Billy Graham will celebrate his 95th birthday with a nationally broadcast sermon. The special message, titled The Cross, could be the evangelist’s last message to the world. Graham will be joined by rapper LaCrae Moore and singer Lacey Sturm, who will provide original music along with their personal testimonies.
The 30-minute special will also include snippets from some of Graham’s most memorable sermons. The program will focus on the “timeless message of hope and salvation through Jesus Christ.” The well-respected evangelist said he will call his followers “to a repentance that leads to salvation.”
Billy Graham was born on November 7, 1918, in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 1939, he was ordained as a minister by the Southern Baptist Convention. His first appointment as pastor was in 1943, at the First Baptist Church in Western Springs, Illinois.
As reported by BillyGraham.org, he founded the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in 1950. He started his weekly radio program, Hour of Decision, the same year.
Throughout his career, the beloved evangelist published numerous articles and books about Christianity. His most recent novel, The Reason for My Hope: Salvation, was published in October. The book remains one Amazon’s top three Christian Faith books.
Although Graham formally retired in 2005, he continues to deliver his message through his writing. His highly anticipated sermon will likely touch on his conviction that Christians will soon experience “the end of the age.” Graham said signs of the end times are “converging now for the first time since Jesus made those predictions.”
As reported by WND, the evangelist is concerned as “we have been going down the wrong road for a long time.” Graham said people of the world have increased their pain and suffering by ignoring God’s word:
“… mankind is also adrift morally and spiritually, confused and fearful because he does not know where he is or where he is going… He also knows his own heart is driven by destructive passions and motives he cannot seem to control or change.”
The evangelist said people of the world must repent, “forsake sin,” and “obey God,” to stop the destructive cycle.
Billy Graham’s The Cross will be broadcast on several cable networks on November 7. The message will also be presented in an online broadcast. Graham said it may be his last sermon, but it is the most important.