Billy Graham on Life, Marriage, and Freedom

Billy Graham led a national evangelical ministry through the era of the Religious Right without ever becoming a part of it. Like his contemporary Chuck Colson, Graham’s ministry was never primarily political, focusing instead on spiritual and cultural teaching and boots-on-the-ground service to those in need. Of course, the strength of Graham’s conviction coupled with his widespread influence inevitably resulted in political fallout, yet his priorities were clear: Jesus first.

Now in his nineties, Graham’s influence takes on a different nature. Limited by age and health and the need for rest, he speaks rarely. So, on those infrequent occasions when Graham is compelled to teach, his students strain to listen.

Recently, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association took out the following ad in the Wall Street Journal. In just a few words, Graham reorients the Christian moral compass, with true north pointing towards life, marriage, and religious freedom.

Image from the Wall Street Journal

Graham will be criticized for this ad. Critics will say he has sacrificed his witness to the Gospel by making a blatantly political statement in the weeks prior to a presidential election. They will wonder why he hasn’t made similar statements about their issue. These detractors are wrong. Sometimes the Truth has political ramifications and a Christian social ethic prioritizes some issues over others. As Election Day draws near, Graham has provided a reminder of what is at stake and how Christians should act.

*Note: To date, Billy Graham has not signed the Manhattan Declaration. I don’t know the backstory or even if he was invited. Given the outreach that was made to Christian leaders, I assume he was and declined. (Many express agreement with the Declaration but choose not to sign, for a variety of reasons.)

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  • Craig

    Wait another four years and Billy Graham might convert to Mormonism, or start preaching the gospel of Ayn Rand–or whatever Franklin comes to find politically expedient.

    • Instig8r

      So, what do you base that on? Billy Graham has been preaching the same message for 6 decades, almost the to the point of monotony. What gives you the idea that he will do anything different now?

      • Craig

        Preaching the Gospel is one thing; playing politics is quite another.

        • Steven

          You probably don’t realize it yet, and I know the government of America hasn’t got a clue but when the judicial branch decided to throw prayer out of school, kill the unborn, and begin to limit the Christian freedoms that our parents and grandparents and generations before spilled their blood to provide for us, it (the government, in case you got lost) inextricably linked itself with that spiritual, religious freedom they denied. Church and State therefore will always be united. Hence, God Bless America.

          • Keith

            Amen and I agree ! I have been telling people this for 40 years and people do NOT realize we don’t lose freedom all at once we loose it by inches and STILL are!

          • Tammy

            Well said

          • Fam

            YEEEEEES…. we need, neeeeeeeeeeed, neeeeeeeeeeeeeed to bring, PRAYERS, and GODS’ HOLY WORD BACK into our schools, back to our communities, back to our homes, …. “BLESSED IS THE NATION WHO GOD IS LORD…”
            “UNLESS THE LORD BUILDS THE HOUSE, ITS BUILDERS LABOR IN VAIN. UNLESS THE LORD WATCHES OVER THE CITY, THE WATCHMEN STAND GUARD IN VAIN..” PSALMS 127.1

        • David

          I think you would agree that the Gospel is the message of the New Testament. In the book John, Jesus said, “For this reason I was born and for this reason I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Eveyone on the side of truth listens to me.” So, the gospel is about truth and Billy Graham is doing nothing but articulating the truth.

        • William Hudson

          I realize that politics and truth may seem incompatible to those who desire fabrications and blatant lies. However, Billy Graham has devoted his entire adult life to sharing God’s Truth in every venue. What better cause could there be than the salvation of our beloved nation?

        • Janie Stocchero

          Just have a question. Where in his statement of upholding Bibical views on marriage between one man and one woman, the sanctity of life and to pray for our religious freedom is that playing politics? If anything I see it as a cry for us to be true Americans and to stand up and defend what we as a Nation once believed and held as sacred.

        • Julie

          Billy Graham is a U.S. citizen. Speaking out about the election is as much his right as it is any of ours. That doesn’t make him political, nor does it discredit him in any way. He is merely exercising his freedom of speech, the freedom so many liberals seem intent on destroying.

        • Jerry

          The issues Billy Graham is mentioning are not inherently political. They used to be recognized by all as foundational moral principles. Sadly, the cultural left has politicized them, therefore a statement like this is necessary.

      • http://shalominthestorm.blogspot.com/ Carol Anne

        I respect Billy Graham, but Craig is getting that from the fact that his website took down Mormonism as a cult after Graham met with Romney. It was deeply troubling to me. I don’t see that it could have any other reason than political expedience. Unless he and others in the ministry may now believe that Mormonism is the same as Christianity, which no sane person could do if you looked deeper into the beliefs that lie below the surface appearance. I’m not sure which option would be more troubling!

        • Mary Moser

          Carol Anne has it. May I add that there is nothing to be gained from guessing about motives –Billy Graham’s or Craig’s, or whoever’s. Mormanism is a cult and to remove that notice was not right. for whatever “good” reason.

        • http://AOL Bill

          It’s not about Mormanism or Christian beliefs, it/s about Obama vs Romney as the leader of the free world. It’s about all the appointed offices the incumbent takes in with him. You have to consider all in your vote. May GOD be with you when you pull the lever.

        • Randal Peterson

          Sometimes an election is about voting for the best of two(or some might want to say the lesser of two evils) candidates. You have to look at the things they believe(or say they believe—if there’s no sure way to tell). Romney believes in marriage being between a man and a woman. He is against abortion—says he would make an exception for rape, incest, or life of the mother. Obama believes in gay marriage and abortion–even when the baby is still alive after abortion, he doesn’t believe in taking measures to save the baby’s life.. Not voting is the same as voting for the one who is further from your beliefs. My ” guess” is the BGEA doesn’t want to keep people from voting. My vote for Romney does not mean I endorse Mormonism. President Obama’s actions and words lead ME to believe he is more accepting of Islam than Christianity. Four more years of what we have now will be disastrous. May God lead each of us to make the right choice.

