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Billy Graham’s Final My Answer

Q:

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


A:

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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25 Comments

  1. Stephanie Timmerman says:

    Beautifully written.

    1. Karen Wilson says:

      Thank you for continuing to share God’s love and plan of salvation. It is reassuring to know that our faith in Jesus Christ reassured us of eternal life in Heaven. Your earthly presence is missed but I know you are rejoicing. God Bless You and thank you Rev. Graham!

  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.
    Leona

  8. Bettyann Hurley says:

    It’s great what Billy Graham did and said!

  9. Russell J Hanson Sr. says:

    I Praise God for Brother Billy Graham& God’s ministry thru Bro Billy. To me I would compare Bro Billy with the ministry of Apostle Paul. Apostle Paul did not have the aide of technology of radio, tv etc.I look forward to Heaven & my Lord Jesus Christ. Also my wife Wynelle & loved ones

  10. Ava Robichaux says:

    I am so thankful to have heard Rev. Billy Graham preach, to have seen him live the life that honored God. I pray that God will continue to use his life to continue His work on earth.God bless Rev. Graham’s family and loved ones.

  11. William F Reimer says:

    I have admired Billy Graham for years and I wan’t to meet him in Heaven. He’s been one of the greatest evangelist in the world!! I look forward to meet Him in Heaven with Jesus. He’s been a tremendous evangelist I’ve ever known!! May God replace Billy with another great evangelist ! Thank you Jesus for using Billy for an evangelist for you and our Heavenly Father!!

  12. William F Reimer says:

    May Billy be excited to be with God the father and God the Son!!!!

    1. William F Reimer says:

      May God create another evangelist like Billy Graham !!!

  13. William F Reimer says:

    Thankyou for this email…may God continue to work through the Billy Graham ministry forever!! So many more people will invite Jesus into their lives!!!!

  14. Janet Hardison says:

    I watched the funeral which reminded me of his tent revivals plus the ones I grew up attending. I gave my life to Jesus Christ when I was 9 yrs old. I am 76 now and found through many trials that Jesus was always the way forward. Sometimes my prayers aren’t answered the easy way but I still believe.

  15. Barb Pazdziora says:

    I love Billy Graham. He is the only Evangelist that I listen to and totally trust. I know that he is the real deal, the real McKoy. I wish he was still with us but I know he is happier where he is, that he couldn’t wait to get there. I have been watching & listening to his crusades&sermons a lot these last 3 weeks. Because of him I’m reading the Bible again. I have a lot of questions though and need help with my Christian walk. I thank God for Rev. Billy Graham. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family in their time of loss. God Bless you all.

  16. Robert Marsh says:

    What a great final statement. He is surely with Jesus¡

  17. Phil Gsnfy says:

    I appreciate receiving this information on Billy Graham and have forwarded it to a friend to read also.

  18. Allan C Eaves says:

    Pastor Graham, was a great example to us all … His work here on earth is done, his work should inspire US all…

  19. Mercedes says:

    Beautiful answer. God bless you Bill. Thank you for the journey. And thank you for helping me seek His face. God bless everyone.

  20. Trudy Martin says:

    Even though his physical presence is not on the earth, I believe Billy Graham will continue to win innumerable souls for Christ due to his honest and clear message of Salvation. Praise be to God.

  21. 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!

  22. s.thomas tobias says:

    Many have professed to be Christians. Many have professed to teach the gospel and stood behind a podium on a platform communicating to hundreds. There is no one in recorded history who has been consistent in his life as a father, husband, and preacher with the same message as Billy Graham. No scandal, no hypocrisy, just the life of a man who loved and preached the love and grace of Christ.

  23. JESSY JACOB says:

    His words struck my heart as I read through and make me realize that I am just passing through this world. I celebrate the life he had lived here on earth.

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