24 November 2011 Source http://www.billygraham.org Wikimedia Commons Public Domain
I read a book by this title about forty years ago and it is still the best description of Billy Graham. The problem is that Christians know so little of the Word of God that name Jehoshaphat does not mean anything to them.
Jehoshaphat became King of Judah, the Southern Kingdom, in fourth year of Ahab, King of Israel. He had a good father, Asa, who walked in ways of David and did what was right. Jehoshaphat outlived Ahab and reigned during the time of Ahab’s son, Jehoram. Jehoshaphat was a good king…
And the LORD was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the first ways of his father David, and sought not unto Baalim; 2 Chronicles 17:3
And Jehoshaphat dwelt at Jerusalem: and he went out again through the people from Beersheba to mount Ephraim, and brought them back unto the LORD God of their fathers. 2 Chronicles 19:4
…whose obedience to God was incomplete…
And he walked in all the ways of Asa his father; he turned not aside from it, doing that which was right in the eyes of the LORD: nevertheless the high places were not taken away; for the people offered and burnt incense yet in the high places. And Jehoshaphat made peace with the king of Israel. 1 Kings 22:43-44
…and is remembered for his alliance with the house of Ahab.
But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the LORD, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up. 1 Kings 21:25
And it came to pass in the third year, that Jehoshaphat the king of Judah came down to the king of Israel. 1 Kings 22:2
And he said unto Jehoshaphat, Wilt thou go with me to battle to Ramothgilead? And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, I am as thou art, my people as thy people, my horses as thy horses. And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Enquire, I pray thee, at the word of the LORD to day. Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about four hundred men, and said unto them, Shall I go against Ramothgilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And they said, Go up; for the Lord shall deliver it into the hand of the king. And Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD besides, that we might enquire of him? 1 Kings 22:4-7
In spite of the good that Jehoshaphat did, the Lord had to rebuke him for this alliance with the house of Ahab.
And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the LORD? therefore is wrath upon thee from before the LORD. 2 Chronicles 19:2
Like Jehoshaphat, Billy Graham has done much that is good. He preached the Word of God. Those who accepted the Lord because of the preaching of Billy Graham are eternally grateful for that preaching. Those who receive the material benefits of Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, are thankful for the good he is doing.
But Billy Graham has frequently put status and prestige above purity. He allies with those who hate the gospel in order to get a larger audience. Those who came forward in his crusades were sent to churches which denied the gospel. Billy Graham was a champion of the separation of Church and state. He artificially divided the Word of God from humanitarian aid in order to win the approval of men.
Billy Graham habitually loved the praise of men more than the praise of God. Billy Graham clearly understood that if he preached the whole council of God that he would lose some media respect and access to some very important and influential people. So he chose to not preach the whole council of God.