At the age of 99, pastors Billy Graham's death, pastors, authors and faith leaders alike recalled the evangelist as someone with great humility and a passion for the teachings of the Bible.
Some praised Graham – who preached more than 200 million people in his lifetime – as "the most important evangelist since the apostle Paul" and "one of Jesus' most faithful followers." Others remembered the influence he had on them, faith or that of loved ones.
Graham is known as "America's Pastor" and is honored by President Trump, his family, and other legislators because he is honored on Wednesday under the Capitol's rotunda ̵
Franklin Graham, the son of the late Reverend, remembered something his father had once said about heaven.
"My dad … was once asked, 'Where is the sky?' He said," Heaven is where Jesus is and I'm going to see him soon! "That morning, he left this world in that eternal lives in heaven, prepared by the Lord Jesus Christ – the Savior of the World – whom he proclaimed for 80 years, "said Franklin Graham.
Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, part of the Southern Baptist Convention, said it was almost "impossible" to count the number of people he worked through Grahams Christians become.
In an interview with Fox News, Moore praised Graham's authenticity and said he was someone who was the same in both his public and private lives.
"My earliest memories make him preach as a very young child on television The severity with which he took the gospel has continued throughout my life," Moore said. "When I met Dr. Graham, it was same sense of the gospel's gravity felt in him personally – as it was in public.
"The death of Billy Graham is a time for all of us to reflect on the hope he has preached – forgiveness of sins and peace with God through Jesus Christ. "
Moore added that Graham was" successful "because his work had not only referred to himself and compared him to John the Baptist.
" Me think the death of Billy Graham is a time for us all to reflect on the hope he preached – forgiveness of sins and peace with God through Jesus Christ, "said Moore." I hope there is a lot of consideration, not just about what he did, but why. "
Pastor Greg Laurie went on to watch Graham on his black and white television crusade in San Diego, California, to connect with him To serve as a board member of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
"I was not at all disappointed that I met him, he was really the man you hoped for," said Laurie, pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship Fox News.
Laurie said Graham, with whom he had been friends since the early 1990s, was a "very humble man" who enjoyed meeting new people and talking. Graham was faithful in his message, Laurie said, which was simple: We are all sinners, but God loves us and sent his son to die for us.
"I do not believe anyone will ever take Billy's place, but we can all follow his example in our own way and proclaim the same gospel as he does."
"Me Do not think anyone will ever take Billy's place, but we can all follow his example in his own way and proclaim the same gospel as he does, "Laurie said.
"Billy Graham served God's purpose for his generation and then he died," said Rick Warren.
The venerable pastor and author is a clear statement about Graham, a reference to Acts 13:36, a bible verse that says, "When David served God's purpose in his generation, he fell asleep and was buried with his ancestors and his body rots. "
This epithet, Warren told Fox News, is perhaps the greatest praise he could give anyone. He praised the integrity, focus and humility of the deceased evangelist
"There will be no substitute" for Graham, he said. But that's not necessarily a dark perspective.
"It would be hard to overestimate Billy Graham's influence on my life and ministry."
"It was irreplaceable and unique, but the world has changed – in each generation, God is training new women and men to serve His destiny in His generation," Warren said. "It's one of the greatest lessons we can learn from Graham."
Warren also said, "It would be hard to overestimate Billy Graham's influence on my life and ministry."
Graham "reaffirmed the next generation" by his encouragement. Warren, the senior pastor of Saddleback Church in California, said he still has several Graham handwritten letters and cards that encouraged him when Warren was a young pastor.
Now he continues the tradition.
Dr. James Dobson called Graham a "brother in Christ" and said he would miss the evangelist very much.
"It's not often that you can say that someone has really changed the world When it comes to Billy, he has also changed the face of eternity," said Dobson, author and founder of Family Talk, in a statement to Fox News. "Through his crusades he has helped to turn many millions of hearts into Christ."
"Although there are superlatives about the life and deeds of Rev. Graham, I believe he wants us all to return our admiration and worship to Jesus." He went on.
Paula White, pastor of the New Destiny Christian Center at Apopka, Florida, told Fox News that Graham's "love of God is so palpable in his life."
"This man has really lived from a Christian point of view," said White, a spiritual adviser to President Trump, adding that when she met with Graham, it was like talking to Jesus Himself. "His words were powerful and profound, but it was the presence of God in his life."
White continued, "He has always focused on Jesus Christ, it is a matter for Dr. Billy Graham – with word, deed, action, presence – he rejected everything to his Lord and Savior."
Thom Rainer was only the second or third time in a position to meet Graham before a crusade in Louisville, Kentucky, but when the Reverend saw him, he said, "It's an honor for me To see you again."
Rainer, President and CEO of Nashville-based LifeWay Christian Resources, recalled the meeting and told Fox News that it was an indication of the "incredible humility" that Graham embodied.
Apart from his humility, Rainer praised Graham's ability to understand the context in which he lived. As Graham, Graham always asked questions, always looking for a better way to reach people, Rainer said. He did that through his Crusades, then with the radio, and finally through television programs.
