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Mr. Graham, how would you like to be remembered?


Editor’s note: Before his death, Billy Graham approved the following response as his final My Answer column. Mr. Graham’s column will continue in some form.

I hope I will be remembered as someone who was faithful—faithful to God, faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and faithful to the calling God gave me not only as an evangelist, but as a husband, father and friend.

I’m sure I’ve failed in many ways, but I take comfort in Christ’s promise of forgiveness, and I take comfort also in God’s ability to take even our most imperfect efforts and use them for His glory.

By the time you read this, I will be in heaven, and as I write this I’m looking forward with great anticipation to the day when I will be in God’s presence forever.

I’m convinced that heaven is far more glorious than anything we can possibly imagine right now, and I look forward not only to its wonder and peace, but also to the joy of being reunited with those who have gone there before me, especially my dear wife, Ruth. The Bible says, “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face” (1 Corinthians 13:12).

But I won’t be in heaven because I’ve preached to large crowds or because I’ve tried to live a good life. I’ll be in heaven for one reason: Many years ago I put my faith and trust in Jesus Christ, who died on the cross to make our forgiveness possible and rose again from the dead to give us eternal life. Do you know you will go to heaven when you die? You can, by committing your life to Jesus Christ today.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

Put your trust in Christ today.

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  1. Anita Allison says:

    Thank you Reverend Billy Graham for being the true Man of God You were. Countless lives were changed as you followed the call of Jesus Christ to preach the gospel to all nations. Rest In Peace.

  2. Anna J Smith says:

    Many years ago I attended one of his meetings. A Large number of people walked forward to be saved.

  3. Jean says:

    So powerful!

  4. Blanche says:

    Almost all my 81 years I have known of Billy Graham. He has always been an influence in my family’s life.

  5. Martin Tempelman says:

    Thanks for sharing your faith – all of you – all the time. Blessings, Martin

  6. Pelenaise Otutaha says:

    Thank you Billy for bringing so many souls to Christ through preaching John 3:16 over and over again. I’m blessed with that too. I got His love and I love Him more each day.

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  9. Angela Frank says:

    Mr. Graham was very instrumental in my walk with my Lord, Savior and Redeemer, and I am very grateful. I am so happy that he is in the presence of his Heavenly Father and His Savior, Jesus Christ. I know his wife was very happy to see him. The angels are rejoicing!