August the 16th marks yet another anniversary of Elvis Presley's untimely death at the age of 42. I recently went on vacation to Oklahoma to visit relatives. On the way there we attempted to visit the Graceland Estate. Sadly, the computers assigned to issue tickets to the mansion had shut down and we were unable to gain entrance. I wasn't too disappointed because I have seen the mansion before and it never changes. Elvis is everywhere in Memphis; it's as if he never left. Although I didn't tour the mansion, I did tour the souvenir shops at Graceland. I noticed Elvis recorded many Gospel albums during his career. While driving to my hotel that day, the thought occurred to me that he was raised in church as a young boy. So, was he saved? Did he make things right with God before he died?
The question of Elvis's Salvation has been the subject of much debate among the Christian community since his death. Some would say that he became obsessed with the attention and power that mega fame affords a person. They seem to think he turned his back on God and his boyhood church roots. Still others believe as I do, that Elvis called out to God moments before his death.
My Mother is a big Elvis fan. She remembers exactly what she was doing when Elvis died. She also remembers that Televangelist Rex Humbard was Elvis's Pastor. She told me that one Sunday she was watching Rex Humbard on TV while getting ready for church. He told the TV congregation that Elvis called him on the day of his death and asked for prayer because he thought he was dying. Rev. Humbard asked Elvis if he had asked Jesus in his heart and asked forgiveness of all his sins. He said yes, but that he felt badly because he knew he had made wrong choices. The Rev. prayed for him and they hung up. This is a complete paraphrase of the conversation. In fact, I have yet to verify through any other source that this conversation actually took place. But I believe that by God's grace it did. However, I did find this clip:
Is God's grace not strong enough to reach out to someone even at the hour of their death? What about the the thief on the cross? This is why it is so important that we pray for the souls of influential people. They can reach souls we cannot.
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