Franklin Graham Responds to Wheaton Meeting on Evangelicalism: 'We Shouldn't Get Sidetracked'
As the meeting, which took place Monday and Tuesday, did not include Graham or several other conservative evangelical leaders who have engaged with the Trump administration, Graham took to his Facebook page to say:
"Recently some people have had discussions about the state of evangelicalism today, almost referring to it as a politically-related term. I can't speak for others, and I'm certainly not a spokesperson for any kind of evangelical movement, but I can tell you what I believe.
"I believe in God. I believe in His Son, Jesus Christ. And I believe in the Holy Spirit," Graham said. "I believe my God is three-in-one. I believe that God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to this earth to take our sins. That He died on a cross and shed His blood for all the sins of mankind. I believe He took our sins to the grave, and I believe in the resurrection. God raised Him to life on the third day, and I believe...
Frankie also believes in mixing bad politics in with Christianity, this little piece is an answer to Frankie.
Mark Labberton, President of Fuller Seminary wrote: ..... The word "evangelical" has morphed from being commonly used to describe a set of theological and spiritual commitments into a passionately defended, theo-political brand. Worse, that brand has become synonymous with social arrogance, ignorance and prejudice ‚ÄĒ all antithetical to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Balmer's claims, [See [URL=http://tinyurl.com/yczpp8ov]]](‚ÄúUnder Trump, evangelicals show their true racist colors,‚ÄĚ [/URL] http://tinyurl.com/yczpp8ov ]while not new, are deservedly painful for millions of white evangelicals who are deeply offended by racism, repelled by Trump, and who vocally deny the false theo-political brand that co-opts the faith we hold dear.
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Frankie, and many of his political cohorts are what Paul wasn't:
2 Corinthians 2:17 For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God's word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.---ESV
The universal atonement error stems from the root heresy of free will. It makes Christ's work left undone, contingent on man's free will. God is at the mercy of the sinner's will, and the atonement is not quite complete. What utter blasphemy to a sovereign and powerful God. 'It is finished', those three words are filled with much power and truth. Christ has paid in full the debt for all who believe, no questions asked. 'We hold that Christ, when He died, had an object in view, and that object will most assuredly, and beyond a doubt, be accomplished. We measure the design of Christ's death by the effect of it. We hold-we are not afraid to say that we believe-that Christ came into this world with the intention of saving "a multitude which no man can number;" and we believe that as the result of this, every person for whom He died must, beyond the shadow of a doubt, be cleansed from sin, and stand, washed in blood, before the Father's throne. We do not believe that Christ made any effectual atonement for those who are for ever damned; we dare not think that the blood of Christ was ever shed with the intention of saving those whom God foreknew never could be saved, and some of whom were even in Hell when Christ, according to some men's account, died to save them.' Spurgeon
ladybug wrote: From the article, "That He died on a cross and shed His blood for all the sins of mankind." Like his father, FG teaches falsely. Christ died for who? "I lay down my life for the sheep." John 10:15 "Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many."- Mat 20:28 'All Christians hold that Christ died to redeem, but all Christians do not teach the same redemption. We differ as to the nature of atonement, and as to the design of redemption. For instance, the Arminian holds that Christ, when He died, did not die with an intent to save any particular person; and they teach that Christ's death does not in itself secure, beyond doubt, the salvation of any one man living. They believe that Christ died to make the salvation of all men possible, or that by the doing of something else,..' Spurgeon
If Christ died for everyone, then He died for those even in hell. What a waste that would be.
From the article, "That He died on a cross and shed His blood for all the sins of mankind." Like his father, FG teaches falsely. Christ died for who? "I lay down my life for the sheep." John 10:15 "Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many."- Mat 20:28
'All Christians hold that Christ died to redeem, but all Christians do not teach the same redemption. We differ as to the nature of atonement, and as to the design of redemption. For instance, the Arminian holds that Christ, when He died, did not die with an intent to save any particular person; and they teach that Christ's death does not in itself secure, beyond doubt, the salvation of any one man living. They believe that Christ died to make the salvation of all men possible, or that by the doing of something else, any man who pleases may attain unto eternal life; consequently, they are obliged to hold that if man's will would not give way and voluntarily surrender to grace, then Christ's atonement would be unavailing. They hold that there was no particularity and speciality in the death of Christ. Christ died, according to them, as much for Judas in Hell as for Peter who mounted to Heaven.' Spurgeon
"Pulpit & Pen reported on Tuesday that evangelical leftists, some of whom are financial recipients of globalist financiers, George Soros and James Riady, recently gathered at Wheaton College to game-plan how to turn evangelicalism to the hard left."
Title: SBC Entities Suppress Dissent of Seminary Professors, Students, Church Planters on MLK50 and CRT
"Graham, who is president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, explained that Jesus commanded His followers to "go into all the world and proclaim the gospel."
"I believe without Christ, a soul will be lost, condemned to hell for all eternity. This should motivate all of us to share the Good News of God's love to a sick, dying, and compromising world," he stressed. "I am called and committed to preaching this message as long as I have breath or until the Lord returns."
"We should be concerned about how we can reach more, and not get sidetracked. A number of years ago Nike had an ad that said, 'Just Do It!' That's our job ‚ÄĒ that's what we are to do today."
"I'm interested in focusing on one direction ‚ÄĒ reaching lost souls with the Gospel of Jesus Christ," Graham stated. "It is calling people to cross the line from death to life, in Him. That's evangelism. And that's what evangelicalism should be about."
"I'm going to continue to do what I have been doing for some 40 years ‚ÄĒ feed the hungry, clothe the naked, provide medical care for the sick, bring comfort to those ravaged by wars and storms ‚ÄĒ so that I can reach them with the truth of God's love, that He sent His Son Jesus Christ to earth to take our sins to the cross."
We should have the same mindset as those of the early Church!
Galatians 2:16-20 16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. 17 But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. 18 For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. 19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. 20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Sanctification is not optional it‚Äôs a requirement as we grow in our faith! God bless y‚Äôall!