Key Doctrinal Questions: Is Sin a Big Deal: Is Salvation?
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. There are those who "in the service of the Lord" teach and preach that sin is not a big deal, that the "gospel" aka "good news" is a message of unilateral unconditional love, mercy, forgiveness, acceptance...and that sinful behaviour is not a big deal. The question this begs is, if sin is not a big deal, then is "salvation" a big deal? And if salvation is not a big deal....
"Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men."
. Dr. Billy and the Modern Salvation Message - Sexual Immorality even Abomination are no Problem! - this "good news" has troubled the peoples during the Twentieth century, and continues to do so during the Twenty First Century (the century of the triumphant return of Christ Jesus, and the commencement of his Millennial Reign).
Some persons (even many) may take issue (even strenuously) with my featuring, focusing on, or "picking on" Dr. Billy Graham on this page and on Key Doctrinal Questions: What of the New Evangelism?, but I am compelled to do so for the following reasons: Dr. Graham has been at the forefront of evangelism in the United States of America and around the world for the past half century; he has been at the head of international leadership/training/equipping of evangelists; he is synonymous with "modern evangelism," "mass evangelism," and "televangelism"; he is viewed as unassailable, above reproach, and of course utterly undeserving of rebuke or correction; therefore, if he has erred and led others into error, it is needful to reference him with regard to the central tenet of the faith he is associated with, i.e., that of salvation, conversion....
I do not question whether Billy Graham has sought to serve the Lord for lo these many years, has worked energetically for long duration, and has kept himself from sexual immorality, lust, greed, and avarice; but while he has enjoyed "sacred cow" status amongst Christians in America and abroad, there is reason to take issue with some, even much, of what has gone forth and resulted from the Billy Graham Crusades and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, at least during recent decades.* I admit I am "picking on" Billy Graham, and am so doing because he has been the leader of the New Evangelism for so very long, and has been emulated and imitated by other evangelists, I believe ruinously.
* Some in the media have made comments to the effect that Billy Graham has mellowed over the years; but any number of fans and admirers of Dr. Billy Graham have stated that he is the same as he was in the beginning, and his message is the same as it has always been.
. Charles Haddon Spurgeon wrote, "The kiss of outward profession is very cheap and easy, but the practical cleaving to the Lord, which must show itself in holy decision for truth and holiness, is not so small a matter." [Amen & Amen]
Whereas Billy Graham is quoted as having said, 'Adultery's no big deal, fornication's no big deal, homosexuality's no big deal, ...abortion's no big deal with God.'
If it is true that none of these sins are a big deal with God, then what is a big deal? are any sins still a big deal with God? is anything still a big deal with God? Do the Ten Commandments still matter to God, and to those whom he created and commanded, or have they ceased to be Commands! If sin, even especially grave, profane, and vile sin is no big deal, then surely salvation can not be a big deal either! And if sin is no big deal, and thus forgiveness from sin is no big deal, and thus salvation is no big deal, then Why did Jesus come to earth and suffer what he did?
. Matthew 5:1-2, 5:17-20
"And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying, ...
"Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
"Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
"For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven."
Billy's teachings and statements are at odds with the teachings and statements of the Saviour and Lord he professes to serve, that is an enormously big deal with God!
God has testified in His Holy Word that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Has God, contrary to His Holy Word, changed and made His Holy Word of no effect? Has God become a liar? It is written, "Let every man be a liar (presumably including Billy Graham), but let God be TRUE." So whom should we believe, Billy, or God?
Again, according to Evangelist Billy Graham, Sin is not a big deal with GOD, and even Abomination is not a big deal with God.... So what is a big deal with GOD? Then who needs salvation or a Saviour anyway? And just why did he bother to come, suffer and die in our place if sin is no big deal? Isn't Evangelism grossly irrelevant at the very best, and a cruel hoax at the worst? If Sin is no big deal, then surely Salvation can not be a big deal....
Billy has an "interesting" perspective, don't you think, but it is not remotely GOD's perspective, in fact it militates against GOD's Word, but it is at least the unconscious perspective of Dr. Billy Graham and pervades his works, and this has been the case for many years now (if not for the entirety of his ministry).
