Maybe...just maybe it WILL take the next coming of Christ to wrest the Greatest Country on God's green earth from the grips of this cancerous liberal movement that has plunged us into an abyss of immorality
Rev. Billy Graham Prepares 'Perhaps … My Last Message'
Sunday, 06 Oct 2013 09:46 PM
By David A. Patten
an exclusive interview, the Rev. Billy Graham tells Newsmax that President
Obama's "hope and change" mantra is nothing more than a cliché and warns that
the nation faces increasing threats to civil and religious liberties from its
Graham, who is preparing for possibly his last crusade, this
time via video, said America is drenched in a "sea of immorality" and suggested
that the second coming of Christ is "near."
Graham, who turns 95 this
month, and just published his book, “The Reason for My Hope: Salvation,” was
asked whether he believes the government may be so large and powerful, in light
of the pervasive collection and monitoring of digital communications, that it
becomes an inherent threat to basic human liberties.
“Our early fathers
led our nation according to biblical principles,” Graham wrote in response.
“‘Hope and change’ has become a cliché in our nation, and it is daunting to
think that any American could hope for change from what God has blessed,” he
stated, an obvious reference to President Obama’s campaign motto.
“Our country is turning away from what has made it so great,” he
continued, “but far greater than the government knowing our every move that
could lead to losing our freedom to worship God publicly, is to know that God
knows our every thought; he knows our hearts need transformation.”
continues to share his message of God’s love, a message he has imparted
faithfully for decades, despite faltering health in recent years.
hospitalized for pneumonia in 2011 and again last year due to a lung infection.
He held his first crusade in September 1947, in Grand Rapids, Mich. He would go
on to present over 400 crusades in 185 countries. But in the United States, he
has probably received the most media attention for his role as a spiritual
adviser to many presidents.
To say Graham’s ministry has had a far-flung
impact would be an understatement. His staff has estimated that Graham led some
3.2 million people to faith in Christ.
When he made Gallup’s top 10 list
of Most Admired Men in January, it marked the 56th time he made the list since
1955 — more than anyone else.
But perhaps his greatest legacy will be
the members of his own family who carry on the spiritual tradition he
established in 1950 when he founded the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
They include son Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the BGEA,
and also the global Samaritan’s Purse charitable ministry.
believing Christians believe in a coming Armageddon, a final battle between good
and evil prophesied in the book of Revelation.
Graham tells Newsmax it is
not wise to “speculate” about the dates of such a battle, but he adds that the
Bible says that there “will be signs pointing toward the return of the
“I believe all of these signs are evident today,” Graham wrote,
adding that “the return of Christ is near.
“Regardless of what society
says, we cannot go on much longer in the sea of immorality without judgment
coming,” he says.
Graham’s ministry work continues at a tireless pace,
one that many would consider miraculous. This month, Graham is launching a video
series that will be part of a national Gospel- presentation program called “My
Graham shared with Newsmax that “My Hope America” may be
his last Gospel outreach.
“It could perhaps be my last message,” he
wrote, “which is this: Christ is our hope for today and our promise for
tomorrow. And it is fulfilled in the great work he did for mankind on the cross
when he paid the penalty for our sin.”
Newsmax: Since your first crusade in Grand Rapids,
Mich., in 1947, traditional moral standards in America have changed radically,
with attacks on traditional marriage and abortion and divorce. In an
increasingly secular world, can even non-believers find 'hope' – to borrow a
word from your book title?
Rev. Billy Graham: Absolutely
non-believers can find hope, because all people have sinned and come short of
God's glory (Romans 3:23). But the Bible also tells us that God our Savior
desires all people to be saved and to come into the knowledge of the truth (1
Timothy 2:4 NKJV). Real hope is found only in the God of hope. To demonstrate
this to mankind, He sent His only Son to earth to bring redemption to people's
souls. God stands by ready to grant salvation to all who believe in Him. 'For
God so loved the world that He gave His only [Son], that whoever believes in Him
should not perish but have everlasting life' (John 3:16 NKJV). Do not miss the
importance of this wonderful phrase 'in Him.' When we step into an airplane,
fasten our seatbelts and the wheels leave the runway, we have placed our
physical being and our complete faith not only in the aircraft, but in the pilot
and crew. When we receive salvation offered to us by Jesus Christ, we are
committing our entire being—our physical, emotional, and spiritual life -- to
Him because we put our faith in Him -- in everything He has said, done, and
What is the biggest spiritual danger America currently
There was a headline recently about more Americans
tailoring religion to fit their needs; mixing a little Christianity with the
religions of the world. It is called a 'trendy faith.' Society does not object
to this kind of faith. We have dismissed God, resulting in skewed thinking and
consciences that are desensitized to right and wrong, basing moral decisions
solely on what 'fits in' with our individual preferences. I watch the news daily
and my heart is burdened. When I hear despair in people's voices, when I see the
turmoil on their faces, it tells me that hopelessness abounds. This is my reason
for writing the book, to proclaim that there is a way out and it is through
Jesus Christ who came to save us from self-destruction. People go on a search
for anything but God. Many people do not want to face the truth of the Gospel.
