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Posted on 11/07/2008 12:19:28 PM PST by lewisglad
Billy Graham Won't Advise Obama Because of His Strong Pro-Abortion Position
by Steven Ertelt LifeNews.com Editor November 7, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Respected Christian preacher Billy Graham has been an advisor and spiritual helper to presidents dating back to President Eisenhower.
But that relationship with presidents will now come to an end because incoming president Barack Obama takes such a profoundly pro-abortion position.
To be sure, Graham's health is playing a part in the decision his son Franklin Graham told the Associated Press.
"My father feels like his time and day for that is over," Franklin Graham said. "But he would certainly like to meet (Obama) and pray with him."
But Franklin expressed concerns about Obama's abortion position -- something he mentioned to the senator during the campaign as a stumbling block -- and indicated that as the main reason.
He told AP the Bible is clear in its teaching that human life deserves respect and protection even before birth.
"President-elect Obama has heard our position," Franklin Graham told the news service. "And I told him that this was very difficult for us and hard for us. It's a moral issue that we just can't back down on."
"But he's our president-elect, and those positions that he holds that are contrary to Biblical teaching, I hope that God will change his heart," Graham added.
Obama's position in favor of unlimited abortions throughout pregnancy for any reason was a key issue for pro-life voters during the campaign.
Obama also came under fire for supporting the so-called Freedom of Choice Act, a Congressional bill that would make unlimited abortions under Roe v. Wade the national law and overturn the abortion reduction laws of all 50 states.
The senator also drew condemnation for his votes in the Illinois state legislature against a bill that would have made sure newborns who survive failed abortions receive appropriate medical care.
Yes they were.
However, people can change and see the light. Maybe it's Franklin or maybe it's Divine grace but Billy could have had an awakening. Who knows how God works in the heart of a man?
What a Great Man how many men have had that much access to so many presidents?
He also absolved Clinton of the adulterous behavior, "It isn't his fault, women throw themselves at him," and other rot. I didn't understand it then myself. So then what is the difference here, why was he okay with Clinton's pro-death stance?
Apparently not, he won with the help of a lot of people who claim they are Christians.
Mr. Graham should have thought of this dilemma long ago when he decided to become a Democrat. But, wait, he’ll now likely part ways with Obama on adding homosexuality to the school curriculum, and on redistribution of wealth, and on radical terrorists being on Obama’s staff.
Now why exactly did this guy join the Democrats?
He gave them a sanctuary; they gave him a congregation. He carried the families through times of loss--literal and political; several wanted him to be with them during their last nights in the White House.
Richard Nixon collapsed in Graham's arms at his mother's funeral in 1967. Bill Clinton took him to sit at the bedside of a dying friend in 1989. Graham was the first person outside the family whom Nancy Reagan called when her husband died in 2004.
Last month, Johnson's daughters Lynda and Luci reached out to him as their mother was dying. Two days before she passed away, he called and talked to them, and since Lady Bird was awake and alert, they put the phone to her ear.
The former First Lady and the former White House pastor chatted some and then shared a prayer together.
Yes he did-and I will freely admit I lost a LOT of respect for him when he embraced Anklepants like he did...
...and now that I see he has always been and is STILL a registered member of the party of death, I have none at all.
Thank you for the pictures. I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior after listening to Billy Graham in a televised broadcast. That was in 1973. The picture of Billy with Ronald Reagan made me cry...I’ve missed Ronald Reagan so much this week—the sincere regard that he had for Billy Graham is obvious in this photo. The look on his face is how I like to remember him. It reminded me that Ronald Reagan was EVERYTHING good and kind and honest and strong that the current President elect is not...God forgive this nation for they know not what they have done. I’m just so sad for this Country...
You’re right. I couldn’t remember the exact phrase.
Don’t know how we’ll put up with this clown for 4 years. Wouldn’t be surprised if his own party turns on him.
Thank you Billy Graham for standing up for principal!! That is a hard thing for many star crossed celeb-tards, some “ministers” included, to do these day.
Watch how the Dems turn on him.....
I like that pic. The good old days. My dad use to say that. Im 51 and know what he meant now. It gets worse by the day, Im looking for Christs return, the world get more screwed up by the second.
Praise God for a man of the Word!
McCain’s forte is letting Democrats off the hook. It’s been his bread and butter tactic back as far as the eye can see.
you have to stand for something
I don't want “success” if it involves and affront to God. But I will pray for God to change Obama.
I believe this is a mistake.
Obama needs to hear the actual gospel, not the twisted one he heard from Wright.
Good for Rev. Graham! God bless him!
Rev. Graham’s wife was my grandmother’s 5th cousin. So this makes me very happy.
I thought the same thing. Is Obama really that different from Clinton on this issue?
“If Obama is serious about having a diverse cabinet, wont he have to get a strong evangelical/born-again Christian on the team?”
