Billy Grahams Strange Fire
(Num 26:61 KJV) And Nadab and Abihu died, when they offered strange fire
before the LORD.
- I fully adhere to the fundamental tenets of Christian faith for myself and my
ministry. But, as an American, I respect other paths to Godand, as a Christian, I am
called on to love them (Our Task Is to Do All We Can, Not to Sit and
Wait, Parade Magazine, Oct. 20, 1996, p. 4).
Each time a President has asked me to lead the Inaugural prayer, I have argued that
I should not do it alone, that leaders of other religions should be there too....We are
all brothers and sisters in our hearts. We ought to love each other. What about
other Christian leaders who do not share this view? Well, I dont agree with
them (ibid., p. 5).
- At San Francisco Crusade, 1997 Billy Graham stated: There are other sins. Why do
we jump on that sin [homosexuality] as though its the greatest sin?...What I want to
preach about in San Francisco is the love of God. People need to know that God loves them
no matter what their ethnic background or sexual orientation. I have so many gay friends,
and we remain friends (Graham Welcomes Gays at San Francisco, Christian
News, Oct. 20, 1997, p. 7).
- There are those who think that Billy Graham is the next best thing to God here on earth
but his theology stinks and is full of errors including his acceptance of Gays.
- In his autobiography Just As I Am," Graham talks more about the people he knew than
about Jesus Christ. Graham does make a few theological comments but they seem more from
hell than heaven including:
The heart of the problem for men like Bob Jones, Carl McIntire, and John R. Rice was
the sponsorship of the Crusade  by the Protestant Council of New York. The council,
they contended, included many churches and clergy who were theologically liberal and who
denied some of the most important elements of the biblical message. It was not the first
time some of them had raised their objections to my growing ecumenism, of course, but the
New York Crusade marked their final break with our work (Just As I Am, pp. 302-03).
My goal, I always made clear, was not to preach against Catholic beliefs or to
proselytize people who were already committed to Christ within the Catholic Church. Rather
it was to proclaim the Gospel to all those who had never truly committed their lives to
Christ (ibid., p. 357).
- Ken [Strachan of the Latin American Mission] held the same view I did: that there
needed to be a coming together in some way and some form between Catholics and
During the past ten years my concept of the church has taken on greater
dimension....I an now aware that the family of God contains people of various
ethnological, cultural, class, and denominational differences (What Ten Years
Have Taught Me, Christian Century, Feb. 17, 1960, p. 188).
- I am far more tolerant of other kinds of Christians than I once was. My contact
with Catholic, Lutheran, and other leaders...has helped me, hopefully, to move in the
right direction (I Cant Play God Any More, McCalls, Jan.
1978, p. 158).
I do believe that something happens at the baptism of an infant....We cannot fully
understand the mysteries of God, but I believe a miracle can happen in these children so
that they are regenerated, that is, made Christian, through infant baptism. If you want to
call that baptismal regeneration, thats all right with me (A Lutheran
Looks at Billy Graham, Oct. 10, 1961, p. 12).
I used to believe that pagans in far-off countries were lostwere going to
hellif they did not have the Gospel of Jesus Christ preached to them. I no longer
believe that. I believe that there are other ways of recognizing the existence of
Godthrough nature, for instanceand plenty of other opportunities, therefore,
of saying yes to God (I Cant Play God Any More,
McCalls, Jan. 1978, p. 156).
Ive found that my beliefs are essentially the same as those of orthodox Roman
Catholics, for instance....We only differ on some matters of later church tradition
(ibid., p. 158).
Terry Mattingly to Graham: Is the pope an evangelical? Graham: This one
is (Billy, Catholics, and EvangelicalsA Flashback, Current
Thoughts and Trends, Jan. 1995, p. 24).
We can talk to one another as Christian brothers (Catholics Laud
Dr. Graham, Christianity Today, Dec. 8, 1967, p. 41).
Graham upon receiving an honorary doctorate from Roman Catholic Belmont Abbey: The
gospel has built this school and the gospel that brings me here tonight is still the way
to salvation (Belmont Abbey Confers Honorary Degree, The Gastonia
Gazette, Wed., Nov. 22, 1967).
Theres no group of people in the world Id rather be with right now than
you [the National Council of Churches staff members]. I think of you, I pray for you
[and] follow with great interest the things you do (The Graham Touch:
Salvation and Unity, The American Baptist, Jan./Feb. 1992, p. 11).
When I hear the Pope plead, Come to Christ, come to Christ, he sounds
like me when I invite people at the end of my services to come forward and make a decision
for Christ (The Split-Up of Evangelicals, Newsweek, April 26, 1982, p.
- Speaking to Hispanics and Roman Catholics at the San Antonio Crusade (1997), with
special reference to Archbishop Patrick Flores: The Devil has separated us, and a
crusade like this is used of God to bring people of all denominations together. We need
one another (Latino Catholics Boost Graham Crusade Attendance,
Christianity Today, May 19, 1997, p. 51).
In an interview with Robert Schuller, Graham speaks: I think everybody that loves
Christ, or knows Christ, whether theyre conscious of it or not, theyre members
of the Body of Christ.... Hes [God] calling people out of the world for His name,
whether they come from the Muslim world, or the Buddhist world, or the Christian world or
the non-believing world, they are members of the Body of Christ because theyve been
called by God. They may not even know the name of Jesus but they know in their hearts that
they need something that they dont have, and they turn to the only light that they
have, and I think that they are saved, and that theyre going to be with us in
heaven. Schuller: What, what I hear you saying that its possible for
Jesus Christ to come into human hearts and soul and life, even if theyve been born
in darkness and have never had exposure to the Bible. Is that a correct interpretation of
what youre saying? Graham: Yes, it is, because I believe that. Ive
met people in various parts of the world in tribal situations, that they have never seen a
Bible or heard of Jesus, but theyve believed in their hearts that there was a God,
and theyve tried to live a life that was quite apart from the surrounding community
in which they lived.. Schuller: Im so thrilled to hear you say this.
Theres a wideness in Gods mercy. Graham: There is. There is
(Graham Believes Men Can Be Saved Apart from Name of Christ, Christian News,
Oct. 20, 1997, p. 15).