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Christian World News - February 23, 2018

A servant of God goes home. Billy Graham preached the Gospel to some 215 million people in his lifetime. Today, he's celebrating with the heavenly crowds who responded to that message. The life and legacy of Billy Graham. Read Transcript


I WANT TO HEAR ONE

PERSON SAY SOMETHING NICE

ABOUT ME, AND THAT'S THE

LORD.

WHEN I FACE HIM, I WANT

HIM TO SAY TO ME,

WELL-DONE THY GOOD AND

FAITHFUL SERVANT.

AND THE LORD WILL.

A SERVANT OF GOD GOES

HOME.

BILLY GRAHAM PREACHED THE

GOSPEL TO SOME 215 MILLION

PEOPLE IN HIS LIFETIME.

TODAY HE IS CELEBRATING

WITH THE HEAVENLY CROWDS

TO WHO RESPONDED TO THAT

MESSAGE ON THIS SPECIAL

EDITION OF "CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS," THE LIFE AND

LEGACY OF BILLY GRAHAM.

> HELLO, EVERYONE.

WELCOME TO THIS SPECIAL

EDITION OF "CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS."

I'M GEORGE THOMAS.

AND I'M WENDY GRIFFITH.

THE LEGENDARY EVANGELIST,

BILLY GRAHAM, HAS STEPPED

INTO ETERNITY AT THE AGE

OF 99.

GRAHAM WILL LIE IN HONOR

IN THE BE NATIONAL ROTUNDA

IN WASHINGTON.

HE IS THE FIRST RELIGIOUS

LEADER EVER TO RECEIVE

THAT RECOGNITION.

CBN'S JOHN JESSUP

TRAVELLED TO NORTH

CAROLINA TO SEE HOW PEOPLE

ARE REMEMBERING THE MAN

WIDELY CONSIDERED ONE OF

THE GREATEST EVANGELISTS

EVER.

Reporter: WHEN YOU

FLY INTO CHARLOTTE, EVEN

BEFORE THE FIRST WELCOME

SIGN, YOU SEE THE MARK

BILLY GRAHAM MADE ON THE

QUEEN CITY.

HIGHWAYS BEAR HIS NAME,

AND FLAGS FLY AT HAF

HALF-STAFF, AND REPORTERS

FILL THE AIRWAVES WITH

LIVE UPDATES FROM THE

BILLY GRAHAM LIBRARY, THE

SITE OF GRAHAM'S EVENTUAL

BURIAL SITE.

CREWS ARE TRANSFORMING

THIS PARKING LIGHT, ALL

AGAINST THE BACKDROP OF

THE CROSS, SIGNIFYING THE

FAITH TO WHICH HE

DEDICATED HIS ENTIRE LIFE.

AND OUR TIMES TOGETHER,

WHICH NUMBER HUNDREDS,

HAVE BEEN FILLED WITH FUN

AND LAUGHTER, WATCHING A

GOOD GAME OF GOLF OR

BASEBALL, TALKING ABOUT

FAMILY, BUT ABOVE ALL, THE

SPIRITUAL DEPTH OF HIS

HEART, HIS PASSION FOR THE

GOSPEL.

Reporter: DON WILTON

SERVED AS GRAHAM'S PASTOR,

A ROLE THAT SHOULD BE

DAUNTING FOR THE MAN

DUBBED AT AMERICA'S PASTOR

AND COUNSELLOR TO THE

PRESIDENTS.

BUT HE SAYS GRAHAM HAD A

TRADEMARK WAY OF MAKING IT

EASY.

EVERY TIME YOU'RE WITH

HIM -- AND YOU CAN ASK ANY

PERSON WHO HAS EVER BEEN

THERE -- AND I'VE SEEN

THEM ALL COME AND GO -- HE

ALWAYS MADE THE OTHER

PERSON FEEL AS IF THEY

WERE THE MOST IMPORTANT.

CHRIST BELONGS TO ALL

PEOPLE.

HEE BELONGS TO THE WHOLE

WORLD.

