by the Rev. Carl McIntire, D.D.
Now may we turn in our Bibles to Psalm 119 and the 160th verse: "Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth forever." I have been dealing with that verse for five days on the 20th Century Reformation Hour broadcast. Now Revelation, chapter 18, verse four: "And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues."
First, we have the emphasis upon the Word being true and pure from the beginning and the judgments of God abiding the same. Second, we have the emphasis on withdrawing from the terrible apostasy described in the Book of Revelation.
We are a people, a congregation, which has always sought to stand where we believe the Word of God requires us to stand. We have never shunned any responsibility or evaded any great issue. We feel that that is our duty as good servants and as witnesses to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Questions are now being raised and put to many of us concerning what is called "ecumenical evangelism," and the coming evangelistic campaign to be held in Philadelphia by Evangelist Billy Graham.
As we approach this subject and discuss the issues that are involved in the position which we seek to maintain, I want to remind you of the series of messages that I have recently preached to you on the Bible and on God. We are dealing with the Book which is true and which is authoritative for us. Regardless of men, institutions, and churches, regardless of who may be involved, we are going to take a position which we believe the Scriptures require.
Furthermore, we're dealing with God, who is holy and righteous, whose way is to not change. His judgments endure forever. We are a people who must give an account of ourselves individually to our God. He is holy. "Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!" we sing. It is in the presence of the holiness of God and the greatness and the majesty of the Being whom we worship that we must face the question of "ecumenical evangelism," as it is being called today.
I'm very thankful that, as I come to speak on the subject at the present moment, it is not very difficult for God's people to see what is involved. Five years ago, eight years ago, it was much more difficult for people to understand. This is not the case today.
EVANGELIST BILLY GRAHAM'S POSITION
Evangelist Billy Graham, in the position which he has publicly declared to be the one which he follows in his ecumenical evangelism, has so conducted himself in the last few years that it is very clear to all of God's people, who are willing to face the facts, exactly where this evangelism is taking the Church and what it is doing so far as the welfare of the nation is concerned. There was a day when Evangelist Billy Graham carried on his ministry with the best wishes, the commendation, and the prayers of the great fundamentalist leaders of our country. But during the years he has lost the support of many of the outstanding fundamentalist leaders, and he certainly has lost all the support of virtually all the great fundamental leaders in the separatist movement. He has no part in the new reformation, the Twentieth Century Reformation.
There was a day when Bob Jones, Sr., supported him in every way he could. That day has passed. Dr. Jones has become one of the great witnesses against ecumenical evangelism.
There was a day when John R. Rice defended Evangelist Billy Graham and his position, even going to his campaign in Scotland. But that day has long since passed. John R. Rice has again raised his voice against ecumenical evangelism.
We can point out man after man who has taken such a stand. Our own American Council of Christian Churches and our own Bible Presbyterian Church have declared themselves. We had a great champion of these principles in the late James E. Bennett, a New York lawyer, an elder in our synod, and a leader in our American Council of Christian Churches. Things have happened, and, as these events have occurred, the position and place of leadership taken by Evangelist Billy Graham have helped to clarify in people's thinking the issues that are involved. Consequently, it is not as difficult at the present time to present the case in the light of the teaching of the Word of God.
This past week there has come to a head in our country an emphasis, so far as the ecumenical movement is concerned, which no Christian can possibly evade. The General Assembly of the United Presbyterian Church, meeting in Buffalo, New York, took action request and the Episcopal Church, which meets next September in Detroit, to join with the United Presbyterian Church in a proposal for organic church union with the Methodist, the United Church of Christ, and any other church that would join with them and this proposal. This was approved almost unanimously by the United Presbyterian Church's Assembly. The proposal is being sent also to every denomination that is connected with the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA in our country and to every church that is connected with the World Presbyterian Alliance. Here is a definite act movement or the development of a one-world church.
Dr. Eugene Carson Blake, the stated clerk of the General Assembly of the United Presbyterian Church, who made the proposal, has his picture on the front page of this week's issue of Time magazine. It carries a lengthy story in which Dr. Blake and his proposal are presented. However Dr. Blake, in a press interview which he had in Buffalo, is reported in the headline, "Cleric Envisions A Full Church Unity." Here is the story:
"Dr. Eugene Carson Blake yesterday expressed hope that his Protestant merger plan, which will go before the General Assembly, will be one step in a long range union of all Christendom, including the Roman Catholics and the Eastern Orthodox Churches."
