“CHRISTIAN” LEADERS TEACHING UNIVERSALISM
"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." Acts 4:12
Perhaps the false unity that has been fostered from false prophets for years has given way to this new form of false peace where everyone and everything is accepted no matter what they believe (no holy divine standards, conditions) . The false unity message supposes unity between true born again believers and unsaved people who are in false world religions. Deceitful messengers who are wolves in sheep’s clothing, are preaching a peace at the expense of truth which is deadly at best. It is shocking that never is a correction given from Scripture to the vast audiences some of the most influential “Christian” leaders have been granted. So many leaders have been given the platform to speak the truth
in love to millions on national TV and yet do everything they can to accommodate rebellious men instead of to please the living God whom we are commanded to fear. This is tragic and devastating to lost souls whom Christ died and rose again for, that could otherwise hear the true way Salvation and be saved.
Saints in Jesus, one of the things we must watch for is a subtle universalism being conveyed by those who have “crept in unawares” and pose as Christian leaders (Jude 3-4). Universalism is simply the belief that everyone is going to Heaven no matter what, or, as long as they are sincere in whatever they believe, they are going to Heaven. WDJT? What did Jesus teach? Is everyone who is sincere going to Heaven? Are many or few going to Heaven?
“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets...” Matthew 7:13-15
According to many leaders today, the road is wide, and many are entering into Heaven, as long as they are sincere in their beliefs, no matter what those beliefs are. The attempt is to be careful to play both sides in order to be popular among all men, even though Christ promised that any and all who followed Him would be “hated of all men for my name’s sake.” See Matt. 10:22; Jn. 7:7; 15:19-20; 2 Tim. 3:12.
According God’s Word, one can be sincere and at the same time, be sincerely wrong:
“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Proverbs 14:12
When we walk away after seeing some of the most popular "Christian" leaders interviewed, we must ask ourselves some objective and honest questions, such as:
1) What was the real message conveyed?
2) Was the message of the Gospel of Christ clearly conveyed, including the use of the law to convict of sin, necessity of repentance, eternal damnation in hell for the unsaved, Heaven, and the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus who is coming soon?
3) Was this leader bold, resolute and loving in confessing that Jesus Christ is the only way to God - as He told us?
4) Was this leader bold concerning what God, the Judge of all, clearly stated in His Word about homosexuality, the murder of unborn children (abortion), and other world religions who do not honor Jesus Christ alone as Savior and LORD?.
5) Did the leader lie by omission by refusing to declare the clear divine truth of Holy Scripture?
Most of these "Christian" leaders who have denied Christ before millions when being interviewed, are bold while professionally performing in their own staged pulpits, yet seem to morally collapse when questioned by Larry King or some other secular host. Like Israel in the days of the giant Goliath, they are afraid of and have compromised with the world. But David, a man after God’s own heart, fearlessly took the battle to the face of the giant and slay him in the power of the LORD.
Beloved, we all know little children who would boldly proclaim the name above all names on Larry King Live. Why won’t these “Christian” leaders? There can be no excuse made for anyone claiming to be a Christian, must less a Christian leader, to deny Christ and His Word before the world that needs the Messiah the most - the ones for whom He came and shed His sinless blood.
Those who withhold truth when it is needed are false - they are denying Christ who is the Truth.
“Cursed be he that doeth the work of the LORD deceitfully, and cursed be he that keepeth back his sword from blood.” Jeremiah 48:10
Those who “keepeth back” the “sword from” shedding the blood of the father of lies when there is the opportunity are “cursed” and “doeth the work of the LORD deceitfully”, in other words they are “wolves in sheep’s clothing.” Who is it that does the work of the LORD deceitfully? Those who keep back the sword of the Word.
While being called and granted an incredible platform of opportunities to communicate the true Gospel, these men are instead doing everything they can to accommodate the rebellious and maintain their standing with the world. They exhibit their chameleon-like ways in order to help those without Christ to continue to approve of them, while on their road to eternal damnation. Like the counterfeit Pharisees, these modern deceivers love and seek the praises and approval of men more than God (Jn. 12:43). Jesus warned:
“Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.” Luke 6:26
The Son of God stated:
"Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God." Luke 12:8-9
Was the Son of God lying to us? Is Jesus Christ a liar? Or, are these men false and going to be denied entrance into Heaven before the Great Judgment Throne? It's either Or.
Here is an example of a leader who clearly conveyed the message that everyone who sincerely believes in whatever religion he is apart of, is going to Heaven:
BILLY GRAHAM: “Well, Christianity and being a true believer -- you know, I think there's the Body of Christ. This comes from all the Christian groups around the world, outside the Christian groups. I think everybody that loves Christ, or knows Christ, whether they're conscious of it or not, they're members of the Body of Christ ... I think James answered that, the Apostle James in the first council in Jerusalem, when he said that God's purpose for this age is to call out a people for His name. And that's what God is doing today, He's calling people out of the world for His name, whether they come from the Muslim world, or the Buddhist world, or the Christian world, or the non-believing world, they are members of the Body of Christ, because they've been called by God. They may not even know the name of Jesus, but they know in their hearts that they need something that they don't have, and they turn to the only light that they have, and I think they are saved, and that they're going to be with us in heaven."
