Billy Graham in Quotes
by Billy Graham
Let the words of my mouth . . . be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord. —Psalm 1 9:1 4 nkjv
I am humbled and enormously grateful for what has been compiled in this book; quotes taken from my literary works through the years. Most of all, I am pleased that these quotes have their foundation in the Word of God. Each topic has been selected based upon Bible verses that address these same issues. It has been exciting to focus this project on what God directed His prophets, apostles, and disciples to write down through the inspiration of His Holy Spirit as the very Word of God.
As you peruse these quotes, refer often to the anchor verse of each subject and let God’s Word challenge you, convict you, encourage you, and help you discover His abiding love to all who faithfully follow Him. The Bible speaks of God’s Word in many different ways. When you see words in Scripture such as promises, truths, doctrines, and laws, these are insights into the mind and heart of God.
Because my eyesight dims more each year, I am grateful for the many Scripture passages I was able to commit to memory through my years of study, and I draw strength from them day by day. I can still enjoy listening to the Bible through many forms of technology devices. Regardless of the format, the very words of God are living and powerful (Hebrews 4:12 nkjv), and the teaching of His Word gives light so that even the simple can understand (Psalm 119:130 nkjv). Jesus told His followers, “Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life” (John 6:63).
The Bible says, “The Lord gives the word, and a great army brings the good news” (Psalm 68:11). What privilege has been mine to be among a swelling army of those whom God has raised up to preach this Good News—the Gospel message of the Lord Jesus Christ—to wandering souls. My hope is that those who do not know Him as their personal Savior will be moved by the message found in these pages and be drawn by the Holy Spirit to the foot of the cross, where forgiveness is found and salvation through grace is granted. Billy Graham
Montreat, North Carolina November 2010
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You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your book! —Psalm 1 39:16 tlb
The widespread acceptance of abortion is a symbol or sign of something deeper within our society that should also concern us greatly. This is the tendency today to decide moral issues or questions only on the basis of whether or not they are convenient or bring pleasure to a person.1
I do not feel the church as an organization should become involved in political matters . . . However, when political issues also have moral and spiritual dimensions . . . we have a responsibility to speak for the truth. I believe things like abortion are morally wrong . . . we have a responsibility to take a stand.2
Abortion has divided our nation like no other issue in recent times . . . The Bible places the highest value on human life. It is sacred and of inestimable worth to God, who created it “in His own image.” The Bible recognizes the unborn as being fully human.3
As Christians we have an obligation to show others what God says about living self-controlled lives and being responsible for our moral actions, as God defines them. We must never think that we can solve one moral crisis by condoning another, especially the crime of murder, for unrestrained abortion is nothing less than that.4
How ironic this maudlin defense of immorality sounds in the light of its devastating legacy to the nation: millions of illegitimate births, shattered personalities, divorce, abortions, and rampant sexual diseases—some of which are incurable. God expressly forbids irresponsible sexual behavior, in order to spare us the disastrous consequences.5
[Abortion] would destroy [a] precious life within [a woman], which would be wrong in God’s eyes since that little life bears the image of God . . . Every day I get letters from those who have had an abortion and now are riddled with guilt and depression over what they have done.6
The issue [of] abortion is not whether you have a right to terminate the life of a child . . . The real issue is whether or not you will insist on running your own life according to your own standards, or whether you will instead let God run your life.7