Friday, February 23, 2018

What to Make of Billy Graham?

On the up side, his life bespeaks the ongoing cultural liveliness of the afore-modern South that from her (Billy Graham is a North Carolina man) came a preacher of such accomplishments and reputation.

On the strictly Orthodox doctrinal level, we would say that Rev Graham was like St Apollos was before meeting Sts Aquila and Priscilla:  He had part of the Truth and did a great deal with it, but needed someone from the Orthodox Church to ‘expound unto him the way of God more perfectly’.

24 And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus.
25 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.
26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.

We do not deny that very many people have been helped by Rev Graham’s preaching, just as many no doubt were helped by St Apollos’s early preaching.  But like the latter, it is an incomplete message, and it is also a distortion of the True Faith - a message of a wrathful Father Whose anger towards man can only be sated by the killing of His Son, of a legalistic/juridical salvation that denies real deification for man and the creation, of the authority of the Holy Scriptures (sola Scriptura) exalted above that of the Holy Ecumenical Councils of the Church, etc.

It is for this reason that it is inappropriate to say of Mr Graham, as many are now doing, that he is the greatest evangelist since the Apostle Paul, since he did exactly what the Holy Apostle forbade:  He preached a Gospel different from that of the Apostles (Galatians 1:8).

Therefore, as Mr Graham was wont to do, we offer an invitation of our own to all those who admire him to learn about and experience the perfect way taught and lived in the Orthodox Church:

On the down side, Mr Graham seems to have had some ties to the globalist/New World Order Elite.  For ensample:

We take no pleasure inweaving this here, but we only add it so that folks will be careful whom they trust and honor.

May God forgive Mr Graham all his sins and grant him rest with the saints.


Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð, unworthy though we are!

Anathema to the Union!

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