To receive daily emails from Breaking Christian News to your inbox CLICK HERE


SHARE THIS ARTICLE Printer friendly version of this page

Cliff Barrows and the Modesto Manifesto: The Secret to Evangelistic Longevity

Dan Wooding : Mar 1, 2009  ASSIST News

Integrity, accountability, purity and humility

(Santa Ana, California)—The following is an excerpt from a lengthy ASSIST News interview with Cliff Barrows, who led singing and choirs around the world as Music and Program Director for the Billy Graham Team.

Asked about the secret of Billy Graham's longevity, Barrows told interviewer Dan Wooding: "The secret is the hand of God and God's choosing to bless Billy Graham and then men whose hearts were knit together with His for the calling of evangelism."

Cliff Barrows and Billy GrahamContinued Barrows: "In 1948, Billy Graham said to Grady Wilson and to Bev Shea and myself and my wife Billie at the time, 'Let's look at the pitfalls of evangelism.' It was in my hometown of Modesto, California, that we talked about them together and we prayed that the Lord would keep us from them. Well the next day, in our devotions, we shared our lists and there were four areas that were on all of our lists. One was integrity; honesty in dealing with the media; the second was accountability—being accountable to one another and to the local committees and also to our wives. We said that we had to be accountable, most of all, to the Lord; to the life He'd given us, to the call that He'd given us, being faithful to fulfill the mandate of the evangelist. The third was in the area of purity of life. We determined that we would never be alone with a woman other than our wife. If it could possibly help it, we'd never be alone with a secretary and it was determined that we would not ride in a car with a woman alone, or in a hotel room. We determined those things and we've kept that vow.

"The fourth area was humility; being willing to humble yourself; and prefer others and lift others up instead of yourself; and seeking to be sure that God got all the glory. And that's been uppermost desire of Bill's heart all these years, Dan. Those were the four areas: integrity, accountability, purity and humility. And because we were in Modesto, I said, 'Let's call it the Modesto Manifesto. And it's been that all these years. And because of these passions to walk humbly before God and to be faithful in proclaiming His Word and to ask God to lay a burden on our heart for the lost Billy said, 'I'll go anywhere, any time, any place, as long as God gives me strength to preach the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and invite people to come to the Savior.

"That's the secret and we've been together 60 years; that's Bev Shea, Billy Graham and myself. There've been other people of course God has brought along, and the team to help carry on the work to help develop the crusades and plan and prepare them. But the hearts of the three of us that began together were united and I believe that as the ministry will continue if they'll still keep these same passions and this same goal of honoring the Lord and living a life of pure purity before Him and accountability with integrity and being humble in spirit and preaching the Word. Then, if they do that, God is going to continue to bless BGEA and any ministry that has carried on in His name."







SHARE THIS ARTICLE Printer friendly version of this page

To receive daily emails from Breaking Christian News to your inbox CLICK HERE

Other Recent Articles from Breaking Christian News

36 States Thwart Atheist Attempts to Quash Christmas

Third Injunction: Judge Blocks Biden's Vax Mandate for Federal Workers in All 50 States

Mom Says School Pressured Son to Get COVID Jab Without Parental Consent, Bribing Him with Pizza

Vitamin D Supplements Might Have Saved Thousands of Americans from Dying With COVID; Get Your Level Checked ASAP

GOP Celebrates, as Dems Finally Drop Idea of Women in Military Draft ... for Now

Police Make Arrest after Fox News Christmas Tree Set Ablaze

'Christmas with The Chosen' Hits $9 Million in Weekend Box Office: 'God Has Something to Say'

80th Anniversary of Attack on Pearl Harbor: 'When We're United As a Country, We Cannot Be Defeated' Says Vet

He Led the Attack on Pearl Harbor, but Then His Enemy Led Him to Jesus

Florida State Rep. Introduces Texas-Style Abortion Bill to Protect Babies With Detectable Heartbeats

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers Vetoes Five Pro-life Bills, Including One Protecting Babies that Survive Abortion

Major School Choice Case Comes to Supreme Court as Maine Families Fight for Religious Freedom

Over 700 Mathematicians and Scientists Sign Open Letter Expressing 'Alarm over Recent Trends in Education'

'I Have Never Seen Anything Like It': Cops Assumed the Worst When They Saw Insane Crash, Then a Real-Life Miracle Unfolded

300 Christmas Carolers Met With Obnoxious Noise Machine and Hecklers; See Their Grace-Filled Response

NYC Expands COVID Jab Mandate to Private Sector Employees, Vaccine Passports for Kids over 5

Dr. Ben Carson on Suppression of Ivermectin and HCQ for Treating COVID, and a Warning on the Pfizer Vax for Children

Intercessors For America: Luciferase; A Correction

Former GOP Senator Bob Dole Passed Away at 98, on Sunday Night

San Fran Police Officers Denied Service at Restaurant Because Their Weapons Go against 'Safe Space' Ideology



Search the Articles Archives

Keyword:  
Author:  
Words Posted On:  
Day Month Year



BCN Plus

An BCN Paid Advertisement
An BCN Paid Advertisement
Follow BCN on Twitter
Are You Praying for Our Government Leaders?
BCN Staff

Steve Shultz
Steve Shultz, Managing Editor
Founder and Owner


Aimee Herd
Aimee Herd, Editor


BCN Plus
Are You Praying for President Trump?
 
 

All articles on this site and emails from BCN are copyrighted property of Breaking Christian News. Permission is given to link to, or share a BCN story if proper attribution is given to both the original writer and summarizer of the story. Breaking Christian News 2005-2019. All Rights Reserved.


Breaking Christian News is a division of Elijah List Publications, Inc. All Rights Reserved


Disclaimer: Articles and links, as well as the source articles linked to; do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Breaking Christian News.

editor@breakingchristiannews.com