Rev. Billy Graham: ‘Hope and Change’ a Cliché; Unnerving to ‘Hope for Change From What God Has Blessed’

By Michael W. Chapman | October 7, 2013 | 12:31pm EDT

Rev. Billy Graham. (AP)

( – Rev. Billy Graham said that America was founded upon Biblical principles and the idea that people can freely worship God without fear of government oppression, adding that “hope and change” slogans are a cliché in the nation and that it is disconcerting “to think that any American could hope for change from what God has blessed.”

“Americans have always fought for freedom. This is why America was founded: to worship the one true God openly with no fear of tyranny,” said Rev. Graham, 94, in a written interview with that was published on Sunday.  “Our early fathers led our nation according to Biblical principles.”

“Hope and change has become a cliché in our nation and it is daunting to think that any American could hope for change from what God has blessed,” said Rev. Graham.

“Our country is turning away from what has made it so great, but far greater than the government knowing our every move that could lead to losing our freedom to worship God publicly is to know that God knows our every thought; He knows our hearts need transformation,” said Graham.

“The human heart can be changed only by the power of God," he said.  "Hope is certain only through His Son Jesus Christ -- not in the change agents of the world, and when the end of the world as we know it takes place at Christ's return, no government can prevent it and no individual can escape it. Those who hope for it will welcome it; those who refuse to embrace its reality will never change its certainty.”

Rev. William Franklin “Billy” Graham (born in 1918)  is perhaps the most well-known Christian evangelist in the United States and worldwide. He has led hundreds of Christian evangelization crusades since the 1940s in more than 180 countries and on six continents, many of which were broadcast worldwide on radio and on television.

He also has served as a spiritual adviser to several presidents.

Rev. Graham has five children. His wife, Ruth Graham, died in 2007. The reverend resides in Charlotte, N.C.

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