And among revelations of the godliness, the godly wisdom, the Biblical Fidelity, the Christ-centeredness, the Holy Spirit-indwelling of Dr. Billy Graham (as he explained why he, Billy, would personally forgive President Clinton for having committed adultery with Monica Lewinsky [and having persisted in committing sexual immorality, including rape, at his (Clinton's own) instigation, with a bevy of other young women and not so young women, throughout his life and political career.]) is as follows, "He has such a tremendous personality that I think the ladies just go wild over him." [I believe Dr. Graham meant "He (former President Clinton) has such a tremendous personality that I think the 'ladies' just go wild under him." But it would be far more accurate to describe former President Clinton's hypnotic seductive effect on young women and women in the following ways: 'he is so intimidatingly seductive that the foolish females fearfully fall at his feet and do whatever they are commanded to do; he has such an irresistible, satanic persona, that the females swoon at his feet and coweringly obey his every command....]
[Dear readers, we know former President Bill is especially 'romantically' irresistible when he has his fly open, or his pants down, his favorite come-hither come-on that all of the ladies are utterly enthralled with and cannot help but fall helplessly, breathlessly for, and which they, THE LADIES that is, are simply powerless to resist.]
Dr. Billy Graham, the Senior Statesman of Spirituality, is Sadly Unspiritual (to put it excessively charitably), when it comes to addressing matters of State & Presidents; it is fair to state that the men whom God used as scribes to pen the Bible would put it just a mite sharper! Additionally, does Dr. Billy Graham know what a "lady" is? Lady and Whore are not interchangeable terms, they are not synonymous, they are not equivalent; rather they are mutually exclusive (oh but I'm forgetting Dr. Billy's prime tenet of faith, we are all the same, we are all sinners (saved or not saved by the grace of God...there but for the grace of God go I....)! I'm reminded of the beautiful identical twins (I believe their names are Mandy and Sandy) who moved into Hugh Hefner's Playboy Mansion to be his live-in prostitutes for a while, they moved in at the ripe old age of 20 or 21, now they have been evicted at the prematurely old, exploited, perverted, used age of 22! to make room for newer fresher more desirable replacements, but in the meantime they spent approximately two years engaging in sex orgies with the Viagra-fortified Hugh (who was about 74 years young when he took them in) and with a third young beauty who was extremely similar in beauty to the twins; all of these young women (the same age as fmr. Pres. Bill's playmate Monica when their illicit rendezvous began) were and are whores, they prostituted themselves, they will sell, lease, or rent themselves to whomever is the highest bidder, they are not ladies Doctor Graham! Meanwhile Hugh has now upped the ante, i.e., he now prefers to engage in orgies with seven or more nubile young nymphs; but of course Hugh is just one upraised hand, or one short walk towards the stage at a "Billy Graham Crusade" away from SALVATION! right Dr. Graham (oh I do love that old time religion!). And I would be remiss to fail to mention Dr. Graham's having graced PLAYBOY magazine with his presence via feature interview; also, am I the only person who remembers his having stated that he "reads" or has "read" PLAYBOY magazine?
Or perhaps Dr. Billy meant 'that I imagine the babes go crazy and swoon under him/at his feet, and beg him to let them act out their fantasies on him by performing sexual acts on him; and what is poor harassed, stalked, beleaguered, timid, intimidated, insecure Bill to do? I mean after all he's a sensitive guy and he doesn't want to offend these poor delirious women, or give them a complex by rejecting them, you know what Dr. Freud and Dr. Kinsey and Dr. Spock have said about that, you know he wants to make them happy, who am I to say he should deprive these women of such "pleasure," and after all he's only human, and it's not like he can be expected to be working all the time (besides it's really rather commendable that he continues going about performing his presidential duties even while fulfilling the incessant demands of the sex-crazed young and not so young things down around his knees). Furthermore, he can't reasonably be expected to be doing all of these little, inconsequential sexual things with his wife, I mean really, he's a busy, busy man, and his wife is a busy, busy women, and when the need arises the need arises and he's got to "'love' the one he's with," you know he needs other outlets, and besides if it's no big deal with God, and no big deal with Hillary, and no big deal with the American people, why should it be with me. So I think it's up to me to let the American people know that God doesn't really mind if Bill engages in recreational extra-marital sexual acts, and therefore, I - acting in God's stead, as God's Ambassador of forgiveness - preemptively forgive him.
