Monday, September 13, 2010

Billy Graham Denies Christ

September 12, 2010

Greetings to all in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ

William Barclay

As someone who has taught the Bible for many years, I use many different resources, one of which has been Barclay’s Daily Bible Study Series. I began using this series about 25 years ago, and I then one day I noticed that William Barclay’s autobiography was for sale at a discount, and I bought it. I read the short book in a few hours, and it left me quite grieved, because I realized that Barclay had left the faith and become a universalist – which is a person who believes that everyone will go to heaven, regardless of what they believe in.

Barclay stated that he used to believe in a literal heaven and hell, and that those who did not believe in Jesus Christ went to hell, but over the years he had changed his mind. I was shocked that this man, who spoke Greek fluently, and wrote commentaries on the whole New Testament, had lost his faith. I told my wife that this man must be the saddest case in hell.

Mother Teresa

Around the same time, a neighbor I had been trying to bring to Christ brought over a videotape of Mother Teresa, whom she greatly revered. I normally would not have watched this tape, because I was quite busy, but she insisted so I agreed. In the tape, Mother Teresa stated that as long as a person is a good person he or she will go to heaven regardless of what religion they believe in – they can be a good Hindu, a good Moslem, or whatever, and still they would go to heaven. Again I was saddened, and thought that surely Mother Teresa might be as sad a case as Barclay.

Billy Graham

But just today, I had a greater shock than these two. I was looking on the internet for something else, when I ran across many websites stating that Billy Graham had denied Christ. I thought they were probably bogus, but after watching two interviews with him, and then researching what he has been saying for the past twenty years, I realized that it must be true. I have been to Billy Graham’s crusades and felt the anointing of God and witnessed people being saved. Nevertheless, Billy Graham stated in one interview with Robert Schuller (Crystal Cathedral), who I know has denied Christ, that people from different religions and even non-believers can be saved without becoming Christians. He also would not defend the true Gospel in an interview with Larry King, and a link to both of these videos is below.

I must admit that I am shocked and grieved over this, and it has affected me all day. Surely we are in the end times and the great apostasy is upon us when Billy Graham, of all people, denies the faith. He mentioned that he used to think differently, but has become more loving now that he is older. I never thought I would have to put Billy Graham on my prayer list to be saved, but that is now the case.

If there is anything that we can take from this for our own admonition, it is that we must guard our hearts very carefully and not think that we are too spiritual to be led astray, regardless of how long we have been Christians or how much we have studied the Bible.

Perhaps very few of us can grasp the fact that although God is loving and gracious and merciful, those who do not believe in Jesus Christ and repent and serve Him are eternally condemned and will live forever in the misery of hell. We may not be able to understand why humans deserve such punishment, but if start to doubt it, let us beware, for our own salvation is at stake. We are now under the veil of the flesh, and we can understand very little about God and His ways. Moreover, our own sins blind us to the depth of the depravity of mankind and make us unable to grasp the magnitude of the Fall and the sin that so easily entangles us. Let us not allow the enemy to deceive about the truth of the Gospel, and become some of the saddest cases in hell – those who knew the truth and then fell away because we reasoned against it.

If anyone reading this questions what I am saying or does not understand it, please email me and I will explain it to you.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

The Current Economic Problems in the U.S.

Written by John Lifflander on February 13, 2010.

As I read about the economic crisis we are currently in, I feel led to warn Christians about their investments. I know all the pundits are saying that we are simply in a cycle, and they are all waiting for the market to come back as it always has before - in stocks, bonds, real estate, etc. However, I do not believe that we are in a cycle - I believe we are going towards a destination, and it will not be pleasant.

Besides Bible teaching, I also write and teach about economics, particularly in reference to real estate. If anyone would like my latest article, I will email it to them - just request it by emailing me at It explains U.S. economic policy, and how it changed after the Great Depression, and the theoretical reasons for the government's current economic actions. Without going into details, we are suffering from the illusion of Keynesian economics. We think we can defy reality and defy economic laws by manipulating the money supply, but we will fail.

Economic laws are like gravity - one can only defy them only for so long. If a family is in debt and cannot pay what they owe, they may be able to get by for a short period of time, but eventually they will no longer be able to borrow and will go bankrupt. I would compare this to a person jumping up and defying gravity for a short amount of time. Our country, since it prints money, is seeking to defy economic laws the way an airplane defies gravity. A plane can stay up for a lot longer than a person jumping, but eventually it will run out of fuel, and must land. And when it does, it will be much higher, and have a much greater fall, than an individual jumping.

I think our country has the same mentality as Samson did when he thought he was still invincible. He kept getting involved with ungodly women and situations, and thought he would always be able to count on his super-strength to deliver him. However, he played his hand too long, and the Bible says that he did not know that God had left him:

Judg 16:20 (NKJV) And she said, "The Philistines [are] upon you, Samson!" So he awoke from his sleep, and said, "I will go out as before, at other times, and shake myself free!" But he did not know that the Lord had departed from him.
21 Then the Philistines took him and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza. They bound him with bronze fetters, and he became a grinder in the prison.

America does not know it yet, but God's protection is leaving us very quickly, and our economic strength is part of the blessings we are seeing diminish, which will not return. We are like Samson, thinking that everything will be as it was before, once we go through this "cycle." Economists keep pointing to past cycles to prove that we must come back again, but they don't realize the supernatural aspect of our country's success. Like Israel, in the book of Hosea, America does not realize the source of her blessings:

Hose 2:8 (NKJV) For she did not know
That I gave her grain, new wine, and oil,
And multiplied her silver and gold--
[Which] they prepared for Baal.
9 "Therefore I will return and take away
My grain in its time
And My new wine in its season,
And will take back My wool and My linen,
[Given] to cover her nakedness.

I believe that all investments will diminish, no matter what is invested in (except God's Kingdom). I think that God is draining this country of its excesses - the money invested in many different things will all be lost, until we are a much poorer nation with a much lower standard of living. We will continue to see a reduction of the value of things until many more billions or trillions are lost, and then we will see such great inflation and heavy taxation that our standard of living will be greatly reduced.

This message may not give anyone the "lift" the TV preachers supply with the pillow-prophet (profit?) messages, but I believe it is the truth.

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In His Service,

John Lifflander

Sunday, January 10, 2010