YOU DON'T REACH THE

WORLD BY WALKING OVER

PEOPLE.

AND HE CERTAINLY CARED

DEEPLY ABOUT EVERYONE HE

WAS WITH.

Reporter: PITTENGER

MET GRAHAM ON THE GOLF

COURSE HIS SENIOR YEAR IN

COLLEGE.

DR. GRAHAM WAS PLAYING

WITH BOB HOPE AND ARNOLD

PALMER, AND SO I GOT TO

SERVE AS HIS CADDIE.

Reporter: AND

AFTERWARDS, THE EVANGELIST

GAVE HIM THIS BIBLE,

SIGNED IT, AND THANKED HIM

FOR HIS HELP.

DURING HIS LIFE, GRAHAM

ALWAYS HAD A MESSAGE TO

SHARE WITH OTHERS.

NOW IN DEATH, PEOPLE FROM

ALL AROUND ARE RETURNING

THE FAVOR.

LIKE THIS WOMAN FROM THE

FIJI ISLANDS.

THAT'S THE REASON I'M

HERE.

I LOOK UP TO HIM.

Reporter: MANY

LEAVING FLOWERS, MESSAGES

OF THANKS, AND PRAYING AT

THE BILLY GRAHAM TRAINING

CENTER IN ASHVILLE.

HE GAVE ME HOPE AS A

LITTLE GIRL.

HIS MESSAGES WERE SO

SIMPLE THAT A CHILD COULD

UNDERSTAND THEM, AND THAT

CHILD WAS ME.

Reporter: CAROLYN

DUNLAP CAME WITH HER

83-YEAR-OLD MOTHER, WHO

BECAME A CHRISTIAN AT A

BILLY GRAHAM CRUSADE IN

1972, WHEN SHE WAS JUST

17.

IF IT MIGHT NOT HAVE

BEEN FOR BILLY GRAHAM, YOU

MIGHT NOT HAVE THE FAITH

THAT YOU HAVE.

THAT'S TRUE.

BECAUSE WE WENT TO CHURCH

EVERY SUNDAY.

Reporter: PASTOR

WILTON BELIEVES PRAYER FOR

GRAHAMS FAMILY AND THE

FUTURE IS WHAT GRAHAM

WOULD CHERISH MOST.

THEY LOST THEIR DADDY,

THEIR GRANDFATHER, AND

THEIR BEST FRIEND -- PRAY

FOR THEM, AND PRAY FOR THE

FURTHER RAN OF THE GOSPEL.

THAT WOULD BE BILLY

GRAHAM'S DESIRE.

Reporter: HE WILL BE

BURIED BESIDE HIS

LIFE-LONG LOVE, RUTH, AND

HE WILL BE BURIED ON THE

LAND THAT PROCLAIMS THE

GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

AROUND THE WORLD.

MANY ARE DESCRIBING HIS

FUNERAL AS HIS FINAL

PUBLIC CRUSADE.

CBN NEWS, REPORTING IN

NORTH CAROLINA.

FOR DECADES, BILLY

GRAHAM TRAVELLED THE

GLOBE, PREACHING THE

MESSAGE OF SALVATION.

HE LED PEOPLE TO CHRIST

ALL AROUND THE WORLD.

HE SURE DID, AND HE MET

WITH A DOZEN PRESIDENTS AS

WELL.

MARK MARTIN BRINGS US THIS

LOOK AT BILLY GRAHAM'S

REMARKABLE LIFE.

Reporter: WILLIAM

FRANKLIN GRAHAM WAS BORN

NOVEMBER 7, 1918, FOR DAYS

BEFORE THE END OF WORLD

WAR I.

RAISED ON A DAIRY FARM

DURING THE DEPRESSION, HE

DEVELOPED A STRONG WORK

ETHIC, A WORK ETHIC THAT

IS QUITE EVIDENT THROUGH

SIX DECADES OF MINISTRY.

