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Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Renowned American evangelist Billy Graham dead at 99

Renowned American evangelist Billy Graham dead at 99

Reverend Billy Graham, who reportedly transformed American religious life through his preaching and activism, becoming a counselor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, has died at the age of 99.

CBS News reports that Graham preached at what he called his "Final Crusade" in the summer of 2005.

He said: "Deep inside we need something else. And that something else can be brought about by Jesus.

"When I touch the podium, I can feel a new strength and a new power come and it's a thrilling thing for me to preach the gospel at this age."

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We gathered that the three-day event in New York City was the culmination of a lifetime of evangelism, seven decades of spreading the gospel to more than 200 million people in 185 countries around the world.

Raised in the fundamentalist faith of his native North Carolina, Graham dedicated his life to Christ when he was 16 and was ordained a Baptist minister in 1939.

He created his own brand of populist evangelism. His "crusades," as he called them, were soon attracting millions in person and later through television.

Graham once reportedly said:"We are United, and are ready to march under the banner of Almighty God, taking as our slogan that which we have on our coins, 'In God We Trust".

Graham was an ardent supporter of black civil rights.

He was also reputed to have bailed Martin Luther King Jnr out of jail.

Tim Stanley, the widely respected historian and leader writer for Daily Telegraph, paid tribute to Graham on Twitter.

He twitted:"Billy Graham was a rebuke to those who say don’t mix evangelical religion and politics. This brilliant preacher was instrumental to fighting racial segregation: in the 60s he bailed MLK out of jail."

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In an earlier report by Us, Billy Graham was rated as one of the world’s 20 richest pastors by Forbes.

With a net worth of $25 million, Graham was ranked the 15th richest pastor in the world.

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