Dan Corner Responds to New Online Evangelism Tactics from Billy Graham Ministry

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The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has implemented popular online outreach tactics to attract individuals to the Christian faith. While Dan Corner, director of Evangelical Outreach, believes in outreach, he does not support the fundamental beliefs promoted by the group.

When it comes to affecting the masses, the Internet is one of the greatest tools that have advanced worldwide education. However, according to a recent article from The Huffington Post, users may be finding more than just information through search engines; they may also be inviting themselves to be saved by Christian Evangelists. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) has created a fully functional website that offers a wide array of religious services to help with Christian outreach efforts. Noted director of Evangelical Outreach, Dan Corner, believes that such efforts are necessary to expose people to the Christian faith, but adds that Graham’s ministry is advertising false doctrine regarding the Christian faith.

According to the article, the BGEA created the peacewithgod.net website as a way to use online communication methods to encourage interested parties to join the Christian faith. Organization volunteers have begun outreach by using search engines to find individuals who seek answers for some of life’s most fundamental questions. Through online contact the user is invited to visit the BGEA website to view informative videos, message boards and take part in a 5-week online discipleship course. The website even includes an interactive map that lights up to show areas where “souls were saved” through the program.

Dan Corner notes that these practices offer an innovative approach to attract new people to the historic religion. As a forward-thinking evangelist, Corner even uses his own websites to inform visitors about the truths sets forth regarding the Christian faith. However, some feel that the BGEA site has yet to show its impact on outreach success. Drew Dickens, CEO of Need Him Global, was saved through one of Graham’s crusades, but believes the site may lack in its appeal to the demographic that uses the Internet the most – the youth audience.

Whether or not the mission is successful, Dan Corner warns individuals to be wary of the messages that some Internet Evangelism groups preach. He warns, “Graham emphasizes ‘go to church,’ but that isn't the cure-all! Being overlooked by him is what is taught in that particular congregation and its practices. Both are vital to the spiritual health and well-being of all who get involved there. For most people, since we are in a widespread apostasy, to ‘go to church’ would be detrimental since the typical congregation is filled with false doctrine and sin.”

Dan Corner encourages non-Christians and misguided Christians to consider following the true image of a Christian displayed in Scripture. Unlike the BGEA, he believes that after getting forgiven, a true Christian must endure to the end to be saved (Matt. 10:22; Heb. 3:14; Rev. 2:10,11) and spiritual death is a real possibility for the righteous (Rom. 8:13; Gal. 6:8,9).


Dan Corner, director of Evangelical Outreach, is a solid practitioner of what he knows to be the true Christian faith. For more than 35 years, he has served Jesus Christ through pastoral, apologetic, counter cult and street evangelism experiences. For seven of those years, Corner also served the religious community as an ordained minister. His goal is to be an honor to Jesus and win souls to Jesus Christ from all regions of the world. He is also the author of The Believer’s Conditional Security, The Myth of Eternal Security and Is this the Mary of the Bible?

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