Billy Graham: Preacher to millions, adviser to presidents, dies at 99
Wednesday February 21 2018
Billy Graham delivers his message during a New York Crusade at Flushing Meadows Park on June 24, 2005. The influential evangelist has died at his home in North Carolina, US aged 99. PHOTO | AFP
With his steely features and piercing blue eyes, Graham was a powerful figure when he preached in his prime, roaming the stage and hoisting a Bible as he declared Jesus Christ to be the only solution to humanity’s problems.
Graham’s mastery of the media was ground-breaking. In addition to radio and publishing, he used telephone lines, television and satellites to deliver his message to homes, churches and theatres around the world.
Liberals accused him of giving credibility to abusive governments while fundamentalist Christians criticised him for going to godless countries and promoting peaceful relations with them. Graham said he simply saw the trips as apolitical opportunities to win souls for Christ.