The Rev. Billy Graham’s death has prompted an outpouring of reaction from politicians, pastors and ordinary people who heard him preach over the years.
Franklin Graham, Billy Graham’s son, quoted the Bible as he remembered his father.
“He will be missed by our family, his colleagues, faithful ministry partners, and, yes, many around the world,” Franklin Graham wrote on Facebook. “But what joy he has to be welcomed by God the Father, and be reunited with my mother in the presence of Jesus who speaks peace to eternal souls.”
Political and religious leaders around the world quickly reacted to his death, calling the retired evangelist “an American staple” and a “major figure on the world stage for most of the 20th century.”
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President Donald Trump tweeted: “The GREAT Billy Graham is dead. There was nobody like him! He will be missed by Christians and all religions. A very special man.”
Vice President Mike Pence thanked Graham on Twitter.
Former President Barack Obama added on Twitter, “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.”
Gov. Roy Cooper stated, “Billy Graham was a strong, humble, positive and passionate North Carolina man of faith who made a difference in the lives of so many. Rest with God, Reverend Graham.”
Elevation Church leader Steven Furtick tweeted, “You showed us how to leave the 99 for the 1. Thank you, Dr. Graham. Rest in Peace.”
The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of America’s largest Latino Evangelical organization, called Graham “the most influential evangelist in modern history. Billy Graham stepped into the corridors of eternity. He preached the gospel, lived with integrity and changed the world. Thank you for the example.”
Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said in a statement that Graham perfected crusade evangelism. “An epic era of evangelical history has come to an end,” Mohler stated. “Billy Graham was not only a titanic figure in evangelicalism, but in world history and perhaps represents the last of a kind. He dominated 20th century American evangelicalism and remained a major figure on the world stage throughout most of the 20th century in a way that we can envision no evangelical leader in our times.”
Here are some other reactions:
▪ Jason Whitehorn, contemporary worship music singer-songwriter: “Thank you, @BillyGraham for the constant example of the Gospel in ministry of your life. RIP.”
▪ Jay Nordlinger, senior editor, National Review: “Billy Graham affected many lives for the better, including that of George W. Bush, who shook off some troubles to become president (and face different troubles). God bless Billy Graham for his good work. The sheer volume of human testimony is “ungainsayable,” as WFB would say.”
▪ Chief Judge Stephen Dillard, Georgia Court of Appeals: “Eternal rest grant unto Billy Graham, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.”
▪ U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.: “One of the greatest messengers of Christ has gone to his heavenly reward. Dr. Graham spread the good news to millions across the world and led a life beyond reproach.”