BILLY GRAHAM's 'JUDGMENT' LETTER Sparks COMMOTION
Famed evangelist Billy Graham´s letter calling America and its "deceived people" to repentance is one in a series of escalating warnings that the nation is in growing danger of God´s judgment, prominent faith leaders told Charisma News.
"This may be our last chance to call the nation to pray," says Anne Gimenez, national chairperson of America for Jesus - The Awakening, which expects hundreds of thousands of people to gather at Independence Mall in Philadelphia Sept 28-29 to pray and intercede for the United States...
In his letter, "My Heart Aches for America," the 93-year-old Graham wrote he recalled how his late wife, Ruth, once expressed concerns about the nation´s "terrible downward spiral" - exclaiming,
"If God doesn´t punish America, He´ll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah." Graham, who has preached to more people than any other Protestant in history - 2.2 billion - wrote that he wondered what Ruth would think of the country today where "self-centered indulgence, pride and a lack of shame over sin are now emblems of the American lifestyle."
"My hearts aches for America," wrote Graham... "The wonderful news is that our Lord is a God of mercy, and He responds to repentance. In Jonah´s Day, Nineveh was the lone world superpower - wealthy, unconcerned and self-centered. When the Prophet Jonah finally traveled to Nineveh and proclaimed God´s warning, people heard and repented. I believe the same thing can happen once again, this time in our nation."
Graham´s letter calling America to repentance comes as a growing number of highly respected Christian leaders have issued similar warnings in recent months, noting that the nation is in a downward spiral of economic decline, immorality, corruption, growing secular humanism and attacks on religious liberty.
Jack Hayford, the founding pastor of The Church on the Way in Van Nuys, Calif., said Graham´s letter comes as the nation is in a "very grim hour as we approach the election this year."
"What we need is something on the order of shock troops at this hour, and I can imagine that can be raised," Hayford says. "I don´t feel despairing. I do feel the urgency. We are at a point that desperate action is needed..."
Wrote Rick Scarborough, chairman of 40 Days to Save America... "Today, our nation faces multiple crises-pending economic collapse, moral disintegration and international terrorism-but all have spiritual underpinnings... The crises confronting us are beyond the power of human beings to resolve without divine guidance. Nothing short of a Third Great Awakening can save us."
For another Great Awakening to occur, Hayford says the church and believers must engage in "gut-level, spiritually-impassioned intercessory prayer" - something lacking in most churches today, few of which even hold prayer meetings anymore...
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