Franklin Graham

American Council of Christian Churches
81st Convention, October 25-27, 2022
Faith Chapel, Carlisle, PA
Resolution on Franklin Graham

Contrasting Franklin Graham with his famous father,[1] USA Today characterized the son as “a hellfire evangelist and a social conservative force . . . speaking directly and bluntly to Americans,” while calling his late father “a voice of reason and comfort.”[2] Perhaps Graham’s militant tone, similar to that of the old-time Fundamentalists, explains why some Fundamentalists have torn down the wall of separation between themselves and Graham’s ministries.[3]

In spite of his bold demeanor, Graham’s bent towards ecumenism can only be described as “like father, like son.”[4] In his evangelistic endeavors sponsored by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association,[5] Graham’s partnerships include, among others, heretical Protestants like Hillsong[6] and the apostate Roman Catholic Church.[7] The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s Decision Magazine has featured people such as Abby Johnson[8] and Alveda King[9] who are affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church.

A cursory internet search will reveal that Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse[10] receives support for its evangelistic Operation Christmas Child from liberal Protestants,[11] Charismatics,[12] cults,[13] and the Roman Catholic Church.[14]

Personally, Graham has endorsed religious books written by purveyors of the “Prosperity Gospel”[15] and religious organizations which are supported by and supportive of liberal churches, Charismatics, and Roman Catholics.[16] His 2022 “God Loves You Tour” continues the tradition of compromise begun by his father at Explo ’72.[17]

In a 1980 pamphlet entitled Biblical Separation written by Bob Jones University’s Bible faculty, the authors declared truth that is still relevant these many years later:

Public sin committed by a public figure must be publicly rebuked for the sake of those who are being deceived. For example, a man who advocates fellowship with apostasy and who cooperates with cultists, heretics, false teachers, unbelievers, and Romanists is guilty of a public defiance of God’s command. For the sake of those whom he is leading astray or who might be led astray by him if not properly warned from the Scripture, a faithful minister of Christ must hold that man up as an example of a false teacher even though he pretends to, and perhaps to an extent does, preach the gospel. He is not, however, abiding in the doctrine of Christ and so must be exposed as a wolf in sheep’s clothing.[18]

Therefore, the American Council of Christian Churches at its 81st Convention, October 25-27, 2022, at Faith Chapel, Carlisle, PA, resolves that Christians and ministries which seek to practice Biblical separation should not partner in ministry with Franklin Graham or any of the organizations that are led by him. Instead, 2 Thessalonians 3:6 declares, “Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.”

[1]Evangelist Billy Graham.


[3]An example is Bob Jones University,


[5]Graham is President and CEO.





[10]Graham is President and CEO.





[15] Something Greater by Paula White and Beyond Blessed by Robert Morris.;

[16] An example is Youth With A Mission (YWAM).;


[18] The Bob Jones University Bible Faculty, Biblical Separation (Greenville, S.C.: Bob Jones University, 1980), pp.15-16.

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Author: American Council of Christian Churches

Since 1941 the ACCC has sought to PROVIDE information, encouragement, and assistance to Bible-believing churches, fellowships and individuals; to PRESERVE our Christian heritage through exposure of, opposition to, and separation from doctrinal impurity and compromise in current religious trends and movements; to PROTECT churches from religious and political restrictions, subtle or obvious, that would hinder their ministries for God; to PROMOTE obedience to the inerrant Word of God.