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The world is definitely a little darker today. RIP, Billy. I'm sure they're all celebrating in Heaven. It must be a glorious day for you.
 

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For real? Stallone was dead yesterday .. but he's punching again (his words) this morning.
 

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Billy Graham, 99, Dies; Pastor Filled Stadiums and Counseled Presidents

The New York Times

By LAURIE GOODSTEIN
21 mins ago


His death was confirmed by Jeremy Blume, a spokesman for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Mr. Graham had dealt with a number of illnesses in his last years, including prostate cancer, hydrocephalus (a buildup of fluid in the brain) and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

Mr. Graham spread his influence across the country and around the world through a combination of religious conviction, commanding stage presence and shrewd use of radio, television and advanced communication technologies.

A central achievement was his encouraging evangelical Protestants to regain the social influence they had once wielded, reversing a retreat from public life that had begun when their efforts to challenge evolution theory were defeated in the Scopes trial in 1925.

But in his later years, Mr. Graham kept his distance from the evangelical political movement he had helped engender, refusing to endorse candidates and avoiding the volatile issues dear to religious conservatives.

“If I get on these other subjects, it divides the audience on an issue that is not the issue I’m promoting,” he said in an interview at his home in North Carolina in 2005 while preparing for his last American crusade, in New York City. “I’m just promoting the Gospel.”

Mr. Graham took the role of evangelist to a new level, lifting it from the sawdust floors of canvas tents in small-town America to the podiums of packed stadiums in the world’s major cities. He wrote some 30 books and was among the first to use new communication technologies for religious purposes. During his “global crusade” from Puerto Rico in 1995, his sermons were translated simultaneously into 48 languages and transmitted to 185 countries by satellite.

Mr. Graham’s standing as a religious leader was unusual: Unlike the pope or the Dalai Lama, he spoke for neither a particular church (though he was a Southern Baptist) nor a particular people.

At times, he seemed to fill the role of national clergyman. He read from Scripture at President Richard M. Nixon’s funeral in California in 1994, offered prayers at a service in the National Cathedral for victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in 2001 and, despite his failing health, traveled to New Orleans in 2006 to preach to survivors of Hurricane Katrina.

His reach was global, and he was welcomed even by repressive leaders like Kim Il-sung of North Korea, who invited him to preach in Pyongyang’s officially sanctioned churches.

In his younger days, Mr. Graham became a role model for aspiring evangelists, prompting countless young men to copy his cadences, his gestures and even the way he combed his wavy blond hair.

He was not without critics. Early in his career, some mainline Protestant leaders and theologians accused him of preaching a simplistic message of personal salvation that ignored the complexities of societal problems like racism and poverty. Later, critics said he had shown political naïveté in maintaining a close public association with Nixon long after Nixon had been implicated in the cover-up of the Watergate break-in.

Mr. Graham’s image was tainted in 2002 with the release of audiotapes that Nixon had secretly recorded in the White House three decades earlier. The two men were heard agreeing that liberal Jews controlled the media and were responsible for pornography.

“A lot of the Jews are great friends of mine,” Mr. Graham said at one point on the tapes. “They swarm around me and are friendly to me because they know that I’m friendly with Israel. But they don’t know how I really feel about what they are doing to this country.”

Mr. Graham issued a written apology and met with Jewish leaders. In the interview in 2005, he said of the conversation with Nixon: “I didn’t remember it, I still don’t remember it, but it was there. I guess I was sort of caught up in the conversation somehow.”

In the last few decades, a new generation of evangelists, including Mr. Graham’s elder son, Franklin Graham, began developing their own followings. In November 1995, on his 77th birthday, Mr. Graham named Franklin to succeed him as head of his organization, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. His daughter Anne Graham Lotz and his grandsons Will Graham and William Graham Tullian Tchividjian are also in ministry.