They water it down to a myth, causing young and old to doubt the authority of
the Bible. We as a nation have turned our back on God who blessed our country
because its fundamental principles were grounded in the Word of God. People want
designer religion, but I pray that they instead will submit to their Creator who
longs to become their God and Savior. He has designed eternal life in Heaven for
all those who receive His salvation. One chapter in your book is
titled "He Is Coming Back." Do you think the biblical requirements of the End
Times have largely been fulfilled, and are we on the verge of an "Armageddon"
event that may presage the return of Jesus?
While we are told
not to speculate about dates, God keeps His promises and this is why we can be
sure that the return of Christ is near. Scripture tells us that there will be
signs pointing toward the return of the Lord. I believe all of these signs are
evident today. What a time to take the news of the day in one hand and the Bible
in the other and watch the unfolding of the great drama of the ages come
together. I would not want to live in any other time. The Bible speaks
powerfully of trouble ahead with storm warnings that carry a booming jolt of
truth. Regardless of what society says, we cannot go on much longer in the sea
of immorality without judgment coming. We are at a crossroads, and there are
profound moral issues at stake. It is time to return to biblical truth. The
warning is clear; prepare to meet thy God—followed by the voice of the gentle
Shepherd—the Lord Jesus—saying, 'Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy
laden, and I will give you rest' (Matthew 11:28 NKJV). A new world is coming. It
is time for the people of the world to turn to God.
visited many presidents, and prayed with them in many different
circumstances.Which U.S. president would you hold up as the
best example for other Christians to emulate, in terms of their personal
standards, moral conduct, and heart for God?
I have tried to be
a pastor to each of the 12 U. S. presidents I have had the privilege of knowing
personally, but I would never single one of them out. They are just ordinary
people, most of whom are seeking to talk to somebody who won't quote them; whom
they can trust and have prayer with. They are searching for something to hold on
to, something that can give them an anchor in the midst of this turbulent world
or the latest political crisis they find themselves in. It is a lonely place to
be in that level of leadership, and I have always encouraged people to pray for
them, asking that they seek God's wisdom and do His will.
ministry, and the faith that your children and grandchildren continue to
champion today, have touched millions and millions of lives in a powerful way
all across the globe. If you had one last message to share with them, one final
word you would love for them to engrave on their hearts and never forget, what
would you say?
This is exactly why I have written the book [The
Reason for My Hope: Salvation] and why our ministry is launching 'My Hope
America' television program this November. It could perhaps be my last message
which is this — Christ is our hope for today and our promise for tomorrow — and
it is fulfilled in the great work He did for mankind on the cross when He paid
the penalty for our sin. He offers salvation to those who will 'come' to Him,
believe in what He has done and what He has said, and obediently follow Him.
I've never known anyone to come to Christ and ever regret
We've recently learned the federal government is tracking
every letter mailed, every phone call made, every email sent. Is there a point
at which a government can become so large and powerful that it inherently
threatens basic human freedoms, such as the freedom of religion?
Americans have always fought for freedom. This is why America was
founded — to worship the one true God openly with no fear of tyranny. Our early
fathers led our nation according to Biblical principles. Hope and change has
become a cliché in our nation and it is daunting to think that any American
could hope for change from what God has blessed. Our country is turning away
from what has made it so great, but far greater than the government knowing our
every move that could lead to losing our freedom to worship God publicly is to
know that God knows our every thought; He knows our hearts need transformation.
The human heart can be changed only by the power of God. Hope is certain only
through His Son Jesus Christ — not in the change agents of the world, and when
the end of the world as we know it takes place at Christ's return, no government
can prevent it and no individual can escape it. Those who hope for it will
welcome it; those who refuse to embrace its reality will never change its