The following quote was authored by Billy Graham in the year 1965. Is his prediction coming to pass in our time?
Multitudes of Christians within the church are moving toward the point where they may reject the institution that we call the church. They are beginning to turn to more simplified forms of worship. They are hungry for a personal and vital experience with Jesus Christ. They want a heartwarming personal faith. Unless the church quickly recovers its authoritative Biblical message, we may witness the spectacle of millions of Christians going outside the institutional church to find spiritual food.
Quoted in “World Aflame,” pp. 79-80.
Here is another priceless quote by Graham. It’s his answer to the question, What would you be doing if you didn’t have the large evangelistic ministry that you have now, but were rather a local minister?
I think one of the first things I would do would be to get a small group of eight or ten or twelve men around me that would meet a few hours a week and pay the price. It would cost them something in time and effort. I would share with them everything I have, over a period of years. Then I would actually have twelve ministers among the laymen who in turn could take eight or ten or twelve more and teach them. I know one or two churches that are doing that, and it is revolutionizing the church. Christ, I think, set the pattern. He spent most of his time with twelve men. He didn’t spend it with a great crowd. In fact, every time he had a great crowd it seems to me that there weren’t too many results. The great results, it seems to me, came in his personal interview and in the time he spent with the twelve.
Quoted in “Billy Graham Speaks: The Evangelical World Prospect,” Christianity Today, vol. 3, no. 1, p. 5, Oct. 13, 1958.