My wife and I went to see Billy: The Early Years this weekend and I must say, it was a great movie. A few scenes even moved me to tears. Billy's life is very inspiring and after leaving the theater on Saturday, I said to myself "I want God to use me like he used Billy" and I truly mean that. As I got to work this morning, before I started my day, I went onto Youtube to look up some video about a man named Mike Murdock, who is a TV evangelist that is famous for the "$1,000 seed". He believes that if you give to the Lord, you must expect something in return, or as he calls it, your "harvest". Well, as I looked through videos of Mike, I glanced over at the related videos box and something caught my eye that will forever change the way I view evangelism forever. The title of one of the videos was "BILLY GRAHAM SAYS JESUS ISNT THE ONLY WAY TO GOD EXPOSED". This shocked and angered me that someone would even say this about Billy Graham and his ministry. I have always respected Mr. Graham and what he has done for Christ. I thought to myself "Let's just see how someone is twisting his words to say what they wanted him to say". I clicked on the video and to my amazment, it said what the title said. My jaw dropped open and my mind began to run wild with thoughts of "How can this be?!". In a previous blog on my facebook page, I wrote about Bill's son, Franklin, who I had seen sitting across the table from Jane Crouch, co-founder of TBN, and wondered if he supported the teachings of Paul Crouch and Benny Hinn, two of the biggest false prophets of our time. In one small instant, it all came clear. What I had feared about Franklin Graham, and now his father, came true. Although this is pretty devistating to a multitude of Christians, this just further proves the word of God when Jesus spoke in Matthew 24:11 and said to his disciples "and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people." I believe that Billy Graham once stood strong for what God wanted him to do, but after seeing the video of him on Youtube, that can no longer be said. My soul died a little today, but knowing that God is in control and knowing that Jesus fortold of this very thing, it brings me back to where I was and just builds my faith in God even more. So, as I end this, I say to everyone who reads this, be careful of the men and women you put your faith in here on earth. They can appear to be something that they are not. Do your research on anyone you find to be a man or woman of God before you buy into what they say. Please pray for Billy and his family. They need it so bad. He has been such an inspiration to millions and this could be a devistating blow to the faith of those he has brought to Christ.
To view the videos that I mentioned, click on the links below.