Billy Graham and His Last Crusade?

I’ve had the privilege, for the last two days, to be with one of the most special people on the face of the earth. He is justly called America’s Pastor, a friend of presidents, a fearless preacher of the gospel.

Of course, I am speaking of Billy Graham.

Billy is 92 years old now, and his eyesight is failing him, and his hearing is not as good as it used to be. But he still has a fiery passion that drives him—in fact, it’s a burden on his heart:

Billy Graham wants to preach one last Sermon.

He said “I have one more message to give!” He wants to do it before a crowd of people. And he wants to do it soon.

Think about that. One last message from the world’s greatest evangelist. Have you ever thought about what you would say if you could give one last message? Even if you are not a preacher, per se, you still have a message to deliver. What if you could stand before family and friends, or even the world at large, and give one last talk about what really mattered to you? What would your topic be? What text from Scripture would you quote?

Billy Graham has prayed and thought deeply about this and has come up with an answer. I am sure if he does give this message that, quite literally, the world will sit up and take notice.

Lunch with Billy

I sat with him today at lunch and asked him, “Billy, I heard you want to give one last message. Is that true?”
Emphatically, he said “Yes!”
“Do you want to do that before a live audience or to a TV camera?”
“A live audience,” he said with certainty. “Maybe I could come do it at your church!” he said, with a twinkle in his eye.
“You have a standing invitation—trust me!” I told him. I then asked Billy what the text of his last message would be. He said it would be 2 Chronicles 7:14. “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Billy wants to call our nation, and all who would hear, to turn back to God. Billy said, “I want to call the country to repentance.” Billy Graham listens to the news. He knows what is going on in our country. Throughout his ministry he always stayed in touch with his culture, and that has not changed.

In this great passage from 2 Chronicles, God tells His people what to do when they want to get right with Him again: humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways. What is fascinating is that this passage is not directed to the world at large, but to God’s people, to whom it was originally given. Billy wants to call the church and the country to turn back to God.
He wants to see spiritual revival in America.

That is a message that I, for one, would love to hear him give.

But there is another passage that burns on the famed evangelist’s heart. In fact, it is posted on his wall in large print so he can read it and commit it to memory. It is Galatians 6:14, where Paul writes, “But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” That is what Billy has always preached over the years: the cross of Christ. He has never wavered from that, always emphasized it.

Once, some years ago, I asked him the question,”If an older Billy were to speak to a younger one, what would he say? What would he tell the younger man to remember?” Without missing a beat, Billy said, “I would preach more on the cross and the blood of Christ. That’s where the power is.”

I never forgot that.

I don’t know if Billy will ever deliver this last message, but if he does, he wants us to know that we need to turn from our sins to God…and this was made possible through the blood of Jesus Christ. We need to humble ourselves and pray and turn from our wicked ways. God promises if we do this, He will heal our land. That sounds like good news to me.

51 thoughts on “Billy Graham and His Last Crusade?”

  1. armand says:

    the blood of the cross ,JESUS suffered on the cross for are sins, blessed be the LORD john 316 says it and is written on my wife and my headstone I love the lord with all my heart mind and soul ,I miss her so much hope to be there with here soon love you all GOD BLESS

  2. Ann W. Bridges says:

    Today is April 30, 2013. Is Dr. Billy Graham planning to preach another sermon, this year? If so, when and where? Also, will it be televised?
    I do look forward to hearing from you, soon, with the answers to my questions, and deeply appreciate your prompt attention to this matter of concern. Dr. Graham is a wonderful blessing to all of us. Thank you, again.
    Ann Webb Bridges

  3. Gloria Kneefel says:

    My father accepted Jesus as his Saviour in on of Billy Graham crusade in Amsterdam, Holland. He also ask the Lord that if he gets us to the United States that he will go to church every Sunday. The first Sunday after our arrival in Pasaden CA the family went to church and we all became believers in Christ. My father wrote to Billy Graham regarding his promise to go to church and an article was written about that. God Bless both you and Billy Graham for spreading the word.

  4. Pastor Jack Abeelen says:

    Wonderful article and interview Pastor Greg. How compelling Billy’s life and the message of Jesus to each generation to run towards the fields ever white unto harvest and be a laborer willingly each day for His glory, preaching the Cross of Jesus our Lord. Blessings to you and your family this Christmas season.

  5. Carol Ann says:

    Dear Pastor Greg, how wonderful would that be,1 more powerful sermon from God’s faithful servant Billy Graham. I have never been to any of his crusades but grew up in a home hearing his name. It’s rather ironic that just recently I was thinking how great it must have been to be part of that and how I regret never attending. I will hope & pray that there will be one more. Pastor Greg, I did have the priveledge of attending one of your tours in NYC,NY and we were all blessed by your testimony, God’s message and by the worship music. May God bless you both for your faithfulness and commitment to teaching & preaching the Truth, Jesus Christ. (Stratford, CT)

  6. Larry says:

    WOW! I would love to hear that message! I hope God gives him an opportunity to do that before He takes him home. What an amazing servant Billy Graham has been! I know he is looking forward to heaven. What a reward that is going to be for such a faithful servant!

  7. allison olivier says:

    When Dr. Billy Graham gives his last sermon, I hope that it will also be televised.Billy is agreat man of God,I believe I have listened to all of his televised this day I still support the”Billy Graham evangelistic assciation of Canada.I am a born again believer.Thanks to my Savior Jesus Christ.

  8. Dave says:

    A last message would be most memorable, and needed for our country and leaders. If Mr. Graham can’t give one last sermon, I
    can still recall in my mind those crusade words “TheBible says”
    echoing throughout his messages. But, you Greg and Franklin are faithful gifts today to the church as Evangelists, just like Billy.
    Thank you Lord for these men.

  9. sue says:

    Pastor Greg, I believe I received Jesus as my Savior at a Billy Graham Crusade in Portland,Or as a child, praying the Lord’s will be done as the Lord gives us the desires of our heart for Pastor Billy. Sat a friend of my husband who has struggled with forgiveness listen to a message Pastor Greg gave called my husband informed of he had heard the message Pastor Greg give and His life is changed he is a different person in Christ…. Praise the Lord the baggage of sin is gone!! The power of the Cross is timeless!!

  10. David says:

    Brother Greg, What a blessing to hear Billy desiring one more message…92, and still serving God. There is no retirement in this world or the next for a child of God. May we all take the message of humbly seeking God with a repentant heart; we will be healed spiritually.

  11. Mike Reed says:

    Pastor Greg, first I want to wish your family happy thanksgiven. I would love to be able to hear this last message. It would be great if our leaders would be able and willing to hear and respond to the message. May the Lord bless you this season.

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