Sunday, July 7, 2019

Henrietta Mears, Billy Graham, and the Gospel

"I doubt if any other woman outside my wife and mother has had such a marked influence." (Speaking of Dr. Henrietta C. Mears influence on his life directly and indirectly). - Dr. Billy Graham1   

     Earlier this year I came across a paperback book titled What The Bible Is All About by Henrietta Mears (1890-1963). The Foreword of the book is written by none other than Billy Graham, who commends it with these words: "This book, What The Bible Is All About, will help make the reading and study of God's Word interesting, challenging and useful. We commend it to you."
     The book is a "clear, concise overview of the Scriptures" in easy to understand language. In the chapter titled Understanding 1 Corinthians, Henrietta Mears gives the following helpful explanation of the Gospel:

     No doubt there was a group in the Corinthian church who did not believe in the resurrection of the dead. Paul in answering this starts out by giving a wonderful statement of what the Gospel is in 1 Corinthians 15:1-11. Paul did not give a new Gospel. It was the old Gospel, given in Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus.
                1. Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures (15:3). 
                2. He was buried (15:4).
                3. He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures (15:4).
                4. He was seen by many witnesses (15:5,6).
     If we deny the resurrection, we deny one of the greatest of all truths of the Gospel. Preaching is vain; faith and hope are all vain. But more than all that, no resurrection would mean no Gospel at all for we would be worshipping a dead Christ. There would be no "good news," for there would be no proof that God had accepted Christ's death as an atonement for our sins. If a sailor on jumping overboard to rescue a drowning man were drowned himself, then we would know that he did not save the man after whom he went. If Christ did not come out from the grave, then He could not bring anyone with Him from the grave. Christ's body died, and it was His body that was raised again. His soul was committed into the hands of the Father.
     Because Christ lives, we shall live also. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?2


1"> (February 21, 2018).

2 Henrietta C. Mears, What The Bible Is All About (Ventura: Regal Books, Copyright 1953, 1954, 1960, 1966, 1980), pages 468-469.

1 comment:

Jonathan Perreault said...

Interestingly enough, the other night I was listening to the radio program "Stories of Great Christians" on Christian radio here in Florida. The Christian biography for that evening was none other than Henrietta Mears! The segment was titled "Henrietta Mears: Called to Teach". It was from the Moody Radio Classics but I think I heard it on the Bible Broadcasting Network (BBN). I looked for the biography in the MP3 disc set of 61 biographies for sale on the Moody Radio website but I didn't see the biography for Henrietta Mears. I don't think the 61 episode set features all of them. Anyway, it was neat to hear and to know about how that woman was so greatly used by God!