To receive daily emails from Breaking Christian News to your inbox CLICK HERE


SHARE THIS ARTICLE Printer friendly version of this page

Billy Graham Made Gallup's 'Most Admired' List for a Record 61st Time

BGEA : Dec 28, 2017  BillyGraham.org

"Our job in life is not to be successful, but to be faithful." -Billy Graham

[BillyGraham.org] After recently turning 99 and entering his 100th year of life, Billy Graham has been recognized once again as one of the people Americans admire most—an honor he has received 61 times. (Photo: Billy Graham on the porch/BGEA/via BillyGraham.org)

Gallup just released its annual list after asking more than 1,000 Americans which man and woman in the world they admired most. The poll has two criteria: the man or woman must be living, and the open-ended question is asked with no prompting, meaning those whose names are in the headlines are likely choices.

Mr. Graham has been among the top 10 most admired men every year since 1963 (except 1976 when the survey didn't happen). He also appeared on the list every year from 1955-1961. He was ranked fourth this year.

Although he has never placed first (a spot usually reserved for U.S. presidents), he has been on the list more times than anyone else. Queen Elizabeth II follows his record with 49 appearances. Mr. Graham and the Queen have been friends for many years. Their friendship was recently portrayed in the second season of the TV series "The Crown."

Former president Barack Obama and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton each received recognition as 2017's most admired man and woman—titles they've retained for the past decade. Still, the margins were more narrow this year with President Donald Trump trailing 3 percent behind Obama, and Clinton skimming past former first lady Michelle Obama by only 2 percent.

Others on the list for most admired men included Pope Francis (who took third place), Sen. John McCain, Bill Gates, Vice President Mike Pence and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

Oprah Winfrey, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, First Lady Melania Trump and Duchess Kate Middleton were also among the most admired women.

Decades of Influence
Billy Graham founded the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) in 1950 and has preached the Gospel to more people in live audiences than anyone else in history. Hundreds of millions more have been reached through television, video, film and the internet.

The evangelist has preached in remote villages and in the heart of New York City. He's ministered to heads of state as well as the simple-living bushmen of Australia and the wandering tribes of Africa and the Middle East, desiring all people to have a relationship with God. (Photo: Billy Graham preaching at Wembley Stadium in London on May 22, 1954/BGEA/via BillyGraham.org)

Mr. Graham has also written 33 books. His recent works include "Where I Am: Heaven, Eternity, and Our Life Beyond" (2015), "The Reason for My Hope: Salvation" (2013), "The Heaven Answer Book" (2012), "Nearing Home: Life, Faith and Finishing Well" (2011) and "Storm Warning" (2010).

Despite his many accomplishments, Mr. Graham has said, "Our job in life is not to be successful, but to be faithful."

Now in his 100th year of life, the "pastor to presidents" continues his ministry through prayer at his Montreat, North Carolina, home. His work is also being carried out by multiple BGEA ministries.

One of these ministries is the Decision America Tour led by his son, Franklin Graham.

This past year, tens of thousands heard the Gospel through the Decision America Tour in Texas and Tennessee. In 2016, Franklin traveled to all 50 states, holding prayer rallies and telling the Good News in every capital city, while he encouraged people to pray, vote and engage in political elections.

Franklin will be traveling to the West Coast in 2018 to continue the Decision America Tour through one-day prayer and evangelism events in several cities across California, Washington and Oregon.

Learn more about the Decision America Tour here.

The Gallup poll was conducted Dec. 4-11, surveying 1,049 American adults nationwide by phone. The overall margin of error is plus or minus four percentage points.







SHARE THIS ARTICLE Printer friendly version of this page

To receive daily emails from Breaking Christian News to your inbox CLICK HERE

Other Recent Articles from Breaking Christian News

The Cross Is 'a Powerful Reminder of the Meaning of Christmas' President Trump Lights the National Christmas Tree and Highlights the Reason for the Season

Evangelist Alveda King: How the 'Grinchy' Press Attacks Christmas

Blockbuster Report: US Adds 266,000 Jobs as Unemployment Hits 50-Year Low 3.5%

Prayer Alert: 4 Dead, Including Gunman, in Florida Naval Base Shooting

Hunter Biden Tied to Ukrainian Who's in Big Trouble: $50,000 a Month for What?

Bloomberg Foundation Has Given More Than $13 Million to Planned Parenthood

Dr. Corinne: Ways to Help Make Your New Year a Positive One

'Jesus Got a Tight Grip on My Soul': Why Putting God in His Life and Music Now Makes Sense to Blake Shelton

Kanye West and Joel Osteen Are Reportedly Planning a Massive Event at Yankee Stadium

'No Matter What Color Your Skin, We Are All Kin': Texas Black Church Hires White Pastor

Botham Jean's Brother Receives Ethical Courage Award for Christ-Like Display of Forgiveness

'Abhorrent': While Nancy Pelosi Moves ahead with 'Articles of Impeachment', Sen. Rand Paul is 'Alarmed at the Abuse of Power by Adam Schiff', It's 'Exactly What He’s Accusing the President of’

No Christians Allowed: Muslim UN Officials Block Syrian Christian Refugees from Getting Help

ISIS Terrorists Captured While Planning Attack in Jerusalem

150,000 Sign Petition for High School Girl Who Wants to Keep Girls Sports For Girls Only

'Tumor Completely Disappeared': Israeli Scientists Discover Molecule That Destroys Pancreatic Cancer Cells; 'Breakthrough Study Shows 90% Reduction'

Former Red Sox All-Star Manny Ramirez Finds God, Enrolls in Seminary

'There's My Aimee Coming Back to Me!': Mac Powell Says 'Prayers Are Being Felt' as Wife Improves after Brain Aneurysm

Mike Bickle: We Are Watching This Biblical Prophecy Unfold Right Before Our Eyes

'An Important Step': French Parliament Passes Resolution that States Anti-Zionism is Anti-Semitism



Search the Articles Archives

Keyword:  
Author:  
Words Posted On:  
Day Month Year



BCN Plus

An BCN Paid Advertisement
Follow BCN on Twitter
Are You Praying for Our Government Leaders?
BCN Staff

Steve Shultz
Steve Shultz, Managing Editor
Founder and Owner


Aimee Herd
Aimee Herd, Editor


BCN Plus
Are You Praying for President Trump?
 
 
BCN Contact Info

All articles on this site and emails from BCN are copyrighted property of Breaking Christian News. Permission is given to link to, or share a BCN story if proper attribution is given to both the original writer and summarizer of the story. Breaking Christian News 2005-2019. All Rights Reserved.


Breaking Christian News is a division of Elijah List Publications, Inc. All Rights Reserved


Disclaimer: Articles and links, as well as the source articles linked to; do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Breaking Christian News.

editor@breakingchristiannews.com