by Lawrence J. J. Leonard
William “Billy” Franklin Graham Jr. KBE was born November 7, 1918 and died February 21, 2018. Billy was an American evangelist, a significant evangelical Christian figure, and an ordained Southern Baptist minister. He is still considered one of the most influential preachers of the 20th century. His evangelical revivals are re-broadcast into the 21st century.
Be of Good Cheer
” ‘Jesus said, I have overcome the world.’ Now, Jesus made this statement just before he went to Gethsemane and just before he went to Calvary. He warned the disciples in that upper room. He said, ‘As the world hated me, it will hate you, too.’
“He used the word COSMOS, the world SYSTEM. Not the Earth. Not the trees. Not the Nature, but the WORLD SYSTEM. And, the Bible teaches that this WORLD SYSTEM is dominated by EVIL. Satanic cosmic principles of force and greed and selfishness and ambition and pleasure seem to be in control most of the time.
“And the WORLD SYSTEM is very powerful.
“It is often outwardly religious and scientific and cultured and elegant. But, underneath it is seething with rivalries and ambitions and lust and hate and greed and jealosies.
“THAT is the world.
“And Jesus said, ‘THAT world WILL NOT LIKE YOU because you are following me. It HATED me. It will hate YOU.’
“And often THIS world of evil is upheld up in a time of crisis only by armed force. I don’t mean everybody in the world is evil. I am talking about the sins of the world, the evils of the world, dominated by the devil.
“But, Jesus met the world with all of its evil. He met the devil. He met the FLESH – which means the EVIL PRINCIPLE WITHIN US.
“And He conquered. He conquered DEATH, which is the last great enemy of mankind. And by the CROSS we are crucified TO THE WORLD. In other words, because Jesus died UPON THE CROSS, the WORLD SYSTEM with all of its power has been crucified as far as we are concerned.
“It has NO LONGER power over us. Sin shall NO LONGER dominate us. Sin NO LONGER reigns over us…
“Our authority over the world is the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
In 2001, Queen Elizabeth II awarded Billy an honorary knighthood. The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry, rewarding contributions to the arts and sciences, work with charitable and welfare organizations, and public service outside the Civil service. This is the KBE after his name. The honor was presented to him by Sir Christopher Meyer, British Ambassador to the U.S. at the British Embassy in Washington D.C.
RIP, Billy. In the sweet by and by, we shall meet on that beautiful shore.
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