Christian evangelist Rev. Billy Graham, died Wednesday at age 99. Known for his signature catch phrase “The Bible says,” he reached more than 210 million people worldwide with his friendliness, openness, humility and unyielding religious conviction.
Graham would be the first to say that his message was not complex or unique. “The Bible says,” was his catch phrase. But he won over audiences worldwide with his friendliness, openness, humility and unyielding religious conviction.
A tall, striking man with thick hair, stark blue eyes and a firm jaw, Graham was a commanding presence at his crusades. He would make the altar call in his powerful baritone, asking the multitudes to stand, come down the aisles and publicly make “decisions for Christ,” as a choir crooned the hymn “Just As I Am.”
By his final crusade in 2005 in New York City, he had preached in person to more than 210 million people worldwide.
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