VIENNA, Va. – The latest project by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association that emphasizes interpersonal relationship as a means to spreading the Gospel was presented at a D.C.-area megachurch on Tuesday afternoon.
The presentation, called "My Hope With Billy Graham," was given to a small but attentive group of ministers and laity at McLean Bible Church. William W. Conard, executive director of the My Hope project, told The Christian Post that "My Hope" was wrought out of international evangelism efforts begun in 2001.
"Franklin Graham asked us to carry his father's message around the world," said Conard, who had 20 years of experience as a missionary in Latin America. "He asked me to take it around the world. We started in Central America, small countries and then went on to other Latin American countries," continued Conard, who noted that other countries like Russia and India were also involved. more >>
Franklin Graham called for daily prayer for President Barack Obama and said that "prayer must never be partisan" in his Thanksgiving message.
"Having just come through a divisive national election, I am urging pastors across this country to lead their congregations in praying daily for our president, Barack Obama, and all of our elected leaders – for wisdom, Divine guidance, and that God would accomplish His will and purposes," said Graham in a statement issued Tuesday.
He continued, "While politics is noticeably partisan, prayer must never be partisan. Americans need to come together, and people of faith should lead the way, by praying diligently for our leaders whether or not they agree with them or their policies. God's Word commands us to pray for 'kings and all who are in high positions.' (I Timothy 2:2)" more >>
Conservative Christian minister Franklin Graham has recently taken to multiple talk shows to speak on the re-election of President Barack Obama, saying that more Christians should have turned out to vote, and suggesting that America may need a "complete economic collapse" before turning to God.
"God is in control, and if Christians are upset, they need to be upset at themselves. We need to do a better job of getting our people – the Church – to vote," Graham said in a recent interview on The Brody File, featured on the Christian Broadcasting Network's website.
"Now, I'm not trying to tell you how to vote, you can vote, but vote, my goodness, and vote for candidates that stand for Biblical values," added Graham, who is the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). more >>
A month after the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association removed an article describing Mormonism as a "cult" from its website, ministry head Franklin Graham clarified on Wednesday that he was unaware of the article's existence.
The evangelist told CNN that he did not write the article and that he was "shocked" to find the article on the BGEA website.
"We have 10,000 pages and I don't write the 10,000 pages. Other people have written it. There was a discussion as to what a cult was and they (the article) had a definition of a cult and then they gave some examples and when I found out there were examples they took them off. But I was shocked that we even had that on there," Graham said, as he described the "cult" reference as name-calling. more >>
A secular group has filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service against the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, alleging that the ministry's activity during the election season violates its tax exempt status.
Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based organization, argued in its filed report that BGEA's "vote biblical values" ad campaign violated the IRS' rules on religious groups and political campaigning.
"BGEA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has run full-page ads publicizing Billy Graham's call for the electorate to 'vote biblical values,'" said FFRF in a statement last week. "The ads have appeared in several 'swing state' newspapers in preparation for tomorrow's heated presidential election. Throughout the month of October, BGEA published articles favorable to Romney, which included a statement by Billy Graham." more >>
Evangelist Billy Graham, who turned 94 the day after the Nov. 6 presidential elections, has written a response to the re-election of President Barack Obama while sharing his plans for the future, which include a new evangelism campaign.
"Now with the votes counted, it is important to remember that whether we are personally pleased with the outcome or not, God wants us to pray for those chosen to be our leaders – at the national, state, and local levels. The Bible urges us to do so with both respect and thanksgiving (see 1 Peter 2:17; 1 Timothy 2:1–3)" the evangelist says.
Graham faced some criticism after he appeared to put his support behind GOP candidate Mitt Romney, a Mormon who some evangelical leaders said should not be supported by mainstream Christians. Graham met Romney last month at his home in North Carolina and praised him for his strong personal values, which he said were aligned with biblical positions – such as Romney's support for traditional marriage and his pro-life views. more >>