The Truth about the Billy Grahams of the world:
It is a strange phenomenon that "believers" revere men so fiercely when our Lord taught us the exact opposite. These teachings are all included in His great commission to us. If "believers" would follow Christ and understand what the new birth meant, they would not follow wolves in sheep's clothing.
This is regeneration 101: When the world loves you, it is always and only because the world loves their own.
Did our Lord ever mention that any of His true followers would be popular with the world? Quite the opposite actually. Our Lord's messages during His ministry were rejected by the main stream and the governments of both the Jews and Rome. He was hated and reviled by them because His message is the pure Words of God and strikes against the grain of those who love darkness.
Here is a simple equation:
Of God = the world hates and is totally intolerant of
Of men = the world loves or at a minimum tolerates
Those who suffer shame for His name will reign with Him. Those who do not - Will not (remember that)
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
now a little later in the same context:
19 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.
Just like the world most "believers" these days confuse religious leader's worldly accomplishments/achievements/popularity to God's "hand" on them or God's "anointing". In every single case of popularity (without exception) the popularity is in direct proportion to their apostasy just as Jesus taught us (us meaning-those with ears to hear) and the apostasy is designed to attract follower's to the men presenting it and away from Christ, Christ is merely the punchline in their great (albeit exhaustively rehearsed) dissertations. Their messages require rehearsal because the Spirit is always absent when false teaching is occurring.
As with our Lord during His earthly ministry and His Apostles after Him, they all suffered for the Kingdom of Heaven's sake. And if we are regenerate believers we will follow Christ in exactly the same way He instructed us to follow Him.
The world cannot hate you (input any great man of God's name here); but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.
Follow Christ's example and live..............
So let's break it down Scripturally how the world treated our Lord and His true servants as compared to these supposedly "great, anointed men of God"
Our Lord: reviled, hated, penniless, homeless, spoken evil against falsely, falsely accused, arrested, tortured and crucified.
Apostles/disciples-first century recorded in Scripture: Shamed, spoken evil of falsely, beaten, imprisoned, tortured, penniless, stripes upon stripes, homeless, shipwrecked, laid wait upon, murdered for Christ.
Now let's see how any "great men of God" since then compares: Whole world tolerates or even loves them including sometimes the most vile of apostates. They are rich in earthly wealth, have need of nothing, get proclaimed by the world system as the pastor to presidents or proclaimed America's pastor, revered by countless people.
Does this sound like what our Lord said would happen to us if you truly served Him?.....hardly.......:
John 15: 18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
Make no mistake on this. The world our Lord references above INCLUDES the vast multitudes of false "christian" followers of these great men.
The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you;
I don't recall where Jesus was invited by the Roman or Jewish governments to be their pastor? No His message was from God and He never watered it down negating it completely as these mammon lovers have done since the 300AD. Please see our Nicolaitans page for further evidence.
Nor do I recall any of these types like Graham ever being persecuted for Christ sake....oh, they have been shamed before but those scandals are always of their own making.
The world has always preferred to worship the creature rather than the Creator because their deeds are evil.
The bottom line: Graham changed his message to be accepted by all. Therefore he chose the world in the 1970s and the world loved him for it. If in Heaven at all the Bible is quite clear that he and all others who claimed Christ's Name yet served mammon will be counted by God as least in Heaven.