Billy Graham isn't dead, he has simply 'changed addresses'

Billy Graham isn't dead, he has simply 'changed addresses' February 21, 2018

On February 12, Anne Graham Lotz, 69, daughter of world famous evangelist Billy Graham, provided a health update for his devotees ahead of his 100 birthday on November 7, 2018:

He can’t see; he has a hard time seeing because of macular degeneration. He’s fairly deaf, I have to use a microphone and he wears a headset for me to speak to him. He’s not mobile.

Now he’s apparently moved on to the “land of the living”.
Will Graham, the grandson of Billy Graham (whose full name is William Franklin Graham Jr) and the son of Franklin Graham, said in this report:

My grandfather once said, ‘One day you’ll hear that Billy Graham has died. Don’t you believe it. On that day I’ll be more alive than ever before! I’ve just changed addresses’.
My friends, today my grandfather moved from the land of the dead to the land of the living.
We mourn that he is no longer with us physically here on earth, but we don’t grieve as those who have no hope.
My grandfather invested his entire life in sharing the promise of eternity through Jesus Christ, and today he had the opportunity to realize that hope himself, kneeling before his Savior and hearing the words, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.’
My family appreciates your prayers now and in the days ahead.

Reacting in a tweet, Donald Trump called him a very special man.

The GREAT Billy Graham is dead. There was nobody like him! He will be missed by Christians and all religions. A very special man.

By October, Paraclete Press will release Billy Graham: The Man and His Message for Today by Lon Allison, who worked for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association for a number of years before becoming a pastor.
Paraclete publisher Jon Sweeney said Allison was the perfect choice for book because he wanted:

A strong evangelical book by someone who was sympathetic to Graham and who would be able to offer something new. This book doesn’t break new ground in biography but it is a retelling from an insider’s perspective.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn

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  • CoastalMaineBird

    Only the good die young.

  • Broga

    I suppose in the crowd of millions Billy will be sitting at God’s right hand. Trump, en route to wrecking the USA including leaving the poorest with no health cover, got it wrong as usual.

  • Laura Roberts

    Like Jerry Falwell before him, Billy Graham is one of those rare individuals who makes the world a measurably better place by leaving it. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

  • RichardW

    Promoted Lord, as the Salvation Army say.
    I am very pleased for him.
    And even more pleased for us that he is no longer among us.

  • dave

    I’m quite grateful to Billy Graham. It was by attending one of his events many years ago that made me realise how much of an atheist I am.

  • Broga

    Billy and his Christian mates never seem prepared to depart readily from this sordid earth and enter paradise. They cling on despite all the horrors their God has inflicted on them.

  • AgentCormac

    The irony is, he’ll never know how wrong he was.

  • Broga

    AgentCormac: it’s not fair.

  • Stephen Mynett

    AC, Broga, I agree. The tragedy is that these religious con-artists live a luxurious life all paid for by gullible fools and the mentally ill and they know they cannot be proved wrong.
    At least people who have been hit by a normal scam have some chance of seeing justice done and getting some of their money back with the help of a legal system, not so with religious skulduggery.
    The evangelicals are the most cowardly of con-artists, at least the average criminal takes a chance of being caught and locked up, these religious types know how easy some people are to fleece and lap up the rewards with the knowledge they will not be exposed. Even those who get caught In flagrante know their gullible flock will fall for the “devil got to me” routine and, most likely, cough up more money to help.

  • barriejohn

    RichardW: Promoted to Glory (“P to G’d”)!
    I had a Salvationist friend ( much older than myself) who was a pain in the backside even to other evangelicals. Because it was her job to pounce on poor sinners encouraged to approach the “Mercy Seat” after their service, and ensnare them, she was given the label Recruiting Sergeant. When she told me that I nearly feel off my chair!

  • barriejohn

    Brogas: As I’ve said before, I knew many who seemed quite boastful about all the “tablets” that they were taking. Don’t they want to “be with Christ, which is far better” (Phil. 1:23)? They claim to!

  • Angela_K

    Billy the bigot has gone, hooray! I look forward to hearing news of his repellent son’s death.

  • Broga

    barriejohn: Lovely, so sweet. And for any here who have not recalled a religious service I can confirm that this is still what they are saying. I was at a religious funeral recently and the vicar, who meandered through his lengthy comments spoke just in those terms.
    He didn’t have a single fresh or interesting thing to say. Nor did he try. The church was extremely cold and the congregation risked hypothermia. The deceased, soon to be cremated before sitting with Jesus, was an atheist but his wife was a Christian.

  • barriejohn

    Broga: My mum sadly died at Christmas, and we had to endure the same sort of thing, as she always insisted that she was “CofE” despite often saying that her idea of eternal life was that you die and are recycled again (not exactly what the stupid vicar was prattling on about!). All the family seemed to think that it was wonderful though. Isn’t it strange how people cling to their traditions?

