BILLY GRAHAM VERSUS GOD by steve finnell
When it comes to Biblical truth who are you going to trust God's word or Billy Graham?
Billy Graham Quote: “You may know that we urge immediate and extensive Bible study for each convert. As the Scripture is reviewed, the place of baptism will surely be discovered. If baptism were a requirement for salvation, we would certainly say that. But you couldn’t support that knowing, for example, that the thief on the cross had no opportunity for baptism or church membership. Yet on his confession, paradise was secured. Jesus said to him, ‘Today shalt thou be with me in paradise’ (Luke 23:43).”
Billy Graham said If baptism were required for salvation they would say that. The Bible does say that.
Mark 16:16 ...and is baptized will be saved...(NKJV)
Acts 2:38...and let everyone of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins...(NKJV)
Acts 22:16 ....and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.'(NKJV)
John 3:5 ...unless one is born of water and the Spirit , he cannot enter the kingdom of God.(NKJV)
Colossians 2:11-13...12 buried with Him in baptism....13...having forgiven you all trespasses,(NKJV)
1 Peter 3:21...which now saves us, namely baptism...(NKJV)
Ephesians 5:25-27.....just as Christ also loved the church...26 that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word....(NKJV)
Romans 6:4-7 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death........7. For he who has died has been freed from sin.(NKJV)
Galatians 3:27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.(NKJV)
Titus 3:5....He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit. (NKJV)
Acts 2:40-41,47 ...."Be saved from this perverse generation." 41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. 47...And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.(NKJV)
The Lord only adds the saved, that is baptized believers, to His church.
The thief on the cross question. Was the thief saved? Yes. The thief was saved before the new covenant was in force. The thief was saved without being baptized. The thief was saved without believing that God raised Jesus from the dead. The thief was saved before the Day of Pentecost. Can men today be saved like the thief on the cross? NO. NO. NO.
Abraham, Moses, and Elijah were saved without being baptized. Abraham, Moses, and Elijah were saved without believing that Jesus was the Son of God. They were saved without confessing Jesus as the Christ. They were saved without believing God raised Jesus from the dead. Can men today be saved like Abraham, Moses, and Elijah? NO. NO. NO.
The requirements to being saved under the new covenant are. Faith: John 3:16, Repentance: Acts 2:38, Confession: Romans 10:9, Water Immersion: Mark 16:16
WHO DO YOU TRUST BILLY GRAHAM OR GOD?