This is very well done. Pass it along:
…and the earth is flat.
…and the trolls live on the underside.
Incredibly beautiful, plain-spoken truth.
Seeing this video on the Gospel Coalition site, and having so many reformed people reading and writing on this site, it would be beneficial if someone who blogs would give a historic reformed review of this presentation by Billy Graham, a non-reformed Christian. Many Tullian Tchividjian would step up…
Maybe Tullian Tchividjian would step up…
Made me feel like getting saved all over again!
I have to agree with Michael. There needs to be a review of this. Billy Graham proclaims over and over that God loves you, to the lost people out the. Scripture is clear: God hates all who sin and are not His own. (Ps. 5:5; 11:5; Luke 13:27; Matt. 7:23)
woah hyper-calvinism limited atonement bullcrap.
hmmmmm Jesus washed the feet of Judas and he betrayed Him. Not exactly the picture of Jesus hating those who are not his own.
Thankfully Gospel Coalition is a place where people who aren’t necessarily 5-point calvinist are welcome as well. TUIP.
Just remember Jesus offers salvation up until the point of judgement. THEN HE judges. God welcomes Job to try and tame Leviathan. Is God a bully if he offers salvation TO ALL without their chance of ever obtaining it without his help. I don’t think so. A really tall and merciful kid could hold a piece of candy high above my head and he says its offered to me all I need to do is ask. I can jump and try as I might to try and reach the candy for myself. But all I had to do was ask and the immeasurable gap would be bridged in Christ Jesus. Food for thought for all you limited atonement people.
Bedridden with double knee surgery; thought I would watch this- I love old school Billy Graham preaching. To my Reformed brethren, don’t expect too much here; rejoice that the gospel was preached (Phil. 1.18).
I agree. There is much about his message that I could wish he had said differently and much that I think he gets wrong, but still, the message of the cross, the gospel that saves, was unmistakable.
For all his faults, I still thank God for what Billy has done to put the gospel out there for people to hear.
Add to that his unimpeachable character, and it must be said that God has used this man to help maintain the light of the gospel in a dark world.
Thank you, MIchael & Andrew! As a woman, I have been praying God would raise up some men would act like men (I Corinthians 16:13-14).
It dismays me how Billy Graham seems to continue to get a free pass not only from evangelical Christianity at large but also from so many in the Reformed camp. In particular, there are very many serious questions raised by both the methods Graham has utilized as well as the mixed message he has disseminated. You can read a little bit about this in a review of Iain Murray’s “Evangelicalism Divided” found at 9Marks: http://www.9marks.org/books/book-review-evangelicalism-divided-iain-murray .
In his book, Murray quotes Billy Graham in an exchange with Robert Schuller:
I think that everybody that loves or knows Christ, whether they are conscious of it or not, they are members of the body of Christ. . . . God is calling people out of the world for his name, whether they come from the Muslim world, or the Buddhist world or the non-believing world, they are members of the Body of Christ because they have been called by God. They may not know the name of Jesus but . . . I think that they are saved and they are going to be with us in heaven. (pp. 73-74)
I think it’s pretty fair to say that I see a huge double standard (or two) in the Reformed camp. There are plenty who are seriously haughty and anything but gracious, which is always ironic. I think Graham’s message is lacking some depth but the Gospel was delivered. No, I didn’t hear him break down “propitiation,” however, Christ, His sufficiency to save, repentance, faith, the wrath of God, the deity of Messiah, Heaven, Hell, regeneration, were all mentioned…the ideas, not necessarily the theological terms we’d all like. So, praise God! I personally despise the “sinner’s prayer” but also realize that the Holy Spirit was as capable to use this presentation as He is my sometimes sloppy sharing of the Gospel.
Here’s my “double standard” issue: When a preacher gets up and makes some damnably heretical quote, the camp demands retraction, refutation, and repentance. Then when they don’t then they’re written off, maybe rightly so. The person will usually continue spiraling out of control theologically. However, what about a man who is claiming, at 95 years of age, that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation? Do you see this as a mind who’s sorted out some things and regained his footing?
So, do we scrutinize Reformers and Reformed folks this way? Was Luther an anti-Semite who was beyond the reach of God’s grace? How about many of the Puritans? What about Sproul Jr.’s making God Ying/Yangish? I’m not trying to start a debate I’m simply trying to pry a gracious balance out of us. I would love for Paul Washer to have an hour long special at primetime on national TV…as a matter of fact if someone knows how we can buy some airtime, let me know, I’ll put in and spread the word…but let’s pray that God would use any light that’s on our TV’s…I’ll take Billy Graham over the prosperity garbage any day.
I agree with Justin. This movie was very well done and I wish that my reformed brethren would cease for a few moments from being theological critics and rejoice in the content of the movie. The message and focus is the CROSS OF CHRIST, not Billy Graham and his methods, theology, etc. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is communicated well in this movie regardless of the very few “bones” that I would discard and we should praise God that this message is having exposure to a wide audience.
Perhaps we (those in the reformed camp) should look more closely at our Master’s words in Mark 9:38-41, “John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” But Jesus said, “Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. For the one who is not against us is for us. For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward,” AND Paul’s words in Philippians 1:15-17 when he says, Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.”
These are perhaps the least preached on passages by those who claim to be reformed but should be passages that we study more carefully and humbly. Our Lord and Paul seem to have rejoiced in the fact that Christ was being preached even when it was done by those who might have not done it “perfectly.” May the Lord forgive our self-righteous spirit and help us to be more like Him.
I wish Billy would get more right and less wrong, but I don’t think the reformed community has given him a free pass, nor should we.
But we should also thank God for his work in bringing the gospel to many.
He has done well. Imperfectly, but very well.
As someone who “prayed the prayer” hundreds of times growing up, it frustrates me to see the end of the video. I have a strong bias against the sinner’s prayer, as it gave me a false assurance for so many years… Who knows how many people now have a false assurance after repeating that prayer???
Come on. Aren’t you a calvinist? Just because the prayer doesn’t render immediate salvation doesn’t mean it is entirely unfruitful. An inclination of one’s heart to God is enough space for God to do some crazy stuff. Did you listen to Lecrae’s testimony. He cried out to God once and what ensued was a struggle of faith. If you research Billy Graham I think you will realize that he had inquiry room, follow ups, small groups etc.. Who knows maybe you “praying the prayer” sparked something? You can interpret your personal experience however you want. That’s the thing with a subjective experience.
dr. graham brought many of us into the church, and people like driscoll introduced us to reformed theology (if we came from an evangelical background), and dr keller’s teaching keeps me IN the church, and keeps me grounded theologically. if graham was reformed, let’s face it – he would probably not be an evangelist. ha!! … ha? I praise God for this man! May we all feel that we have lived a full life and proclaimed the good news of Christ until the end of our life on earth.
I asked, and here it is — the best reformed gospel presentation! Way to go Steve Lawson!
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Justin Taylor is executive vice president of book publishing and book publisher for Crossway and blogs at Between Two Worlds. You can follow him on Twitter.
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