Billy Graham: The Legacy of the Protestant Pope

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Billy Graham Protestant Pope

The source of the controversy and conflict that surrounds Billy Graham stems from a lack of understanding of true salvation and the gospel message. We have been raised with a set of predetermined definitions of “how to get saved” that are neither scriptural nor sustainable and now we are seeing the fallout unfold right in front of our eyes.

The traditional church is falling apart at the seams, with the remainder on a fast track to Catholicism.

This is all by design and – love him or hate him – Billy Graham played a key part in this plan by disseminating a “quick ‘n easy” formula for the world to get saved.

When I read the news that Billy had “crossed over into his heavenly reward,” I can’t say that I was surprised. I mean, it’s obvious that Billy’s death had been looming on the Christian horizon for quite some time now.

Following a hunch after reading his obituary, I surfed on over to Charisma magazine, where I found that there were already articles listed on his passing. Each post had quotes from famous christian icons, remembering his life and extolling his many accomplishments … again, I wasn’t surprised.

As I read these words, one word stood out above the rest:


I will be the first to admit that Billy Graham left a “legacy.” It is an indisputable fact that this man affected the lives of millions, perhaps more than any other Christian in the past 100 years.

But what kind of Legacy did Billy Graham leave?

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I know that I have to tread lightly here, as Billy Graham is a cherished christian icon. There is a very large probability that many of you will be offended by the end of this post.

Please understand that I don’t delight in stomping on the people you hold dear. I merely want to insert a dose of realism into this situation. So, here we go . . .

It is well known that at Billy’s crusades, thousands would walk the aisle, say the sinner’s prayer and ask Jesus into their hearts. Perhaps you were one of them.

I do not (and will not) judge the sincerity of anyone who followed this formula, but we have to take an honest look at the “output” of this salvation process.

Let’s be honest and face the truth.

It only took 12 disciples (give or take) to turn the known world upside down, back in the day. If you want to get picky and include the next-gen disciples in Acts, fine – let’s say ten thousand disciples. Imagine how “millions” of truly “saved” people could affect planet earth!

If the millions of people who walked the aisle at a Billy Graham crusade were all truly saved, we would be turning entire globe upside down for the Kingdom right now.

There would literally be millions of Christians interspersed throughout the world, and if each person made even ONE disciple, we would definitely be hearing about it.

But there’s barely a ripple. Why?

Come on, ask the question . . . Why?

Because walking the aisle, saying the sinner’s prayer and asking Jesus in your heart doesn’t save anyone. I know, I know . . . that’s a tough pill to swallow, but it’s true.

You won’t find this “salvation equation” in the Old or the New Testament.

We have been force-fed this faulty formula for centuries.

It is a “false belief” with no scriptural basis.

Webster’s Dictionary defines a “false belief” as a delusion.

So if the conventional definition of “salvation” (walking down the aisle, saying the sinner’s prayer and asking Jesus into our hearts) is a delusion, then that delusion makes our salvation an illusion if we base our salvation on that experience.

That is why Billy’s crusades had a high conversion rate and a very low (if any) discipleship rate.

Before moving forward, I need to back up a little and clarify – I’m not saying that “nobody” was saved at the crusades, I’m just saying things are nowhere close to what they seem.

This type of “legacy” is an illusion.

A Legacy to Snap your Fingers to

The New York Times has quoted Billy Graham as saying:

Are you frustrated, bewildered, dejected, breaking under the strains of life? Then listen for a moment to me: Say yes to the Savior tonight, and in a moment you will know such comfort as you have never known. It comes to you quickly, as swiftly as I snap my fingers, just like that.” [1]

Perhaps it was the perpetuation of this “finger-snapping” salvation equation that nullified much of Billy’s legacy. His “Romans road” to salvation promised much, but required little.

That’s the kind of evangelism that Billy dedicated his life to.

And I know that many of you are absolutely filled with rage that I would dare to say something like this.

Ask yourself . . . Why would I feel this anger?