'P.S. But I just wish I had such a tremendous personality as Bill, after all, if God doesn't mind if Bill does it, why would he mind if the good doctor Billy did it. And if I forgive Bill for his 'indiscretions,' then I should be forgiven for mine, just as I am!'
Gasp, am I really saying Billy wants to get in on such sin too. No, I'm Not! But, I am saying that Billy's rationalization on behalf of Bill Clinton is utterly blind, careless and reckless, and pathetically ungodly, and will lead multitudes of others to Hell, and that is a greater sin than all of Bill Clinton's combined sexual depravity. Oh well, what do you expect from the world-famed Evangelist at the twilight of his life, with all of the accumulated wisdom of the years from walking with the LORD, communing with the LORD, meditating on the Scriptures, and serving the LORD of Glory?
So kids, teens, young adults, adults, according to no less an authority than the revered Dr. Billy Graham, if you have a good personality, or sense of humor, good looks, impressive physique, desirable figure, "hot body," gorgeous smile, popularity, designer clothes, a popular car, or perhaps elevated position, special status, prestige, wealth/fortune, fame (or at least maybe loads of free Cocaine to give to Junior-High-School-age virgin girls like former President Bill's very closest bosom buddy Dan Lassiter, and Bill's brother Roger, both of whom Bill joined in sexual escapades with the aforementioned minor girls, and both of whom he awarded pardons to) ... then it's ok to commit rampant seduction (and rape), adultery, fornication, sexual immorality, sexual sin, sexual abomination...because after all, many people will naturally be seeking to do such with you, Right, Dr. Graham?!
Interesting Gospel Message, you must serve some kind of Saviour. But I confess, my Saviour is clearly not the Saviour you preach, nor your Gospel the Gospel I preach, when you make such pronouncements as you publicly make, because the Gospel of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ says, "But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him (he that caused the little one to stumble), that a millstone were hanged about his neck and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea." Matthew 18:6
I imagine some people might question whether God is great or good after all, for according to your statements and their unmistakable underlying premises, HE - God is so tolerant and understanding with the attractive, personable, humorous, witty, 'sexy,' rich, powerful, advantaged, fortunate, blessed...and so intolerant with the rest of the people He has created (you know the punch line from the old Blues song, "God Bless the Child that's got his own, that's got his own").
Dr. Billy, just how many years have you been a Christian, and how many years have you been a Minister of righteousness, and how many years have you been an Evangelist? What's your excuse? It better be a good one, a very very good one, because the Righteous Judge is no fool, nor fount of tolerance for wickedness. If you started well, God grant that you may recover and finish well too.
Please note: when Billy Graham says such outrageously shameful things, he is speaking calmly, coolly, deliberately, with the advantage of how many years of 'wisdom,' in position as God's spokesman to the world, and saying such things in interviews with favorable media, such as Guideposts. But rather than being recognized as leading the Christian world to Hell (albeit unwittingly), he is treated as the sacred cow of Evangelical Christianity, the icon that no one dare rebuke lest they be condemned for "touching the Lord's anointed!"
Regrettably too, Billy Graham has been extremely instrumental in promoting the wide acceptance of corruptions of GOD's Word, assisting these in supplanting GOD's uncorrupted Word, and this in the name of evangelism. Again, Billy seemingly started well, long ago, he has had a 'great' career, and certainly has enjoyed a truly wonderful life...but as for finishing his course well, that's another matter altogether, and as for what his place will be in the Kingdom of GOD, I believe that honestly is an open question.
