May 18th, 2010
06:27 PM ET

Billy Graham: Back for more?

He’s already shared the Gospel with more than 215 million people in 185 countries, according to the evangelistic association bearing his name, but it seems the Rev. Billy Graham - who's slowed down in recent years - may have one more message to deliver.

While appearing in Charlotte, North Carolina, last month for the reopening of the Billy Graham Library, the Baptist preacher indicated that he’d like to give another sermon, said Graham’s spokesman A. Larry Ross.

“Despite diminished energy and strength, at 91 years of age, Billy Graham continues to have the heart of an evangelist and has expressed a desire to preach a Gospel message one more time,” Ross said. “While it is yet to be seen whether that vision will become a reality, it is encouraging that he remains healthy, alert and committed to his life-long calling.”

No firm plans are in place at this time, but Ross said Graham’s son, Franklin, has suggested the message may come in the form of a video “so that more people could be reached with the transformational message of faith in Christ that he has preached for more than six decades.”

How’s that for proof that you just can’t keep a good preacher down?

- CNN Writer/Producer

Filed under: Baptist • Christianity • Faith • Sermon

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  1. Rev.James Abraham,Kerala state, India

    I had an opportunity to attend Amsterdam 86, I met personally Ruth and Billy graham, that conference equipped and challenged me back to India and to do ministry.
    The first conference we organized " KERALA '87" and still doing HIS MINISTRY
    Thank Lord for Billy graham and his blessed team !

    November 26, 2010 at 1:32 pm |
  2. CocoValet

    jcs, you think you have the answers... You're being deceived by satan... You are following people that are preaching lies... You believe that the archangel Michael is Jesus Christ... That in and of it's self is heresy... The Holy Spirit is not some power or force that you've been thought... The founder of the jw's made numerous prophecies that turned out to be false... You, jcs, need to repent and take your sins to the Cross and confess them to Christ and Profess that He and He alone can save you!!!

    May 23, 2010 at 2:49 pm |
  3. Retired MSG

    While serving in the Women's Army Corps at Ft. Jay, Governor's Island, NY, in 1957, I went to hear Billy Graham at Madison Square Gardens–I've never forgotten how his message moved so many to join him onstage and take God into their hearts. I wish I could have heard him speak in Charlotte.

    May 20, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
  4. brogers

    Billy Graham was right to answer the 9-11 question the way he did. He does not pretend to know God's mind as some TV evangalists and Christian conservative leaders claim to do–blaming everything on gays and liberals.

    God does not need to be in or on our courthouses, in our schools, or on our money. He needs to be in our hearts.

    May 20, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  5. brogers

    Billy Graham was right to answer the 9-11 question the way he did. He does not pretend to know God's mind as some TV evangalists and Christian conversative leaders clam to do–blaming everything on gays and liberals.

    God does not need to be in or on our courthouses, in our schools, or on our money. He needs to be in our hearts.

    May 20, 2010 at 11:57 am |
    • Kevin

      You are correct that God will live in our hearts if we invite him there. I believe that he wants to be included in every aspect of our lives to include our courthouses, schools and monuments. If he is really in our hearts then wouldn't we want him to be invited to the other places as well? If you are correct that we don't need him in any of our schools, courthouses or monuments then we shouldn't expect him to swoop in when tragedy occurs and rescue us. Once again God is a perfect gentleman and will not reside where he is not invited. If we kick God out then we should be ready to face the consequenses of our decision.

      May 20, 2010 at 11:38 pm |
  6. girl

    I love and respect Billy Graham. If God tells him to preach he will preach even if he spends his last moment on this earth doing it. We need a few more Billy Grahams in this world. What a wonderful man.

    May 20, 2010 at 11:07 am |
  7. Cindy

    God allows things to happen but he certainly does not cause them to happen, to blame God or to ask a reasoning behind it is humanly impossible. Bad things are going to happen to good people in this life, God never promised a rosed colored existence. The human mind cannot comprehend what God has in store for us, nor is he expected to explain the whys of the tragedies that happen to us here.

    May 20, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  8. Gary

    Jesus prayed :Father, I will that they also, whom you have given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which you have given me: for you loved me before the foundation of the world.

    May 20, 2010 at 8:50 am |
  9. GMartin

    Enough is enough. If they haven't gained salvation in over 2,000 years you'd think they'd at least be smart figure out that what they've been doing don't work. I'm reminded of Einstein's definition of insanity. “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

    May 20, 2010 at 7:54 am |
  10. Praetorian

    Eat that Pork, Eat that Ham, Laugh till you choke at Billy Graham!

    May 20, 2010 at 6:57 am |
  11. Spockanator

    Go Billy Go !

    May 20, 2010 at 6:22 am |
    • giz

      die already, Billy, die!