Franklin Graham has drawn criticism since the Sept. 11 attacks for denigrating Islam. His father, however, retained the respect of vast numbers of Americans, enough to earn him repeated appearances on Gallup’s annual lists of the world’s 10 most admired men.

With a warm, courtly manner that was readily apparent both to stadium crowds and to those who met him face to face, Mr. Graham could be a riveting presence. At 6-foot-2, with a handsomely rugged profile fit for Hollywood westerns, he would hold his Bible aloft and declare that Scripture offered “the answer to every human longing.”

Mr. Graham drew his essential message from the mainstream of evangelical Protestant belief. Repent of your sins, he told his listeners, accept Jesus as your Savior and be born again. In a typical exhortation, he declared:

“Are you frustrated, bewildered, dejected, breaking under the strains of life? Then listen for a moment to me: Say yes to the Savior tonight, and in a moment you will know such comfort as you have never known. It comes to you quickly, as swiftly as I snap my fingers, just like that.”

Mr. Graham always closed by asking his listeners to “come forward” and commit to a life of Christian faith. When they did so, his well-oiled organization would match new believers with nearby churches. Many thousands of people say they were first brought to church by a Billy Graham crusade.

At the dedication of the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C., in June 2007, former President Bill Clinton said of Mr. Graham, “When he prays with you in the Oval Office or upstairs in the White House, you feel like he is praying for you, not the president.”

As a popular evangelist, Mr. Graham was by no means unique in American history. George Whitefield in the mid-18th century, Charles G. Finney and Dwight L. Moody in the 19th century, and Billy Sunday at the turn of the 20th were all capable of drawing vast crowds.

But none of them combined the ambition, the talent for organization and the reach of Mr. Graham, who had the advantages of jet travel and electronic media to convey his message. In 2007, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, with 750 employees, estimated that he had preached the Gospel to more than 215 million people in more than 185 countries and territories since beginning his crusades in Grand Rapids, Mich., in October 1947. He reached hundreds of millions more on television, through video and in film.

“This is not mass evangelism,” Mr. Graham liked to say, “but personal evangelism on a mass scale.”

William Franklin Graham Jr. — Billy Frank to his family and friends as a boy — was born near Charlotte on Nov. 7, 1918, the first of four children of William Franklin Graham and Morrow Coffey Graham. He was descended on both sides from pre-Revolution Scottish settlers, and both his grandfathers were Confederate soldiers.

Though the Grahams were Reformed Presbyterians, and though his father insisted on daily readings of the Bible, Billy Frank was an unenthusiastic Christian. He was more interested in reading history, playing baseball and dreaming of becoming a professional ballplayer. His worldliness, his father thought, was mischievous and devilish.

It was the Rev. Mordecai Ham, an itinerant preacher from Kentucky, who was credited with “saving” Billy Graham, in the autumn of 1934, when Billy was 16. After attending Mr. Ham’s revival sessions on a Charlotte street corner several nights in a row, Billy walked up to Mr. Ham to make a “decision for Christ.”

“I can’t say that I felt anything spectacular,” Mr. Graham recalled years later. “I felt very little emotion. I shed no tears. In fact, when I saw others had tears in their eyes, I felt like a hypocrite, and this disturbed me a little. I’m sure I had a tremendous sense of conviction: The Lord did speak to me about certain things in my life. I’m certain of that, but I can’t remember what they were.”

Returning home with a friend that night, Mr. Graham said, he thought: “Now I’ve gotten saved. Now whatever I do can’t unsave me. Even if I killed somebody, I can’t ever be unsaved now.”

After he graduated high school in 1936, Mr. Graham spent the summer selling Fuller brushes door to door before spending an unhappy semester at Bob Jones College, then an unaccredited, fundamentalist school in Cleveland, Tenn. (It is now Bob Jones University, in Greenville, S.C.) He then went to another unaccredited but less restrictive institution, the Florida Bible Institute (now Trinity College), near Tampa.

