go figure.


News Item7/26/14 3:51 PM
Dorcas | USA  Find all comments by Dorcas
***footnote, concerning my previous post.
Pastor Ovadal does not have the Graham's on his program. I should have said he addresses issues concerning the Graham's that are problematic.
After rereading my post, I thought I should clarify that.

News Item7/26/14 3:41 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
SC and Jessica Dorcas people don't have to go too far to see about the Grahams--I don't think Franklin has ever disavowed his father's stance, Billy Graham Believes Catholic Doctrine of Salvation Without Bible, Gospel, or Name of Christ But, no doubt the gentleman that you suggest to listen to, has a good job as well about explaining the Grahams.

As far as the article goes (I'm surprised I did read it all the way through) and this what comes at the end of it,

Sally Quinn wrote:
Franklin has always leaned toward being more political than his father," wrote Sally Quinn, founding editor of the site OnFaith.

Where Billy Graham has always been a voice for inclusion, even of religions other than his own, Franklin has not.

I'm glad Franky has attacked Islam, excellent, but what about other cults? e.g.,Roman Catholics, Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses.

I don't have enough room to put up some quotations on, Notes on Reconstructionism, but a worthwhile read


News Item7/26/14 3:33 PM
Jessica Dawson | Canada  Find all comments by Jessica Dawson
Dorcas wrote:
Pastor Ralph Ovadal addresses these issues with the Graham's on his radio ministry 'The Heart of the Matter'.
He has done several broadcasts which can all be found here on SA.
Thank you sister! As I'll listen I'll keep in mind that only God knows the thoughts and intentions of the heart!
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