Billy Graham Meets The Pope

According to the Religious News Service, Pope John Paul II was closeted for almost 2 hours on January 12 at the Vatican with the Rev. Billy Graham, the world's best known Protestant Evangelist. It was Mr. Graham's first meeting with a Pope. Italian Radio and Mr. Graham's Evangelistic Association both reported that the two men discussed issues ranging from the situation in Poland to the emergence of evangelical Christianity in the modern world. The previous evening the Evangelist visited the North American College, a seminary for Roman Catholic students from the United States, and addressed the student body at an evening service. On the following day, in addition to his meeting with the Pope he was the guest of honour at a reception hosted by former New York Mayor Robert F. Wagner, who was President Carter's representative at the Vatican.

It has come as no surprise to those who have been watching Billy Graham's pilgrimage to Rome that this pilgrimage has culminated in a meeting with the Pope. In my book, Billy Graham and the Church of Rome I trace the beginnings of Dr. Graham's apostasy with Roman Catholicism. It was quite clear that when the great Evangelist forsook the Impregnable Rock of Holy Scripture and the fundamentals of the historic Christian faith that he would become a prey to 'every wind of doctrine and cunning craftiness wherein men lie in wait to deceive'.

The downgrade of Billy Graham is one of the greatest tragedies of the 20th century. Here was a man who came out of the Southern States preaching the gospel, the friend of such men as Dr. Bob Jones, Sen., and Dr. Bob Jones Jr. and Dr. W. B. Riley, noted and uncompromising Protestants and Fundamentalists. Then, caught up in the wave of popularity which followed his evangelistic success Graham began, in the name of broadening his platform, to pitch his tent towards the apostasy of the modern Sodom of ecumenism. Soon he had jettisoned his emphasis on the precious Blood of Christ and the separation of his converts from those very organisations which repudiated the Lord Jesus Christ as the only Saviour, such systems as the Roman Catholic Church and other non-Christian faiths. He was prepared to send the professed converts of his campaign back to religious organisations which are essentially anti-Christ and part of the domain of Antichrist.

Elsewhere in this issue we have given documentary evidence of Graham journeying towards Rome since 1969. Now by his visit to the Pope his pilgrimage has culminated in his public identification of his form of Christianity with the Papal Antichrist, his apostasy is complete.

Billy Graham's actions should be a warning to us all. Except we anchor on the Solid Rock of Holy Scripture sooner or later we will be shipwrecked on the reefs of Satanic deception. [3]

Memorial Service to the late Pastor William David Mullan in the Ulster Hall on Lord's Day January 1981

Dr. Ian Paisley addressed the 3000 people who attended Pastor Mullan's Memorial Service in the Ulster Hall, Belfast. Over 1000 were turned away, unable to gain admittance.

I am here this afternoon because I can say very sincerely that I was Willie Mullan's friend, and he was my friend. Perhaps at times his friendship to me was a great embarrassment but he never denied it, he always said, "I am Ian Paisley's friend". And when you battle with the enemies of the Gospel and you raise a standard for truth and righteousness in an evil day, you come to appreciate your true and loyal friends. It could very well have been the case that if our beloved brother had passed over the river in a different manner there would have been many other people wanting to associate themselves in Memorial Services to him, but on the platform today you have men who were Willie's friends, and I am sure that today those are the men that our brother would want to pay their tributes and say what must be said.

I was reminding Jimmie Irvine of the first campaign that we had with our beloved Willie in the old Ravenhill Church. The first Monday night of that campaign our brother Pastor Irvine was in the right hand gallery. I remember calling him to open that campaign in prayer, and what a time we had when the windows of heaven were opened and bounteous showers of rich blessing fell, and many were the saved of the Lord.

Our brother Willie had a second campaign with us, when we were preaching here in this Ulster Hall during the building of the Martyrs Memorial Church. I saw this Hall equally as packed, on the Lord's Day evenings, as it is today, as he ministered and I remember the final meeting when I don't know how many souls - scores of them knelt in this very Hall. We had the holy water that night - (not the stuff that that Pope makes!) the tears of repentance as sinners sought and found the Lord.

Naturally, today, there is no one so sad at heart as I am. I want you to pray that the Lord will help me, and I trust that what we say shall not in any way be an elevation of Willie Mullan but shall be an elevation of Willie Mullan's Saviour, [4] and the grace of God that made Willie Mullan and moulded him and blessed him for what he was for God and truth and righteousness.

When Michael rang our Church office and relayed to me the tragic news of our beloved Willie's passing, one passage of Scripture came very vividly before me. I want to read it this evening to you, and a phrase out of it I want to take for my text today. You will find it in 2 Samuel 1: 17: "And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son".

Let us stand for a wee word of prayer before the preaching.


0, God our Father, we thank Thee for a real sense of Thy Heavenly and Holy Presence with us in this Hall today. We thank Thee for the messages that have been spoken and the messages that have been brought in song. We thank Thee for the abiding presence of our Blessed Lord, our Saviour and our Friend. We pray for sinners, let them be convicted and saved by the free grace of God. We pray for backsliders, let them repent and return to their first love. We pray for Thy people, may we never be the same again, but may we this day give ourselves wholly to Thee, so that whatever remains of our lives may be on the altar for God and the answering baptism of fire upon our service and our offering.

To this end I take the promised Holy Ghost, the Blessed power of Pentecost to fill me to the uttermost, I take, thank God He undertakes for me.

The people of God said AMEN!

Great grief is never great at talking. Its eloquence is one of silence and its best and highest flight of oratory is one of speechlessness. It expresses itself not in sentences but in sighs. Its greatest tribute which far exceeds even celestial language is the teardrop, the lump in the throat, the tender pressure of the hand or the strong and loving embrace.

Today it is my task, however, to lay the last official wreath of tribute on the casket of our beloved Willie. I trust you will be praying for me as I go about this sorrowful duty - a duty we all wish would not have been necessary as soon and suddenly and tragically in his life.