Jimmy Carter claims to be a strong evangelical/born-again Christian, but he left his pro-life Southern Baptist church and joined the pro-choice Methodist church over abortion.
Any Christian who voted for this baby killer needs to question if they are, in deed, a Christian!
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Perhaps Rev. Graham thought that Obama was not receptive to salvation at this time, and he would always be there to talk with him if need be.
Not even Bill and Hillary supported infanticide.
Heck - not even the good folks at NARAL supported infanticide.
As far as I can tell, Obama is the most extreme position in the nation on this issue.
I don’t think you can get more extreme than Obama unless your name is Peter Singer.
Wow! I can’t believe that old apostate is taking a stand. It has to be the first time in about 1 million years.
I challenged a person who claims to be a strong Christian, always talking about the Bible, says he hates abortion...but is voting for Hussein.
Makes me nauseous. (spelling?)
Pastor John MacArthur doesn’t think so highly of Billy Graham, I respect Pastor John MacArthur’s opinion as a Spiritual Leader.
Graham is stepping aside here because of failing health, not because of Obambi’s abortion position. He still did serve in his traditional role to Clinton, after all.
Let’s not make something out of nothing here, as his son has said;
“My father feels like his time and day for that is over,” Franklin Graham said. “But he would certainly like to meet (Obama) and pray with him.”
It says something about Obama that Billy Graham would sit down and fellowship with Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton (and with Dick Nixon after we knew he was a crook) but not him.
Or LBJ for that matter, who was one of the foul men ever to occupy the White House. (and that is putting it politely as possible)
Maybe he can get that Rev. that was your mentor in IL Comrade Zero....
Thank you Billy Graham.
I'm certain that he joined long before they became the world's biggest freak show.
God bless you, Rev. Graham.
How long until Obama flips off Billy Graham and jokes about his ill health?
Care to share?
I was thinking of Isiah who used to annoint the kings of Old Israel and even the King of Assyria, it seems odd that Graham won’t be on the scene to do the same for Obama.
Well, that is change, but not for the better, Obama has set his heart to allowing a slaughter that would make even the Molech worshipers pale..
Good for Graham.
Losing that election really shook my faith. Why would God let this happen ?
Exactly the old DEM Party used to be fairly Conservative. BTW another man who changed the face of the nation was a preacher and was also a DEM. Like him or hate him Jerry Falwell a DEM helped put Reagan in the White House and helped at the time turn a nation back on the right course. As for Graham associating with the presidents even the not so moral ones? It is the sick in need of the physician say's GOD's Word.
Graham also had political views on China I did not share but can understand why. Billy's wife's parents were Missionaries in China IIRC and Franklin's Mentor was Bob Pierce a man whom too many times to count went into Communist China after the purge for the Gospel sake.
Overall Billy Graham has been a great man doing GOD's work. Why Graham did some things we don't understand may stay between Himself and GOD as he served the Gospel and answered to The Lord not man.
Sorry. He could have long ago denounced the unbiblical positions, but he chose to grandstand with the other charlatans. His love of the spotlight and embrace of Bill and Hillary tells you everything about this man’s flawed theology.
Because the nation as a whole turned it's back on him. This must be kept separate though with mans one on one with HIM. When nations fall away they come under judgement. GOD gives nations warnings then GOD judges. This does not mean His chosen or elect are abandoned as individuals.
Seems I remember a short time after 9-11 that Franklin Graham went to see Bush and pretty much told him the truth about Islam. After that, he was never invited back again.
Very good question. I offer three possible answers.
1. Much of what you thought was the gospel, was actually a concocted story made by men. You have been led to believe that if you pray earnestly for something, God, like Santa, will give it to you because he wants you to be happy. The real gospel promises suffering during our brief wait here. See Tyndale, Hus, etc.
2. God is pouring out judgment upon the US and the world and we refuse to notice. This is not the “end times” stuff (left behind, etc.), but real wrath noted in the Scriptures. We will get caught in the gears right along with the unbelievers. We just will not face condemnation, if we are among those He has decided to rescue. Read Isaiah through very slowly and listen to the “chosen people’s” anguish over the discipline. Ours could be temporary or long term. No human knows.
3. There is no God.
Senator "Coke-head" Obama is in favor of infanticide. I would have been very disappointed if Billy Graham would serve as an advisor to anyone in favor of infanticide, and I am glad that Billy Graham made the decision that he did.
In Reverend Wright’s words: G** D*** Anything that GOD CREATES! and Obie adored him as his Mentor for TWENTY YEARS!
May GOD BLESS THE GRAHAMS FOR ALL THEY ARE!
McLame was terrified of crossing THE MESSIAH!!!
WHY? WHY? WHY?
Obama HUSSEIN DOESN’T WANT NOR APPROVE OF THE GRAHAMS!!! CAUSE HE AIN’T NO CHRISTIAN!!!
CHRISTIANS ARE THE INFIDELS! TO BE DISPOSED OF BY JIHAD!