Billy Graham and Rome

Billy Graham's London Crusade 1954 Wembley

Billy Graham on Rome in his own words:

‘Billy what do you expect the World Council of Churches to do in August?’ His reply, ‘I believe that they are going to nominate the anti-Christ’.

~luncheon at the Conservative Baptist Association’s Convention, Milwaukee, August 1948

‘The three greatest menaces faced by orthodox Christianity are Communism, Roman Catholicism and Mohamedanism’.

~Plains Baptist Challenger, July 1977

‘The Gospel that built this School and the Gospel that brings me here tonight is still the way to salvation’.

~’The Gastonia Gazette’ Nov. 22nd 1967, upon receiving an honorary degree from Belmont Abbey, a Jesuit School

When a Roman Catholic Bishop blessed converts at a Billy Graham Crusade, with Billy’s cooperation and approval, Graham said it was

‘something tremendous, an awakening of reform and revival within Christianity.’

~’New York Times’ Nov. 9th, 1963

On cooperating with Rome:

‘I don’t think we have all to unite and be one big church to do the work of God, but there are areas where we can cooperate.’

~Christianity Today, July 5, 1968

‘This past week I preached in a great Catholic cathedral … as I sat there going through the funeral mass, that was a beautiful thing and certainly straight and clear in the Gospel I believe’.

~October 21, 1973, Milwaukee, qtd. in ‘Billy Graham’ by L.L. Bynum Lubbock, Texas

On whether people should leave the Church of Rome:

‘Don’t pull out of the church. Stay in it … help your church’

~January 6 , 1973, qtd. in ‘Lutheran Standard’ ‘Time’ Oct. 27th

‘I’ve found that my beliefs are essentially the same as those of orthodox Roman Catholics … we differ on some matters of later church tradition.’

~McCall’s Magazine, January 1978

‘Lutherans, Anglicans and Catholics are members of the body of Christ’

~Royal York Hotel, Toronto, March 16, 1978

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