Legendary Singer Carman Dies at 65: Winning ‘Millions to Christ’ was Greatest Achievement
Not only did I learn that conservative commentator (Link): Rush Limbaugh died today, but I saw this headline today – I recall watching this guy’s music specials on TBN back in the day.
I also remember when he hosted some “PTL” show or whatever it was on TBN, and he commented on being single. (This was several years ago, maybe ten or fifteen.)
He said on the show at that time that he was fine with being single. He said being single didn’t bother him until another person (usually a Christian) brought it up and made him feel bad or ashamed about it.
I can relate to that; there are times when I am fine with being single, but some well-meaning Christian will start saying things like “but how is such a great person such as yourself still single.”
Their motive is well-meaning, but it usually has the effect of making you feel like you must have some “flaw” which is evident to other people but not to you, so the comment has the opposite effect it was intended to have (please, stop saying to your single friends, “how are YOU still single, when you’re such a great catch.”)
(Link): Legendary singer Carman dies at 65; winning ‘millions to Christ’ was greatest achievement–
Feb 17, 2021
by Jeannie Law
GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame member and Christian trailblazer Carman Dominic Licciardello, better known as Carman, died at a Las Vegas, Nevada, hospital on Tuesday.
A statement released on Feb. 16 revealed that the entertainer died “after fighting a series of complications resulting from surgery to repair a hiatal hernia.” He was 65.
After being in remission from cancer over the past six years, Licciardello’s recent surgery led to internal bleeding.
Last month, one of his representatives asked his half a million social media followers to urgently pray for the entertainer.
“We need you to stop right now and pray! Carman had a minor surgery last week. Recovery was not going well and his temperature continued to rise. They discovered it was caused by internal bleeding and had to do another surgery last night to fix that,” read a message that was posted on Licciardello’s Facebook page on Jan. 25.
“His kidneys and liver are not working fully. He needs a touch from the Lord right now!! Please pray for a complete healing for Carman.”
Born on Jan. 19, 1956, in Trenton, New Jersey, the evangelist started his musical career at the age of 15, playing in a band with his mother.
Licciardello currently holds the world record of being the only Christian “stadium act” to lead tens of thousands of people in worship. The record for the largest concert was set at Texas Stadium with more than 71,000 fans and again he gathered 80,000 fans in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Licciardello has said several times throughout his career that he counted “winning millions of souls to Christ” as his greatest lifetime achievement. ….
He has won numerous awards, including the House of Hope of Humanitarian Award for his positive influence in the lives of youth in America. That particular award was also given to such figures as Ronald and Nancy Reagan along with Billy Graham. Billboard named him “Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year” in 1992,1993 and 1995. Licciardello was inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame in 2018.
The popular evangelist had spent the past several years sharing his testimony after he survived an intense battle with cancer.
On his birthday this year, he revealed he had to go to the hospital and shared his concerns because both his father and grandparents died at his age.