          • James

            @Randal, your assertion that Obama’s acceptance of gay marriage and pro-choice stance somehow makes him more accepting of Islam than of Christianity is absolutely absurd. There are no Muslim countries that allow abortion or recognize gay rights in any form. Under Sharia Law, homosexuality is not only a sin, but also a crime, and abortion is a capital crime. IF I were to follow your logic, your words would lead me to believe you are more accepting of Islam than of Christianity. Make no mistake about it, until you are prepared to feed, clothe, educate, and love each and every life that ends in abortion, you are not pro-life, you are merely pro-birth. As far as BG is concerned, he should no longer be pertinent to this discussion, as he has said that Christ is not the only way to heaven. I do believe in the sanctity of life, and I fully support the Biblical view on marriage, however, I also believe that ‘true religion’ is to care for the widows and orphans. I know one presidential candidate who won’t lift a finger for either. The other candidate is a professing born-again Christian. Randal, may God bless and keep you, and may he bless all who have come and commented here.

        • Bob M

          I don’t know why RBG ever needed to say anything about Mormonism, other than that it isn’t Christianity. That was a box he never needed to put himself in. Still, he could have supported Romney by simply saying he was supporting the candidate whose positions are clearly more in line with Biblical teaching on the most important from a Christian worldview perspective. Still, the foul was minor. Saying that Mormonism is not a cult is very different than saying that Mormonism is a form of Christianity. Does it really hurt Christianity if we call Mormonism a religion – like other non-Christian religions – Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, etc?

      • Michael Valadez

           Ga 1:8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!
           Ga 1:9 As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!
        To declare Mormonism is not a cult, as the BGEA has just done, is to legitimize and endorse their “gospel”. How many unsuspecting people will be lured into the cult of Mormonism due to this endorsement?
        I’ll stick with the Apostle Paul.
        mdv

    • Doug P

      Did Franklin offend you Craig? The elder Graham is as spotless as it gets. Records and history are worth more than cheap stabs and rhetoric. Find a new argument

    • Ed Greening

      The ministry of Billy Graham extended during a long period of time, and during the governance of twelve presidents of the United States of America from the 1930′s till the present. Graham did not have religious affiliations with any of them: Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagon, George HW Bush, Clinton, George W Bush, and Obama. To think that he will now become a Mormon is ludicrous. It’s just that Romney at this period of time is pulling America in the same direction, morally, than he has over all these years. I feel bad that he had to “de-cult” Mormonism for the betterment of his beloved country. So, please cut him some slack and help Graham pull America back from the brink of moral collapse.

      • Phyllis Jackey

        Ed Greenberg, you got it exactly right. On one hand we have an anti-God, anti-Bible President who has already taken his stand against God. On the other hand, we have a Mormon. Neither of these men is an ideal choice for the Presidency. Christians simply have to choose between the lesser of two evils. This is what Dr. Billy Graham is saying. Romney is clearly less of a threat to our beliefs than is Obama who is not only pro-homosexual but pro-abortion, pro-Islam and anti-Israel. God has spoken through Dr. Graham for decades. Now, He is speaking through Dr. Graham again, perhaps for the last time, before this country takes an irreversible fall over the cliff. DO WHAT GOD SAYS. VOTE AS DR. GRAHAM ADVISES.

        • http://Yahoo.com Anita Louise Williams

          From The Christian Seniors’ Corner: Almighty God has Blessed America through wars, depressions, polio, tuberculous, and untold natural disastors, and now all of a “Sudden” he needs man’s emergency help. This is not the first time this approach has been taken. I voted for George Bush jr., because my church said “Vote Your Conscience” on these same issues. During Bush jr.’ term not only did abortions increase, but same sex marriages were legalized, “in conservative states.” Mormonism is a Cult by the Bible’s Definition.” Stop raising “Man” above Biblical Standards, Almighty God Knows How To Take Care of America without lowering the standards and recognizing cults to do it. “Where is your Faith in God.

    • Guest

      Nice Comment About A Holy Man. Billy Graham Is A treasure For America. You sir, Belong In The Lower Subway Tunnels Of New York City…..With Your Bolshevk Friends.

    • Don Pablo

      Wow. Dang, dude, are you ever out of touch with who Billy Graham is and what he stands for.

    • Proudnana

      Nothing in the above advertisement is political Craig. It is biblical, and is written in Gods word. Marriage is to be between one man and one woman. “Thou shalt not kill” is one of the ten commandments, thus abortion is killing. And religious freedom means we can pray, keep God in the pledge of allegiance, worship God freely, as God intended us to do. How you see any of that as being political and not being Godly is beyond me! Rev. Graham is only stating the truth, God’s truth…..not mans!! I hope someday soon you will understand that. I will pray for you.

    • http://Outlook Jinny

      Leave Billy Graham alone. He has done more to help this Country than any other man on earth. He is the most truly Christian that I have ever known, with the exception of my father. My parents loved him, and they always wrote to each other. I have no problem with him asking people to turn back to God, but I’m a baby boomer, so you young people out there who are giving opinions without knowing any history need to read up on your Country, and what it stands for. Also, read the Declaration of Independence, as well as the Constitution. You might learn a few things.

    • Teri

      May God continue to show mercy as it is evident that we all need it. These are difficult times to be sure, but the fact remains that we are all sinners in need of a saviour. God lovingly offers us this to us through his son, Jesus. It isn’t forced, as he has given us each a will of our own. It is a gift extended to each of us. Those of us who are already followers of Christ, pray for one another, and for our country. Pray for God’s truth to touch the hearts of all men. And if you are an unbeliever, may God give you ears to hear.

    • Reason

      Another four years and Billy Graham will be the same as he’s been for the last 75…Christian to the core.

    • Russell

      That is a silly, nonsensical comment.

    • Butterworth

      God doesn’t care what denomination you are, all he cares about is the condition of your heart, and I don’t mean your blood pump. What I do mean is your ideology! Always tell the truth in love. A lot of times when we tell someone the truth it comes off as condescending. Learn how to speak the truth in love; it’s the only way you will win someone over.

