The other day, I heard about the new Billy Graham library opening ceremony where three former presidents were to attend. When Reverend Graham was asked about it, he said, "too much Billy Graham." He was then assured by others that the facility would lift up the name of Jesus Christ and would honor Him.
I'm sure that the reverend was so glad to hear that! He has led a life of service to God through pointing others towards the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is a more fitting "honor" for Billy to have the facility point towards Jesus rather than to himself.
The difference between tele-evangelists who use God in order to enrich themselves and genuine evangelists who are servants of the Lord (like the Rev. Billy Graham) can be summed up in two sentences.
Ask yourself: Is this person using God? Or, is God using them instead?
As far as Billy Graham and his evangelistic association is concerned, God has used this man and his ministry mightily throughout his lifetime. His children will continue to carry on his ministry efforts. What a blessing this ministry has been on our nation, and the world!
Billy Graham Library to open
If his fragile health allows him to make the trip -- he can barely hear or walk and his vision is poor -- Graham's message will echo the one his ministry hopes visitors take from the library: The glory should go to God rather than the lanky farm boy who preached the gospel to hundreds of millions of people around the world.
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
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"As a son and the president/CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, I support my mother and father fully and I am determined to ensure that the organization remains faithful to the Gospel and committed to the work of evangelism around the world."
“It is my prayer that this center will be a testimony to the world of the amazing love of God and the great things He can do through lives that are surrendered to Him.”
President of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association