The renowned evangelist and preacher Billy Graham has passed away at the age of 99.
Billy Graham had the pleasure to counsel the United States presidents and has prayed with every one since Harry S. Truman, reading Scripture at the President Ricard Nixon funeral. Unfortunately, he lived his life struggling with prostate cancer and hydrocephalus in his last years.
Through his time, Graham help evangelicals regain social influence, but later in life refused to endorse political candidates. He chose to distance himself from the evangelical political movement altogether. “If I get on these other subjects, it divides the audience on an issue that is not the issue I’m promoting,” Graham reportedly said in 2005.
Rest in Peace, Billy Graham! You will be truly missed by many in America!
According to ijr:
Legendary evangelist who counseled presidents Billy Graham died on Wednesday at the age of 99 years old. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence quickly issued statements:
The GREAT Billy Graham is dead. There was nobody like him! He will be missed by Christians and all religions. A very special man.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 21, 2018
Billy Graham’s ministry for the gospel of Jesus Christ and his matchless voice changed the lives of millions. We mourn his passing but I know with absolute certainty that today he heard those words, “well done good and faithful servant.” Thank you Billy Graham. God bless you(2/2)
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) February 21, 2018
“If you went for a walk in the woods, but then decided to wander off the path, and found yourself surrounded by a thicket of thorns and poison ivy, who would you blame? Would you blame the person who built the path? No, of course not. Instead you’d blame yourself if you were honest, because you alone were responsible for wandering from the path.
In a far deeper way, this is what happens when we decide to leave God out of our lives. For a time, it may seem like wandering away from Him doesn’t make any difference; it may even seem easier and freer. But eventually it catches up with us—just as wandering off that path and into the thicket caught up with you.” —Billy Graham
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