Skip to comments.Billy Graham: Pope Was 'Evangelist'
Posted on 04/02/2005 6:53:28 PM PST by wagglebee
The Reverend Billy Graham issued the following statement Saturday:
"Pope John Paul II was unquestionably the most influential voice for morality and peace in the world during the last 100 years. His extraordinary gifts, his strong Catholic faith, and his experience of human tyranny and suffering in his native Poland all shaped him, and yet he was respected by men and women from every conceivable background across the world. He was truly one of those rare individuals whose legacy will endure long after he has gone.
"It was my privilege to meet with him at the Vatican on various occasions, and I will always remember his personal warmth to me and his deep interest in our ministry. In his own way, he saw himself as an evangelist, traveling far more than any other Pope to rally the faithful and call non-believers to commitment. He was convinced that the complex problems of our world are ultimately moral and spiritual in nature, and only Christ can set us free from the shackles of sin and greed and violence. His courage and perseverance in the face of advancing age and illness were an inspiration to millions - including me.
"I have been invited to attend the funeral service for Pope John Paul II, but I will not be able to go for health reasons. I have asked a member of my family and one of my long-time associates to represent me at that service. "May his death remind each of us that some day we too must die and enter into God's presence -- and may we each commit ourselves afresh to Jesus Christ, who died and rose again for our salvation."
This is a beautiful tribute.
Pope John Paul II and Billy Graham. Two great men. Peter and Paul.
Well said. John Paul II was truly a great man for his time.
Billy Graham is a man with such class.
Amen, Brother Graham.
John Paul II helped me to "be not afraid".
And if anyone can say JPII was an evangelist, "Billy Graham's the man who would know:
Evangelist Billy Graham took Christ at His word when He said in Mark 16:15, Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.
Mr. Graham has preached the Gospel to more people in live audiences than anyone else in historyover 210 million people in more than 185 countries and territoriesthrough various meetings, including Mission World and Global Mission. Hundreds of millions more have been reached through television, video, film, and webcasts.
Don't forget, he had more than a 30 year head-start on the pope.
"his signature him"=his signature hymn
AND he's a fellow Tar Heel. :-)
I am so happy to see the former divisions among Christians melt away. We pray for the unity of the church, and we pray that God's Name will be One.
Billy Graham has been a very vocal supporter of the Pope and he has even said that he has no disagreements with Roman Catholic teachings. Unfortunately, he has been sharply criticized by many Protestants for this.
You know - it really says a lot when someone (like Billy Graham or even myself) who has tremendous theological differences with the Catholic Church can still have such huge respect for someone like John Paul II.
I don't know many people who would argue with the fact that this Pope has done more for the cause of peace and for morality in the world in the last century.
As a Baptist, I tend to think in terms of "Saved" and "unsaved" or "lost", and the term Saved often doesn't get applied to Catholics in my mind (and please don't blast me for that - I'm not stirring for a fight), but if ever there has been a Catholic who I would consider to be a "Saved" man - John Paul II would definitely fit that bill. George Bush's comments were also right on track.
Pope John Paul II worked harder than any of his predecessors to mend rifts between Roman Catholics and Protestants. I think very few Catholics would dispute that there was a great deal of corruption in the Catholic Church that lead to the Reformation. The Pope sought to clarify that all Christians achieve salvation through faith in the Lord. Christianity is under a massive assault from the left and the Pope was very vocal in his teachings that morality is a "black and white" matter.
Catholics accept Christ as their savior why would you consider them as unsaved? trying to understand not pick a fight.
It would be the difference between an inward acceptance of Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior, and an outward acceptance of ritual acts as supposedly sufficient to effectuate salvation. A lot of Catholics profess cluelessness when they are asked if they have accepted Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior, they say "hey I was baptized when a baby, that made me a Christian, what do you mean"?
You're asking for a lot here...
This is NOT the time to unleash theological arguments. Not now, please.