The last will and testament of the late Billy Graham was recently made public, and does what the famed evangelist did for more than eight decades: call upon people to trust in Jesus.
“I urge all who shall read this document to read and study the Scriptures daily,” the will states, “and to trust only in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation.”
Graham, who passed away this past February, also asks that his posterity “maintain and defend at all hazards and any cost of personal sacrifice the blessed doctrine of complete Atonement for sin through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ once offered, and through that alone.”
“I urge all of you to walk with the Lord in a life of separation from the world and to keep eternal values in view,” it states.
Graham went to be with the Lord on February 21 at the age of 99. The following week, at the National Religious Broadcasters' (NRB) International Christian Media Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, Graham was honored throughout the four-day gathering as the association’s best-known member of all time. The NRB Board of Directors also adopted a resolution honoring Graham, noting the evangelist’s long association with NRB and summarizing his awards, including induction into the NRB Hall of Fame in 1981.
The internationally renowned evangelist preached the Gospel to more people in live audiences than anyone else in history – nearly 215 million people in more than 185 countries and territories, according to Graham’s ministry, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) – through various evangelistic crusades and meetings, including Mission World and Global Mission. Hundreds of millions more have been reached through television, video, film, and webcasts.
In his will, Graham designated 10 percent of his residuary estate “to go to the Lord’s work,” via BGEA, to be used for the purposes of the Billy Graham Library Endowment.
The rest will be divided evenly among Graham’s five children – Virginia Graham, Anne Graham Lotz, Ruth B. Graham, W. Franklin Graham III, and Nelson E. Graham.
Graham said in his will that he “will be awaiting the reunion” of his family in Heaven, and said it was his “supreme joy” to labor in God’s service.
In addition to his children, Graham is survived by 19 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
By NRB Staff
Published: May 31, 2018