THE REVEREND BILLY GRAHAM

HAS SHARED THE GOSPEL OF

JESUS CHRIST TO MERELY

215 MILLION PENA PEOPLE IN LIVE

AUDIENCES, IN MORE THAN

185 COUNTRIES AND

TERRITORIES.

HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS MORE

HAVE BEEN REACHED THROUGH

RADIO, TELEVISION, FILM,

BOOKS, AND THE INTERNET.

BILLY GRAHAM GAINED HIS

PRIMARY EVANGELISTIC

EXPERIENCE ON RADIO, AND

THEN THROUGH "YOUTH FOR

CHRIST," AN ORGANIZATION

FOUNDED TO MINISTER TO

YOUNG PEOPLE AND

SERVICEMEN DURING WORLD

WAR II.

FOLLOWING THE WAR, GRAHAM

PREACHED THROUGHOUT THE

UNITED STATES AND EUROPE.

HIS MINISTRY WITH "YOUTH

FOR CHRIST" OPENED DOORS

FOR A SERIES OF INTERDENOM

NATIONADEEDEEINTERDENOMINATIONAL

MESSAGES.

Reporter: AND HE TOOK

HIS MESSAGE BEHIND THE

IRON CURTAIN, AND HE EVEN

WENT INTO NORTH KOREA, ONE

THE WORLD'S MOST SECRETIVE

REGIMES, TO TALK ABOUT

CHRIST WITH ITS LEADER,

THE LATE KIM IL-SUNG.

HE STAYED FOCUSED ON

TELLING MEN AND WOMEN

ABOUT JESUS CHRIST.

HIS MINISTRY, HIS LIFE,

EVERY SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT,

EVERY OPPORTUNITY WITH A

PRESIDENT OR A KING OR

WHOEVER, HE WOULD ALWAYS

GET THE CONVERSATION RIGHT

AROUND TO THE GOSPEL.

Reporter: HE WAS

KNOWN AS THE PASTOR TO THE

PRESIDENTS, A FRIEND OF 11

COMMANDERS IN CHIEF.

WHEN HE PRAYS WITH YOU,

YOU FEEL THAT HE IS

PRAYING FOR YOU, NOT THE

PRESIDENT.

A HUMBLE FARMER'S SON

WHO HELPED CHANGE THE

WORLD IS A SPIRITUAL GIFT

TO ALL OF US.

[APPLAUSE]

Reporter: THE

EVANGELIST HELPED CHANGE

THE WORLD, AND THE WORLD

NOTICED.

SINCE 1955, BILLY GRAHAM

IS LISTED A RECORD 54

TIMES BY THE GALLOP

ORGANIZATION AS ONE OF THE

10 MOST ADMIRED MEN IN THE

WORLD BELIEVERS INCLUDING

48 TIMES CONSECUTIVELY,

MORE THAN ANY OTHER PERSON

IN HISTORY.

MY WHOLE LIFE HAS BEEN

TO PLEASE OF LORD AND TO

HONOR JESUS, NOT TO SEE

ME, NOT TO THINK OF ME.

YOU COME RIGHT NOW,

QUICKLY.

WHILE EVERY HEAD IS BOWED

IN PRAYER AND THE CHOIR

SINGS SOFTLY, JUST AS I

AM, HUNDREDS ARE ALREADY

COMING FROM EVERYWHERE.

YOU COME WITH US.

YOU OUT THERE, TONIGHT CAN

GIVE YOUR LIFE TO CHRIST.

JUST BOW YOUR HEAD AND SAY

YES TO CHRIST RIGHT NOW.

Reporter: MARK

MARTIN, CBN NEWS.

AND THAT SUNG, "JUST AS

I AM," MADE POPULAR AT HIS

CRUSADES.

JOINING ME NOW IS GARY

LANE.

YOU HAVE MET BILLY GRAHAM

ON A FEW OCCASIONS.

YES.

TELL US WHAT THAT WAS

LIKE?

THE FIRST TIME WAS IN

OUR WASHINGTON, D.C.

BUREAU, AND HE CAME IN FOR

AN INTERVIEW WITH PAT.

