False Alarm

Written by Anthony Douglas on 25 February 2018.

Billy GrahamIt looks like Donald Trump missed this opportunity - normally he loves to label something as fake news, but he let this one through. On Wednesday, the story broke that Billy Graham, at the age of 99, had died. The obituaries that no doubt had been prepared years earlier were all released, and columnists wrote their pieces.

But they were all scooped by the man himself. Almost twenty years ago he wrote his first obituary:

“Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.”

There are countless millions around the world who have much to thank Graham for. His impact upon Australian society can only be described as extraordinary, but we were not alone in this.

Yet as he himself would hurry to point out, anyone who owed anything to his ministry owed it to Jesus Christ, who has been calling his brothers and sisters for millennia. While Graham had a number of particular gifts, and they were used well in God’s service, the chief and integral one was his determination to simply preach Christ at every opportunity, and leave God to do the work.

The news that concerned Billy Graham this week wasn’t about his death; rather, he was no doubt glorying in the good news that he preached for most of his life. It’s a human interest story alright, and one with a great ending!

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