Something happened to Billy. His preaching seemed solid in the ’50s, but then he somehow sold out to push the ecumenical movement and the false doctrine of once-saved-always-saved (OSAS), which has produced many ‘Christians’ who do not follow Christ.
Billy turned Christianity into saying a one-time prayer, instead of a lifetime of following and obeying the Holy Spirit, where we walk in “no condemnation,” and have faith to enter when we see Jesus face to Face.
Billy was loved by all, including many corrupt politicians, which is what Jesus warned about: “Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets” (Luke 6:26).
Billy even covered for Bill Clinton’s womanizing, laughing as he said it. Even Bill Clinton was comfortable around Billy Graham, who made the road to heaven wide, instead of teaching Jesus’ narrow way.
My other related posts tell more of the story:
John MacArthur also pushes the once-saved-also-saved heresy (OSAS).
If we abide in Christ, loving one another (v. 12), we get sap from the Holy Spirit to bear fruit that remains. Jesus then says in v. 11: “that my joy may remain in you, and THAT YOUR JOY MAY BE MADE FULL.”
Jesus says in John 15:
1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the farmer. 2 Every branch in me that doesn’t bear fruit, he takes away. Every branch that bears fruit, he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already pruned clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, and I in you. As the branch can’t bear fruit by itself, unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you, unless you remain in me. 5 I am the vine. You are the branches. He who remains in me, and I in him, the same bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If a man doesn’t remain in me, he is thrown out as a branch, and is withered; and they gather them, throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, you will ask whatever you desire, and it will be done for you. 8 “In this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; and so you will be my disciples. 9 Even as the Father has loved me, I also have loved you. Remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and remain in his love. 11 I have spoken these things to you, that my joy may remain in you, and THAT YOUR JOY MAY BE MADE FULL.
12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another, even as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends, if you do whatever I command you.
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We only have the hope of salvation IF we follow Jesus Christ and AS LONG as we follow Jesus, and stay with Him. …
We have to deny ourselves every day, pick up our cross and follow Jesus Christ. To follow Jesus is not an easy way, because we have to follow HIS WAY. We cannot follow our own way or the ways of the world. We have to follow the ways of Jesus. We have to be led by the Holy Spirit and do what Jesus commands us to do. We have to serve Him and His kingdom. Our life must be about Jesus, not about ourselves. We are here to serve Jesus and His kingdom. We have to follow Him every day until the very end. We do not have salvation yet. We have the HOPE of salvation if we follow Jesus Christ and obey Him until the very end.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who don’t walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” – Rom. 8:1