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Do you think the world is getting more and more hostile toward people who believe in God and in Jesus? I see so many movements and people today that seem to be opposed to God. I even wonder if the Christian faith is going to survive.


You don’t need to worry about whether or not the Christian faith is going to survive — because God has promised that it will, and He cannot lie. Jesus declared, “I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it” (Matthew 16:18).

Is the world becoming more hostile toward Christ? At times it seems like it is; compared with a generation or so ago, our world is certainly more secular. And admittedly, some people today are aggressively hostile toward those who have faith, and are trying to take God out of our public life. I’m reminded of the Bible’s prediction that some day our world will be populated by “hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron” (1 Timothy 4:2).

But before we get too discouraged we need to remember two important truths. First, God is sovereign, and He is still in control. Others may fight against Him — but in the end, He will win. Second, God’s work still goes forward in many parts of the world. Millions of people today realize the emptiness of life without God, and are searching for an answer to their spiritual hunger — an answer that is found only in Christ.

Pray for our world, that those who oppose God will be defeated and God’s Kingdom will advance to the ends of the earth. And pray, too, that you will be faithful to Jesus Christ, even if others oppose Him.

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  1. Carol Case says:

    I am thankful for you and your GOD given wisdom. And I thank GOD for His blessing upon you and your family. And I thank you Billy Graham for helping me more clearly understand some of the things I am presently having questions about. This is my first visit to your web site. And I do watch you on TV sometimes. Sincerely, Carol Case

  2. Robert Natale says:

    We need to keep in mind that this world is a temporary dwelling place that our ultimate destination is heaven. We can only do what we can to share Christ thru our words and action. He will take care of the rest. We can’t save the world.

  3. Janice says:

    The Bible says the kingdom of God is like yeast working in dough. We don't see it until the lump rises. The Holy Spirit is working in many places in the world, among people of Muslim culture, sometimes Jesus has appeared to individuals in visions or dreams, brought them from death to life in places where Christians are forbidden to work; n darkest jungles among tribes like the former Auca Indians of Ecuador; in Brazil where Christian missionaries work with a great many street children, giving them new life for this world and the next through faith in Jesus as their Lord in Savior. In countless places and among many people He is doing a work: Samaritan's Purse is a wonderful example of the Christian faith, vibrantly alive and well. If we focus on the work of Christ, His body and the exciting Kingdom He is building rather than all the problems and troubles, kind of like tuning our radio to a different, stronger signal, we will have that faith the church will never fail.

    1. Carol Conway says:

      Janice, thank you for your thoughtful response! I am always encouraged by the many projects of BGEA and so many other Christian organizations.

  4. sanjay vishal says:

    Thanks Mr. Graham for this wonderful message, all Glory to GOD!