Evil Suspicions

“...He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, EVIL SUSPICIONS…”    (I Timothy 6:4)

One of many trending evil suspicions floating around on Facebook is that Billy Graham is a Freemason.

People cite photos of him shaking hands with Freemasons then say, Uh hah!  There’s your proof!

But to suspect on something as flimsy as that qualifies as an “evil suspicion”.

Here’s an email from Billy Graham’s staff clearing the matter once and for all:

Subject: Freemason

Date: Wed, 16 Jul 97 11:23:21 -0500



From: dkinde@graham-assn.org (Don Kinde)

Thank you for your e-mail message. We understand your concern about rumors that Mr. Graham is in some way associated with Freemasonry. The reports are erroneous — though we continue to hear them. Mr. Graham is not, has not been and does not expect ever to be involved in Freemasonry. Your help in keeping the record as accurate as possible would be much appreciated.


Sincerely,


Don Kinde
Christian Guidance Department
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

http://www.midnightfreemasons.org/2011/11/billy-graham-freemason-or-not_24.html?m=1

Then,  usually, the reply is,  …BUT!!   blah blah blah…

To which we reply,  perhaps, but that has nothing to do with the false accusation he is a Freemason.  ….And…  if you don’t retract your accusation, then you will be judged on Judgment Day as a fraud:  as one   …who loves and makes a lie. (Rev. 22:15).

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7 Responses to “Evil Suspicions”

  1. ian vincent Says:

  2. ian vincent Says:

    My assessment of Billy Graham is he preached the gospel faithfully, but was unwise in the way he related to certain people, and was too politically correct. He made compromises in order to have the platform he had. An evangelist, but not a prophet.

  3. ian vincent Says:

    On Facebook we read that Billy Graham is “satan’s puppet”, “the illuminati puppet-master”, “servant of satan”, “leader of the new world order” etc.

    Of course he is none of these, and the people who coin such phrases are WAY MORE suspicious than Billy Graham as to their grasp of reality.

    One thing we can learn from Billy Graham’s mistakes is to never compromise like he did.

    Graham could never have done what he did without compromise, and yet the Holy Spirit helped him to proclaim the gospel to more people than anyone else in the church age.

    The level of his compromise is extremely common in evangelical circles, almost the normal thing.

    There are no easy answers for an evangelist. He is called to preach the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ alone. He is probably not called or equipped to dismantle the Catholic belief system, for example, during his gospel message, therefore it has the appearance of compromise. He tells Catholics salvation is in Jesus Christ, alone, and leaves it them to figure out that this means salvation can’t be through Mary or by works. His dilemma is if he preaches the raw, unvarnished truth about all matters, then every door closes to him. He knows this.

    It’s hard to know the difference, sometimes, between TACT and COMPROMISE.

    TACT is always right, COMPROMISE never right.

    Tact means you don’t go barging into a situation creating barriers to people coming to Christ.

  4. ian vincent Says:

    One more thing…. the nature of spiritual gifts is interesting and a little mysterious. In relation to Billy, see, you may be able to discern and see much more of the NT pattern than he can, and yet, on the other hand, you can’t preach the gospel as well as he can. You cannot declare Christ with the same commanding authority as he can. You may not be as totally committed to the preaching of the gospel as he was. It shows the nature of each gifting, and why the eye cannot say to the hand, I have no need of you.

  5. Milind Says:

    So much of Christendom is in darkness, therefore if a minister of God’ Word is flexible (compromise) but with the sole intent of preaching The Gospel to shine forth the light, is it harmful or not ethical? What could be the short comings?

    Paul also said – 1 Corinthians 9:21-23 (NASB)

    21 to those who are without law, as without law, though not being without the law of God but under the law of Christ, so that I might win those who are without law. 22 To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some. 23 I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it.

  6. ian vincent Says:

    Agreed, so the issue is over where you draw the line between TACT and COMPROMISE.

  7. ian vincent Says:

    Praising the pope crosses the line into compromise.

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