두개의 동영상을 합친
Lubbock, Texas 1975.
시작할 때 합창으로 울려퍼지는 노래 가사
God shed his grace on thee
and crown thy good with brotherhood
from sea to shining sea.
조지 비버리 시아씨가 부르는 미국인들의 나라 사랑 애창곡
for amber waves of grain
for purple mountain majesties
above the fruited plain
And crown thy good with brotherhood
from sea to shining sea.
(사회자 Cliff Barrows)
All my life long I had panted
for a draught from some cool spring
that I hoped would quench the burning
of the thirst I felt within
hallelujah, I have found him
whom my soul so long has craved
Jesus satisfies my yearning
through his blood I now am saved
feeding on the husks around me
'til my strength was almost gone for something better
only still to hunger on
well of water ever springing
bread of life so rich and free
untold wealth that never faileth
my redeemer is to me
hallelujah, I have found him
whom my soul so long has craved
Jesus satisfies my longing
through his blood I now am saved
though his blood I now am saved
[Applause] All of us are looking forward next year to the bicentennial year of the united states. And many Americans, not many, but millions of Americans, tens of millions, are going to participate this next year in remembering what happened 200 years ago-- that got us started toward this great nation that was built by men and women, at least in part, who believed in God. The spiritual roots of this nation are tremendous. Well, tonight we have a very distinguished American with us. He was undersecretary of the navy, then he was secretary of the navy for the longest time of any other American in history. And when the president of the united states wanted someone to direct the whole bicentennial program of the united states next year, he chose the man that is sitting beside me on the platform, Mr. John Warner. John Warner has been a personal friend, for several years, of mine because it's my privilege to go to the pentagon from time to time to speak. And he always entertained me there. And sometimes he would bring his wonderful mother to meet me. And she would tell me how she would watch us on television. And some time ago it was my privilege to invite him to come and be with us in Lubbock and he said, "I'll do it." And he's flown down here from Washington after a very hectic schedule. He'll be going back to Washington in the morning. Let's give Mr. Warner a big welcome to Texas.
[Applause] Thank you, Dr. graham, and all those who've joined on this lovely evening in the crusade. I share the honor that you have given me with those tens upon tens of millions of people in our country and, indeed, from all over the world who are participating in our nation's 200th anniversary. As I travel about these united states-- and I've now visited 50 of our states an will soon go on to the territories, I've been asked the question, "when is the bicentennial? "Where is the bicentennial? "And how may I make my commitment "to the bicentennial?" Well, our bicentennial is right now in cities, large and small, towns, Indian tribes. Preparations are under way as we sit here this lovely evening to commemorate the bicentennial. In Washington we're preparing the master calendar of events and our computer has crossed now over 20,000 events, growing at the rate of over 1,000 per week-- showing how this sweeping enthusiasm of this nation, this love of country, is going to properly honor the dignity and the greatness of our nation. Tonight I would like to share with you a few of the thoughts about our bicentennial. Yes, there will be parades and rhetoric and picnics and fireworks and all those things that have been traditional these many years. But deeper than that goes the commitment of our people of to lay a cornerstone for our third century, to look into the blueprint of this nation, each for himself; the declaration of independence, the constitution, and the bill of rights-- and search that blueprint to determine if, in fact, the hopes and the aspirations as laid down and promised by the founding fathers; are they being fulfilled? If not, why not? What must we do as we enter our third century? Right here today in west Texas I visited some of the permanent bicentennial sites, construction, new construction, providing jobs, educational programs, that will be here many years after as a lasting remembrance to the people of west Texas; cared enough about their country, about their city, to participate in the bicentennial. Let me share with you tonight a bit of history that's not remembered by many. When we think of the declaration of independence, we think of Thomas Jefferson. And when he died he asked to be remembered for two things: His leadership role in the drafting of that declaration and his leadership role in drafting the first declaration for freedom of religion for the great state of Virginia. How many can remember when Jefferson died? He died exactly 50 years from the date that he signed the declaration of independence. Thomas Jefferson died on the hot, sultry afternoon of July 4, 1826. Little did he know that on that same day another president of the united states, the second president, john Adams, would also die 50 years from the date that he signed the declaration. Our nation, and indeed, the world was astonished by these facts that two presidents, the second and third presidents, two signers of the declaration of independence died together exactly 50 years from the date of the birth of our nation. What would you have said to the people of the united states had you been the president? I brought with me tonight the brief announcement that the president of the united states read to the nation on July 4, 1826. "This has been a coincidence of