2019-10-29 - What Can We Learn from Billy Graham?
Modern Saints Series - Part 3
Rev. Billy Graham
When Richard and I were dating, we attended a Billy Graham Crusade in Asheville NC. For those of you who have neither attended one nor seen one on television, they are like what some churches call a "revival.” There is music, a presentation of the Gospel via a sermon, and then there is an "invitation-" an opportunity for people to come forward to the front, to accept Christ as Savior.
For decades, Rev. Graham persevered with his simple but vital ministry of presenting the Gospel. While some television evangelists were embroiled in scandals because of their adultery, he remained faithful to his wife, and stood out as a shining beacon of purity. He was one of the well-known pastors/evangelists with no scandals. He even had a rule that he would never be alone with a woman except for his wife or mother. Billy was living out the Bible verse about avoiding the appearance of evil:
1 Thessalonians 5:22 From all appearance of evil abstain ye. (Young's Literal Translation)
Anyone very familiar with Rev. Graham knows that he had one overarching goal and raison d'etre: Sharing the Gospel of Christ. His world revolved around that mission. Billy was a shining example for all of us, that we should remember that we should all be about this mission of spreading the Gospel - in our own way by using the gifts, personalities and opportunities that God gives each of us. To quote Billy, himself:
"We are the Bibles the world is reading; we are the creeds the world is needing; we are the sermons the world is heeding."
That is a sobering thought, isn't it!
Billy was a great example for all of us in both purity and making the Gospel a priority. May we follow his example. Nothing would have given him more joy.
Janice P. Moser
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