While the news that Dr. Billy Graham had died at the age of 99 made me sad, I know he has gone to be with the Lord. (2 Corinthians 5:8, We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.) Billy Graham was one of the very few television preachers for whom I had respect.
He began his ministry in the late forties and spent decades following the directions of Jesus. (Mark 16:15—Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel unto every creature.)
Throughout the decades, there was never a breath of scandal associated with him. (Titus 2:7—In all things showing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine showing incorruptness, gravity, sincerity)
He lived in a modest home in North Carolina and did not dedicate his energy accumulating wealth. (Matthew 6:19—Lay not up for yourselves treasure upon earth)
He was a confidant to presidents with no regard to their party affiliation. (Matthew 22:21–Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s and unto God that which is God’s)
When he came to a city for a crusade, he invited local ministers to attend the service and volunteer to help. People who made a profession of faith after the sermon ended were directed to those churches so they could go forward and grow in their Christianity.
His message was simple … accept the gift of Jesus’s salvation. The verse that almost everyone can quote, (John 3:16, For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.)
He didn’t simply preach it. He lived it.
Goodbye, Dr. Graham. See you later.