Billy Graham -- considered by many theologians to be the most inspiring evangelist the world has ever known -- is too frail to preach these days, but a video billed as his final sermon made its debut at his 95th birthday party last night (November 7), the Newser website reports today (November 8, 2013).
In "My Hope America" -- which will be aired on Christian TV channels and in churches across America -- Graham calls for a "spiritual awakening" and warns that America has strayed. "There have been times that I've wept as I've gone from city to city and I've seen how far people have wandered from God," he says.
More than 800 people -- including many celebrities and politicians -- attended Graham's birthday celebration at a North Carolina hotel.
Graham -- who received a standing ovation when he entered the room in a wheelchair -- gave special thanks to 90-year-old music director Cliff Barrows, a part of his spiritual "crusades" since they began in 1944. Other guests included Rupert Murdoch, Donald Trump, singer Ricky Skaggs, and former U.S. vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.