When I heard of my friend's passing, the first part of verse 26 of this chapter of 2 Samuel instantly came to mind and came to my lips, and as I stood in our Church office I said from the depths of my soul in brokenness, "I am distressed for thee brother Willie." "I am distressed for thee my brother Jonathan" was what King David said. I would have you to know, however, that I have received great blessing to my soul as I have studied this historic lament. This is not the lamentation of a man who has lost faith, of a man who has lost hope or of a man who has lost courage. Rather, this lamentation throbs with hope, it throbs with faith and it throbs with courage. And if you study the Scripture you will find that [5] symbolically David was on resurrection ground, because the news of the death of Jonathan came to him on the third day, (and the third day in Scripture is the day of resurrection).

I am glad today that as believers we can stand on resurrection ground, and we can view this matter from the ground of resurrection. That is the way we have got to view it. Some would view it through the eyes of men. Some would view it through the eyes of natural reasoning. Some would view it influenced by all the pernicious influence of rumour, but I am glad I can take my stand today and I can view this on the third day - on the ground of resurrection.

In the recently published biography of our beloved brother there is a reference made to the David and Jonathan friendship that was between himself and me. And as I thought about what he said, the kindness and the love and the generosity of those remarks, I pondered the verse that sprung to mind when I heard about his passing.

King David, says of Jonathan, "I am distressed for thee my brother Jonathan". Why was David distressed? First of all he could say "I am distressed for thee my brother Jonathan because your princely life of usefulness is now no longer with us. Jonathan, that life that meant so much to me, that princely life, that honourable life, that useful life is now finished", and there was a void in the heart of King David, the void that was brought about through a lost companionship, the void that was brought about through a lost friendship, the void that was brought about through a lost fellowship and the void that was brought about through a lost partnership.

I turn back in the history of Jonathan and I notice five things concerning Jonathan. The first of them is in the first reference to Jonathan in the Word of God. How is Jonathan introduced in the Bible? (The law of the first mention is an important law in Biblical interpretation). Where does he first appear in the Scriptures? He first appears as the negotiator of the sharp rocks and as the expert handler of the sword. He brought to Israel, in a day when all Israel trembled, a great and a glorious deliverance, when with his armourbearer he drew his sword; he negotiated the passage along; he took on the hordes of the Philistines and they fell before him, and the dark day became a day of light, and the sorrowful day became a day of joy, and the day of defeat became a day of great and grand and glorious deliverance. The negotiator of the sharp rocks, the maker of the way, the handler of the sword.

Anyone who knew our beloved brother knew his expertise in the handling of God's Word. It was never my privilege to meet anyone who could handle the Word of God with such skill, and I have among my friends in the Fundamentalist world some of the best known and some of the most honoured of preachers, both in this country and in the United States of America, but I can say honestly to you today, here was a man who was an expert handier of the sword. It was a [6] privilege, and a pleasure, and always a blessing to see him open the Book, and so often he had that characteristic, he used to turn it over and then he got at the job of really preaching. You know what Ulster needs? Ulster needs a race of such preachers. Away with the essay readers from our pulpits! Send us men who have not only mastered the Book but the Book has mastered them, and then we'll see revival, then we'll see something of the mighty power of the Lord of hosts.

A handler of the sword!

I am distressed for thee my brother Willie! You'll not be handling the Sword any longer. We will not have the privilege of listening to you as you take the Book and draw from it the rich provision and that wonderful finest of the wheat, which was the great word that our brother used to use 'the finest of the wheat'. "I am distressed for thee my brother Jonathan".

Then Jonathan appears as the lover of God's anointed. One day young David appears on the scene, fresh from the battle, fresh from the conflict, fresh from the tussle with Goliath of Gath and his final downfall. And when Jonathan was introduced to David, "his soul", we read, "was knit in love with the Lord's anointed". We also read that the origination of that love was not in Jonathan's heart but it was stirred up in Jonathan's heart as he looked upon the shepherd lad, and we read on another occasion that the grief of David exceeded the grief of Jonathan because Jonathan's love was sparked off by the love of David.

Could I say to you today, one day down and out, a wino, a tramp, a reject, the Lord Jesus, King David's Greater Son, appeared beside our brother in that field in Newtownards. Something happened that day. Something happened. And from that day our brother could say, "I love Him because He first loved me". Where did Jesus Christ come from when He met Willie Mullan? Where does He come from when He meets poor lost sinners? "Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah?" Jesus comes from Calvary, from the slaughter of the great Goliath and the trampling down of the forces of sin and Satan and evil. He comes with nail-pierced hand, He travels in the greatness of His strength, "I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save." And that day Willie Mullan fell in love with Jesus, and everybody knew that our brother never put anything before the Lord. Yes! That is why he offended people. He was never a party man. Everybody knew that. He used to say, when he was preaching, "It was not the President of the Baptist Union that died for me. It was not the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church that died for me. It was the Prince of Glory died for me". Friend, that was the very heart of his message, for that is the very heart of the Gospel.

You can have your Church. You can have your baptism, and you can have everything and have it as orthodox as you like, but let me tell you that if you haven't got Jesus Christ you are a lost soul, there is no hope for you. 'Neither is [7] there salvation in any other, for there is none other name under heaven, given among men, whereby we must be saved'.

Tell me, friend, are you saved today? There are people who would say of this meeting, 'They have come to worship Willie Mullan'. It is a lie. We have come to worship Willie Mullan's Saviour. We have come to honour the grace of God that lifted that tramp, transformed him, gave him the anointing of the Holy Spirit, and gave him an eloquence and a talent and an ability to make him a pulpit master, a flaming evangelist, a soul-winner unparalleled for a long time in the history of our land. That is what we have come to do today. You know how it started? It started because the Lord loved him, the Prince of Glory died for him.

The third thing I discovered about Jonathan was, he was a pleader for his friend. He knew what it was to intercede.

Some of you knew brother Willie as a preacher, an evangelist, and what a preacher he was and what an evangelist he was. Some of you knew him in his Bible class as he got out the Word and took the Book and examined its ramifications and parsed its language and explained its truths, but not many of you had the privilege of knowing him as a pleader. I had that great privilege. For many years every week our brother and myself knelt down together and we prayed, we shared our longings, our aspirations. We shared those problems of the ministry that nobody knows but the preacher himself, because the preacher walks an isolated path, a lonely path, a path where his congregation never can go with him, where he has to go it alone. And I have wonderful memories of days when our tears mingled together and we pleaded for this little Province that God in His great mercy would stay the hand of the aggressor, and in some way give us a great deliverance, and thank God, God answers prayer and God has answered those cries!

