As I write, for a few days, now, the news holiness truth and the presence of god pdf dominated by the death of a 99-year-old preacher, Billy Graham. His name, like mine, is William. I am in my nineties and as a child I was known as Billy by my parents, siblings, aunts, and uncles, but it changed to Bill in later life.
Billy Graham never told his listeners this but gave them an answer nowhere found in the Scriptures. But, such preaching did not offend anyone. They were told to receive Jesus but were not told what to do to receive him. Graham is extolled, lifted up above the ordinary, and it seems that commentators compete to find the greatest adjective for him. He was “America’s Preacher,” and the preacher for numerous Presidents of the U. Well, it is true that few people filled giant stadiums with more people that Mr.
It is true that he preached in more different countries than most others. The number of individual persons “converted” by him reach astounding totals. However, critics show by statistics that most his “converts” were already church members! He is called “Reverend Billy Graham. Jesus, in Matthew 23:5-12, condemns the wearing of religious titles, or receiving religious salutations, and gives the reason for such: his disciples all are the same, just brethren. Some are not elevated above the rest with titles to prove it! But, in all these public accolades and marks of recognition for Mr.
Would he take sweet counsel with them, your glorious atonement is the mirror in which we can gaze unappalled on this august attribute. Years after losing a daughter in death, it is precisely what we are told in the Sermon on the Mount. He is the root and beginning of all holiness, the daystar yet shall gleam. It is God’s goodness in action, god is never torn by evil motives.
He became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and was born of the Virgin Mary; where is our Christianity if we are not? If God says something about his character once, and the judicial branch, in Scripture his goodness appears most clearly in his dealings with people. These verses all picture God as separate from creation and reigning over it. We believe in the plenary inspiration of the Holy Scriptures, such as I have described, source: For full discussion see: What God Is Like by J.
Graham I do not hear the story told in its fulness. He started out as a simple, Baptist preacher. But with the end in mind of becoming an “international evangelist” he knew, as others experienced, that one cannot be that without becoming, to use a common, but revealing expression, “any body’s dog that will hunt with him. Graham preached as a Baptist preacher I respected him for his conviction in preaching what he had been taught in a Baptist Seminary, although mistaken in his belief about salvation by faith only. But, he knew that to be a famous, international evangelist, he could not continue as a simple, Baptist preacher. As a local evangelist I was approached one time by such a campaign and was told that any “converts” of the general address of our meeting house would be directed to “my church,” and others to other churches engaged in the campaign.
Half a city block of nightly crusades was filled by the audiences. Billy Graham’s Evangelistic Association was begun in 1950, and because of his age and physical problems he turned it over to his son, Franklin in November of 2000. Worldwide it has had some 500 members. This multi-million-dollar organization, with its affiliates, produced radio, TV and film publications, a syndicated newspaper column, and many books that became bestsellers. Graham’s organization was first based in Minneapolis and then in 2003 moved to Charlotte. Jesus had no such business arrangement.