Because you are emotionally invested in the illusion.

False Prophets Always Draw a Crowd
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You’ve seen the crowds. Some of you were in the crowds. You’ve heard your leaders practically deify this man because of the multitudes that have responded to his message and, due to your own propensity to believe and do what your leaders tell you, it only seemed right to follow suit.

Certainly multitudes couldn’t be deceived, right? Certainly, if an evangelist makes it on television, he has to be speaking the truth, right?

Come on. Your smarter than that.

Yeshua said:

John 8:31-32
Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed (notice he didn’t say converts). And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

Billy Graham – fiery and eloquent preacher that he was – had a message that was useful for creating converts, but terrible for creating disciples.

And it was widely accepted by the Western church who LOVED the experience that Billy was willing to offer them. They were never introduced to a Gospel that would require something of them, other than a quick trip down the aisle and an even quicker prayer.

Link: Dissecting “Saved by Grace through Faith”

Seriously, just think about it. Once the average “sinner” walked the aisle, said the prayer and asked Jesus into his heart, how long did he wait for the “comfort like they have never known” that Billy promised before turning back to his old ways?

Probably not long.

In our “have it your way” society, we require our needs to be met according to OUR timetable, or we will just go find our fulfillment somewhere else.

Compare Billy’s message with the Gospel preached by Yeshua and His disciples.

Matthew 3:1-2
In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”

Matthew 4:17
From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Mark 6:12
So they (the disciples) went out and preached that people should repent.

Now, wait a minute, Kevin . . . Billy Graham preached that people should repent of their sins on many occasions!

Did he? What did Billy Graham preach that people should repent of?

The scriptural definition of “sin” is – and has always been – disobedience to the Father’s commands, which are laid out in the Torah.

1 John 3:4
Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness [G458 – anomia]. [2]

Nobody can change this definition of sin – nobody – not even Billy Graham.

But there is a large “body” of Christians who take great pride in the fact that they can change Yah’s commands – simply because they are “the Church” . . . the Catholic (“Universal”) church.

Billy Graham’s body will be on display at the Rotunda

Billy Graham will “lie in honor” on today (Wednesday) and Thursday this week, in the US Capitol Rotunda and, as I consider the delusion surrounding Billy’s ministry, the public acceptance of his “have-it-your-way” message and the blathering words coming from the false prophets, I can’t help but have strong misgivings about what is to follow.

In the United States, being “lain in honor” is reserved for only military officers and elected officials. It is rare that a private citizen is granted the privilege of being put on display underneath the dome. In fact, Billy Graham is only the 4th private citizen to receive this honor.

According to ABC News:

The TWO-day viewing in Washington on Feb. 28 and March 1 will be part of NINE days of mourning for postwar America’s most famous evangelist, who died Wednesday at his home in North Carolina’s mountains at age 99.” [3]

Apotheosis of Washington
Apotheosis of Washington (the artwork above the Washington rotunda)
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The occult implications for being “lain in honor” and/or “lain in state” are huge, but I can’t go into great detail in this post and stick with the main thrust of it. If you want more details, feel free to read the following:

Babylon Rising – And the First Shall Be Last (Chapter 4)

While the U.S. reserves being “lain in honor” for military officers and officials, it is the custom of the Catholic church to do the same for dead popes. Either way, one can not ignore that there is a religious element involved in this ritual. This is not a mere “come on by and pay your respects” type of event.

Nine Days of Mourning – Two Days on Display

In this part of the post, I want you to note the TWO day viewing of Billy Graham’s body as part of a NINE day period of mourning.

According to, when Pope Paul VI died:

For NINE days, masses were offered in St. Peter’s (another dome) and the basilicas and churches of Rome for the deceased. The body was removed from the simple cypress coffin and once again placed on view at the Confession of St. Peter. Vatican Radio estimated that 10,000 persons an hour passed the bier of the deceased pope to pay their respects . . . He was laid in state for TWO days, for without embalming it was not possible to view the body any longer.” [4]

The Catholic church has followed this custom of placing a deceased pope’s remains at the bottom of the rotunda in St. Peter’s Basilica (under the dome) for most popes who have died.

