Tuesday, April 3, 2018

A Conversation About My Visit to an Atheist Convention

On my last blog post about my visit to the National Convention of the American Atheists, I received a lot of feedback. Quite a few atheists attacked me because my opinions differ from atheist positions, but regardless, I appreciate everyone who took the time to comment because my main purpose in going to the convention was to understand atheists better and every comment online has helped me in achieving that goal.

One result of my article was a telephone conversation with two skeptics, Joshua Richards and Rex Burks. They were both friendly and we had a productive conversation.

Joshua Richards used to be a youth pastor, but now he has become an atheist.

Rex Burks is an atheist who has studied Christianity by attending a different Sunday School every Sunday morning for the past two years.

Check out what two atheists and a Christian had to say to one another by clicking here: http://jrrtalking.com/podcast/evangelist-daniel-king-skeptic-rex-burks-on-visiting-the-2018-american-atheist-convention/

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Visiting the American Atheists National Convention


This weekend, I attended the National Convention of the American Atheists in Oklahoma City. The main reason I went was to listen to what atheists are saying and to try to understand their viewpoint.
  
Several years ago, I preached at a church in Missouri and a mother asked me to pray for her son who is an atheist. He was raised a Christian but after reading a book by Sam Harris, he stopped believing in God. She asked me to reach out to him in an attempt to talk him back into the Christian faith. I did and we had several conversations, but I was unsuccessful (so far) in bringing him back to Christ. This incident encouraged me to study apologetics (the ministry of defending Christian beliefs) and to start writing a book designed to rescue atheists from the pathway to hell.

The meeting took place in a conference room at the Sheridan Downtown Hotel in Oklahoma City. The last time I was in this room was a pastor’s meeting for the Reinhard Bonnke crusade that filled up the Cox Convention Center in OK City, August 20-21, 2016. I was privileged to serve as a councilor at that crusade and personally prayed with several people who wanted to become Christians. In total, several hundred people went down to the front during the altar call and got saved. The contrast between Bonnke’s meeting and the atheist’s meeting was striking.

The atmosphere at the hotel was like landing in a heathen nation for the first time. There was a discernable spiritual oppression at the conference. I am reminded of 2 Corinthians 4:4, “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ…” We are in a cosmic battle between good and evil and Satan is working overtime to deceive people.

Here are my thoughts after listening to atheists all weekend (in no particular order):

Atheists often claim they are not a religion, but after being with them for two days, I have to say that they look and act an awful lot like a church. They had preachers (speakers), an offering, and a class on how to convert other people to their way of thinking. Atheism is a belief system that has all the elements of any other religion: dogma, heresy, discrimination, bias, etc. Atheists don’t want an absence of religion in the public square, they want only their religion in the public square. They want to silence all of their competitors.

The atheist convention spent a lot of time patting themselves on the back for giving away 30,000 meals at a cost of $7,500. They did it because they are SO caring and generous. But their generosity is nothing compared to most churches. My small ministry gave away 270,000 meals in the past year so their generosity is not that impressive. They also sent six hundred bags of food to Puerto Rico, but that pales in comparison to what some churches sent down there after the hurricane. If atheists are going to compete with Christians in the area of giving, they are going to have to seriously step up their game.

The organizers were impressed with the fact that 850 people attended the conference. But I have attended a dozen church conferences in the past year that have more people than that. In some ways, I think the church has little to worry about from such a small, insignificant organization, but in other ways, I am very concerned because their goal is nothing short of transforming our entire nation from one with Christian foundations to a completely secular nation where the religious would be forced to keep their beliefs confined to the inside of their homes.

All the atheists I met at the conference were friendly. Most of the people I met seemed to be “good” people. I have a lot of respect for atheists because of their dedication to reason and evidence. But, as a Christian, I think they misinterpret the evidence about God’s existence.

The reason most people are atheists is because they want to have the freedom to sin. At the atheist conference I saw people promoting abortion, homosexuality, transgenderism, premarital sex, and polyamory. The most common theme at the conference was, “There is no god” but the second most common theme was, “I want to have sex unhindered by religious morality.”

Atheists pride themselves for being scientific, but they also celebrate Gavin Grimm, a girl who thinks she is a boy. It is an absolute, irrefutable scientific fact that a female with XX chromosomes cannot become a male with XY chromosomes, yet the great scientific minds at this atheist conference see no problem with allowing this girl with a beard to lie to herself and about herself.