It was there, he wrote in his 1997 autobiography, “Just as I Am,” that he felt God calling him to the ministry. The call came, he said, during a late-night walk on a golf course. “I got down on my knees at the edge of one of the greens,” he wrote. “Then I prostrated myself on the dewy turf. ‘O God,’ I sobbed, ‘if you want me to serve you, I will.’ ”

“All the surroundings stayed the same,” he continued. “No sign in the heavens. No voice from above. But in my spirit I knew I had been called to the ministry. And I knew my answer was yes.”

After graduating from the Bible Institute, Mr. Graham went to Wheaton College in Illinois, among the nation’s most respected evangelical colleges. At Wheaton, from which he received a degree in anthropology in 1943, he met Ruth McCue Bell, a fellow student whose father was Dr. L. Nelson Bell, a prominent Presbyterian missionary surgeon who had spent many years in China.

Soon after marrying Mrs. Bell in 1943, Mr. Graham accepted the pulpit of the First Baptist Church in Western Springs, Ill., a Chicago suburb. (It later changed its name to the Village Church.) He imbued his sermons with the brand of interdenominational appeal that was to be his hallmark.

It was also in 1943 that he was invited to take over “Songs in the Night,” a Sunday hour of sermonizing and gospel singing broadcast by a Chicago radio station. The program introduced him to electronic evangelism. Its principal singer, the baritone George Beverly Shea, who died in April, would earn fame as a member of the “Billy Graham team.”

In the mid-1940s, Mr. Graham became the chief preacher for the Youth for Christ rallies organized by the Rev. Torrey M. Johnson, a radio evangelist, and George W. Wilson, the owner of a religious bookstore in Minneapolis and a lay leader of the First Baptist Church there. With them, he established the Graham Youth for Christ, which found moderate success holding “crusades” across North America and in Britain.

Mr. Graham’s fortunes took a career-building turn in 1949, thanks in no small measure to the power of the Hearst press. He was holding a three-week “mammoth tent crusade” in downtown Los Angeles inside a 6,000-seat “canvas cathedral” pitched on a vacant lot. The newspaper ads proclaimed him “America’s sensational young evangelist.” But what really caught the attention of the aged newspaper baron William Randolph Hearst was that Mr. Graham was preaching a fiery brand of anti-Communism.

From his retreat in San Simeon, Calif., Mr. Hearst is said to have issued a terse directive: “Puff Graham.”

“The Hearst newspapers gave me enormous publicity, and the others soon followed,” Mr. Graham said years later. “Suddenly, what a clergyman was saying was in the headlines everywhere, and so was the box score of commitments to Christ each night.” Time, Newsweek and Life magazines followed suit.

Mr. Graham began taking his “Crusade for Christ” on the road. In 1957, he drew more than two million people to a series of rallies, extended to 16 weeks, at Madison Square Garden in New York. The crusades became international: One, in West Germany, was televised live in 10 other European countries. In 1966, he preached to nearly one million people in London.

As Mr. Graham’s popularity grew, so did his stature with Christian critics who had dismissed his interpretation of Scripture as overly literal. (He told his audiences, for example, that heaven was a physical place, though not necessarily in this solar system.)

Early on, he abandoned the practice, common among Southern fundamentalists, of speaking only before racially segregated audiences. He refused to “preach Jim Crow,” as he put it, and in the turbulent 1960s made several “visits of racial conciliation” to the South.

Mr. Graham pledged to local church sponsors that all donations would be used for crusade expenses, with any excess going to his Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. His own compensation, he said, would be limited to his expenses plus “the salary of a fairly well-paid local minister,” or about $50,000 in 1980 (the equivalent of about $142,000 today). The association’s books were always open to inspection.

By maintaining fiscal integrity and personal probity — he stuck to his rule never to be alone with a woman other than his wife — Mr. Graham kept himself untarnished by the kind of sex and money scandals that brought down evangelists and religious broadcasters like Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart in the 1980s.

The Grahams lived on a 200-acre mountain retreat in Montreat, N.C. His wife, Ruth Bell Graham, died in 2007. He is survived by his sons, the Rev. William Franklin III and the Rev. Nelson Graham, known as Ned; three daughters, Virginia Tchividjian (known as Gigi), Anne Graham Lotz and Ruth Graham McIntyre; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Recognizing his influence, presidents made a point of seeking friendly relations with Mr. Graham; Lyndon B. Johnson did so assiduously. Mr. Graham was a frequent guest of Ronald Reagan, and in January 1991, George H. W. Bush invited him to spend the night at the White House the day before American-led forces began bombing Iraq. Mr. Clinton asked Mr. Graham to offer prayers at his inauguration in 1993.

President George W. Bush said that it had been after a walk with Mr. Graham at the Bush family’s compound in Kennebunkport, Me., that Mr. Bush, as a younger man, decided to become more serious about his faith and quit drinking. President Obama visited Mr. Graham at his North Carolina home in 2010.

Of the presidents, Mr. Graham was most closely associated with Nixon. The two had met in the late 1940s, when Nixon was a senator from California. As vice president, Nixon addressed a capacity crowd at Yankee Stadium for the closing meeting of Mr. Graham’s New York crusade in 1957.

In the 1960 presidential campaign, Mr. Graham, a registered Democrat, was strongly sympathetic to Nixon, a Republican, and offered him campaign advice. He went on to endorse Nixon in the 1968 presidential race and allowed that endorsement to be used in television commercials. He gave the invocation at Nixon’s 1969 inauguration and came to be described as Nixon’s unofficial White House chaplain.

Mr. Graham said he had been “innocently unaware” of the storm gathering over Watergate. But when the extent of the scandal became known — disclosures of the break-in and the subsequent cover-up orchestrated by the White House — Mr. Graham tended to look the other way, his critics said.

In 1982, Mr. Graham displeased the Reagan administration when, after a visit to the Soviet Union, he spoke in favor of universal nuclear disarmament. He also visited Russian churches, and his comment that he had seen no evidence of religious repression by the Soviet authorities created a furor among conservative church members in the United States.

It was during this period, in his sixth decade as an evangelist, that Mr. Graham and his organization experimented with new technologies. In 1986, in Paris, he used direct satellite transmissions to carry his sermons to about 30 other French cities. With his crusade in San Juan, P.R., in 1995, he expanded his satellite reach more than sixfold.

Mr. Graham also broke ground by going to places where religious activity was officially restricted, including China and North Korea. The first of his 30 books was “Peace With God,” published in 1953; his last was “Nearing Home,” in 2011.

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, with more than 1,000 employees around the world, continues to organize crusades. It also produces Mr. Graham’s “Hour of Decision” global radio program and prime-time television specials, trains thousands of evangelists and missionaries, and publishes Decision magazine. A rapid-response team deploys chaplains to disaster areas.

Why it all came about remained a puzzle to Mr. Graham. In his autobiography, he wrote: “I have often said that the first thing I am going to do when I get to Heaven is ask: ‘Why me, Lord? Why did You choose a farmboy from North Carolina to preach to so many people, to have such a wonderful team of associates, and to have a part in what You were doing in the latter half of the 20th century?’ ”

“I have thought about that question a great deal,” he added, “but I know also that only God knows the answer.”

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/b...nd-counseled-presidents/ar-BBJpHtx?li=BBnb7Kz
 

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For real? Stallone was dead yesterday .. but he's punching again (his words) this morning.
Well, Sly will be dead, someday, like all the rest of us. But, Billy's dead today. God love him.
 

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RIP Billy. You will be missed.
May YHVH raise an Elisha to take your place and give him a double anointing of the Spirit that was upon Elijah...
Amen, brother.
 

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Passed at 99years old? Where do I sign up for that?

