The Problem with Our World

By   •   September 2, 2013

In the following message, originally preached in 1960, Billy Graham points to the reason for world chaos, unrest and evil. And he tells what the Bible says about the solution. Regardless of the specific situations, the root problem and God’s solution remain the same today.

There is no adequate explanation for what is happening throughout the world except that there is a moving of gigantic spiritual forces of evil that are gaining momentum and strength, and that behind these activities are the person and power of Satan.

The Scripture says: “We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).

Those who do not study the Bible cannot possibly see beyond human affairs. They see only the human actors in the drama of history. Wicked rulers, ruthless dictators, tyrants, oppressors, kings, governors and presidents are to them the only real characters in the drama of political life. They have no conception of the unseen realm of evil personalities that energize and motivate these human agents.

Nevertheless, the Bible is clear that the unseen personalities of the evil, supernatural sphere are just as real–and even more active–than their visible human agents. Any true interpretation of history must take into account this invisible demon activity and warfare that has been waged for centuries.

The Bible teaches that demonic activity has always been prominent in history, but as the age draws to a close, it will be intensified. God is permitting, under certain restrictions, Satan and his myriad demon helpers to work at his unholy ambition.

However, Scripture promises that Satan’s program is doomed to failure and destruction. This doom and destruction began at the cross, where Christ died for our sins. It continued with the triumph of the resurrection, and it is going to be culminated at the coming again of Jesus Christ. Satan’s destruction will demonstrate to the entire universe the folly of a creature acting in independence of and in opposition to God.

Though Satan’s powers are curbed by God, he nevertheless exercises tremendous authority and power today. Paul referred to Satan as the “prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:2). Jesus referred to him as the “ruler of this world” (John 12:31). The Bible teaches that those outside of Christ can be organized and directed by Satan in a great evil federation. Because the world system has rejected Christ, it furnishes an ideal sphere for the operation of Satan and his demons.

In order to oppose this violence, revolution and chaos throughout the world, spiritual forces must be employed. Some politicians say that the answer to our problems is to spend more money and build a bigger military machine. I warn you that this is a deception.

The world battle is being fought on a spiritual level. Our desperate need is for a spiritual counterrevolution that will throw back the forces of evil. I am convinced that on the spiritual battlefield, Christ has taken up His position and is summoning His followers to stand with Him.

God said in the Book of Ezekiel, “I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one” (Ezekiel 22:30). But we have such a One–Jesus Christ.
The people for whom God is waiting are men and women who have caught the vision of the battlefield with all its possibilities and perils, who are awake to the devices of the enemy, and who have set themselves in union with the living Christ to attack every position Satan occupies and give deliverance from his oppression.

There can be no victory while we depend on military power alone. There can be no victory as long as we depend on our wealth to buy more friends around the world. We will only be postponing the day of reckoning. Our only hope is that the remnant of God’s people will pay the price of intercession, prayer and obedience.

A few years after King Jehoshaphat came to the throne, a great multitude from beyond the sea came against him. There seemed no possibility of victory. There was only one way out of the difficulty, and he took it. Desperately he called upon the Lord and proclaimed a fast throughout all of Judah. A swordless victory was won because the Israelites first repented of their sins and sought the Lord.

On the spiritual battlefield today, the Lord is calling for volunteers who will pay the price to throw back the enemy. It is in prayer and obedience that we fight the battle. Because of the authority that belongs to the crucified and risen Son of God, situations on the earth can be controlled, forces in the unseen realms moved, changes effected, powers of evil dislodged and routed, and the purposes of God pressed forward to final triumph.

World leaders have asked me, “What is wrong with the world? Why can we not solve our problems?” Each time I have replied, “It is impossible for you to understand what is happening in the world until you understand that this is spiritual warfare.”

The Bible teaches that the whole human race has a spiritual disease, a disease called sin. It has gripped the human heart. Until we understand that man is sinful before God and that he has the possibility of being controlled by evil forces under the direction of Satan, we never will understand what is wrong with our world.

In this hour of the plight of the nation, we should not ignore the hand of God, which has worked miracles of deliverance when God’s people have understood that the problem is sin, repented of their sin and turned to God. The tragedy is that we have so few statesmen who understand what is actually happening in our world.

Let us stand together in prayer, making possible a release of divine power in this nation. The call to each of us who loves Christ is to pray for His intervening mercies.

Mere eloquence in prayer is without value. Moses stammered, but his prayer was answered. Hannah muttered words that men misunderstood, but she triumphed in her intercession. Her problem was physical barrenness; our problem today is that we are spiritually barren.

Oh, that Christians would cry with passion for the lost and unconverted, that they might be born from above. Oh, that the thousands of pastors might be heartbroken about the barrenness of their people.

Spiritual revival comes as a result of the broken and contrite church, bowed in supplication and intercession, distressed at the sight of perishing millions. They may wait for days, weeks and even months until the Spirit of God moves upon and through them, until Heaven opens in revival blessing and a nation is stirred and blessed and even saved. In our barrenness today, let us call upon God and believe He will give us fruit in this hour of world crisis.

I am convinced that hell’s legions can be stopped and turned back. I am convinced that the invading heathen darkness can be hurled back. It is not too much to believe that the Lord can endue people with a baptism of the Holy Spirit for this end-time ministry as He did at Pentecost. Then Jerusalem trembled under the God-intoxicated men from the Upper Room.

It is not too much now to believe that God can shake this nation in a matter of months. But we must repent of our unbelief, weep over our unfruitfulness and take time to be holy.  ©1960 BGEA

Scripture quotations are taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version.

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  1. charlene says:

    what an awesome and very true message. Father have mercy on me as a believer, forgive me for not hitting my knees as often as I should, forgive us as a nation, may we all turn our eyes upon You and You alone. Teach us Father to fight in Spirit. amen!

  2. Jeff says:

    What an awesome message to remind us of the spiritual warfare that is before us. I wish the rest of the unbelieving world could see what we see. WE NEED A SPIRITUAL REVIVAL NOW MORE THAN EVER.

  3. Gloria says:

    I pray that all followers of Jesus Christ will lift up their hearts to God at this time in the history of the world. I ask that He will show His mighty power and help us to honor and glorify Him…Let us be strong and know that He will be victorious.

  4. Ted says:

    This is a powerful warning to me. I need to ask myself; Am I doing what I need to do (pray as God would want me to) in order to have His will done on Earth?

  5. Pete says:

    Our God is the same yesterday today and tomorrow. His message is the same and the outcome will be the same. God's not dead He's working on the inside. Thank you for the message Mr Graham. Thank you for what you have done for me. God Bless.

  6. Steve says:

    Heavenly Father, may we fall on our knees, humbly asking forgiveness of our sins individually and collectively seeking your favor once again. You Blessed this country mightily and now it's became mired in Sinful ways. I pray in Jesus name.

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  8. Worlanyo says:

    The word of God is indeed light the leads us and expels the darkness. Thank you Jesus for your word this day. Amen.


    Thank you for the very relavant message for today's world situation. Very few realise that the unrest in the world is because of the demonic forces and the need to repent and seek the grace of God in fervant prayers for peace in the world w

  10. Patti says:

    Thank you for speaking so openly and straightforward about the problems in our world and the United States.We as a people need to turn back to God and begin to turn our society back into his hands,where once we were;]