This connection begs the question: If Billy Graham is a Protestant/Christian . . . why is he getting the full-on Catholic treatment in his death?

Christianity = Catholicism

The fact that Mr. Graham is getting treated like a dead pope further supports the assertion that Christianity and Catholicism are one and the same. If you want to read more historical facts that back this assertion, please read my two series:


Both of these series are works in progress, but they definitely provide enough historical and scriptural information to cause a thinking person to ask questions.

Now, there’s something significant about this nine days of prayer and mourning . . . according to

Long before Christianity, the ancient Romans celebrated nine days of prayers for various reasons. The author Livy recorded how nine days of prayers were celebrated at Mount Alban to avert some evil or wrath of the gods as predicted by the soothsayers. Similarly, nine days of prayers were offered when some ‘wonder’ had been predicted. Families also held a nine-day mourning period upon the death of a loved one with a special feast after the burial on the ninth day. The Romans also celebrated the parentalia novendialia, a yearly novena (February 13-22) remembering all departed family members. Since novenas were already part of Roman culture, it is possible that Christianity ‘baptized’ this pagan practice.” [5]

I found several statements in this passage troublesome.

First of all, the nine day period of mourning is yet another pagan practice that could very well have been “christianized” by the Roman Catholic church.

They held this custom of nine days of prayer for when a family member – a “loved one” – passed away.

“(Catholic) families also held a nine-day mourning period upon the death of a loved one. . .”

This further confirms Billy Graham’s close association with the Catholic church and, if you think that I’m just grasping at straws:

Many of the people who reach a decision for Christ at our meetings have joined the Catholic Church and we have received commendations from Catholic publications for the revived interest in their Church following our campaigns. This happened both in Boston and Washington. After all, one of our prime purposes is to help the churches in a community. If after we move on, the local (sic) churches do not feel the efforts of these meetings in increased membership and attendance, then our crusade would have to be considered a failure.” [6]

The False Prophets have Eagerly Anticipated the Death of Billy Graham

Lastly, I would like to draw your attention to this quote from the passage:

“…similarly, nine days of prayers were offered when some ‘wonder’ had been predicted.”

Over the past decade, the prophetic and charismatic movement icons – who have proven to be nothing but a bunch of Catholic shills – have been prophesying that Billy Graham’s death would be the trigger-point for their long-awaited “revival.”

These types of prophecies were being trumpeted years prior to Billy’s death (the above video was posted as far back as 2012) and have gained momentum up until the present time. It’s almost as if they couldn’t wait to trumpet the news!

Prophetic Masquerade Discover 10 rock-solid witnesses from the Word of God that proves that the Elijah List prophets are not who they say they are.

The Elijah List – a favorite watering hole for the false prophets – doesn’t even try to hide their excitement and anticipation.

It has only been one week since Billy’s passing, and yet it seems like this “prophetic hub” had to publish everything in their arsenal so that they can ram home the connection between Mr. Graham’s death and the coming “harvest.”

These have all been posted in the last week! Can anyone say “agenda?”

Of course, let’s not forget that these are the same people who touted Todd Bentley as the next great revival leader.

But I digress.

“Because some wonder has been predicted” it is entirely probable that they will be using these nine days of mourning/prayer for the purpose of “praying in” this promised event.

Link: An Open Prophecy to the Leadership and Talking Heads of the Charismatic and Prophetic Movements

A Harvest of Deception

So, I appreciate that you took some of your time to consider this information.

I made a solid effort not to spend any of it chasing after the conspiracy theories on whether or not Billy Graham was a Freemason. I would definitely “go there” if someone could get me some solid proof, but I have not seen any solid evidence beyond “he said, she said” and photos of blurry handshakes.

But that does not mean that something diabolical is not in the planning.

Regardless of whether or not you like Billy Graham, these facts are indisputable.

  • Billy Graham dedicated his life to spreading a salvation that has little, if any, scriptural support.
  • Billy Graham inspired many to adhere to – and spread – that same message.
  • The false prophets are eagerly anticipating a “harvest of souls,” following this same formula.
  • Because people will readily accept what they are told, rather than searching these things out and thinking for themselves, further deception is certainly on the horizon.
Dark Horizons
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The key propagators of this illusion at Charisma magazine, TBN and the Elijah List are going to pull out all the stops to make sure that this illusion is going to continue to the next generation.

Make sure that it STOPS with you.

Don’t be a lemming.

Don’t love the illusion produced by delusional evangelism simply because it sits well with your “heart.” Your heart, as well as mine, is “deceitful above all things and desperately wicked – who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9 . . . certainly not you.

Link: Why Revival REALLY Tarries

The end time false prophets and teachers are coming to maturity. Their message will ALWAYS feel good.

And don’t accept the conventional christian “salvation equation.” If you do, know for certain that you will hear “depart from me.”

Matthew 7:21-23
Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,” shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?” And then I will declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!”

Link: 2 Thessalonians 2 is Happening Now! The “Mystery of Lawlessness” is No Longer a Mystery


[1] Billy Graham, 99, Dies; Pastor Filled Stadiums and Counseled Presidents (Source)
[2] – G458 – anomia (Source)
[3] Billy Graham will lie in honor in the US Capitol Rotunda (Source)
[4] What Happens When the Pope Dies? (Source)
[5] What is a novena? (Source)
[6] Billy Graham, Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph in 1952, quoted by David W. Cloud, Flirting with Rome: Evangelical Entanglement with Roman Catholicism, Way of Life Literature, 1992; See also Wilson Ewin, Evangelism: The Trojan Horse of the 1990’s, Bible Baptist Church, p. 3

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32 replies on “Billy Graham: The Legacy of the Protestant Pope”

  1. Could the “two days of display” be a Gnostic tradition? I heard a story about the raising of Lazarus,( John 11:38 ), that the reason Yashua tallied for four days was to dispel the Gnostic fable that the ‘soul’ hovered/stayed with the body for two days. I cannot find, in my resources, anything to back this up…….but what do I know.

    1. James, throughout Scripture God is said to give certain ones rest, Moses, Hezekiah, Josiah, Daniel. If given blesses rest you stay in the area of your body in spirit of course. If not given rest, your spirit will wander and be restless and chaotic.

  2. Thank you for this article. Was unaware of all the false prophets and what they had said about Graham’s passing since I quit listening to them years ago. So even in his death, he will be used to deceive many more. I hope he did what he didn’t encourage others to do and repented before he died, but not too hopeful about it. Sad state that the “church”is in these days but we are told to look up for our redemption draws nigh and that is the only good news I can find these days. I was struck with the difference David Wilkerson’s death articles and Graham’s. There was hardly a ripple when David dies though his ministry was world wide and Times Square Church is right down the street from all the media in NYC.

  3. I believe there is much truth in your article brother – only time will tell where BG’s passing will take those professing to be the Christian Church. I will watch my own walk and pay attention to my own LORD and Savior.

    For in Him alone is LIFE everlasting.

    Peace and love to you in Christ Jesus.

  4. Philippians 2:12 speaks on salvation. I’ve been in a valley lately praying to come out the other side. I feel like people look st me like a zombie when I say the church is and has been on the wrong track.

    I refuse to argue scripture and what it means with people. Just read it and apply it. Yahweh gave us the Holy Spirit as a teacher and guide so we can know what it means. We don’t need another “legacy” pastor we need time in the prayer closet with our Heavenly Father.

  5. thank you tackling such difficult & sensitive topics with straightforward biblical truth…… -during such dark times in our current world; it’s so refreshing to receive words of encouragement rooted in scriptural truth instead of divisive traditions & falseness


  6. Many years ago I attended a new church and on the very first visit, the deacon stood in the pulpit and said that Billy Graham was the greatest heretic the world has ever known. What surprised me the most was that did not shock me. I thought Billy was a great Christian, so I just figure the HOLY SPIRIT was showing me this truth. I love GOD’s truth.

  7. Thank you for the powerful reminder that we must always be vigilant in prayer, preaching the word of God in season and out of season, regardless of who may be offended. Billy Graham’s interview with Robert Schuler was as heretical as all you mentioned in the article. Heresy! Keep on telling the truth, Kevin.

  8. “…..further deception is certainly on the horizon ”
    Ohhhh yes!!!!
    Redemption is one thing, salvation is another. Redemption is a once off…
    Salvation is a process..and it is one that we walk out with fear and trembling as we sh’mar the terms of the covenant.
    The days ahead will be very interesting indeed.

    Thanking Yah that He has people like you who are bold enough to speak truth.

    1. And I fail to understand those who preach “torah” but still call themselves christian! All of christendom is the daughter of catholicism!

    2. Thank you for bringing out the difference between redemption and salvation. I never really thought in depth on the true distinction.

      1. @Wayne; the pattern is in exodus, they were redeemed by the blood. offered salvation at sinai, provided that they kept the terms of the covenant. We have the same terms written on our hearts with the Rauch to empower us. It’s exciting isn’t it 😆

  9. I just watched that clip with benny hinn…the guy that was giving the word before bh butted in…I felt that he was talking about those who have come out..(us)…but he would not have known that. Just like ciaphas prophesied about Y’Shua dying for the nation, and he didnt know it.
    But bh…in true style, had to butt in, turn it around, and take the glory! Have another listen…

    1. Remember Benny Hinn prophesied in 1972 that Castro would be dead in a few short years and that fire would rain from Heaven onto San Francisco by 2010. That guy is surely a piece of work. I went to one of his Anaheim, CA conventions many years ago. He threw the spirit into the front crowd where we stood and almost 100 people fell, every person except my wife and I fell, it looked really weird that we were the only people standing. He threw some kind of spirit, but it wasn’t the Holy Spirit for sure. We had the protection of the Holy Spirit and we knew it since we have had many demonic spirits in Asia tell us that they clearly saw the Holy Spirit and God’s mark on us while we conducted exorcisms.

  10. As one of my friends says “Jesus did find favor with Caesars and Kings”.
    Have a feeling you have ruffled many feathers. BUT good for you for writing this article. The feel good gospel is rampant and not many are obedient to the Living King!

  11. One of the two Billy Graham videos was removed. I wish I had watched it last night when I saw it but I was going to wait until I had more time.

    This was great, thank you for this wake up call … yet again.


  12. When the last Pope resigned I remember feeling as though something epic and ominous has just happened in the spiritual realm. Like a very loud bell had sounded and rung ’round the world.

    I felt the same thing on hearing of Billy Graham death. The argument of Graham’s impact for good or bad notwithstanding, a “type” of the church has died. Another bell has rung. Another death knell has sounded. Something has been slammed shut in the spirit.

    As long as there are humans on the earth, Grace will continued to be given to individuals , but somehow I feel as if the “Age of Grace” has concluded. The “heir” to the throne, Franklin Graham has traded his birthright for a bowl of political stew, and like the Pharisees of old, Mainstream Evangelical Christianity is now driven by a thirst for power, prestige and politics.

    I do believe that that there will be a last great ingathering of souls, but not in the way the “feel good” prophets of prosperity would claim. Rather, like in the first century, it will be a product of an equally great outpouring driven by persecution and evil. But God has always had a remnant, a hidden flame burning in the underbrush, manipulated by no man, it will be a nameless, faceless ragtag Army of the Fearless blown solely by the Wind of the Spirit. Only God will get the glory this time.

    1. Hi GK,

      Historically, Christianity has always been thirsty for power, prestige and politics. It all has to do with the infusion of Hellenistic (Greek) values and pagan sun worship. If you want to learn more, feel free to check out my two series mentioned in the post. All the best …

    2. But God has always had a remnant, a hidden flame burning in the underbrush, manipulated by no man, it will be a nameless, faceless ragtag Army of the Fearless blown solely by the Wind of the Spirit. Only God will get the glory this time.

      WOW ! I had a vision many years ago that lines up completely with this word !! The Glory of God so thick a cloud covering completely blanketed those ministering to the point of only God getting all the glory and it felt perfect .

  13. This was a light rebuke, compared to many other hard hitting videos that have surfaced; so was done with integrity. Good article, Kevin!

    It just occurred to me though, that his famous family members and close associates had to know what all he truly represented. That is quite troublesome to consider.

    1. Indeed. Keep an eye out for his daughter (Anne Graham Lotz) to come to prominence after this point. She vowed to her daddy and everyone else to “pick up the mantle” as it were. This is not over.

      1. I have wondered about Franklin. I don’t know much about him but so far what I have heard him say was ok.

  14. I have known for years that Billy was a fraud. He told Larry King that there are many ways to Heaven, not just Jesus. Joel Osteen also told Larry King the same things. We are in such deceiving times and I pray that God reveals the deception to His people. My heart aches so much as the deception is so bad. This is not our God they speak of but of one that is from the pits of hell. Please Lord, deal with them and deliver your true believers. Thank you Kevin for having the guts to reveal this. I agree with you, wouldn’t it be wonderful if it were true and the true church would go out with the will of God?

  15. I was curious about all the hoopla and rumors so i spent a few days watching reading about BG . It is clear he was in bed with the Catholic, i watch the same youtube with Dave Hunt that was fair fact based and my conclusion, was that he maybe a Freemason , the hand shakes and such, but he is definitely not preaching the Truth about salvation (Yahweh in His mercy used BG to start people on the path, only He is judge of salvation!) and is in bed with the pagans on every count. Com[romised is the word I discern, and O what a price to pay for that!
    Thanks for your work!

  16. Thank you Kevin. Yes, there are several more quotes you could have used to prove the Graham-Catholic connection as just one of the faulty ties to the Graham ministry as well as the watered down message of salvation. Thank you for a thoughtful article and the great links.

  17. After much seeking I understood that to be truly born again into the Family of The LORD and be one with His Spirit – (He is Head and you are His Body), you have to crown The LORD KING of every dimension of your existence – your thoughts, your actions, your decisions, your body, choices etc. The mixture does not work – it is the greatest deception in the “give your heart to the Lord” message. A little unholiness contaminates the whole is the spiritual principle.

    When you are in The LORD you repent of your sin because the need to have His Peace within (as He is the KING of PEACE) overwhelms you.

    He is His Word – John 1:1 so His Word will be King of your life. The messenger/apostle Paul called it being a bond-servant to The LORD. Believing in the Hebrew mindset is an action verb. In Hebrews 4, when we are told that those who fell did not mix faith with what they were told by The LORD it means they did not act out what they professed. Romans 12:2 tells us to program our minds into Holiness (The LORD The Word).

    1. You do not give your heart to the LORD. You accept His Heart as the LORD of your life.

  18. 9 is viewed in the satanic worship as a symbol of alliances with the devil .Look it up ,Billy is not in heaven which supports spiritualism which is demonic and from here devil .If you would like biblical support for what i said i can provide it ?

  19. Glad you explained that so well. Back in the mid 70s Judy and I participated in a Billy Graham crusade in Sioux City, Iowa, which was on a large screen video. We were (counselors) for those who came forward. We (counselors) more or less started the flow to the front at his video urging.
    I asked them if they believed in Jesus. Several said, “Yes, this is the third time I have been saved.”
    Over the years, I have told many that inviting Jesus into your heart is an error, He woun’t fit. The Spirit of Christ will.
    The followup with new (converts) was almost none existent.
    I recommend to anyone who “got saved” at one his crusades would read what Jesus said in the gosples and then read the Proverbs and the rest of the Bible.
    We are called to grow up in all ways into Christ.

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