Published: Sat, February 24, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Here's how you can leave a message for Billy Graham's family

Here's how you can leave a message for Billy Graham's family

Famed evangelical Christian pastor Billy Graham, a charismatic figure for decades in the USA and counsellor to Presidents, died on Wednesday at the age of 99. Graham was 99 years old when he passed away on Wednesday.

Graham continued to minister well into his 90s through media, even as his health failed.

In 1971, I first met Billy Graham while serving as his caddy at the Byron Nelson Golf Classic. But perhaps because of such publicity, Graham's popularity grew. Graham called and invited me to join the team for the New York Crusade. "I'm saddened. Not many like him left".

"I have one message: that Jesus Christ came, he died on a cross, he rose again, and he asked us to repent of our sins and receive him by faith as Lord and Savior, and if we do, we have forgiveness of all of our sins", said Graham at his final crusade in June 2005 at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in NY.

After becoming one of the best-known promoters of Christianity in the US, Graham embarked on his global mission with an event in London in 1954. "Now through March 4, SiriusXM listeners can reflect on the remarkable life and work of Billy Graham with a special channel dedicated to his seven decades of ministry".

"That night, I asked Jesus to come into my heart and he changed my life", Lotz said. Graham was cited by the George Washington Carver Memorial Institute for his contributions to race relations and by the Anti-Defamation League of the B'nai B'rith. He loved going really fast in my boat.

He added that homosexuality was an "ungodly spirit of self-gratification" and famously went on to say "we traffic in homosexuality at the peril of our spiritual welfare". He called Ford as he was making the decision about whether to pardon Nixon. Integration occurred in 1973, and only then did Graham make the trip to South Africa.

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As C.S. Lewis famously noted, "Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in".

Graham's authentic nature earned him universal respect.

In 1953, he told ushers not to erect barriers that separated whites and blacks in his audience. I slipped out of the room where the television was located and knelt beside a bed and received Christ as my Savior. He had particularly kind words about Reagan, telling ABC News he was "the greatest". The latter's son, George W Bush, credits him with restoring his faith in 2010. Graham was also one of several prominent clergies in President Clinton's circle of advisers. In an era when many evangelical leaders were exposed for deep moral and financial failings, I am grateful that my experience was much different. But I love you.' The story does not end with the cross, for Easter points us beyond the tragedy of the cross to the empty tomb that tells us that there is hope for eternal life, for Christ has conquered evil and death and hell.

Former presidents are among the many who have been paying tribute. "And I'm very proud of him and I'm very thankful of the privilege of calling him a friend".

Lotz, 48, is the son of Graham's daughter Anne Graham Lotz.

Turns out, the idiom "feet of clay" was coined for people like Billy Graham and others who are revered but who are not ideal. I know one of his life regrets was that he wished he had been able to spend more time with his family when they were young.

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