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  • Judy

    Billy Graham has no political agenda. He is a godly, spirit-filled man who has always preached God’s truth from the Word to thousands of Americans. That is what he is doing now from his home instead of a pulpit. God bless hiim!

    • Pam

      Judy is right. Billy Graham has no political agenda, only God’s agenda. Bless his wonderful heart!

  • Robert M. Cash

    I felt Billy Graham’s “declaration” was prophetic, timely, and led byGod’s Holy Spirit. My congregation welcomed it as I read it from the pulpit and placed an enlarged copy of it by his picture on our bulletin board. Thank God for continuing to use America’s Prophet. AMEN

  • Pam

    Billy Graham is a wonderful man of God who chooses God’s agenda over man’s agenda. God bless him!

  • Jan

    Just because he didn’t sign the declaration doesn’t mean a thing. The declaration is not the book of life – you’re in if you did but out if you didn’t. Perhaps he doesn’t believe in universalism and still believes that Jesus is the ONLY way to God, as the Bible says.
    Glad he has posted this ad.

  • Noni77

    Considering what the Bible says about God-deniers and God-haters, Craig’s “opinion” is not worth spit. His inner troll is jealous of such a man as Billy Graham because he knows he can never compete and leaves behind an empty life of no worth unlike Graham.

    • Mary Gray Moser

      Come now, how do you/can you know that Craig is jealous?

  • Thomas Allen

    People are pro life and pro heterosexual marriage because they believe the Bible is the foundation of truth, and they have a personal relationship with the God who revealed himself in the Bible. That is the fundamental issue. Unless one believes the Bible is true, one cannot reason oneself into a pro-life or pro heterosexual marriage political position. What distresses Billy Graham, I’m sure, is that Christians will compromise these basic life principles for a little convenience and safety. We have elevated material comfort and well being over obedience to the transforming power of the gospel. That doesn’t mean Christians can’t take informed positions on energy policy, regulation, excessive government, or foreign interventionism. It just means there are certain threshold issues that are fundamental and can’t be compromised.

  • Faye

    God Bless Billy Graham for His Prayers and advice for America.
    If we vote the Bible God will Bless America again
    We owe it to our children and grandchildren
    Thank You And Happy Birthday Mr. Graham

  • http://angiempatterson@hotmail.com Angela Patterson

    May the Lord bless Billy Graham for standing firm with this ad. There is absolutely nothing wrong with asking people to vote in favor of life for those who cannot speak for themselves and marriage as it is stated in the bible (after all, who better to tout these statements than Billy Graham the evangelist?). The bible states that homosexuality is wrong.
    I believe even those who don’t necessarily pertain to believe in God realize we need “a Higher Power” to intervene in our current situation. There is not a person out there who could honestly say that we are all “just fine”. The moral decline alone is sending us spiraling out of control. May God have mercy on us. We are a sinful Nation that has been blessed richly above any other Nation I believe, and we have turned our backs on the Giver of those blessings. Shame on us.

  • Matt

    Of course, Billy Graham is right. However, the same arguments can and should be made for voting for his opponent. I voted for Bush for these very reasons and it resulted in a million dead Iraqis. Now Romney promises to toss military force at Iran? So what are we saying: The unborn are more important than the millions who will die because of misguided Republican zeal?

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  • http://www.rickmcopy.com Rick

    Franklin Graham, like many situated squarely on the Religious Right, is desperate to narrow morality down to the Two Big Things That Bug Evangelicals: homosexuality and abortion. Why not slap Dad’s face on an ad that will help Mitt Romney win an election? And just to make everyone comfortable, let’s stop talking about what Mormons believe about the person and work of Jesus Christ; need to cover our bases, don’t you know.

    Maybe I’m naive in that I’m giving the benefit of the doubt to Billy and placing the blame squarely on Franklin for this absurd and unseemly dog and pony show that is making Billy and his organization look bad in the twilight of his life. But heck, Franklin was the man who went on national TV and hinted that he wasn’t sure if Obama was a Christian, because you know, maybe he’s a Muslim. Remember, Obama has been very clear about his conversion to Christianity in his writings. Isn’t it an evangelical no-no to doubt the work of the Holy Spirit in a person’s life after they make a public confession of their faith in Christ?

    Franklin Graham now represents the worst aspects of evangelicalism. In order to get a conservative elected, he wants you to stop fussing over one candidate’s membership in a non-Christian sect, while at the same time denigrating the publicly-declared Christian faith of another man. It’s dreadful to think the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is now a front group for the political party that defends waterboarding but won’t raise minimum wage, but hey, that’s what Franklin seems to want.

    • William Hudsn

      No, Rick. Obama was supposedly converted to a perverted form of “Christianity” called black liberation theology under the leadership of Dr. Jeremiah Wright. However, Wright himself, in an interview, doubted Obama’s sincerity. Obama’s bogus claim is the only transparent thing about someone who was to be the most transparent President in American history. He has shown much more propensity toward the religion of his roots–Islam and the Godless state of his Marxist friends.

  • Rose of

    Craig, and all others who would attempt to mock our Lord via criticism or condescension – the Lord loves you, He grieves for your hardness of heart. May the Truth of who He is be revealed to you before it is too late. As far as our country is concerned, the moral decay of Christian values as presented in the Holy Scriptures by which our forefathers formed the framework of our democracy is a sad commentary on who we were, who we could still be, and what we should be seeking. To think we can dismiss the Creator of the universeand not suffer sad and demeaning consequences, truly speaks to the arrogance and selfishness that seems to pervade our society today. May I be among the 10 – Genesis 18:32.