The proposal, therefore, which Dr. Blake is making is a step toward what is called the ecumenical movement, which has as its goal, its consummation, the bringing into one visible organic church organization all of these churches: the Protestant, the Greek Orthodox, and the Roman Catholic. Dr. Blake was frank enough and discussing this proposal which he has made, and which was approved, to tell us that that is the end which he and others have and view, so far as their program is concerned.
I want to show you how all of this now fits so perfectly in the development of ecumenical evangelism and into the program that Evangelist Billy Graham is promoting by his activities.
I have for things that I wish to lay before you and the light of the text which we've taken.
First, Dr. Graham in recent years has actually become a leader in the ecumenical movement. In discussing this I shall not go back into the long history of Dr. Graham. I want to use only information concerning the most recent developments. I flew to San Francisco in January and attended the meeting of the National Council of Churches in order that I might report and have the facts necessary to deal with these great issues.
When we arrived in San Francisco, we found a picture in the public press which showed Evangelist Billy Graham accompanied by an announcement that he was one of the primary speakers in the opening conferences of the National Council. This picture, which I hold in my hand, is taken from the Oakland Tribune, "Graham and His Friends." Here are six men gathered about Evangelist Billy Graham. Seated beside him is Edwin T. Dahlberg, then president of the National Council of Churches. Dr. Graham was a featured speaker at a conference there of the National Council and he spoke in the Grace Episcopal Church on Sunday afternoon, December 4.
I have the official press release of the National Council of Churches announcing Evangelist Billy Graham's participation there, giving the order of the service, and those who participated in it. This was December 4 the afternoon. The morning speaker in that same pulpit on December 4 was none other than Dr. Eugene Carson Blake, when he made his sensational announcement that he would make the proposal which was approved this past week.
Dr. Eugene Carson Blake was joined in the pulpit there by Bishop James A. Pike, Bishop of the Diocese of California. Bishop Pike joined with Dr. Blake in what is now called the Blake-Pike proposal that took place on December four in the morning service in the Grace Episcopal Church in San Francisco. In the afternoon meeting, Evangelist Billy Graham was represented as a chief speaker at this gathering, and the benediction was pronounced by none other than Bishop Pike himself.
Now bishop Pike has become an exceedingly controversial figure in these last few months because he cannot accept the virgin birth of Christ. Bishop Pike cannot repeat the Apostles' Creed. He can sing it, but he cannot repeat it because he cannot accept the idea that Christ literally ascended up into heaven. Furthermore, Bishop Pike is not sure about the Trinity, and believes that the virgin birth and the early accounts of creation, which we have in the Bible, belong to the realm of "myths." Bishop Pike is one of the outstanding heretics of our day. He is an apostate from the Christian faith. I do not hesitate to say that, and, furthermore, what I am saying has the endorsement and the approval of countless numbers of Episcopalians across the country who have reacted against Bishop Pike's blatant attack upon the virgin birth of our Lord, upon the Apostles' Creed, and upon other basic doctrines of our faith.
Evangelist Billy Graham stood in Bishop Pikes pulpit on Sunday afternoon and Bishop Pike pronounced the benediction upon the service in which Evangelist Billy Graham participated. Graham was not there to witness to Pike or the NCC. He never questioned one single thing. He was one of the "leaders" with them of the ecumenical movement.
Now as I outlined some of the developments and point out the significance of them to you, I want you to see that Evangelist Billy Graham has actually become, and is today, one of the leaders of what we call the ecumenical movement. I've just shown you his picture here with his "friends," among them Dr. Edwin T. Dahlberg, then president of the National Council of Churches. Dr. Dahlberg is an outstanding modernist. He has questioned certain fundamental doctrines of our faith. He has been under attack in these last few years because of his activity on certain Communist-front organizations here in our country.
In San Francisco at this meeting of the National Council of Churches, Dr. Dahlberg made his speech as he retired as president, and in that speech she had something to say about the whole program of the National Council. I'm giving you this because Evangelist Billy Graham was there taking part in this evangelistic activity related to the National Council of Churches. Dr. Edwin T. Dahlberg, retiring president, in a three-year survey of his activity, declared, "For an effective gospel for the whole world, we need the united church." And then he emphasized, "It is from this high perspective of the united church that we must carry on all our evangelism, Christian education, social action, missionary witness, worship and ministry. Let us never be afraid of a high altitude religion."
