Franklin Graham Statement on Death of Ian Paisley

September 13, 2014 •
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Ian Paisley, Northern Ireland’s former first minister and former Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader, died Saturday.

Ian Paisley, Northern Ireland’s former first minister and former Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader died September 12 in Belfast at the age of 88. He is survived by his wife Eileen, his five children and grandchildren. Ian Paisley was a powerful politician and a towering figure in the Northern Irish peace process, following decades of conflict.

But most important, he was a preacher of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. While I was preaching in Belfast, Ireland in 2008 he invited me to his office. He was a man of deep conviction and great boldness. His leadership will be greatly missed.

When Ian Paisley once spoke of death he said, “As Christians we leap not into darkness; rather we leap into the Light and the sunshine from the Light will never go out.” I know his family will find great comfort in these words. My prayers are with them.

The hope which is laid up for you in heaven…has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit (Colossians 1:5).

Franklin Graham
President and CEO
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

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