Every three years to young evangelists from around the world in Portland, Oregon to a Conference to participate in the next generation of the Alliance, a support organization for the next generation of global preacher of the Gospel. While I experienced also curious, innovative evangelism Conference next week, I believe that a serious reflection on man, most of us takes participation in the Conference, that the majority is our inspiration from "Billy Graham" in order.
Typical story of Billy Graham is something like this. Billy began his service as a fundamentalist clumsy. Which preach the Gospel, the beginning of his Ministry was hand in hand with the defeat of communism. In the end, booth Graham for the war in Viet Nam and his close association with Richard Nixon took him and burned, causing a crisis of faith, a much softer and wiser Billy-Graham.
As you know, this story, it's a metamorphosis of Graham in the before and after-Nixon-Nixon "as if the only Graham in later years learned that an error of politicizing the Gospel." Simplification of the life and Ministry of Graham dominates an important part of the legacy of Billy Graham, who has become something of an elephant in the room. If we like it or not, represents Billy Graham a midpoint between the Ministry and life of theological liberalism and fundamentalism.
For example, suppose you have a litmus test of orthodoxy in the development of fundamentalist biblical "and the fate of no-believers." two problems, the date of the judgment in the case of Billy Graham held the developments constantly during his missionaries Christianity and evolution are compatible. While evangelical leaders today on intelligent design in fashion and speak to young earth creationism, Billy Graham goes even further, emphasizing that the Bible is not a science and as such you cannot read. This is more than the average, Graham, to the left, although his evangelical biblical hermeneutics in the rest of the Scriptures far theological liberalism (example: Graham appears seven days of Genesis that Figurative but claimed that Jonas was swallowed by a whale in fact).
Independent of Billy Graham being the same fate the unbelievers on the day of the trial. The question whether felt that open sky responded to the people of other religions besides Christianity, Billy Graham in Newsweek: "these decisions are only the Lord will do". It would be absurd to speculate, that they will be there and not ... I do not want to speculate on something. I believe that God's love is absolute. "Said that he gave his son for the whole world, and I think everyone loves, regardless of the label".
At first glance it appears to have undermined the old Billy Graham in his Ministry as preacher in his own. There are also those who are his observations "and other comments to" to of senility. Others have written to him still as heretics. Once again, the reality is more complex. Billy Graham was not in his belief that the death and resurrection of Christ is not the only thing that a person can be saved, nor does it excuse his efforts to preach the Gospel for the conversion of sinners to Christ. What has been learned that the old Billy Graham, but is that a person in its commitment to the Gospel and theological document can simultaneously.
Ironically, Billy is an example of the theology of humility, the next generation of some difficult questions about the Gospel Evangelical in the popular classics that can offer. For example, the Gospel, the Gospel classic, complete with a call to the altar and sentence in standard sinner serious teachings of Jesus to take sufficient wealth and earthly possessions collected? To what extent should violence and identification with the poor as part of the Gospel of the Kingdom announces free? It is prayer the sinner at the expense of baptism in order to emphasize that in Christ's body?
There are difficult questions with easy answers, so that the next generation of evangelists could perform a denial of the use of theology humility by Billy Graham. Billy Graham faithfully served his generation, but also white, Billy, which no corner of the truth ", nor is the next generation, follow the instructions." Billy Graham has paved the way, but now, the next generation. and when Billy Graham death date? He still alive. J