Billy Graham admitted to hospital
Billy Graham, shown in 2004, has provided counsel to generations of U.S. presidents, beginning with Harry Truman.
May 11th, 2011
05:29 PM ET

Billy Graham admitted to hospital

The Rev. Billy Graham, 92, was admitted Wednesday for treatment of a pulmonary condition following a health episode overnight, according to Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina.

Initial testing suggested pneumonia, and further tests showed Graham's heart was normal, the hospital said in a statement.

The minister was reported to be in stable condition and fully alert.

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  1. Ancient Texan

    One of the greatest living Americans. Our prayers and good wishes go out for return to good health for this good man.

    May 11, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Gatana

    The Reverend, has dedicated his life to serving the almighty God. His reward should be to live longer than 92 years to proclaim His goodness. That is my prayer for him too.
    Eddy Gatana (Rwanda)

    May 11, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. keke carrier

    I pray that we keep him and his beautiful family lifted up, with full recovery in Jesus.
    And amazing family with amazing faith... God bless them. They have touched many lives EVERYWHERE thank God for that family.

    May 11, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy

    I wish Rev. Graham a speedy recovery.

    May 11, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. WPF

    Dr Graham will continue to be in my prayers ...

    May 11, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jazzzzzzzz

    Wonderful man of GOD , I only hope I would be so luck as his wife was.

    May 11, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jazzzzzzzz

    Meant "lucky"

    May 11, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mmmmm

    Oh no....not the Rev. Billy Boy, git well soon pleez!

    May 11, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joey

    Billy Graham had a powerful influence on my development, both spiritually and in my profession.
    I am grateful for his charismatic and sincere ministry.

    May 11, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joey

    His ministry was so direct and personal that I never thought of him as "Dr." or "Rev." Graham: he was always Billy Graham.
    He knew how to put together a team–Wow!

    May 11, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Yeah A Real Sincere Guy

    In 2002, declassified "Richard Nixon tapes" confirmed remarks made by Graham to President Nixon three decades earlier. Captured on the tapes, Graham agreed with Nixon that Jews control the American media, calling it a "stranglehold" during a 1972 conversation with Nixon. These remarks were characterized as anti-Semitic by Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League and evangelical author Richard Land.

    In 2009, new tapes were released, in which Graham is heard in conversation with Nixon referring to Jews and "the synagogue of Satan."

    May 11, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joey

    To what subjects discussed in the media was Billy Graham referring in his conversations with President Nixon?
    Were those subjects relevant to Zionism and wars in the Middle East?

    May 11, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yeah A Real Sincere Guy

      The subject matter was that he hates Jews. Seem to remember that Jesus was the king of Jews? I wonder how much money Billy has put away for himself from his humble and noble ministry?

      May 11, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jazzzzzzzz

    Perhaps no other leading church figure of the past 50 years commands as much admiration and respect from both the Christian and non-Christian world as does the Rev. Billy Graham. While he has suffered some criticism over the years, no scandals have rocked his ministry – and it has been intensely scrutinized. One of the major reasons Reverend Graham and his associates have avoided pitfalls and scandal goes back to November of 1948 and what took place in a hotel room in Modesto, California. It was there The Modesto Manifesto was birthed.

    Graham and his associates, Bev Shea, Grady Wilson, and Cliff Barrows, were just starting to get involved in evangelistic meetings. At the time, many traveling evangelists were crossing the country. And a number fell to scandals – moral, ethical and financial. In a desire to see their ministry remain above scandal, the men met to discuss the problems evangelists faced. They came up with four problems to avoid and ways to avoid them.

    May 11, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jazzzzzzzz

    1. Money
    It was common practice among evangelists to put a lot of emotion and flourish into taking love offerings. This could bring unnecessary criticism – and temptation. The men vowed not to emphasize the offering. To avoid criticism they would always have the local campaign committees oversee the offerings and disbursements of funds – they would accept a straight salary regardless of how high the offerings were.

    2. Immorality
    Religious leaders especially those who traveled were regularly falling to this temptation. The men agreed continually to pray for God to guard them from it. They also set up some rules to follow. They would never allow themselves to be alone with women – lunches, counseling sessions, or rides to auditoriums or airports. And they would always get their hotel rooms close together as another safeguard.

    3. Exaggeration
    The phrase evangelistically speaking has been coined to label exaggerated figures of the number attending meetings or the number saved. The men vowed not to fall to this practice. If numbers were mentioned they were the ones generated by the local police, fire departments, or arena managers.

    4. Criticism.
    Often evangelists would criticize local pastors and churches from pulpits. The men vowed not to do this, nor would they ever criticize pastors who openly criticized them.

    Now back to me! As the article above noted, this Manifesto was written in 1948. Look at the timelessness of these four simple things. How many strong ministries have been crippled by Money, Immorality, Exaggeration, and Criticism? Too many. I'm going to make sure that I always have a copy of this somewhere. I would advise the same for any ministry leader.

    Peace and Love,

    May 11, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Caesar, Julius

    No, Jesus was NOT "King of the Jews" as you say. The Jewish peoples wanted Jesus to be King, but not just because he was God's only begotten son. How so? Back then, the mighty Roman Empire (Hail Caesar!!!) dominated and occupied Israel. (a mere gnat in The Empire) The people absolutly adored Jesus, and had come to know him as a master of God's word. (and as a carpenter) His public denunciations of the crooked Jewish leaders were legendary in the land. The people were relieved to finally know the truth about these men who had twisted God's word, and made it into a burden. They could see that Jesus was the man to lead them out from under Roman subjugation so that Israel could once again be God's nation, rather than Rome's. But Jesus turned them down! "My Kingdom is NO part of this world" he explained. But only a few of them understood his words, just as it is in our modern world.

    May 11, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
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