  • Stuart H.

    Shame he’s not being cremated. They could finally find a good use for a Samaritan’s Purse shoebox.

  • barriejohn

    Getting back to the subject: Billy Graham did an awful lot of damage during his life, with his emotionally-charged, shallow “crusade evangelism”, and even devout Christians complained bitterly about being left to pick up the pieces after a visit from his “team” (always “invited by the churches”, natch). One fact often overlooked is that he might well have faded into obscurity had it not been for William Randolph Hurst’s directive to his newspapers to “puff Graham”. Hearst thought that evangelical Christianity would be a bulwark that would save America from Communist influence, and was also very keen on “Youth for Christ”, which is where Graham learnt his trade.

  • barriejohn

    Stuart H: Brilliant!
    Graham at a “Youth for Christ” rally in his younger days:

  • StephenJP

    I understand that he once boasted that he had rejected reason in favour of faith. That says it all for me.
    It has to be admitted that he was hugely popular in his day. It may well have been that the churches shanghaied their sheep into attending his crusades; but many people went along off their own bat. I guess it is some consolation to reflect that such crusades are much less imaginable these days, in the UK at any rate.
    As a commenter on Jerry Coyne’s website has observed, not the least of Graham’s misdeeds was to convert Cliff Richard from Britain’s answer to Elvis into an irritating godbotherer. The man has a lot to answer for!

  • Stephen Mynett

    Unfortunately putting blind faith ahead of reason or logic is a prerequisite of all religions, that is a way they keep the flock under control. If you cannot answer a question, discourage the sort of thought that will bring about questions.
    As many of have pointed out on here, Luther wrote a lot about the “damned whore” reason. The Reformator was no better than the rest, just a different flavour of intolerance but his stuff on logic and reason are well worth reading because it does give a clear idea of the mindset of religionists we could end up debating or trying to debate with.
    Look at Tim on another thread, he could not debate in normal terms yet expected us to believe his reading of the bible without argument.

  • barriejohn

    Billy Graham was challenged by his friend Charles Templeton, before setting out on his ministry, regarding the plausibility of a literal interpretation of the Bible, and made a conscious decision to accept the book as the infallible word of God. He spoke about that pivotal decision on many occasions. Just look at the circular arguments employed here:
    Can we trust the Bible as the Word of God? Yes, we can, because it tells us that it is!

  • barriejohn

    More about Graham and Templeton (who is, of course, to be pitied!), here:

  • 1859

    He’s ‘changed address’? Exactly – he now lives in a cul-de-sac, a no exit, a dead end…and long may his odious corpse keep its stink below ground. When he was alive the smell from his mouth was unbearable and the damage he caused was immense. It is a ‘blessing’ Graham has finally bitten terra firma.

  • barriejohn

    He’s changed a dress? Not as straight as he made out then?

  • sailor1031

    Let’s not forget how much damage this odious fraud did as “the pastor of presidents”. He never saw an american war he did not approve of and none can say what was the effect of, for instance, his enthusiastic encouragement of both LBJ and Nixon (BG’s political equivalent) in the bombing of both Viet-Nams, Laos and Cambodia which caused many, many thousands of deaths – and still does from time to time. What a christian!

  • Rob Andrews

    The Bible is true…But do they mean the Catholic version or the Protestant version*. And there are new versions that are a little different every time they come out–if only slightly!
    But that makes for a big change over time.
    * protestant version has fewer old testament books.

  • Broga

    So much time is wasted on these shallow, ignorant men when there are people who offer so much. I have long been an enthusiast for Michel de Montaign and I struck gold tonight listening to Mathew Paris’ “Great Lives.” Robert Winston chose Michel de Montaign and he provided an enthralling half hour.
    I compared that half hour with the desert of drivel provided by preachers. And “The Essays: a Selection” in Penguin Classics is stimulating and helpful beyond anything in the bible e.g. on death.

  • Peterat

    A passing nod to Hitchens,”Give him an enema and bury him in a matchbox”. More contextually we could probably substitute a shoe box that his freak-show son uses for Samaritan’s Purse!

  • barriejohn
  • barriejohn

    I’m posting a link to yet another article about Graham, as it may interest anyone who visits this thread again, especially anyone who has an evangelical Christian background. Plenty of food for thought here:
    [M]any evangelicals view their rights as fragile, their institutions as threatened, and their dignity as assailed. The single largest religious demographic in the United States—representing about half the Republican political coalition—sees itself as a besieged and disrespected minority. In this way, evangelicals have become simultaneously more engaged and more alienated.

    Trump consistently depicts evangelicals as they depict themselves: a mistreated minority, in need of a defender who plays by worldly rules. Christianity is “under siege,” Trump told a Liberty University audience. “Relish the opportunity to be an outsider,” he added at a later date: “Embrace the label.” Protecting Christianity, Trump essentially argues, is a job for a bully.