Billy Graham told Parade Magazine, "I fully adhere to the fundamental tenets of Christian faith for myself and my ministry. But, as an American, I respect other paths to God–and, as a Christian, I am called on to love them” (“Our Task Is to Do All We Can, Not to Sit and Wait,” Parade Magazine, Oct. 20, 1996, p. 4).
"Sodomites are born sodomites, it is in their genes" (Billy Graham, December 1994 on the Larry King Live).
"How you believe doesn't affect the doctrine. Either at a certain moment in evolution God breathed into one particular ape-man who was Adam, or God could have taken a handful of dust and blowed and created a man just like that" (Billy Graham, 'United Church Observer' 'Sunday Magazine' June 1966).
It is objectively clear here that Graham continues to lie by omission - that is, he deliberately refuses to tell the Gospel truth that Jesus Christ is the only way to God.
When we “love them” it should include giving them the truth - so that they can escape the damnation that lies ahead for all who are not saved by Jesus Christ, the only Savior. Jesus told the religionists and all of His day: “if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins” and “he that believeth not (in Him) shall be damned.” (Jn. 8:24; Mk. 16:16) The preaching of the Gospel is for anywhere and anytime, not just a crusade one sets up. We are instructed to be “instant in season and out of season” and not just from our professional platform. Repentance is a word, command, and Gospel essential. Repentance is undeniably the first word of the real Gospel Christ and John the Baptist preached (Matt. 3:4;4:17). Modern beguilers intentionally eliminate calling sin what it is and the essential nature of repentance from their vocabulary,
Did you catch this? Read this closely: “You know, I think there's the Body of Christ. This comes from all the Christian groups around the world, outside the Christian groups. I think everybody that loves Christ, or knows Christ, whether they're conscious of it or not, they're members of the Body of Christ” Here Graham includes those “outside the Christian groups” who “knows Christ, whether they're conscious of it or not, they're members of the Body of Christ”
Wow, according the Billy Graham, someone can “know Christ” while being taught lies in a false religion, and, be saved and not even know it? Where does the Word tell us this? Graham says here that someone can actually personally know the Creator, Redeemer, Savior, be washed in His holy blood, and made a completely “new creature”, without hearing the name or real Gospel of Jesus Christ. And, on top of this, not even know he has been born again where all things become new and of God (Jn. 3:3;2 Cor. 5:17). This is deceptive man-pleasing language and I’m sure an insult to the intelligence of many who read their Bibles.
Is Jesus Christ the only way to God? Does He transform all and every person who comes to Him in repentance and faith for salvation? What did God tell us in His Word?
“That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.” John 5:23
“He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” 1 John 5:10-13
“We know that we have passed from death unto life…” 1 John 3:14
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.” 2 Corinthians 5:17-18
Friend, Did the woman at the well know she had met Jesus or was she just imagining it? See John 4. Remember the maniac at Gadara whom Jesus cast many devils out of, then he sat in his right mind? Did he know it when the Almighty came into hsi life? Mark 5. The answers are obvious, but I am just trying to make a point.
When God saves, He completely changes that life from the inside out. The born again miracle, which only God will do through Christ, is the most powerful, life-changing experience a person can experience. It is completely life-changing.
In an interview where Joel Osteen was asked several questions by Larry King, he stated “I don’t know” a total of 8 times. Why didn’t he know what the Bible has to say about the everyday matters King asked him about? Does Osteen not know Jesus Christ is the only way to God and that there are certain things that violate His holiness? This is a man who is leading hundreds of thousands to worship at the altar of self through his false gospel, Did he not know these things, or was he in the self-preservation mode instead of being self-emptying like the One He claims to speak for?
KING: But don't you think if people don't believe as you believe, they're somehow condemned?
OSTEEN: You know, I think that happens in our society. But I try not to do that. I tell people all the time, preached a couple Sundays about it. I'm for everybody. You may not agree with me, but to me it's not my job to try to straighten everybody out. The Gospel called the good news. My message is a message of hope, that's God's for you. You can live a good life no matter what's happened to you. And so I don't know. I know there is condemnation but I don't feel that's my place.
What Osteen and many other miss is this: It surely is NOT our place (forgiven sinners) to judge others, BUT it is the mandate from the One who shed His blood to save us, to preach the law to bring the knowledge and conviction of sin, and repentance. Osteen’s message simply has no resemblance of what Christ and His holy apostles preached.
