Billy Graham realized that there were pitfalls that a ministry should safeguard against. In 1948, while in Modesto, California, he told his associates, Grady Wilson, Bev Shea, Cliff Barrows and Billie Barrows to write down the pitfalls of evangelism. The next day, during devotions each shared their list and there were four areas that were on each of their lists. These four principles would become known as the Modesto Manifesto.
1) Integrity: Be men of our word.
2) Accountability: Being accountable to others, one another and to our wives. But most of all being accountable to the Lord; to the life He'd given us, to the call that He'd given us, being faithful to fulfill the mandate of the evangelist.
3) Purity of life: We will never be alone with another woman other than our wife.
4) Humility: Prefer others and lift up others instead of yourself.
"Here's three things that I've noticed in reading of other ministers. If this ever gets a hold of a minister, it's got him. And there's a weak spot: money, women, popularity. That's right. Dodge the very appearance of it." – Brother William Branham
"Now, this is not to be–to be humble, or it's not to show off, but from the bottom of my heart, I wished I had a place where I could work while in these meetings. So I wouldn't have to even take up an offering or something. That's the truth. I just dread the thoughts of taking up an offering. Don't know why, but I've often seen that three things that hinder a minister. One main three things, one of them is money, and the other is women. The other one's popularity. That's exactly right. When a man gets to a place, he just has to scream, and cry, and carry on, and think so much of money, he forgets God; he's gone." – Brother William Branham
"If a minister, three things, if he goes to fooling with, he's ruined. That is: first thing was money, then women, and then popularity. When he goes to thinking he's someone, right then he's on his road out. That's right. For we're all flesh, just like grass; there's no good in none of us. Only thing's good about us is what part of God is in us." – Brother William Branham
For those of us that God has called into the ministry, there are many temptations. It takes God to keep us grounded. Satan is very much aware of our weaknesses and he will play into them. In the past few years, we have seen satan work overtime to destroy the ministry and the confidence in the ministry. Why? Because according to the Bible, preaching is God's way of perfecting the saints (Ephesians 4:11:12). Pastors, evangelist, missionaries and apostles, be encouraged to know God has ordained that His Word be brought forth through the foolishness of preaching and if we will yield to Him and His principles, He will protect the calling that He has bestowed upon our life.
For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. I Corinthians 1:21
Michael and his wife Crista, are blessed to have three beautiful children (Noah, Gracie, Luke). They live in the middle TN area and attend Eagle Christian church. He counts it a honor to be involved with Eagle’s View, BYC and serving as a evangelist. They enjoy being outdoors, traveling and above all serving the Lord.