Matter of Faith: Edom Grange


(5/20/2019)

From: Bill Steidtmann

In my previous article, “Do Line,” I wrote about the spiritual connection between the first Billy Graham evangelistic crusade on September 13, 1947 (9-13), and Romans 9:13: “As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.” God chooses, decides, or elects Jacob, but not Esau. The same is true of believers today — they are chosen by God, not by themselves as decision theology claims, and are predestined to be His children.

Ephesians 1:4-5: “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will.”

So what happens when Billy Graham transforms the true theocentric gospel into a false anthropocentric one? Let’s think of Billy Graham’s crusade converts as a harvest of wheat. Some are the God chosen, albeit likely confused, are “Jacobs” but a significant number are unelected “Esaus” who unsuccessfully choose themselves. The valid Jacob wheat is placed in the Body of Christ, but the Esau false wheat harvest is stored in a different place, in a “grange.” From Merriam-Webster: “grange, noun; archaic: granary, barn.”

Recall that Esau is born red and hairy, and later acquired the nickname “Edom” (Strong’s number 123) which in Hebrew means “red”:

Genesis 25:25, 29-34, “And the first came out red, all over like a hairy garment; and they called his name Esau … And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint: And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom. And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.”

Thus Billy Graham’s anthropological “Our Decision” icy Cold War battle for souls results in a granary full of unelected Edom-Red wheat, that is to say, wheat in the “Ice Man’s” red grange:

From Wikipedia, Red Grange, “Harold Edward ‘Red’ Grange … nicknamed ‘The Galloping Ghost,’ was an American football halfback for the University of Illinois, the Chicago Bears, and the short-lived New York Yankees. His signing with the Bears helped legitimize the National Football League (NFL) … For a number of years, the Grange family lived with relatives until they could finally afford a home of their own in Wheaton, Illinois … at Wheaton High School, Grange earned 16 varsity letters in football, baseball, basketball, and track; he scored 75 touchdowns and 532 points for the football team … he took a part-time job as an ice toter for $37.50 per week, a job which helped him to build his core strength and from which he got the nicknames ‘Ice Man’ and ‘the Wheaton Ice Man’ … Grange drew national attention for his performance in the October 18, 1924, game against Michigan … Michigan coach Fielding Yost said, ‘All Grange can do is run,’ to which the Illinois coach, Bob Zuppke, referring to a famed opera star of the age, responded, ‘And all Galli-Curci can do is sing.’”

Ibid, Billy Graham, “In 1943, Graham graduated from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illi., with a degree in anthropology. During his time at Wheaton, Graham decided to accept the Bible as the infallible word of God. On August 13, 1943, Graham married Wheaton classmate Ruth Bell.”

 

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