Some of the regular commenters here remind me of the grumpy old men from the Muppets. Anyway, I've found it encouraging to see the news programs cover Mr. Graham's death and instead of promoting sin, sharing the Gospel message and treating Christianity with respect. If you find fault with this, then perhaps you should go take a nap and wake up in a better mood.
Excerpt from Billy Grahams last column for the Fayetteville Observer: "...I wonâ€™t be in heaven because Iâ€™ve preached to large crowds or because Iâ€™ve tried to live a good life. Iâ€™ll be in heaven for one reason: Many years ago I put my faith and trust in Jesus Christ, who died on the cross to make our forgiveness possible and rose again from the dead to give us eternal life. Do you know you will go to heaven when you die? You can, by committing your life to Jesus Christ today.
â€śFor God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal lifeâ€ť (John 3:16) Link: http://www.fayobserver.com/news/20180221/billy-grahams-last-column-by-time-you-read-this-i-will-be-in-heaven
Dear Watcher, I take the truth very seriously, especially when it comes to Scripture and false teachers. I've already said that I'm aware of errors that Billy Graham reportedly taught, but where I draw the line is stating the man was not saved. We really don't know his final thoughts or prayers as those are between him and God. I don't see that I need any correction, but I am open to it if I'm proven to be in error. I belong to a solid reformed church with a knowledgeable pastor and if you feel I need correction, you can contact him. Just let me know if you want his name. His sermons are posted here at SA with a link to the church's website.
Hi Watcher, I'm not ignoring the truth - I just haven't seen the comment with links to the articles proving Billy Graham is in hell. I'm reformed now, but wasn't always; yet I believe I was a Christian as an arminian, as are countless others. I am a student of church history and have yet to find one Reformer without error or sin.
Aren't we all sinners? My good works are but filthy rags before a holy God. I remember reading that Christians should do good works and that if we do, "sinners" will see our good deeds and give glory to God. Our nation badly needs the Gospel message and if some are hearing it due to Mr. Graham's death, then who am I to criticize?
Thanks Lurker... Out of the comments made of those referring to me, I think you best articulated my concern. For example, I'm not 100% positive that my aged father who suffers from Alzheimer's Disease knows Christ, and when he passes away it would be devastating to read remarks posted in a public forum stating that he was in hell . I still say shame on those who malign the recently deceased. How can they know the final state of any man unless it is one blaspheming God with his very last breath? Also, I do know Mr. Graham's errors and I have probably published them on my blogs. But today is not the day for me to do that - instead I tried to find an objective article (from Wikipedia of all places!) and then I emphasized a good work he did early in his ministry.
Responding to my two cents: I know the facts and condemning a man to hell is not your place to do so. Have you not heard that the measure you use to judge a man will also be applied to you? I think the best position is for us to cry out to God for mercy because we've all sinned and gone astray. I sincerely doubt if your "fruit" would stand up to your own measure of Mr. Graham's. You condemn yourself as you condemn him. Grow up is all I can say to you and the other judges on this thread.
Wow! Have you not heard or been taught to show respect for the dead or their loved ones? I'm amazed at the comments posted here regarding the state of Mr. Graham's soul. I'm reformed and while I don't agree with his theology, I do not have the gall or lack of charity to condemn the man's soul to hell as some of you have. Shame on you. I hope SA removes your comments.
I think there really is a Satan and demons, so it isn't hard for me to believe that he was under demonic influence. Let us pray for the Lord to deliver his soul from the evil one. Also, I agree with Libby regrading John Y. I often refrain from commenting on this website due to the unkind remarks often made toward John and Jim. The lack of civility does not give any glory to God and it probably makes those hungry for the Gospel go elsewhere for answers to their questions.
I've had a long love/hate relationship with Facebook and have found that the only way I can use it is to limit my time and interchanges with others while on it. At first I hated the invasion of privacy, then they tightened that up, so I was satisfied. Then they messed with my newsfeed and manipulated my feelings... So, I unfollowed people, pages and left groups. Now I find little prompts popping up asking me stupid questions. Right now I'm keeping my account open to contact family members and friends. I think as Christians we need to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves as we navigate social media and frankly, live in this world.
The Quiet Christian wrote: Considering all that's happening with Facebook like this, pretty consistently, is there a better, safer social media platform? On the one hand, at some point, enough is enough. "Be ye separate" and " Come out from among them." On the other hand, simply abandoning the platform hands it over to the Enemy. "Ye wrestle not against flesh and blood...So having done all to stand."
Yes, it is called Social Cross. Here's the link: https://socialcross.org
Folks, I'm really uneasy about this article and the one by Amy Sullivan. I don't like the way they speak of Roy Moore and I didn't support his campaign for Senate. But they're both too inflammatory, IMO. People are deceived by their own desires for an easy Christian life that doesn't include holiness or self-sacrifice. FOX News doesn't help matters, but they aren't the cause, either.
I can honestly say I'm relieved this election is over and Roy Moore did not win. He tried to bulldoze through the allegations of sexual misconduct like Donald Trump did and it did not work for Moore. My former theonomist friends are blaming fellow believers who didn't jump on the Moore bandwagon, but it was Judge Moore who hurt and lost his campaign. If he would have done the responsible thing and stepped aside until the allegations could be disproved and allowed another candidate to come forth, a Republican probably would have won last night.