RIP!
There's a guy named Jesus you have to talk to. He can fix you up for eternal life, if you like. He asks quite little in return.
 

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Trump says evangelist Billy Graham was a GREAT man who will be missed by all: 'There was nobody like him!'
  • Trump celebrated the life of Billy Graham on Wednesday with a tweet hailing the deceased evangelist he met just once in his lifetime as great and special
  • They met once at a 2013 birthday birthday party that Melania also attended
  • Graham counseled presidents from both political parties dating back to Lyndon B. Johnson and attended eight inaugurations
  • Son Franklin Graham, who took over his ministry, is a big Trump backer
  • Graham's granddaughter Jerushah Armfield has been critical of the president


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5417887/Trump-says-Billy-Graham-GREAT-man-missed-all.html#ixzz57lRpednY
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“Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.” Billy Graham
 

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....Graham's granddaughter Jerushah Armfield has been critical of the president.....
Note of criticism for the UK Mail. Did that have to go in there? On the day Graham died?
 

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“Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.” Billy Graham
I believe that D.L.Moody is credited with that quote. No matter, true in both cases.
 

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Thank you, Billy Graham. You changed Louis Zamperini's life and his example changed me.

Billy Graham taught Louis Zamperini how to forgive the guard who beat him daily in a Japanese POW camp. His example freed me to forgive in my own life.


"Almost the last chapter in the Bible describes what heaven will be like, and one of the things it tells us is that “the great street of the city was of pure gold, like transparent glass.” (Revelation 21:21)

Although this is hard for us to imagine, it reminds us that heaven is far more glorious than anything we will ever know in this life." — billygraham.org

After a long, incredible life, evangelist Billy Graham finally knows if the streets of heaven are truly paved with gold. He passed away this morning at his home from natural causes at the age of 99. From a humble beginning on a dairy farm near Charlotte, N.C. to international fame, Graham's ministry reached a world-wide audience estimated at over 2.2 billion people. Beginning in 1947, his traveling Billy Graham Crusades spanned the globe. He advised every president from Harry Truman to Barack Obama — and even Queen Elizabeth II sought an audience with him.

When I think of his life, I think of 1 Kings 3:14-15: "If you walk in My ways, keeping My statutes and commandments, as your father David walked, then I will prolong your days." Ninety-nine years definitely counts as prolonged!

I remember seeing him on television as a kid and to be honest, his message didn't exactly permeate my thick skull. I was too busy running around being a kid to sit down and listen to a man waving a Bible and preaching the gospel. But little did I know then that as an adult, his influence on another man's life would change mine deeply. And for that, I'm grateful today.


So who's the other man? Olympian and World War II veteran Louis Zamperini.

If Zamperini's name sounds familiar, he was featured in the international bestseller Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (and later in a movie by the same name.) After growing up humbly in Southern California, Zamperini ran in the 1936 Berlin Olympics and was on the cusp of being the first man to break the four-minute mile. But World War II interrupted that dream. Instead of chasing Olympic glory, he found himself serving as a bombardier on a B-24 Liberator bomber flying over the Pacific. After a crash and a long survival on a raft floating at sea, he was captured by the Japanese and taken to a POW camp near Tokyo. That's when he entered hell on earth. And the devil was a prison guard named Mutsuhiro Watanabe, also known as "The Bird."

The Bird beat Zamperini savagely and daily. Only a glimmer of faith and a strong will allowed him to survive until the end of the war. He came home to a hero's welcome and married the girl of his dreams. Then the wheels fell off. Zamperini started trying to drown his PTSD with alcohol. His anger and hatred began to eat at his soul. He was physically, mentally and spiritually devastated. The bottle and his own nightmares did what The Bird couldn't do. He was broken.

n 1949, Billy Graham held a crusade in a rented circus tent in Los Angeles. Zamperini's wife Cynthia (who was in the process of filing for divorce) persuaded him to attend the first day's event. Louis walked out nearly immediately. Cynthia then persuaded him to go back the next day. Graham was preaching about forgiveness. Louis thought about all the prayers he had made on the raft and how he had not kept his end of the bargain. He prayed for forgiveness. And then began a long journey of forgiving those who had made his life a living hell. He invited Christ into his life and dedicated his remaining days to helping others. He and Cynthia remained married and had a family. Zamperini and Billy Graham became close friends.