      May 20, 2010 at 6:34 am |
  12. Kevin

    Very interesting and thoughtful comments from both points of view. It is true that the suffering on this earth is incomprehensible. How can one man be starving and living in fear while another lives in his mansion and feasts on an endless supply? The only thing that I can come up with is sin. See from the beginning it was God's plan to have man inhabit this earth and live in harmony with all that He created. Unfortunately from the beginning man has been trying to outsmart God and live not according to God's perfect plan but according to his own. When that sin was introduced and man decided to go his own way then everything went downhill from there. God is a perfect gentleman and allows us to make our own choices but when our imperfect ways fail us then the first one we point blame at is God. How ironic is that? We spend a lot of time and energy removing God from every aspect of our lives but when some sort of tragedy occurs then we ask "where was God?" It is not that God allows bad things to happen to us but it is more that we bring bad upon ourselves by choosing our own way. The sin that started in the Garden of Eden has rippled throughout the generations and has caused many of the horrible tragedies that exist in the world today. The bible clearly states that if we will humble ourselves and pray and seek God and turn from our wicked ways then he will hear us from heaven and forgive us and heal our land (Chronicles 7:14). Unfortunatley most people who read this will remain arrogant and deny the truth found in God's Word. God will allow us to choose whether to believe it or not. We will continue to remove God from our schools, money, courthouses and monuments. When the next tragedy occurs however, please don't ask where God was. We have pushed him away. The truth found in God's Word is being revealed right before our eyes. It is time that we seek His way instead of our own.

    May 20, 2010 at 4:36 am |
    • Mscaleb

      Well stated, and so true. God created us with a free will, which comes wth the caveat that we accept the consequences of our choices. Choosing well will not keep evil at bay, but with God in the choice, we can accept and come through the consequences in far better condition than we would be in without him in the choice. The choice is ours; I suggest we use it wisely.

      May 20, 2010 at 7:42 am |
    • roland choo

      Kevin is exactly correct.

      When GOD created his creation, he always said that it was good and that was before sins set in. When sins came into the world, everything gone haywire, and since then we had inherited a far from perfect world which is why we found so many problems in this world. This is not a world that GOD intended for us in the first place. Which is why JESUS prayed his last prayer (THE LORD"S PRAYER) and he mentioned that we (believers of CHRIST) are not of this world as HE is not of this WORLD (though we are from or in this world).

      In fact this world is under the dominion of Satan (GOD handed over to us the world and we handed over to Satan when Adam and Eve sinned), which is why Satan could promised to give THE LORD JESUS dominion if HE is to bow to him (right after his forty days fast).

      And Satan according to BIBLE came to 1. steal 2. kill and 3. destroy (of course all of GODS perfect creation and plan) and JESUS came to give life and life abundantly. Of course, what do you expect if the world is under the dominion of Satan apart the things which all of us witnesses day in day out which is again

      1. Steal
      2. Kill and
      3. Destroy.

      May 20, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  13. Matthew

    i dont understand the importance of Christ. But that is a personal thing. Mostly i wanted to respond to this


    It's hardly appropriate to blame the leaders of the church – how can finite man hope to comprehend the Eternal? As long as there has been man, there has been a search for understanding. God does a fair job of explaining why we may never understand why He allows the things He does, in the 38th Chapter of Job. Any man who claims to know the mind of God and understand it is delusional."-

    Many christians have told me that we cannot hope to understand God, which i believe is true. What i ask is why do we assume that God understands us. The finite cannot hope to understand the eternal, and i bet the eternal is incapable of understanding the finite. Seems to me that god doesnt really have a stake in humans anymore than any other creature on this or any other plain of existence.

    May 19, 2010 at 11:58 pm |
    • Scott

      We assume that God understands us because we believe that God created us. As a creator of anything one would assume that the creator would best understand it, whether it be a machine, computer program, piece of art, no one else will know that item better than the one who created it. We also believe that Christ came to earth and lived the life of a man so that he could understand the trials of men. Among other attributes used to describe God is Omniscience as well. The fact of the matter is that if God did not have a stake in the human race, he would not have sent is son to earth to die for all of us.

      May 20, 2010 at 1:46 am |
    • Doug

      To say that God does not understand us is not logical. If you had designed and created a machine, would you not understand how it operates?
      You also said you did not understand Jesus. Jesus is God, and He came and made Himself man. Scripture clearly says that in Jesus' suffering He learned. Yes God does understand man, even better than man understands himself!

      May 20, 2010 at 7:43 am |
  14. William Bellah

    It seems wrong to focus on Billy, his life's work was to get us to focus on Christ.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
    • jac

      From what I have read about Billy Graham, he'd be the first to agree with you.But I'd love to hear him speak one more time before he dies.

      May 19, 2010 at 11:58 pm |
  15. Grannierea

    Reverand Graham, there is no words to describe this wonderful man. I grew up listening to him, I can still hear his voice on certain subjects. How he' able to get the Bible across to teenagers like I was is truly a blessing. We need more Reverand Grahams. All pastors should emulate Reverand Graham.

