Billy Graham’s evangelist daughter, Anne Graham Lotz, challenged and comforted the crowd attending the Church of God Convention on Tuesday at Crossings Community, 14600 N Portland.
Lotz spoke to an audience of about 2,300 people as she urged them to stand up for their Christian faith in an increasingly “anti-Christ” world.
“Be bold in our politically correct society — exalt Jesus by name,” she said.
Lotz’s message was during the “Night of Praise and Worship” that was part of the national gathering of the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.), faith movement. She is the founder and president of AnGeL Ministries, based in Raleigh, N.C., and hosts and speaks at revivals and ministry events across the country.
Tuesday’s gathering also included a rousing performance by Sandi Patty, a Crossings member and Grammy Award-winning gospel recording artist with lifelong ties to the Church of God.
Preaching from the Book of Revelations, Lotz said the Apostle John found himself on the isle of Patmos, forced to serve a penance of manual labor for the crime of proclaiming Christ’s gospel. She said John was elderly at the time and, perhaps, much like her famous father.
“My daddy is 95. He’s doing very well for someone who is 95. At 95, you’re not as strong and energetic,” she said.
Yet even as John faced another round of persecution in his old age, he remained open to receive a fresh revelation, a fresh vision from the Lord, which he shared in the Bible, Lotz said.
She told the audience that many of them and many believers today may find themselves in a situation like John — stuck on an island, a place of isolation or exile “where we feel cut off.”
“Your life is unraveled. It’s very different from what you thought it would be,” she said.