circumstances so wonderful "it gives confidence to the belief "that the patriotic efforts of these illustrious men, "Jefferson and Adams, were heaven-directed. "And this furnishes a new seal to the hope "that the prosperity these united states will soon go on, "is under the special protection "of a kind providence." Tonight I ask you in the names of millions and millions of Americans who are working for the bicentennial, to make your commitment to participate in the manner that you deem best for your own belief in this country; what's best for your individual community and what's best for your nation. And your contribution, and your community, along with the thousands upon thousands of other contributions will make a magnificent mosaic as a gift to this country. But in doing so, you will have to ask and answer a question as did the 1826 president of our united states. For the fourth of July, 1976, does not fall upon just any day of the week. Our 200th birthday falls upon the lord's day, a Sunday. And it will be your responsibility to answer the question, was that by coincidence, or was it heaven-directed? Good night and thank you.
God of our fathers, whose almighty hand
leads forth in beauty all the starry band
of shining worlds in splendor though the skies
our grateful song before thy throne arise
from war's alarms, from deadly pestilence
be thy strong arm our ever sure defense
thy true religion in our hearts increase
thy bounteous goodness nourish us in peace
refresh thy people on their toilsome way
lead us from night to never ending day
fill all our lives with love and grace divine
and glory, laud and praise be ever thane
and glory, laud and praise be ever thane
and glory, laud and praise be ever thane
[Applause] I don't know how you feel; but I feel proud tonight to be an American.
[Applause] This year most of our crusades have been abroad and we have been in various parts of the world holding evangelistic crusades like this. Next year we are staying the entire year in the united states holding crusades from one end of the country to the other, and participating in scores of bicentennial events. Because we believe that the greatest service we can make to America in her bicentennial year will be to strengthen the spiritual strength that we do have in this country, and pray that God will make next year, 1976, a year of spiritual revival and renewal in this nation. I believe that if we Americans will make it a year of prayer, we can see what could happen to this nation in just one year. And I hope that all of you will be participating in that.
[Applause] You know, there have been four great crises in American history, in my judgment. The first one was the revolutionary war. And at valley forge it seemed that Washington would never win the war because that winter thousands of men deserted, thousands of men died of malnutrition, and only a few thousand were left when the winter was over. And we have a picture of George Washington on his knees in prayer, praying. And out of those prayers came the victory at Yorktown and the end of the revolutionary war and the winning of it. The second great crisis in American history came in the civil war when brother fought against brother and cousin against cousin. And this nation was torn from one end to the other. And we have pictures in our history books of Robert E. Lee and Abraham Lincoln, both praying that God's will be done. And God's will was done in the preservation of this union, and the proclamation that set free slaves, and started black men on the road to freedom in this country. And then the third great crisis of this country, I believe, was the crisis in the constitutional convention. And I got it a little out of sequence. But the constitutional convention almost broke up, they almost went back and formed 13 separate nations, when Benjamin Franklin stood up and called the convention to prayer. And out of the prayer came our constitution. And the fourth great crisis, I believe, is the crisis that we've been going through in the past 10 or 15 years. And it's basically a moral and a spiritual crisis. And once again America needs to go to prayer. And America needs to get on its knees. And America needs to repent of her sins and turn to God; and we will see an answer to some of the great dilemmas and problems that we're facing as a nation. But in spite of our problems I'm proud to be an American. I'm a citizen of two worlds-- a citizen of the kingdom of God, first, and a citizen of the united states of America, second. And I would die for that flag. And I would give my life for this country. And I'm proud that wherever I go I don't go as an ambassador of this country, I go as an ambassador of the king of kings and lord of lords. But, secondly, I'm also proud to be a representative of this country. We have so much. And I want to tell you, we could lose it so fast, as we have been seeing this past year in Portugal-- an illustration of how fast you can lose your liberties. Let's guard our liberties. And the greatest way we can guard our liberties is to go to church, have prayer in the home, and turn to God. Because a God-fearing people are the greatest and the strongest and the freest people in all the world. Now tonight--
[Applause] We want you to write us because we need your financial support. These telecasts cost about a million dollars and we need your help and hope that you will send a gift and make it as generous as you possibly can. And that is in keeping with our text tonight, by the angels; "glory to God in the highest, and on earth "peace, good will toward men." But then there's a couple of strange verses that I want to read.
