Influential evangelical leader Billy Graham dies at 99

Reverend Billy Graham, who died Wednesday at the age of 99, left a number of legacies.

Later, tapes released in 2002 caught the preacher telling Nixon that Jews "don't know how I really feel about what they're doing to this country".

"People don't know how the queen struck up this friendship with an old-time American evangelist".

Retired Grove City professor L. John Van Til, who met Graham through Pew in 1969, affirmed the famous preacher's humility.

Evangelist Billy Graham, left, helps President-elect Richard Nixon with his overcoat after they attended services at 5th Avenue Presbyterian Church, in NY, on January 5, 1969. 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.

"But by welcoming us and having me preach on several occasions to the royal family at Windsor and Sandringham, she has gone out of her way to be quietly supportive of our mission", Graham said.

"When it comes to spiritual things, my wife has had the greatest influence on my ministry", Graham said of Bell, who died in June 2007.

"My home is in Heaven", Graham habitually said.

He was friend and counselor to United States presidents from Truman to Nixon and Obama.

When he bid farewell to his supporters in 2005, in a three-day mass show in NY with a cumulative audience of over 230,000 people, he said he was happy to be seeing God's face soon.

Graham visited Eisenhower on his death bed, where they spoke about the assurance of salvation in Jesus Christ.

Jesus said, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). Now headed by Franklin Graham, Billy Graham's son, the group is facing some notable differences of opinion among family members and is diverting from some of Billy Graham's recent policies. But the Watergate scandal that felled Richard Nixon, with whom he was friends, affected him badly and he subsequently resolved to step back from the world of politics.

After attending Bob Jones College, Graham ended up at a Bible school in Florida, where he would preach at his first revival, and was ordained in 1939 by a church in the Southern Baptist Convention. But I just laughed.

"Billy Graham was a consequential leader". The same can indeed be said of Billy Graham. "I went to a meeting with Jewish leaders and I told them I would crawl to them to ask their forgiveness".

  • Leroy Wright