Comments on death

I noticed that WELS made no official condolence statement following the passing of Rev. Billy Graham. Considering his worldwide impact on preaching the gospel during the 20th century, is there a reason for WELS saying nothing?

It is not the regular practice of our church body to issue press releases on the announcement of an individual’s death.

Like the apostle Paul (Philippians 1:18), I am glad when Jesus Christ is proclaimed as Lord and Savior. Through many people and various means, the gospel is reaching more and more people. Also, like the apostle Paul (1 Corinthians 12:3; Ephesians 2:8-9, I am desirous that people understand that faith in the gospel message is a gift of the Holy Spirit.

Finally, like the apostle Paul, my prayer is that “the word of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored” (2 Thessalonians 3:1). Christians pray that prayer for the glory of God and the growth of his kingdom.