Thursday, June 2, 2016

Billy Graham reveals biggest spiritual mistake Christians make

While there is nothing wrong with doing good deeds, evangelist Billy Graham says this becomes a mistake when people base it as their only hope for getting to Heaven.

"The greatest mistake anyone can ever make is to assume that they are good enough to go to Heaven. And yet countless people make this mistake every day, thinking their good deeds will somehow outweigh their bad deeds and make them eligible for Heaven," he writes on his website.

The reason why this is a mistake is because God's standard is nothing short of perfection, explains Graham. God is absolutely holy and perfect, and just even one sin would be enough to banish people from His presence. In school, Graham says it's okay for students to make several mistakes just as long as they hit the passing mark, but the same cannot be said of God.

The Bible says of Him in Habakkuk 1:13: "Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrongdoing."

However, Graham says this does not mean that no one will ever get to Heaven. "The reason is because God has provided another way for us to be saved. That way is Jesus Christ. He was without sin (for He was God in human flesh)—but on the cross all our sins were placed on Him, and He took upon Himself the judgment and Hell that we deserve. He died in our place!" says the evangelist.

He is advising people to trust God and not in their own goodness for salvation. Graham says non-believers should now commit their lives to Jesus Christ as well as put their faith and trust in Him. "Then you will know that someday you will go to be with Him in Heaven forever—not because of your goodness, but because of His," he says.

Billy Graham warns the 'days of Noah are returning to the Earth'

World-renowned evangelist Billy Graham warns that the "days of Noah are returning to the Earth," and should it finally happen, then it will be a "climactic event that will ring the curtain down on history."

"The Bible many times warns that toward the end of history as we know it, there will be a return to pre-flood conditions of gross sin and wickedness," Graham writes on his Decision Magazine. "The Scripture says concerning the people of Noah's day, 'Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually' (Genesis 6:5)."

Graham adds that in the last days, there will be "perilous" things happening, what with men being "lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power."

Even though the Bible did not say exactly when that judgment will come, "there are many indications that we are now living in the closing period of history."

People are called to repent and turn to Christ as the day of judgment draws near, says Graham. There are many who mistakenly assume they are already saved, but Graham warns they only have a "false notion" of what it's like to truly be a Christian since they continue living life any way they like.

"In their manner of living, they are indistinguishable from the world," he says. "It is true that they attend church with some regularity and do many good works, but they are not resting in the blood of Jesus Christ for their salvation, and they are not doing the works of faith that are required as an evidence of one's relationship with God."