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Transcribed content of 4-page press release, (Excerpts From Sermon By Dr. Billy Graham).
For Release: 7: 00 P.M. SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 - FINAL RALLY - TIMES SQUARE 42nd & Broadway

(EXCERPTS FROM SERMON BY DR. BILLY GRAHAM)

INTRODUCTION: TIMES SQUARE HAS BEEN CALLED "THE CROSSROADS OF AMERICA". THIS IS THE SPOT THAT THOUSANDS OF TOURISTS THINK OF AS NEW YORK. MANY FOREIGN VISITORS JUDGE AMERICA BY TIMES SQUARE. SCORES OF NATIONALITIES JOSTLE EACH OTHER, SPEAKING MANY LANGUAGES. SOME STARE IN WONDERMENT AT THE BLAZE OF LIGHTS; OTHERS HURRY ALONG THE STREETS TO THE THEATRES AND PLACES OF AMUSEMENT.

HERE IN TIMES SQUARE IS THE DOPE ADDICT, THE ALCOHOLIC, THE HARLOT... ALONG WITH THE FINEST CITIZENS OF THE WORLD. IT IS PRIMARILY A PLACE OF AMUSEMENT, MONEY MAKING, DRINKING, EATING AND MAKING MERRY.

TONIGHT FOR A FEW MOMENTS IT IS BEING TURNED INTO A GREAT CATHEDRAL AS A SYMBOL OF SPIRITUAL REVIVAL THAT IS NOW IN PROGRESS IN AMERICA. LET US TELL THE WHOLE WORLD TONIGHT THAT WE AMERICANS BELIEVE IN GOD.

LET US TELL THE WORLD TONIGHT THAT OUR TRUST IS NOT IN OUR STOCK PILE OF ATOMIC AND HYDROGEN BOMBS BUT IN ALMIGHTY GOD. LET US TELL THE WORLD TONIGHT THAT WE DESPERATELY WANT PEACE BUT NOT PEACE AT ANY PRICE.

LET US TELL THE WORLD TONIGHT THAT WE ARE MORALLY AND SPIRITUALLY STRONG AS WELL AS MILITARILY AND ECONOMICALLY.

LET US FRANKLY ADMIT OUR MORAL AND SOCIAL SINS AND HUMBLY BOW IN REPENTANCE BEFORE GOD.

MUCH OF THE WORLD DOUBTS THAT WE HAVE THE MORAL AND SPIRITUAL QUALITIES OF INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP. LET THIS MEETING BE A SYMBOL OF OUR RENEWED FAITH IN GOD WHICH WE BELIEVE IS PUTTING A NEW MORAL FIBER INTO OUR SOCIETY.

LET US SAY ALSO A PRAYER TONIGHT FOR THOSE MILLIONS THAT HAVE NO FREEDOM.

LET US TONIGHT MAKE THIS A TIME OF REDEDICATION -- NOT ONLY TO GOD BUT TO THE PRINCIPLES AND FREEDOMS THAT OUR FOREFATHERS GAVE US.

ON THIS LABOR DAY WEEKEND, HERE AT THE CROSSROADS OF AMERICA LET US TELL THE WORLD THAT WE ARE UNITED AND ARE READY TO MARCH UNDER THE BANNER OF ALMIGHTY GOD, TAKING AS OUR SLOGAN THAT WHICH IS STAMPED ON OUR COINS..."IN GOD WE TRUST".

TEXT: ACTS 17:23 -- "FOR AS I PASSED BY, AND BEHELD YOUR DEVOTIONS, I FOUND AN ALTAR WITH THE INSCRIPTION TO THE UNKNOWN GOD...."

TREATMENT: ON THE WAY UP TO PREACH HIS FAMOUS SERMON AT MARS HILL IN ATHENS, THE APOSTLE PAUL READ AN INSCRIPTION, "TO THE UNKNOWN GOD".

ON THE THEATRE MARQUEES HERE AT TIMES SQUARE, WE CAN SEE MANY INSCRIPTIONS THAT DESCRIBE THE CONDITION PSYCHOLOGICALLY, MATERIALLY AND SPIRITUALLY OF MILLIONS TODAY.

