21st February 2018

Billy Graham Has Died Aged 99

(from www.lifeandwork.org)

 

World-famous evangelist Billy Graham has died, aged 99.

He is thought to have preached to more than 210 million people worldwide between 1947 and 2005, and was the first to make widespread use of TV to reach millions more.

Born in North Carolina in 1918, he became a committed Christian aged 16 after hearing a travelling preacher. He was ordained a minister in the Southern Baptist Church in 1939, but came to national and international prominence with his large-scale ‘crusades’ in American cities beginning in the late 1940s.

Christianity Today, the magazine founded by Graham, described him today as ‘America’s Pastor’ and 'perhaps the most significant religious figure of the 20th century'. He participated in national events such as presidential inaugurations and during national crises such as the memorial services following the Oklahoma City and 9/11 terrorist attacks.

He first visited Scotland in spring 1955 for the All-Scotland Crusade, speaking to 15,000 people every night at Kelvin Hall for six weeks, and with packed open-air rallies at Hampden, Ibrox and Tynecastle Parks. His words were relayed to missions in 45 centres throughout Scotland, and broadcast by the BBC. Life and Work reported that at the Kelvin Hall meetings ‘there will have been almost 20,000 people committing themselves in faith to Christ’.

Writing in Life and Work following the crusades, BBC journalist Glen Gibson described the Kelvin Hall meetings: “Slowly, as the evening goes on, we cease to have 15,000 separate identities; an invisible force draws us together in mind and spirit, and when Billy Graham comes forward to speak we are eager to hear his message.

“Right from the start we are aware of one thing. Graham speaks with authority. Confidence and sincerity ring out in every word. His authority is the Bible. He uses it as the Sword of the Spirit on us his audience.”

Billy Graham, who also visited Scotland in 1961 and 1991, was married to Ruth, who died in 2007. They had five children, two of whom – Franklin Graham and Anne Graham Lotz – are also high-profile evangelists.

The general director of the Evangelical Alliance, Steve Clifford, said today: “History will recall that Billy Graham was one of the most influential men of his generation. I was profoundly influenced by his life and ministry from afar. Beside a lake, in large auditoriums and through broadcasts, or watching him on TV – one could not help but be impacted by his passion for God, his commitment to the truth of the gospel and his life of integrity lived under intense media scrutiny."

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said: “Dr Billy Graham stood as an exemplar to generation upon generation of modern Christians.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."


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