In a recent interview with CBN News, God's Not Dead star Kevin Sorbo detailed how an encounter with the late evangelist Billy Graham changed his life.
Sorbo, who was just 13 years old at the time, attended one of Graham’s crusades one August at the St. Paul Fairgrounds.
“It was so moving for me; I remember it very vividly,” Sorbo told CBN’s “Faith & Culture.” “And I remember because I did something I normally wouldn’t do.”
When Graham asked for people to come to the front, Sorbo decided to get out of his seat and join the others. It wasn’t until after he sat down, he met the famed evangelist.
“All of a sudden, a hand went on my head, and I turned around, and it was the Rev. Graham,” Sorbo recalled. “And … we had a little chat.”
Graham also prayed for Sorbo. He later shared that story on Larry King live. Afterwards, Graham’s team contacted Sorbo and asked him to partake in a special project, which was for him to share his story in the book Chicken Soup for the Soul: Billy Graham & Me: 101 Inspiring Personal Stories from Presidents, Pastors, Performers, and Other People Who Know Him Well.
“It’s just such an honor to be part of that,” Sorbo said, adding that he also helped Graham promote the book.
Sorbo, a lifelong Christian, grew up “in a very strong Lutheran family” and first read the book of Revelation as a young child.
He also recalled his teenage years in church, including how an “awesome” youth pastor ministered to him and the other teens.
“We had a thing called The Room on Wednesday nights, so after basketball practice, football, whatever, … you go to The Room,” Sorbo said. “It was this double classroom. They had bean bags and couches and stuff when we’d hang out, and we would talk the Bible with him. That was kind of huge for me.”
As Christian Headlines previously reported, Sorbo directed and stars in the new film, Left Behind: Rise of the Antichrist, based on the bestselling book series of the same name.
The film was released in theaters nationwide on Jan. 26 and will be available for a limited time until Feb. 1.
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Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer and content creator. He is a contributing writer for Christian Headlines and the host of the For Your Soul Podcast, a podcast devoted to sound doctrine and biblical truth. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary.