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Billy Graham Says His Heart Aches for 'Deceived' America
Christian Post ^ | 07/29/2012 | By Stoyan Zaimov

Posted on 07/29/2012 12:57:33 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

The Rev. Billy Graham has posted a new prayer letter on his website where he addresses the people of the nation and tells them he is very much afraid of the damage that the American lifestyle is doing in the eyes of the Lord.

The 93-year-old evangelist begins his letter by recalling an incident a few years ago when his wife, Ruth, who has since passed away, remarked that "If God doesn't punish America, He'll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah," referring to the cities in the Old Testament destroyed for the sinful nature of their residents.

"I wonder what Ruth would think of America if she were alive today. In the years since she made that remark, millions of babies have been aborted and our nation seems largely unconcerned. Self-centered indulgence, pride, and a lack of shame over sin are now emblems of the American lifestyle," Graham remarks.

The pastor then goes on to refer to several other incidents in recent times where he sees the American government and American society as a whole coming down on Christians – including instances where chaplains who serve the police department have been told to no longer say the name of Jesus during prayer.

"Our society strives to avoid any possibility of offending anyone – except God," Graham says. "Yet the farther we get from God, the more the world spirals out of control."

"My heart aches for America and its deceived people," Graham continues. "The wonderful news is that our Lord is a God of mercy, and He responds to repentance. In Jonah's day, Nineveh was the lone world superpower – wealthy, unconcerned, and self-centered. When the Prophet Jonah finally traveled to Nineveh and proclaimed God's warning, people heard and repented."

Despite the critical condition he sees America in today, Graham shared that he still sees hope in the future, and believes that the people still have a chance to repent and change their ways. Sharing of future plans for his ministry, he described a project his son Franklin Graham will be working on – launching an outreach called "My Hope with Billy Graham," which has the mission to bring the Gospel into every neighborhood in America next year. The outreach effort has already reached more than 50 countries around the world.

"We've worked in close partnership with local churches across each country, and those churches have reported millions of life-changing decisions for Christ. Carrying out a nationwide American version of this evangelistic outreach will be an enormous undertaking, but in my spirit I know God has called us to do this, and I pray He will stir your heart to join us in prayer and support," Graham explained.

Sharing of his summer activities, the preacher noted that he is enjoying visits from his family and grandchildren, but that he is also working hard on a new book that outlines the path toward eternal salvation so that the world can wake up to what the Bible says.

"Although age and health restrict my mobility and my stamina, not to mention my eyesight and hearing, I am thankful for the days God has given me, and I am humbled by His continued hand of favor on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. The Lord draws people to Himself daily through BGEA's various evangelistic ministries, and I am so deeply grateful," Graham concluded.


TOPICS: Evangelical Christian; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: billygraham; christians; culturewars; deceivedamerica; sin; sodomandgomorrah

1 posted on 07/29/2012 12:57:39 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

>>”If God doesn’t punish America, He’ll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah,”

Well said!


2 posted on 07/29/2012 1:01:33 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: SeekAndFind

How true.


3 posted on 07/29/2012 1:03:43 PM PDT by Mister Anderson (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the Idiots)
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To: SeekAndFind

The beautiful Billy Graham, who has led so many to salvation and brought the saved ever closer to the Lord. May God bless this new undertaking.


4 posted on 07/29/2012 1:05:01 PM PDT by firebrand
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To: SeekAndFind

>>but that he is also working hard on a new book that outlines the path toward eternal salvation so that the world can wake up to what the Bible says.

When I saw “Nearing Home”, I figured that was Billy Graham’s last book and I think he thought so too. I wonder if he’s seen how far America has fallen in just the last few years and he is struggling to get this new book done before he is called home.


5 posted on 07/29/2012 1:05:14 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: SeekAndFind
I think America is under God's judgment right now. Obama is definitely a curse upon this nation.

Only God can rescue our country. However, the American people seem to only become more immoral and more hostile to God.