Luke 12:49; our same lord Jesus Christ is speaking; "I am come to send fire on the earth," he said. "I have come to send fire on the earth." And then Matthew 10:34, he says something else very strange. He says, "think not that I've come to send peace on earth. "I come not to send peace, but a sword." It sounds like a contradiction. It sounds like he didn't know what he was talking about. He was announced as the prince of peace in the old testament. He came in fulfillment of the prophecies of the old testament. The angels announced him as the one that was going to bring peace. And now when he reaches the age of 30 years of age and he enters upon his ministry, he said, "I have come to bring fire on the earth." And he says, "I come not to bring peace, but a sword." How do we reconcile it? What did he mean? There are those who try to reduce Christ to the level of a genial, innocuous appeaser. But Christ said, "you're wrong." I'm a fire setter. I'm a sword wielder. This generation has been called the tormented generation. And the reason that it's been called that is because it's an age of revolution; a technological revolution that is causing other revolutions throughout the world. Political revolutions; old orders are dying and new orders are coming into being. Nation are being overthrown by revolution almost weekly as we read in our newspapers. And on that tragic day here in Texas, that November day, 1963, president Kennedy had prepared to say to the Dallas citizens' council these words: "We in this generation are by destiny "rather than by choice, "watchman on the walls of world freedom. "We did not seek this responsibility, "but we will not shrink from it." The 20th century will be called the century of revolution. And the whole world order is changing and changing rapidly right now; morally, structurally in business, labor, government. Everything is in a-- is in change and in crisis, because the word "change" and "crisis" mean the same thing. And many people are very idealistic. Now we have a peace pact in the middle east. And I suppose that secretary Henry Kissinger is the most remarkable secretary of state in American history. I've never read about a secretary of state that goes back and forth, and back and forth, and back and forth, and back and forth, and back and forth, until he has something. And he's coming home with something. And the president meets him at the airport. And it's a pact-- hoping for peace. Now, will it be permanent peace? The people of the middle east have been fighting ever since Cain slew able. And they patch it up for a while. And sometimes a whole generation goes by and there's peace; and then war breaks out again somewhere in the middle east and it's interesting to me that the nations of the bible are back on the front pages of the newspapers again: Syria, Egypt, Israel. All of those are nations in the bible. They're biblical nations. And the bible teaches that there's going to come a day; some day in the future when they will have peace; permanent peace. But 'til that time, because of the evil in man's heart and because of the disease and the flaw in man's nature-- there's going to be wars and rumors of wars 'til that glorious day when permanent peace will come. But many idealists of every generation have thought that they could bring permanent peace without God and without the prince of peace and it can't be done. The world tonight is arming as it's never been arming before. We're told in magazine article after magazine article about the nations of the world that are arming. Small nations that cannot afford arms are arming to the teeth. For what? You see, there's a flaw in human nature. And as long as man has this disease called sin there's going to be the possibility of war. And as long as there's lust and greed and hate in the world, there's going to be the possibility of war. You say, "what the world needs is education." Joseph Gobbels got his Ph.D. Degree at Heidelberg university, and he became Hitler's propaganda chief and his right-hand man. Adolf Eichmann had a brilliant education. And when he lived in Buenos airs people said that he was a model citizen. And yet, he was responsible for the murder of millions of Jewish people. Like the people of whom john Kennedy described in while England slept. They could not believe the crisis was as deep as it was. I am not a name-dropper and I certainly don't want to be one tonight; but since he's dead, I think I can tell this story. I was asked in 1955 to come and see prime minister Winston Churchill. We had just closed at Wembley stadium-- and the largest crowd in the history of Wembley stadium-- it still holds the record to this day. The largest stadium in Britain jammed to capacity. And they let us use their sacred turf which they've never allowed since then. And Mr.. Churchill invited me to come