And when Asa heard these words, and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and put away the abominable idols out of all the land of Judah and Benjamin, and out of the cities which he had taken from mount Ephraim, and renewed the altar of the LORD, that was before the porch of the LORD. (2 Chronicles 15:8)
Sounds good, right? We’d all love to hear God speak of us with such approval, right? Well, keep reading…
But the high places were not taken away out of Israel: nevertheless the heart of Asa was perfect all his days. (2 Chronicles 15:17)
Another one of those ways of showing that Jesus is the author of the Bible. It sounds in tone like His “But I have this against you…” from Revelation 2&3.
Sadly, many people are going to have similar words said to them. We tolerate idols within our midst, High Places, Nehushtan the serpents’. We tolerate that wicked woman Jezebel within our midst, and repent not, putting her from our midst.
In the last blog on Billy Graham, I documented information from David Cloud’s free E-Book “Billy Graham’s Sad disobedience”. I listed quotes showing that Billy Graham gave over would-be converts to Catholic Priests and Jewish Rabbis, people who’d felt the call of repentance on their lives, motivated to seek eternal life. In other words, he turned his back on the unsaved who cried out to be saved… and turned them over to the unsaved to make sure these people remained unsaved. He’s going to have a lot to answer for.
I also listed a quote showing he sought the favor of Rome even when they still were openly hostile to non-Catholics. And further, I showed he believed in Baptismal Regeneration, a heresy.
“I think that hell essentially is separation from God forever. And that is the worst hell that I can think of. But I think people have a hard time believing God is going to allow people to burn in literal fire forever. I think the fire that is mentioned in the Bible is a burning thirst for God that can never be quenched.” — Billy Graham,The Orlando Sentinel, April 10, 1952
Well, that’s not the Hell described in the Bible. Hell is not mentioned in the Bible, it is described, over and over again. Jesus wanted us to understand vividly the horror or it, so that we might turn and repent, and seek Christ, that we might have eternal life.
And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.(Mark 9:43-44)
So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 13:49-50)
And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. (Luke 16:22-28)
Is this mentioned, or described? I know I’m arguing semantics, but there’s an implication between the words. Mentioned implies once or twice, something brief. Described means a detailed account. I think that Jesus described Hell in Vivid detail. And I think that even an unSaved person would read the above and say, “Yeah, I think Jesus is saying Hell is a literal fire that burns forever.” They’d be right.
We now see that Graham does not literally believe the Bible, and rejects a literal Hell. These are things that would cause us to reject a pastor and leave a church, or call for his dismissal. Yet many still visit the high places and offer incense to Ba’al.
I speak out, because, well, this is what God wants us to do. Why aren’t you?