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Christianity Johnson on 15 Aug 2008 12:25 am

The power of Jesus, according to Dr. Billy Graham

Here is an excellent example of the power of Jesus. A man writes in asking Dr. Billy Graham about a problem he is having with Internet Porn:

Internet pornography: It’s a sin in God’s eyes

DEAR DR. GRAHAM: Have you ever had anyone ask you how to break the habit of Internet pornography? I just can’t seem to overcome it, and I’m scared to death my wife will find out. I don’t know how I got into this so deeply. — M.J.

What’s the obvious thing for M.J. to do in this situation? If you are a Christian, you pray to the all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving creator of the universe for help. Here is what Dr. Graham suggests:

This is why I urge you to turn to Jesus Christ and open your heart and life to Him. He doesn’t love your sin — but He does love you, and He wants to come into your life and take away your sins and begin to change you from within. Commit your life to Him, and then ask Him to fill you and replace everything that is evil or wrong with His goodness and purity.

Now, if you have the all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving creator of the universe helping you by “filling you and replacing everything that is evil or wrong with His goodness and purity,” you would expect to be cured. Wouldn’t you? What more could you possibly need beyond being filled with God’s all-powerful goodness and purity? Your countenance should shine like a lighthouse and the scourge of Internet porn should be burned to a cinder in the white-hot light of Jesus’ love.

Yes, that is what you might expect. But the power of God is not quite enough, so Dr. Graham hedges:

Then take practical steps to fight this habit. Get a program for your computer that will filter out unwanted sites — and use it. Move your computer into a place where others can see what you are doing. In addition, share your problem with a trusted friend who can hold you accountable for what you watch.

Why does Dr. Graham (who is arguably one of the most devoted and dedicated Christians on the planet) openly admit here that the power of Jesus/God is insufficient to cure this ill? Perhaps it is for the same reason that God won’t heal amputees. If you are a Christian and you would like to understand why Dr. Graham is hedging like this, please see: Whywontgodhealamputees.com

3 Responses to “The power of Jesus, according to Dr. Billy Graham”

  1. on 15 Aug 2008 at 12:37 am 1.Winston C said …

    LOL! That is an admission of impotence if Ive ever seen one!

  2. on 15 Aug 2008 at 8:43 am 2.Snag said …

    Does the Bible ever say that porn is bad? Or are they making up this restriction?

  3. on 15 Aug 2008 at 8:45 pm 3.mandyjohnson said …

    When a child comes to you with a fight between friends, do you solve the issue by whisking the child away from all forms of social contact? Do you solve the whole problem for them? No, because if you did, the child will have learned nothing.

    Yes, god will fill those empty spaces with his love which you have tried to fill with sin so that you wont be feel as pulled towards sinning as you were, but that doesnt mean you can’t still choose to go back and look at porn, because that would be taking away our free will, which God gave to us willingly.
    God isnt here to snap his fingers and make everything happen YOUR way when YOU want it. He’s not a hired clown, hes a parent to us, and we are his children. Try looking at the bible from a parenting point of view.

    And yes Snag, porn is sexual immorality, which is deemed as sinful in the bible, hence porn is bad.

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