Billy Graham

CAL THOMAS COMMENTARY FEBRUARY 23, 2018

         LIKE ALL OF THE REST OF US, BILLY GRAHAM WAS A SINNER. BUT GOD TRANSFORMED HIM – AS HE DID MOSES AND DAVID AND SO MANY OTHERS — INTO A VESSEL HE COULD USE TO PREACH JESUS AS THE ONLY SOLUTION TO HUMAN AND NATIONAL PROBLEMS.

         GRAHAM DID THAT SO EFFECTIVELY OVER SIX DECADES THAT IT IS NOT A STRETCH TO SAY HE LEAD MORE PEOPLE TO JESUS THAN ANY HUMAN BEING IN HISTORY.

         IF YOU HAVE NEVER READ HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY – “JUST AS I AM” – YOU SHOULD. IT IS A DEEPLY PERSONAL BOOK NOT JUST ABOUT THOSE CRUSADES, BUT ABOUT HIS FEELINGS OF INADEQUACY AND WEAKNESS. AS PAUL WROTE, GOD’S STRENGTH IS MADE PERFECT IN OUR WEAKNESS.

         I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF KNOWING BILLY GRAHAM. HE WAS THE MOST HUMBLE FAMOUS PERSON I HAVE EVER MET. HE TOLD ME HE DIDN’T FEAR DEATH, BUT WELCOMED IT BECAUSE HE KNEW WHERE HE WAS GOING AND WAS EAGER TO GET THERE. HE SAID HE WOULD ASK JESUS FOR FORGIVENESS. AND I THINK JESUS WOULD REPLY, “I ALREADY HAVE” AND THEN ADD: “WELL DONE, GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT.” I’M CAL THOMAS.

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