Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Say it ain't so, Billy...

I was saddened tonight to read this excerpt of an article about Billy Graham from the latest Newsweek magazine :

"A unifying theme of Graham's new thinking is humility. He is sure and certain of his faith in Jesus as the way to salvation. When asked whether he believes heaven will be closed to good Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus or secular people, though, Graham says: "Those are decisions only the Lord will make. It would be foolish for me to speculate on who will be there and who won't ... I don't want to speculate about all that. I believe the love of God is absolute. He said he gave his son for the whole world, and I think he loves everybody regardless of what label they have." Such an ecumenical spirit may upset some Christian hard-liners, but in Graham's view, only God knows who is going to be saved: "As an evangelist for more than six decades, Mr. Graham has faithfully proclaimed the Bible's Gospel message that Jesus is the only way to Heaven," says Graham spokesman A. Larry Ross. "However, salvation is the work of Almighty God, and only he knows what is in each human heart."

("Pilgrim's Progress", Newsweek, August 14 issue)


At 1:22 PM, Blogger Ben J said...

That's tough to make a decision on since it's just a clip from an article, but I'm guessing the question was more formed into "who get's into heaven, jews, buddhists, etc?"

He is right in saying that far be it from us to judge a mans soul, that is between them and God. but the way that article makes it sound is that he is a Universalist... which from everything else i've heard him say would make that untrue

At 3:05 PM, Blogger Chris Dugan said...

Yeah it really depends on how the question was phrased.

Newsweek (Newsweak?) is notorious for being a really terrible magazine full of bad and biased reporting so it wouldn't suprise me if they made what Billy said an answer to a question that wasn't asked.


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