Billy Graham: Perhaps ‘My Last Message to Our Nation’
(CNSNews.com) – Reverend Billy Graham, who turns 95 today, released a letter on Monday urging Americans to watch the evangelical program The Cross this evening, Nov. 7, stressing that the show “may well be my last message to our nation.”
Rev. Graham is among the most respected and renowned Christian evangelical pastors in the world, who started holding evangelical revivals and crusades in the late 1940s.
“I’ve recently prepared what may well be my last message to our nation,” said Graham in his letter. “With all my heart, I want to remind Americans of God’s amazing love and, as simply and clearly as I can, call people to ‘a repentance that leads to salvation.’ (2 Cor., 7-10).”
The program, The Cross, tells several stories about Americans whose lives have changed as a result of the Gospels. “Woven around those stories is a message I believe God has given me for people in our nation today,” said Rev. Graham.
“On a television talk show the other night, I heard a commentator say, ‘This country is headed straight to Hell,’” said Rev. Graham. “ When you listen to the news day after day or simply pay attention to what goes on around you, it’s not hard to understand why someone might say that.”
“Ungodliness floods our land,” he said. “Moral decline has become normal. We see killing, theft, dishonesty, greed, and open immorality everywhere. Many flaunt what they do and even demand public approval. The Bible says, ‘They proclaim their sin … ; they do not hide it’ (Isaiah 3:9).”
“But this is no cause for despair,” said Rev. Graham. “Jesus has always sought out sinners, called them to Himself, and redeemed all who respond. The Bible says, ‘Where sin increased, grace abounded all the more’”(Romans 5:20).
The reverend went on to talk about the tax collector Zacchaeus, who changed his life after meeting Jesus Christ, as detailed in the Gospel of Luke. “This can happen in your house or wherever you invite others to sit with you and hear the call of Jesus,” said Graham.
The Cross airs this evening on several channels and will be re-broadcast in the coming days. Rev. Graham, born in 1918, has led evangelistic crusades in more than 180 countries and on six continents. He also served as a spiritual adviser to several U.S. presidents. Rev. Graham has five children. His wife, Ruth Graham, died in 2007. The reverend resides in Charlotte, N.C.