Blackpool, England is one of the darkest cities in the nation. Even the media said that it was the most unhealthy place to live. Alcoholism, suicide rate was sky high, drugs and gambling along with crime and violence of all kinds reigned in this city. Churches in the city and surrounding Lancashire area have been praying for their community for years, and they invited Franklin Graham to come in September (21-23) to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Franklin writes saying, “People there need to know God loves them and wants to free them from darkness and sin. They need to know that the power of the Gospel—the “power of Christ” (2 Corinthians 12:9, NASB)—brings new life that will last for eternity.”
But secular voices in the city have risen up in opposition. They strongly resist God’s Word and want to undermine the evangelistic outreach, or even derail it if they can.
Graham asks Christians to pray for the power of God’s Spirit to break through in Blackpool, that many souls would be saved and delivered from darkness. Pray that we (Graham) will have “boldness in our God to speak … the gospel of God amid much opposition” (1 Thessalonians 2:2, “We had previously suffered and been treated outrageously in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in the face of strong opposition.” ). And pray for “those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth,” (2 Timothy 2:25, “Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth...”).
Even when Graham preached in California and the Northwest Washington state, he told the people at each stop, “that God loves them and offers forgiveness and salvation if they would repent of their sins and accept His Son, Jesus Christ, by faith.”
He said the Bible says, “There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12, ESV). I wanted every individual to hear the Good News that through Jesus, anyone can have a new beginning. We praise God that thousands of people found that new beginning in Christ, receiving lasting hope for this life and for eternity.