I am distressed for thee my brother Willie! I will not be able to kneel with you again. We will not be pleading together for this little corner of Ireland that we love with all our heart, and soul and mind.

Then Jonathan was seen as a watchman for his companion. The story of the shooting of the arrows, providing David with the necessary intelligence of what Saul had in mind for him.

Let me say to you today, this Province is poorer because a watchman has been removed from the watchtower. For there was one thing about Willie Mullan, he was fearless. He feared neither the face of man, woman or devil, but with great strength of purpose he was prepared to lift up his voice, to cry aloud and to spare not. He was a watchman upon the tower, providing intelligence for his companions and warding off the onslaughts of the devil's wolves among the choicest sheep of God's flock.

Another thing about Jonathan you will find, he was the encourager of the exile. He went to David when David was exiled, rejected, hunted, and we read [8] 'He strengthened him in the Lord'. He brought that sweet, blessed, healing, comforting word, just the word that was needed at the right time in the right place.

We all know how our brother could comfort the saints of God. He used to say to me, "I am looking for a wee word of comfort for the saints on the Lord's Day morning. Ian, the wee woman that is trying to make ends meet and she is fighting a hard battle to raise her family and keep them respectable and keep them on the straight and narrow". He said, "That wee woman would need a comforting word, I am looking for it. And the man that is out in the street - the breadwinner of the home, fighting life's battle with all the temptations of this evil age, and the young people, Ian, who have temptations that you and I know nothing about, for they are of a different generation, they are growing up in a different environment, I need a word of comfort. I want to comfort, I want to mend the saints and not to rend them". And many a time we listened to our brother and we knew the balm of Gilead. We knew the touch of the nail-pierced hand. Standing somewhere in the shadows of his preaching we found the Man of Calvary, and we got the solace and the healing that we needed.

'I am distressed for thee my brother Jonathan because your princely and honoured useful life is gone'.

I am distressed for thee my brother Willie because your honoured, useful life is no longer with us.

Secondly, could I remind you that David is saying something more here. He is saying, 'I am distressed for thee my brother Jonathan because of the untimeliness of your death. Jonathan there never was a time when we more needed you in the affairs of Israel'. Study the Book and you will find that Israel needed the stabilising influence of Jonathan in this hour of crisis. The Lord had appointed David. David was God's choice. Jonathan knew it. He abdicated his position. He said, "David I'll join you to make you the ruler of the whole land'. We know what happened after Jonathan's death. We know how his son was taken and wrongfully crowned, and we know as a result there was bloodshed and anarchy and rebellion, and the kingdom passed down into the darkness. David knew it. He knew that if Jonathan had lived there would have been blessing. He knew that if Jonathan had lived there would not have been all the bitterness and all the hardship and all the turmoil of the coming months and years. 'I am distressed for thee my brother Jonathan, your death is an untimely one'.

How much we could still have done with the voice of our brother in our Province! How much we could still have done with the voice of our brother on our Conference platforms! How much we could still have done with our brother's evangelistic gifts in summoning men and women to repentance, and throwing out the Gospel net that it might be filled with fishes great and small! We [9] must say, and I must say today, I am distressed for thee my brother Willie because of the untimeliness of your death.

There was something else, David was distressed for brother Jonathan because of the circumstances of his death. The circumstances of his death!

We don't believe in running away from these circumstances. We believe, as believers with God's Word in our hands, we have got to face it. You see, David got the picture, Jonathan in the battle. The archers are against him. Their barbed darts had torn Jonathan's flesh, and there he is fallen in the high places of Gilboa. The weapons of war have perished from his hands. The uncircumcised approaching to finish him off, and according to the Scriptures he was the first of the Royal line of Saul that fell that day in that tremendous struggle. And David pictured it, the agony of his friend, the dark circumstances that surrounded his death; the pain of the arrows; the cruel cutting of the sword and he said, in his anguish, "I am distressed for thee my brother Jonathan".

Our dear brother Willie during the past weeks had been passing through a period of deep physical sickness, and the most intense of mental strain. Physically he had had a stroke, and other alarming complications which signalled the imminent breakup of his physical frame. Running parallel with that physical condition there was the severest mental strain resulting from an accumulation of circumstances directly flowing from his responsibilities and work and zealous service for the Lord. Many of us are apt to forget the dark sowing in his body of earlier years. Many of us are apt to forget the toll that must have been taken on our brother's physical frame in those very formative years when the body was really being formed into its constitution. And he never never spared himself. He came many a time from a sick bed to the pulpit. Many a time against the orders of his medical advisors, he came to plead for souls. I remember one time he preached in the prison, and his doctor said, "You mustn't go", and he said, "But, doctor, it's an opportunity that will never return, and perhaps among those men up in the Crumlin Road I can sow this seed that will be for their salvation. I must go and do my task", and he did it as we know, unflinchingly and consistently. But these combined strains caused his mind to reel, and indeed to some close friends he confided in tears that no one knew how sick he really was. He had a conversation with Mr. T. B. F. Thompson of Garvagh about hospitalization. But with this strain our brother had a dread - a dread of bodily attack. Hence, he kept a loaded shotgun beside his bed, and evidently on the occasion of his death he had it in his study.

I was greatly struck by the parallel between the death of our brother and the death of one of the great eminent saints of Scotland in the last century. Hugh Miller was one of the founding fathers of the Free Church of Scotland, the friend of the great Thomas Chalmers, the closest associate of Robert Murray McCheyne, of Thomas Guthrie and of the Bonner brothers. That dear man, like [10] our dear brother Willie, came under the pressures that went for his mind, that broke up his constitution and died in the same way as our brother died.

'I am distressed for thee my brother Jonathan'.

Perhaps we will only know something of what our brother passed through when we are reminded of that Psalm that he was constantly reading in the last days of life on earth. It is the Psalm 69. What a Psalm it is. "Save me, O, God, for the waters are come in unto my soul. I sink in deep mire where there is no standing".