"He was an anointed man – we can only explain this through the correct theology of God – but God used him because he was ready to understand that Context [of the era] said Rainer, the founding dean of Billy Graham Mission School, Evangelism and Ministry of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kentucky.
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez remembers how Graham preached in his young teenager on his black and white television, his sermons, the gospel world Rodríguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, praised Graham as the "epitome of unity" integrating his crusades at a time when racial segregation was at stake
"He understood that every single human being is invariably created in the image of God."
In addition, Rodriguez said Graham was through his Preaching various Christian factions – charismatics and non-charismatics – brought together.
"He has taught me when you teach the Word, but most importantly, if you live the Word, if your character is aligned with your rhetoric, then God will convict the hearts of humanity," Rodriguez said.
Anne Graham Lotz
When Evangelist Anne Graham Lotz thinks of the deceased preacher, she does not necessarily think of the public figure – but of her father, she said in a statement.
"But when I think of him, I also think of his message because he was engrossed in it." Saturated in. He was his message … a simple man who had responded to God's love by expressing his faith Jesus gave and was reassured that his sins were forgiven, that he would not perish but would have eternal life, "said Lotz. "Simple Faith, Faith That Counts More Than Everything Else."
Lotz recalled that she said she was raised by a single parent because Graham was often away for his ministry.
"Now he's gone again, this time he's not coming back, at least not to Jesus," said Lotz. "Although he may be physically absent and his voice is silent, I am confident that his message will continue to resonate for generations to come."
She said she hopes that her father's death will be a "collective summons" for others. rise up to take his place. "
Pastor and author David Jeremiah said people should be" happy that this child of God is united with his Father in heaven. "
" I thank God for the life and ministry of this man whom so many of us have long admired pastors, ministers and church leaders, and whose example has inspired so many others to spend their lives in the service of Jesus. "Jeremiah, senior pastor of the community community Shadow Mountain in California, said in a statement provided to Fox News.
Jentezen Franklin, the elder pastor of the Free Chapel Church in Gainesville, Georgia said to him Graham had the most obligation when it came to pr
"When he heard him preach for the first time, he could immediately see how much this man loved Jesus and wanted others to experience the same love – it is from the Deepened his heart, "Franklin said in a statement to Fox News." His passion and dedication to sharing the love of Jesus throughout the world was for my own life Crucial and inspiring when I began my ministry. "
Bestselling author" Case for Christ "Lee Strobel tweeted a simple message after Graham's death.
"A life in which the Good News is shared with the world, well done, good and faithful servant!" He wrote.
Author and evangelist Beth Moore also joined Twitter to remember Graham.
"There will never be another Billy Graham again" She wrote, "What a gift from God to this world."
Steven Furtick, pastor of Elevation Church in the Charlotte area, graced Graham.
"You showed us how to leave the 99 for the 1. Thank you, Dr. Graham," Furtick tweeted.
His social media post referenced the biblical parable about a shepherd leaving his flock of 99 sure sheep to search for the one who left.
The evangelist and author Joel Osteen shared photos of himself with Graham with his Twitter followers, calling the deceased religious leader a "hero in our house".
"Besides my own father, Reverend Graham was the humblest and most gracious man I ever knew, and I am honored to call him a friend and mentor," said Osten.
Author and financial advisor Dave Ramsey recalled Graham as "possibly the greatest man of the last 100 years."
"The world is darker today than Billy Graham goes home," said Ramsey. "Thousands of souls applaud in heaven as he comes in and hears," Well done, good and faithful servant. "
Liberty University President Jerry Falwell expressed his prayers for Graham's family social media.
"The Christian faith has lost its greatest orator of the last century who gave billions of hope that even [though] we are all sinners, hope and eternal life by faith in Jesus Christ," said Falwell.
THE ONE THING BILLY GRAHAM WOULD REMEMBER
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, said his family has "respect and admiration" for Graham despite a difference in religious beliefs.
"There was no question that the Dolans were a Catholic family, firm in our faith, but in our household there was always respect and admiration for Billy Graham and the work he did. Bring people to God." [19659015ArchbishopofCanterbury
Justin Welby, archbishop of Canterbury, said Graham was "a role model for generation after generation of modern Christians"
"When it comes to a living and lasting influence on the worldwide church he can hardly have: He personally introduced Jesus Christ, "said the archbishop, the leader of the Church of England.
"Now he is facing Jesus Christ, his savior and ours, and he is the one he has been looking forward to all his life."
"The debt that the universal Church owes him 'are immeasurable and unpronounceable,' Welby continued. "Personally, I am deeply grateful to God for the life and ministry of this good and faithful minister of the Gospel, who challenged all Christians to imitate how he lived and what he did."
"He was one who Presidents and preachers, monarchs and musicians met, the poor and the rich, the young and the old, face to face, but now he is facing Jesus Christ, his savior and ours, it is the meeting that he is all about Life long. "
The Associated Press has contributed to this report.