Why People Are Calling Billy Graham's Funeral His 'Final Crusade'

March 02, 2018Mar 02, 2018

Underneath a white tent, evoking his "first cathedral" revival more than 70 years ago, Billy Graham was remembered during his funeral on Friday. As people attend the funeral of America's pastor, they are reminded of Graham's incredible life — particularly his crusades, which brought many Americans to Christ. 

More than 2,000 people attended this private service for Graham, who was 99 years old when he died last week at his home in North Carolina. Trump, who attended a Billy Graham crusade with his father in New York City during his childhood, has chosen to attend the funeral. 

Billy Graham will be buried beside his wife, Ruth, at the foot the cross-shaped brick walkway in the Library's Prayer Garden. 

CNN has called Billy Graham's funeral his "final crusade" because it was Graham's last time being covered live by national television. Millions of people followed the death of this incredible evangelist, re-watched his sermons, and remembered the inspiring memories of attending his "crusades." Christians from all denominations and all walks of life, both Protestant and Catholic, have been paying tribute to Graham.

Perhaps the most evident way in which Graham's funeral was his "final crusade" came when his son, Rev. Franklin Graham, invited everybody listening to accept Jesus Christ into their hearts as Lord and Savior. 

"Millions today are searching for the way. What do I do, where do I go? Jesus said follow me. I am the way." 

Franklin then told all attendees that Jesus Christ is the only pathway to God. The path of Jesus, said Franklin, is not always an easy one and it doesn't always result in a prosperous life. But it does, says Franklin, provide us with the pathway to eternal life.

"There is no better time [to accept Jesus Christ into your heart] than at Billy Graham's funeral. It is simply by faith, simply by believing. In your heart, say 'God, I am a sinner. I am sorry for my sins, forgive me. I believe Jesus Christ is your son and I want to trust him as my savior, and I want to follow him as my Lord." 

"You can have that hope of eternal life." 

Evangelist Billy Graham, a confidant to US presidents and a guiding light to millions of American evangelicals, died last Wednesday morning. Graham was a popular American and international preacher and helped millions to convert to Christianity. 

Watch the full funeral in the video below. 

Please read more about Franklin Graham's statements at the funeral in our recent story.

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