AMONG THE MANY THERE ARE FOUR I WOULD LIKE TO CHOOSE:

FIRST, "THE TEN COMMANDMENTS? --

THIS IS GOD'S MORAL LAW GIVEN THROUGH MOSES. THESE COMMANDMENTS EXPRESS THE REQUIREMENTS OF A RIGHTEOUS GOD. TO TRANSGRESS EVEN ONE OF THESE COMMANDMENTS IS SIN, THE RESULT OF WHICH IS ETERNAL SEPARATION FROM GOD. THE WHOLE HUMAN RACE HAS BROKEN GOD'S LAW. THAT IS WHY NATIONS WAR AND FIGHT. INDIVIDUALS WHO MAKE UP THE NATIONS ARE REBELLIOUS LAW BREAKERS HAVING NO PEACE IN THEIR OWN LIVES AND NONE IN THE WORLD. MEN FOR GENERATIONS HAVE FOUGHT, BLED AND DIED ON THOUSANDS OF BATTLE FIELDS SIMPLY BECAUSE WE REFUSE TO KEEP GOD'S LAW.

I WARN YOU TONIGHT, THERE CAN BE NO PEACE UNTIL THE LAW IS KEPT AND THERE IS NO POWER WITHIN US TO KEEP THE LAW. HUMAN NATURE IS BANKRUPT. THAT IS WHY CHRIST CAME TO GIVE US A NEW NATURE AND TO SET IN MOTION FORCES THAT WOULD BRING ABOUT A NEW WORLD ORDER.

SECONDLY, ON ONE OF THE MARQUES THERE IS THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF A PICTURE ENTITLED "THE LONELY MAN." THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IN NEW YORK AND THROUGHOUT AMERICA THAT ARE LONELY. MILLIONS ARE SEPARATED FROM GOD. THIS SEPARATION BRINGS ABOUT AN ETERNAL LONELINESS. UNLESS YOU GIVE YOUR LIFE TO CHRIST YOUR LONELINESS WILL LAST FOR ETERNITY.

EVEN THOUGH YOU MAY HAVE MANY FRIENDS AND YOUR LIFE IS FILLED WITH MUCH ACTIVITY, THERE IS A LONELY SPOT IN YOUR HEART--A VOID - THAT ONLY GOD CAN FILL.

THIRD, ANOTHER PICTURE IS ENTITLED "THE WALKING DEAD." THE BIBLE TEACHES THAT WE ARE MORE THAN LONELY; WE ARE SPIRITUALLY DEAD APART FROM CHRIST. THERE IS A S'EWE OF LOSTNESS AMONG MILLIONS TODAY. THEY DON'T SERA TO FIT. THEY ARE RESTLESS, CONFUSED, PERPLEXED, BEWILDERED BY LIFE. THEY MAY HAVE TEMPORARY FUN AND PLEASURE BUT THEIR LIVES ARE EMPTY. THEY ARE THE WALKING DEAD...PHYSICALLY ALIVE BUT SPIRITUALLY DEAD.

THE BIBLE SAYS THAT SIN BFDNGS ABOUT SPIRITUAL DEATH. THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST OFFERS NEW LIFE TO THE SOUL. YOU DON'T REALLY BEGIN TO LIVE UNTIL YOU KNOW CHRIST WHO HAS PROIAISED ABUNDANT SPIRITUAL LIFE TO ALL THAT WOULD PUT THEIR CONFIDENCE AND TRUST IN HIM.

FOURTHLY, THERE IS ANOTHER PICTURE ENTITLED "LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON." I IMAGINE THIS IS A LOVE STORY. BUT THE MODERN DAY WORLD HAS SPOILED THE WORD "LOVE." MANY OF OUR LOVE SONGS ARE NOW LUST SONGS. MANY OF OUR STAGE PLAYS AND MOVIES PORTRAY LUST INSTEAD OF PURE LOVE, THOUGH THEY OFTEN CALL IT-'LOVE,.

THE GREATEST LOVE STORY OF ALL TIME REACHED ITS CLTMAX IN THE AFTERNOON. WHEN "GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH IN HIM SHOULD NOT PERISH BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE" (JOHN 3:16).

ON THAT FIRST GOOD FRIDAY AT ABOUT THREE O'CLOCK IN THE AFTERNOON CHRIST DIED FOR OUR SINS AND PAID THE SUPREKE SACRIFICE THAT WE MIGHT HAVE NEW LIFT.

THIS WAS LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON IN CAPITAL LETTERS!
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