Before I go on, let me state that I love Billy Graham, his ministry, and his passion to spreading the Gospel.
What's bothering me though, is that he is among the most "admired men in the world." In Matthew 10:22, Jesus says:
"...you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved."
Hated. Not loved, but hated. Isn't there a problem with this? When Jesus came into the world, men hated him. Why did they hate him? Because the Truth breaks pride, breaks strength, breaks self sufficiency. The Truth of the Gospel puts man at the bottom and God on top. The Truth of God's commandments show us how sinful we are. There is no room for "unity" in sin....if you are gay, repent. If you are living in sin (I am speaking specifically to lust), repent. If you lie, repent. If you are an alcoholic, repent. If you steal, repent. If you love the world, REPENT.
Do you see this? The Truth will always divide because it must! The LORD is separating His elect from the rest of the world. The world should not love us. And I don't mean that they should not love us because we are mean, but because we love God more than the world! Unregenerate men LOVE the world and love their sin. But they do not love God. And can we expect them to love us if they do not love God?
So I'm just wondering....what is it that makes Billy Graham "loved"?
That being said, before you all attack me....I'm just thinking this through. Your thoughts?
Here is something I remember reading....an interview with Billy Graham on Larry King. If you read it, it might explain why I am having such an issue with this!