I SAID, DR. GRAHAM, YOU

JUST GOT BACK FROM THE

SOVIET UNION.

THERE WAS A LOT OF

CRITICISM FROM CHRISTIANS

AND CONSERVATIVES WHO

THOUGHT YOU SHOULDN'T GO

THERE.

THEY THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE

USED FOR PROPAGANDA

PURPOSES BY THE

COMMUNISTS.

AND HE SAID, GOD OPENED

THE DOOR, AND I WASN'T

GOING TO TURN THAT DOWN.

I WAS GOING TO WALK

THROUGH THE DOOR IN THE

HOPES THAT SOMEBODY WOULD

COME TO CHRIST.

THE SECOND TIME I MET HIM

WAS AT THE BERLIN WALL

WITH PAT ROBERTSON, MARCH

12th, 1990.

AND HE SAID THE SAME

THING.

HE BASICALLY SAID TO PAT,

WE'LL GO TO A COMMUNIST

COUNTRY, WHEREVER GOD

OPENS THE DOOR, WE'LL BE

THERE.

WENDY, YOU HAD A CHANCE

TO COVER HIS FINAL CRUSADE

IN NEW YORK, AS WELL AS

THE OPENING OF HIS MUSEUM.

TELL US ABOUT THAT.

WELL, THE MUSEUM IS A

BARN.

BUT THAT CROSS -- YOU WALK

THROUGH THE CROSS TO GET

TO THE MUSEUM.

HE ORIGINALLY SAID HE WAS

NOT FOR THE MUSEUM.

HE SAID HE DID NOT WANT A

MONUMENT TO BILLY GRAHAM.

HE SAID IF IT LEADS PEOPLE

TO CHRIST, THEN HE WOULD

BE OKAY WITH IT.

HE IS VERY HUMBLE.

AND YOU HAD A CHANCE TO

COVER HIS LAST CRUSADE IN

NEW YORK CITY, AND YOU HAD

A CHANCE TO ASK A

QUESTION, AMONG OTHERS, AT

THE PRESS CONFERENCE.

THAT WAS THE THRILL OF

A LIFETIME.

I WAS LITERALLY NOT THIS

CLOSE, BUT CLOSE ENOUGH

THAT I COULD SEE THOSE

PIERCING BLUE EYES.

I DON'T REMEMBER WHAT I

ASKED HIM, AND I DON'T

REMEMBER WHAT HE SAID, BUT

I JUST REMEMBER THINKING,

BILLY GRAHAM IS TALKING TO

ME AND I WILL NEVER BE THE

SAME.

AND I REMEMBER

INTERVIEWING A LOT OF

PEOPLE WHO HAD COME TO

THAT LAST CRUSADE, AND

THEY SAID THEY DIDN'T WANT

TO MISS THAT.

A LOT OF PEOPLE SAID THEIR

PARENTS GOT SAVED WATCHING

HIM ON TV AND THEY DIDN'T

WANT TO MISS THIS HISTORIC

EVENT.

AND YOU MENTIONED YOUNG

PEOPLE WHO CAME TO THE

CRUSADES CARRY SO MUCH OF

BILLY GRAHAM'S LIFE AND

INTEGRITY.

ONE THING I LEARNED

ABOUT HIM OVER THE YEARS

IS HE OPERATED ON A

DIFFERENT LEVEL.

HE WASN'T CONCERNED WITH

POLITICS.

IT WAS, LIKE, THAT'S A

DISTRACTION.

I'M GOING TO STAY FOCUSED

IN ON JESUS.

POLITICS, IF YOU WANT TO

BE INVOLVED, FINE, BUT NOT

ME.

AND THAT WAS ONE REASON

FOR HIS SUCCESS WITH

POLITICIANS, DEMOCRATS AND

REPUBLICANS.

BUT I THINK THE OTHER

THING IS, REMEMBER WHAT HE

SAID AND MIKE PENCE PICKED

THIS UP, TOO.

