And, oh, who was that young preacher who determined that night in the woods to rely on the Scriptures? Just the man God would use to preach the gospel of Christ to more people than anyone else in history - Billy Graham. And his commitment to the Scriptures endured throughout his life, a fact to which he testified in the book he authored as his legacy for Christian living, The Journey, and published in his late eighties. There, in reflecting on his moment of commitment to the Scriptures so many years earlier, he wrote these uncompromising words:

Especially significant to me…was Jesus' own view of Scripture. He not only quoted it frequently, but also accepted it as the Word of God…. He also told [His disciples], "I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen [rendered in some Bible translations as "jot" and "tittle," referring to markings in the Hebrew alphabet], will by any means disappear from the Law."…Shouldn't I have the same view of Scripture as my Lord?

Taken from Windows into the Heart of God, © 2007 by Preston Parrish, Published by Harvest House Publishers.

Preston Parrish has served in key leadership roles with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) and other evangelical ministries for three decades and is an ordained minister. He and his wife, Glenda, have four children and reside in North Carolina.