In 1950, he visited a Tokyo prison holding several of his former prison guards. He forgave them. In 1998, Zamperini returned to Japan once again to be a torchbearer at the Nagano Winter Games. He offered to meet The Bird (who was thought to be dead but had resurfaced), but Watanabe refused to meet with him. Zamperini forgave him anyway.

Louis Zamperini died on July 2, 2014, at age 97 of pneumonia after a long and fruitful life.


If he could forgive a man who beat him daily, I can forgive those who have slighted me. Forgiveness is the ultimate freedom. It freed Louis Zamperini from his own prison. It can free us from ours.

So this morning, I pause to thank a man who changed another man whose example changed me. Angels work in indirect and funny ways. Godspeed Billy Graham. May you find an eternity with streets paved with gold.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opin...changed-mine-marshal-ramsey-column/358923002/

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Never paid a penny in taxes...
I appreciate the fact that he could preach and persuade people to give him money to further his causes but I don't like the fact that it was all tax free.
IRS Reclassifies Billy Graham’s Organization
SEPTEMBER 26, 2016 MARK HRYWNA
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) requested and received a determination to reclassify it as an association of churches, amid ongoing battles between religious organizations and the federal government regarding employer requirements related to healthcare.

The 66-year-old organization requested a determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on Sept. 10, 2015, reclassifying the nonprofit as an “association of churches.” The IRS provided a determination letter on Nov. 18, 2015. Charities classified as an “association of churches” are not required to file Form 990.

In a statement to The NonProfit Times, BGEA, through its public relations firm Demoss, cited three primary reasons for the reclassification:

* The ministry had been operating as an association of churches for years, as virtually everything is done in cooperation with local churches;
* There are religious exemptions in the federal tax code that only apply “associations of churches” and other church organizations, including protections of employers from government interference in matters relating to employment, which BGEA believes protect the ministry’s religions liberty rights.
* Filing the annual tax form has become “increasingly onerous, consuming a substantial amount of ministry time and financial resources” throughout the year.

BGEA’s sister organization, Samaritan’s Purse, also requested reclassification for the same reasons but has not received a response, according to a spokesman. If granted the new classification, Samaritan’s Purse would continue to file a Form 990 since it receives more than $25 million in government grants. The Boone, N.C.-based international relief organization also works through churches around the world.

Form 990 and audited financial statements differ in a few key areas, including disclosure of executive compensation, which is found in the annual Form 990 but not detailed in audited financial statements. The Charlotte, N.C.-based organization continues to file an independent financial audit each year and posts a consolidated financial statement on its website. The ministry also remains a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

ECFA President Dan Busby said many religious organizations have been organized as churches or religious orders over the years, neither of which require filing Form 990. “It is not infrequent to see a religious organization move to church or religious order status,” he said.

As it does each year, The NonProfit Times requested BGEA’s Form 990 as part of its compilation of The NPT 100, a study of the nation’s largest nonprofits, based on the annual tax forms of hundreds of organizations. There are organizations in The NPT 100 that are considered associations of churches or church organizations. Some submit a Form 990 anyway, such as Catholic Relief Services and Compassion International, while others such as Volunteers of America submit what is effectively a mock Form 990. Still others provide consolidated financial statements, including Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) and Christian & Missionary Alliance.

BGEA reported total revenue in 2015 of $106.9 million and operating expenses of $98.3 million. President and CEO Franklin Graham was paid a base salary of $111,458 in 2015, according to the statement. The last Form 990 for BGEA indicated his total compensation was $258,677 for 2015, including $100,000 in other reportable compensation, representing a “special catch-up retirement payment,” as reported on the tax form.