HE SAID, NEVER GO INTO A

ROOM ALONE WITH ANY WOMAN

WHO IS NOT YOUR WIFE.

AND MIKE PENCE RECEIVED A

LOT OF CRITICISM FOR THE

PENCE RULE, RESTATING

THAT, BUT I THINK IT IS A

GREAT RULE OF THUMB FOR

MARRIED MEN TO OPERATE BY

IN THIS DAY AND AGE.

WENDY, REAL WIC, WHAT QUICK, WHAT

DO YOU THINK HIS LEGACY IS

GOING TO BE.

I SAW FRANKLIN TALKING

ABOUT HIS DAD, AND HE AND

AN GREAT PREACHERS, AND

THEY WILL CARRY ON THE

LEGACY, AND SO WILL THE

MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO

HAVE BECOME CHRISTIANS

BECAUSE OF HIS MINISTRY.

THERE ARE MILLIONS IN

HEAVEN TODAY BECAUSE OF

HIM.

ALL RIGHT, FOLKS, WE

HAVE A LOT MORE.

UP NEXT, ONE TOOK TO THE

STREETS, AND THE OTHER

TOOK TO THE STADIUMS.

HOW BILLY GRAHAM HELPED

END RACIAL SEGREGATION

HERE IN AMERICA.

THAT STORY WHEN WE RETURN.

CHRISTIANITY IS NOT A

WHITE MAN'S RELIGION, AND

DON'T LET ANYBODY EVER

TELL YOU IT IS WHITE OR

BLACK.

CHRIST BELONGS TO ALL

PEOPLE.

THAT WAS BILLY GRAHAM

IN 1973, CHALLENGING

RACISM IN JOHANNESBURG,

SOUTH AFRICA, DURING THE

APARTHEID REGIME.

POWERFUL WORDS THERE.

AND NOT MANY KNOW GRAHAM

PLAYED A CRUCIAL ROLE IN

AMERICA'S CIVIL RIGHTS

MOVEMENT.

CHARLENE AARON HAS THAT

STORY.

THE YEAR WAS 1953.

AMERICA'S BORDERS WERE

FILLED WITH RACIAL TENSION

AND UNCERTAINTY.

THE REVEREND BILLY GRAHAM

WAS SAILING UNCHARTED

TERRITORY WHEN HE DID THE

UNTHINKABLE: HE HELD A

CRUSADE IN CHATTANOOGA,

TENNESSEE, WHERE THOUSANDS

OF MEN, WOMEN, AND

CHILDREN OF ALL RACES SAT

TOGETHER AND WORSHIPPED

THE LORD.

BUT WHEN GOD LOOKS AT

YOU, HE DOESN'T LOOK AT

THE OUTWARD APPEARANCE.

THE BIBLE SAYS HE LOOKS

UPON THE HEART.

Charlene: HE TOOK HIS

FIGHT TO END SEGREGATION

TO THE STREETS.

GRAHAM HAD BEEN PREACHING

HERE AT MADISON SQUARE

GARDEN NIGHTLY, BUT VERY

FEW BLACKS CAME.

HE ASKED FOR ADVICE, AND

HE SAID TO TAKE HIS

MESSAGE TO THE STREETS OF

NEW YORK, AND THAT'S

EXACTLY WHAT HE DID.

HE SAID, I DECIDED I'M

NEVER GOING TO SPEAK TO

ANY SEGREGATEDE SEGREGATED AUDIENCES.

AND HE SAID, WHAT DO YOU

SUGGEST I DO?

AND I SAID, IF BLACKS

AREN'T COMING, GO WHERE

THEY ARE.

AND HE SAID, WHAT DO YOU

MEAN?

I SAID, GO TO HARLEM.

THE NEXT WEEK HE WENT

TO HARLEM AND BROOKLYN.

PROMINENT SINGER ETHEL

WATERS ATTENDED THE EVENT

AND REDEDICATED HER LIFE.

AND GRAHAM EVEN INVITED

HIS GOOD FRIEND,

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING,

JR. TO ATTEND ONE OF HIS

EVENTS.

