Al Kasha, the Christian composer who won two Academy Awards, has spoken about leading folk music legend Bob Dylan to accepting Jesus Christ as his personal savior in 1978.
Kasha recently addressed the rumor that the popular 73-year-old "Blowin' in the Wind" and "Hurricane" musician had defected from Christianity.
"Absolutely," said Kasha to Assist News when asked if Dylan is still Christian today, as he attended the Pat Boone 80th Birthday Celebrity Roast event in Beverly Hills, California on June 1. "Anyone who can sit and write 34 songs about Jesus Christ believes in Jesus Christ."
Kasha revealed that he led Dylan to Christ nearly 40 years ago after he prayed for Dylan to accept Christ into his life when both men were studying the Bible inside Kasha's home.
As a result, Dylan released multiple Christian theme albums such as "Saved," "Shot of Love" and "Slow Train Coming" inside Kasha's house from 1979 to 1983. In addition, Dylan's newest album "Tempest" released two years ago which was also a Christian-based album.
Despite the fact Kasha won two Oscar Awards for "Best Song" for classic tunes "The Morning After" (from "The Poseidon Adventure" in 1972) and "We May Never Love Like This Again" (from the 1974 movie "The Towering Inferno"), he reveals that his proudest moment was becoming a Christian.
"We've (Kasha and his wife Ceil) been Christians now since 1978," said Kasha. "We have had a Bible Study once a month for 33 years now."
He revealed how he suffered agoraphobia before he became a Christian many years ago.
"I rarely left the house," said Kasha. "People always had to come see me. At this time, my wife and I separated. It's really difficult to live with a phobia."
He revealed that he accepted Christ into his heart many decades ago when he heard evangelist Robert H. Schuller quoting 1 John 4:18 (Perfect love casts out fear) on his television in 1978.
"I heard the word perfect, and it caught my attention," said Kasha to Assist News. "He said God is perfect, and we don't have to be. I laid my hands on the television set and gave my life to Christ then and there."
Kasha also revealed that Pat Boone's wife prayed for him when he suffered from agoraphobia again recently.
"She came and she prayed for me and, because of her prayer, which was so powerful, it broke the thing that I had -- Agoraphobia -- which for people who don't know, is a fear of groups. Look at me tonight. I have some Parkinson's disease, but I'm handling and I'm walking out with all these wonderful people who have come to honor Pat," said Kasha.
Kasha's wife Ceil also revealed why people pray for husband Al and his unfinished mission which is to serve God's will.
"By always lifting up Al and his health, so he can keep going, because he's got a lot of work to do yet for the Lord."
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