and see him. And his secretary in recounting the incident said in his memoirs that the prime minister was a little nervous. He asked his secretary, he said, "what do you talk to an evangelist about?" Well, when we got in there, and the door had been closed, and he sat down. It was a dimly lit room and the three afternoon London newspapers were sitting there. He said, "young man," he said, "I've been following what's been happening "since you've been in England." And he said "it's quite remarkable," and he said, "it's needed". He said, "I personally don't have any hope "that the world is going to find peace." He said, "look at these afternoon newspapers. "They're filled with murder and violence "and talk of war." He said, "do you have any hope to give to an old man?" And I said, "yes, sir!" And I had my new testament and I took it out and I read to him several passages of scripture. And I told him what the biblical hope was. That the biblical hope for peace lies in a person that has been called "the prince of peace," the lord Jesus Christ, who is coming back to this earth again some day to set up his kingdom. That is our hope. The first Christmas night when the announcement to the shepherds was made, it seemed that the optimists were right. "Glory to God in the highest," the angel said, "and on earth peace, good will toward men." But they ignored other prophecies in the bible. They ignored those old testament passages that predicted the suffering, the death of the messiah.
Isaiah 53; the whole chapter devoted; the most graphic description of the death on the cross written 800 years before Christ. Before utopia can come to earth, the messiah had to go to the cross and die. And men have always been over-optimistic about peace. Remember Mr.. Chamberlain, the prime minister of great Britain? Just before Germany began the war, in 1939, how Mr.. Chamberlain flew back in one of those early plane flights with his umbrella and he said, "peace in our time." And the people cheered. And war was just about to break out. They were certain in Jesus' day with his wonderful personality and his gentle nature, that he'd come to bring peace. And the same mistake is being made by well-meaning people today with a superficial knowledge of the bible. And Jesus had to correct this easy optimism and warn them that his coming this time did not mean a quick utopia. Far from being a drug to soothe society to sleep, with man's evil nature still smoldering and liable to explode at any moment, his message was fire that was going to set society ablaze. He taught that his fire would eventually destroy the bonds of ignorance, the social injustices, the racial prejudices. When we had the constitutional convention no black was there, no teenager was there, no woman was there. We've made tremendous progress in this country in the past few years. Women had to wait a long time to get the vote. The black man had to wait a long time to get the vote. But today our world in America has changed in many ways for the better an in many ways, morally and spiritually, it's changing for the worse. And so we see two things happening at the same time. It seems that evil is getting worse and good is getting better. And Jesus said, "the wheat and the tares will grow together." But he taught that eventually his fire, the fire of the gospel, would destroy ignorance and slavery and prejudice and hate and lust and greed. But he warned that before that time there would be division and strife. You see, those two are dominated by lust and greed. Don't want Christ in their lives. They don't want Christ to be the lord and master of their families. They don't want Christ to direct their lives. They don't want to live the high moral standards that he demands. And these statements about fire and the sword of Christ probably came as a shock to them. Now john Wesley interpreted this quote of Christ as meaning "I've come to spread the fire of heavenly love "upon the earth." And there's a sense in which true love is a fire. It's spoken of as a refiner's fire. You know, here in this stadium when you have a football game, if you're really for Texas tech you're going to shout loud when they make a touchdown. And the man who loves his neighbor the most will fight all that hurts and deprives and oppresses his neighbor. Paul said, "who is offended and I burn not." Christ drove the moneychangers from the temple. He rebuked the Pharisees. He rebuked those men who wanted to stone that poor woman taken in adultery. Abraham Lincoln became filled with righteous anger when down in new Orleans-- he was only 22 years of age-- and he saw a slave girl being trotted back and forth like a horse to be sold. And he said to his friends, "let's get out of here. "If I ever have a chance, I'm going to hit this thing "and hit it hard." And he did. His love for the freedom