Billy Graham, the evangelist who prayed with U.S. presidents and preached the Christian gospel to millions worldwide, died at the age of 99.
According to the Associated Press, Spokesman Mark DeMoss said Graham died Wednesday morning at his home in Montreat.
Graham was the most successful evangelist in 2,000 years of Christian history, as far as the size of his audience. Taking the Great Commission “to preach the gospel to the ends of the Earth,”
He became the nation’s chaplain, meeting and praying with every president from Harry Truman to Barack Obama. He gave the prayer at nine inaugural events. When the nation mourned the shocking losses of Sept. 11, 2001, Graham took the pulpit in Washington National Cathedral and underscored his hopeful message that humans could turn to God for comfort even in the darkest of times.
Graham was able to use technology, bringing evangelism into the electronic age of radio, television and film and later into cyberspace with the Internet. His daily newspaper column published in the Asheville Citizen Times and nationwide carried his consistent message.
He founded magazines such as “Christianity Today” and “Decision” to give intellectual weight to his conservative Christianity against liberal theologians. He encouraged other evangelists worldwide with conferences in Amsterdam and elsewhere in Europe to continue the outreach he brought in his crusades.
He gave his best to glorify God on earth by giving the message about God’s love, now he goes home to Jesus!