Billy Graham (1918-2018)

posted Jun 17, 2010, 12:06 AM by Professor Katz   [ updated Mar 9, 2018, 3:16 AM ]
If Protestants had a pope, it would be Billy Graham, the great Southern Baptist Evangelical (=Fundamentalist) preacher.  There's so much on him on the internet, you just have to Google his name.
I heard Billy Graham preach at the height of his powers, twice, in 1969 and 1970:
The climax of his rallies was the moment when he asked people to 'come on down' and accept Jesus Christ as their personal saviour.  Naturally I did, tempted by the offer of a free New Testament, and the chance to meet and talk with a real live Fundamentalist.  I was met by a boy my own age who spoke with me about such issues.  The first year I asked for and received a New Testament in Yiddish.  The second year I went for one in Hebrew to complete my collection.  My girlfriend at the time (now a Hebrew school teacher) enjoyed the events as much as I did.  Or at least so she said...
I saved an article from the New York Times (1970) in which Billy Graham said that 'the coming of Christ is relatively near'.  Considering that the earth has been around for 4.5 billion years (well, more than 5,700 years anyway...), 'relatively' is a relative concept.  Article attached.
Professor Katz,
Jun 17, 2010, 12:17 AM