Billy Graham (1918 – 2018)

US evangelist Billy Graham – one of the most influential preachers of the 20th Century – has died aged 99 at his home in Montreat, North Carolina, a spokesman for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association said. In a 60-year career, he is estimated to have preached to hundreds of millions of people around the world. 6 things he believed:

We pledged among ourselves to avoid any situation that would have even the appearance of compromise or suspicion. From that day on, I did not travel, meet or eat alone with a woman other than my wife (With 3 Fellow Evangelicals, 1948).

Christianity is not a white man’s religion and doesn’t let anyone tell you it’s white or black. Christ belongs to all people (South Africa, 1973).

I want to go as their friend. I want to see some of the positive things there, come out and report on them because there has been so much negativism about North Korea (North Korea, 1992).

I have been asked hundreds of times why God allows tragedy and suffering. I have to confess that I do not know the answer. The disaster was a lesson about our need for each other. Now we have a choice – whether to implode and disintegrate emotionally and spiritually as a people and a nation; or to choose to become stronger through all of this struggle, to rebuild on a solid foundation (After 11th September, Washington National Cathedral, 2011).

My job is to try to win every person to Christ, especially persons that would have influence for Christ in our society (On his friend, the Los Angeles Gangland Boss, Mickey Cohen, 2011).

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. But looking back I know I sometimes cros­sed the line, and I wouldn’t do that now (After Nixon was taped making anti-Semitic remarks in Graham’s presence. In an interview with Christianity Today, 2011).

Credit: The BBC, 21 February 2018