Rev. Franklin Graham in Atlanta, Ga.,
during his Decision America Tour.
Because of America’s decadence and ever-spreading rejection of God, along with the “unrelenting assault” on Christians and their beliefs, this nation “is in deep trouble and on the verge of total moral and spiritual collapse – unless God intervenes,” said Reverend Franklin Graham, son of world-renowned evangelist Billy Graham.
He added that the United States may be in a situation like that of the Babylonian king Belshazzar, who saw the mysterious handwriting on the wall foretelling his doom but did not change his ways.
King Belshazzar was judged by God and “found wanting” and his kingdom was “handed over to a new world power,” said Franklin Graham, in his May 1 commentary in Decision magazine.
“I wonder if the handwriting is now on the wall for America,” said the Christian evangelist.
“Has God decided that our idolatry, immorality, and godlessness has become such a stench in His nostrils that we as a people will experience a harsh form of divine judgment?” said Rev. Graham. “Have our iniquities grown so foul and vast that we will reap the bitter harvest of our wickedness and rebellion against Almighty God?”
Artist's illustration of Babylonian king Belshazzar's feast. (Public domain)
Although only God knows that answer, said the reverend, God can “heal us if we repent of our sins – personal and corporate – and turn to Him in humility and reverence. The Lord is patient, “not willing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).
“He is our only hope,” said Rev. Graham, who also talked about how his nationwide prayer campaign in all 50 state capitals, the Decision America Tour, is helping many people to turn back to God.
The campaign started in January and as of March, “2,021 people had indicated their decisions to follow Christ,” said Rev. Graham. “They come to Decision America because they are angry or dissatisfied with the way things are going in our country. Then they hear the Gospel preached, fall under conviction, repent of their sins, and turn to Christ. Praise God!”
“There is no doubt that the tens of thousands who have attended know that America is in deep trouble and on the verge of total moral and spiritual collapse—unless God intervenes,” said the 63-year-old pastor. “They know our only hope is in Almighty God.”
“In this secular age, the influence of Biblical principles and values has diminishing impact upon education, government and politics,” said Franklin Graham. “More young people than ever before claim no religious affiliation at all.
In addition, “[w]e Christians are not just simply tolerated—we are under constant, unrelenting assault for our beliefs and practices,” he said.
Rev. Franklin Graham and his father,
Billy Graham, about 10 years ago. (AP)
“We are a people and nation in imminent danger,” said the reverend. “We mock God, ridicule His Word and His ways, and flaunt gross immorality.”
In conclusion, said Franklin Graham, “Only Almighty God can deliver us, and it is our fervent prayer as we go across America in the months to come, that He will hear our prayers and heal our land.”
Franklin Graham is the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) and the international Christian relief group Samaritan's Purse. He is married and has five children. His father, Billy Grham is 97 and living at his home in Montreat, North Carolina.