Isn’t this sad?
Billy Graham last night endorsed Mitt Romney for president, and shortly thereafter, his website was scrubbed of a statement Graham or his organization made calling Mormonism a “cult.”
“It was an honor to meet and host Governor Romney in my home today, especially since I knew his late father former Michigan Governor George Romney, whom I considered a friend,” the 93-year old Christian Evangelist Southern Baptist minister said via a statement. ”I have followed Mitt Romney’s career in business, the Olympic Games, as governor of Massachusetts and, of course, as a candidate for president of the United States.” – (Breaking: Billy Graham Endorses Romney Then Scrubs Site Calling Mormonism A ‘Cult’)
Especially in light of a previous statement made during his interview with Christianity Today on the topics of Aging, Regrets, and Evangelicals,
Question:If you could, would you go back and do anything differently?
Answer: Yes, of course. I’d spend more time at home with my family, and I’d study more and preach less. I wouldn’t have taken so many speaking engagements, including some of the things I did over the years that I probably didn’t really need to do—weddings and funerals and building dedications, things like that. Whenever I counsel someone who feels called to be an evangelist, I always urge them to guard their time and not feel like they have to do everything.
I also would have steered clear of politics. I’m grateful for the opportunities God gave me to minister to people in high places; people in power have spiritual and personal needs like everyone else, and often they have no one to talk to. But looking back I know I sometimes crossed the line, and I wouldn’t do that now. (emphasis mine) – (Q & A: Billy Graham on Aging, Regrets, and Evangelicals, 1/21/2011)
I truly understand Rick Frueh’s sadness expressed in his newest post,
My heart grew heavier as I read this article. In 1975 I was born again and God had used a Billy Graham broadcast to help me see who Jesus was. I have been to several Billy Graham crusades and I have met others, including preachers and missionaries, who came to Christ through his preaching and ministry.
And the picture he has (correctly) painted of America – The Modern Golden Calf
My thoughts: More then any other time in Christian history, we must turn away from following after man, especially Christian leaders, and fix our eyes (solely) upon Jesus and (only) follow Him.