Evangelist Billy Graham fears that through its moral decadence the West is playing into Communist hands. He sees no let-up in the evil drift and feels it is being exploited by Communist leaders bent on world domination. Moreover, he thinks Communist ideology is becoming increasingly attractive to modern man as a way out of anarchy and poverty.
“We’ve lived too long in affluence,” Graham said in a long telephone interview with CHRISTIANITY TODAY on the eve of his fifty-second birthday this week. And we have used our affluence to turn away from God instead of turning toward him. We haven’t helped the poorer countries.”
He said he hopes to introduce a new urgency into his warnings of impending judgment, warnings that have characterized his world-renowned ministry for more than a generation but are conveniently overlooked by critics who have recently been labeling him an apostle of so-called civil religion.
“We can’t get away with the things we’ve being doing,” the evangelist declared from his home in Black Mountain, North Carolina. “Unless we have revival and repentance in North America and Western Europe, we will experience God’s wrath.”
The evangelist said he would come down hard on this theme in his remaining public appearances this year. After a five-day crusadeThe meetings will be videotaped and subsequently telecast all across North America, probably the first week in December. in the 70,000-seat Tiger Stadium of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Graham planned to fly to Portugal for his first preaching service ever in that country. He is scheduled to address a ministers’ meeting in Lisbon early in November.
In the interview, Graham suggested that clergymen running for political office are the ones who are promoting ...1
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