Billy Graham, an influential evangelist and preacher of the 20th Century just passed away. He died at his home in Montreat, North Carolina. In his 60-year career, he is estimated to have preached to hundreds of millions of people around the world. Former presidents have paid their tributes to him. President Trump called him “great” and a “very special man.”
After becoming one of the best-known promoters of Christianity in the US, Graham embarked on his global mission with an event in London in 1954. He reached out to millions of worshippers through TV broadcast. His global mission took him to all corners of the world including Nigeria and communist North Korea. An early sermon outside the US took place before 12,000 worshippers in 1954 in Harringay Arena, London.
Billy Graham avoided sexual and financial scandals which dogged some contemporary televangelists through the decades. A social conservative, he opposed same-sex marriage and abortion. Graham preached his final revival meeting in New York in 2005 at the age of 86. As the end of his life approached, he said, “I know that soon my life will be over. I thank God for it, and for all He has given me in this life. But I look forward to Heaven.”