of men did not bring peace and unity. Lincoln's love for freedom helped bring war. And it took a war, a devastating war, to unite this country greater than ever. Now God loves the world ten thousand times more than Abraham Lincoln was capable of loving America. God loves our world. He loves you so much that he gave his son to die on the cross to bring peace. And the bible teaches three kinds of peace--only three. First, there is peace with God. "Therefore being justified by faith, "we have peace with God through our lord Jesus Christ," said the apostle Paul in Romans 5:1 . The greatest need that you have right now tonight as an individual, is peace with God. You say, "well, Billy, I'm not at war with God." Yes, you are. You may not be conscious of it. God calls it war because you are in rebellion against him. You don't do his will. You haven't yielded your life to him as lord and master and savior. Oh, you're a member of the church. You're a fairly decent person. But the bible says we don't even know our hearts. "Our hearts are deceitful and desperately wicked." Now that's how God looks at it. I go to the mayo clinic every year for an examination and they always give me an x-ray. And they usually find a little something wrong somewhere inside of me. And on two or three occasions they've operated, because of what they saw in the x-ray. Now I didn't know it was there, but the x-ray shows it up. You see, you don't know that you're rebelling against God. You're not quite conscious of it. You're not shaking your fist in God's face; but you're not living according to the word of God. You're not giving time to prayer. You're not giving time to bible study. You're not giving time to soul-winning. You're not giving everything that you possibly could give. And so God looks upon you and God pronounces the verdict, and the diagnosis is that your heart is sinful. That's God's diagnosis. That's the way he looks at you. He says, "you're a sinner, you've broken my laws. "You're in rebellion against me. "And what you need is reconciliation." And the greatest need that we have tonight is reconciliation with God. How do you get reconciled with God? That's what the cross is all about. On the cross the lord Jesus Christ reached one hand and took the hand of God, and the other hand and took your hand, and brought us together and reconciled us to God at the cross. And you can only find God at the cross. Alexander Solzhenitsyn was over here recently, remember. And he toured around the country. And he told a little story that everybody ought to hear, if you didn't hear it. He said when he was in that prison for so long there came one time, and one time only, when he thought of suicide. He said he was not allowed ever to speak to his cell mate. For weeks on end, they could not speak to each other. And he said that his cell mate saw him growing weaker and weaker and more depressed and more discouraged all the time. And he said his cell mate took a little stick and in the sand, or the dirt, in the cell he drew a picture of the cross. And Solzhenitsyn said, "at that moment, "the whole purpose of my existence "dawned upon me. "Because," he said, "I realized that Jesus Christ "shed his blood for me on that cross." And he said, "that gave me the courage "to live through my imprisonment." Have you come to that cross? Not with all your religious trappings, not with all your pretenses and pride; but have you come in great humility and said, "0, lord, I've sinned against you and I'm sorry, "and I'm willing for you to come into my life "and change my life and change my way of living?" I talked to a man this afternoon in a distant city, goes to church, sits on the front row. He said "I'm going to commit suicide in just a few minutes. "I've become so depressed." I prayed with him. He promised to wait at least another 48 hours before he commits suicide. Are the pressures of life pressing in on you like that? The suicide rate in this country is rising every hour, as people are coming to the end of themselves. And some of it is right in the church-- people who have religion, but do not have Jesus Christ. A pastor in this town told me yesterday, he said, "Billy, the greatest problem we face in west Texas "is that we have religion, "but we don't really know Jesus Christ." That's what Jesus said to Nicodemus. "You must be born again." And he was a religious man. Peace with God-- that's why Christ died. That's why he rose again. That's what the cross is all about. Christ did his part on the cross in dying for you. Now you must receive him. You see, God is willing to offer you a pardon. He'll pardon you and forgive you; but, more than that, he will change you here and now. And you begin eternal life, not when you die. You begin eternal life tonight--right now and you can have heaven on earth, joy and peace and security