This isn’t a knock on protestants my wife is Nazarene Protestant along with my in laws and my best friend is Non Denominational Protestant. Two of my siblings although I’m not sure how religious they are if at all there mother is Baptist and I gather are non denominational. Really I’m not to sure about my eldest brother my sister might practice more. I read Protestant books John Eckardt is a favorite so there you go that’s where I stand I’m a Catholic but I am very Eucamincial.
Now to the point.
A simple Internet Search of Billy Graham will produce websites mostly having to do with how he has fallen from grace is secretly Catholic basically a lot of inflammatory comments on the man.
I could understand harsh opinions of him in that he has stated he doesn’t believe in a literal hell or that he believes non Christians can go to heaven. Those would be understandable disagreement’s.
I guess I just thought that the comments regarding him as being Catholic or unchristian because he befriended Fulton Sheen, John Paul 2nd and Mother Teressa were kinda odd.
He basically felt that although some Christians such as Catholics, Orthodox Christians Lutherans and Anglicans had different traditions and history they believe in many if not all the core basics that identify us as Christians. He told Catholics that wanted to Convert to Protestantism to go back to their Churches and this caused alarm. Ive noticed many of the individuals who have dedicated a whole website or web page to bashing him generaly are fundamentalist and in some cases have whole ministries against Christians that Are Catholic. This Criticism and judgement would also include Orthodox Christians, Lutherans and Anglicans by association of traditions. It’s always boggled my mind that a people who believe so firmly in once saved always saved and no loss of salvation could even remotely say some of the other Christians listed are not saved. If belief in Christ alone guarantees Salvation and Grace alone is how one is saved than by this doctrine all Christians are saved not just Protestants. Usually people will say but they weren’t born again. How can one pass such judgement? How do you know one is not born again? From what I understand born again means having an epiphany in Jesus christ and choosing to follow Christ yourself as individual. It is a personal choice not one your family can make for you. Ive also heard it is an immense emotional break down of truly being sorry for ones sins and truly living a Christ like life. I think anyone who desires to truly follow Christ will go through these steps. Although I do not believe in the OSAS Doctrine I have gone through these trials and tribulations and have had these experiences.
I feel the way about Protestants very much the way Billy Graham feels towards traditional Christians. I never have felt any animosity towards them or felt they did not have salvation or that they were unchristian. I have felt that Christians who use hate and fear are in some ways Unchristian in their Teachings and it saddens me that so many ministries teach hate.
With that said what is the deal with so much hate Towards Billy Graham?:shrug: