Rev. Franklin Graham, son of globally-renowned evangelist Dr. Billy Graham, is the latest to praise the History Channel's breakout hit miniseries, "The Bible."
"The Bible Series airing on the History Channel is a compelling 10-hour feature that will likely cause a viewer to want to open the pages of Scripture to see the realities of Almighty God's plan for the human race," Graham wrote on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website. "While there are some story lines interpreted differently, the truth is that in all things the Lord Jesus Christ is seen lifted up before the world and glorified as the King of kings."
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"The Bible," produced by husband-and-wife duo Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, drew a massive 13.1 million viewers during its March 3 premiere. The show is split into five two-hour episodes, each of which dramatizes stories from the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, into one overarching narrative.
The show has developed quite a following of politicians and celebrities, including Oprah, Sen. Marco Rubio, and LL Cool J
High-profile Christian leaders like Joel Osteen of Lakewood Church in Texas and Rick Warren of Saddleback Church
in California have also voiced their support for "The Bible."
"I have seen probably every film made on the Bible in the last 50 years. This is by far the best one," Warren told the Christian Post. "One way to build a bridge between God's World and the issues of our day is to tie a sermon series into some cultural event, something that has already caught the attention of many people."
Rev. Franklin Graham also applauded the timing of "The Bible."
"As Easter approaches, it is good to once again turn to the Truth of Scripture to behold what the Savior of the world has done for the sinful human race by the gift of salvation through His grace," Graham wrote. "For it is through repentance of sin that men, women, and children can receive God’s forgiveness through His sacrifice on the cross for the redemption of our sin, and for the hope of Heaven eternal because of His redeeming love."
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