Franklin Graham Conspiracy?

Is Billy Graham the one really endorsing Mitt Romney as the Billy Graham Association’s website says? Or is there something else going on? After reading fellow Patheos blogger and friend Tony Jones’ post on “Mitt’s Mormonism Matters“, Steve Knight of Missional Shift and I decided to record the Franklin Graham Conspiracy vidcast. We would love to hear you thoughts and please join in on the conversation!

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  • harley mathews

    Great post! My wife and i did some “help” with the franklin graham crjsade years ago when it came to our home-town, neither of our videos were played due to our answers being less “convert because life is scary” than expected. Since, we have distanced ojrselves for various reasons from the seasoned lives we had in modern evangelicalism. My immediate thougbt from the blog was how this whole resistance towards Obama gets at the still obvious issue of racism and non-inclusivity of evangelicals as far as image and in some cases personal belief. I definitley agree that Franklin is placing his fathers name on his own views, in order to be given a bigger audince, but that may have happend in some of “Pauls letters” too. Really enjoyed the post. Nice beard, mr. Knight! Grace and Peace.

  • James Alexander Langteaux

    Steve, Phil,

    (And Steve, GD, F? Really?? Really?? Are you sure you are a Christian???) ;-)
    I love your passion…

    And I love your points. AMEN and AMEN!!


  • Caryn

    Thank you for this. I hope this receives lots of press — I think Steve is correct — if B. Graham is not sitting down with a reporter — this smells to high heaven. And in which case, I’m appalled that Franklin — never mind Mitt — and anybody else who is looking on, is willing to let it happen. Really, how do you live with yourself when you allow such blatant lies and misrepresentation to take place?

    • Frank

      There so absolutely no lie in Billy Grhams statement. Why do you feel the need to lie and misrepresent?

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  • Ginny Bain Allen

    Billy Graham did not use the word “f…ing”! How dishonoring of you to say so! I would suggest you wash your filthy mouth out with soap! What a disrespectful young whipper-snapper you are! Christ-like much? Either stop portraying yourself as a true believer in Jesus, or actually surrender your allegiance to Him! You’re a charlatan just like Obama! How dare you talk so condescendingly about your elders?

  • Kevin D. Hendricks

    It’s hilarious watching you raise all these issues, Steve. It’s like an trip down memory lane to the BGEA days that suddenly gets hijacked and goes very, very astray. ;-) Also makes me wish I was more active with my old BillySpot blog (hmm… maybe I need to freshen it up).

    I’m also glad I’m not the only one who noticed the apocalyptic language in recent BGEA materials. They’re starting to sound kind of crazy.

    The one thing I’m wondering: If Franklin is willing to vote for a Mormon, does that mean any non-Christian can be OK? Will Franklin vote for an atheist or a Muslim? Cuz it’d be nice if we could move away from that knee jerk reaction of ‘They’re not Christian?! Gasp, we can’t be seen with them!” Aside from the stupid politicization of this whole thing (even though they say it’s not, but whatever), not calling Mormons a cult is a nice step. I’m just curious if that will force Franklin to take a few more steps.

  • L.W. Dickel

    Here’s a good description of the Judeo-Christian religion.

    “The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation, no matter how subtle, can (for me) change this.
    For me the Jewish religion like all other religions is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions. And the Jewish people to whom I gladly belong and with whose mentality I have a deep affinity have no different quality for me than all other people. As far as my experience goes, they are also no better than other human groups, although they are protected from the worst cancers by a lack of power. Otherwise I cannot see anything ‘chosen’ about them.”-Albert Einstein

    Religion is mind rot. And a bunch of deluded Stone Age bullshit. It is candy for the weak minded.

    And stupid as fucking hell!!

  • kalimsaki

    From Risalei Nur collection by Said Nursi

    Man is such an antique work of art of Almighty God. He is a most subtle and graceful miracle of His power whom He created to manifest all his Names and their inscriptions, in the form of a miniature specimen of the universe. If the light of belief enters his being, all the meaningful inscriptions on him may be read. As one who believes, he reads them consciously, and through that relation, causes others to read them. That is to say, the dominical art in man becomes apparent through meanings like, “I am the creature and artefact of the All-Glorious Maker. I manifest His mercy and munificence.” That is, belief, which consists of being connected to the Maker, makes apparent all the works of art in man. Man’s value is in accordance with that dominical art and by virtue of being a mirror to the Eternally Besought One. In this respect insignificant man becomes God’s addressee and a guest of the Sustainer worthy of Paradise superior to all other creatures.
    However, should unbelief, which consists of the severance of the relation, enter man’s being, then all those meaningful inscriptions of the Divine Names are plunged into darkness and become illegible. For if the Maker is forgotten, the spiritual aspects which look to Him will not be comprehended, they will be as though reversed. The majority of those meaningful sublime arts and elevated inscriptions will be hidden. The remainder, those that may be seen with the eye, will be attributed to lowly causes, nature, and chance, and will become utterly devoid of value. While they are all brilliant diamonds, they become dull pieces of glass. His importance looks only to his animal, physical being. And as we said, the aim and fruit of his physical being is only to pass a brief and partial life as the most impotent, needy, and grieving of animals. Then it decays and departs. See how unbelief destroys human nature, and transforms it from diamonds into coal.

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  • John Boy

    I wonder: since Frankie didn’t get his man Romney in, does that mean the “Mormonism is a Cult” post will go back up on his Web page?