“My beliefs are essentially the same as those of orthodox Roman Catholics”
“To understand Billy Graham, his involvement in the Ecumenical Movement, and why he would accept something like the Templeton Award, we must understand his relationship with Rome. While the principles of ecumenism can be traced back for centuries (through the Gnostics, Rosicrucians, Freemasons, and of course the Parliament of World Religions) it was Rome’s Vatican II that “officially” launched the modern ecumenical movement. Vatican II opened the doors of Roman Catholicism (which the world largely views as the oldest form of Christianity) to all other religions of the world. This is why Vatican II is often referred to as “the ecumenical council.” As such, as the relationship of Billy Graham developed with the Vatican and the popes, his views became increasingly ecumenical. This has confused many people because they don’t make the Rome-connection. Graham, like many other Protestant Evangelicals, seems to be working to fulfill – not the Great Commission – but the mandate of Vatican II. Once this is understood, the rest of what Billy Graham has done begins to make sense.
The subject of Graham and Rome has been handled by many Christian writers, not the least of which is Ewin Wilson in his book, The Assimilation of Evangelist Billy Graham into the Roman Catholic Church. Wilson writes:
“For some unexplainable or even mysterious
reason, Billy Graham is unable to discern the
theological, moral, and spiritual soul of Roman
Catholicism. Likewise, he has failed to grasp,
or worse still, has chosen to ignore the historical
character of the entire Vatican system. Instead,
he has chosen to become attracted, impressed,
and finally to honor and follow the Holy See.
The result has been a tragic failure on his part
to understand the difference between the truth
of God’s Word and the utter blackness of
Roman Catholicism …” 5