Billy Graham Didn’t Die – You Don’t Have to Either  

Billy Graham Didn’t Die – You Don’t Have to Either   February 21, 2018

The famed evangelist one said, “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.”

The time has come. We are reading and hearing that Billy Graham is dead. Age 99 at that. It’s tempting to be sad about this news. Yet, I find comfort in this important reminder – from Graham himself long before this day came to pass – that he is not, in fact, dead. No, he is very much alive.

It’s not wrong to grieve the world’s loss. Certainly those who knew and loved Graham personally have a right to be sorrowful. Their hearts are hurting because they won’t see their loved one again this side of Heaven. Anytime we lose someone we love, it’s okay – it’s normal – to be sad. Regardless of how old they are or how old we are. Loss is painful. And we have certainly lost a Godly man who has led untold numbers of people to Christ.

But there should also be a celebration! Graham lived a long life. He had tremendous influence, and his legacy will be eternal. And he is now home. Heaven is his new address. That’s where you can find him. You too can one day – when your time has come – pass from this world into the presence of God. We call that death, but truly it is passing into eternity. As you reflect on the life and passing of Billy Graham, take the words of John 3:16 to heart: “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son so that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Graham once said that he was not going to Heaven because he had preached to great crowds or read the Bible many times. Instead, he said, “I’m going to Heaven just like the thief on the cross who said in that last moment, Lord remember me.” Like all who believe, Graham was a sinner saved by grace who placed his faith in Jesus Christ. Don’t delay, friends. You have until your very last breath to do the same, but only until your last breath. And when you take that final breath, you, like Graham, can immediately be in the presence of God. Or you can be separated from Him forever. Make today the day of your salvation. And praise God for the life and witness of Mr. Billy Graham.

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  • ravitchn

    The media and the bible thumpers have made a savior type out of Graham, a poorly educated redneck with the gift of oratory but without a brain in his head. No real theology, no philosophy, no biblical scholarship ever darkened his mind. He was a snake oil salesman and had considerable skill. Many have emulated him but he was the star of the Christian freak show.

  • Karl Dubhe

    Reality is a figment of the imagination, eh?

    Well, thanks for your ‘opinion’ in that matter.

  • Maine_Skeptic

    “He was a snake oil salesman and had considerable skill. Many have
    emulated him but he was the star of the Christian freak show.”

    I don’t think it was that simple. Graham might have actually done some good things. The problem is that his son is a racist and a fascist, and it’s impossible to think Billy was a good guy when he never reined in his son’s bigotry and anti-democratic screeds.

  • Perry Widhalm

    At the core of people’s faith in a supernatural deity in heaven above is their overwhelming fear of death coupled to living a life without inherent meaning or purpose. If you actually study anthropology, mythology, psychology, history plus all four of the sciences, it becomes crystal clear that all religions are man-made and culture bound. If Billy Graham were born in India, the chances are he’d have been a Hindu. For 200,000 years our ancestors lived in a world they did not really understand, so they invented magic and superstitions to explain it. To our ancestors, magic was real. They had no way of understanding reality through causes, effects and consequences. Today, we can understand reality through the scientific method, logic and rationality. Of course, there is much yet to learn.

  • bbeck

    Elvis, Michael Jackson, and many more are all alive, and you have to die to meet them.

  • Eireann(Erin) Benson

    I’m not crying about Billy Graham passing on. Instead I am thanking God for giving him to us. His good, long life of 99 years on Earth has ended, and he is meeting our Savior in person. And I have no doubt that he is together again with his wife Ruth.

  • disqus_KZV54l7H97

    To use a common and frequently used British term, he was a (slang for) “vagina”. .

  • Iain Lovejoy

    I am a Christian. I thought Billy Graham was supposed to be one, and you purport to be so. We are supposed to believe in the resurrection of the dead; that is in the creed. If you are saying our permanent home is in heaven, and we are not to be resurrected into eternal life in a renewed creation when Jesus returns and makes all things new, then you are departing from Christian orthodoxy.

  • Jeffrey

    The headline of this piece is a needless semantic jumble, or else an unorthodox rebuttal of Christian doctrine.
    Hebrews 9:27 – “For it is appointed unto man once TO DIE, and after that judgment…” (emphasis mine)

  • Glad2BGodless

    To those who knew Billy Graham personally, and to those who did not know him, but who nevertheless found he was an important influence in your life — my condolences today for your loss.

  • Glad2BGodless

    Who are you talking to?

  • Karl Dubhe

    Graham is quite dead. There is no afterlife.

  • Glad2BGodless

    I don’t disagree, but I don’t understand what you’re getting at in your original comment.

  • Widuran

    Yes he is in heaven. Now accept Jesus!

  • Barros Serrano

    I don’t think it’s as simple as Christians make it.

    Billy Graham did considerable evil in this world. He coddled up to Presidents no matter how vile and criminal.

    I suspect that if he was allowed a human form, he has reincarnated as a woman or gay in a Moslem society, so he can feel the full effect of the sort of bigotry he condoned and propagated.