Truth is something everyone is looking for. Why? In a world full of
lies, people are looking for an anchor to hold onto. When we have been deceived
by someone, it hurts. And while the truth can hurt at times, it still is the
truth. We must be seekers of truth in the days to come, and at the same time we
must know that Satan is going to deliver all the lies that he possibly can to pull
people away from eternal truth.
Recently, there was an article in Newsweek magazine entitled “Pilgrim’s
Progress” (the link is below). It was an article written about the twilight of
Billy Graham’s career.
In the article, Billy said the following about the Bible, “I am not a
literalist in the sense that every single jot and tittle is from the Lord. This
is a difference in my thinking through the years.” Please count me as one of the
people who does believe in every jot and tittle of Scripture. How does one decide
which part is true and which part is not true? In Matthew 5:18, Jesus says,
Jesus was in the business of fulfilling all of the jots and tittles of
The article also states, “When asked whether he believes heaven will be
closed to good Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, or secular people, though, Graham
says: ‘Those are decisions only the Lord will make. It would be foolish for me to
speculate on who will be there and who won’t...I don’t want to speculate about all
that. I believe the love of God is absolute. He said He gave His son for the whole
world, and I think He loves everybody regardless of what label they have.’” The good
news is that because we have a Bible where every jot and tittle is correct, we don’t
have to speculate on whether someone is going to go to heaven or hell. That is great
news. The Bible already tells us:
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth
not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under
heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
See, I don’t think the Lord wanted us to speculate about who was and
wasn’t going to go to heaven. I think He wanted us to know (1 John 5:13)! If
we don’t know what it takes to go to Heaven, how could we logically share the
truth with others? We can’t share with someone if we don’t know ourselves. It
would defeat the point of witnessing if there was more than one way to Heaven,
or no definite way to Heaven. That is why the world is broken up into lost and
saved. Those are the only two labels that we really need to worry about.
I was not thrilled with some of the statements that Billy made in this
article. But when it really hit home for me was when my Catholic father handed
me the Newsweek magazine and said, “Even Billy Graham believes there are many
different ways to heaven—just like I do.” For all the years I have been
telling my father that the only way to get to heaven is through Jesus, and now
my dad thinks he has confirmation for what he believes.
So, I ended up calling Billy Graham’s ministry. I expressed my concerns
to the lady on the phone. She told me that if you look at Billy Graham’s whole
body of work, you will know what he believes. I told her that my dad will not
read the whole body of work, but he does read Newsweek. Also, this is not the
first time Billy has made statements about not being clear on Jesus as being the
only way to heaven. He made similar comments on Larry King live recently.
The lady at the ministry then stated that if I would read his last book,
then I would know what he believes. I said lost people read Newsweek and not Billy
Graham’s autobiography. I stated that this is killing us on the streets when we
are telling people Jesus is the only way to get to heaven, and one of the main
public figures for Christianity is not clear about it.
The lady said that Billy is getting older and that he might mess up. I
totally agree with that, and I think we need to give people the benefit of the
doubt. After a recent speaking engagement, a man walked up to me and we chatted
for a while. He used to work for Mr. Graham’s ministry for 8 years. I told him
that I thought Billy is getting older and that he might just be messing up in some
of his comments. The guy told me he disagreed. He told me he thinks Billy just
doesn’t want to offend anyone. That was a sad statement to hear from someone that
worked for the man’s ministry. The gospel is offensive. Truth offends. Period.
I called Billy’s ministry a second time, and a guy told me that Billy has made
friends with many people of different faiths and didn’t want to burn those bridges.
What better friend can you be to someone than to tell them the truth about eternity?
By the way, what kind of friend would you or I be if we had friends dying and going
to hell, and we didn’t warn them about the eternal judgment that awaits them?
I ended up calling the ministry again to see if Billy was going to recant
on the statements that were made. There is a letter to the editor of Newsweek that
was sent in, but it doesn’t mention that he was misquoted. Why? Because I don’t
think he was.
Numerous times in the Bible there is talk about deception in the end of
days. Why? Because it is the Great Deceiver’s plan to make sure people do not have
the truth. If Lucifer can get people to believe a lie, then they will not become
born again by the blood of Jesus Christ. The thing I want to challenge you the most
with in this newsletter is for you to be very careful of religious people in the days
to come. Why? Because we automatically believe religious people. How could they be
wrong? They are speaking for God so they must be right. Actually that is why we
must be more careful of religious people. In Matthew 24, when Jesus tells us to watch
out for false christs and false prophets, what are those? False religious people. It
is hard to tell if someone is telling the truth when lies and truth are mixed together.
We can’t discern which is true and which is a lie, and that is how we get deceived.
Every man of God that you listen to, DVD’s you watch, and books you read, be
very careful. You don’t know if they are telling you an untruth unless you know the
truth. Where do you find the truth? In a good translation of the Bible, and that is
it. You must filter everything back through God’s word to see if people are speaking
truth. I am at the point now, that I expect people to lie to me, but if I know God’s
word, I will know when someone tells me something I cannot trust.
And here is the main point to this newsletter. In the days to come, be very
careful of Mark Cahill. If Mark Cahill ever walks away from one of the essential
doctrines of the Christian faith and preaches heresy, get as far away from me as you
possibly can. At that point, you take my books, tapes, whatever you have, and throw
them in a trash can. At that point I will have fallen under the sway of Satan to preach
deception in the end of days. One of my prayers is, ‘Father please do not let me be
deceived so that I will not deceive other people.’ I know I have a platform, and I
don’t want to misuse that to send people towards a lie instead of towards the truth.
Please pray for every Christian person that influences your life in any way that they
will not be deceived in the coming days. Pray that these men and women of God will
finish the race of life very strong. Read your Bible, study your Bible, and obey what
you read. You will not be deceived by anyone in the coming days if you are a person
who does just that.
Until the nets are full,