Billy Graham was a popular American evangelist who converted millions to Christianity through his televised revival missions.
The 99 year old preacher who believed that ‘all men were lost and would face God’s judgement’ passed on today at his North Carolina home in the United States.
A family spokesman said he died from natural causes, as the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association confirmed his death on Twitter.
Billy Graham passed away this morning at his Montreat, North Carolina, home and met his Savior, Jesus Christ. Mr. Graham was 99. For more visit: https://t.co/BqTSDigeaT— BGEA (@BGEA) February 21, 2018
The skinny preacher with the booming voice was famously known as ‘America’s pastor’ and prayed with every US president since Harry Truman.
Barack Obama and Donald Trump indeed led the tributes of the fallen preacher on social media.
Billy Graham was a humble servant who prayed for so many – and who, with wisdom and grace, gave hope and guidance to generations of Americans.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 21, 2018
.— Donald J. Trump (realDonaldTrump) February 21, 2018
FLOTUSMelania and I join millions of people around the world in mourning the passing of Billy Graham. Our prayers are with his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and all who worked closely with Reverend Graham in his lifelong ministry. https://t.co/e1697tcyaI
Salvation is a gift from God while your dedication is your gift to His Kingdom!— Dayo Adetunji (@DayoAdetunji4) February 21, 2018
Goodbye Evangelist Billy Graham!
The sage— Chinweuba Ofor (chinweubaofor) February 21, 2018
BillyGrahampasses on today at age 99. Reverend Billy Graham Ministry touched millions of lives around the world with salvation of Jesus Christ. He will be remembered as one who finished his race strong and well. We celebrate him, dead yet speaks.
God impacted the world with His Word (once again) through the life of Billy Graham. Thank you for showing us that the simplicity of the gospel can make a difference in the world to the glory of God. Our condolences extend to the Graham family. Rest well soldier! #RIP— D.A. Francis Sr. (@DAFrancisSr1) February 21, 2018
According to his ministry, he preached Christianity to more people than anyone else in history, reaching hundreds of millions of people either in person or via TV and satellite links.
“He was probably the dominant religious leader of his era,” said William Martin, author of “A Prophet With Honor: The Billy Graham Story.” “No more than one or two popes, perhaps one or two other people, came close to what he achieved.”
The media savvy evangelist
With his steely features and piercing blue eyes, Graham was a powerful figure when he preached in his prime, roaming the stage and hoisting a Bible as he declared Jesus Christ to be the only solution to humanity’s problems.
In his heyday Graham had a thunderous, quick-burst speaking style that earned him the nickname “God’s Machine Gun.” Through his “Crusades for Christ,” Graham sowed fields of devotion across the American heartland that would become fertile ground for the growth of the religious right’s conservative political movement.
His influence was fueled by an organization that carefully planned his religious campaigns, putting on international conferences and training seminars for evangelical leaders, Martin said.
Graham’s mastery of the media was ground-breaking. In addition to radio and publishing, he used telephone lines, television and satellites to deliver his message to homes, churches and theaters around the world.
Some 77 million saw him preach in person while nearly 215 million more watched his crusades on television or through satellite link-ups, a Graham spokeswoman said.
Graham and his wife, Ruth, who died June 14, 2007, had two sons and three daughters.
Graham concluded his career of religious campaigns in June 2005 in New York with a three-day stand that attracted more than 230,000 people, his organization said.
He turned over his evangelical association to his son Franklin, who did not shy away from politics and frequently praised Trump once he became president.