The atheists also celebrate homosexuality which is weird because if evolution is true as atheists believe then the gene for homosexuality should disappear within a few generations.

American Atheists are mad about the recent school shootings, but their founder Madalyn Murray O'Hair is the one responsible for taking prayer out of schools. When an objective moral standard is removed from education and prayer to Almighty God is forbidden in the classroom, then lawless behavior is the inevitable result. Who is responsible for school shootings? I think the American Atheists are.

Things Atheists Cheer About:
            - De-conversion stories
            - Abortion
            - the LGBTQ community
            - Insulting religious believers
            - Stopping Climate Change

Things Atheists Boo:
            - God
            - Donald Trump
            - Betsy Devos
            - The Federalist Society
            - Christians who teach their children to believe Christianity
            - Abstinence education
            - Hobby Lobby

Most of the atheist crowd sounded like liberal Democrats. Many of them were gob smacked by Trump’s election and it seems they are still depressed over a year later.

I met lots of internet atheists at the conference like AronRa (@Aron_Ra) who has 29 million view on his channel. YouTube and Podcasts are the probably the two biggest tools atheists are using right now to convert people to atheism. It would be wise for the church to develop better videos so that they can compete effectively in this space.

Thoughts about the Speakers:
Mary Johnson (@_MaryJohnson) is a former nun who worked closely with Mother Teresa. She left the church because having sex and romantic relationships was more important to her than her vows to God. She had a potty mouth and said “What the F*@!” several dozen times, mostly just because, as a non-believer, she can. The most interesting thing she said was in response to a question about Mother Teresa’s devotion to God. She said, “Mother Teresa’s devotion was total, complete, and absolute. There was nothing insecure in her devotion to God. She was self-sacrificing and devoted, but not always wise.” She explained that Christopher Hitchens often got his interpretation of the facts about Mother Teresa wrong.


Anthony Magnabosco (@magnabosco) taught a class how to convert a Christian to atheism in 15 minutes. He calls his method Street Epistemology (@StEpistemologywhich is a conversational tool that helps people reflect on the reliability of the methods used to arrive at their deeply held beliefs. He recommends that instead of arguing and mocking Christians (what Richard Dawkins recommends) the atheist should engage in conversations with people. I found this interesting because in my witnessing classes, I tell believers they should engage in conversations with people instead of yelling at them through a bullhorn. Magnabosco recommends getting past “what” someone believes, and “why” they believe it, to the “how” do they know it. He advocates for asking epistemological questions about “How do you know what you know?” He uses the Socratic method to get to how people believe what they believe. He showed several videos that demonstrated the effectiveness of this solution. He says, “Don’t give any evidence. Instead ask people what evidence they would accept to change their belief.” He keeps asking questions until he gets the person to honestly answer the question, “Is faith your epistemology or is reason and evidence your epistemology?” If their belief system is based on faith, he might go on to ask, “Is faith a reliable way of proving something is true if anyone can use it to prove anything? If anyone can use faith to prove anything is true, why would anyone want to use that method?” For Christians interested in exploring Christian epistemology, I would recommend reading Cornelius Van Til who wrote extensively on the subject. 

The keynote speaker for the atheist convention was Hugh Laurie (@hughlaurie), who plays the part of Dr. Gregory House on the TV show, House. They explained that inviting a celebrity to be their keynote speaker is a deliberate strategy to showcase celebrities in order to enhance the attractiveness of their movement. That’s a perfect plan for the atheist religion because celebrity endorsements are a great way to attract people, just ask the Scientologists. Hugh Laurie said, “I boil with rage when I see an NFL player thanking God for when his team wins.” He calls Christians, “God botherers.” 

Jim Helton’s (@TSFJim) thirteen-year-old daughter gave a speech. She screamed through most of it. She is mad because Christians try to take away her right to get an abortion. The atheists at the conference believe that teaching children about hell is child abuse. But I think that teaching your daughter that it is OK to murder your granddaughter who is still in the womb is the worst kind of evil there is.

David Silverman (@MrAtheistPants) is a charismatic and abrasive non-believing Jew who is the current president of American Atheists. He has frequently appeared on news programs to defend atheism and as Stephen Colbert pointed out, he looks a lot like Satan.

Silverman gave a speech about his vision for atheists in America. He started by asserting that atheists are second-class citizens in America because they have fewer rights than believers and because there are few atheist politicians. Officially, American Atheists is a not-for-profit organization thus it is prohibited from endorsing or opposing any political candidate. But, Silverman blatantly ignored this rule when he shouted, “American Atheists is a 501c3 organization and we are not supposed to politic, but F**K Donald Trump.”