    • Rose of

      May I make a correction to my own original Comment, a Christian friend pointed out the following distinction – of which I wholeheartedly concur: “our forefathers formed the framework of our democracy” – they actually formed the framework of our REPUBLIC. This is a VERY important distinction when referring to our form of government. A Republic is a representative government ruled by law (the Constitution, and is more closely aligned with the government God desires as outlined in Scripture when referring to the “Perfect law of liberty”) while a democracy is direct government ruled by the majority (mob rule). A Republic recognizes the inalienable rights of individuals while democracies are only concerned with group wants or needs (the public good). In other words, in a republic the sovereignty is in each individual person whereas in a democracy the sovereignty is in the group. When our President refers to a democracy, he understands the distinction – and he is OK with it! Followers of Jesus Christ should not condone this!

      A good comparative example – http://www.tmra2.org/images/democracyvsrepublic.pdf
      I could provide more examples if desired.

  • Riasat Masih Mobashar

    God bless you, Billy Graham! I am with you with all my heart and mind in honoring and obeying the word of The Almighty God! This is not politics. Its called FAITH and OBEDIENCE to the HOLY WORD of The Almighty God!

    One has the right to disagree with Mr. Graham. However, please do consider the consequences of disobeying The Almighty God and His word. Yes, ALL human will stand in front of the Judge (Jesus Christ) one day and will be judged for their thoughts, actions, and inactions. Billy Graham is and has been a faithful severvant and witness of God and His word.

    I am not a member of any political party. However, count me in without delay if obeying and following The Holy Word of The Almighty God is called politics.

    God bless you all!

    • http://Yahoo.com Anita Louise Williams

      Jesus was borna Jew, but He did not agree with what the Jewish Religious Leaders did. No one has the right to use their influence to state that Mormonism is no longer a “Cult” when the Bible still says it is. Shame on Franklin Graham, he said he had doubts about Pres. Obama being a Christian, now look at how he has positioned his own Fathers’ life’s work and good name. The Bible said for us to honor our Father and Mother, I honor his father more than he does. He could have kept his aging father out of this controversy and left the “Ministry” in the same sterling light it was before he decided to come back to help his father and live off a Ministry Income.

  • http://www.rickmcopy.com Rick

    Mitt Romney belonged to a white supremacist church for 31 years. Spare me the lesson on who God’s chosen candidate is, folks.

    • riasat masih mobashar

      Rick, its not about Mitt Romney, Billy Graham, or other humans. Its about the word of The Almighty God that is very clear on these issues. Billy Graham is a messanger of God, the God that I believe in with all my heart and mind. God can use Graham, Romney, or any other human or non-human for His purpose and glory when He wills. In the First (Old) Testament, once God used a donkey to stop a prophet (Ba’alam, a human) from his disobedience to God. Please pay attention to God and His word and obey. God bless you!

  • Dave

    Wait wait! Billy Graham didn’t limit his comments to the presidential race. His advice applies at every level–the House, the Senate, Governorships, state houses, mayors, chiefs of police, even dog-catchers!

  • http://plaza.ufl.edu/gospelsf William Deich

    Dear Reverend Graham,

    Sir, I think you should consider that since American churches & charities are not doing a very good job reaching all of the poor & needy in our country, it is dangerous to endorse a political candidate such as Mitt Romney who has said he wants to government aid in the form of Food Stamps, Welfare, Medicare, Medicaid, etc.

    I am sure you are aware sir, the majority of American Christians only “tithe” 2% instead of 10% & many churches spend much more money on Big Buildings than Helping the Poor. This stands in stark contrast to Matthew 25:31-46 which says Jesus will judge us based on how we fed the hungry, sheltered the homeless, clothed the naked, and visited the sick & prisoners. (Of course we understand based on Ephesians 2:8-10 we are not saved by those good works. “By grace have ye been saved through faith…” but “we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God afore prepared that we should walk in them.”)

    And yet, millions of Conservative Christians who don’t tithe, let alone give offerings and alms beyond the tithe are campaigning for Romney who wants to cut Medicaid, Medicae & aid to the poor, not raise them. Effectively they are trying to stop the government from giving the aid to the poor they refuse to give themselves. Frankly sir, I think this is not only hypocritical, but cruel!

    Also, character counts. In Luke 19:1-10 we read about the salvation of Zacchaeus the Tax Collector. Verses 8 & 9 read, “And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house…” (KJV) Mitt Romney made his millions at Bain Capital by laying off workers, denying their pensions & starting in 1998 (before going to the Olympics in Utah), he started investing heavily in companies that increased their profit margin by cutting American jobs & outsourcing to China. I wonder, for Mitt Romney to be saved, in addition to correcting his Mormon doctrine, do you think maybe Mitt need to restore all that he took from those workers whose lives he ruined? It does seem in accordance with what Jesus Christ said in Luke 19:9.

    Now, I understand President Obama’s positions on abortion & gay marriage are not Biblically correct. But in his personal life, President Obama has always worked to advocate for the poor & disadvantaged. Whether it was speaking out against Apartheid in South Africa back when he was in still in college, or helping the poor as a Community Organizer in Chicago, or working to give healthcare coverage to 23 Million Poor Americans with the Affordable Care Act, President Obama has always obeyed the Biblical Values to help the poor and speak up for the needy.

    On the other hand, Mitt Romney is a serial liar who always tries to have everything both ways. He’s been Pro-Life, then Pro-Choice, then Pro-Life. On CNN he said “I’m not concerned about the very poor, we have a social safety net for them,” – then he said it would be “marvelous” to pass the Ryan Budget that makes cuts to every part of the social safety net from Food Stamps, to Welfare, to SSI to Pell grant for poor college students. During the Republican Primary when he was running against Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 plan & Rick Santorum’s 0% manufacturing tax, Romney said he’d have a 20% across the board tax cut “including the top 1%” to stimulate the economy through Supply Side Economics. – Now he says he’ll make sure the top 5% continue to pay the same share, about 60% of Federal Taxes. When Candy Crowley asked him if he’d consider a lower % than 20 if he can’t find enough tax loopholes to close, he said “Of course it adds up. I’ve been a businessman. I balanced the budget at Bain. I balanced the budget at the Olympics & I balanced the budget in Massachusetts.” & at the 1st debate he said “No Economist can say my tax plan adds $5 Trillion to the deficit if I say it doesn’t add to the deficit.” – I guess it’s the CEO attitude that he’s in charge & we have to take his word for it even if it doesn’t add up. (BTW, even if we took away ALL tax deductions, that only adds $2 Trillion in revenue & a 20% tax cut costs $4.8 Trillion + Mitt Romney wants to spend 4% of GDP or another $2 Trillion on increasing the baseline military budget.)

