BENTON, Ky. (KT) – Kentucky Baptist Convention President Charles Frazier is calling on churches to honor famed evangelist Billy Graham this Sunday by singing his trademark invitation song and to pray for the lost.
“At the end of his evangelistic meetings, the choir would always sing ‘Just as I am,” Frazier said. “I would like to encourage our congregations to sing ‘Just as I am’ for the invitation. I would also like to ask Kentucky Baptists to gather at the altar and pray for the lost in our communities and our state.”
The 99-year-old evangelist and spiritual adviser to numerous presidents of both major political parties died last week at his North Carolina home. He is to be buried Friday beside his wife, Ruth, on the grounds of his namesake library in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Graham, a Southern Baptist, was the most widely heard Christian evangelist of all time, preaching in more than 185 countries and territories. Besides the well-known crusades, Graham’s reach was bolstered through television, radio, daily newspaper columns and videos. By the time he preached his final crusade in 2005, Graham was estimated to have personally preached to more than 210 million people around the world.
Kentucky Baptist Convention evangelism team leader Todd Gray said he appreciates Frazier’s willingness to call Christians to pray for people to come to know Jesus as savior.
“Nearly 80 percent of the citizens of our commonwealth do not attend any church anywhere on Sunday morning,” Gray said. “Baptisms in our state have been in a near steady decline since 1980.
"We need to come back to our biblical commitment to the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. I for one intend to ask the church where I will preach this Sunday to sing ‘Just as I am’ during the invitation and invite people to fill the altar to pray for laborers for the harvest. May the Lord use the passing of Dr. Billy Graham to stir our hearts to greater evangelistic faithfulness.”