Benny Hinn has joined in mourning the demise of the great American Evangelist Dr. Billy Graham. He started by quoting, “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints,” Psalm 116:15 says.
Certainly that is true for Dr. Billy Graham, the faithful, godly giant who blazed worldwide trails during his momentous 99 years as a leader, evangelist, educator, author, statesman, husband, and father.
While we grieve Dr. Graham’s passing from this earth, we also rejoice at his home-going. My staff and family are praying for his family-GiGi, Anne, Ruth, Franklin, and Ned-as well as the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association staff.
Scripture tells us that a person’s steps are “ordered by the LORD” (Psalm 37:23). Certainly that was true of each step of Dr. Graham’s well-spent 99 years. He was a giant in so many ways, not just in stature. And in him many generations saw firsthand a model of integrity, godliness, love, and an unmistakable passion for lost souls. There is no greater example of crusade evangelism. He was a trailblazer in so many areas-in television, motion pictures, bestselling inspirational retreats, and bestselling books. Just imagine his reception and the rejoicing in heaven of the vast multitudes who were born again because of Dr. Graham’s faithfulness to his calling and to the cause of Christ!
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Dr. Billy Graham was the first man who truly affected my life as a Christian. I remember as a teenager in Canada watching his crusades and TV specials and how profoundly my family and I were touched. His impact cannot be measured. Among my family photos in my bedroom right now is an album that features his life. It’s the only picture album of anyone other than my own family’s.
I have loved and honored Dr. Graham and his family for so many years. Franklin has always taken such a strong stand for the Lord, and I’ve admired his life. When Franklin prayed with me years ago, he encouraged me to focus on evangelism. After that prayer, he told me, “If you focus on souls, God will focus on you!”
As a result of Franklin’s words and influence, in every crusade I’ve held, I’ve led an altar call for lost souls to receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
We will miss Dr. Graham’s enormous presence and influence on our lives. Only time will measure his impact on the world and its leaders. No one remains living who has that kind of impact. Years ago, God distinctly told me that when Oral Roberts, Rex Humbard, and Billy Graham all go to be with the Lord, their passing would usher in one of the greatest days of revival in our lifetime.
I will never forget the words Dr. Graham spoke when his beloved Ruth was laid to rest in the Prayer Garden at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte. He said, “I am looking forward to the day when we’ll have the next service here,” referring to the time when he would be at home in heaven with her.
That time has come today, and while I join his loved ones and believers around the globe in mourning the loss of this great man of faith, we also celebrate his grand reunion in heaven with his precious wife, parents, family, friends, all those who are there as a result of his ministry-especially with the Lord Jesus, whom our remarkable brother in Christ served so faithfully during his memorable lifetime.
SOURCE: This article was copied from the official website of Benny Hinn Ministry bennyhinn.org