    And let’s not forget, at Bain Romney balanced companies budgets by laying off workers & cutting their pensions. (And sometimes the tax payers had to pick up the cost to cover those pensions b/c of the pension insurance program that was already in effect). At the Olympics Romney accepted Federal Tax dollars to help balance that budget. As governor of Massachusetts, he lowered taxes but raised “fees” which disproportionately fell on the backs of the poor.

    In conclusion, when we have 2 candidates for political office, both of whom espouse some of the values that the Bible teaches, while neglecting others, it should be up to individual Christians to choose who to vote for.
    Sincerely,
    William Charles Deich IV

    • Fran Haines

      “President Obama has always worked hard to advocate for the poor & disadavantaged.”

      With other peoples’ money I would point out. Under this standard, Evita Peron was a paragon of virtue.

      Try to avoid confusing the power of the government purse with true Christian charity. It is already nauseating enough with Hollywood’s and politicians’ confusion on this point.

  • http://Yahoo.com Anita Louise Williams

    From The Seniors’ Corner Again:
    The people that have different political and religious views than yours are the people who grew up in your houses with free Room and Board. They are your children that you thought were too cute to correct when they were little. These people were born and reared here in America, went to our schools and churches, and still come to see us on Holidays. Now we want the Government to pass laws to make them the people we think they should be. All of our issues are “Home Grown” they were not imported, these are the results of our lack of parenting skills. You want Good Morals, but you are not willing to stay in a marriage of “Your Choice” long enough to rear children in a two parent “House-hold.” That is not the Governments Responsibility to re-rear those “Confused Brats” that you thrust on our society. The problem in not the American Government, it is those folks you reared and sent to run for offices in the American Government, they are a reflection of your lack of priorities, values and standards. We can not come into your homes and rear those children correctly for you and teach you what to do and not do in front of your children. It’s time for you to take responsibility for your part in the mess this country is in today!!!

  • Rose of

    see my corrective “reply” to my original post (Rose of says) Thank you.

  • pagansister

    Since Billy Graham is in very poor physical health, and I expect mental health due to his Parkinson’s, I feel that he may have had absolutely nothing to do with the above statement. I personally think Franklin is using his reputation and adding his father’s name to things that Billy might not have agreed with. Having watched my mother’s mental state decline with Parkinson’s, I find it hard to believe that the good Reverend really has much if any idea what is going on around him.

  • Karen

    I am really suprised if not shocked to read these posts. I expected that those interested in the Manhattan Project would be in agreement with biblical values and would be signers of the manifesto. I am really thankful that “God has established His throne in the heavens, and His Kingdom rules over all.” Psalm 103
    I believe that Billy Graham and the Manhattan Project both are calling on those who have submitted to God’s rule to vote what God has clearly taught us in the Scriptures: His will for marriage and for life for the pre-born. There is nowhere in Jesus teaching that contradicts what God wants for marriage and respect for life.
    Let’s pray for God’s kingdom to come and His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. Because His is the Kingdon, the power and the glory forever and ever. Oh Lord, help us to love you and to love and respect one another. Do your work in my heart and let your will be my will. Amen

  • Karen

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    Monday, October 29, 2012
    The Christian Vote on the Minnesota Marriage Protection Amendment
    1. As Christians, we believe God’s Word is Holy and Authoritative in Our Lives.
    Throughout both the Old and New Testaments, the Bible clearly reveals to us God’s design for our relationship with Him, our interpersonal relationships, and how we relate in our civic institutions. This includes His plan for marriage. God created man and woman to join together as partners of equal worth and ordained the male-female bodily union as the only means through which new human life is produced. Marriage, then, is a gift from God, intended to be a blessing to the man-woman partners, to any children born of such a union, to society as a means of establishing order, and to reflect God’s relationship with His bride, the Church. We thank God for His perfect and loving design and know we cannot improve upon it. Indeed, once God has defined marriage, we have no authority to change that which He has clearly revealed to us.
    The Bible also gives examples of many other loving, committed interpersonal relationships. However, none of these is ordained as a marriage.
    (Gen 1:26-28; Gen 2:18-25; Psalm 128; Matt 19:4-6; Eph 5; 2 Tim 3:16-17)
    2. As Christians, the Bible gives us two Great Commandments, out of which flow all other commandments for our behavior.
    We are to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and to love our neighbor as ourselves. Loving the Lord our God means keeping His commandments and honoring His design for our interpersonal relationships—including marriage.
    Loving our neighbor as ourselves means recognizing each of us as a unique being created by God and made in the image of God, and therefore worthy of love and respect. Loving our neighbor does not mean allowing our neighbors to deceive themselves about God’s design for marriage by redefining it. Christians must not be accomplices in such deception, for it honors neither God nor our neighbor. We must speak the truth in love.
    (Lev 19:9-18; Deut 6:4-7; Matt 5:43-48; Matt 22:34-40; John 14:15-24; Eph 4:14-15)
    Paid for by Minnesota For Marriage, 2355 Fairview Ave N, Box 301, Roseville, MN 55113, in support of the Marriage Protection
    Amendment.
    3. As Christians who submit to the Authority of God and His Word, we have a responsibility to
    act in love and speak up when civil; society attempts to harm itself by contravening God’s
    natural design intended for our good.
    The male-female marital relationship is a unique one, intended by God to be a blessing to His people,
    to their civil society, and to the future generations created and raised up from these marital unions.
    Since the first appearance of civil governments, the inherent good to society that the male-female
    marital union brings has been recognized, thereby granting these unions a civil blessing—in addition to
    the divine blessing.
    Christians who submit to God’s authority have the right and divine duty to their neighbor to speak up
    in the public square when civil society attempts to upend an institution intended by God for our good.
    Redefining what God has already defined and declared as “good” is blatant rebellion against God’s
    Word and demonstrates either apathy or hatred to one’s neighbor—not love.
    Because we submit to God and His Holy Word, and because we truly desire to love our neighbors as
    fellow creatures made and loved by God, we have the right and duty to intervene when civil society
    attempts to harm itself by redefining what God has already defined.
    (Ex 34:6-7; Prov 11:11; Isa 5:20; Matt 5:13-16; Acts 5:29; 1 Tim 2:1-4; Heb 13:4)
    As Christians, we will vote YES on the Minnesota Marriage Protection Amendment on November 6th
    because God has made us the salt and light of the world.
    God bless you all.

