Is it Too Late for Revival in Australia? – Franklin Graham

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019
Franklin Graham

In 1959, Billy Graham launched a 4-month tour of evangelistic events around Australia reaching more than 3 million people.  At the time, this was nearly a third of Australia’s population.  In comparison, if that happened today it would mean over 8 million Australians being presented with the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.

In February Billy Graham’s eldest son, Franklin Graham will be embarking on a series of crusades in six capital cities (scroll down for dates and locations).

In the past few years we have seen the moral decline of Australia’s population steadily decline – from changing laws and views on abortion, euthanasia and same-sex marriage, is it too late for revival in Australia?  Or is the Gospel exactly what Australia needs to hear right now?

Ahead of the first crusade in Perth on the 9th of February, Franklin spoke with Neil Johnson on Vision Christian Radio’s 20Twenty program about his father and his own heart for our country.

Franklin shared that while he is the one presenting the Gospel, it’s not about what he says – it’s about the Holy Spirit working on the hearts of those hearing it.

“God uses His word to pierce the hearts of those who believe not what the Bible says, and we know that the Word of God is like a sword. It pierces, and God uses that to touch people’s hearts.  I deliver a very simple Gospel message and give an invitation for people to put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ.”

Neil asked Franklin about his expectations ahead of the upcoming crusades…

“I think it’s a fertile ground.  We’ve had a tremendous response and we’ve trained 10,000 Australian Christian counsellors from churches that have been through our Christian witness classes.  We have to have the Australian churches involved because when we leave the country, the people who put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ are going to be going into the Australian church.  We hope that in every city the church will be strengthened because of our visit and that there will be another generation of men and women who have put their trust in Christ.”

Australian culture has been getting more and more secular in it’s thinking, so there is a real urgency to share the Gospel before it’s too late…

“The Gospel has to be preached over and over again because you’ve got a new generation coming up every few years.  There is an urgency because I believe that time is short.  No question that the world has changed and not becoming a little bit more secular, but a lot more secular.   We see around the world that secularism and communism are not that much different. They’re both godless forms of government. In the West we are taking God out of our governments in many cases.  I’m not coming [to Australia] to be involved in politics, I’m just coming to preach the Gospel and the Gospel changes lives.”

Listen to the full interview below, including Franklin sharing about how he and his siblings didn’t even recognise their father Billy when he returned home from touring Australia.

Neil asked Franklin about his expectations ahead of the upcoming crusades…

“I think it’s a fertile ground.  We’ve had a tremendous response and we’ve trained 10,000 Australian Christian counsellors from churches that have been through our Christian witness classes.  We have to have the Australian churches involved because when we leave the country, the people who put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ are going to be going into the Australian church.  We hope that in every city the church will be strengthened because of our visit and that there will be another generation of men and women who have put their trust in Christ.”

Australian culture has been getting more and more secular in it’s thinking, so there is a real urgency to share the Gospel before it’s too late…

“The Gospel has to be preached over and over again because you’ve got a new generation coming up every few years.  There is an urgency because I believe that time is short.  No question that the world has changed and not becoming a little bit more secular, but a lot more secular.   We see around the world that secularism and communism are not that much different. They’re both godless forms of government. In the West we are taking God out of our governments in many cases.  I’m not coming [to Australia] to be involved in politics, I’m just coming to preach the Gospel and the Gospel changes lives.”

Listen to the full interview below, including Franklin sharing about how he and his siblings didn’t even recognise their father Billy when he returned home from touring Australia.

Graham Tour Information

All events are free of charge and there will be no ask for donations.  Bring your unsaved friends along to hear a personal message from Franklin Graham, plus live music with Crowder and the Planetshakers.

Perth
9 February
RAC Arena (Perth Arena)

Darwin
13 February
Darwin Convention Centre

Melbourne
16 February
Melbourne Arena (Hisense Arena)

Brisbane
18 February
Riverstage

Adelaide
20 February
Titanium Security Arena

Sydney
23 February
International Convention Centre Theatre

Sydney
24 February
International Convention Centre Theatre

Visit grahamtour.com.au for more information.

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