“By the time you read this, I will be in heaven” These are the famous last words from Billy Graham’s final column. Graham has preached the Gospel to more than 210 million people in more than 185 countries over the years.
Graham approved his last column before his death relating to how he wanted to be remembered.
My Answer Column
The My Answer column has been questions and answers column established and written by Billy Graham for 60 years. He is known as the world’s most prominent leaders of the Christian faith.
He was known for giving spiritual, compassionate, and clear-headed advice. His respectful and informative approach garnered him respect from others.
It is hoped that the column will continue on in some form after Billy Graham’s death.
The Last Column
How would you like to be remembered?
That was the question of the last My Answers column.
“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.”
He took faith in God’s ability to forgive. He stated that by the time the column was published, he’d be in heaven.
He looked forward to being in heaven and God’s presence. He stated he wouldn’t be in heaven because of his preaching to large crowds, showing a sense of humbleness.
He believed he was going to heaven because he put his faith in Jesus Christ, who died on the cross to make forgiveness possible and rose again from the dead to give us all eternal life.
Billy Graham’s Death
Graham passed away on February 21, 2018, at the age of 99. He was surrounded by family and friends.
He was buried during a private funeral ceremony next to his wife Ruth Graham. There were 2,000 people in attendance.
Both Graham and his wife are buried in pine plywood caskets built by the inmates of the Angola prison.
The final Facebook post before Billy Graham’s death was equally humbling.
“If you went for a walk in the woods, but then decided to wander off the path, and found yourself surrounded by a thicket of thorns and poison ivy, who would you blame? Would you blame the person who built the path? No, of course not. Instead you’d blame yourself if you were honest, because you alone were responsible for wandering from the path.
In a far deeper way, this is what happens when we decide to leave God out of our lives. For a time, it may seem like wandering away from Him doesn’t make any difference; it may even seem easier and freer. But eventually it catches up with us–just as wandering off that path and into the thicket caught up with you.”
Graham’s words were not just religious, but wise. He provided relatable Biblical advice.
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