The recent death of Billy Graham has caused quite a stir; I've heard some sermons that spoke against his ecumenical ways - that is good. BUT, these sermons also state Graham preached the gospel. This is where I differ from most, for the message Graham delivered was an arminian type message, which is no gospel at all. The Apostle Paul calls such a gospel 'accursed'.
Here are samples of Graham's message, 'But you will have to make that first decision, take that first step. You will have to say, “Yes, by faith I receive You, Lord, into my heart.”I’m asking you to do that right now. Say, “I receive Christ. I want to follow Christ. I want to give all my keys to Him, no matter what the cost. I’m willing to pay the price, whatever it is.” ©1979 BGEA from https://billygraham.org/decision-magazine/march-2014/learn-how-to-follow-jesus/
Notice the title, 'learn how to follow Jesus'. Can the spiritually discerned do this? Not according to the Apostle Paul, 'But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.' 1 Corinthians 2:14
There isn't a verse to back the 'make that first decision' mentality Graham spewed out. His man-centered message puts the ability to be saved on the sinner's decision, and robs God of His sovereignty.
Graham was very good at mixing a bit of truth with his error, which is why he is so highly esteemed! He mentions Jesus, sin, repentance, etc. That only adds to the confusion and delusion by him.
Here's more from the Grahams...
“If you make no decision for Christ, you’re making a decision against Christ,” Graham said, adding that you can’t stay neutral about Jesus. You can accept Him or reject Him, but if you try to sit on the fence, you’re not following Him. “Some of you want to stay neutral … you don’t want to be a Christian because you don’t want to give up your lifestyle,” Graham said. “The greatest decision I ever made was to follow Jesus Christ. That’s when I really started to live.”- from https://billygraham.org/decision-magazine/november-2005/the-most-important-decision-of-your-life/
There's one verse that negates ALL that Graham spewed out, it's found in Ephesians 2:8-9, 'For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.'
Where are the men and women of God who will stand against this evil message? Where is the boldness to call Graham out for what he was, a false teacher as well as an ecumenist? There IS a faithful remnant that DO see the evil of Graham and his man centered message, that have not been deluded by Graham's smooth speech and good ole boy mentality.
This post only scratches the surface of Graham's evil ways, there is MUCH more that could be said, but this is enough to show what Graham preached is nowhere found in the bible. God forbid we ever tell dead in sin sinners they can be saved by making a decision, then popishly declaring them as saved! This works based mentality is the key in linking all dead religions together in the end time, and all who agree. This is the delusion that will seal the fate of many.
I recommend this excellent article----https://michaeljeshurun.wordpress.com/2018/03/05/a-letter-to-those-who-apologize-for-billy-graham/
"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan