A television interview of Billy Graham by Robert Schuller on May 31, 1997:
SCHULLER: Tell me, what do you think is the future of Christianity?
GRAHAM: I think everybody that loves Christ, or knows Christ, whether they're conscious of it or not, they're members of the Body of Christ
...that's what God is doing today, He's calling people out of the world for His name, whether they come from the Muslim world, or the Buddhist world, or the Christian world, or the non-believing world, they are members of the Body of Christ, because they've been called by God.
They may not even know the name of Jesus, but they know in their hearts that they need something that they don't have, and they turn to the only light that they have, and I think they are saved, and that they're going to be with us in heaven."
Youtube LINK (1 minute)
My personal introduction to the possibility of Billy Graham having a netherworld dimension...was rather abrupt and shocking:
One day about five years ago I ran across some comments from an article on the Internet, written by a certain Fritz Springmeier and his wife, Cisco Wheeler, both of whom would turn out to be very knowledgeable and reliable sources.
Springmeier has been one of the world's leading occult researchers and his wife is an actual ex-occultist.
In this article they made the astonishing assertion that both Oral Roberts and Billy Graham (and one other VIP whom I will mention in a moment) were involved in satanism...and were both participants in "satanic ritual abuse" (SRA)...and that Billy Graham had helped Roberts start up Oral Roberts University.
Springmeier further described ORU as nothing but a satanic front operation...and that SRA mind control activities were taking place underneath the "prayer tower" right on the ORU campus.
The possibility that Graham could be involved in such things was too much for me. Besides, at the time I didn't see enough corroboration or evidence. If I had bothered to go back and read the entire booklet, I might have begun to see the credibility of Springmeier's claims. But it was just too much to handle at the moment. I put away the material for several months before being able to bring myself to look at it again.
It was almost a year later (in 2005)--while watching an interview on the CBS show "60 Minutes" that I experienced a very startling "connect the dots" moment in regard to the claims of Graham's occult allegiances:
THE OXNAM CONNECTION
The interview was with Dr. Robert Oxnam--the most prominent American citizen ever to have come out publicly, admitting and testifying to a years-long problem with MPD (multiple personality disorder).
Oxnam comes from an elite East coast family with 'blueblood' pedigree...a long line of university presidents, and such. He himself had been a consultant to US presidents and captains of industry, as an expert on China.
At a certain point, his mind control "programming" began to unravel...he began detecting other "voices" and/or personalities inside his own mind and body. I had used this borrowed term in my "Wolves" book: His "amnesiac walls" had begun to crumble, a relatively rare occurrence among mind-control victims.
The CBS interview with Dr. Robert Oxnam.
As I was watching the interview, I kept thinking I had heard the name "Oxnam" somewhere before.
It took me almost a week but I finally remembered I had previously (almost a year ago) read this Springmeier article in which he implicated Oral Roberts and Billy Graham...but had also made a reference to Robert Oxnam's grandfather: G. Bromley Oxnam.
Here is the excerpt from Springmeier's article
"His (Oral Roberts') university is being used as a programming center. His basketball team at one time had Monarch slaves playing on it.
"Under the prayer tower is one of the programming sites. Billy Graham, a handler himself, helped launch Oral Roberts University, and is a friend of Oral Roberts."
"Tulsa [ORU's location] is one of, if the main center for the campaign to infiltrate Christianity via the Charismatic/Pentecostal movement with programmed multiples. G. Bromiey Oxnam, 33° Freemason, was head of the FCC churches, supportive friend of Billy Graham."
"G. Bromley Oxnam has a long history to him of working for the elite, interested readers can pick up his story in Be Wise As Serpents in the chapter that goes into the details about how the Christian churches were organized by the FCC and WCC for the Illuminati."
Oxnam's grandfather (G. Bromley) was one of the founding presidents of the WCC (World Council of Churches) in the early 50's and according to Springmeier was a participant in satanism and its attendant "satanic ritual abuse".
If you've read through my chapters which cover these subjects, you know that SRA invariably results in "multiple personality disorder"...and that Illuminati occultists routinely subject their own offspring to these horrors. See the fifth "question/answer" at this LINK.
So here we had the 1991 reports from occult researcher Springmeier...that Grandpa Oxnam, an important figure from the mid 20th century, had been involved in satanism and it's attendant "ritual abuse".
Then, lo and behold, his grandson Robert, shows up in 2005 with multiple personality disorder. For me, this was electrifying corroboration.
The point here is that if, back in 1991, Springmeier was merely fabricating these claims of G. Bromley Oxnam's satanic allegiance...then how was Springmeier able to arrange for Oxnam's grandson to emerge over a decade after publishing his article...with telltale symptoms of satanic ritual abuse? For that reason (and a few dozen others) I have, since that time, viewed Fritz Springmeier as a very solid source.
FURTHER CORROBORATION FOR SPRINGMEIER'S REPORTS: THE TED HAGGARD SAGA
The Ted Haggard scandal would seem to offer yet further corroboration for Springmeier's 1991 report. Haggard, an Oral Roberts University alumnus, had risen to become the head of the National Association of Evangelicals...he had founded a church in Colorado which grew to 14,000 members...he had a spectacularly convincing Christian 'front persona'...charismatic, dynamic, charitable, gracious.
But behind the scenes, he had for years been reportedly engaging in mind-boggling 'Jekyl-and-Hyde' split personality behavior...consorting with 'gay' partners...trafficking in illicit drugs...habitual use of methamphetamine.
Springmeier had reported ongoing SRA underneath the ORU's famous Prayer Tower. It would appear Haggard may have spent some time under that prayer tower as a young person, being subjected to ‘mind control’ and some version of MPD/DID.
A number of other victims of Oral Roberts' satanic ritual abuse have come forward in recent years, as a matter of fact: LINK
You can read my Ch.14 regarding a number of other ORU alumni (including Kenneth Copeland, Joel Osteen, and others) who manifest potential indication of satanic manipulation and/or satanic allegiance.
And there are other "Christian" colleges which appear to be hotbeds of satanism...virtual satanic 'front operations'.
As a side note: Besides the startling grandfather/grandson Oxnam connection...there was here a chilling indication of the explicitly satanic origins of the notorious WCC.
Apparently, the WCC doesn't (as I had thought) just consist of some starry-eyed, addle-brained liberal clergy who want all the religions of the world to join hands and sing Kum-Ba-Yah. The WCC was founded by cold-blooded satanists. The satanic essence of the WCC is a whole study unto itself.
Anyway...at this point I had instantly become hugely alarmed over Billy Graham. I began to probe further. Contained in this same Springmeier article was information about Graham's secret Masonic affiliations.
THE TESTIMONY OF 33RD DEGREE MASON JIM SHAW IN HIS BOOK "DEADLY DECEPTION"
There has, in fact, been a very credible testimony from at least one 33rd degree Mason, detailing Billy Graham’s attendance at a number of high-level Masonic ceremonies and meetings. Let’s take a closer look at the credibility of these reports and the implications of such:
Jim Shaw is a man who rose to the highest rank within the Masons—33rd degree. He later renounced the Masons after he began to realize it conflicted violently with his Christian faith. He was subsequently subjected to death threats. A serious attempt was made on his life (his car was sabotaged, resulting in the crippling of his wife).
The thing that is rather crediting and corroborative about his testimony concerning Graham is that at the time Shaw wrote his book (back in the 80’s) he wasn’t trying to paint a picture of conspiracy regarding Graham.
He had no knowledge of sinister intrigue regarding Graham. He just found it puzzling and disturbing, now that he had begun to recognize the explicit occultism involved at these high levels...that a world-renowned evangelist as well as two former Presidents, were in attendance at some of these meetings .
It really wasn’t until the mid 90’s when ‘mind control’ survivors gained access to the Internet with their testimonies, that a lot of light was shed much more widely (among Internet surfers) on the modern-day connections between the Masons and the Illuminati.
Shaw’s personal concern was as to how Graham could, in good conscience, be a part of Freemasonry, considering its disturbing occult dimension.
The publishers forbade him from mentioning Graham by name in his book and so in the excerpt I provide here, he was allowed to say there was “an internationally prominent evangelist” in attendance. In following years, he made it clear, he was referring to Billy Graham:
“There were some extremely prominent men there that day, including a Scandinavian King, two former presidents of the United States, an internationally prominent evangelist, two other internationally prominent clergymen, and a very high official of the federal government, the one who actually presented me with the certificate of the 33rd Degree. Some made only brief appearances; others stayed much longer."
"However, they didn't do much mixing or socializing with us, except for those whom they already knew. Even though these celebrities weren't extremely "brotherly," it was still quite an experience for me just to be associated with them. It was easily the largest gathering of such prominent and influential men of which I have ever been a part." (from “The Deadly Deception” Shaw/McKenney 1988)
Tom McKenney, who co-authored the book with Shaw, confirms the specific identities of prominent people in attendance at these ceremonies in Washington DC, in a letter (below).
McKenney reports additional information--that Graham had attended some explicitly satanic "Scottish Rite" black communions. He also describes writing a letter to Graham inquiring as to his Masonic membership, which Graham answered evasively.
INADVERTENT CONFIRMATION FROM MASONIC WEBSITES
Up until 3 or 4 years ago, quite a number of Masonic lodges had listed Billy Graham on their "Famous Masons" web pages (if that particular local chapter happened to have such a page). Quite interestingly, there was a sweeping effort to scrub Graham's name from these pages. Nimble researchers, however, managed to catch a few 'screenshots' of these various web pages before they all disappeared.
Below is one of those 'captured' pages, from the Louisiana Masonic Family Website:
In recent years, under pressure from the multitudinous Internet rumblings, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Associaton has actually come out with specific denials of Graham's involvement with the Masons...but Graham himself has never issued a direct denial.
If you haven't read about the matter of occultists/satanists who operate at the inner core of Freemasonry (either from my online book or other sources)...you'll need to do some 'catch up' research. I have extended comments throughout chapters 15 and 16 in particular.
COMMON SENSE DEDUCTION: GRAHAM'S SECRET MASONIC AFFILIATION IS EXTREMELY OMINOUS
Even from a standpoint of simple common sense...if Graham is indeed a Mason but it is being kept a secret (think about it)…that would certainly seem to have very ominous implications. Recall from my book, the disturbing and secretive Masonic 'code-flashing' from Pat Robertson and other "Christian" leaders.
Can there be any innocent reasons for a secret Masonic membership?
Why would a Christian leader of Billy Graham’s stature join a secret society and risk his entire career and reputation if (as many Freemason apologists like to argue) this is nothing more than a kind of ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ for older people?
We are to believe he is risking his entire life’s work so he can play an adult version of Pokemon?! It is hard to avoid the hypothesis that there are much more serious and darker reasons why someone like Billy Graham has had participation in a secret organization, behind the backs of his Christian followers.
What if Graham was only in attendance at high level Masonic meetings (in the way Eisenhower, for example, seemed only to be) as opposed to being an actual member? Would it nevertheless indicate that he has been under some kind of obligation or control? Consider also, the startling fact that Billy Graham has publicly endorsed the Masons’ “Demolay” youth program.
There has been yet another individual described by Springmeier's network of ex-occultist whistleblowers...an individual who has shed some light on Billy Graham. In fact, there have been many witnesses to these matters:
David Hill was an interesting character who rose to the higher circles of both the Mafia and the Freemasons. However, in the prime of his dual ‘careers’ he converted to Christianity. He became friends with Franklin Graham, Billy’s son, and (according to Fritz Springmeier) actually lived in Billy Graham’s house for a 2-year period.
Notably, he acted as a go-between in arranging the famous meeting between Billy Graham and Mafia chief Joe Bonanno (written about in one of Chuck Colson’s books and Bonnano’s memoirs).
At a certain point, Hill began to be aware of Graham’s associations with Illuminati and Masonic individuals. Eventually a confrontation ensued. David Hill reportedly spent a total of eighteen hours over two days holed up in a hotel room with Graham trying to explain to him the dangers of the New World Order affairs that Graham had become involved in. Hill was in a position to know about some of these things given his past involvement in the Mafia and Freemasons.
(The so-called “New World Order” is the term used to indicate the grand and overarching objective of the Illuminati. This Masonic/Illuminati concept is referred to right on the U.S. One Dollar bill, in Latin…”Novus Ordo Seclorum” –literally “the age of a new order”.)
FRITZ SPRINGMEIER’S REPORT ON DAVID HILL
Here are some excerpts from the Fritz Springmeier report which goes into more detail:
“Billy Graham told David Hill at the end of their two days of talking in this eastern U.S. hotel room that he was "a captive of that [NWO] organization." In other words, after placing himself under the Illuminati’s sponsorship in the late ‘40s, Billy Graham has had the choice of continuing to do his job for them, or being destroyed. Since they created who he is, they can destroy him. And he knows it."
“David Hill went on to try to expose the New World Order and lost (was murdered) his life just as he finished a manuscript exposing it. Even a well-informed Christian like David Hill, who tried to warn Billy Graham about the NWO, was unaware of the extent of the deception of the Illuminati’s mind control. David didn’t know about programmed multiples. David Hill…was a high ranking Scottish Rite Freemason and an important Mafia figure before he came to Christ…”
“David Hill knew that William Randolph Hearst was part of the Illuminati, He was part of the branch Illuminati -- at what could be termed the 6th degree. William Randolph Hearst was totally into paganism. That is very obvious by a tour of his mansion in California which has been turned into a museum. It was William Randolph Hearst who financed the first three years of Billy Graham’s Crusades.”
“The Van Duyn Illuminati family in California also helped Billy Graham’s ministry get started.”
THE BILLY GRAHAM / JACOB FRANK CONNECTION
From various sources (but principally Fritz Springmeier) come reports of Graham's direct descendancy from Jacob Frank. Billy's full name is William Franklin Graham.
Jacob Frank was one of the most prominent and influential "Marrano" kabbalists of the 18th century. He played a key role in infiltrating Christian/Catholic organizations with his brand of covert satanism.
He also worked directly with Adam Weishaupt in the first days of the Illuminati movement. Many historians have described Frank's breathtakingly evil philosophy in which he literally taught his followers to perpetrate as much evil as possible...to behave as degenerately as possible.
He took pride in transforming the Marrano culture: Fear-motivated 'false conversions' of Jewish people were now an act of dynamic strategy (as he saw it) in advancing the secretive kabbalist cause.
Frank's idea was to have his followers undergo false conversions to Catholicism and Christianity, not for the purpose of cowering retreat...but as an act of aggression--for the specific purpose of creating a covert operating base for kabbalists...to systematically subvert these groups which he saw as "the enemy"...and to advance the world dominations schemes of kabbalism.
I hasten to add, I do not believe in a "Jewish conspiracy". The Antichrist cabal has been specifically described by Jesus as "those who say they are Jews but are not, and are of the synagogue of Satan" (Rev.2:9 and 3:9). There is no "Jewish conspiracy"...rather, there is a satanic conspiracy which advances behind a false Jewish (and false Christian) front.
Read through much of Chapter 15and 16 and towards the end of Chapter 17, for further explanation.
Jacob Frank was so successful in his own false conversion to Christianity that he eventually came under the employ of Maria Theresa, the archduchess of Austria, when he served as an apologist of Christianity to the Jews, amazingly enough. LINK
Interestingly, mainstream historians are confused about these issues to this day, and dismiss the significance of his movement, precisely because it was ‘absorbed’ into the Catholic church after his death, when there was a mass ‘conversion’ of his followers.
Great numbers of his descendants eventually settled in the United States and have risen to various positions of prominence (presumably as a part of the Illuminati network). Billy Franklin Graham would constitute one of the most well known examples.
GRAHAM'S DESCENDANCY FROM FRANK SPELLS TROUBLE: THE RECURRING REALITY OF MULTI-GENERATIONAL OCCULT FAMILIES
If the descendancy from Jacob Frank is factual, in context, this is quite troubling. If you've become familiar with the concept of "multi-generational occult families" (from reading my book or other sources) then you realize the fact of Graham's descendancy from Frank is not a hopeful indicator. You may notice that Billy has specifically named his son-- Franklin Graham.
Some examples of high-level figures with the name "Frank" or "Franklin"? Franklin Delano Roosevelt, for one. Also:
Above, a young Benjamin Franklin displaying the "V" sign--an occult symbol. LINK
Below: President Franklin Pierce--displaying the Masonic/satanic "Lion's Paw" occult gesture, made famous by Napoleon, and more recently, TV evangelist Pat Robertson, for whom there are also indications and evidence of occult family lineage (do a 'text search' for Ch.11) :
Below: Billy Graham and Jacob Frank--an interesting physical comparison.
More reading on Jacob Frank's descendants and followers in America:
An Eyewitness and Victim of the Frankist Illuminati in America
ANOTHER OMINOUS INDICATOR: GRAHAM'S CONSISTENT BACKING AND ENDORSEMENT FROM THE BLUEBLOOD (OCCULT) CLASS
If you stop to think and discern for a moment (and assuming you've followed the news over the past few decades)...you will notice a conspicuously favoritistic treatment of Billy Graham, in the mainstream (elite-controlled) media.
Upon careful thinking back (and researching Graham's treatment from the MSM), it is indeed very curious how his public image has been so carefully 'gussied up'...and how he has been conferred with a virtual statesman-like status...from the likes of Henry Luce (as one example), founder of TIME magazine and who gives every apearance of being a full-blown occultist from a multi-generational occult (satanic) family...this according to a host of researchers and historians. The name "Luce" (related to "Lucifer") is not a coincidence, so I've been informed.
Again, I would recommend reading this Springmeier article/booklet. There is a section where he details the extensive and life-long associations Graham has had with a large number of high-level bluebloods who are recognized by a host of ex-occultists and occult researchers...as members of the satanic Illuminati.
You can file this under FWIW ('for what it's worth) but...many occult observers have noted how Luce's TIME covers, at various opportunistic occasions, have used the "M" of the magazine title to depict certain select individuals with "devil horns"...a way for occult elites to signify the New World Order/occult allegiances of that individual.
Link: TIME magazine "devil horn" covers
I wouldn't be surprised at all. In fact, it seems quite likely. Time magazine and a huge host of other mainstream publications have a long history of depicting creepy, secretive occult signalings on their covers and within their pages.
GRAHAM'S LONG LIST OF BIZARRE PUBLIC STATEMENTS AND PUBLIC ACTIONS OVER THE YEARS: SYMPTOMS OF A DEEP AND DARK NETHERWORLD DIMENSION:
Let's kick off this section with an excerpt from Springmeier's momentous article on Billy Graham:
"At the Chicago Crusade, 200 Satanists stood up in the crowds. Mayor Daley of Chicago then said from the stand: 'Billy we have 200 Satanists that want to disrupt your meeting shall I arrest them? What shall I do?' And Billy said, 'No let’s sing a song'."
"The crowd sang a song and the Satanists left the stadium on their own. The whole affair was clearly staged and hokey, but Christians are very naive about Satanism and Billy Graham. This further confirmed to them that Billy Graham was a great anointed man of God."
"First, hard core Satanists don’t show their faces in public. Second, the Mayor of Chicago is not against the Satanists, he works with them, and there are reasons to suspect he is one."
"Third, Satanists, who do show themselves in public like Anton LaVey, want good publicity and would not carry out something like pretending to want to disrupt a Billy Graham crusade."
"Fourth, if a real threat had existed, Mayor Daley and the police wouldn’t be asking Billy Graham what to do, they would be taking care of the problem. The police don’t need to ask for permission to take care of troublemakers at the Crusade."
"Christians accepted this episode at its face value. Those who did clearly show the common church goer’s poor understanding of those who seek to control and destroy the church."
To me, this anecdote speaks volumes.
Consider also the manner in which Graham has seemed to convey a kind of "pastoral" blessing...a sheen of holiness, so to speak...on all the Illuminati-contrived wars of the last number of decades:
On the eve of Desert Storm just before the airstrikes, Graham paid a visit to the White House and president George Bush (Sr.)...which had the effect putting a kind of "Christian" stamp of approval on the sordid affair.
Reports from the media implied that Bush was supposedly in a moment of personal crisis in trying to "heroically" guide the nation into wartime...and that he needed Graham's prayers and reassuring arm around his shoulder. Graham dutifully played his role.
Fast forward to 9/11, many years later: Only two days after 9/11, Billy Graham jumped at the chance to play a lead role in conducting services at the occult-symbol riddled "National Cathedral" in Washington DC...in which he bestowed a de facto 'blessing' and said prayers over the newly annointed (and utterly contrived) "War On Terror".
Thus, once again Graham is seen giving his support to the Antichrist cabal's globalist strategy and the massive bloodshed that was to commence in Iraq, Afghanistan, and beyond.
BILLY'S SONS, NED AND FRANKLIN
A couple of anecdotes regarding Ned and Franklin Graham...would seem to shed yet more corroborative light on these matters:
Here is another excerpt from Springmeier's article, which involves Ned Graham:
Bill Clinton, some senators, and Billy Graham’s son, Ned E. Graham, invited the leaders of the Chinese house churches to a prayer breakfast in Washington D.C. Three delegates from the Three Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM) and 3 others from house churches were invited, Lin Xian-Gao, Li Tian-En, and Yuan Xiang-Chen. Rev. Ned Graham visited these Chinese in person to extend the U.S. government’s invitation.
Graham told the Chinese Christians that the government would pick up the entire tab for the breakfast. In return the U.S. government wanted the Christians to promise not to speak to the American press or to any Americans comments that might hurt the image of the Red Chinese government.
The Chinese government had promised the American government that they would guarantee safe entry and departure for these house church Christian leaders. Then after the meeting, they were invited to Billy Graham’s house. The Chinese Christians declined the invitation by Graham. Chinese pastor Lin said,
"If I went to the United States, I would tell the truth, not lies. To tell the truth would definitely be considered an act of damaging the image of the Chinese government which would create a pretext for the government to refuse my re-entry into China. But my commission from God is to serve Him faithfully in China only. Therefore, I choose to remain in China rather than to go abroad."
Ned Graham (Billy’s son) tried to talk the Chinese into coming- "I know that you surely do love your enemies, why then can you not compromise..." The pastor answered, "Yes, we can forgive our enemies for persecuting or opposing us in their ignorance, but we can never love the false prophets or their heresy."’
Ned also said, "It is a glorious and dignified thing to be invited by President Clinton. Many people seek it, but cannot obtain it. Fortunately, the Chinese did not buy it.
This information and quote comes from China The Untold Story by The Voice of the Martyrs, Inc., 1995. pp. 25-31
Ned Graham's willingness trounce over principles in return for influence and power stands in blood-curdling contrast to the integrity of the Chinese church leaders. It reminds of Billy's behavior over the years (like father, like son?)...where he would undertake visits to countries behind the Iron Curtain (communist countries) and then absurdly report back that all was well with the Christian churches there...that they were being treated fairly and generously by the Communist leadership.
Billy even came back from a trip to North Korea in 1992 with a similarly absurd batch of false claims. According to Graham, the North Korean Christians were doing just fine and dandy...no reports of complaints. He claimed freedom of religion to be fully intact in that country.
These are falsehoods of such magnitude that, again, it seems corroborative of Springmeier's (and others') reports of the Graham family's participation in very dark matters.
Over time, my curiosity began to steer in the direction of Billy's oldest son, Franklin. I began to wonder if Franklin, despite his relentlessly gracious public persona, showed any indications of some sort of "shady" side if one were to probe.
Well...on my very first research outing into cyberspace I came across the whole business having to do with his organization, Samaritan's Purse, and something called "Operation Christmas Child".
This "operation" has some very dubious aspects upon closer examination:
Franklin goes around to various Evangelical churches in America, plugging the idea of creating a Christmas gift drive for children in Third World countries. Churchgoers are encouraged to fill shoeboxes with Christmas gifts. If you listen to his sermons (I include here a LINK to just such a sermon, as a specific example) he strongly implies and creates an impression...that this is a huge evangelization effort.
As it turns out, nothing could be further from the truth. Franklin is, shall we say, less than forthright. In the particular Franklin Graham sermon in the above link (a message from the pulpit of Bob Coy's Calvary Chapel church in Florida) Franklin engages in some disturbingly sly misdirection:
He casually offers the participants the option of including a Gospel message in each of the boxes...but then, in an odd contradiction, indicates that doing such would be useless because "you wouldn't know which country these particular gift shoeboxes were going to" and, of course, the children certainly can't read English in most cases.
As it turns out, there IS no such option. In the fine print of Franklin's website, there is an explicit and iron-clad prohibition for including ANY Christian materials. Why does Franklin give this false indication to his church audience? And why the prohibition of Gospel materials? Does Franklin have a goal to evangelize...or not?
And what about this "we-don't-know-where-the-shoebox-is-headed" business?? Why, in the 21st century and with all the high tech available, could they NOT organize these shoebox shipments so that any of the participants could know to which particular country these gifts were headed?
And so...just what IS the purpose of this huge undertaking? Merely sending toys? Isn't that odd? A huge "busy-busy-make-work" scenario where Franklin and his people have hundreds and thousands of mis-informed Christian folks scurrying around...all for nothing. No evangelization. No Gospel message. Just toys. Where's the "ministry" in such a thing? But much more importantly, why the sly misdirection...as though there IS an evangelistic effort?
By the way, it was the regular/secular media which began pointing out the Samaritan's Purse prohibition of any enclosure of Christian materials, in contrast to Franklin's false claim that folks could enclose some Gospel material if they so chose. Read the articles for yourself, below.
The London newspaper Daily Mail published the following report:
Operation Christmas Child Bans Christian Items From Shoeboxes (November 9, 2006)
"Operation Christmas Child, run by the charity Samaritan's Purse, sends festive packages to deprived youngsters in countries ravaged by war and famine. Donors are asked to pack shoeboxes with a cuddly toy, a toothbrush and toothpaste, soap and flannel, notepads, colouring books and crayons - but nothing to do with Christmas.
Stories from the Bible, images of Jesus and any other Christian literature are expressely forbidden - in case Muslims are offended. Yesterday the charity's policy of censoring its own faith was described as political correctness gone mad.
Operation Christmas Child Bans Christmas to Spread the Message November 14, 2006
"It's collection week for Operation Christmas Child, the high profile project of Franklin Graham and Samaritan's Purse, and while shoeboxes are being packed for kids across the world, they're also being unpacked of any religious message. According to the Daily Mail, Samaritan's Purse has banned any religious items from the boxes, including Bible stories, images of Jesus and any other religious items (though these don't make the list of other banned items on their web site, which also includes war-related toys, chocolate or food, breakables, medicine and liquids)"
This is precisely reminiscent of the bizarre squelching policies which emanate from BGEA. For example, the policies that have been strictly enforced at all Graham crusades...where personal relationships between prayer counselors and inquirers (a naturally emerging 'discipleship' scenario) are effectively forbidden.
Franklin and his Samaritan's Purse organzation resort to the identical excuses used by his father and the BGEA for explaining their squelching activities--"concerns" about cultural incorrectness. Somebody needs to update Samaritan's Purse and BGEA: The Gospel has always been a stumbling block...culturally and politically incorrect.
If the Grahams aren't prepared to struggle past cultural and political boundaries...they shouldn't get into the evangelization business to begin with!
Even apart from the context which I've tried to present here, this shoebox business is at the least an incredibly odd and useless endeavor. The exact equivalent of going to the bedside of a dying child...and merely giving them a teddy bear, with no message of hope and no offer of a prayer for salvation.
(According to the Scriptures, all children are received into heaven. But you understand my meaning, hopefully.)
In context however (all of the above info about Billy Graham's reported netherworld connections, and his unqualified endorsement of a satanic World Council of Churches, etc.)...this entire Samaritan Purse misdirection ploy seems quite ominous. If my conspiracy theory is correct, I can almost imagine the conversations behind S.P.'s closed doors:
"Let's get a bunch of Christian people running around, thinking they're 'evangelizing' the poor children of the world....all the while, we'll see to it that such is NOT happening, and thus we have siphoned off and misdirected the energies of these would-be 'evangelists' in the American church world."
Say it isn't so, Franklin Graham.
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