Critics of the Billy Graham Crusade have been surprisingly few. Support for the Crusade from church leaders and church members has been widespread and substantial. But there have been some isolated voices raised in querulous criticism and angry protest.
It began during the Melbourne Crusade. Letters appeared in the daily press attacking the subject matter of Dr. Graham’s addresses. It soon became clear, however, that many correspondents had little understanding of the Christian faith, and that their real quarrel was not with Graham but with the Apostle Paul.
This point was well made in an editorial published in the Roman Catholic newspaper, The Advocate (Feb. 26, 1959). The tribute is so generous in its praise and irenical in its spirit that it deserves full quotation:
“We feel, however, that, in the name of Christian brotherhood, a tribute should be paid to the great missionary effort which Dr. Graham and his collaborators have undertaken with a view to awakening their world to the vital truth and all-importance of spiritual reality, and to the challenge which is offered to every individual by the Divine Person and Message of Christ Our Lord. In this ‘post-Christian’ era, in which the vigour of Protestantism has been undermined by modernistic compromises until much that is styled ‘Christianity’ is secularism faintly tinged with emotion, it is heartening to hear a strong voice raised to assert the truth of Scripture, the binding force of God’s Law, and the Redemption of the world through Jesus; and to hear so much of the traditional moral code of Christendom stoutly upheld.
“Dr. Graham stands for a way of living which is completely ‘God-centered’; and he is, therefore, ...1
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