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Meditation 1002
Billy Graham does not want a theological debate; except he does.

by: JT

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It has been a while since I last criticized Billy Graham, I think Meditation 808: Billy Graham says "God doesn't hold us accountable for situations we don't control." may have been the last time. This is in part because I no longer get his weekly column in the newspaper.

But the man takes pride in having met with every sitting US President since Harry Truman. He calls himself Pastor to Presidents.

So, it's understandable that he would have met with Mitt Romney, who currently stands a chance (given current polling data) of being the next US President. While Graham did not publicly endorse Romney, he is reliably reported as telling Romney, "I'll do all I can to help you."

Shortly following this expression of support, it was noted that Billy Graham's web site continued to identify the LDS Church as a cult along with such as the Scientologists and Jehovah's Witnesses. Graham's stated criteria for a cult seem to fit the Mormons well: However, cults usually deny that Jesus was the unique Son of God, sent from heaven to save us from our sins. They also may add other books to the Bible, or substitute their own teachings for the Bible's truth.

No sooner was it made public that the website still identified Mormons to be a cult, than the item was removed from the web site.* According to Graham's spokesman: "We removed the information from the website because we do not wish to participate in a theological debate about something that has become politicized during this campaign."

They don't want to get into a theological debate! And they call themselves a ministry.

After this decision not to get into a theological debate during this campaign, Billy Graham started a national advertising campaign encouraging people to vote based on biblical values - and this advertising campaign is generally recognized as supporting the candidate who happens to be a Mormon and whose platform opposes abortion and same sex marriage.

But, regardless of whether you see this campaign as supporting a specific candidate or not, it is certainly blatantly bringing a theological debate into the political campaign. Something which days earlier, a spokesman said Graham did not want.

Yet another example of Graham's spiritual dishonesty.


* It's difficult to remove all traces of a position on a large web site. As of this morning (19 October 2012), entering "Mormon" into the search box on Graham's site still brings up several articles discussing cults.