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Transcribed version of advance excerpts of Graham's sermon.
ADVANCE EXCERPTS ONLY
FROM
BILLY GRAHAM SERMON
YANKEE STADIUM - 7:00 p.m. (July 20)

FOR 7:00 RELEASE - P.M. - July 20

MY TRAVELS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD LEAD ME TO BELIEVE THAT AMERICA HAS THE GREATEST RESPONSIBILITY, OBLIGATION AND OPPORTUNITY IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD. WHETHER WE AMERICANS REALIZE IT OR NOT, THE WORLD IS LOOKING AT HOW WE LIVE. WE ARE LIVING IN A FISH BOWL AND THE WORLD IS LOOKING IN TO SEE HOW WE LIVE. THEY STUDY OUR METHOD OF LIVING AND ESPECIALLY DO THEY ANALYZE OUR MORAL STRENGTH*

ALL OVER THE WORLD PEOPLE ARE QUESTIONING AMERICA’S MORAL ABILITY TO LEAD THE FREE WORLD.

AS WE LOOK AT AMERICA PLACE IN THE WORLD, MANY OF US FEAR THAT WE ARE IN GRAVE DANGER OF FUMBLING OUR OPPORTUNITY, UNLESS WE HAVE A REVIVAL CF FAITH IN GOD THAT WILL PUT A NEW MORAL FIBRE INTO OUR SOCIETY, WE WILL CERTAINLY FAIL,

THE ROOTS OF AMERICA ARE CHRISTIAN. THE MAYFLOWER II HAS RECENTLY COME TO OUR SHORES REMINDING US AGAIN OF THE MAYFLOWER CONTRACT MADE BY THE EARLY SETTLERS WHO ACKNOWLEDGE GOD AND CHRIST AS MASTER AND LORD,

FAITH TN GOD IS WOVEN INTO THE WARP AND WOOF OF OUR NATION, ON OUR COINS ARE THE WORDS “IN GOD WE TRUST.” IN EVERY COURTROOM IN AMERICA THERE IS A BIBLE. IN OUR PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG WE SAY , “ONE NATION UNDER GOD." THE CHRISTIAN FLAG IS THE ONLY FLAG FLOWN ABOVE THE STARS AND STRIPES.

THERE HAVE BEEN FOUR PERIODS IN AMERICAN HISTORY WHEN WE WERE IN DANGER OF DESTRUCTION AS A NATION.

THE FIRST WAS DURING THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR WHEN WASHINGTON HAD HIS HUNGARY., TATTERED ARMY AT VALLEY FORGE,, MANY TIMES DURING THAT COLD WINTER WASHINGTON WAS FOUND ON HIS KNEES IN PRAYER, OUT OF THAT PRAYER HE ASTOUNDED THE WORLD BY HIS VICTORIES THAT LED TO THROWING OFF THE YO-XE OF COLONIALISM,,

THE SECOND GREAT CRISIS THAT THREATENED TEE NATION WAS THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION WHEN A DEADLOCK WAS REACHED IN PHILADELPHIA, THE DELEGATES WERE PICKING UP THEIR HATS AND COATS TO GO BACK AND MAKE THEIR SEPARATE NATIONS WHEN BENJAMIN FRANKLIN CALLED THE CONVENTION TO PRAYER FOR DIVINE, GUIDANCE, OUT OF THAT PRAYER MEETING CAME THE IMMORTAL DOCUMENT - THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES,