Samaritan’s Purse reported total revenue of $593 million last year. Graham also serves as president and CEO of that organization, with total compensation last year of $822,333, including a base salary of $361,624.
 

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Hey, I heard about this guy all my life but I really did not know anything at all about him.
Then he died yesterday, so they showed a clip of him when he visited Louisville for the second time, I think 2002.
He remarked how the city had changed, with Ford plant some other crap and Papa John Pizza [he was speaking at Papa John Stadium], he said he had some and it was great.

Made me think he was a liar.

Then I read the article above and they had this line.
Mr. Graham’s image was tainted in 2002 with the release of audiotapes that Nixon had secretly recorded in the White House three decades earlier. The two men were heard agreeing that liberal Jews controlled the media and were responsible for pornography.
Made me think he wasn't asleep, he knew the deal.
 

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Hey, I heard about this guy all my life but I really did not know anything at all about him.
Then he died yesterday, so they showed a clip of him when he visited Louisville for the second time, I think 2002.
He remarked how the city had changed, with Ford plant some other crap and Papa John Pizza [he was speaking at Papa John Stadium], he said he had some and it was great.

Made me think he was a liar.

Then I read the article above and they had this line.


Made me think he wasn't asleep, he knew the deal.
Yeah, he saw what was what and dared to say it. People think, how horrible for him to say a thing that was a fact. Crazy.
 

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Never paid a penny in taxes...
I appreciate the fact that he could preach and persuade people to give him money to further his causes but I don't like the fact that it was all tax free.
IRS Reclassifies Billy Graham’s Organization
SEPTEMBER 26, 2016 MARK HRYWNA
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) requested and received a determination to reclassify it as an association of churches, amid ongoing battles between religious organizations and the federal government regarding employer requirements related to healthcare.

The 66-year-old organization requested a determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on Sept. 10, 2015, reclassifying the nonprofit as an “association of churches.” The IRS provided a determination letter on Nov. 18, 2015. Charities classified as an “association of churches” are not required to file Form 990.

In a statement to The NonProfit Times, BGEA, through its public relations firm Demoss, cited three primary reasons for the reclassification:

* The ministry had been operating as an association of churches for years, as virtually everything is done in cooperation with local churches;
* There are religious exemptions in the federal tax code that only apply “associations of churches” and other church organizations, including protections of employers from government interference in matters relating to employment, which BGEA believes protect the ministry’s religions liberty rights.
* Filing the annual tax form has become “increasingly onerous, consuming a substantial amount of ministry time and financial resources” throughout the year.

BGEA’s sister organization, Samaritan’s Purse, also requested reclassification for the same reasons but has not received a response, according to a spokesman. If granted the new classification, Samaritan’s Purse would continue to file a Form 990 since it receives more than $25 million in government grants. The Boone, N.C.-based international relief organization also works through churches around the world.

Form 990 and audited financial statements differ in a few key areas, including disclosure of executive compensation, which is found in the annual Form 990 but not detailed in audited financial statements. The Charlotte, N.C.-based organization continues to file an independent financial audit each year and posts a consolidated financial statement on its website. The ministry also remains a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

ECFA President Dan Busby said many religious organizations have been organized as churches or religious orders over the years, neither of which require filing Form 990. “It is not infrequent to see a religious organization move to church or religious order status,” he said.

As it does each year, The NonProfit Times requested BGEA’s Form 990 as part of its compilation of The NPT 100, a study of the nation’s largest nonprofits, based on the annual tax forms of hundreds of organizations. There are organizations in The NPT 100 that are considered associations of churches or church organizations. Some submit a Form 990 anyway, such as Catholic Relief Services and Compassion International, while others such as Volunteers of America submit what is effectively a mock Form 990. Still others provide consolidated financial statements, including Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) and Christian & Missionary Alliance.