WE THANK THEE FOR THE

MARVELOUS THINGS THAT HAVE

BEEN DONE IN THIS CITY,

FOR THE DYNAMIC TEACHING

OF THIS GREAT EVANGELIST.

WE ASK THEE, O GOD, TO

CONTINUE BLESSING HIM.

GIVE HIM CONTINUED POWER

AND AUTHORITY.

AS WE LISTEN TO HIM

TONIGHT, GRANT THAT OUR

HEARTS AND SPIRITS WILL BE

OPEN.

GRAHAM FACED A FLURRY

OF CRITICISM FROM BOTH

BLACKS AND WHITES, BUT

THAT DID NOT DETER HIM.

SOME WHITES WANTED TO

KNOW WHY YOU WOULD FOOL

AROUND WITH THESE PEOPLE,

YOU KNOW.

AND SOME SAID, IF YOU'RE

GOING TO INTEGRATE YOUR

TEAM, WE WILL NOT SUPPORT

YOU.

WE WILL NOT GIVE YOU

MONEY.

SO THEY USED ALL KIND OF

PRESSURES ON HIM.

BUT HE SAID, I DON'T CARE.

I'M GOING TO STICK BY MY

GUNS.

SOME OF THE CRITICISMS

WERE THAT MR. GRAHAM IS

NOT CONCERNED ABOUT THE

BLACK COMMUNITY, AND THAT

HE DIDN'T SPEAK ENOUGH

ABOUT CIVIL RIGHTS.

GRAHAM WENT TO DR. KING

FOR ADVICE.

MARTIN LUTHER KING

SUGGESTED TO ME THAT I

STAY AND THE STADIUM, IN

THE SOUTH, AND HOLD

INTEGRATED MEETINGS,

BECAUSE HE WAS PROBABLY

GOING TO STAY IN THE

STREETS.

HE SAID, I MIGHT GET

KILLED IN THE STREETS, BUT

I DON'T THINK YOU OUGHT

TO, BECAUSE YOU WILL BE

ABLE TO DO SOME THINGS I

CAN'T DO, AND YO I CAN DO

SOME OF THE THINGS YOU

CAN'T DO, BUT WE'RE AFTER

THE SAME OBJECTIVE.

HERE WE WERE WITH

NEIGHBORHOOD AFTER

NEIGHBORHOOD AFTER

NEIGHBORHOOD IN MY STATE

ON THE VIRGE OF VIOLENCE,

AND YET TENS OF THOUSANDS

OF BLACK AND WHITE

CHRISTIANS WERE THERE

TOGETHER IN A FOOTBALL

STADIUM.

AND WHEN HE ISSUED THE

CALL AT THE END OF HIS

MESSAGE, THOUSANDS CAME

DOWN, HOLDING HANDS, ARM

IN ARM, CRYING.

IT WAS THE BEGINNING OF

THE END OF THE OLD SOUTH

IN MY HOME STATE.

I WILL NEVER FORGET IT.

HE EVEN WENT TO SOUTH

AFRICA, PREACHING BEFORE

AN INTEGRATED AUDIENCE IN

1973.

MAN HAS A WILL OF HIS

OWN.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

GOD GAVE IT TO YOU.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

GRAHAM ALSO WORKED

CLOSELY WITH PRESIDENTS

EISENHOWER, KENNEDY,

JOHNSON, AND NIXON, URGING

THEM TO ENSURE EQUALITY

FOR ALL.

AND THEN THERE IS A

RACE PROBLEM, AND THIS

PROBLEM SHOULD BE PUT IN

ITS PROPER PERSPECTIVE.

GREATER IMPROVEMENT IS

BEING MADE TODAY IN

AMERICA THAN PERHAPS ANY

GREAT NATION IN THE

HISTORY OF THE WORLD

BECAUSE WE AT LEAST ARE

ATTEMPTING TO SOLVE THE

PROBLEM THROUGH

UNDERSTANDING, THROUGH

DIALOGUE, THROUGH

LEGISLATION.

