Legend of Legends.. Billy the Legend

Dr. Billy Graham speaks to FOL

by Sunny Joseph

FOL :What is your life’s greatest contentment?
BG : I would have to say being with my grandchildren and my children, which is very rare. I look forward to it with tremendous anticipation when we can get together. I have a wonderful family of five children who are all terrific; speakers and writers. I’m so proud of them. And I'm content with the fact of who I am, where I'm going. I have no doubts that I'm going to heaven and that is a tremendous comfort to me.

FOL : What do you think is the secret of your successful ministry?
BG : I have often been asked the secret of evangelistic crusades, and I have said there are three secrets: 1. Prayer 2. Prayer 3. Prayer. No evangelist can ever have God's blessing on his ministry until he realizes his total dependence on the Holy Spirit. That means we need to prepare by prayer.

FOL :Two regrets you have [if any] in your life?
BG : I’d spend more time at home with my family, and I’d study more and preach less. I wouldn’t have taken so many speaking engagements, including some of the things I did over the years that I probably didn’t really need to do – weddings and funerals and building dedications, things like that. Whenever I counsel someone who feels called to be an evangelist, I always urge them to guard their time and not feel like they have to do everything.

FOL :What are the pitfalls of being the world’s greatest evangelist?
BG : I do get weary of being maybe looked at as you would if you went to restaurants and things like that.

FOL : One message you have for the world today?
BG :The message has not changed at all in all these hundreds and thousands of years. It’s the cross of Christ. It’s the resurrection of Christ. It’s the need to repent of your sins and receive Christ by faith. That’s the main part of every message I preac

FOL : The world is watching America…it is no more what it was and one wonders what it could be in the future…what is your message to Today’s America?
BG : No election will ever solve America’s most basic problems. That is because the trouble, at its root, is in the human heart, and the only path to true restoration—for a person or for a nation—is through repentance. The Bible says, “Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19–20, ESV). Only the Gospel, God’s Good News, has the power to change lives, heal hearts, and restore a nation.

FOL : What three things you always appreciate in Ruth?
BG : She was a great student of the Scriptures. We all knew that she was the spiritual leader of our family. If ever there was a woman that walked with God, it was her. She was both father and mother to our children. I have to give the credit to her because she stayed home while I traveled all over the world and she reared then and she taught them and she spanked them and she loved them and they all loved her. She was always positive about everything. She always said, “The best is yet to come,” and “life is just beginning,” even when she talked about death. She was always helping people. If somebody down the road needed some soup she took it to them. If some older lady needed to be taken on a shopping trip she took them. She was that kind of a person.

FOL : Any unfulfilled desire or part of the vision you still think is unaccomplished?
BG : It is my passionate, heartfelt desire to see God change hearts and lives in every community in America.

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