Billy Graham’s Final My Answer


Mr. Graham, how would you like to be remembered?


Editor’s note: Before his death, Billy Graham approved the following response as his final My Answer column. Mr. Graham’s column will continue in some form.

I hope I will be remembered as someone who was faithful—faithful to God, faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and faithful to the calling God gave me not only as an evangelist, but as a husband, father and friend.

I’m sure I’ve failed in many ways, but I take comfort in Christ’s promise of forgiveness, and I take comfort also in God’s ability to take even our most imperfect efforts and use them for His glory.

By the time you read this, I will be in heaven, and as I write this I’m looking forward with great anticipation to the day when I will be in God’s presence forever.

I’m convinced that heaven is far more glorious than anything we can possibly imagine right now, and I look forward not only to its wonder and peace, but also to the joy of being reunited with those who have gone there before me, especially my dear wife, Ruth. The Bible says, “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face” (1 Corinthians 13:12).

But I won’t be in heaven because I’ve preached to large crowds or because I’ve tried to live a good life. I’ll be in heaven for one reason: Many years ago I put my faith and trust in Jesus Christ, who died on the cross to make our forgiveness possible and rose again from the dead to give us eternal life. Do you know you will go to heaven when you die? You can, by committing your life to Jesus Christ today.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

Put your trust in Christ today.

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  1. Stephanie Timmerman says:

    Beautifully written.

  2. Clint Stevens says:

    Billy Graham continues to be a blessing, a role model, a teacher, and an uplifter of Christ even after his passing from the flesh into the Spirit. Praise the Lord our God and our Savior Jesus Christ!

  3. cheri healy says:

    thank you i feel so inspired so filled with Faith so Thankful to the Whole Graham Family May our Lord God continue to Bless you all thank you , Cheri

  4. Gary Niemi says:

    Thank you Reverend Graham for your service. You have honored our Lord well. The world will miss your presence, but cling to your promise. Now you can remain, through the miracle of memories, in this world, but be not of this world. God bless you and keep you sir……for we surely will.

  5. Dale Campbell says:

    Praise God!! Reverend Billy Graham is still even in his departure calling souls to Christ. Rev. Graham was the first Pastor’s name I knew as a little girl in jamaica West Indies. This is so because Mama would always gather us together to watch him on TV and she would always mail donations to his ministry. Very often. We went to church every Sunday, but it was Rev. Graham we ran inside from playing to see on tv. Many people didn’t have tv so large groups would gather in and out of our house to hear and see him deliver the message of salvation. May Reverend Billy Graham continue his tenure with Christ in Glory!!

  6. Elizabeth McKee says:

    When I die, I want to be remembered for being a faithful servant to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Many years ago in 1979 at the young age of eleven years old, I heard the hymn Only Trust Him play and the Holy Spirit began to prick my heart with the John Stockton hymn. 1 Come, every soul by sin oppressed,there’s mercy with the Lord, and He will surely give you rest by trusting in His word. Refrain:Only trust Him, only trust Him,
    only trust Him now; He will save you, He will save you.
    He will save you now. 2 For Jesus shed His precious blood
    rich blessings to bestow; plunge now into the crimson flood
    that washes white as snow. [Refrain]3 Yes, Jesus is the truth, the way, that leads you into rest;believe in Him without delay,
    and you are fully b

  7. LEONA IDOM says:

    Thank You Rev Billy Graham..Billys Sister, Franklin, Brother and Sisters. Thank you for sharung your Brothet and Father with us.

  8. Nancy Knight says:

    God bless Billy Graham and Franklin Graham and the whole Graham family! They have done so many wonderful things for this country and world – and continue to do so! Billy Graham taught me so much about the Lord and how to live and trust in Him. Thank you so much!

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