"America's Pastor" Billy Graham Has Died At 99


Mike Pence, the evangelical Vice President, said: 'Karen and I were saddened to learn of the passing of one of the greatest Americans of the century, Reverend Billy Graham. There was nobody like him! "Christianity is not a white man's religion, and don't let anybody ever tell you that it's white or black".

USA evangelist Billy Graham pictured in 1966.

His stances were not always popular.

Graham played a role in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, striking out against segregation and promoting integration in the South, where it was largely unpopular.

"Ryan issued a statement that said, in part, "As soaring a figure as he was, Rev". Nixon was a close friend and frequent golf partner. He apologized, saying he didn't recall having such feelings.

The one-time backwoods minister who eventually became the world's foremost Christian evangelist, spread a message of spiritual redemption at tent and stadium revival meetings, in a career that spanned decades. He was a counselor to presidents Democratic and Republican and, with his massive arena appearances, was a precursor of the Protestant televangelism that helped reshape the American religious and political landscapes.

Graham was born November 7, 1918 and raised on a fairy farm in North Carolina.

Though Graham's shoes could likely never be filled, his son, Franklin, has taken over in some aspects-leading The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and becoming a confidant of President Donald Trump, including speaking at his inauguration.

As his stature increased, so too did the fears, emotions and hyper-patriotism of the Cold War. When it comes to a living and lasting influence upon the worldwide church he can have few equals: for he introduced person after person to Jesus Christ. Over a weekend, more than three million people traveled to see him, including more than one million people for his final service. As a teenager, he said he was mostly preoccupied with baseball and girls until he was moved by God after hearing a fiery revivalist in Charlotte.

Graham was a staple on televisions and radios throughout the country and has written more than 30 books. He will be with me as long as I'm on this Earth, and some day I will go to be with him in heaven forever.

Graham was a regular face in Gallup's "Ten Most Admired Men in the World" poll.

Among his many honors, he was presented with an honorary knighthood in 2001 and received the Congressional Gold Medal in 1996. He got the nickname, "America's Pastor" because of his service to U.S. presidents from Dwight Eisenhower to George W. Bush.

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He went on to argue that, because of faith in the Christian God, "even when we with die it's not the last chapter of our lives" - to which Payne responded with a bassy, reaffirming, "Amen". I think Billy touched the hearts of not only Christians, but people of all faiths, because he was such a good man.