But they come forward for a variety of reasons, you know. But they
want desperately a change in their lives. You've got to ask yourself
how do they comprehend to understand what it means to have salvation
by grace through faith, faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Humanly speaking,
it’s impossible. To come a sit through somebody's forty, forty-five
minute message. (I’m not talking a whole crusade, usually that's
an hour and a half.) But for people to comprehend, to grasp the totality
of commitment to whatever this man is saying, you know. So they come
forward for a variety of reasons. Roman Catholics...Roman Catholics
who are always looking for a new experience, whether it is a Novena
in the Roman Catholic church or whether it is the charismatic experience,
which has swept into Catholicism over the last ten years at least.
They come forward. And when you say.... [break in tape]
SHUSTER: This is a continuation of the interview with Rev. William Drury on June 21, 1996.
You were talking about the people who came forward at the Billy Graham crusade where you were counseling.
DRURY: They come forward from sincere experience but what I started to say before is except the Holy Spirit of God draw them and bring to their intellect, comprehension of the conversion experience - what does it mean to surrender all that you have, all that you ever will be, your eternal...total intellect, your personality. And Billy gets into that in his message. Mind, heart and spirit, you know. Some of them really know. Some of them have heard the gospel message. As you said a little while ago when we were changing tapes about this...this man who was brought forward [some words unclear]. And God works in a miraculous way to bring people to Jesus Christ. So they come forward for various reasons. I may have shared with you before how during the New York Crusade my brother got saved.
SHUSTER: [indicates "no"]
DRURY: I was running back and forth with the materials for the...the news sheet, the throwaway that they were giving out every night. And I went up there and went down.... I helped out as an advisor. I think that's what they called them, an advisor. When a counselor would counsel with somebody, they he would bring him to the advisor, his supervisor or whatever. And then that fellow would check out what the counselor did. So that part of follow-up was very thorough, to try and ascertain whether that individual made a real decision. And so I was down in the inquiry room in Madison Square Garden when these people started coming through. And lo and behold, there is my brother. [Shuster chuckles] Out of the millions of people in New York, thirteen million people, my brother, a barber from Long Island, found his way over to Madison Square Garden and, believe this or not, he had not heard the message. He saw these people going somewhere and he thought he'd follow them and maybe by some miracle he would find his brother, because he knew that I was running....
SHUSTER: Was this the same brother that worked at Moody?
DRURY: No, no. That's my brother John who went on to be a psychologist and dealt with me Moody when I was.... But Joe...Joe was a...a...had been raised Roman Catholic, but he had been exposed to the gospel at Winona Lake [Indiana] when my brother had worked at Winona Lake back when Winona Lake was an Evangelical [pauses]...
DRURY: ...conference ground. But he came forward. And I said, "Joseph, praise the Lord." He said, "What's that supposed to mean?" I said, "Well, you came forward tonight." "I...I did what?" [Shuster laughs] All these people were pairing off. He said, "What's going on in here?" I said, " These people have accepted the Lord and are being dealt with regarding their experience." Well, amazingly enough, he said, "What's going on?" and I explained it. I said, "Joseph, I realize you don't understand the jargon or the language, but God sent you into this room." "Oh yeah, I'm sure he did." And we talked and talked and he prayed to receive Christ in the inquiry room at a Billy Graham Crusade meeting, never having heard Billy Graham. An incredible story.