    May 19, 2010 at 8:46 pm |
  16. Tim

    When the tragic events of 9/11, 2001, happened, he was asked why God permitted this. His reply: "I don't know". After having preached for some fifty years, still the answer as to why God allows suffering has consistently evaded him. Being as this is the # 1 question asked with the least satisfied answers, it is noteworthy that he, along with Pope Benedict XVI are in the same boat, for Pope Benedict raised the question, upon visiting a former Nazi concentration camp in May 2006: "Where was God in those days ? Why was he silent ? How could he permit this endless slaughter, this triumph of evil ?"
    It is then no wonder why so many question God, for if the leaders of the churches have no comprehension as to why God has permitted suffering, then can anyone expect the masses of their followers for also not having insight into why God has permitted suffering to go on for some 6000 years of human history.

    May 19, 2010 at 7:42 pm |
    • Jamist

      It's hardly appropriate to blame the leaders of the church – how can finite man hope to comprehend the Eternal? As long as there has been man, there has been a search for understanding. God does a fair job of explaining why we may never understand why He allows the things He does, in the 38th Chapter of Job. Any man who claims to know the mind of God and understand it is delusional.

      May 19, 2010 at 8:28 pm |
    • Joel


      Great thoughts. The answer, from my studies and thoughts would be related to Free Will. God HAS to allow complete autonomy in order for Humanity to be free to choose. Creating robots is easy. Creating free-thinking (in HIS image) people has to incorporate all of the horrible consequences that we see in order to allow that one simple choice that changes a soul and the world: Yes to God.

      May 20, 2010 at 7:18 am |
    • Gary

      Excuse the Alias It is meant for fun. I'm not putting words in Mr Grahams mouth but had I been asked that question I would answer it with a question. Why do we have a sun? Your answer may be "to heat the earth" I would agree but I would also ask you "why did the sun burn me at the beach"? And your answer may be "because you were in the sun rays to long". Did God make me stay in the sun to long? God certainly could have stopped me. God will not because there are other forces involved i.e. myself. The reason we really suffer in general is because of our independence from God. Creation suffers, man suffers, we all suffer as a result of our disposition i.e. sin. 9/11 happenned because of man's discontent with his neighbor i.e. Americans.

      May 20, 2010 at 8:36 am |
    • Jay

      Bad things happen so that the rest of us can help the suffering and so show that we "love our neighbors" by doing God's work.

      May 20, 2010 at 11:15 am |
    • junichi

      Its not his fault for not answering that question with a definate answer. that is not his place as a pastor to say that. if anything he was smart not to say a thing. cause had he said yes like may pastors did, then so many are bitter at god, had he said no he would have gotten the same responce from many christians as to why he did not give a definate answer. so i think either way, he is a great VESSEL being used by GOD , no more no less. Give honor to whom honor is due.

      May 20, 2010 at 11:16 am |
    • Mark

      God has enodwed suffering with meaning and value by becoming Man and sacrificing Himself on the Cross. As Christians our suffering is now inextricably linked with Jesus' suffering, so much so that St. Paul says: "I now rejoice in my sufferings and in my body I fill up what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ." Our sufferings can be offered to God, when spiritually united with those of His Son, as a meritorious offering for ourselves and for others. Christianity is all about reversing the evil done in our "freedom to choose", and about extracting supreme good even from supreme evil, the quintessential example of which is the Crucifixion of God the Son on the Cross and the resultant victory over death in the Resurrection. Which is why the Cross, once only a symbol of torture and death, is now the symbol of Eternal Life for those who believe. Adam and Eve's sin, as devastating as it was, was the necessary antecedent to the Incarnation. What Man messes up, God repairs. That is the essence of the Christian message. We need only believe and cooperate.

      May 20, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
    • BobEar

      Because there is no god. No santa. No easter bunny. All the other posters sound so great with their explainations, none of them make any sense at all. Nobody died for your sins or anybody elses either. You will no more go to heaven than the cow I ate this morning. Rev. Graham is a great man, but like my ancestors, the beliefs he holds are flawed. There are no streets paved w/ gold, no walls made of gems, no white throne, none of it. Study any religion and it is so full of the material things humans desire, and hell? well you have heard, all the material things that humans fear.

      May 20, 2010 at 2:48 pm |
  17. Vicki

    I would sooo love to see Reverand Graham deliver a message. I grew up watching him on TV!

    May 19, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
    • Hector

      Bob, how do you know that there is Absolutely no God?

      May 20, 2010 at 3:00 pm |
  18. Diane

    What a blessing that would be!!!

    May 19, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  19. Kathy

    I would love to hear Billy Graham deliver a message of faith one more time. He is an inspiration in my life.

    May 19, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  20. coco

    He is pretty old, but he is been a man of God.

    May 19, 2010 at 1:00 pm |
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