Statement on the passing of Billy Grahamby BSCNC Communications
Longtime evangelist Billy Graham died at 7:46 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21. He was 99.
A Southern Baptist and North Carolina native, Graham reportedly preached the gospel to more people in live audiences than anyone else in history.
According to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s website, Graham preached to approximately 215 million people during more than 400 crusades and events held in 185 different countries and territories.
Milton A. Hollifield Jr., executive director-treasurer of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, released the following statement on Graham’s passing.
“Although it is natural to be saddened when hearing that evangelist Billy Graham has died, I also rejoice that he is now in the presence of the Lord he loved and served throughout his life. Numerous times Mr. Graham stated that he was anxious to go to heaven. God raised up Billy Graham for a specific time and purpose in history and empowered him to proclaim God's Word all over the world. Billy Graham believed that his primary purpose in life was to help people come to a personal relationship with God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. I am thankful that he was always true and faithful to this calling of God upon his life and ministry.”