in the midst of a world that's crumbling. In fact, that's what peace means. Peace means tranquility no matter what the circumstances. Let the bombs fall; let the wars come; let the world tear apart; let your husband leave you, or your wife leave you; let death come to the family. All these things will cause tears, yes. But in the midst of it, is peace because you have peace with God. And that brings us to our second point: There's the peace of God. Peace with God now, now peace of God. Jesus said, "peace I leave with you; "my peace I give unto you, "not as the world giveth give I unto you." Now the world can give you a peace. You can go out here and get drunk and get a little peace; and go out and take some drugs and some little peace and tranquility for a short time. You can go out here and have a sex experience, have an affair. And you'll have a little peace and a little fun, a little merriment, a little joy for a little while. The bible says, "there's pleasure in sin "for a short season." But then comes the terrible moment of truth when you must face reality, when you must face God, you must face the judgment, you must face eternity. And you don't have the peace of God. And the greatest legacy that Christ left us was his peace. He said, "my peace I give unto you." Think of the serenity with which Jesus Christ moved in his life. He wasn't hurrying about here and there like we do. He seemed to take time with everybody. He only had three years. He could have fed all the hungry people in the world. With one wave of his arm he could have stopped all the wars; but he didn't do it. That wasn't God's plan. God's plan was that he would go to the cross and take your sins. You see, God couldn't be just and just forgive you. God couldn't come along and pat you on the back and say, "Jim, bill, Susie, marry, I forgive you. "I know you've broken my law and you've sinned." You see, to us sin seems trivial. It doesn't seem serious. But in God's sight it's deadly serious. It means eternal death. It means judgment. God is a just God, absolutely just. Somebody had to bear the punishment. Someone had to spend the time in the prison. Someone had to suffer the pangs of hell and judgment. And Jesus Christ stepped out and said, "I will." And he took your judgment and your hell. And when he was on that cross, he said to the people that were driving the nails in his hands-- he prayed to the father, he said, "father, "forgive them too. "They don't even know what they're doing." I expect to see the men that drove the nails in his hands, I expect to see them in heaven. Because I believe that God answered the prayer of his son that day. There's never been a person that called upon the lord, even with a sigh or a breath and said, "lord..." remember the thief on the cross? He deserved death. He deserved to die. He was a murder, he was a robber. And all he did was turn to Jesus Christ and say, "remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom." And Jesus said, "today thou shalt be with me in paradise." "Remember me." That's all. That quick. People say, "well, you can't come to Christ that quick "and have your life changed like that." You certainly can. Paul and Silas were in prison. They were singing and they were witnessing; and the jailer was listening. And the prison walls fell down in an earthquake. And it looked like the prisoners were escaping. And the jailer drew his sword, he was going to kill himself, because he knew the roman authorities would kill him the next day for letting the prisoners escape. And Paul said, "wait a minute. "We haven't fled, we're still here." And the man fell down in terror. And he said, "what must I do to be saved? And you know what the average person would say to him? "Why, you're in no emotional state to be saved, "wait 'til you calm down. "Think about it. "Let's meet and talk this out tomorrow, "and explain it to you." Paul didn't do that. Paul said, "believe on the lord Jesus Christ "and thou shalt be saved, and thy house." Just believe right now, here. And at that moment that Philippians jailer received Christ, was saved and was forgiven. And before the night was over, he was doing social work. Because it says that he washed the backs of the prisoners whom he had beaten just a few hours earlier. Just like that your life can be changed. You can be touched by Christ tonight and never be the same again. And then thirdly, and lastly, there is peace with our fellow men. Jesus said, "have peace with one another." In other words, we are to work for peace. We are to do all that Mr.. Kissinger has been doing. But man himself without God will never bring permanent peace. Thousands of peace treaties have been signed in the history of the world. And we still have wars. Is there going to be a day and a time when we will have no more war? Yes, there's coming a day. Listen