IN THE END, GRAHAM'S

LEGACY IS ONE THAT IS

FILLED WITH A MESSAGE OF

LOVE, TOGETHERNESS, AND

UNITY.

BUT I THINK BILLY HAS

PROVEN THE FACT THAT IN

CHRIST THERE IS NO EAST OR

WEST OR NORTH OR SOUTH.

THERE IS JUST LOVE.

CHARLENE AARON, CBN

NEWS.

COMING UP, WE'LL SHARE

THE STORY OF THE WOMAN

BEHIND THE SUCCESS OF

BILLY GRAHAM: HIS WIFE OF

60 YEARS, RUTH BELLE

GRAHAM.

I'M GLAD TO TELL YOU

TONIGHT THAT JESUS CHRIST,

THE SON OF GOD, HAS AN

ANSWER TO EVERY PROBLEM

THAT YOU FACE.

JESUS CHRIST, THE SON OF

GOD, HAS AN ANSWER TO

EVERY BURDEN THAT YOU

CARRY.

YOU KNOW, THE STORY OF

BILLY GRAHAM WOULD NOT BE

COMPLETE WITHOUT HIS WIFE,

RUTH BELL GRAHAM.

ABSOLUTELY.

HERE IS A LOOK AT THE LIFE

OF THE WOMAN BILLY GRAHAM

CALLED HIS SOULMATE.

RUTH GRAHAM GREW UP IN

CHINA, AS THE DAUGHTER OF

MEDICAL MISSIONARIES IN

THE '20s AND EARLY

'30s.

RUTH VOWED SHE WER WOULD NEVER

MARRY, BUT OVER THE YEARS,

GOD SOFTENED HER HEART.

AND WHEN THE YOUNG DAIRY

FARMER'S SON MET HER AT

WHEATON COLLEGE, HE KNEW

SHE WAS THE ONE.

ALL I REMEMBER IS GOING

BACK HOME AND KNEELING

DOWN THAT NIGHT, AND

SAYING, LORD, IF YOU WOULD

LET ME SPEND THE REST OF

MY LIFE WITH THAT MAN, I

WOULD CONSIDER IT THE

GREATEST PRIVILEGE.

FORTUNATELY, I WOULDN'T

KNOW WHAT I WAS PRAYING.

IN AUGUST OF 1943, RUTH

AND BILLY MARRIED.

THE PERSON OF OUR LORD

JESUS CHRIST...

WITHIN ABOUT SIX YEARS,

BILLY'S PROLIFIC MINISTRY

WAS LAUNCHED, AND LIFE

WOULD NEVER BE THE SAME.

THROUGH THE YEARS, GOD

BLESSED THE GRAHAMS WITH

FIVE CHILDREN: FRANKLIN,

RUTH, ANN, GIGI, AND NED.

RUTH DEVOTED HERSELF TO

RAISING THEIR KIDS, MANY

TIMES ALONE, WHILE BILLY

WAS ON THE ROAD.

I THINK THE MOM IS

ALWAYS SPECIAL.

DADDY WAS GONE A LOT, AND

MOTHER RAISED US.

MARRIAGE IS A

COMMITMENT.

AND LOVE IS NOT A FEELING.

LOVE IS DOING.

IT WAS A TOUGH JOB, BUT

WHEN ASKED WHETHER SHE

WOULD EVER CONSIDER

DIVORCING BILLY, SHE

FAMOUSLY SAID, DIVORCE?

NO.

MURDER?

YES.

BUT THE TWO WERE DEVOTED

TO EACH OTHER AND REMAINED

FAITHFUL THROUGHOUT THEIR

60 YEARS OF MARRIAGE.

THEY SET A GUARD OVER

THEIR RELATIONSHIP, AND

MADE A COVENANT THAT BILLY

WOULD NEVER BE IN A ROOM

ALONE WITH A WOMAN WHO WAS

NOT HIS WIFE.

