Billy Graham is "doing OK, just OK," according to his son, Franklin Graham, who asked for prayers for his ailing father on the weekend, saying he's "ready to go to heaven" whenever that day comes.
Evangelist Graham was hospitalized after his 95th birthday celebration for observation and lung tests last November, and has been very weak since then, Franklin Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, told WBTV.
"My father is ready to go to heaven and whenever that day comes, he's ready," quoted Franklin Graham as saying Sunday. "He's worked hard all of his life and faithful to preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ his entire life. And so he's ready to go home and I'm praying that the Lord will leave him a little longer. We need him." more >>
Using the recent "Duck Dynasty" incident as an example, in a statement on Monday, Franklin Graham expressed his disappointment that many Christians had avoided taking a "stand" on the issue and urged them to combat "the religious war" that has attacked and disparaged their values.
Graham, who is the CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelical Assocation and chairman of humanitarian relief organization Samaritan's Purse, said while he was pleased to see how the Robertsons had stood by family patriarch Phil's comments on homosexuality and race, he was frustrated that more churches did not speak out.
"I appreciate the Robertson family's strong commitment to biblical principles and their refusal to back down under intense media pressure over Phil Robertson's comments in a recent interview," wrote Graham on the Billy Graham Evangelical Assocation website. "As the Robertson controversy winds down—at least for now—I have been amazed at how many churches have apparently "ducked" out on the issue (sin). Some were even quick to condemn Phil Robertson." more >>
Franklin Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham, said during a television interview aired Sunday that Pope Francis, who appears to have a more accepting view of gays, is not the judge on homosexuality, but God is and He says it's a sin.
"I want to warn people: I think the pope is right when he says he's not the judge," Graham said on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday. "He's not the judge. God is the judge."
Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, said this after he was asked about the pope's views on homosexuality. Francis made headlines earlier this year when he said, "If a person is gay and seeks God and has goodwill, who am I to judge them?" more >>
Franklin Graham, son of the Rev. Billy Graham and president of his evangelistic association, gave an update on the minister's health to The Christian Post this week, stating that while the elder Graham was not in any immediate danger, a simple cold could turn the tide. Meanwhile, Will Graham, the elder evangelist's grandson, has said he believes the 95-year-old Southern Baptist preacher was ready to "go home" to be with the Lord.
"He's not doing real well," Franklin Graham told The Christian Post on Thursday. "His vitals are good. It's not like he's in danger right this second. But if he got a cold right now, it could be deadly. So I just ask the people to pray that he gets his strength back. I've never seen him this weak in all my life, so I know he'd appreciate your prayers."
The BGEA president's son, evangelist Will Graham, made similar remarks the day prior during a speaking engagement at a California church. more >>
NEW YORK — Franklin Graham, president of nonprofit Samaritan's Purse, joined project organizers, local families and survivors of Hurricane Sandy at one of New York City's major airports this week to personally send off more than 60,000 gifts to some of Typhoon Haiyan's most vulnerable victims in the Philippines.
"Do you know what these gifts are going to mean to these kids? It means that somebody loves them, it means they haven't been forgotten. It will mean everything in the world. It will give these little kids hope," Graham told more than 300 attendees at Thursday's event.
The evangelist and son of the Rev. Billy Graham was flanked by young singers of the Christian Heritage Academy and a loaded Boeing 747 over his shoulder as he thanked participants during the send-off ceremony at Hangar 19 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). more >>
Franklin Graham, son of well-known evangelical leader Billy Graham, has requested prayers for his 95-year-old father on Wednesday as the leader's health reportedly continues to decline following a trip to the hospital in late November for respiratory problems.
The younger Graham writes on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's website that his father is "extremely weak but his vitals are good. Our family would appreciate your prayers for him that the Lord would strengthen him."
Since Graham was hospitalized for a respiratory infection shortly after his 95th birthday party on Nov. 7, he has reportedly returned to his home in Montreat, North Carolina to recuperate. more >>