BGEA reported total revenue in 2015 of $106.9 million and operating expenses of $98.3 million. President and CEO Franklin Graham was paid a base salary of $111,458 in 2015, according to the statement. The last Form 990 for BGEA indicated his total compensation was $258,677 for 2015, including $100,000 in other reportable compensation, representing a “special catch-up retirement payment,” as reported on the tax form.

Samaritan’s Purse reported total revenue of $593 million last year. Graham also serves as president and CEO of that organization, with total compensation last year of $822,333, including a base salary of $361,624.
Hey mtnman. I respect your viewpoint on Reverend Graham's organization and it's tax free status. However, respectfully, this is a thread dedicated to honoring a man many of us look up to, for good reason. There's a thread in the coffee shack or the cigar room, from awhile back, that your post would be more appropriate in. I can't find it, though I looked for awhile, but it's over there. Thanks.

Hey, I dug up the old thread and bumped it. It's right here in The Coffee Shack. Billy Graham turning 100.
 
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Hey mtnman. I respect your viewpoint on Reverend Graham's organization and it's tax free status. However, respectfully, this is a thread dedicated to honoring a man many of us look up to, for good reason. There's a thread in the coffee shack or the cigar room, from awhile back, that your post would be more appropriate in. I can't find it, though I looked for awhile, but it's over there. Thanks.

Hey, I dug up the old thread and bumped it. It's right here in The Coffee Shack. Billy Graham turning 100.
Sorry Gloinson but I don't respect the man. He took the life savings of many, many widows through his TV shows and revivals offering a place in Heaven and never paid a penny tax. He also took in over $100m a year and donated about $6m to charity to keep his organization tax free the rest when into his family's pockets. Nope, he was not a man worthy of respect.
 

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Sorry Gloinson but I don't respect the man. He took the life savings of many, many widows through his TV shows and revivals offering a place in Heaven and never paid a penny tax. He also took in over $100m a year and donated about $6m to charity to keep his organization tax free the rest when into his family's pockets. Nope, he was not a man worthy of respect.
I think I might see your problem with Reverend Graham now, mtnman. I believe you have him confused with too many other TV evangelists who have been around over the years. Billy didn't operate the way you're suggesting. He held revivals in large event areas, charging small fees to attend. Billy's entire net worth was something like twenty-five million dollars. Having taken in many hundreds of millions over the span of six decades, or so and ending up with a paltry 25M is virtually nothing. He lived modestly. I remain convinced he was a good man and was well received by his Lord, in heaven.
 

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President Trump will be only president at Billy Graham's funeral

President Donald Trump will be in attendance Friday at the Charlotte service, his predecessors will not.
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What a bunch of lowlife worms. Good for Trump. I understand he only met Billy once, but he's the only one apparently being respectful.
 

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Then again, maybe all the rest of them are afraid of being arrested if they all show up in the same place.
 

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Glad to see Clintons or Bushes didn’t go that ups his credibility IMHO.
 

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Trump and Melania hold hands as they lead tributes to Billy Graham as his casket arrives to lie in honor in the Capitol
  • President and First lady take part in rare moment of political unity as Reverend Billy Graham's casket arrives at the Capitol to lie in honor
  • Political leaders of all parties gather in the Rotunda to welcome casket, which was escorted by Graham's family and carried in by military honor guard
  • Graham is only the fourth private person to lie in honor since 1998 - others were Rosa Parks in 2005 and two U.S. Capitol Police officers who died on duty
  • Trump will also attend funeral for Rev Graham in North Carolina on Friday; Bill Clinton and George W. Bush have been to pay tribute at Graham's home
  • Preacher who died aged 99 last week had counseled every president from Truman to Obama while in office and met Trump in 2013, before he was elected


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5443749/Trump-Melania-hold-hands-tribute-Reverend-Billy-Graham.html#ixzz58Rswxoc9
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