Religion: Sickle for the Harvest

"We are standing on the verge of a great national revival," says Evangelist Billy Graham, "an oldfashioned, heaven-sent, Holy Ghost revival that will sweep the nation ... In the words of Joel: 'Put in the sickle while the harvest is ripe.' "

This week, in a big circus tent ("the largest revival tent in history") in downtown Los Angeles, Evangelist Graham seemed to be wielding the revival sickle as no one since Billy Sunday had wielded it. Sponsored and financed by businessmen, ministers and such groups as Christian Endeavor, Youth for Christ, and the...

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