  • Todd

    I don’t ever know where to start. For Dr. Graham to endorse Mitt is absurd. I wonder if he thinks Mitt is a born again Christian? Only the Holy Spirit can testify to that fact. If Mitt does not believe in Jesus as God, and ask Him to forgive his sins ( justification by faith) he has put his faith in Morman legalism. Legalism is the road to Hell, it tries to make man the savior of himself, something not even a presidental canidate cannot do. My prayer is that God convicts the heart of Mitt Romney to put his full faith and trust in our Lord Jesus Christ. Mormanism is a cult that is full of secrets. If Mormons regard Christains as ‘unenlightened’ then why should we run from the truth and not call the Mormon doctrine of ‘godmakers’ what it is….unbiblical. Regarding Obama. if he is a Christian he is sure hiding it well. I hope he is, and my prayer for him is that his heart is convicted to put the truth of the scripture first as president. The balance between legalism and grace is hard to accomplish, especially from the oval office. That is why we need the Bible to guide us. I do agree with Craig on one point. I just don’t understand how can Dr. Graham can support and call Mitt Romney a Christian if his faith is not consistent with what Franklin has preached for sixty years. The real issue at stake here is keeping people out of an eternity in Hell, by preaching the truth of the Bible–salvation by faith in Jesus Christ. God bless America.

    • Jay Rittker

      I have heard Mitt Romney state publicly on several occasions that he believes that Jesus is the Son of God and his savior.

  • Keith Thomas Mason

    I didn’t realize that the Manhattan Declaration was such an exclusive club. I signed the declaration a couple of years ago and thought that you basically shared the same beliefs that I had.

    I am a Mormon and I have never called another christian a cult member or accused them of racism. I have a sister who is a member of another faith. I do not condemn her because of her faith. She does not condemn me. I have always thought that people could band together based on what they shared rather than split apart on misconceptions. This country was founded as an exclusive club that excluded others that did not believe exactly as they did. The name of the “Mormon” church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We love the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe in his atoning sacrifice and allow all people their right to believe in whatever they may. It makes it much easier to call us Mormons and say that we are a cult. It makes it much harder to call a church that bears the name of the Savior a cult. As far as I know there was only one Jesus Christ and I have never understood the concept that one religion or another had an exclusive right to claim Him as their Savior and deny Him to any other group.

    You may ask me to leave this group if you like and I will honor your wishes. Billy Graham is a great man. I have attended one of his meetings. He never told me or anyone else to join any specific church. He only invited people to come to know Jesus Christ and accept Him as your Savior.

    The Mormon Church is always ready to help in times of emergencies. They are there after natural disasters to lend a hand to those in need. There are no strings attached. We never ask what race or religion a person is because we believe we are all the children of the same God. Isn’t that what Christians do?

    Mitt Romney is a good honest man and if you want to believe otherwise you are entitled to your opinion. Please do what President Obama asked and check the facts from the last debate for yourself.

    If you judge someone based on prejudice, you can always twist what they say to meet your own view. I understand what Mitt Romney ment when he said that we have to cut what we spend from the Federal Budget. No country has the fiscal means to support every citizen. We need to be responsible for ourselves and not expect the government to take care of us. If we all lived what we professed, we would voluntarily give aid and support to the needy through our churches and not be expecting the government to take it from us and do it for us.

    I have never understood how anyone could feel he was so superior to another that he could take upon himself the right of the Almighty to judge another and condemn them to hell. Does anyone have the ability to look directly into another’s heart and condemn him based on their own imperfect understanding of the gospel? If you feel that you do, the go ahead and cast the first stone, but first make sure that you are living a perfect life or be prepared for God to judge you with the same judgment. As far as I know we are all sinners and fall far from the glory of God.

    It is possible for someone to represents many people of many beliefs if he is willing to obey and uphold the laws of the land. Like it or not, abortion is legal. We can work to change the law through the system or just ignore the laws and claim moral superiority. Mitt Romney knew that as Governor he could not ignore the law of the land even if he held a different personal view. Look into your heart and make your own decision as to who would make a better leader for our country during these times. Ask yourself if we will still be living in the same United States of America after four more years of the same leadership we have had during these past four years. We really have only two viable choices for president, choose carefully and vote for the candidate that you feel will most closely represent the America you would like to live in, but vote carefully because your country may very well depend on that choice.

    • Keith Thomas Mason

      I would like to correct a mistake in my statement. I meant to say that this country was NOT founded as an exclusive club that excluded others that did not believe exactly as they did. Please excuse the mistake. It proves that I am only a man and need the Savior too.

      • Todd

        Keith
        I don’t look into peoples hearts, the Holy Spirit does that. I don’t judge people, God does that. I refuse to condem anyone, ‘there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus’. I have been around, and studied the Mormon “Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints” for over 30 years. I have many close friends who are LDS. They are good people and I love them. I do believe there are born again Christains in the LDS organization. Its my opinion this occurs because they read the Bible and are convicted of thier sin by the Holy Spirit to recieve Jesus and their personal Savior. The problem is……the doctrine of the LDS organizaiton is rooted in unbiblical practices and a history of compromise with the world. The Bible stands alone as the word of God. I won’t debate what are facts. I have spoken to many LDS men who believe they can become like God and recieve planents and wives to rule for all eternity. I have read the book of Mormon. I have read the pearl of great price. I have read the edits to the KJV bilbes by your prophet. Gods word is not to be changed to fit the belief of a man. You are right, there is one Jesus, and he died for the sins of all humanity. God wants all people to be saved, he gave us Jesus to take to penaltiy for the sins of all His children. Unfortunatley there really is a Hell (because Jesus and the Bible say so) and I want everyone I know to stay out of it. This election is not just about America, its also about eternity.