Is Dr. Billy Graham alone in advancing such waywardness as this, heavens no, but who else among Protestant Christian Leaders is regularly viewed as being in the same company or as being on the same level as the 'Pope' amongst Christians world-wide; additionally who is such a stellar senior statesman of Christian ministry? This is why I pick on poor Billy Graham (and to think people joke about Ronald Reagan's senility [resulting from Alzheimer's Disease], what's Billy's excuse? and what is the excuse for Dr. Robert Schuler, Dr. Tony Campolo...? Maybe it has something to do with that Dr. title, do you suppose?
And no, I will not expound on the myriad other gross failures: seemingly endorsing pornography and pornographer by giving an interview to Playboy magazine; never speaking out against the evil of induced abortion/elective abortion/legalized abortion, and infanticide (until, and except for, one carefully well-publicized remark that he felt "partial-birth abortion" was wrong); never speaking out against embryological "research" (i.e., destruction of baby embryos and extracting portions for medical procedures on adults suffering from various diseases), fetal harvesting...euthanasia, "physician-assisted suicide," nor so-called "mercy killing"; never speaking out against the sodomite activist agenda in the USofA; refusing to decry the continued brutal persecution, imprisonment, and torture...of Christian pastors, ministers, and believers in the former Soviet Union, including Russia, the Eastern European regimes, Cuba... refusing to decry the continued brutal persecution, imprisonment, and torture...of Christian pastors, ministers, and believers in Communist Blood Red China, Vietnam, and most monstrously of all the Grahams' (including Mrs. Graham's) part in vocally endorsing and thus strengthening the hands of such heinously murderous Communist Dictators as the Kims of North Korea, who have waged utter war to annihilate Christians throughout the land that the Kims have enslaved (thanks to Mao ze dong/Mao tse tung, FDR, Harry Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and of course "born-again" Jimmy Carter...). Dr. Graham has failed to speak out against the genocidal war against Christians waged by muslims and marxists in African countries, chiefly in Sudan, but also in Ethiopia, Somalia...Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone. Dr. Graham has failed to speak out against the murderous persecution of Christians in muslim tyrannized countries of the middle east. Dr. Graham's failures to use his access to, and rapport with, Presidents, national political leaders, and world leaders, to condemn the government-endorsed/facilitated/rewarded evils against God's people and unsaved peoples in these lands are outrageous and I believe inexcusable.
Can such glaring failures be rationalized and even "justified"? Yes, at least they have been. And in truth, excuses can always be offered, rationalizations can always be made, but no reasons can be given that will satisfy God!
What kind of rationalizations are given? He is just trying to reach the lost? He does not want to offend anyone and thereby hinder them from coming to God. Who is he to judge? If he speaks out against this persecution of Christians and especially Ministers, then he will not be granted access to come and preach to the vast multitudes, and thus they will die unsaved. If he speaks against these societal evils which are now supposedly favored by the majority of citizens, he will be denied access to this nation's 'godly' leaders who after all claim to be "people of faith."
Endless excuses, and all in the name of enabling him to do God's Work!
Oh well, very soon it will be Franklin's (William Franklin Graham III) turn to abdicate his God-given responsibility to speak God's Word on God's behalf to the lost, i.e., sinners, to professing christians, and to world rulers.
What do I attribute Billy Graham's ruinous failures to, I can only surmise that the three F's got to the good Doctor (i.e., flattery, fame, and fortune), and subverted him in his calling, with the result that vast multitudes would fail to be soundly converted and would fail to enter eternal life, multitudes of professing christians would fail to resist evil and thus fail to have the impact for God in this life that they should have had, and multitudes of others would continue to suffer under anti-god, anti-christ, anti-christian regimes (and not only in marxist/communist, fascist, and Islamic totalitarian states!).
While his father Dr. Billy Graham may have started well, the same cannot be said of Franklin, but it is said that God's call is on his life too, and that he has responded and is serving the Lord. If so, hopefully he will finish very well, and hopefully there will be a very large Graham family gathering in Heaven, and hopefully there will be vast multitudes of saints whom the Grahams had a hand in helping to Heaven. We can and should pray so; please agree with me in prayer that it will be so.