Out in the little study our brother came to a place where there was no standing. And let me say today, let no man here dare to lift a voice of criticism. You never were there. Pray God you never will be! Ask God to save you from such a terrible breakdown mentally and physically as our brother had. He was standing in those deep waters. "The floods overflow me. I am weary of my crying. My throat is dried. Mine eyes fail while I wait for my God. They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head". And you know, my friend, that hatred did not die when our brother died. The Chairman of this meeting actually received a written threat because he was going to take part in this meeting today. I want to tell you, our brother's testimony - Willie Mullan's testimony against all the powers of darkness was a tremendous testimony. You have only to listen to his tape on the Scarlet Woman of Revelation 17 and you will know the type of ministry he exercised. No wonder the powers of darkness hated this man and will continue to hate him.

Let me say, today, as his friend, for a friend is born for adversity, let me say, today, I deplore those that profess the name of Christ who would repeat any unfounded accusation against the man whom they never dared to face in time, and now when he cannot speak for himself would mention it. I will speak up for my friend today, and, thank God, many more will speak up for him today.

Our brother Willie was down in those deep waters, 'The mire'. There is a verse there: "Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink. Let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters. Let not the waterflood overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me. Thou hast known my reproach and my shame, and my dishonour: mine adversaries are all before me. Reproach hath broken my heart; I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, and there was none; and for comforters but I found none". The darkness!

'I am distressed for thee my brother Jonathan' said David, because of the circumstances of his death. But he was distressed because of the use made of his death in the ranks of the Philistines and amongst the thousands of Israel. David knew that the enemies of God would rejoice. Therefore David said (have you noted his words?) he said, "Tell it not in Gath. Publish it not in the streets of Askelon, lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the [11] uncircumcised triumph". I know, brother Jonathan, that the enemies of God will take your death and they will turn it into a place of triumph and rejoice in your fall, rejoice in your slaying, rejoice in your exit from the world.

Those of us who move around our Province have heard the daughters of the Philistines rejoicing. We have heard it in the streets of Askelon. We have heard it told in Gath. "Is this your God? Is this your Gospel? Is this the salvation that you preach?" Let me say, Yes sir, it is! Let me say today, we have no apology to make for our Saviour, for the Bible, for the Truth of the Gospel. All I can say is this to the men of the world. There will be a day when truth shall be fully known, a day when in the last great assize of God we will understand the inexplicable, and we will get the explanations for those things that baffle us now.

"What I do thou knowest not now, but thou shalt know hereafter".

I cannot understand it, nor am I attempting to understand it, for that is not my job. But this I do say from the depths of my inward soul today that it is part of the 'All things', and I tell you that they work together for good, and if but one soul arrested by the Holy Ghost is brought to Christ through our brother's tragic passing, that, my friend, will be more than enough, more than enough to understand that all things work together for good.

I am distressed for thee my brother Jonathan, not only because of what the Devil's crowd will do with it but what God's people will do with it. And could I say now very strongly and very dogmatically, that a man is completely innocent until there is proof of his guilt. No charges have been made. No evidence has been brought, and yet today there are Christians who have brought in a verdict, and I say, to their own Master they will stand or fall, but I will not be a party to any such thing. And when a voice is needed to be raised in this hour, please God I and my brethren will immediately raise our voice. We shall say, 'The Judge of all the earth always does what is right', and we know there is an explanation, and we know that that explanation will be to the honour and the glory of God.

Remember the best man at his best is only a man at the best. Many people attended our brother's services, enjoyed his ministry, rejoiced in his prosperity, but how many of God's people hung onto the horns of the altar for him as he was passing through these trials? Have we not all learned a lesson that God's men are fallible, that God's men are imperfect; that God's men are like Elias - they are subject to like passions as we are; that God's men need God's help, and they need the prayers of God's people.

Maybe if you go home dear and you pray more for the preacher than you ever prayed, and more for the minister than you ever prayed, then our brother's passing will not be in vain.

'I am distressed for thee my brother Jonathan because of the use made of your death in the ranks of the Philistines and among the thousands of Israel'. [12]

I want to say something as I close. He wasn't at all distressed for brother Jonathan's eternity. There was not a word of distress about that, and I am not distressed today about where my brother is. His body is in the shroud, it is in the casket. It is laid in his home town of Newtownards. We will always remember Boxing Day 1980 when we stood there and God gave His presence and God gave His help in a time of need. But Willie Mullan is not there. As he said he would be living more than ever he lived before. I want to say today, our brother is before the Throne. Don't think, friend, don't dare to think, don't even consider the utter folly that some people suggest to us in these circumstances that a few pellets from a shotgun could extinguish eternal life in a man's soul. The day that Willie Mullan was saved in the field in Newtownards he became a member of Christ. "Who shall separate us from the love of God?" Nothing! Nothing! Nothing! And the circumstances in that little study on the hill could not separate our brother from the love of Christ which was in him, imparted by the Holy Ghost. He was saved gloriously. He was saved wonderfully. Thank God he was saved eternally. "I give unto my sheep eternal life." That is the life that Hell cannot extinguish and Eternity cannot exhaust. "I give unto my sheep eternal life and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my Father's hand".

There was an old saint of God dying, and there was one of these preachers, foolish preachers who believe in the loss of the soul of a believer, and he came to the dear woman and he said, "Are you sure you are saved?" She said, "Yes, I am saved, and I am safe. I am the Lord's hand". The man said, "But you might slip through His fingers". The old woman looked up with that radiance of faith and assurance, and said, "Silly man, I am one of the fingers". Yes, of course! "Not a bone of him shall be broken". And, thank God, when the body of Willie Mullan rises in the first resurrection, bless God there will not be a mark on it. It will be like Christ's most glorious body, and, thank God, the work that His goodness began, the arm of His strength He'll complete. His promise is yea and amen and never was forfeited yet!

That is our hope today. We are not magnifying our brother, but we are magnifying the grace of God in him that made him. Yes, he had the glory in an earthen vessel, that the excellency of the power might be of God and not of us. Many of us have been learning that lesson that the excellency of the power is only in a frail earthen vessel.

