Billy Graham’s Preaching Bible

Through Billy Graham’s 60-plus years of preaching the Gospel around the world, he preached from the Bible alone. He has said of Scripture, “The only place we can find a clear, unmistakable message is in the Word of God.”

This artifact, on display in The Journey of Faith tour at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C., is one of Billy Graham’s preaching Bibles.

August

In his 1997 autobiography, Mr. Graham recalled how he wrestled with God about the truth of Scripture. “I had no doubts concerning the deity of Jesus Christ or the validity of the Gospel, but was the Bible completely true? If I was not exactly doubtful, I was certainly disturbed,” he wrote in Just As I Am.

During this point in his life, he had reluctantly accepted an invitation to speak at the annual College Briefing Conference that met at Forest Home. It was there that God spoke to him through Scripture in a new and inspiring way that would change his ministry and impact millions.

Mr. Graham wrote in his autobiography, Just As I Am:

As that night wore on, my heart became heavily burdened. Could I trust the Bible? With the Los Angeles Campaign galloping toward me, I had to have an answer. If I could not trust the Bible, I could not go on … I would have to leave pulpit evangelism …

I got up and took a walk. The moon was out. The shadows were long in the San Bernardino Mountains surrounding the retreat center. Dropping to my knees there in the woods, I opened the Bible at random on a tree stump in front of me. I could not read it in the shadowy moonlight, so I had no idea what text lay before me. Back at Florida Bible Institute, that kind of woodsy setting had given me a natural pulpit for proclamation. Now it was an altar where I could only stutter into prayer.

The exact wording of my prayer is beyond recall, but it must have echoed my thoughts: “O God! There are many things in this book I do not understand. There are many problems with it for which I have no solution. There are many seeming contradictions …”

I was trying to be on the level with God, but something remained unspoken. At last the Holy Spirit freed me to say it. “Father, I am going to accept this as Thy Word—by faith! I’m going to allow faith to go beyond my intellectual questions and doubts, and I will believe this to be Your inspired Word.” … In my heart and mind, I knew a spiritual battle in my soul had been fought and won.

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3 Comments

  1. E Pruitt says:

    Bless this ministry! I love hearing ,reading, and seeing franklin and billy graham with the Word of God. Thanks and God bless!

  2. Earl petropoulos says:

    Billy Graham’s sermon’s long past his going to heaven are still the most the strongest words spoken through Brother Garham by God. Words of encouragement by God give more and more fath than I can express. With tears in my eyes I know Biil Graham is with Jesus and I know my days on earth are limited, but when God is done with me I am going to heaven. I do know I am a sinner,but I know Jesus forgives me and one day as I kneel at his feet I will touch his robe. But for know we must do God ‘ work and spread his word of salvation and make a joyful noise to God. amen

  3. Brian obwanga says:

    You have always blessed us more.A true servant of christ

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