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Michael Reagan: Billy Graham Was Like 'God on Earth'

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By    |   Wednesday, 21 February 2018 03:40 PM

Michael Reagan, the best-selling author and political commentator, extolled the late Rev. Billy Graham as "America's minister … America's preacher … a living God on earth."

In an exclusive Newsmax interview, Reagan spoke at length about the special relationship between 40th president President Ronald Reagan and the iconic evangelist. He said the two agreed to never try to preach in the other's pulpit.

"They made a promise to each other one time and the promise was basically this: 'Billy, if you don't tell me how to run the government, I promise not to tell you what to preach on Sunday,'" said Reagan.

He credited Graham with playing "a huge role not only in my father's presidency, but in all of the presidencies."

Graham met with and counseled a dozen U.S. presidents from President Harry Truman through President Barack Obama.

The younger Reagan said he first met the Graham family at the crusade in Anaheim, California, in the mid-1980s. The two also shared the rostrum at the 2004 Graham crusade in the Rose Bowl. Over 90,000 people attended that event.

Reagan said Graham and his father had a "wonderful relationship," adding that the evangelist would "go to the White House and converse with my father, and my father conversed, in fact, with him."

He said his father and Graham shared an attribute that made them great communicators: They both liked to use stories to illustrate their points.

"Billy Graham spoke to us in parables," said Reagan. "Christ spoke to us in parables. Ronald Reagan spoke to us in parables. And the world is a better place where we hear parables instead of sound bites."

While Reagan said there will never be another Billy Graham or another Ronald Reagan, he praised the work that Samaritan's Purse leader Franklin Graham, Graham's son, has done to carry on his father's legacy.

"It is not easy being the child of someone who is so iconic," Reagan said from experience.

He also predicted Graham's legacy will endure "as long as we're writing the history books."

"Those history books will uplift Billy Graham to exactly who he was," Reagan predicted. "He was America's minister. He was America's preacher. He was a living God on earth."

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Michael Reagan, the best-selling author and political commentator, extolled the late Rev. Billy Graham as "America's minister … America's preacher … a living God on earth."
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