His goal is to turn the American Atheists into “a caring community that is pro-heart, pro-brain, and anti-a**hole.” In fact, his favorite word to refer to believers is the word “a**hole.” He says that “religion really is not anything more than personal opinion.”

Silverman declared, “Religion is a lie, a con, a scam. Believers may not like hearing it, but it is true. When we tell people they are wrong about religion, it is a good thing. We care and we show it by attacking religious a**holes. All religions are wrong. All gods are false. Astrology is bullshit. And for Christ’s sake, there is no such thing as ghosts. People who believe these things are victims of lies. It is clearly a good and ethical thing to help free these people from that which is clearly wrong. Religion deserves to die.  A**holes have bad intentions and I don’t care about them.”

Silverman finished his speech by telling everyone, “Enjoy the rest of this God-dammed convention.” To that, I say, “Yes, he’s right, it is a God-dammed convention.”





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Today is April Fool's Day, AKA National Atheist's Day so I recorded a video about six reasons why I believe God exists. Let me know what you think about it in the comments below. 


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Monday, March 12, 2018

Can I share some statistics with you?

In the world today, there are 7.6 billion people. Already this year, there have been 27 million births and 11 million deaths which equals a population growth of 16 million new people in the past three months. When I was born in 1979, there were about four billion people alive. Today, that number has almost doubled.

According to a recent study by The PewForum, there are:

* 2,173,180,000 Christians (31% of world population), of which 50% are Catholic, 37% Protestant, 12% Orthodox, and 1% other.

* 1,598,510,000 Muslims (23%), of which 87-90% are Sunnis, 10-13% Shia.

* 1,126,500,000 No Religion affiliation (16%): atheists, agnostics and people who do not identify with any particular religion

* 1,033,080,000 Hindus (15%), the overwhelming majority (94%) of which live in India.

* 487,540,000 Buddhists (7%), of which half live in China.

* 405,120,000 Folk Religionists (6%): faiths that are closely associated with a particular group of people, ethnicity or tribe.

* 58,110,000 Other Religions (1%): Baha’i faith, Taoism, Jainism, Shintoism, Sikhism, Tenrikyo, Wicca, Zoroastrianism and many others.

*13,850,000 Jews (0.2%), four-fifths of which live in two countries: United States (41%) and Israel (41%).

Of all the people who claim to be Christians, many are only nominal Christians and are not truly born again. In reality there are about one billion “born-again” believers in the world today. That gives us a ratio of about one believer for every six non-believers. If every believer alive today would reach six other people for Jesus, the entire world would be saved.

Imagine a dinner party attended by you and your six best friends. Based on world population, one of you gets to heaven and the other six are headed for hell. Visualizing the breakdown of the world’s population in this way gives me an added sense of urgency for sharing the Gospel.

Here are some more numbers:

* Every 24 hours, about 52,500 people die without hearing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
* On average, about 2 million unsaved people enter eternity every month.
* Every 1.5 seconds, someone dies who needs Jesus.

All of these numbers mean one thing to me as an evangelist. The harvest fields are ripe. There are millions of people around the world who are ready to give their hearts to Jesus if someone will go and preach the Gospel to them.

More people are alive today than ever before and I believe the greatest harvest of souls in history will happen in the next few years.

Romans 10:14-15 asks four important questions:

1. How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in?

2. How can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?

3. How can they hear without someone preaching to them? 

4. How can anyone preach unless they are sent? 

I am committed to leading the lost to Christ, but I cannot go unless I am sent. That is where you come in. It is through your generosity that I am able to go preach the Gospel. The harvest fields are ready and ripe. I know God wants you and me to be part of the greatest harvest of souls in world history. Thank you for helping to send me to the nations! 

To give a financial gift for soul winning, click HERE. 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Why I Don't Engage With Heresy Hunters

1. Heresy Hunters waste my time.
            I only have 1,440 minutes in my day. If I spend lots of time with a heresy hunter, I have no time left for what is truly important to me. I never want to spend more time with a critic then I do with a friend.
            The day after my wife gave birth to my son Caleb, a heresy hunter wrote me an e-mail criticizing one of my sermons. His comments deeply disturbed me. I spent hours formulating my response. I carefully addressed each of his points. When I finished, I had written him a ten-page letter. I thought I could change his mind using Scripture and logic but his reply to me was nothing but more arguments.
            I realized it was foolish to spend time writing to him. Why was I wasting time arguing with a ignoramus instead of being with my wife and new-born son? When was the last time I wrote a ten-page letter to my mother? I have hundreds of people who love me and support me and it would be far better to write each of them a letter encouraging them in the Lord. 
            As a farmer said, “If you wrestle with a pig, you both get muddy.” Arguing theology with a blood sucking “hairy-tic-hunter” distracts me from helping someone who genuinely needs ministry.  
                       