Dear Willie, beloved brother, able expositor of the Word, dynamic preacher of the Glorious Gospel of free and sovereign grace, faithful pastor of the Lord's flock, we bid thee not good-bye, we are just saying good-night. In fact to speak the truth it is you that is saying good-night to us, for it is we that are in the darkness and you are in the brightness of the Father's House. No longer will we walk beside you in the Gospel furrow. No longer shall your hands grip the [13] handles of that plough. That grip has been loosed forever. No longer will we join you in the pulpit or conference platform, to hear from your lips wonderful things from the Wonderful Book about our Wonderful Lord. No longer will we Companion with you along the pilgrim walk and share in fellowship our common burdens, our common trials, our common perplexities, our common problems. You are gone from us but your Blessed Saviour, our Wonderful Lord, your closest Friend, He abides with us all. Best of all He is EMMANUEL - GOD with us. We magnify not thee but the grace of God that was in thee. Well earned rest is now yours. The past completed, the battles are over. The fight is fought. We are confident that in Eternity our present perplexities over your passing will all be fully and wonderfully explained to us. Dear Willie, good-night until the day breaks and the shadows all flee away. We praise God for you, thank God, some day we will praise God with you, in that Land that is fairer than day!

May God bless His Word, for Jesus'sake!



Billy Graham's Pilgrimage to Popery

Rev. Wilson Ewin traces Billy Graham's pilgrimage to popery from 1969. The beginnings of Graham's apostasy can be read in Dr. Paisley's book 'Billy Graham and the Church of Rome'

ROME 1969

Rev. Charles Dullea S.J., Superior of Rome's Pontifical Biblical Institute, recommended Catholics to attend Graham's crusades in these words, "A Catholic will hear no slighting of his Church's teaching authority, nor of papal or episcopal prerogatives, no word against Mass or Sacraments or Catholic practice" (Newsweek, June 23, 1969).


The United States Congress on Evangelism was held in Minneapolis September 8-13. Billy Graham was the sponsor and included Roman Catholics in his program. A priest, John J. Okeefe, a Paulist Father from St. Lawrence Parish, Minneapolis, led the Thursday morning devotions. (The Baptist Bulletin, November 1969).


Explo 72 was co-sponsored by Billy Graham. Roman Catholic Churches and members were invited to participate and did so. Mr. Paul Eshelman, director for Explo 72 said "Roman Catholics have been involved in arrangements . . . Sisters helped with advance registrations; young men studying for the priesthood worked in Explo's Dallas office".

Catholic literature was distributed at Explo. It read in part, "true Catholics believe that under the appearance of bread and wine, achieved at the consecration of the mass, the very real body of Christ is present in the tabernacle of their Churches" (Logos, May-June, 1972).


The North American Billy Graham Crusade known as Key 73 held a meeting in 1971 and invited Roman Catholic participation. The 240 Catholic bishops meeting in April, 1972 were told by their Ecumenical Relations Committee that Roman Catholic acceptance had been endorsed. Roman Catholics took a very active part in the year long broadly ecumenical effort. Billy Graham recommended Catholic books and literature. One, a biography of Pope John XXIII contained hundreds of pages of that Pope's devotion to Mary and the Saints, worship of the host and trust in the sacraments for salvation. Graham advertised it as "a classic in devotion".


In Milwaukee on October 21, Graham said, "This past week I preached in a great Catholic Cathedral, a funeral sermon for a close friend of mine who was a Catholic and they had several bishops and archbishops to participate, and as I sat there going through the funeral mass that was a very beautiful thing and certainly straight and clear in the gospel I believe, there was a wonderful little priest that would tell me when to stand and when to kneel and what to do . . ." (Plains Baptist Challenger, May 1975).

ST. LOUIS 1973

The St. Louis crusade was held by Graham at the end of October. Msgr. John T. Byre said in the St. Louis Review, Catholic Archdiocesan weekly, "St. Louis is fortunate to have the presence of the Rev. Billy Graham. During a Graham crusade the participants are asked to make a decision for Christ. In Catholic circles this is referred to as a commitment to Christ". Catholics have little reason to disagree with Dr. Graham as far as the theology of his crusade is concerned. He makes a determined effort to keep them non-sectarian and thus avoids the more controversial issues of the sacraments and the Church". Some 50 nuns served as counsellors and others sang regularly in the choir.


Christianity Today, June 3, 1977, headlined, "Graham Scores at Notre Dame", in introducing the story of the [22] Graham crusade at the Roman Catholic institution. As was now common practice, Roman Catholics participated in a variety of crusade activities.


November saw the Graham Crusade in Manila. The evangelist summarized his impressions in these words, "We didn't know what to expect when we came here because the Protestant population in the Philippines is very small. But during the crusade we have seen some of the greatest unity among churches that we've ever experienced, and we have received marvelous support from the Catholic Church" (Christianity Today, December 30, 1977).


I am far more tolerant of other kinds of Christians than I once was. My contact with Catholic, Lutheran and other leaders - people far removed from my own Southern Baptist tradition - has helped me, hopefully, to move in the right direction. I've found that my beliefs are essentially the same as those of orthodox Roman Catholics . . . We only differ on some matters of later church tradition.


For Graham's Milwaukee crusade in August, Roman Catholic Archbishop Rembert Weakiand sent a letter to priests throughout his archdiocese telling them they could support the meetings. These gave Graham "some of the most loyal support", not only in attendance but also as campaign workers. Christianity Today, (September 7) reported, "Graham had these Catholic . . . church goers in mind during his sermons . . . At each meeting he repeated a recent statement attributed to Pope John Paul I, 'The priority of the Church ought to be to evangelize those who have already been baptized'. He followed this statement at the concluding service on Sunday with, 'Perhaps many people need to come and reconfirm their confirmation".


The Graham crusade in Poland was sponsored by the Polish National Catholic Church, the Old Catholic Mariavite Church and six other groups. Graham was given full cooperation by the Roman hierarchy including Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, now the present pope. One report says, "Before Graham preached in St. Ann's Catholic Church in Krakow, (Pope John Paul II's city) a priest prayed that God would lead the conclave of cardinals in their selection of a new pope. And in his remarks at Catholic Churches Graham praised the greatness of Pope Paul VI," (Christianity Today, November 3, 1978). Four of the rallies were held in Catholic Churches and priests participated on the platform [23] with Graham. Alsso revealed was the fact that "masses were said immediately before or after the rallies." Graham taught nuns and priests how to evangelize. A picture taken at the famous Polish Shrine of the Black Madonna shows Graham welcoming pilgrims to the worship of their Virgin (Decision, February, 1979).


A strong controversy arose prior to the Australian crusade in May when, "the crusade Executive Committee announced that inquirers would be referred to participating Catholic Churches".


