During his keynote address at the opening session of the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) conference on May 22, evangelist Franklin Graham warned Christian communicators that he believes there is a “coming storm that we’ve all got to be ready for.”
While charging attendees to remain faithful to the gospel, the president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse reminded them that God has the power of “waves” and “wind” in this predicted storm—a storm that Graham claims Satan is behind.
“The world is deteriorating so quickly. It seems like every demon in hell has been turned loose,” Graham said. “And we cannot be deceived and we can’t be fooled. We need to get ready and be prepared.”
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Graham gave three areas where ministries can prepare themselves for when the storm hits: data companies, banks, and insurance companies.
Graham believes that large companies that provide services in these important areas, such as Amazon, which is a leading provider for storing information, will stop doing business with Christians. Graham shared that his team has started its own data center in Denver, Colorado. He intends to use the data center not only as a resource for the organizations he leads but also for others being “canceled” for their views on marriage and sexuality.
“If Amazon shuts us off, maybe we could continue for another few years,” Graham said. “The whole purpose is because we’re living in a cancel culture, and they want to destroy Christian organizations. They want us to shut our mouths, and they don’t want to hear from us.”
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“If you don’t preach the gospel, you don’t have anything to worry about,” Graham said. “If you’re not going to talk about sin, you don’t have anything to worry about.”
“But if you’re going to try to preach and proclaim the gospel, they’re gonna try to shut you up,” said Graham.
Graham concluded his time by exhorting Christian communicators to “preach. Don’t back up. Don’t make excuses…We cannot back up. We can’t retreat. Don’t apologize for the gospel.”
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“Just declare it. Just preach it. Give an invitation. See what happens,” said Graham. “Oh my goodness gracious, it works. I promise you that it works.”