On “Megyn Kelly TODAY” Monday, American television host Kathie Lee Gifford reacted to the passing of Christian evangelist and personal friend Billy Graham, saying, ‘I have the cure for the malignancy of the soul – and He has a name – and it’s Jesus.”
“He said, ‘Why are you so bold about your faith,’ Kathie Lee Gifford recalled. “And I said, ‘You know what? If you had the cure for cancer, would you keep it quiet, or would you hold it and keep it a secret?’ And I always say, I have the cure for the malignancy of the soul – and He has a name – and it’s Jesus.”
Kathie Lee Gifford’s remarks came after world-renowned evangelist Reverend Billy Graham passed away on Monday at the age of 99.
Below is a transcript of Kathie Lee Gifford’s comments on her faith and the late Reverend Billy Graham:
Gifford: “My whole family came to the faith in Jesus through the Billy Graham organization.”
Kelly: “Is that right?”
Gifford: “Yes, and I personally did going to the first movie that the Billy Graham organization ever put out. It was called ‘The Restless Ones.’
“And it’s like, God met me in my heart right where I lived. I wanted to be an actress, so where does God meet me? In a movie theater.
“And at that time, he took a lot of flak for even making a movie.”
Kelly: “See, I thought that was so interesting because you have the same philosophy as he did, which he used to say, he used to preach about the joy of belief.”
Kelly: “That sounds like you.”
Gifford: “And what’s just happened for Billy happened for my husband, happened for my mother, for my father. Everybody that dies in Christ goes immediately into the arms of Christ for eternity. That is the hope of the Christian faith.
“Yes, it gives us the tools we need to live in the world today while we’re alive, but that’s why I could hold my dead husband in my arms and rejoice because I knew where he was. And it gives you the peace that surpasses all understanding. And if we’ve ever needed peace in this world, we need it now, right?
“Somebody says to me, ‘Why are you so bold about your faith?’ I’m just going to look at everybody’s beautiful face right now. You too. He said, ‘Why are you so bold about your faith.’ And I said, ‘You know what? If you had the cure for cancer, would you keep it quiet, or would you hold it and keep it a secret?’ And I always say, I have the cure for the malignancy of the soul – and He has a name – and it’s Jesus. And if you just receive—
“I talked somebody off a cliff this morning on Twitter, at 4:30 this morning. Because he says, ‘How do I know your Jesus? How can I get to know your Jesus?’
“And I just, I feel so privileged to be able to share just the good news. Gospel means the good news. It’s good news.
“And I’m not talking about a religion. I’m talking about a relationship with the living God. They’re so different. They’re so different. We don’t need more religion. We need more Jesus.”