Feb 222018

Billy Graham was the Elvis of American evangelism.

Uniquely American, the king without successor.

There will never be another Graham, just as there has never been another Elvis.


The cultural and societal environment they were part of no longer exists, the ground that produced them forever to lie fallow.

There will always be pretenders to the throne, but all have the comparable gravitas that a Paul Anka had to Presley.

Nice song… now go away, little boy.

I was never a fan of Graham, even in a religious culture that produces fans of clergymen.

I had theological and methodological differences with him and I may never forgive him for siring Franklin.

Despite any of those issues, there was much I admired and respected about Billy Graham.

He was a faithful husband, father, and grandfather.

He was a pioneer of using all the media at his disposal.

He never seemed to be in it for the money.

Above all else, that man loved Jesus.

Jesus, as is his habit, loved Billy first.

I have no doubt that he is enjoying the presence of the Savior.

If you don’t think so, you’re an idiot and probably wouldn’t know Jesus if He personally handed you His business card.

If you think that perhaps Billy is roasting in hell for being “ecumenical” you may think you are saved by pristine doctrine instead of a living Lord.

That means  (according to pristine doctrine) that you are going to split hell wide open.

You should have listened to Billy preach the gospel…it’s not too late.



  7 Responses to “Billy Graham: An American Icon”

  1. I have no doubt he is enjoying heaven and seeing the Savior he loved so dearly, I also agree that anyone who doubts that is indeed an idiot.

    My husband said this morning, “if Billy Graham isn’t in heaven then none of us are going.”

    Prayers of comfort for his family, can’t imagine the loss they will feel.

  2. “If you think that perhaps Billy is roasting in hell for being “ecumenical” you may think you are saved by pristine doctrine instead of a living Lord”
    I find it ironic that Teen Vogue’s columnist Lauren Duca seems to think just this for reasons far different than being ecumenical or having pristine doctrine. I doubt the liberal feminists that have the ideology of Duca would ever read this blog but this never the less is for them to listen to Billy preach as well.

  3. Billy wasn’t perfect, but that isn’t part of the gospel equation. It is a sad state of affairs to use occasions to promote one’s brand.

  4. Good word Michael.

  5. He was fearless and direct about the need for all men everywhere to repent. Meanwhile he had a graciousness of spirit that opened a million doors and many more hearts.

    He stood tall.

  6. “Although I have much to be grateful for as I look back over my life, I also have many regrets. I have failed many times, and I would do many things differently. For one thing, I would speak less and study more, and I would spend more time with my family.”

    Billy Graham

  7. Good find, Duane.

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