"That became a sort of metaphor for his whole life".
"Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead-don't you believe a word of it". Through his presence on the television, radio, and internet, he was able to reach millions more.
Graham's message, popular for being well thought out and straight forward, did not center on hot-button topics, like gay marriage or abortion. He was never involved in the religious right or the Moral Majority.
The acclaimed preacher, widely admired by the public, also caught the eye of national figures at the time.
In a statement on Graham's death, President George W. Bush noted, "We will miss our good friend forever". "He really wanted to exude the love of Christ more than the theological judgment". He said, "Heaven is where Jesus is and I am going to Him soon!"
Said Leighton Ford on Wednesday: "Now he's coming home to Charlotte". "We will miss our good friend forever". During his decades of ministry, the evangelist led thousands of crusades and served as key adviser to 12 US presidents. We should not seek to imitate him (the world has changed beyond recognition since he began his ministry) but we should be inspired by him.
Example: having defended President Richard Nixon before he resigned in disgrace, Graham sought to distance himself from politics, even though he continued to play a pastoral role with presidents. Several presidents have commended the influential pastor over the years, including Donald Trump who tweeted there was "nobody like him!" on Wednesday. "There was nobody like him!" He said, "Christianity is not a white man's religion, and don't let anybody ever tell you that it's white or black". A very special man. In recent years, the treatment went successfully for cancer, pneumonia and other life-threatening ailments.
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Billy Graham, the evangelist known as "America's Pastor", has died.
"I'm grateful for the opportunities God gave me to minister to people in high places; people in power have spiritual and personal needs like everyone else, and often they have no one to talk to", he said.
Fundamentalists said he was making a mistake by partnering with liberal New York Protestants, who in their view would corrupt the crusade. Graham conducted revivalist campaigns in America and across the globe from the 1950's through the 1990's.
In 1992, Graham became the first foreign religious leader to visit North Korea, where he met its ruler, Kim Il-sung.
The visit echoed others that Graham took as an unofficial United States representative to countries that did not have warm ties with the USA at that time.
The same year, he famously led a series of revivals in circus tents set up in a Los Angeles parking lot. The event was only supposed to last for six weeks. Christ belongs to all people.
Back in the day, Graham was a globe-trotting, charismatic evangelist, and he did interact with Queen Elizabeth.
Graham is survived by three daughters, two sons, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.