2. Heresy Hunters deny the clear interpretation of Scripture.
            Four times the Bible says “the just shall live by faith” (Hab 2:4, Rom 1:17, Gal 3:11, Heb 10:38) so how can a heresy hunter preach against faith? The Bible says, “By his stripes, we are healed” (1 Peter 2:24), so why does a heresy hunter deny that God heals? The Bible says God gives us the power to get wealth (Deuteronomy 8:17) so why does the heresy hunter preach against prosperity? The Bible says that God blessed Abraham (Gen. 12:2), so why does the heresy hunter preach against God’s blessings? The Bible says life and death are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21) so why does the heresy hunter preach against positive confession? It is because, despite their obsession with being like the Bereans, they ignore much of the teaching of Scripture.
             
3. Heresy Hunters believe in a different God then I do.
            I believe in faith. I believe in healing. I believe that God is a good God. Heresy Hunters often exalt the Sovereignty of God to such an extent that they make God responsible for the evil that occurs on the earth. Often they teach that God puts sickness on people in order to teach them a lesson. Or they teach that when a hurricane hits the United States, it is an expression of God’s judgment.

4. Heresy Hunters misrepresent the teachings of my friends and mentors.
            Kenneth Copeland has given over thirty million dollars to Reinhard Bonkee to help him evangelize Africa. When was the last time a heresy hunter gave $30 million to world evangelism? First, go do something for God and then you might have the right to start correcting people.
            I have heard Kenneth Copeland preach for many years. Not once have I heard him talk about us being “little gods” or about the “spiritual death of Christ.” I have heard him talk a lot about faith and love. It is unfair for heresy hunters to focus on a speculative sermon he preached back in the 80’s and to label him a heretic for the rest of his life. As one theologian said, “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, freedom; in all things, charity.”

5. Heresy Hunters only want to confront, they do not want to learn.
            If you want to argue about prosperity then buy the book I wrote about “The Power of the Seed.” In it I examine over three hundred scriptures that talk about how God wants his children to be blessed. Perhaps I misquoted or took a few of those scriptures out of context, but there is no way I missed the meaning of over 300 verses. After you have refuted every point I make in my book, then we can talk about whether I am wrong about prosperity. But, until you have taken the time to read my writings, there is no point in us dialoguing.
           
6. Heresy Hunters have rarely accomplished much for God. 
            Do you know why dogs bark at a passing train? They want to go where the train is going but they cannot because they are tied up.
            Much criticism is rooted in jealously. Many people criticize because they can’t do. A keyboard and a blog does not qualify you to be a spiritual leader. Do something significant for the kingdom of God and you will earn the right to bring correction.
            A critic is someone who never goes to battle, but appears afterwards to shoot the wounded on his own team. Criticizing other ministries is not a ministry.

7. Heresy Hunters do not walk in love.
            1 John 4:8 says, “He who does not love does not know God for God is love.” When I am called a “heretic”, a “blab-it-and-grab-it, name-it-and-claim-it leach on the body of Christ”, I don’t feel much love. Stop calling me brother to my face and heretic behind my back or on your blog.

8. Heresy Hunters act like Pharisees.
            During the time of Jesus, who was the most spiritual? Who fasted and prayed more than everyone else? Who was fanatical about giving a tithe to the Temple? Who knew the Scriptures? It was the Pharisees. What did Jesus say about the Pharisees? He called them “white-washed tombs.” He said they were clean on the outside but dirty on the inside. Knowing Scripture does not make you a good Christian.
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Life of Evangelist Billy Graham

Today, Billy Graham went to heaven. I never had the opportunity to meet Billy Graham in person, but like millions of others, I heard him preach at a crusade. 


In 2002, right after I graduated, Billy Graham did a four-day crusade in Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas right in-between Dallas and Fort Worth. At the time, BGEA was saying it would be Graham’s last crusade (it wasn’t, but for his last ten crusades they announced each might be his last). 

