Did Billy Graham Ever Preach in Israel?

Some have asked, so I’ll provide some info!  Though Israel is very squeamish when it comes to evangelism, Billy Graham was allowed a brief speaking tour in March 1960, where he preached to Christian and Jewish audiences in Haifa and Jaffa, and to an Arabic audience in Nazareth.

A larger meeting was originally scheduled in Tel Aviv, but organizers got cold feet and Prime Minister David Ben Gurion laid down stipulations that Mr Graham could not mention the name of Jesus or read from the Bible.  Thus, the meeting venues were narrowed to smaller audiences and many accepted the Jewish Messiah as Lord!

In those meetings, Billy Graham proclaimed the Jews to be God’s chosen people and warned, “We cannot place ourselves in opposition to Israel without detriment to ourselves.”

Read One for Israel’s account of Graham’s visit in What Happened When Billy Graham came to Town.

Billy Graham stood firmly on the truth of God’s Word regarding Israel and the Jews…and we must do likewise!

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