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/ 21 February 2018

Giving thanks for Billy Graham

A message from the acting Bishop of London following the news that Billy Graham passed away today aged 99:

Christians throughout the world are today remembering with thanksgiving the life and witness of Billy Graham, who has died today aged 99.

His influence on the Church worldwide through his evangelistic campaigns and teaching cannot be underestimated.

Many here in the UK found faith during the 1950s and 1960s in particular through his “Crusades” at Harringay and Earls Court, and the influx into the Church of England of those who can date their conversion to Christ to his preaching is substantial.

I’m grateful for his emphasis on a definite call to repentance, faith and conversion, and for so many who found faith in Jesus Christ through his preaching.

Unlike many of his American contemporaries, he never succumbed to the prosperity gospel, and was before his time among American evangelicals in his commitment to racial integration.

We thank God for his life, his example, and his willingness to be used by God in the task of evangelism.

He preached to millions during his life – and many will remember him as “God’s ambassador”.

Let him speak his own words about his passing:

“Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.”

About Pete Broadbent

Pete Broadbent is the Bishop of Willesden and Acting Bishop of London. He is member of the Church of England's General Synod and oversees the national Simplification process under the Renewal and Reform programme within the Church of England.

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