        • Keith Thomas Mason

          Todd
          I didn’t mean to give the impression that everyone on this site did judge. If i did for that I am truly sorry. It just bothers me that a good man and a Christian like Billy Graham can be vilified by his fellow Christians for asking that they vote for someone who shares some of the same Christian values boggles my mind. It may not be a perfect situation, but can’t we agree that Life is sacred, that Marriage is ordained of God between a man and a woman, and that we must defend religious freedoms. I would defend any American’s RIGHT to believe whatever religion they want to believe. I know that as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I would be glad to stand with anyone who is willing to defend those principles. Once freedoms are lost, it is extremely hard if not impossible to regain them and hold on to them.

        • Vicky

          Todd it is clear in almost every book in the Bible that God can use anyone Saved or unsaved to
          accomplish his will and as for Romney yes he is Mormon. But he is for Israel as it is written
          in Genius the Lord will bless those who bless Israel and curse who don ‘t
          Obama is very anti Israel so I pray that you will read your bible more and look at the big picture.
          God Bless

    • http://AOL Herman Locke

      K. T. Mason,
      Hello, I am a Christian and read with interest your statement. I have to say I agree wholeheartly with your comments. I have voted in 15, soon to be 16 presidential elections since I graduated from high school in 1948. I have voted for the winner sometimes and for the loser sometimes. I realize this may be my last time to vote in our presidential election, I pray that my vote will be for the right person to lead our nation, but may the Lord’s will be done. May the Lord bless and keep you my friend.

      • Keith Thomas Mason

        Herman
        Thank you for the kind words. I am not giving Mitt Romney a free pass, but I feel that he is a much better choice than we had last election. As with every candidate I have ever voted for, let’s hold him responsible for his actions just like we should hold President Obama responsible for his actions. I know that if he were my employee and did to my business what has been done to America in the past four years, he would be handed a pink slip and fired. That is my opinion. I am still entitled to it and anyone else is entitled to their own. Thank heavens we live in America and are still free to express ourselves. Please vote your own conscience, but be sure to vote.

  • Harold Bowlby

    Does it surprise you that this good man should receive flak for standing up for biblical values? Jesus said, “If they hate me they will also hate you.” There are a lot of Christian haters who are waiting for chances like this to jump on Christians for their beliefs. Rev. Graham has spent his life preaching because he was called of God to do so. Many lives were changed because of what he did. That cannot be taken away. Let the detractors roar their complaints. We will all get a chance to defend ourselves to God Himself one of these days.

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  • aes

    I am truly saddened by what I have been reading. Billy Graham has been America’s prophet and truly a man of God during my whole lifetime. If he endorses or makes a statement, we should listen because he has proven himself to be true to his beliefs by his actions for his entire life – and there have been many who would have liked to destroy his reputation. That being said, I want to reiterate that you will know a man’s belief by their actions. Obama a Christian? Talk is cheap. Where is the evidence? Was it when he would not honor the national day of prayer? Was it when he defied the rights of Christians in his health plan? Was it his pro-abortion stance? Was it when he shunned Israel, and met with Arab representatives? Was it his deceit about the Libyan attack? Was it when he sent an ambassador to Poland from America to represent human rights that was a man with radical Islamic views that discriminates against women, Christians? What has Obama done to make you think he is a Christian – by bowing down to an Arab king? Spending more on his staff, his trips than any other president? I do not mean to get so extreme, but I have never been so in fear of an election as I am now. I pray constantly for mercy on this self-centered country who only wants something for nothing, and for the Lord to lift up righteous rulers – and for the Lord’s discernment/wisdom to recognize them. I just cannot understand why people cannot see what is happening – how far America has fallen so quickly. America owes more money today than there is money in the whole world – is this not a clue? Instead of arguing, we should be on our knees – me included.

    • Heidi

      Can I repost this?

  • gail

    I’m confused about the aforementioned ad. Did Billy Graham personally write this ad or did
    Franklin Graham write the ad and attach his father’s name to it? Did Billy Graham personally
    authorize the removal of “cult” status (for LDS church) from the official Graham website or did
    Franklin Graham make that decision? Just asking for clarification.

  • Joe Tognetti

    I had previously signed the Manhattan Declaration, and now regret it. I have removed myself from the e-mail list. Not because I disagree with the principles behind the Manhattan Declaration, but because of its shameful use of Billy Graham’s name when there are significant reasons to doubt whether he is acting on his own accord with respect to his increased involvement in conservative politics. When the magazine that Billy Graham founded, Christianity Today, openly questions whether Billy Graham is behind this ad campaign (http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2012/october-web-only/billy-graham-political-statements-history.html), then groups like the Manhattan Declaration should be wary of using these questionably sourced statements. Doing otherwise signals desperate opportunism and a lack of serious reflection.

    • William Hudson

      What are those significant reasons, Joe? I have significant reasons to doubt that you agree with the principles behind the Manhattan Declaration based on your views concerning Dr. Graham and his son Franklin, both dedicated men of God. However, that is only my opinion, just as your opinion is just that-your opinion.

  • Karen

    Thank God, He is in control of everything! He is working out His plan, purpose and will for time and eternity. He choses the leaders, he sets one up and later takes him down and puts another one up. Lord, I pray that each of us writing and reading these posts will keep our eyes on you. Help us keep looking up, it may be soon that our Redeemer comes on the clouds. and will take us up to meet Him in the air. Give each of us the right heart and mind toward You and toward each other. You said “this new commandment I give you, LOVE one another.In your grace and mercy, give each of us Your heart, your mind and your Holy Spirit to guide us.

