Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in Southern California, one the largest megachurches in America, has praised Billy Graham’s inclusive ministry and said that it has inspired him to preach before various groups of people, despite controversy.
“Billy’s message was simple and clear, and it never varied: No matter who you are or what you’ve done God has never stopped loving you and he has a good plan and purpose for your life. Because none of us are perfect, we all need a Savior to in order to have our sins forgiven, understand our purpose for living, and gain a home in heaven,” Warren wrote in a Facebook post last week dedicated to all the things he learned from Graham, who died at the age of 99 at his home in North Carolina.
“That’s why God sent Jesus to die for our sins. God’s offer of forgiveness and freedom is available to anyone who humbly repents and accepts the grace of God through Jesus, regardless of your ethnic or religious background,” he added.
Warren chronicled his long history of interactions with Graham, starting from first hearing him speak at the age of 17; to Graham’s support and encouragement of his writing; to Graham’s advice for him when delivering presidential invocations
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