THE THIRD GREAT AMERICAN CRISIS WAS DURING THE CIVIL WAR WHEN BROTHERS WERE FIGHTING AGA115T BROTHERS. IT SEEMED THAT THIS LITTLE NATION COULD NOT SURVIVE THE TERRIBLE BLOOD LETTING BUT THEM WERE MEN OF GOD ON BOTH SIDES IN POSITIONS OF AUTHORITY WHO WERE CALLING ON GOD. LINCOLN CALLED THE NATION TO PRAYER SEVERAL TIMES. ON ONE OCCASION HE SAID, “I AM NOT CONCERNED ABOUT GOD BEING ON OUR SIDE. I AN CONCERNED AS TO WHETHER WE ARE ON GOD’S SIDE.” THE DAY THAT GENERAL LEE SURRENDERED PRESIDENT LINCOLN CALLED THE CABINET TO PRAYER. THE ENTIRE CABINET DROPPED TO ITS KNEES AND OFFERED THANKS TO ALMIGHTY GOD, IN THE SOUTH THERE WERE MEN OF GOD WHO WERE PRAYING. BEFORE THE SURRENDER GENERAL LEE SAID “I AM NOT PRAYING FOR VICTORY, I’M PRAYING THAT GOD’S WILL BE DONE.”

THE FOURTH GREAT CRISIS THAT THREATENS AMERICA WAS NOT WORLD WAR I OR WORLD WAR II. WE WERE NEVER IN DANGER OF INVASION OR DESTRUCTION. AMERICA IS FACING ITS GRAVEST CRISIS IN HISTORY . WE ARE NOW IN DANGER OF ANNIHILATION FROM SEVERAL FORCES. WE ARE THREATENED BY FOES FROM WITHOUT AND FROM WITHIN. COMMUNISM WITH ITS RAPIDLY,' EXPANDING EMPIRE, ITS PROGRAM OF INTRIGUE, AND ITS PLEDGE TO EXTERMINATE OUR WAY OF LIFE IS THREATENING US FROM WITHOUT.

MORAL DETERIORATION THREATENS FROM WITHIN, DIVORCE, CRIME, JUVENILE DELINQUENCY, THE BREAKDOWN OF HONESTY AND INTEGRITY. FOUR MILLION CHRONIC ALCOHOLICS AND A THOUSAND AND ONE PSYCHOLOGICAL DISEASES PLAQUE THE NATION,

RACIAL TENSIONS SEEM TO BE MOUNTING IN SOME SECTIONS OF THE COUNTRY.

THE SHADOW OF THE HYDROGEN BOMB ARE HAUNTING THE NATION. WITHIN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS A PUSH BUTTON WAR COULD DESTROY ENTIRE NATIONS,

MANY AMERICANS ARE BEGINNING TO ASK THEMSELVES, “WHAT IS THE ANSWER? CAN AMERICA BE SAVED? ITS THERE HOPE? AT THIS MOMENT I AM NOT PESSIMISTIC; I AM OPTIMISTIC. I BELIEVE THERE IS A GLORIOUS HOPE, THERE IS ONLY ONE SOLUTION FOR OUR COLLECTIVE PROBLEMS THAT CAN GUARANTEE THE SURVIVAL OF AMERICA AND ITS CONTINUED PROSPERITY,

DURING THIS PAST TEN WEEKS I HAVE BEEN QUOTING THE BIBLE NIGHT AFTER NIGHT AT 19DISON SQUARE GARDEN,, TONIGHT AGAIN THE BIBLE SPEAKS, THE TEXTS OF THE CONSTITUTION AND BILL OF RIGHTS WAS BORN IN BIBLE TRUTH, CHRIST IS THE ONLY ANSWER TO OUR PROBLEMS AND DILEMMA,

FIRST, INTERNATIONALLY. THE PRINCIPLES OF CHRIST FORM THE ONLY IDEOLOGY HOT ENOUGH TO STOP COMMUNISM. WHEN COMMUNISM CONQUERS A NATION IT MAKES EVERY MN A SLAVE. CHRISTIANITY CONQUERS A NATION AND MAKES EVERY MAN A KING, MARXISM HAD FIRE. FASCISM HAD FIRE, COMMUNISM HAS FIRE. THE ONLY WAY TO STOP FIRE IS WITH FIRE, LET US PRAY THAT IN THIS CRUSADE A FIRE NIGHT BE IGNITED THAT WILL SWEEP THE NATION...THAT MAY BECOME A BACKFIRE AGAINST THE ISMS OF HELL,

2. NATIONALLY -- THE PRECEPTS OF CHRIST FORM TEE ONLY COHESIVE FORCE STRONG ENOUGH TO HOLD ALL OF AMERICA’S GROUPS TOGETHER., LABOR AND MANAGEMENT CAN RULE AT THE SAME CROSS, MINORITY GROUPS ARE ALWAYS BLESSED WHEN CHRIST IS PROCLAIMED. LET US UNITE OUR PEOPLE NOT DIVIDE THEM IN THIS STRATEGIC HOUR.

