‘Billy Graham: The Early Years’ ~
CFDb Movie Review & Recommendation
Everyone knows who he is. Now find out how he got there. Most of us know Billy Graham as the self-assured and charismatic preacher who became one of the most important figures of 20th Century Christianity. Now, with the release of Billy: The Early Years, we meet Billy as the earnest promising young man at the crossroads of faith and doubt, ultimately facing the moment of decision that launched one of history’s most powerful evangelistic careers.
Most compellingly, Billy: The Early Years paints its portrait of Graham against the backdrop of his relationship with Charles Templeton, another gifted young preacher whose faith could not withstand the onslaught of scientific skepticism. He and Graham parted ways and in the film, Templeton comes to personify the rising tide of disbelief into which Graham launched his crusades.
The movie’s power lays in its honest portrayal of Billy’s struggle with the ideas represented in Templeton’s eventual unbelief and shows how Billy’s faith, so dramatically portrayed in the film, goes on to change the face of modern evangelism. “Graham questioned whether he should go back and be a dairy farmer and follow in his father’s footsteps, instead of his Father in heaven,” says producer and writer Bill McKay. “He was right on the cusp of shrinking back on his calling. He was wrestling with God. But he came to an absolutely concrete understanding from God to take the Bible by faith.” As we all now know, that faith, so dramatically portrayed in the film by Armie Hammer, would go on to change the face of modern evangelism.
What an inspirational film, full of great moments. Here were some highlights:
- Loved learning about Billy’s original dream.
- Great statement about not repeating someone else’s ignorance. Don’t go by what someone else tells you. Check it out for yourself.
- You never know what life changing moment will come your way and when.
- God doesn’t do the wickedness, mankind does that.
The best part of this film that can really change your life is the fact that Billy Graham wanted no breath of scandal so they made an agreement ahead of time that no man was to be alone with a woman other than his wife. This one rule would save many a marriage and ministry. Reminds me of that verse found in I Thessalonians 5:22 – Abstain from all appearance of evil.
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