. Ezekiel 44:10,12,13
And the Levites that are gone away far from me, when Israel went astray, which went astray from me after their idols; they shall even bear their iniquity. Because they ministered unto them before their idols and caused the house of Israel to fall into iniquity; therefore have I lifted up mine hand against them, saith the Lord GOD, and they shall bear their iniquity. And they shall not come near unto me, to do the office of a priest unto me, nor to come near to any of my holy things, in the most holy place: but they shall bear their shame, and their abominations which they have committed.
But the priests the Levites, the sons of Zadok, that kept the charge of my sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from me, they shall come near to me to minister unto me, and they shall stand before me to offer unto me the fat and the blood, saith the Lord GOD: They shall enter into my sanctuary, and they shall come near to my table, to minister unto me, and they shall keep my charge.
And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean. And in controversy they shall stand in judgment: and they shall judge it according to my judgments: and they shall keep my laws and my statutes in all mine assemblies; and they shall hallow my sabbaths.
. Malachi 2:4-9
And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you, that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the LORD of hosts. My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name. The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity.
For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth; for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.
But ye are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the LORD of hosts. Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according as ye have not kept my ways, but have been partial in the law.
Judah hath dealt treacherously, and an abomination is committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah hath profaned the holiness of the LORD which he loved, and hath married the daughter of a strange god. The LORD will cut off the man that doeth this, the master and the scholar out of the tabernacles of Jacob, and him that offereth an offering unto the LORD of hosts.
For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away; for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts; therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously. Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?
John Wesley said, "I set myself on fire, and the people come to see me burn."
(Is this talking about a buddhist monk torching himself? No! This is John Wesley's description of how God mightily used him to win vast multitudes to eternal life by the empowerment of God's Holy Spirit and the faithful preaching of the Holy Word of God.)
Dr. Billy and the New Evangelism, versus the old-fashioned, faithful, Biblical Evangelism of 'yesteryear' (as practiced sacrificially & enduringly fruitfully by George Whitefield, Charles Wesley, John Wesley, Peter Cartwright...Charles Finney, Dwight L. Moody, Charles Haddon Spurgeon...Leonard Ravenhill...& ever so poorly by yours truly). Regrettably, I have not yet received the pentecostal enduement of Holy Spirit anointing that is requisite for truly great works, or any great works, to proceed, but by the grace of God, I one day will (usually the only people around me are doing something other than cheering, clapping, applauding and approving, e.g., more likely sneering, jeering, leering, laughing, yelling, and making a tumult).
. Observations, Synthesis, Thoughts, & Conclusions, regarding the consequence of sin for those people who reject the Lord & Saviour and His blood-bought gift of salvation.
"And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead."
What routinely passes for christianity in the United States of America is typically so much less than the LORD requires of His children, His followers, His disciples...eternity will bear this out.
Those who die "in the Lord" are secure for all eternity, for they are the Lord's; while those who die apart from the Lord, will suffer eternal loss...and condemnation, irrespective of what their outward circumstances may appear to be, and regardless of what may be said of them after their decease, including at "christian" funeral services.
This may seem hard, harsh, severe...but consider this, it is the ultimate equalizer: no matter how lowly a person's birth, life, and death, they may inherit eternal life, love, and splendor, and no matter how high and mighty a person's birth, life, and death, they may be condemned to eternal suffering; amazing but true!
Some people imagine and/or communicate that if there is judgment and justice then there is no mercy, love, nor charity...but nothing could be further from the truth.
If those people who commit monstrous evil against others during their lifetimes on the earth do not receive condemnation and eternal suffering, and if those who are wickedly terribly preyed upon during their lifetimes on the earth are not avenged eternally, and blessed eternally, then there is no mercy, love, charity, nor judgment and justice; and God is a just God, as well as love.
Those people who die in the Lord have, during the lifetime that is past, experienced the worst that they will ever know; while those who die apart from the Lord have, during the lifetime that is past, experienced the best that they will ever know. Those people who die in the Lord enter glory, as they inherit eternity with their Lord and God; while those who die apart from the Lord enter suffering, as they inherit eternal condemnation. Fortunately, the determination of who will receive which destiny is in the control of the all-seeing, all-knowing, all-wise, perfectly righteous, just, good, holy GOD, not sinful man!
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