Billy Graham, a man who brought the message of Christianity to millions throughout his lifetime died this morning at the age of 99 at his home in Montreat, North Carolina.


Graham, whose preaching was heard in 185 of the world’s 195 countries is reported to have proclaimed the gospel to more than 3 million people, resulting in their committing their lives to Christianity according to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Bringing His Ministry to the Modern Age

Graham built his ministry by bringing the gospel message of tent-revival preachers into the modern media age, using any tool at his disposal — from telegrams to telephones to satellites and the Internet — to “win souls for Christ.”

“He saw himself as using new media to deliver a very old message,” said Randall Balmer, an expert on American religious history at Dartmouth College. That message, as Graham said during thousands of altar calls, was that salvation is offered to one and all, black and white, rich and poor, men and women, sinners and saints, so long as they believed in Jesus. Below, a touching tribute to Graham as he entered his 100th year…

In the forward to his book The Legacy of Billy Graham, author Michael G. Long says: “Perhaps no individual has had more of an effect on twentieth-century American Christianity than the renowned evangelist Billy Graham, whose work has been widely influential in arenas from the rising evangelical movement to the White House.”

Spokesperson Mark DeMoss says Graham suffered from cancer, pneumonia, and other ailments.

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