6 posted on 07/29/2012 1:05:19 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SeekAndFind

The Old Textament reading for worship today was Jeremiah 23:16-29, and it hits our culture, including our so-called “Christian churches” right between the eyes.

God has not changed one iota since these words were written for God’s people:
“Behold, the storm of the Lord! Wrath has gone forth, a whirling tempest; it will burst upon the head of the wicked. The anger of the Lord will not turn back until he has executed and accomplished the intents of his heart;. In the latter days you will understand it clearly.” (Jer. 23:19,20)


7 posted on 07/29/2012 1:08:43 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: SeekAndFind
Deceived or deluded? Nobody tricked them. They are doing what they do with full awareness.
8 posted on 07/29/2012 1:10:27 PM PDT by oldbrowser (As long as Obama's records are sealed, any discussion of Romney's past is off limits.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Seeing politicians and their media handmaidens actively demonizing and trying to take down a business because the owner believes in Christian values and “traditional marriage” seems a pretty clear sign to me that America’s days are numbered. That is, if having a bloomin’ marxist in the White House wasn’t enough.


9 posted on 07/29/2012 1:14:25 PM PDT by greene66
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s sad because there are millions upon millions of good, God loving Americans out there who don’t like the direction of the country, who opposes the Godless agenda of the left and completely despise Baraq 0bama and his ilk. But unfortunately the good is in the minority and the left is the majority and we will have to suffer the consequences of those on the left.

Then too many of us who are on Gods side (myself included) get intimidated when we are ganged up on by the majority left and we fail to stand up for God too and surrender the debate for the sake of getting away in one piece. God will surely punish us as well.

It’s a terrible delima we are in. We live in awful times. I have reached the point and curse the day I was born. No one except a leftist would want to live in a world like this. I truly wish my parents never had me. I live in a hellish world and will only wind up in a much worse place when I die.

Billy Graham on the other hand, has nothing to fear. He should welcome death so he can bail out this terrible place and be with his wife at the the right side of God.


10 posted on 07/29/2012 1:19:18 PM PDT by GR_Jr. (Vote Obama out now.....deal with Romney later.)
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To: SeekAndFind
It's sad because there are millions upon millions of good, God loving Americans out there who don't like the direction of the country, who opposes the Godless agenda of the left and completely despise Baraq 0bama and his ilk. But unfortunately the good is in the minority and the left is the majority and we will have to suffer the consequences of those on the left.

Then too many of us who are on Gods side (myself included) get intimidated when we are ganged up on by the majority left and we fail to stand up for God too and surrender the debate for the sake of getting away in one piece. God will surely punish us as well.

It's a terrible delima we are in. We live in awful times. I have reached the point and curse the day I was born. No one except a leftist would want to live in a world like this. I truly wish my parents never had me. I live in a hellish world and will only wind up in a much worse place when I die.

Billy Graham on the other hand, has nothing to fear. He should welcome death so he can bail out this terrible place and be with his wife at the the right side of God.

11 posted on 07/29/2012 1:20:17 PM PDT by GR_Jr. (Vote Obama out now.....deal with Romney later.)
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To: SeekAndFind
...Self-centered indulgence, pride, and a lack of shame over sin are now emblems of the American lifestyle,...

To a tee!

12 posted on 07/29/2012 1:23:10 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: SeekAndFind

The last three-plus years were not punishment enough, I guess.


13 posted on 07/29/2012 1:23:45 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Bryanw92

I hear Lot’s wife is shacked up in The White Hut, ole salty.


14 posted on 07/29/2012 1:29:54 PM PDT by WilliamRobert
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To: GR_Jr.
God will surely punish us as well....and we fail to stand up for God too ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Indeed! He will be especially angry with Christians who send their children into the government's socialist-entitlement schools that are godless but worship the golden calf of government. Children who attend these schools will learn to think and reason godlessly. They must just to cooperate in the classroom.