I drove from Tulsa, Oklahoma down to Texas for the Saturday night service which attracted a total of 82,000 people with 12,000 of them forced to watch on a big screen television in an overflow area in the parking lot. I managed to arrive early enough to get a seat in the stadium. 

Graham’s hair was white and his face was wrinkled with age, but he preached the Gospel with passion and conviction. After he gave the altar call, he sat down on a stool as thousands of people walked down to the football field to record their decisions for Christ. I was already saved and knew that I was called to be an evangelist, but I repeated the salvation prayer after Graham just to make sure. I walked down to the front and spoke to a councilor and kept a copy of the booklet he gave me. 

As an evangelist, I have been studying the lives of great evangelists. A couple of years ago, I visited the Billy Graham museum in Wheaton, Illinois. Here are some of the highlights from Billy Graham's life. 


The Life of Evangelist Billy Graham

Billy Graham (1918-2018) is widely acknowledged as the greatest evangelist of the twentieth century. He has preached the Gospel to an estimated 215 million people face-to-face in over 185 countries on every continent plus millions more through television, radio, and the printed page. The Gallop organization has rated him as “One of the Ten Most Admired Men in the World” fifty-one times.

Graham was born to William Franklin Graham, Sr. and Morrow on November 7, 1918 on his father’s dairy farm in North Carolina. He is the oldest of four children. He grew up doing chores on the farm and waking up at 3:00 A.M. to milk the cows.

In September 1934, Graham was sixteen years old. He was invited by a friend to attend a revival meeting being conducted under a tent by an evangelist named Mordecai Ham. Graham felt like the preacher was speaking straight at him. He attended for several nights and finally, he responded to the altar call to the sound of a choir singing “Just as I am, without one plea.” On the night he was saved, he was the only person to go forward for salvation. But because Graham was saved millions of others have heard the Gospel. Brother Mordecai Ham's reward in heaven is great!

Graham attended Bob Jones College in Tennessee, but he did not like their rigid religious teachings so he soon transferred to Florida Bible Institute. On Sunday evening, the dean of the school arranged for Graham to preach at a local church. Graham had prepared four different sermons and he figured he would pick one of them to preach. But, he ended up preaching all four of them, and then looked at the clock and only eight minutes had passed. While in Florida, he went out preaching on the streets of Sulphur Springs. He joined a Southern Baptist church and they ordained him in 1939. Soon, at the age of nineteen, he was being invited to preach at local revivals. 

After finishing his bachelor’s degree in theology in 1940, Graham moved to Illinois to attend Wheaton College to study anthropology. At Wheaton, he met Ruth McCue Bell who was a daughter of a missionary family to China. They got married on August 13, 1943 and they had five children.

Graham pastored for a short while in 1943 in Western Springs, Illinois for a salary of $45 a week. But, in 1944 he resigned from the church in order to become a traveling evangelist with Youth for Christ. In his first year with that organization, he traveled over 200,000 miles and spoke in 47 states.

In 1946, the Youth for Christ team ministered in Great Britain after the close of World War II. Graham’s enthusiastic and earnest preaching captured the attention of the young people of his day. There is a famous picture of him standing next to a large podium that says, “Youth for Christ” in large letters, and he has his finger pointed out, he is bending over with one knee almost on the ground. He has an intense look on his face, and it looks like he is pleading with people to come forward to be saved. 

In 1947, Graham became president of Northwestern Schools in Minnesota and he was with them until 1952 when he resigned in order to focus exclusively on preaching the Gospel.

Billy Graham formed a team which in the early days was composed of George Beverly Shay the soloist, Cliff Burrows the music director, Grady Wilson an associate Evangelist and Ted Smith, the pianist.  During an evangelistic campaign in Modesto, California in 1948, Billy Graham called his team together to pray and discuss criticism directed at the Evangelists.  From this discussion came a set of principles to guide their future ministry. These principles included absolute financial and moral integrity; cooperation with all the churches whenever possible; avoidance of emotionalism, sensationalism, and negative preaching; and systematic follow-up of new believers. 

Evangelist Chuck Templeton was an early friend of Billy Graham's. Templeton was handsome, talented, charismatic, and many people (including Graham) said he was a better preacher than Graham. But Templeton went to Princeton and studied liberal theology and Biblical criticism and eventually became an agnostic and resigned from the ministry. Templeton decided the Bible could not be trusted, but Graham based his ministry on his faith in God's Word. Templeton became a politician in Canada and Graham went on to lead millions to Christ. It is not the talented who do well in God's kingdom, but the faithful.