Here was the president of the National Council of Churches saying that all that they have done - their evangelism, their education, their program, everything - is to the end that they may help bring into being a great united church, the ecumenical church; and here stands Billy Graham right at his side. Dr. Grahams being there at their invitation was for that purpose, too. Here stands Billy Graham speaking before one of the evangelistic conferences of the National Council of Churches, and here is the publicity released by the National Council of Churches! He was not just used, he was promoting it all himself by his very presence on their platform! Twelve years ago Evangelist Billy Graham would never have done it. But we see the change that is taken place in him as he has moved closer and closer to places and positions of leadership with the ecumenical leaders.
Last August, he went over Europe. I have a report here: "Evangelist Graham Addresses WCC on Task of Evangelism." This is the report of his presence in Geneva, Switzerland, speaking at an evangelistic conference in Geneva, sponsored by the World Council of Churches.
When Evangelist Billy Graham, in 1948, was questioned concerning the formation of the World Council of Churches in Amsterdam, he was quoted in the press at that time as saying that he believed that the participants were going to help construct the church of "the Antichrist." His position since 1948 has obviously changed and now he has taken a place of leadership in an evangelistic conference of the World Council of Churches, and is on the platform of the National Council in San Francisco, California, joining hands with Bishop Pike as he pronounces the benediction upon his service, and he is helping to build the great Babylon church, the one-world church. I want to point out to you that in recent months, on both the National Council level and the World Council level, Billy Graham has ministered in a place of leadership for the ecumenical movement.
No I say, in such a position basically there are involved the great principles of fellowship, of union, and of cooperation which the Bible sets before us what it tells us that we should not join hands with unbelievers in order to build the Church or to do the work of God. What I want to emphasize as we move through this message is that our duty as Christians and as believers in carrying on the work of God is first the duty of obedience to the Scriptures. We cannot carry on the work of God according to our own desires, or our own ideas, or ways that we may think will advance the cause as we would like to see in advance; we must carry on the work of God within the boundaries of and in accordance with the strict confines of the commandments of God.
In the second place, Evangelist Billy Graham is actually become one of the builders of what we would call the one-world church. His program of evangelism, ecumenical evangelism, is what we call "inclusivist evangelism." As we see this one-world church unfolding before us, as we see men like Bishop Pike in places of leadership, and we see unbelief and belief mixed together, as we see the confusion that is involved in the development of this one-world church, every man who loves the Lord and believes in the Bible must take a stand against it. We cannot help build it either directly or indirectly, and the issues are far greater than Billy Graham. The great one-world church movement, which involves all of these various churches, is a mighty thrust, almighty force that is moving on seeking to encircle all that it possibly can as it finally brings to a consummation the Babylon church.
The task of bearing testimony to the Word of God in the presence of such a movement here in this 20th century is the task of everyone who has been born again by the precious blood of Jesus Christ. On these questions the church of Jesus Christ needs to stand. The church of Jesus Christ needs to be clear in its testimony against unbelief coming into the house of God and being exalted in use in the program of the church itself.
And it is just that this point that we see first the great principle of inclusivism.
Evangelist Billy Graham made it plain some years ago that his crusades would be sponsored, as they have been in many communities in various areas by the Council of Churches. In Australia, yes; New York, yes; other areas, yes; and these Councils of Churches include varying shades of attitudes and opinions concerning the Bible and Jesus Christ when evangelist Billy Graham took that position, he put himself over on the territory of inclusivism, which is the ground in the platform that makes possible the building of the broad world church.
Oh, how different it would have been if Evangelist Billy Graham had shunned such ideas and had gone about the land preaching the gospel, gathering his crowds, and doing his work simply in the name of the Lord and looking to the Holy Spirit to lead and to guide him! As we've pointed out in the discussion of these issues in times past, that is what are blessedly Lord did. When our Lord Jesus Christ walked about the dusty roads of Palestine, he did not go and ask for the sponsorship of the Sanhedrin. He did not go and ask for some sponsoring committee made up of the various shades of opinion representing the modernist, the fundamentalists, the Sadducees, and the Pharisees. He did nothing of the kind. Our blessed Lord and Savior went about preaching the gospel of salvation, and men were saved, born into his glorious kingdom.
In such a day is this, where questions of belief and unbelief inside the church are before us, may God Almighty give men vision to see that, if they are to preach this gospel, they are not to preach it under the sponsorship and auspices of groups and organizations of a heterogeneous complexion so far as attitudes toward Jesus Christ are concerned. To preach Christ under the sponsorship of many different views of him is to dishonor his name! And it is just at that point in the evangelistic program of Billy Graham that there is so much confusion and it is just at that point that God's people must put the teaching of the Word of God paramount.