3. LOCALLY HERE IN NEW YORK, THIS GREAT METROPOLITAN CITY NEEDS MORE THAN SOPHISTICATION.9 ENTERTAINMENT AND BUSINESS ABILITY, IT NEEDS HEART AND SOUL. MANY OF NEW YORK’S LEADERS HAVE EXPRESSED TO NE THE FEAR THAT NEW YORK MAY LOSE ITS SOUL, NEW YORK IS THE MOST STRATEGIC CITY IN AMERICA, IT 3B AN AMAZING GIANT OF COMPLEXITIES BLT IT NEEDS A HEART, CHRIST CAN GIVE IT THAT HEART,

4. INDIVIDUALLY THE REAL YOU--DEEP INSIDE--DEMANDS A PERSONAL PEACE THRU CHRIST. IN THESE HOURS OF TENSION AND COMPLICATIONS IN LIVING., FILLED WITH A THOUSAND AND ONE PSYCHOLOGICAL COMPLEXES, CHRIST CAN GIVE YOU PEACE., JOY AND ABOVE ALL HOPE.

WE ALL BELIEVE- IN OUR NATION’S ENTERPRISE SYSTEM BUT IT NEEDS A FOUNDATION OF PURE DEMOCRACY AND UNDER DEMOCRACY PURE, AMERICANISM FOUNDED IN THE BILL OF RIGHTS$ AND UNDER AMERICANISM A FOUNDATION OF CHRISTIANITY... AND THE FOUNDATION OF THAT FAITH IS A PERSON-. JESUS CHRIST,, SO CHRIST IS AT THE HEART OF OUR NATION AND OUR NEED.

WE ARE GRATEFUL AT THIS MOMENT THAT THERE ARE MANY INDICATIONS OF A RETURN TO GOD AND A RESURGENCE OF FAITH IN CHRIST IN AMERICA, THE NEW YORK CRUSADE HAS BECOME ONE OF THE FOCAL POINTS OF RELIGIOUS RESURGENCE. THE CRUSADE HERE IS GATHERING MOMENTUM,, THESE ELEMENTS CAN ONLY BE EXPLAINED BY TAKING GOD INTO ACCOUNT,

NEVER HAS ONE PLACE MEN PRAYED FOR SO MUCH AS NEW YORK, MILLIONS OF CHRISTIANS OF ALL RACES AND LANGUAGES ACROSS THE WORLD HAVE PRAYED EARNESTLY AND REGULARLY FOR THIS CRUSADE, MUCH OF THE DOUBT AND SECULARISM IS IN THE PROCESS OF BEING BROKEN, THE RIVER OF DIVINE BLESSING IS NOW FLOWING IN FULL ORB. HUNDREDS ARE BEING SWEPT INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD DAILY,

ALL NIGHT PRAYER MEETINGS ARE NOW BREAKING OUT IN MANY SECTIONS OF THE NEW YORK-NEW JERSEY AREA. BECAUSE OF RADIO AND TELEVISION AND THE PRESS WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO REACH MORE PEOPLE WITH THE GOSPEL THAN AT ANY TIME IN HISTORY,

THE PRESS HAS WONDERFUL COOPERATED TO A DEGREE BEYOND OUR EXPECTATION. THE LUCE CLIPPING SERVICE REPORTS THAT SIXTY PERCENT OF ALL AMERICAN PAPERS HAVE CARRIED AT LEAST ONE STORY PER DAY ABOUT THE NEW YORK CRUSADE,

