Monday, 21 January, 2019

'Most Admired' Billy Graham Praised by Pro-Life Leaders

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Melinda Barton | 22 February, 2018, 13:29

Graham who was a renowned evangelist and a confidant to presidents, died on Wednesday at age 99 at his home in Montreat, North Carolina. "But I rejoiced for him".

Reflecting on the legacy of Billy Graham in the afterword to the book "Billy Graham: American Pilgrim", historian Margaret Bendroth observed, "Evangelicals do not choose their leaders lightly".

Tributes are pouring in from around the world for Billy Graham, a man who was known by some as "America's Pastor".

"He represented, as did our Founding Fathers, the missing ingredient in every solution: 'In God We Trust, '" Wommack said.

In 1983, Ronald Reagan gave Mr Graham the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honour.

"Being part of that training under the Billy Graham ministry had a whole lot to do with fueling that fire", she recalls. He says Graham's son Franklin Graham will perform the eulogy. Yet when I attended one of his last crusades, one that filled a stadium and culminated in an "altar call" of believers who solemnly walked to the stage to accept the Lord, I got the appeal.

"The Lord's lost a warrior, the Lord has lost a warrior", said Richard Paris, Deacon/Clerk/Trustee/Sunday School teacher at Trammel Fork Baptist Church. I was standing there and he came through a curtain. He was also vocal about civil rights in the 50's and 60's and has received countless awards and honours including the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Freedom Award in 2000. His legacy of biblical and evangelistic preaching has influenced billions of people around the world.

Graham visited China in 1988, also at a transformational time for the Asian giant which was undergoing an economic overhaul under Deng Xiaoping's policy of "opening up".

His message is timeless, powerful, and relevant for today. "I was afraid my girlfriends were going to leave me".

"I think, though, the first word that comes to my mind is humility", Jacumin said.

Calvin Mercer, a former city councilman who is a professor of religious studies at ECU, emphasized how important Graham was for evangelicals and for American Christianity.

Billy Graham's gift, then, may have been his carefully cultivated style, fire-and-brimstone tempered with kindness and humor.

"He says if he didn't have that encounter all those years ago, he would still be inspired by Graham, but actually meeting him, had a much bigger impact".