One thing that has been on my mind a lot lately is this whole Billy Graham death and how his death is further revealing and separating the wheat from the tares.
I’ve been born again for a long time. I’ve studied scripture for a long time. The Lord has given me the gift of foresight, great insight, and understanding of the last days prophecies. Let me just say that the Lukewarm church, and the apostate church has never been more visible than it is today. We can thank Billy Graham’s death for that.
Billy Graham is known worldwide. His death is being mourned by many (pray for their comfort), and I’m seeing many people propping him up as some sort of great apostle within the church…some SUPERSTAR if you will.
I see him differently. Those who are mature in the faith see him differently.
Do I believe Billy could have brought many to Christ’s feet? Sure. Just as Joel Olsteen can and Joyce Meyer can.
But there’s another facet to this and a question that must be asked; what QUALITY of Christian are these 3 producing?
You see, most of the people in the world that claim to be Christian are either of the following:
1. believing they are saved because they’ve said the prayers and invited Jesus into their hearts – but Christ has not yet received them because they have not repented of their sins. This is the apostate church – easily deceived, without the Spirit, and as scripture says “having a form of godliness but denying its power.” They deny its power because they do not have it to understand it. Some of these can be VERY knowledgeable in scripture and theological things – but lacking the spirit and full true understanding.
2. They are baby Christians who have stayed with those preachers listed above and will grow no further. This is the Lukewarm Church – keeping for themselves preachers who tickle their ears in which Jesus will spew out of His mouth because they are neither on fire for Him, nor bitter towards Him.
3. They are mature Christians who see those above mentioned preachers (and others like them) for what they are; STEPPING STONES in their journey of faith – these HAVE been received by Christ and He is growing them up gradually in their knowledge and faith. They no longer follow such teachers as they see them for what they are – false teachers – mixing truth with lies.
I know God can use anything He wills to bring people to Himself. He can virtually use ANYTHING in this world to reach us. When we are chosen, He will use whatever He wills in this world to reach us, and keep reaching us. It’s not up to any man or preacher to save us….it’s a joint effort between the saved, and the Savior.
I was shocked to see how people reacted to Billy Graham’s death. Many within the church have treated him like a rockstar. Heck, back in 1989, Billy received a star on Hollywood Boulevard. You won’t see the great preachers of today receiving those. You don’t see people like Charles Stanley or John MacArthur or the late Adrian Rogers having one.
Billy was the only one to receive one out of all the preachers in the world.
John 15:19If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
Matthew 7: 7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!