Billy and John

In respect to Billy Graham, who died yesterday aged 99, I am reblogging this that I wrote three years ago.

Making an ass of myself

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That’s Billy Graham and John Stott, two Evangelical leaders from two different countries that both supported each others work and also disagreed on seriou s points.

1974, the year I became a Christian all over again, was the year of the fall out. Graham wanted the evangelical church to focus on Evangelism, Stott wanted to focus on social action as well, saying it was necessary as part of the Great Commission. Stott won.

Then there were the ripples after Stott had come out as an Anihilationist in 1988. Billy Graham was not.

Yet despite differences in their theology at a fundamental level, at Stott’s death in 2011 Graham was able to say, “The evangelical world has lost one of its greatest spokesmen, and I have lost one of my close personal friends and advisors. I look forward to seeing him again when I go to Heaven.”

Sadly not all Christian leaders…

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