Evangelist Billy Graham says he knows that his days are coming to a close.
Billy Graham told Newsmax that this could be his final gospel outreach—a crusade via video.
“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 told Newsxmax.
“My Hope America is a nationwide outreach to reach people across the United States with the gospel of Jesus Christ. It implores Christians across the nation to open their homes next month to share the gospel message with friends, family, colleagues and neighbors through a series of video programs with life-changing testimonies and messages from perhaps the most beloved evangelist of our time. 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. But 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.”
In his just-published book, “The Reason for My Hope: Salvation,” Graham says it’s not too late—yet—for nonbelievers to find hope and salvation in Jesus, quoting 1 Timothy 2:3-4, which says:
“For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
According to his staff, more than 3.2 million people have responded to the invitation at Billy Graham Crusades to “accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior.” As of 2008, Graham’s estimated lifetime audience, including radio and television broadcasts, topped 2.2 billion. Since his ministry began in 1947, Graham conducted more than 400 crusades in 185 countries and territories on six continents.
The first Billy Graham Crusade, held September 13–21, 1947, in the Civic Auditorium in Grand Rapids, Michigan, was attended by 6,000 people. Graham was 29 years old. He called them crusades, after the medieval Christian forces who conquered Jerusalem. He would rent a large venue, such as a stadium, park, or street. As the sessions became larger, he arranged a group of up to 5,000 people to sing in a choir. He would preach the gospel and invite people to come forward , a practice started by Dwight L. Moody.