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Billy Graham Sermon: Just Say No (Transcript)

Full text of Billy Graham’s sermon titled ‘Just Say No’ which was preached in Fargo, North Dakota in 1987.

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TRANSCRIPT:

Billy Graham – Evangelist

Now I want you to turn with me to 1 Corinthians, the 9th chapter, beginning at verse 24.

1 Corinthians 9:24-27: “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but only one receiveth the prize? So run, that you may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown, but we an eternal incorruptible crown. I therefore so run, not as uncertainty; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep my body under subjection, lest that by any means, when I’ve preached to others, I myself should be disapproved.”

And then, the 12th verse of the next chapter:

1 Corinthians 10:12-13: “Wherefore, let him that thinketh he standeth, take heed lest he fall. There hath no trial or temptation or trouble taken you but such as is common to all men: But God is faithful who will not allow you to suffer, to be tempted above that you’re able; but will with the temptation or the trial, also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

Young people today are faced with so many problems, especially peer pressure. And the hardest word that young people have to say today is the little word: ‘no’.

Whether it’s drugs, whether it’s picking up a cigarette, whether it’s illicit sex, whatever it is, it’s the hardest word. Do you say no when the peer pressure comes, when the hormones begin to rise, when the excitement is there?

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