In a recent statement made by Dr. Graham we see the doctrinal basis for his shift. I want to quote this sentence to you because it reveals the break as we see it. He said, "I do not believe that the ground of our fellowship is to be the inerrancy of Scripture, but rather the ground of our fellowship is to be the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ." It is at that point that the line of distinction is very clear. Beloved, the ground of our fellowship, the ground of our ministry, the foundation of this church to which you and I are committed, is of the infallible, inerrant Word of God. That is it. That is the fortress, that is the fortification, that is the foundation and must be defended and maintained by God's people in carrying on the work of the Lord. Our ordination vows required.
Now when evangelist Billy Graham lays aside the Scriptures as the ground of fellowship, as he does here, and says he wants to make just the deity of Christ the basis of fellowship, the basis of cooperation, he has moved into the ecumenical field, because the ecumenical leaders say, "Yes, we will take in anyone who professes the deity of Christ." Men in churches, to be an ecumenical fellowship, do not have to accept the infallibility of the Bible! They can accept the myths; they can go along the line that Bishop Pike is going along if they want too, because Bishop Pike says, "I believe in the deity of Christ." When you separate the deity of Christ from the infallible Bible, you do violence to the Christ of the Scriptures. It is just at this point that there's so much confusion in the minds of a lot of God's people. By some of the statements which he has made as he has moved closer and closer into the promotion and building of the ecumenical movement, Billy Graham has helped to clarify the issues. Graham's position is exactly that of the constitution of the NCC, and even the deity of Christ may have a different definition, too.
A member of our church brought me the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin for Thursday. On page two was a picture of Evangelist Billy Graham. He is in London. He has not been well. He is propped up in bed and in his hand is the New English Bible. And Evangelist Billy Graham, confined to his London hotel room with an infection, reads the New English Bible.
It has so happened that Billy Graham always lands on the wrong side of the great questions of our day. He endorsed the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, and yet, in spite of his endorsement of it in Pittsburgh in one of his great rallies, that Bible has been rejected by the fundamentalists of this country. The New English Bible is far worse than Revised Standard Version of the Bible. In the NEB, the word "virgin" is omitted from the narratives concerning Jesus Christ in the gospel of Luke, and the word "girl" is substituted. That version removes the word "propitiation" entirely from the New Testament. The New English Bible paraphrases instead of translates. It has rejected any semblance of supporting the glorious doctrine of the plenary, verbal inspiration of the Bible. The chairman of the committee that produced this New English Bible was Professor Charles H. Dodd of Cambridge. I have here quotations from Dr. Dodd's book, The Authority of the Bible. I want to read you a paragraph. This is from page 14: "It is high time to assert unambiguously that the Bible contains a good deal which, if it is taken out of a contemporary historical context and given general and permanent validity, is simply pernicious. The old automatic view of the Bible therefore is not only open to attack from the standpoint of science and historical criticism, but if taken seriously it becomes a danger to religion and public morals. A revision of this view is therefore an imperative necessity."
Here is the gentleman who is chairman of the committee that produced the New English Bible saying that there are things in the Bible that are "pernicious"; there must be a "revision of this view." The view and the position of Dr. Dodd on these matters are well known.
Bible believers in England, thank God, and in Australia, and here in our country are rising up and saying that the New English Bible ought not to be accepted as a faithful translation. Billy Graham goes to England for a campaign, he has his picture taken holding the New English Bible, a good, clear picture. He is seen reading it there in his bed. This commendation is spread around the world.
Now, beloved, I believe it is that sort of thing that enters into a man's witness and testimony to the Word of God. If he is going to preach the Word he should not commend the corrupted book!
In the third place, Billy Graham's campaigns have become a cover for the apostates and a great comfort to the compromisers.
Billy Graham welcomes to his platform both the modernists and the fundamentalists, and when questions are raised about the preaching of a certain minister, all that minister does is to go to the evangelistic campaign of Billy Graham where he is asked to pronounce the benediction or lead in prayer, and that is a nice cover for him indeed! That that has been done there is no question.
Beloved, any man who is going to maintain a platform for the preaching of the true gospel of Jesus Christ should never permit that platform to become a cover for any man who does not stand squarely for the great fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith.
