Like the Romans, ‘Without Excuse’

By   •   July 2, 2013   •   Topics:

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When the news broke in May that the Internal Revenue Service had sabotaged certain conservative political groups, I was not surprised.

Last Sept. 6, the IRS notified the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association as well as Samaritan’s Purse that our 2010 tax returns were being audited. Two separate evangelical Christian organizations getting audit letters the same day about the same tax year? That’s not a coincidence.

From the very beginning of the BGEA more than 60 years ago, my father has always insisted that our accounting be beyond reproach. The IRS never had audited us before, and I don’t think they seriously expected to find anything amiss. The audits went well, our returns were accepted, and shortly after the election, our status as a charitable organization was affirmed.

This was not so much about taxes, I’m convinced, as it was about Christian morals and biblical standards. A few months earlier, the BGEA purchased ads in North Carolina newspapers, where my father spoke out in favor of the state’s proposed Marriage Amendment. That offended some powerful people.

Of course, the IRS is not the only government agency that takes issue with Christians. The Pentagon has gone to absurd lengths to appease one vocal agnostic–even ordering an Air Force base in Idaho to remove a painting of a 9/11 hero because it included an innocuous reference to Matthew 5:9: “Blessed are the peacemakers.”

Christian organizations are under relentless pressure to retreat from biblical standards. It’s high time for America to wake up, get down on our knees, and beg God for forgiveness, wisdom and moral backbone. At the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, we are praying that God will bring revival to our nation. To prepare the way, we are organizing a nationwide evangelistic event this November called My Hope America with Billy Graham. We need your prayers and your witness as we seek to spread the Gospel in homes and neighborhoods throughout our land.

Otherwise, far too many Americans face the same judgment that Paul warned the Romans about: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse” (Romans 1:18-20, ESV).

At Gettysburg 150 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln declared “that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom.”

Lincoln was talking about the end of slavery, but his words could also apply to the moral quagmire we face today. As Americans celebrate our independence, what we need most of all is true freedom from the enslavement of sin–salvation through the new birth made possible in Jesus Christ.

©2013 BGEA

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46 Comments

  1. Mary says:

    Thank you for speaking out and for always abiding by moral principles. I have always admired your father for walking the walk that he has preached. I see that you are following in his footsteps. I join you in prayer for America and the world.

  2. Ruth says:

    BGEA standing firm in the truth is both encouraging and uplifting.

  3. Ralston says:

    Throughout history, every time a nation, with the first being Israel, has turned their back on God, He has taken his hand off of them. I truly believe, that he is very close at this moment with this one. Confession and repentance is the only answer

  4. Charles says:

    Church leaders have to humble themselves as well. Too many of them think they are god. And this unholy alliance with the republican party is a joke. There is nothing that suggests that the republican party is holy.

  5. Suki says:

    I keep praying for My Hope America With Billy Graham. I believe that this is our country's last hope before too late. We need all the Christians honestly pray for our Country.

  6. Stephen says:

    Like the Romans, 'Without Excuse'Our moral fibre friends is made perfect when we have Jesus in our hearts. Thank you Jesus for making us aware of the 'moral quagmire' out there, and to turn from it. We know the truth only from you Jesus. Amen.

  7. P. J. says:

    I thank my Lord for your truthfulness and boldness; the power of Jesus Christ is with you. Soon, a twinkle of an eye, and we will be in the sky. We wait you a third time in Latvia, for saving souls, encouragement, and spiritual uplifting.

  8. Clint says:

    Compromise, live and let live, don't look, turn a blind eye…this attitude seems to be the order of the day. We desperately need an awakening because if not, we will find ourselves in Babylon as slaves and wonder how we got there. AWAKE!!!!!!

  9. Ginny says:

    !We all have to bear witness to the truth!

  10. CHERRY says:

    Dear Franklin,I believe the Word is very timely, the Spirit of God has laid on your heart to share and we say Amen to it. May God use you mightily as never before in the dsdaye it and we say Amen to it. May God use you mightily as never before.