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Evangelist Billy Graham brought his crusade to Tyler in 1953
22 February 2018, 01:08 | Colleen Roy
Evangelist Billy Graham preaching the gospel during the Upper Midwest Crusade in St. Paul Minn. on July 13,1973. Bettmann Getty Images
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. counted Graham as a close friend and ally, once remarking, "Had it not been for the ministry of my good friend Dr. Billy Graham, my work in the Civil Rights Movement would not have been as successful as it has been". "Without a doubt, the finest man I ever knew".
The Flint Journal reported on Graham's appearance at the old IMA Auditorium, saying the evangelist held permissive parents and school systems that had "kicked God out the window" responsible for what he called a growing narcotics menace.
By this time he had preached in person to more than 200 million people worldwide.
"Just as Judaism frowns on proselytizing that is coercive, or that seeks to commit men against their will, so do I", Graham told an American Jewish Committee delegation that met with him in 1973.
Billy Graham, the giant of American evangelism who was exalted by Jews for his championing of Israel at its hour of need and then condemned when a nasty anti-Semitic streak was revealed, has died.
The Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian honor in the United States. Graham's deep faith in God overruled the fears of his time.
President John F. Kennedy talks with evangelist Billy Graham at the annual "Presidential Prayer Breakfast" in a Washington hotel, February 9, 1961.
"Billy Graham has always been and will always be a hero in our home".
Graham started meeting with presidents during the tenure of Harry Truman.
There are a lot of people who want to know God but don't know how so the message should be simple and easy for them to understand, he said.
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. Bill Graham's ministry for the gospel of Jesus Christ and his matchless voice changed the lives of millions. Graham was referring to the military escort for the "Little Rock Nine", nine black students who attended a previously white school, and were escorted there on September 24, 1957.
Graham was known for his sense of humor and for maintaining a nonpartisan Christian view, which earned him some criticism. Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash, were fixtures on many of Graham's crusades. He turned over his evangelical association to his son Franklin, who did not shy away from politics and frequently praised Trump once he became president.
"I intend to go anywhere, sponsored by anybody, to preach the Gospel of Christ", he said in 1957.
Graham's other four children were also evangelists. And that, along with the loss of a leader as charismatic as Graham, could affect donations. It gave her the sense that Jesus was Jesus was telling her, "Go home and do the best job you can".
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