Billy Graham’s warning to America: The Church of England Newspaper, October 18, 2013 October 27, 2013Posted by geoconger in Church of England Newspaper.
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President Barack Obama’s slogan of “hope and change” was a cliché that ignored the unprecedented moral and economic decline for America, the Rev. Billy Graham declared. In an interview published 6 Oct 2013 the renowned evangelist also offered a scathing critique of the U.S. government’s domestic and foreign personal data collection programmes, calling them an attack on liberty.
“Americans have always fought for freedom. This is why America was founded — to worship the one true God openly with no fear of tyranny. Our early fathers led our nation according to Biblical principles. Hope and change has become a cliché in our nation and it is daunting to think that any American could hope for change from what God has blessed.”
America was “turning away from what has made it so great, but far greater than the government knowing our every move that could lead to losing our freedom to worship God publicly is to know that God knows our every thought,” he said.
The government was incapable of changing the human heart. “Hope is certain only through His Son Jesus Christ — not in the change agents of the world, and when the end of the world as we know it takes place at Christ’s return, no government can prevent it and no individual can escape it. Those who hope for it will welcome it; those who refuse to embrace its reality will never change its certainty,” he said.
In a discussion of his latest book, “The Reason for My Hope: Salvation,” Dr. Graham told Newsmax he also believed the signs of the times pointed to the imminent return of Jesus.
“While we are told not to speculate about dates, God keeps His promises and this is why we can be sure that the return of Christ is near,” Dr. Graham said.
“Scripture tells us that there will be signs pointing toward the return of the Lord. I believe all of these signs are evident today,” he said, adding “we cannot go on much longer in the sea of immorality without judgment coming. We are at a crossroads, and there are profound moral issues at stake. It is time to return to biblical truth. The warning is clear; prepare to meet thy God—followed by the voice of the gentle Shepherd—the Lord Jesus—saying, ‘Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest’ A new world is coming” the 94 year old evangelist said.
Since his first crusade in 1947 Billy Graham has preached to millions of people around the world. He told Newsmax that while he was no longer able to travel due to his physical infirmities, he hoped to record a television programme in November to encourage the “people of the world to turn to God.”