Christians must take the dangers of sin and going against God seriously, and understand that no human is perfect, the Rev. Billy Graham explains.
"Sin is like a deadly disease that touches everything we do and everything we are. Yes, you may be a good and moral person whose life isn't marred by obvious sins. But what about your inner thoughts and motives? What about your pride? What about the things you should be doing but fail to do — the people you ought to help, the person who needs a kind word, the person you ought to be praying for but don't?" the 97-year-old evangelical leader asks in a Q&A column for the My Answers section of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website.
Some Christians might be missing two major details about sin, an understanding of the depth of sin and the cost of sin, Graham asserts, citing 1 John 1:8: "If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us." more >>
Anne Graham Lotz, the daughter of famous evangelist Billy Graham, says some Christians are too afraid and ashamed to turn to God because of the mistakes they have made, but reminds believers God has proven His forgiveness and His love through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
"Are you hiding from God? Have you stopped praying and reading your Bible? Are you, in your heart and mind, closed to Him?" Lotz asked in a devotional on Monday.
"Deep down you're afraid of being found out. And the last thing you want to hear or read is His Word? Because you, too, are ashamed," she added. more >>
Leading evangelist Franklin Graham has defended "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson from liberal backlash after the latter issued an invocation at the April 9 NASCAR race and called on God to put a "Jesus man in the White House."
During his pre-race prayer at Texas Motor Speedway's Duck Commander 500, the 69-year-old reality TV star asked the Lord to help Americans repent in the name of Jesus and also politicized his prayer by asking God to put a Christian in the White House.
"Father thank you for founding our nation. I pray father that we don't forget who brought us — You. Our faith in the blood of Jesus and his resurrection. Help us father to get back to that," Robertson said. "I pray Father that we put a Jesus man in the White House. Help us do that and help us all to repent to do what's right to love you more and to love each other. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen." more >>
On the 104th birth anniversary of dictator Kim Il-sung, a North Korean state newspaper claimed that when American evangelist Billy Graham visited Pyongyang, he described the country's late founder as "God who exists in the world of human beings" and who "has created the greatest heaven on earth."
"The pastor said that he met the greatest among all human beings, who carried out the ultimate art of politics with high morality and being the saint of all saints," says a report published in Rodong Sinmun, a North Korean newspaper that is the official newspaper of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea.
"Not believing in God but believing in his people, Premier Kim Il Sung who governs the country in his own way made me think that he might be God," said Graham in 1992, the report went on to claim, according to NK News. "I admit that Premier Kim Il Sung is God who exists in the world of human beings … he, with his supreme political belief and method has created the greatest heaven on earth that even God might have not been able to do." more >>
Republican Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee scuttled a bill by lawmakers to designate the Bible as the official state book Thursday, noting that signing it into law would be in violation of both the First Amendment of the Constitution and the state constitution.
"I am vetoing House Bill 615, the legislation designating the Holy Bible as the official state book," Haslam declared in a letter to Beth Harwell, speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives.
"As you know, last year the attorney general opined that designating the Holy Bible as the official state book of Tennessee would violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the federal Constitution and Article I, and 3, of the Tennessee constitution, which provides that 'no preference shall ever be given, by law, to any religious establishment or mode of worship,'" he said. more >>
Having a shallow faith in God is not enough, the Rev. Billy Graham wrote in a recent column.
The evangelical leader wrote in a post for the Kansas City Star this week that it is not enough to simply say you believe in Jesus and then do nothing to live out or nurture your faith.
Such a shallow view of your relationship with Christ can put you in "grave spiritual danger," Graham says, referencing James 2:14-17, which reads: "What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? [...] Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead." more >>