Celebrities, politicians react to Billy Graham's death

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"A very special man", President Donald Trump tweeted.

"In a time of deep division and rising anti-Semitism, it's vital that we all, Jews and non-Jews call out hateful words and sentiments", said Rabbi Joshua Waxman, president of the Board of Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia. Bill Graham's ministry for the gospel of Jesus Christ and his matchless voice changed the lives of millions.

In this October 16, 1971 file photo, Evangelist Billy Graham (l) and US President Nixon wave to a crowd of 12,500 at ceremonies honoring Graham at Charlotte, North Carolina.

In an interview on CBN News' Prayerlink show, Kellie Lane of Warrior Nation Ministries said, "I never attended his crusades in person but I certainly watched all of his videos on Youtube and things like that, studied all of his books, read, studied his life".

"We pledged among ourselves to avoid any situation that would have even the appearance of compromise or suspicion", Graham said.

Among the world's most powerful and influential people including presidents and heads of state, Graham was a friend and spiritual adviser to Queen Elizabeth II. He created his own brand of populist evangelism.

In a 60-year career, he is estimated to have preached to hundreds of millions of people, and seen at least three million make a decision to follow Jesus.

Graham was nicknamed "God's machine gun", and he did not find it offensive at all. "The message of the gospel was at the heart of his ministry". 'I wish you had!' she exclaimed.

Graham and his wife Ruth Bell Graham - the daughter of a missionary surgeon who grew up in China - had five children.

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Graham reached through generations of Nashville-area musicians, especially calling on the Christian community.

Montreat College president Paul Maurer - "The impact that Billy Graham had on Montreat College and the local Montreat community can not be overstated".

"He leaned over to me and said, 'I'm getting old". He also presided at graveside services for president Lyndon Johnson in 1973 and spoke at Nixon's funeral in 1994. He was America's pastor, and some called him the Protestant Pope. For the president is our leader.

He received awards from the organized Jewish community and was so beloved in its precincts that in 1994, when H. R. Haldeman, a former top aide to President Richard Nixon, revealed Graham's lacerating anti-Semitism expressed in private talks with Nixon, the Jewish community dismissed Haldeman's account out of hand. Graham's 1972 comments "fall into that category, but it's also important to mention that he came to realize that as well and that he apologized sincerely", said Waxman, of Or Hadash, a Reconstructionist Congregation in Fort Washington. Graham would later point out that he had Jewish friends.

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One of the more intriguing episodes of Graham's life saw him befriend Los Angeles gangland boss Mickey Cohen.

Graham later apologised for these comments, which he said he did not remember having made.

"I've always been able to share my secrets and problems with Billy, and I've benefited greatly from his support and advice", Cash wrote in his autobiography. I am for God.

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