American Catholicism's most famous T.V. star died Sunday evening December 9. Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen won countless thousands to the Roman faith. Newsweek described him as, "Author, and for years the best-known Roman Catholic clergyman in America . . . Taught philosophy for 24 years at Catholic University and served as national director of the Society for the Propagation of the faith . . . He was a traditionalist and proud of it . . . As a bishop, Sheen proved obedient to the spirit of Vatican II . . ." (December 24,1979) Associated Press contacted Billy Graham that night and the evangelist called Sheen's death "a great loss to the nation and both the Catholic and Protestant churches. He broke down walls of prejudice between Catholics and Protestants . . . I mourn his death and look forward to our reunion in heaven," (Nashua Telegram, December 10, 1979).

Our story of Billy Graham's acceptance of Romanism began and ends with Bishop Fulton J. Sheen. Throughout his life and to his death, Sheen was the symbol of Romanism in America. Graham expressed interest in destroying walls as early as 1952. Today he accepts the Roman gospel as genuine salvation. In 1952 Graham looked to Christ alone as hope for the world. Today his hope has widened to embrace Romanism.

The man who pioneered the work of breaking walls has now died. Bishop Sheen led thousands through those walls and into the Roman Church. The road led in but not out. Billy Graham, as assistant, began the task of breaking these walls many years ago. He has lost his prototype and now mourns the fact. Truly, Christians do mourn the death of fervent Catholics like Bishop Sheen. The reason? The Word of God offers them no hope for eternity. But Graham's sorrow does not come for this reason. It is remorse for the loss of Sheen's spiritual help in breaking walls. Graham is left with anti-cipation - a strange one for a professing Christian - that of spending eternity with Bishop Sheen, an eternity that must be shared by all who die as fervent Roman Catholics. Perhaps Graham's contemplation will be realized. Eternity will tell. [24]


An article by Billy Graham has appeared in the Jan./Feb. edition of the Saturday Evening Post. The evangelist's story, told in his own words, marks the culmination of 30 years change in Graham's attitude towards the Church of Rome. The publication is both a revelation and a warning to fundamental believers. First, it reveals the awful depths of neo-evangelical apostasy now taking place among the millions who cooperate, associate or sympathize with the Billy Graham ministries. Secondly, the article carries a veiled warning that current religious liberties can soon end. Neoevangelicals are being herded into the spiritual-political web known as Romansim. History and Catholic doctrine reveal what will happen to those who refuse.

The article is Billy Graham's message to America and the world. "THE PILGRIM POPE: A BUILDER OF BRIDGES" is a major document. It reveals the territory into which the evangelist has now moved and indicates five pro-Romanist attitudes to be now taken by his followers, the neo-evangelicals.

1. Their course of action in the present world crisis, will be that of the Pope. Graham wrote, "In a world dangerously poised on the brink of nuclear disaster, the exhortations of Pope John II must be heeded if our children and grandchildren are to have a future . . . The words of the Pope in his role as statesman must continue to challenge us and lead us to action."

2. Neo-evangelicals will now recognize the Pope as a full and contemporary equal of great men of God across the centuries and also a man who proclaims their same message. Graham said, "The Pope sought to speak to the spiritual hunger of our age in the same way Christians throughout the centuries have spoken to the spiritual yearnings of every age - by pointing people to Christ."

3. Neo-evangelicals will now cooperate with Rome. Graham said, "As a statesman Pope John Paul II also reminded us of another truth: We must work together to solve some of the problems which face us as a world.

4. Neo-evangelicals will now follow the Pope. Graham said, "In Boston he delivered a ringing challenge to his hearers: 'The reason for my mission . . . is to tell you, to tell everyone - young and old alike - to say to everyone in the name of Christ: 'Come and follow me! This is why I have come to America . . ."

5. Neo-evangelicals will now look to the Pope as a person who will unite a divided world. Graham concluded his article with these words, "During his visit to America Pope John Paul II was indeed a bridge builder, and that is something our divided world desperately needs. In a world which often seems to have lost its way, his voice will continue to remind us of our [25] responsibilities to each other - and to God."


Graham's 25 year period of leadership has meant a recasting of the attitude to most evangelicals towards Roman Catholicism. The new mold of an evangelical is now one who cooperates with Catholics. They have adopted Graham's sketch of Romanism - a truly Christian denomination whose leaders and people are truly brothers and sisters of true believers in Christ. This new attitude is underscored by the constant willingness of evangelicals to cooperate with Graham - their 'Evangelical-Catholic' coordinator. The changed attitude is no acknowledged by Graham authorities. The magazine he founded, Christianity Today, commented on the October visit of Pope John Paul II to the U.S.A. in an editorial, "Two decades ago such a scene would have been a political disaster, and a religious blunder of the first magnitude . . . The Pope's performance not only proved that inter-religious attitudes change, but also that America's moral dilemma is so acute that previous animosities and political ideologies could be cast aside for the sake of a public proclamation of righteousness, even if such proclamation came from the lips of a native of Poland, who now occupies the Holy See of Catholicism in Rome, Italy." Graham himself commented about the Pope's visit in these words, "He is articulating what Catholic and Protestant churches have traditionally held . . . The country is responding in a magnificent way . . . The Pope has reached millions of Protestants . . . ecumenicity is now taking place where Roman Catholics and Protestants share beliefs in matters like the Virgin Birth and the Resurrection of Christ" (Time, October 15, 1979).

The new attitude is shared by many millions of evangelicals. Their support and participation in Graham projects identifies that person, church or group as an activist in the movement symbolized and personified by Billy Graham. This includes the showing of his films, the sale of his books or partnership in his international network of crusades, prayer campaigns, schools, evangelism enterprises and congresses. The prophet asked, "Can two walk together except they be agreed?" (Amos 3:3)


How is this possible? Has Romanism become evangelical as Graham proclaims? Modern Popes Pius XI, Pius XII, John XXIII and John Paul I all subscribed to the Council of Trent (1535-1563). Its pages define the beliefs of Romanism. The Council of Vatican II meeting from 1959 to 1964 reaffirmed the Church's rigid adherence to these same documents. The present Pope. John Paul II repeatedly expressed personal [26] acceptance and loyalty to Vatican II and the Council of Trent in his encyclical 'Redemptor Hominis', given at Rome on March 4, 1979. Nothing has ever changed to make Rome evangelical or Christian. In her own words, Rome proclaims and still remains "Semper Eadem" - always the same.