Christians if they really, really, really wanted to could do two things:

1) Stop abortion immediately

2) Permanently close the government's godless socialist-entitlement schools and see that every child in this nation had access to a solid education grounded in Judeo Christian belief and our nation's founding principles.

Yep! Indeed! God is likely very annoyed with Christians about now.

15 posted on 07/29/2012 1:32:30 PM PDT by wintertime (:-))
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To: oldbrowser
There is deception. The prophetic Scriptures talk of a day when people will be subject to illusion and deception, and they will not have an ability to discern the illusion. In that day, men and women will subject themselves to homosexuality, will be without natural affection, will hate God, will not be willing to say there is evil, will hate their parents and will not have natural affection for others. Those verses are found in Romans 1:18 ff.

Think of the people who were deceived into voting for a man who is ungodly, thinks that Christian people are evil and joyously leads people who share that opinion, and constantly lies and hires others who lie. People willingly voted for him. They did not discern his evil.

And by the way, Romans 1:18 describes any society that falls under the judgment of God. So the verses do not say that, if we do things, that God will condemn the society. It says that society is ALREADY under judgment.

And the worst part of is that God will hold those deluded individuals who do all those ungodly things responsible for their conduct--he will hold them accountable to their sins and sinfulness at Judgment.
Don't think Americans are going to be able to count persuade God to a different count of action

Is there a remedy for a society under condemnation. II Chronicles 7:14 lays out a course of action. Unfortunately, many who are under judgment will simply want to debate it rather than do it. Because they are deluded and deceived.
16 posted on 07/29/2012 1:34:09 PM PDT by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Despite the critical condition he sees America in today, Graham shared that he still sees hope in the future, and believes that the people still have a chance to repent and change their ways. Sharing of future plans for his ministry, he described a project his son Franklin Graham will be working on – launching an outreach called "My Hope with Billy Graham," which has the mission to bring the Gospel into every neighborhood in America next year. The outreach effort has already reached more than 50 countries around the world.

God bless him. This is definitely needed because more and more Americans are being brought up without hearing the Gospel.

17 posted on 07/29/2012 1:41:37 PM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: GR_Jr.
These are tough times for sure, but it's not the first time this country has experienced tough times....and there's no reason for you to end up in a worse place. A message from the Grahams God is Jealous for you
18 posted on 07/29/2012 1:47:22 PM PDT by Girlene
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To: SkyPilot
I think America is under God's judgment right now. Obama is definitely a curse upon this nation.

I agree.
19 posted on 07/29/2012 1:53:17 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Our society strives to avoid any possibility of offending anyone – except God,” -Rev. Billy Graham


20 posted on 07/29/2012 2:07:18 PM PDT by houeto (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: oldbrowser

No deception. They embrace the evil wickedness. Hold high the abomination of homosexuality in the name of “tolerance”. Abort babies at will. They are liars with lying lips. And they bring God into the discussion? Their false god is Molech - the abortion god.


21 posted on 07/29/2012 2:08:26 PM PDT by BipolarBob
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To: Bryanw92
>>”If God doesn’t punish America, He’ll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah,”

Well said!

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Think I'll use it as my tagline.

. . . is Hussein Obama our punishment?

22 posted on 07/29/2012 2:14:41 PM PDT by Realman30 ("I've already made a donation to Haiti. It's called taxes". . . . El Rushbo.)
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To: GR_Jr.
“I have reached the point and curse the day I was born. No one except a leftist would want to live in a world like this. I truly wish my parents never had me. I live in a hellish world and will only wind up in a much worse place when I die.”

God has a plan for you, and and this world. God has knows what will happen; we just need to make sure we are listening to him and letting Him guide us. There has always been depravity.

We all need a good circle of friends. In person and not online.

Also keep in mind Ecclesiastes 2 and take the time to enjoy the things around you during your time here:

24 A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, 25 for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? 26 To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

23 posted on 07/29/2012 2:17:46 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Encourage all of your Democrat friends to get out and vote on November 7th, the stakes are high.)
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To: GR_Jr.
Billy Graham continues to testify that millions have come out of darkness into light and have passed from eternal death into eternal life. You can too, FRiend.

