I am grateful for Peter Smith’s front-page article on Sunday about the Festival of Hope with Franklin Graham to be held Aug. 15-17 at the Consol Energy Center. The festival has been planned for nearly two years and involves 50 denominations and more than 500 churches. We believe it has already transformed the Christian leadership in our region by uniting followers of Jesus and training them in friendship evangelism and vital Christian service.
The headline in the PG’s print edition was “Revival’s Franklin Graham Has Supporters, Detractors.” I am faithfully and joyfully one of the supporters. Franklin Graham’s message is based on the truth from the Bible. He ignores our culture and its teachings and focuses on the sinless perfection and perfect obedience found only in Jesus Christ. Because of that, he does have critics. Too many Americans focus on a God of their own imagination and not on the God of biblical revelation.
Franklin Graham is faithful to the Scriptures. I have learned much from him and also from his father, Billy Graham, who I believe is the most admired man in America. I love them both and listen to their teachings not because of who they are but because they preach the truth. I encourage all people of our region to come to one of these free festival events. All things are ready. Your response could have eternal implications.
NANCY LEE COCHRAN
The writer is chair of the festival advisory board.