As identified by great men of God for centuries, Romanism is spiritual paganism, a religious system that butchered millions of believers, denounced the truth, destroyed the work of Christ and these, both in the past and in the present. Rome has never renounced nor repented of her Anti-Christian beliefs, her destruction of the true Church not her ever present intention of annihilating those who will not recognise and accept her as the Church of Christ.

In his close association with Romanism, Billy Graham is building a bridge of ecumenical unity, not with Christianity but rather with medieval paganism. Redemption as taught by Rome, is still being achieved through the mass, the supposed daily sacrifice of the Saviour. When Pope John Paul II offered his masses on American soil, he claimed to offer Jesus Christ, body, blood, soul and divinity, for the sins of mankind exactly as Christ did at Calvary. Rome teaches that when Catholics eat the host at communion, they are actually eating the literal flesh and blood of Jesus Christ. When the Roman Clergy drink the communion wine, they believe they are actually drinking the literal blood of Christ offered a few moments ago in the sacrifice of the mass. When the host is consecrated during the mass, Rome teaches that it becomes literal body, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ. Catholics then worship the host, the piece of bread, with the same worship as would be given to God.

The Roman Church through the Council of Trent places a curse upon those who believe and teach that mankind was redeemed by the Blood of Christ alone and that salvation is by faith alone in the Person of the Saviour. Rome teaches that man must atone for his personal sins through penance, indulgences, prayers, good works, and finally in the flames of a supposed purgatory.


The Billy Graham movement has been openly identified on numerous occasions by the evangelist himself. He states it willingly and with absolute frankness. The exercise is known as ecumenical church unity disguised under the cloak of evangelism. To be more precise, the movement is Evangelical-Roman Catholic unity.

Evangelicals flirting with Roman Catholicism through ecumenical evangelism and its corresponding dialogues, conferences and numerous forms of cooperation, should listen to the only voice of authority that Rome recognizes the pope. John Paul II defined ecumenicity most explicitly during [27] his October, 1979, U.S.A. visit. The Sovereign Pontiff said, "The will of Christ impels us to work earnestly and perseveringly for unity with all Christian brethren, being mindful that the unity we seek is of one perfect faith, a unity in truth and love. We must pray and study together, knowing however, that inter communion between divided Christians is not the answer to Christ's appeal to perfect unity. And with God's help we will continue to work humbly and resolutely to remove the real divisions that still exist, and thus to restore that full unity in faith which is the condition for sharing in the Eucharist" (News Week, October 15, 1979). The full unity of the faith mentioned by the Pope, means total submission to Rome and full acceptance of her teachings and practices as expressed in the documents of her Council of Trent.


Billy Graham has been destroying the wall of separation that should have existed between light and darkness. The result - a blending of God's people with the unregenerate and that in wilful ignorance and open denial of the warnings from both modern and medieval history. Evangelical-Romanist evangelism pictures as liars those scholars who have described the doctrines and history of Rome; its cooperation with Romanism mocks the choice of millions who refused to cooperate and chose rather to suffer martyrdom at the hand of that same organization. It betrays the modern work of those in many lands who seek to lead Roman Catholics to light and truth. Its affiliation with Romanism ridicules the warning of a Holy God when He spoke of that same religious-political system in these words, "Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues" (Rev. 18:4).

The pace of Christendom's unity under the Roman See has quickened. The political and religious atmosphere within the World Council of Churches, the naming of a Communist-accepted Pope, his visits throughout the world, the existing secret alliance of the Vatican with Communism, the Marxist conquest of the United Nations and finally, the impending moral, financial and political collapse of the remaining Free World, all point to a rapidly approaching religious climax for the Graham evangelical movement. The planner, leader and symbol of the Neo-Evangelical world will be crowned as the successful Evangelical-Roman Catholic Coordinator and International Evangelist of Babylon, the world religion.

There will remain one more scene - the judgment seat of Christ where the former evangelist Billy Graham must answer to a Holy God for his deliberate betrayal of Biblical evangelism, and where Graham must pay the eternal price for his personal [28] creation and operation of Biblical evangelism in reverse.

Graham now admits failure of his Evangelical-Romanist evangelism. He has confessed looking to Rome for spiritual revival. The Associated Press said this of Graham, "Billy Graham expresses hope that Pope John Paul's visit to the United States will launch 'a new wave of spiritual revival', A revival, he adds, which is 'desperately needed'." The evangelist spoke 'glowingly' of John Paul II and called the Pope the "Moral leader of the world." He promised that "his prayers . . . will be with the Pontiff during his visit here".

These are the days of grave apostasy. Serious decisions must be made regarding evangelism by association. Believer in Christ, what is you position and where does your church stand? To approve Billy Graham and his international ministries, implies personal trust in Romanism to solve the world's spiritual ills and approval of Graham's efforts to unite with that system. May the Saviour find you at His soon return, a believer and separate from such apostasy. May He find you worshipping in a church that likewise obeyed the Word of God to "Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing (2 Cor. 6:17).

I witness the President's Inauguration By Ian R. K. Paisley, M.P.

I flew to Atlanta, Georgia, on the Delta midday flight out of London on Monday 19th January, arriving in Atlanta in the afternoon (having gained five hours) and then flew up to Greenville, South Carolina. Dr. Bob Jones, Chancellor of Bob Jones University and his son Dr. Bob III, the President of the School, met me at Greenville Airport. Bob Jones University is the World's Most Unusual University, with over six thousand students. During his election campaign President Reagan addressed the student body in the magnificent Founders Memorial Amphitorium which holds some seven and a half thousand people. Some years ago I had the honour of preaching at the opening of this great building. I was guest at the University during my short stay in the USA.

On 20th January I rose at 5.30 a.m. and Representative Rick Rigdon, a Republican member of the South Carolina State House, who is also a ruling elder in Faith Free Presbyterian Church, Greenville, took me in his car to the private airport of the City. Mr. Rigdon, who was Reagan's campaign chairman in [29] the Greenville area, had arranged for us to fly direct to Washington in the University 'plane specially chartered for the occasion, with a party of leading Republicans. These included Dr. Taylor, chairman of the Republican Party in Greenville.

