An article describing Mormonism as a "cult" was removed from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's (BGEA) website following Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's visit with Graham last week.
The article described The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly referred to as Mormonism, as a group that "teaches doctrines or beliefs that deviate from the biblical message of the Christian faith." Other groups identified as cults in the article include Jehovah's Witnesses, Unitarians, the Unification Church, Scientologists and Spiritists.
The article was removed sometime after Romney, a Mormon, visited Graham at his Montreat, N.C., home last week. Ken Barun, chief of staff for BGEA, said in an emailed statement on Tuesday that the organization removed the article in order to avoid a debate, though he did not specify whether or not the candidate's visit had anything to do with the timing of its removal. more >>
Evangelist Billy Graham commended Mitt Romney for his values and moral convictions after meeting with the GOP presidential candidate at his North Carolina home on Thursday.
"What impresses me even more than Governor Romney's successful career are his values and strong moral convictions," Graham said in a statement. "I appreciate his faithful commitment to his impressive family, particularly his wife Ann of 43 years and his five married sons."
Graham, 93, said he was friends with Romney's late father, former Michigan Governor George Romney, and has followed the younger Romney's career. more >>
A federal court has ruled in favor of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association against a suit brought by a former employee alleging racial discrimination.
The U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina Charlotte Division ruled on Friday that the BGEA did not racially discriminate when they fired Kimberly McCallum, an administrative assistant who was at the time the only African-American employed at the executive offices.
"In conclusion, a jury could not reasonably find or infer that discrimination was a motivating factor in any of the challenged employment decisions of BGEA," wrote Richard Voorhees, U.S. District Judge. more >>
As the 2012 International AIDS Conference continues this week in Washington, D.C., Franklin Graham shared in a blog post his thoughts on how the Church should act toward those infected with the life-threatening disease.
According to Graham, who serves as the president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse, the Church should not condone premarital or extramarital sex, but it should show compassion toward victims of the disease. more >>
Preacher and televangelist Benny Hinn has said on a Trinity Broadcasting Network program that he believes when the Rev. Billy Graham dies, America will experience a major religious revival.
In remarks recently delivered in the United Kingdom posted on YouTube, Hinn said that the famous 93-year-old American preacher's death would be a sign.
"The sign will be Billy Graham's death," said Hinn, as another individual on the video spoke of "a manifestation of power" being brought down on thousands of people. more >>
Evangelist Billy Graham remembered his close associate Dr. Sterling Huston, who died of cancer last week, as "indispensable" to his ministry, and recalled his confidence in the life-changing power of the Gospel.
"Sterling was one of my closest associates and his vision, his unique gifts and his strong commitment to evangelism were indispensable to my Crusade ministry," Billy Graham said of former director of North American Crusades for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association who died after a courageous battle with cancer on June 29 in Rochester, N.Y.
A memorial service for Huston, who was also chairman of Evangelism Explosion and the Internet Evangelism Coalition, has been scheduled for July 21 at Browncroft Community Church in Rochester, according to a statement by BGEA released Friday. more >>