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  • Penny

    Just a thought….the only way we lose freedoms is by not going ahead and practicing them even if they are illegal. It is illegal to have a home Bible study in China yet people go ahead and practice their God-given freedom and have home Bible studies. We should go ahead and practice our Christianity, our God-given freedom’s, to express our faith and Biblical beliefs at school, on the job, in the public arena and face the consequences just like Paul did, no matter what the leaders of our country create as laws.

  • http://www.lifeafter.org Kirk

    While I agree with the statement made in the add, I don’t agree with the implication that we have a candidate that supports those 2 positions. Romney has wavered on abortion and historically the Mormon Church says one thing and means another. They say they are prolife but try to get a good definition from them on what that means. Their leaders have tought that it would be better for a woman to commit suicide than allow herself to be raped. Insest and rape is rampant in the Mormon church. Their doctrine still requires polygamist marrige even if they state otherwise. When it was “outlawed” they didn’t change the doctrine and covenants. Why is homosexual marriage more sinful than adultry (polygamy)? Sorry, but I don’t see a candidate that supports what Jesus teaches.

    • Keith Thomas Mason

      Kirk
      I must respectfully disagree with some of the comments you have made. As far as prolife position is concerned, suicide is not condoned under any condition. We feel it is appropriate for a woman to defend herself, but not to take her own life. A member is risking their membership if they participate in an abortion under any condition other than rape, incest, or the life of the mother is threatened. Members are counseled to carry the baby to term and place the child up for adoption. Incest and rape is rampant in the world. To say that it does not exist in the Mormon Church would be a fallacy. If a member of the church is found participating in these acts they are brought before a church court and if found guilty they can be excommunicated. The doctrine of the church does NOT require or condone polygamy. The Doctrine and Covenants was amended in Official Declaration 1 which was placed into effect October 6, 1890. Any member engaging in polygamy is risking their membership by doing so. It is not condoned by the church.

      • http://www.lifeafter.org Kirk

        Keith,
        I would respectfully disagree with you as well. The declaration is telling followers to follow the law of the land. It does not provide a new prophecy that polygamy is wrong or a sin. D&C 132 is neither removed nor overturned, and is still listed as the everlasting covenant. My wife’s ancestors were brought to this country by Mormon’s in 1908 specifically for the purpose of polygamy. They were very open about it and none were brought before the Church, they were upstanding members.

        Regarding the subject of rape and suicide, here are a few quotes from noted Mormon’s:
        “Also far-reaching is the effect of loss of chastity. Once given or taken or stolen it can never be regained. Even in a forced contact such as rape or incest, the injured one is greatly outraged. If she has not cooperated and contributed to the foul deed, she is of course in a more favorable position. There is no condemnation when there is no voluntary participation. It is better to die in defending one’s virtue than to live having lost it without a struggle.” (The Miracle of Forgiveness, by Spencer W. Kimball, page 196.)

        “There is no true Latter-day Saint who would not rather bury a son or a daughter than to have him or her lose his or her chastity – realizing that chastity is of more value than anything else in all the world.” (Heber J. Grant, Gospel Standards, compiled by G. Homer Durham, p. 55.)

        Discourses of Brigham Young, pg. 194; “I would rather follow her to the grave, and send her home pure, than suffer my daughter to be prostituted. I will not suffer any female member of my family to be polluted through the corruptions of wicked men. 2:322.”

        Sorry but that is disgusting.

  • http://none Michael

    The question in my mind is, if two military leaders stood before any one of us and said follow me and we had no other choice, but knew one would lead to murder, and a host of other actions we believe to be morally wrong and the other was a Catholic or Morman (both by the way have been deemed a cult by bible scholars) but would lead to a more biblical agreeable position for our government, would there be any question which one for Christians follow?
    There’s the devil and the deep blue sea choose as you will, but if you choose to remain inactive, the devil is in the details.

    • http://www.lifeafter.org Kirk

      The lesser of 2 evils is still evil.

  • Fran Haines

    I am truly astounded at these comments! The logic seems to be along the line “This guy isn’t perfect so therefore I am going to vote for the serial killer”. Hey if you think Obama is a more moral, more Biblical candidate, then vote for him. If you think Romney is, then vote for Romney. But don’t vote for a thief because the other candidate isn’t a hero. In other words, don’t hold the two candidates to two separate standards.

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  • doug

    I recall my father telling about the time in 1945 when he had the privilege as the MC at a Youth For Christ youth rally in Pontiac, MI of introducing the ‘Rev. William Graham’ as the speaker…that was 4 years before Billy Graham began to be known nationally from his LA Crusade in 1949. Since these early days I’ve had the privilege of attending various of his crusades in Madison Square Garden, Yankee Stadium, Boston, and Denver. I’ve also read from the beginning articles from his publications -Christianity Today and Decision. Then I’ve also heard Dr. Graham speak on his radio program ‘The Hour of Decision’ and watched crusades on TV. Over all these years he has always proven himself honorable as a true believer in the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord. I believe he is truly a genuine man of God filled with wisdom and discernment. We would do well to let his thoughts be our ‘north star’ pointing us in the direction we should go.

  • http://www.junctureintime,com Bob Jefferson

    I have lived in the United States for 84 years. I have memories from the great depression, from WWII (I missed that draft by 6 months but not the Korean war), from the cold war and thoughts of building a bomb shelter in my back yard as protection in case of a nuclear war, etc. I have memories of a time when the judgment of God was a real concern.
    Today my life is filled with concern that my children and grandchildren will feel the judgment of God brought about by global disregard for God.

  • Shirley Fleischmann

    Reading in Micah is true of Billy Graham: (Paraphrased). “Even though Micah, the people do not repent and turn back to God, they will know that a prophet has been in their midst.”

  • michael

    In this ad, Graham has lent his ministry to the most blatant liar who has ever turned his ambition toward the presidency. The world has never needed theRomneys … the romney narcissism plays out in a graham version in the vast inheritance of franklin, a smarmy, useless child.


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