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Posted at 07:49 AM ET, 01/24/2011

Billy Graham regrets getting into politics

Billy Graham, perhaps the world's best-known evangelist, says that he regrets having gotten involved in politics.

In an interview with Christianity Today, Graham was asked what he would had done differently in his life:

I ... would have steered clear of politics. I'm grateful for the opportunities God gave me to minister to people in high places; people in power have spiritual and personal needs like everyone else, and often they have no one to talk to. But looking back I know I sometimes crossed the line, and I wouldn't do that now.

Graham, 92, discussed the successes of the evangelical ministry in recent times, but also had a warning for the next generation of ministers saying, "success is always dangerous, and we need to be alert and avoid becoming the victims of our own success."

President Obama visited Graham at his log cabin in North Carolina in April, 2010. The president and Graham prayed on behalf of the 29 miners who lost their lives in the West Virginia coal mine explosion.

A week prior to the president's visit, Graham's son, Franklin Graham, was disinvited by the Army to speak at the Pentagon's day of prayer, over comments he had made regarding Muslims. The younger Graham, like his father an evangelical minister, had said that Muslims offended him and that he wanted Muslims to know that Jesus Christ had died for their sins.

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