The Graham Formula
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||Find out how Billy
Sunday forever changed the definition of what it meant to be "born
again" when he called everyone who came forward in an altar call
a "convert". Before Sunday, evangelists invited seekers
to an after-meeting to learn about repentance and the means of grace,
and to pray that God would save them. After Sunday, salvation was
assured if someone took a "step of faith." His wife boasted,
"He made it (the question of salvation) so simple that there
was no need for inquiry rooms."
why Dawson Trotman, after having led numerous people to the
Lord, abandoned the "hit-and-run-evangelism he and other had
practiced for years" and taught his Navigators to never lead
someone to the Lord unless they were able to follow them up. He said
"you can lead a man to Christ in a couple of minutes to a couple
of hours, but it takes twenty weeks to a couple of years to adequately
follow him up."
Graham assumed he was saved when he made
an ineffective decision for Christ at age eight. Fourteen years later
his famous father told him the truth. Billy Graham said, "You're
going to have to make a choice either to accept Christ or reject him.
You can't continue to play the middle ground. Either you are going
to choose to follow and obey Him or reject Him." Thank God Franklin
repented and God saved him when he was twenty-two.
|Find out why Oswald
Chambers said of Billy Sunday evangelism, "When a man is
born again, he knows it is because he has received something as a
gift from almighty God and not because of his own decision. People
register their vows, and sign their pledges, and determine to go through,
but none of this is salvation." The 100% salvation rate promoted
by Billy Sunday became commonplace, making the phrase "Sunday
Convert" a term of derision.
||Find out what popular
evangelical doctrine A. W. Tozer called a heresy. "We
are saved by accepting Christ as our savior; we are sanctified by
accepting Christ as our Lord; we may do the first without the second.
... What a tragedy in our day we often hear the gospel appeal made
on this kind of basis: Come to Jesus! You don't have to obey anyone.
You don't have to change anything; you don't have to give up anything
... just come to Him and believe in Him as savior."
|Find out why Billy
Graham brought back the after-meeting and inquiry room. To minimize
spurious conversions, Graham developed a three-part formula for success.
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