Billy Graham found himself deeply bothered by Templeton’s skepticism about the Bible. He started to question the Bible’s trustworthiness and he knew that doubt would destroy his effectiveness. He says:  “I began to study the subject intensely.  I also thought of Christ’s own attitude to toward the scriptures, and how he never once intimated they might be false.  Then one night I got my Bible and I went out in the moonlight and put it on a stump and knelt down.  I said, ‘Oh God, I cannot prove everything.  I cannot answer all the questions, but by faith I accept this book as the word of God.’ From that moment on, I have never doubted God’s word.  When I quote the Bible I believe I am quoting the very word of God and there is an extra power in it.  One month later we began the Los Angeles crusade.”

Before 1949, Graham had already conducted several citywide evangelistic campaigns but he was still relatively unknown. Then Graham was invited to conduct a revival in Los Angeles. The meetings became front-page news all over America and Graham became well-known almost overnight. The meetings caught the attention of newspaper magnet William Randolph Hurst who reportedly told his newspapers to “Puff Graham.” Other national newspapers followed suit and within a few weeks, Graham was known across America.

 In 1950, Graham started the Hour of Decision weekly radio program. The program often aired live coverage of Graham’s crusades. Five years later, the program would be carried by 850 stations and would generate thousands of letters with testimonies of changed lives. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association was incorporated in order to provide a legal covering for the start of the radio program. Soon, an evangelistic film was being produced and in 1951, a television program was launched.

In 1954, Billy Graham went to London for a crusade. At first, Graham faced great opposition by the press, but he soon won them over. Every night for three months, London’s Harringay Arena was packed to overflowing. The final meeting of the crusade was held in Wembley Stadium and a record breaking 122,000 people attended. Time Magazine wrote, “By almost any standard of measurement, Billy Graham's month-long London crusade ended as still another record-smashing triumph for the tireless evangelist. In all, Billy preached to 955,368 people, more than in any previous 30-day period in his life, and inspired 42,487 to come for ward to make their "decision for Christ." Despite early rumors that the crusade, which cost $840,000 to mount, might become his first major campaign to lose money, it had an estimated $42,000 surplus. Last week, when Billy sailed home to rest up for his next crusade (in Berlin, starting Oct. 16), he left be hind him an army of 22,000 Christian laymen who had helped with the crusade and are now ready to continue their work for evangelism in local churches. Still another permanent result of the crusade was the formation in London of 6,000 new Bible-study groups, which Billy calls "bridges between the church and God."1If Los Angeles launched Billy Graham to national prominence in America, the London crusade brought him to world-wide attention. 

In 1955, Graham conducted an All-Scotland crusade. In 1956, he visited the Far East and conducted crusades in India. In 1957, Graham filled Madison Square Garden in New York City for four months straight. In 1959, he did crusades in Australia and New Zealand.

Over the course of his ministry, Billy Graham preached the good news of Christ in over 185 countries in all six continents through crusade evangelism.  His largest crusade was in Seoul, South Korea in 1973, with 1.1 million people.  In Hong Kong in 1990, 103,000 people gathered together in three adjoining stadiums.  His largest meeting in North America was in Central Park New York City 1991 with a gathering of 250,000.  In Los Angeles in 1963, 134,000 attended his crusade which was an attendance record for the Los Angeles Coliseum, with an additional 20,000 people outside.

Graham was featured in Time Magazine, US News and World Report, Life Magazine, Newsweek, People, The Saturday Evening Post and many other magazines. He had a personal relationship with many of America’s presidents and George W. Bush gives him credit for leading him to the Lord. He met many world leaders and celebrities. Graham says, "We sometimes forget that the loneliest people in the world are those who are constantly in the public eye.  They have spiritual needs just like everyone else.  Also I found many world leaders who sense that our problems today are so complex that they defy solution.  They know the only answer is God.”

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is now led by Franklin Graham who said, “The opportunity for evangelism is greater than it has ever been.  More people who need to meet Jesus Christ are alive today than any other time in history.  Every soul is precious in the sight of God.” Will Graham, the grandson of Billy Graham, is now conducting evangelistic campaigns in America and around the world.


About Daniel King

Daniel King (www.kingministries.com) is a missionary evangelist who has preached the Gospel in over sixty nations. He has led over two million people to Jesus in face-to-face meetings. Daniel and his wife Jessica live in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His newest book is, “How To Grow Your Church: 300 Innovative Ways to Reach Your Community for Jesus.”