“Jesus said, I am the way, the truth, and the life ... no man comes to the Father but by me.” John 14:6

How Can You Have The Assurance Of Heaven?

Recognize your sinfulness (Rom. 3:23); believe Jesus died for you (Acts 16:31); receive Him as Savior (John 1:12); trust His promise (John 20:31).

Romans 3:23 ~ For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.

Acts 16:31 ~ Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved, you and your household.

John 1:12 ~ But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become the children of God.

John 20:31 ~ But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.

>>>I live in a hellish world and will only wind up in a much worse place when I die.<<<

This need not be. Jesus lived and died and lives again so that this would not be so.

Blessings, FRiend.

Pegita

24 posted on 07/29/2012 2:19:40 PM PDT by Pegita ('Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His word ...)
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To: SkyPilot
I think America is under God's judgment right now. Obama is definitely a curse upon this nation. Only God can rescue our country. However, the American people seem to only become more immoral and more hostile to God.

America isn't the creation of it's people, and it's not owned by them. It's a trust given to them by God, holding the divine principles of just government.

In engineering terms, it's the physics of mechanical engineering that holds the ship together. It's not created by the passengers, crew or the engineers - it's respected by them.

Or the ship sinks.

25 posted on 07/29/2012 2:25:42 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: SkyPilot

Right On.....

I have an idea for a bumper sticker
Hope this dosen’t offend anyone.

“OMG” OBAMA MUST GO!


26 posted on 07/29/2012 3:11:33 PM PDT by hapnHal (hapnHal)
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To: SeekAndFind

Bump!


27 posted on 07/29/2012 3:29:26 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: oldbrowser

Defnitely understand your view. My only objections is that our children are not being taught what some of us were taught. Situational ethics has replaced Aristotle and Augustine and Aquinas. How can they act righteously if they don’t know what righteous is? God bless Rev. Graham.


28 posted on 07/29/2012 3:29:36 PM PDT by Mach9
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To: BipolarBob

All true, but they are still deceived by the liberal majority.


29 posted on 07/29/2012 3:41:15 PM PDT by Theodore R. (Past is prologue: The American people again let us down in this election cycle.)
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To: SeekAndFind

For some time now I have been praying for America a modified prayer of Abraham: “If You find one Tenth of the people in this country still worship You, spare this country from Your judgement.”


30 posted on 07/29/2012 4:26:32 PM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: SeekAndFind

His “ecumenical” decisions helped with the moral confusion we see today..


31 posted on 07/29/2012 5:12:28 PM PDT by RnMomof7
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To: GR_Jr.

It’s a terrible delima we are in. We live in awful times. I have reached the point and curse the day I was born. No one except a leftist would want to live in a world like this. I truly wish my parents never had me. I live in a hellish world and will only wind up in a much worse place when I die.


God created you for a reason and a purpose. He made it possible for you to wind up in a better place. The choice is all yours. As Pegrita posted:

Billy Graham continues to testify that millions have come out of darkness into light and have passed from eternal death into eternal life. You can too, FRiend.
“Jesus said, I am the way, the truth, and the life ... no man comes to the Father but by me.” John 14:6

How Can You Have The Assurance Of Heaven?

Recognize your sinfulness (Rom. 3:23); believe Jesus died for you (Acts 16:31); receive Him as Savior (John 1:12); trust His promise (John 20:31).

Romans 3:23 ~ For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.

Acts 16:31 ~ Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved, you and your household.

John 1:12 ~ But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become the children of God.

John 20:31 ~ But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.

>>>I live in a hellish world and will only wind up in a much worse place when I die.<<<

This need not be. Jesus lived and died and lives again so that this would not be so.

Blessings, FRiend.

Pegita


32 posted on 07/29/2012 6:48:18 PM PDT by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness)
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To: SeekAndFind

Looks like Billy’s back!


33 posted on 07/29/2012 6:57:04 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
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