The comfort that the compromisers have been able to gather from the evangelistic campaigns of Billy Graham has been very great. They go to the meetings, and in the excitement of the crowds that gather, and the singing of the hymns (and some good, glorious gospel hymns are sung), in the atmosphere of that meeting, these things are forgotten. The great issues and questions that are at stake, shaping and moving the whole current of the Christian church, fade from view and men find comfort in gathering, and they turn and say that men of God, like Bob Ketchum, like Bob Jones, like John R Rice, like Noel Smith, like Carl McIntire, like other men in this country, who have dared question the complexion of this program are "bitter" and are not for evangelism, and they are full of jealousy.
Beloved, the Word of God must be honored by every man who was called to preach it, and there is no standard in this Book for a layman that is different from the standard for a pastor. There is no standard in this Book for a layman different from that for a minister. There is one standard of righteousness. This Book says, "Thy word is very pure." It is "true from the beginning: and every one of my righteous judgments endureth for ever."
It is just here that we raise a question, a distressing question, too. It is the policy of this program that people, when they come forward under the preaching of the message, are turned over to the churches of their choice. They are given no instruction, no warning, no caution. They are turned over to modernistic churches - worldly, ungodly churches. Oh, my friends, that is an offense against God. It is painful to see little ones who hear a message and say, "Yes, I believe," turned over into the devil's incubator to be reared. It is pathetic and it is a tragedy. No woman will bring a child into this world and, after it has been born, say, "I am through with my responsibility to that baby." She cannot be. No, she must nurture it, she must see that it is directed. Evangelist Billy Graham comes to this point, and then leaves these people to go here, there, yonder, everywhere. He commends them to any church to which they desire to go. And evangelism which ignores the reality of the issues of our day as they relate to the ongoing movement of the church is not an evangelism that honors the commandments of the Word of God.
Beloved, I say to you, you cannot disobey the commandments of God in these fields in order to preach the gospel. The duty which God requires of man his obedience to His revealed will; and the preaching of the gospel, the building of the church, and our activity as those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ must be governed by the commandments of God. There is a test: the Gospel. The message that is preached cannot be used to help build and support evil. We have to guard from both sides as we seek to bear testimony to the Word of God.
Finally, in the fourth place, we have here in this ecumenical evangelism a false use of evangelism.
The evangelism that God has called us to is an evangelism that will save souls, that will nurture them and feed them and see that they are brought it to churches which are honoring to Jesus Christ.
What has led evangelist Billy Graham to take the turn that he has taken and move the way that he has god? Only God knows his heart. But that he has moved after the way of the ecumenical movement, that he is cooperating, that he is helping to lead in the ecumenical movement today, there can be no question. Every person who wants to honor the evangelism of the scriptures, either in his personal witness, or in any corporate or cooperative work as in joint campaigns, must see to it that evangelism does not help build the inclusivist one world church. That is the issue before us in the 20th century. It is before this church. It is before you. It is before every Christian with whom we have to deal.
Oh, how I value and cherish the memory of the Honorable James E. Bennett, that great New York lawyer who gave so much of his time to the movement of which we are a part. When Graham's New York campaign came, James Bennett lost virtually all of his friends. Bennett drew the lines and pointed out that the campaign was under the sponsorship of the modernists, including the Protestant Council of Churches of New York. He pointed out all that the Council of Churches reaped from that campaign, how it gathered churches under its cover and strengthened itself in New York City for the ecumenical program. I remember how an effort was made to get James E. Bennett to go to the meetings. He was told that he could lead in prayer if he wanted to. He could pray a "good prayer." Well, you could not have asked him anything that would have offended him more than that. "Oh," they said, "if you will just come to one of the meetings, Jim!" One of Graham's own team said, "They want you to come; just put in an appearance at one of the meetings, Jim." He said, "No, I can't do it. If I go to that meeting, people will interpret it as an endorsement Graham's program. Graham will use it, too. I can't do it." And he never did go! A book was written several years ago, dealing with cooperative or ecumenical evangelism, which near the end contained a discussion of Dr. Bennett. His witness to the Word of God was true, and far greater than the popular Billy Graham.
Men wanted James E. Bennett to go to Graham's New York meeting, just put in an appearance there, so it would be said throughout New York that this great Christian lawyer, when stood in the Harry Rimmer case, which stood against the Auburn Affirmation, would had been on trial by the New York Presbytery. They wanted this great Presbyterian layman at least to be seen in the great meeting. Bennett never compromised his convictions but he stood, and went to his grave an abused, misunderstood man. But he was true to his God. He was right! Graham is wrong.
