In 1957 Billy Graham warned Christians in America about coming persecution.
“The immunity to persecution that Christians in our country have experienced in the past two or three centuries is unusual,” he said. Explaining that “the words ring true today,” the Billy Graham Association’s Decision magazine has republished Graham’s article its November 2015 edition.
The article suggests many American Christians would break once the cultural tide goes against their faith. Nearly 60 years ago, Graham wrote: “Since we have experienced little religious persecution in this country, it is likely that under pressure many would deny Christ. Those who shout the loudest about their faith may surrender soonest. Many who boast of being courageous would be cowardly. Many who say, ‘Though all others deny Christ, yet I will never deny Him,’ would be the first to warm their hands at the campfires of the enemy.”
It’s a message with which Pastor Carl Gallups agrees. He said that Christians need to solidify their faith and make practical preparations for living in hard times.
“I am thrilled that Dr. Billy Graham has reiterated what his son and I, and many others, are factually stating – persecution of Christians, in some form or another, is not just a matter relegated to some far off land, it is happening right now and right here in America,” Gallups said. “The targeting of Christians will only grow if the church and the American public doesn’t wake up and begin to vehemently address the matter.”
Gallups’ new book, “Be Thou Prepared: Equipping the Church for Persecution and Times of Trouble,” is designed to prepare Christians for surviving both natural disasters and persecution. Gallups believes it’s a message Christians urgently need to understand.
Grahams's warning is here. Gallups book is here.