Osteen is like most celebrity preachers today who are deny Christ instead of self. They love the praise of men more than the praise of God
“Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.” John 12:42-43
“Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.” Luke 6:26
When being interviewed and asked about themselves, shouldn’t these men be using the opportunity to preach the Gospel unashamedly? Paul said “I am set for the defence of the gospel.” (Phil. 1:17) Seldom do these famous idols preach the essential components of the original Gospel when standing before the world. Remember Peter denied Christ three times when under the heat of the world’s persecution? Like Peter, these celebrity icons are denying Christ before millions of lost people who need Jesus’ salvation. Let’s pray that these blinded men repent before it is too late and before they lead anyone else to darkness and destruction.
Concerning Billy Graham’s book Just As I Am, one ministry comments ”In his autobiography Just As I Am, Graham talks more about the people he knew than about Jesus Christ. Graham does make a few theological comments but they seem more from hell than heaven...”.
Compare the intentional negligence of these “Christian” leaders to how Psalms 7:11 & 94:16: “God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day....Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?”
Here is an interview I personally typed out while watching Larry King and Billy Graham talk on a raw footage video of the Larry King Live Show:
LARRY KING: What do think of other, what do you think of like Mormonism, Catholicism, other faiths within the Christian concept?
BILLY GRAHAM: Oh I think I have wonderful fellowship with all of them…
LARRY KING: You’re comfortable with Salt Lake City? You’re comfortable with the Vatican?
Billy GRAHAM: OH I’m very comfortable with the Vatican, I’ve been to see the Pope several times. In fact the day he was inaugurated or made Pope I was preaching at his cathedral at Craceau (a city in Poland? Spelling?), I was his guest.
LARRY KING: You were preaching in his church the day he was made pope?
BILLY GRAHAM: That is correct. In Craceau.
LARRY KING: You must have been shocked.
BILLY GRAHAM: Of course I was, there was shouting on the streets, you know the next day…ah “polish pope polish pope” and I knew it wasn’t ? (the name of the other candidate for pope) in Warsaw where I received an honorary doctorate from the and ah from the school there and the next stop was in Craceau…
LARRY KING: You like this pope?
BILLY GRAHAM: I like him very much, he’s very conservative.
LARRY KING: Not socially. He’s a liberal socially. Wealthy nations share the wealth…
BILLY GRAHAM: He and I agree on almost everything.
LARRY KING: And George Bush?
BILLY GRAHAM: I love …to me
LARRY KING: You love everybody.
BILLY GRAHAM: To me their the greatest of all the families, as a family.
LARRY KING: They really are a family.
BILLY GRAHAM: They really are a family.
LARRY KING: You like the Clinton’s?
BILLY GRAHAM: I like the Clinton’s very much.
LARRY KING: You’re a big admirer of hers right? (speaking of Hillary Clinton)
BILLY GRAHAM: Yes.
LARRY KING: On this program you have defended her.
BILLY GRAHAM: I think a great deal of Hillary.
LARRY KING: You also revealed the other day…And no one could have….this was a shock, that you are a democrat.
BILLY GRAHAM: Yes, I am a democrat, you couldn’t live in North Carolina when I was growing up and not be a democrat.
SUMMARY: In my estimation, this whole interview was staged by Satan to draw Bible believers into deception. I say this due to the obvious agenda that transpired. You can see in this the agenda of the evil overseer of this conversation. His questions and issues chosen are strategic. The enemy seeks to knock down all the walls of biblical truth which are partitions to keep separate the LORD Jesus and His true remnant from false religions. Larry King is an unredeemed man whose mouth is a pawn of the evil one. Billy Graham is clearly a chameleon, agreeing with everyone and anything anyone wishes to believe, never offering a rebuke or correction of anything – like Christ and His apostles would have done. Did you notice that Graham offered not one word or even hint of correction, but rather gives a wholesale acceptance and approval of wicked people and practices and false religions? Compare what Billy Graham did here and Isaiah 5:
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink: Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him! Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel. Therefore is the anger of the LORD kindled against his people, and he hath stretched forth his hand against them, and hath smitten them: and the hills did tremble, and their carcases were torn in the midst of the streets. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.” Isaiah 5:20-25
THE UNCHANGING GOD TELLS US THAT JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY TO GOD
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." Acts 4:12
The name of Jesus is the only name whereby anyone can be saved. If this is truth, then such excludes those who believe in the name/persons and icons of all other world religions. Are you ready to die for Jesus? He wants us to die to self and proclaim His holy name.
Discerning and judging these leaders is different because they are influencing millions. In this case, many are being led astray. There is no malice intended toward any of these men, but a mandate to guard His flock with His truth from the wolves who are operating within and misrepresenting His Person - who He told us He is in His eternal Word.
We must be honest and objective about the rampant, subtle universalism being conveyed, and true to our LORD and Savior who told us He is the only way and no one can be saved from eternal punishment except under the authority of His holy name.
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