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T.L. Osborn's Mention of Billy Graham

Ideas Presented for Success in Ministry

By Roscoe Barnes III
Author, F.F. Bosworth: The Man Behind Christ the Healer
Copyright (c) 2018

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T.L. Osborn (1923-2013), protege of F.F. Bosworth (1877-1958), had some interesting things to say about Billy Graham. In his book, 3 Keys to the Book of Acts (Osborn Foundation, 1960), he suggested one of the keys to Graham's success was his emphasis on the Bible in his preaching.

Osborn shared that view in Chapter 2 of his book where he acknowledged the historic nature of one of Graham's crusades. After noting the crusade was not about Graham's eloquence, Osborn pointed to the one thing that Graham did consistently when preaching. Osborn wrote:

"One of the greatest revivals recorded in human history was the Billy Graham Crusade in Manhattan. Summing it all up, everyone agrees that it was not the eloquence of the man; not the depths of his message; nor the attraction of his program.

"One thing will always stand out about this great Crusade: It was the hundreds of times -- yea, thousands of times that Billy Graham said, ' The Bible says ...' That was the secret to Manhattan's spiritual visitation. God found a man whose one consuming passion was to tell New York City -- 'The Bible says.'

"This principle will produce revival anywhere on earth today. I have stuck close to 'Thus saith the Word' in over 40 foreign countries. Mass revival has been the result every time without fail. 'Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my Words shall not pass away' (Mt. 24:35)."

Osborn gained fame as a missionary evangelist and the noted author of many books, including the classic, Healing the Sick. He was "best known for his mass-miracle ministry to millions," according to his ministry website.

Osborn was one of many Pentecostal leaders who admired Graham. Others included Jimmy Swaggart, who has preached about Graham's "heavy anointing." When Oral Roberts (1918-2009) opened Oral Roberts University, he welcomed the support of Graham. In April 1967, Graham gave the dedication address for the new university.

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