to what the scripture says, "and he shall rule the nations; "and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, "and their spears into pruning hooks, "nation shall not lift up sword against nation. Neither shall they learn war any more," Isaiah 2:4. That's going to happen. War will be eliminated. Peace will come. And then the scripture says in another place, "and in that day I will make a covenant "for them with the beasts of the field, "and the fowls of the heaven, "and with the creeping things of the ground; "and I will break the bow and the sword "in the battle of the earth. "And all will lie down safely together." Did you see the picture the other night on television how the insects are about to take the world? And there's a battle right now as to whether man is going to survive by 2,000 A.D. Or whether the insects are going to survive . And we're at war with the insect world because they're moving so fast. Here it says those little creeping things, these insects, we're going to be at peace with. E you can have a tiger in your living room, just like you have a cat now. It's going to be a wonderful time. There'll be no tears, no suffering, no hospitals, no armies, no navies, no wars; and no death, no graveyards-- a wonderful, glorious world to come. What will be the government? The united nations? No. Theocracy--God reigning. God will be in charge and he will rule the world, the scripture says, "with a rod of iron." That means with perfect justice and perfect love and perfect mercy. That's the future. And I want to tell you tonight I've staked everything I've got, ever will have, on the promise of that word. I'm trusting in Jesus Christ, and him alone, as my lord and my savior. And when my moment comes to die, if I should die before he comes, I know that there will be an angel that will come and take me by the hand and usher me into the presence of my lord. And I will be with him forever. I know where I've come from. I know why I'm here. I know where I'm going and I don't have any doubts about it. You can have that same peace, that same assurance, that same joy by putting your confidence and your faith in Jesus Christ. And I'm going to ask you to do it tonight. How? I'm going to ask hundreds of you to get up out of your seat right now and come and stand in front of the platform and make this commitment to Christ, openly. You say, "Well, Billy, why do we have to come forward?" Because Jesus said, "if you don't confess me before men openly, "I'll not confess you before my father which is in heaven." And every person that he called in the new testament, he called publicly. There was a reason for it. If you're ashamed of following Christ then you're no follower of his. He wants you to come out and be open about it. And I'm going to give you an opportunity to come out tonight and be open about it. You may be a member of the best church in town or you may not be a member of any church. You may be catholic, protestant or Jewish; or you may not have any religion. But you want to come and give your heart and your life to him tonight and you want to make sure about this thing. You want his peace. You want his forgiveness. You want to know you're going to heaven. You want to choose his side tonight. You get up and come. If you're with friends that have come in a bus, they'll wait on you. Bring your friend with you. It'll only take two or three minutes. After you've come, here's what we're going to do; I'm going to say a word to you, have a prayer with you, give you some literature. And you can go back and join your friends. You get up and come right now. If you come from that top balcony, it takes about a minute longer. So get up and come right now, quickly from everywhere. And all of you back here that God has spoken to and all around, you get up and come. We're going to wait.
Just as I am without one plea
but that thy blood was shed for me
and that thou bidst me come to thee
oh, lamb of God, I come, I come
oh, lamb of God, I come, I come
just as I am and waiting not
to rid my soul of one dark blot
to thee whose blood can cleanse each spot
oh, lamb of God, I come, I come
oh, lamb of God, I come, I come you that are watching by television can see here at Texas Tech University stadium, hundreds of people coming across this field to make this commitment to Jesus Christ and to find peace with God and the peace that passeth all understanding. That peace, that purpose, that joy can be yours. Wherever you are, in a hotel room, in your living room, your bedroom at home, you can say "yes" to Christ. If you will, write to me, Billy graham, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and I will send you the same literature that we're going to give to the people that are coming here, to help you in your Christian life. God bless you, and be sure and go to church next Sunday. <