And now what do we think about the gospel that Billy Graham preaches? What shall we say about it? Well, beloved, the first thing I want to say about it is that, in dealing with sin, he leaves a great area of the most grievous sin unrebuked. The sin of unbelief inside of the house of God is left unrebuked, and God's people are not asked to separate from that, as the Scriptures teach. His evangelistic message, as it deals with sin, has to leave out great sections of the Bible, and he does it very conveniently. If he dealt with sin as it is presented in this Book, as it applies to the apostasy, to the ecumenical church, to the inclusive program, Edwin T. Dahlberg would not welcome him to the platform of the National Council of Churches. So a great section of the sin which the Bible deals with, and which every evangelist must face as he preaches the whole counsel of God, is laid aside. His message is limited because of Billy Graham's own sin in the realm of witnessing.
Yet, if you listen to Billy Graham as he deals with social sins, you hear him talk at times about the blood of Christ. You listen to him on his broadcast and it sounds so beautiful. You say, "That's right, I believe it!" And you do believe that, as far as he goes. But it is what he has not touched upon that is so serious. He goes only so far. He accommodates himself. He adjusts his message. He plans it, he shapes it, so that it will support the program that he has, as he reaches out in his great crowds to build his evangelistic campaigns. Dr. Graham knows it. It is "ecumenical evangelism" he is practicing. Because of that we have to say, "Well, Mr. Graham, we cannot go along with this. We Cannot be put in a position where our attendance, or our endorsement, can be used by you or anybody else to support or to present confusion concerning the great question of the ecumenical one world church. We cannot do it."
There are many people who do not understand these things. Thank God, you people here have a pastor who is willing to tell you these things, and, as I give you the facts and show the picture, you are in a position to say, "Well, that is where we stand; I understand the situation more clearly." But do you know that preachers, fundamental preachers, in this area are afraid to do it? One of the leaders of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church wrote an article saying they were going to cooperate because, if they did not cooperate, people would think they were not interested in evangelism, and they could not afford to have people think that way about their church. Yielding, surrendering to pressure, to the pull of the crowd! We cannot do it.
When the Word is its stake, and when the very tide of the day is running strong, we will have to stand.
In God's blessed providence, it may be, it is true, that some are reached by the Graham message. Some may genuinely be saved by the Graham message. They will find their way, in God's blessed providence, not into modernistic churches to starve. Some may even find their way into a true separated church, and there, through more instruction and enlightenment and more facts, they will see the issues that are at stake. But those who know the Word, cannot compromise its commands to "save souls,"" even though Dr. Graham does!
"Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth forever."
I have not touched on so many things that I wanted to take up this morning. When Evangelist Billy Graham went over to Moscow, you know, newspapers across the country reported: "The Kremlin Surprises Graham"; "Evangelist Sings Hymns In Moscow Church"; "Graham Approves Preaching In Soviet Union"; "The Crosses In Moscow Impress Graham"; "Billy Graham Praises High Russian Morals." There was one of another type: "Graham Fooled By Russian Morality." And the testimony of some men before the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee was the Graham was taken in. And he was! He was duped by the Russian Baptist Church. It is a showcase for Red propaganda.
Graham repeated their wishes for them in the USA. His witness concerning Alexander Karev and Jacob Zhidkov of the Russian Baptist Church, Russian propagandists, went all over this nation. Once again, I must say, it seems that he has a faculty for always coming up on the wrong side of such questions when he pronounces upon them.
In certain areas where he has been, the fundamental churches and been split - some of them for him, some of them against him. I do not believe that any church will be split over the evangelistic program and position of ecumenical evangelism if the pastor of that church has been faithful in explaining to his people the issues involved and how they relate to the Word of God and the duty which God requires of us in being loyal to the commands of the Scriptures.
Beloved, the only real preaching is preaching to issues. The only great church is one with members and Elders who will take a stand on great issues. Because we enjoy freedom in this country, we can still testify. By the grace of God, I am not going to help build, directly or indirectly, the great ecumenical church. Nobody's evangelism, ecumenical or any other kind, can induce me to be a party to help build this great, coming one-world church. Whatever the price, whatever the loneliness, whatever the persecution, we shall read the Word and be comforted by the Scriptures, because the promises will undergird the commandments which God's people follow.
Someday, beloved, you will stand in the presence of the living God, and you're going to be judged by your acts, by your deeds, by the positions you took in this life.
The text from Revelation says, "Come out of her, my people."
If God forbids his people to stay in the one-world church, the Babylon of the Bible; the same God directs that we refuse to help build the one-world church.
"And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues."" (Revelation 18:4).