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-Troy Anderson, Charisma News.

Famed evangelist Billy Graham´s letter calling America and its
"deceived people" to repentance is one in a series of escalating
warnings that the nation is in growing danger of God´s judgment,
prominent faith leaders told Charisma News.

"This may be our last chance to call the nation to pray," says Anne
Gimenez, national chairperson of America for Jesus - The Awakening, which expects hundreds of thousands of people to gather at Independence Mall in Philadelphia Sept 28-29 to pray and intercede for the United States...

In his letter, "My Heart Aches for America," the 93-year-old Graham wrote that he recalled how his late wife, Ruth, once expressed concerns about the nation´s "terrible downward spiral" - exclaiming, "If God doesn´t punish America, He´ll have to apologize to Sodom
and Gomorrah."

Graham, who has preached to more people than any other
Protestant in history - 2.2 billion - wrote that he wondered what
Ruth would think of the country today where "self-centered
indulgence, pride and a lack of shame over sin are now emblems
of the American lifestyle."

"My hearts aches for America," wrote Graham... "The wonderful
news is that our Lord is a God of mercy, and He responds to
repentance. In Jonah´s Day, Nineveh was the lone world superpower - wealthy, unconcerned and self-centered. When the Prophet Jonah finally traveled to Nineveh and proclaimed God´s warning, people heard and repented. I believe the same thing can happen once again, this time in our nation."

Graham´s letter calling America to repentance comes as a growing
number of highly respected Christian leaders have issued similar
warnings in recent months, noting that the nation is in a downward spiral of economic decline, immorality, corruption, growing secular humanism and attacks on religious liberty.

Jack Hayford, the founding pastor of The Church on the Way in
Van Nuys, Calif., says Graham´s letter comes as the nation is in
a "very grim hour as we approach the election this year."

"What we need is something on the order of shock troops at this
hour, and I can imagine that can be raised," Hayford says. "I don´t feel despairing. I do feel the urgency. We are at a point that
desperate action is needed..."

Wrote Rick Scarborough, chairman of 40 Days to Save America...
"Today, our nation faces multiple crises-pending economic
collapse, moral disintegration and international terrorism-but all
have spiritual underpinnings... The crises confronting us are
beyond the power of human beings to resolve without divine
guidance. Nothing short of a Third Great Awakening can save us."

For another Great Awakening to occur, Hayford says the church
and believers must engage in "gut-level, spiritually-impassioned
intercessory prayer" - something lacking in most churches today,
few of which even hold prayer meetings anymore.
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