This article originally appeared in the January 4, 1974 issue of Christianity Today.
Christianity Today is indebted to Dr. Billy Graham for this significant interview in which the distinguished evangelist relays personal impressions of the status of the Christian impact upon our generation and of spiritual trends throughout the world. No evangelist in Christian history more than Dr. Graham has proclaimed the gospel of Christ to multitudes on a world scale by mass meeting, radio and television. He expressed the following views on the eve of his evangelistic crusade in Charlotte, North Carolina. Questioners included distinguished members of the Board of Directors of Christianity Today, Dr. Harold John Ockenga of Boston's Park Street Church and Dr. Robert J. Lamont of Pittsburgh's First Presbyterian Church, and Editor Carl F. H. Henry.
Dr. Henry: Do you sense any worldwide moving of the Holy Spirit today?
Dr. Graham: Yes, I do. Most everywhere, Christian leaders have told me that it is easier to win people to Christ than ever before.
Dr. Henry: Any particularly noteworthy areas?
Dr. Graham: I think that possibly in Latin America I have sensed the greatest spirit of manifestation of what I call genuine revival in the Protestant church. The Protestant church in Latin America has suffered a certain amount of persecution from various sources. This has brought about the emergence of a strong, virile, and dynamic leadership that I have not sensed in any other part of the world.
Dr. Lamont: What of the missionary witness?
Dr. Graham: I found practically no extreme liberalism in Latin America. There is no modernism. The Gospel is preached by most of the denominations in its purest form, compared with other mission fields I have visited.1
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