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22 February 2018, 06:11 | Randolph Howard
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Graham refused to segregate the crowd racially, which made an impression on the 12-year-old boy who would become president.
"America's Pastor", as he was dubbed, had suffered from cancer, pneumonia and other ailments and died at his home in North Carolina.
Chapman would eventually meet the world's most famous Evangelist at the Southern Baptist Convention in Atlanta 45 years later.
When the Rev. Graham, 99, died Wednesday, his nephew Deryl Graham relayed that family story to the Independent Mail.
"I don't think Billy Graham has a mean bone in him", prominent Lutheran church historian Martin Marty once said.
At 16, Billy Graham was touched by evangelist Mordecai Ham's sermons on sin. "Graham's urban crusades were masterfully organized down to the last detail", Mercer said.
We in Kenya were fortunate to host him twice: in 1960 and in 1976.
In a 60-year career, he is estimated to have personally preached to 210 million people and prayed with every US President since Harry Truman.
There are many personal connections living on through memories.
He attended the fundamentalist Bob Jones University and Florida Bible Institute. There was no building in town with the 7,500-person capacity required at that time for a Graham crusade.
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Fundamentalists excoriated the preacher for his new direction, but Graham stood fast.
"Trump ordered American flags to be flow at half-staff at the White House and other USA public buildings and facilities on the day of Graham's interment. I don't know if there will be another person in modern Christianity that will rise to his level of influence, but I know that all of us have the responsibility of doing what we can, where we can, when we can", Waldrep said.
Tributes to Mr Graham poured in from major leaders, including President Donald Trump. 'And so, I think there is a big difference and not that we give anybody a pass, but we have to look at the timeline and that was before he was in office'.
Graham combined two things: his ability to communicate and the still deep yearning that there is for spirituality, and specifically for the Christian message. In tapes that Graham said made him sick, he listened to the criminality he had remained blind to and to his own words agreeing with Nixon's anti-Semitic rants.
"After the service was over with, one of the men at the church came up to Billy and told him, 'Boy you better go back to school and get a lot more education because you're not gonna make it, '" Tommy Underwood recalled his father saying. During seven decades of preaching, Graham declared that belief and acceptance of Jesus Christ was the only answer to humanity's troubles.
Graham's integrity lifted him through the dark days of the late 1980s, after scandals befell TV preachers Jimmy Swaggart and Jim Bakker.
Methodist President Dr Laurence Graham said: "The founder of Methodism John Wesley once declared "The World is my parish", and this has been true of Dr Graham".
"Understand somebody criticized him coming". "She didn't tell me what they talked about".
Reverend Graham became the standard-bearer for evangelical Protestantism, a post-World War II conservative movement that emphasized conversion and piety but shunned the legalism and cultural separatism of fundamentalism.
Those who came to the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte simply left flowers, or prayers to pay respect.
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