Billy Graham kicks the bucket

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Billy Graham kicks the bucket

Postby Niner » Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:16 pm

He was close on a hundred years old. He was the preacher for Presidents, those with no actual religion who had to pretend they had some, and Billy obliged as their pastor. He packed stadiums for decades and his appearances that were on tv drew large audiences. If there were a Protestant equivalent to the Pope he was it for a lot of people. His son is following the same act with Donald Trump and, although a chip off the old block, doesn't have the charisma his daddy had. And his daddy was following the path of the greatest evangelical Preacher of them all.. Billy Sunday. Billy used to pack them in like Billy Graham, and better, because there was no radio and tv as entertainment in the early 20th Century, and do the same kind of stump walloping come to Jesus memorizing preaching. He was famous for throwing in baseball jargon and making a pitching motion as well as all the current slang he could dredge up to show he was "wide awake" to the times. He was also a big patriot ....like Billy the latter....and when WWI came along he gave the Kaiser hell every chance he could. And like the younger Billy he probably was honestly in love with his own assumed sanctity of calling. A rock star. When Billy Sunday called thousands to come up and accept Christ it was called the saw dust trail. And they came in droves. Billy Graham was a little less dramatic but did the same thing. And they came in droves. All the TV evangelists that ever were patterned themselves on both of the Billies and raked in the offerings accordingly. Most of the ones on TV probably ought to end up where the bad people go when their time is up...even though some of them have gotten a little jail time first for various things while waiting for death to claim them.
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Re: Billy Graham kicks the bucket

Postby DuncaninFrance » Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:20 am

Just a noisy god botherer to me I am afraid, even if Cliff Richard liked him.............
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Re: Billy Graham kicks the bucket

Postby Niner Delta » Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:44 pm

"If you want to go to heaven, just keep sending me the money and your salvation is secured.
So put your hands on the radio and feel the warmth of my sincerity..." ........ :mrgreen:


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Re: Billy Graham kicks the bucket

Postby Niner » Sat Mar 03, 2018 12:49 pm

Billy Graham was finally laid to rest yesterday ...after spending time in the capital rotunda and various services attended by the powerful and important people...... hauled around in a coffin made by prison inmates out of shipping pallets or something dramatically "humble". The news stories were all about how he was the greatest evangelist of all time. But... perhaps he was only Mickey Mantle to the other, century ago 's, Babe Ruth in the bible walloping revival game.

Billy Sunday got a large write up in a Washington DC newspaper after an eight week stay in Washington a hundred years ago today. Among the photo stories and verbatim sermons is this striking statistical list. Back before the day of Radio and TV, Billy Sunday was the only show in town....or nearly so. The local preachers must have felt like they were incompetent when Sunday came to town.

https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn ... d-1/seq-2/
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