‘Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant’: Christian Leaders and Others React to the Passing of Evangelist Billy Graham

Billy Graham preaches to more than 100,000 Berliners in June 1954.
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The Rev. Billy Graham has died at age 99, prompting an outpouring of reaction from politicians, pastors and ordinary people who heard him preach over the years.

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association confirmed that Graham, who long suffered from cancer, pneumonia and other ailments, died at his home in Asheville at 7:46 a.m. Wednesday.

Political and religious leaders around the world quickly reacted to his death, with some noting the retired evangelist had long been a “staple in American public life.”

Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said in a statement that Billy Graham perfected crusade evangelism.

“An epic era of evangelical history has come to an end,” Mohler said in a statement. “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.”

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.”

Here are some of the reactions:

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.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper responded within an hour.

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,” Cooper said in a statement.

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SOURCE: Charlotte Observer, Mark Price, Lavendrick Smith and Jane Wester

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