THE BIBLE SAYS THAT “FAITH COMETH BY HEARING”AND MILLIONS HAVE HEARD THROUGH THE GENEROSITY OF THE PRESS, RADIO AM TELEVISION. THIS HAS QUICKENED SPIRITUAL INTEREST THROUGHOUT THE NATION. WE ARE NOW RECEIVING OVER TEN THOUSAND LETTERS A DAY INDICATING THE TREMENDOUS SPIRITUAL RESOURCES THAT HAVE BEEN TAPPED BY THIS CRUSADE. MANY MINISTERS ARE REPORTING THAT THEIR SUNDAY SERVICES RESEMBLE EASTER SERVICE IN ATTENDANCE AND SPIRIT. FOR ALL THIS WE REJOICE AND GIVE THE GLORY AND CREDIT TO GOD. THIS IS NOT MY DOING. DON’T GIVE ANY CREDIT TO BILLY GRAHAM, I CAN TAKE NO CREDIT. IT IS GOD’S DOING IN ANSWER TO THE PRAYERS OF MILLIONS.

AFTER MUCH PRAYER AND HEART SEARCHING WE HAVE BEEN DIRECTED, WE BELIEVE, BY GOD TO EXTEND THE CRUSADE FOR THREE MORE WEEKS, THERE ARE INDICATIONS THAT WE ARE ON THE VERGE OF A GENERAL SPIRITUAL AWAKENING,

THERE ARE THREE THINGS THAT WE MUST DO IF WE ARE TO EXPERIENCE A RELIGIOUS REVIVAL IN AMERICA.

FIRST, WE MUST REPENT OF OUR SINS. THE BIBLE SAYS, “LET THE WICKED FORSAKE HIS WAY AND THE UNRIGHTEOUS MAN HIS THOUGHTS, FOR OUR GOD CAN ABUNDANTLY PARDON." REPENTANCE INDICATES A TURNING AWAY FROM THAT WHICH DISPLEASES GOD.

SECONDLY, THERE MUST BE HUMILITY, AS A NATION WE ARE PROUD, HAUGHTY AND SELFISH. WE MUST HUMBLE OURSELVES AND TURN TO GOD. HE HAS SAID, “IF MY PEOPLE WILL HUMBLE THEMSELVES THEN WILL I FORGIVE THEIR SIN AND HEAL THEIR LAND.”

THIRD, WE MUST PRAY, WE MUST REPAIR THE BROKEN COMMUNICATION LINES TO HEAVEN. WE MUST MAKE CONTACT WITH GOD. ONLY THOSE WHO HAVE REPENTED OF THEIR SINS AND HUMBLED THEMSELVES AND TRUSTED IN THE MERITS OF CHRIST ARE QUALIFIED TO PRAY. THE GREATEST CONTRIBUTION THAT YOU CAN MAKE TO AMERICA AT THIS HOUR IS TO GIVE YOUR LIFE TO CHRIST AND MEET GOD’S CONDITIONS FOR SPIRITUAL AWAKENING,

GOD HAS PROMISED TO BLESS AMERICA ON ONE CONDITION. THE BIBLE SAYS, "BLESSED IS THE NATION WHOSE GOD IS THE LORD.” WHEN WE TURN FROM OUR IDOLS, TURN FROM OUR SECRET SIN, TURN FROM OUR SELFISH WAYS AND MAKE THE LORD OUR GOD, THEN WE CAN EXPECT GOD’S HELP IN THIS HOUR OF NEED.

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STATISTICS TO DATE

TOTAL ATTENDANCE THROUGH FRIDAY, JULY 19 (60 MEETINGS).....1,110,600
TOTAL ATTENDANCE AT EXTRA MEETINGS: Brooklyn, Harlem, Central Park and Wall Street..... 102,000

TOTAL RECORDED DECISIONS FOR CHRIST thru July 19.....35,228

LARGEST PREVIOUS MEETING IN CRUSADES.....120,000
Wembley Stadium, London
May 22, 1954

LARGEST PREVIOUS MEETING IN THE UNITED STATES
Cotton Bowl, Dallas, TX. - June 28, 2953.....75,000

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