It was a beautiful flight to the National Airport, Washington. The sun was shining. The Potomac River was partially frozen and shone like crystal. The Capitol looked beautiful with the Congress and Senate building being the centrepiece and the memorials to Lincoln, Washington and Jefferson the supporting features. We flew right over the Pentagon - the Headquarters and nerve centre of the American Defence Forces. The airport was exceptionally busy but we were fortunate in obtaining a parking lot, otherwise we would have had to land at Dulles Airport which is quite a bit out of the city.

The National Airport lies just across the river from the City centre. Governor Riley, the Governor of South Carolina arrived just after us and I was introduced to him and his wife and had a brief chat. He told me he expected me at the State House, Columbia, the next day.

We boarded the metro train into the city. The Metro is Washington's equivalent to London's Tube Service. Although early, the crowds were beginning to flock and the train reminded me of peak time in the London underground. The fare was ridiculously low - 60 cents return (less than 30p).

Our first call was at the office of the Hon. Carl Campbell, member of the Congress House of Representatives and a Republican. I was introduced to him and had some conversation. He had a special Preferred Ticket for me on the North-East side. All the members and senators were holding receptions in their rooms. The weather was excellent and it was a most memorable experience. The crowds there were estimated at about half a million.

Feeling was there and the cheering and applause broke like great waves of the sea. Solemnity was there with the administering of the oaths of office. Dedication was there as the multitude responded to every act in the ceremony. Rejoicing was there in the strains of the singing. A sense of God's presence was there as His name was honoured, His blessing implored, and the power of prayer was acknowledged. This was Uncle Sam at his best.

The simple ceremony was deeply impressive and the 21-gun salute after the President had taken his oath was a most suitable half-way punctuation of the great occasion.

The President's speech was good both in content and delivery. It struck a very responsive chord in the vast crowd. His enunciation of the fact that it was not the Federal Government which made the States but the States which made the Federal Government drew, I think, the loudest applause. Here was an overgoverned people being promised deliverance from the Federal bureaucracy, a burden they have found too grievous to bear. They relished the [30] promise of freedom, for did not their country boast that it was the land of the free. The appeal to history, to the great men of America's past - Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln, and the honouring of the common man, the real hero of today, all went down exceptionally well. But the appeal to God and the story of a soldier's Bible struck the deepest and most effective note.

President Reagan is a communicator and his inauguration address was able proof of his masterful power to communicate.

After the ceremony I was taken to Senator Strom Thurmond's office in the Russell Senate Office Building for a reception before the President's Parade. There I met many influential officials of the Republican Party and some very important business magnates. After the Reception I was able to view the parade from the main window of the Russell building.

The Parade was most impressive. The procession started with a cavalcade of cars with the Judges of the Supreme Court. Then there came the marchers, representing the armed forces and two contingents dressed in the old uniforms of blue and red of revolution days. Their marching was with precision. The police with their motor-cycles and side-cars were fascinating to watch as they formed a V-shape like a spearhead. The marching music of the service bands gave the appropriate atmosphere to the occasion and the brilliant sunshine showed up the uniforms and instruments to perfection. Next came the members of the Inaugural Committee. As the grand climax, the President and his wife appeared in their open car, standing and waving to the cheering multitudes. Behind them came the Vice-President Bush and his wife. He's the man just a heart's beat from the White House but with very little to do but preside, when he has a mind to - over the Senate. Mr. Bush, however, was evidently enjoying his day and kept extending his hands and waving them by crossing them quickly and continually.

At the conclusion of the parade I was taken over to one of the Congress buildings and met members of the House of Representatives, including the Hon. Floyd Spence and the Hon. Lawrence P. McDonald. The Hon. L. P. McDonald presented me with a beautiful autographed souvenir book of Congress members.

The Irish Caucus, who kicked up such a row at my invitation and lied about foreigners attending, wanted to meet with me. I did not choose to meet any of them.

I then attended a session of the Senate and was given a special ticket which enables me when I visit Washington during the present 97th Congress, to gain admittance to the Senate gallery. After listening to the debate I went down from the gallery to the Senate floor level to renew my acquaintance with Senator Strom Thurmond. Senator Thurmond, whom I first met some years ago when I first visited Washington, is the President pro-tem of the Senate. He is also [31] chairman of the most powerful of all the Senate Committees, the Legal Committee. He serves along with myself on the board of Bob Jones University. I had a profitable talk with him on the Northern Ireland situation and he will be studying a brief which I will be sending to him on the arms embargo to the RUC.

I flew back to Greenville late that evening and rose early the next day to travel down to Columbia with Representative Rick Rigdon, a member of the House of Representatives of the South Carolina State. On arrival at the State Capital I was taken to be introduced to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Dr. Clarke, the Chaplain of the House. At their request, I was called upon to open the House of that day with prayer. I offered the following prayer, which of course is recorded in the records of the House:

'O Lord our God, Thou art the great, the mighty and terrible God who keepest covenant and mercy, we approach Thee this day in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ who shed His precious blood for us on the Cross, and Who rose for us and ever lives to make intercession for us, and Who is coming again for us. We know that righteousness exalteth a nation but sin is a reproach to any people. Help us to deliberate keeping that great truth ever before us. Grant unto us wisdom and help, for vain is the help of man. Our fathers trusted in Thee and Thou didst deliver them. Help us their children to trust in Thee for salvation is in Thee and in Thee alone. Hear now this our simple prayer, offered in the Saviour's Name. Amen.'

After offering the prayer I was introduced to a large number of the members and then I went to the Senate, where I was given an official welcome. The Lieut. Governor of the State was presiding that morning. They gave me a standing ovation. I also met many of the Senators. I then went to the Governor's office and had a lengthy meeting with Governor Riley, the Governor of South Carolina.

I found the contacts I made in USA very very useful indeed. My primary aim, of course, was to bring before the administration the fact that President Carter, influenced by the Irish Caucus, had banned the supply of guns to the members of the RUC and I believe that the representations that I have made will be fruitful in this field.

I have been invited to return to USA and to Washington, and to follow up many other useful contacts that I have already made. The representative of the European Parliament in Washington has also told me that he would be happy to arrange for me to meet quite a number of influential persons as well, so I hope that in the not too distant future I will be able to return to USA to continue to fight the case for Ulster and for her people. That is the cause to which I have dedicated all my energies in the political field.