Granted this is an opinion piece, not via a news service, but it seems the Rev. Graham is experiencing a bit of backlash after he removed Mormonism from his cult list. The Rev. Samuel Wynn has worked with Graham in the past, but has severed ties:
‘’I will never again support anything by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association,” said Wynn, the superintendent of a United Methodist Church district in Fayetteville, N.C.
The source of Wynn’s ire: The BGEA’s recent removal of language on its website calling Mormonism a “cult.”
According to the article, Wynn and other unnamed conservative Christians claim Graham is “risking Christian souls to help Romney.
This quote is interesting:
For evangelicals, berating Billy Graham is like Catholics dissing the pope. Through his globe-trotting crusades and passionate preaching, the nearly 94-year-old evangelist has converted countless Christians and almost single-handedly ushered evangelicalism into the modern age.
But when “the greatest proclaimer of the gospel in the last century,” as one Southern Baptist called Graham, embraced Mormonism last week, he confirmed conservative evangelicals’ worst fears about the 2012 election: That Romney’s rise would lift his Mormon church to cultural prominence and acceptance within mainstream Christianity.
Evidently this is the first time “in history” that the GOP presidential campaign ticket doesn’t include a protestant.
’There’s a sense that Protestants are beleaguered right now,” said Leonard, “and in another four years may be even more so.”
So, did Graham aid the Romney Campaign? It’s hard to say. Here’s a final quote:
Bart Barber, pastor of First Baptist Church in Farmersville, Texas, said he had been prepared to vote for Romney — until last week.
‘’The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association probably cost Mitt Romney my November ballot when it stopped calling Mormonism a cult explicitly because of this election,” Barber wrote on his blog.
‘’For the sake of my congregation, when Billy Graham is muddying the waters of the gospel, I have an obligation to provide clarity,” Barber continued.