This audio piece on the integrity of my grandfather’s ministry is amazing! For those who may be unfamiliar with what the Modesto Manifesto was, my grandfather explains in his own words on pages 127-129 of his autobiography Just As I Am.
The Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College summarizes it well:
By 1948, Billy Graham was becoming fairly well-known as an evangelist in Protestant Fundamentalist and Evangelical circles in the United States. He was receiving more and more invitations to hold city-wide evangelistic meetings. However, to many of the general public, evangelism had a bad reputation because of real and alleged misdeeds and corruption on the part of some earlier evangelists. During his meetings in Modesto, California, in November 1948, Graham met with his co-workers and friends George Beverly Shea, Grady Wilson, and Cliff Barrows (at the motel on South Ninth Street wewre they were staying) to determine what were the most common criticisms of evangelists and how they should organize their own meetings so that they would be above reproach. Among the points they agreed on was that the Graham team would avoid even any appearance of financial abuse, exercise extreme care to avoid even the appearance of any sexual impropriety (from that point on, Graham made it a point not to travel, meet or eat alone with any woman other than his wife Ruth), to cooperate with any local churches that were willing to participate in united evangelism effort, and to be honest and reliable in their publicity and reporting of results.
The audio piece will inspire you and make you pray for up and coming leaders who possess the integrity and the spiritual backbone to do these same things in the same way that my granddad did it. Please listen to it. It will do your soul good!