Persecution Relief mourns the death of the Evangelist Billy Graham.
Rev. Billy Graham went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, 21st February, 2018 at age 99.
A North Carolina farmer’s son who preached to millions in stadium events he called crusades, becoming a pastor to presidents and the nation’s best-known Christian evangelist for more than 60 years, died on Wednesday at his home in Montreat, North Carolina.
What a gift he was to the church. To the world. Nobody in the area of missions had a greater impact on this world. Never has the world seen such an exemplary life lived over nine decades. He was a powerful beacon for Jesus Christ, who set his face like flint with his unashamed allegiance to the absolute sovereignty and centrality of God.
After a super marathon of 99 years, he finished his race and ministry received from the Lord Jesus. His vision on the advance of the gospel was breathtaking. He did not waste his life, not even the last hours of it. The concept of “retirement” was not in the Bible he said.
Though he was not from my time, his simple sermons, his reverence for the holiness of God, and love for Jesus Christ were unmistakable and inspiring.
What a legacy he has left for his family and for those who come after. Billy Graham’s famous words were “My home is in Heaven. I’m just traveling through this world.” I am certain that he must have heard the words from our Righteous Judge saying “Well done, good and faithful servant”.
His wife, Ruth Bell Graham, died in 2007. He is survived by his sons, the Rev. William Franklin III and the Rev. Nelson Graham, known as Ned; three daughters, Virginia Tchividjian (known as Gigi), Anne Graham Lotz and Ruth Graham McIntyre; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Persecution Relief offers its heartfelt condolences and prayers of comfort to the bereaved family.
“Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.” 1 Thess.4:13-14
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