As you read have you experienced a thought leaping off the page captivating your attention? Often the captivation lasts for several days. Such happened to me a few weeks ago, and it was set ablaze again when I read a pastor state:
“If Billy Graham were to start his ministry in today’s climate, he would fail.” Over the years since the time I received Christ, I have watched film, video, and TV as well as reading numerous books and articles about Dr. Graham. Therefore, I heartily disagree with my pastor friend. (After this article he may remove himself to the position of a former friend)!
Billy, as did many men of his era, accepted the fact that sinners in any generation are the same. They dress a little different, talk differently, but the same spiritually empty hearts beat in their chests. Here’s one of Billy and servants like him, secrets from the American futurist, Alvin Toffler:
"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn."
The message “Jesus Saves” remains static. The method of communicating the message changes over time. I know, I know, this is different than your way. But how many servants today trust Gregorian Chants to help fill the empty seats in their worship center? Neither did Billy, but the moment he spoke, you knew the Lord was in the building. Moving indoors to air-conditioned auditoriums, as well as sports stadiums that provided adequate restroom facilities was a wise move from stifling hot tents, no matter how large. He preached Jesus Christ as Savior!
The truth of Toffler’s statement is visible in all walks of life. As a pilot, I flew Beechcraft Bonanza’s, Barons and few King Airs. For years the King Air was considered the King of Turboprops. Beechcraft spent one Billion dollars in a futile attempt to develop and produce a modern version called the Starship. On paper, it was the best turboprop ever! Ha. In the air, due to unforeseen realities, it was a dog. Beech had to unlearn from that lesson. If you can’t learn from a billion-dollar boondoggle, there’s not much hope for you!
Tragically many are changing the message from “Jesus Saves.”
Jude 1:3 “Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” (NKJV).
Copyright © 2018 Larry Lilly
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