IN PUBLIC, RUTH WAS KNOWN

FOR HER ELEGANT GRACE AND

BEAUTY.

SHE E TRAVELLED AROUND THE

WORLD WITH BILLY TWICE AND

FREQUENTLY JOINED HIM FOR

HIS CRUSADES.

RUTH PROVED BILLY'S EQUAL

AND THEY WERE BOTH THE

BETTER FOR IT.

AT HOME, SHE SHOWED HER

DELIGHTFUL SENSE OF HUMOR

AND FUN.

AND SHE WAS AN AVID

PAINTER AND WRITER.

TODAY HER JOURNALS ON

DISPLAY AT THE BILLY

GRAHAM LIBRARY.

AT THE LIBRARY'S

DEDICATION, BILLY PAID

TRIBUTE TO RUTH.

I MISTERRIBL MISS TERRIBLY TODAY

MY WIFE, RUTH.

SHE HAS BEEN IN BED NOW

FOR SIX MONTHS.

WE HAVE TWO ROOMS AND A

BATHROOM IN BETWEEN.

AND TO GO BY HER DOOR,

WHICH IS ALWAYS OPEN AND

GO IN AND SEE HER AND

REMEMBER ALL THE GREAT

THINGS WE'VE SHARED

TOGETHER, TODAY I WANT TO

HONOR HER AND TELL YOU HOW

MUCH I LOVE HER, AND TELL

YOU WHAT A WONDERFUL WOMAN

SHE HAS BEEN.

WE LOOK AT THIS FROM

THE WRONG POINT OF VIEW.

WE THINK OF HOW MUCH WE'RE

MISSING THE ONE GOING

HOME.

WE'RE NOT LOOKING AT IT

FROM GOD'S POINT OF VIEW,

THAT A CHILD IS COMING

HOME, AND HAVE EXCITEMENT

IN HEAVEN WHEN ONE OF

GOD'S CHILDREN IS COMING

HOME.

AND THEY ARE TOGETHER

NOW.

> WHEN WE COME BACK, ONE

LAST MESSAGE FROM THE

REVEREND BILLY GRAHAM.

STAY WITH US.

AND AS WE CLOSE OUR

TRIBUTE TO THE REVEREND

BILLY GRAHAM, WE GIVE YOU

THE EVANGELIST ONE MORE

TIME.

IF YOU CALL UPON HIM,

HE WILL FORGIVE.

IF YOU REPENT, HE WILL

FORGIVE.

IF YOU TURN TO CHRIST AND

TRUST ONLY IN THE CROSS

AND THE BLOOD OF CHRIST,

HE WILL FORGIVE.

AND GOD'S FORGIVENESS GOES

A LOT FURTHER THAN YOURS

AND MINE.

WE SAY, OH, YES, I FORGIVE

YOU.

GOD CALLS IT

JUSTIFICATION, JUST AS

THOUGH YOU HAD NEVER

SINNEDED.

YOU ARE PLACED IN THE

SIGHT OF GOD AS IF YOU

NEVER COMMITTED A SINGLE

SIN.

AND THE SCRIPTURE SAYS HE

CANNOT EVEN REMEMBER YOUR

SINS.

AS FAR AS THE EAST IS

FROM THE WEST.

GEORGE, WE KNOW WHAT BILLY

GRAHAM WOULD SAY TO

EVERYONE WATCHING, IF YOU

WANT GOD'S FORGIVENESS,

TURN TO JESUS NOW, CONFESS

YOUR SINS, AND ASK HIM TO

BE YOUR LORD AND SAVIOR.

AND IF YOU NEVER HAVE MADE

THAT DECISION, WE

ENCOURAGE YOU TO DO SO

RIGHT NOW.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

ABOUT FOLLOWING JESUS, YOU

CAN GO TO OUR WEBSITE,

cbn.com THANK YOU SO

MUCH FOR JOINING US ON

THIS SPECIAL EDITION OF

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS."

FROM ALL OF US HERE AT THE

STUDIOS, GOOD-BYE AND...

GOD BLESS YOU.

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