‘He Was Ready to Go to Heaven’: The ‘Deep Faith’ of George H.W. Bush

President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara, kneel and pray during the National Prayer Service Sunday, Jan. 22, 1989 at the Washington Cathedral in Washington.

By Nancy Flory Published on December 6, 2018

A man of “deep faith,” former President George H.W. Bush knew where he was going after his death, his granddaughters Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Bush told the Today Show in a recent interview. Although generally quiet in public about his faith, it was essential to his life, said his pastor, Reverend Russell Levenson. 

A Simple Faith

Bush’s faith, said Levenson, was a deep and simple one that came easily to him. “It was a very real faith that he had in our Lord. He and Barbara were Christians, very active and committed Christians to Jesus Christ. … [H]e was a very faithful man in every way.” Levenson pointed out that Bush prayed with him many times.

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And it was during a time of great tragedy that his prayers sustained him. Former President George W. Bush spoke at his father’s funeral and recalled hearing about his sister’s death to leukemia. “Dad, a man of quiet faith, prayed for [Robin] daily. He was sustained by the love of the Almighty and the real and enduring love of her mom. Dad always believed that one day he would hug his precious Robin again.”

He Was Ready

Bush 43 said his father was ready to go when his time came, ready to see all of his loved ones who’d already passed.

Although his family is grieving, Bush Hager said they have joy, too. “How grateful [we are] that we got to spend time with him and see what grace looks like. …[W]e know he was ready. He was confident, I mean, he said it, of where he was going the day he died. He said he knew he was ready to go to heaven. That provides great relief for us all.” 

At Wednesday’s state funeral, Bush Hager read Revelation 21:1-4, 6-7, 23-26. Watch:


On Thursday, The Oak Ridge Boys delivered on a promise to sing at Bush’s funeral in Houston. The Oak Ridge Boys’ Richard Sterban said that Bush had requested that the group perform “Amazing Grace” at his funeral. In the early 80s, the band sang at a White House barbeque and they’ve been friends with Bush ever since. In fact, the former president called The Oak Ridge Boys his favorite band.

At Thursday’s funeral, Oak Ridge Boy Joe Bonsall said they’d sang for Bush for years. “This is … a real honor to be here. What a lot of people may not know is he fancied himself to be a good bass singer. He was not.” The audience laughed. “We’ll sing for our President.”


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  • m-nj

    Sorry, but I can’t agree that HW was a “godly” man, let alone a truly saved person. His entanglement in, and promotion of, the New World Order gives insight into who he truly was (unless he was just a useful idiot controlled by the evil powers we know run this current world system).

    • NellieIrene

      I had a similar reaction. Although I believe he was a Christian. Perhaps he just wasn’t a deep thinker on aspects of the bible. Because there is just no way to reconcile his views on globalism and his embrace of the NWO with the biblical world view.

    • kenneth20754

      People change, and sometimes faith matures in later life. It is possible that the Bushes came to a deeper personal understanding of their relationship with Jesus in the post-presidency years (of which there were quite a few).

      • m-nj

        Yes, the Lord may have rescued him and his wife before their life ended. But based on the evidence that is available, it is not likely.

        • kenneth20754

          I guess I don’t know enough to be able to say. But I can hope for grace.

  • davidrev1911

    “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven—only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. On that day, many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, and in your name cast out demons and do many powerful deeds? ’Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you. Go away from me, you who practice lawlessness.” (Matthew 7:21-23; see also 2 Timothy 2:19; Galatians 4:8-9; John 1:12-13; 6:35-40)

    “Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You, even as You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to ALL WHOM YOU HAVE GIVEN HIM, HE MAY GIVE ETERNAL LIFE. AND THIS IS ETERNAL LIFE, THAT THEY MAY KNOW YOU, THE ONLY TRUE GOD, AND JESUS CHRIST WHOM YOU HAVE SENT.” (John 17:1-3 – emphasis mine, of course.)

    ▪ ▪ ▪

    It’s biblically obvious that only the sovereign omniscient Creator, i.e., the Ruach Elohim, or Ruach haKodesh, can actually “know the thoughts and intents of the [human] heart; notwithstanding the no doubt well-intentioned comments posted here, as well as the truly “sentimental” observations noted by this article’s author re: the late President, George H.W. Bush.

    However, I “would to God” that each-and-every professing Christian on this blog, earnestly direct such brutally unrelenting self-righteous judgmentalism – of which one typically recognizes here as being focused upon the SINS of others’ in a myriad of contexts – toward the habitual SINS that have seemingly found a safe-haven in their own darkened “fallen” hearts! (e.g., Revelation 2:23; Jeremiah 17:9-10)

    And as far as this author’s statement that the late President Bush was “generally quiet in public about his faith”: one only need consider the words of the Lord Yeshua-Jesus in this regard:

    “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” (Mark 8:38…but see entire context beginning in 8:34

  • Dave Hindman

    To author / reporter Nancy Flory: Nancy, we could really use the help of a journalist like you (among others) to investigate who GWHB actually was on a deeper level. Let me ask you a question. On the whole, does it strike you as, in any way, odd or strange, that in the halls of American power you would find at least 4 close members of one family? Senator Prescott Bush. President GHWB (head of CIA and President of the U.S. as well), President GWB, and Governor Jeb Bush? Two members of the same nuclear family were President of the U.S. and it might well have been a 3rd with Jeb Bush. That kind of “coincidence” is by design – not accident. It has been repeatedly stated that both GHWB and GWB were members of the Skull and Bones Secret Society at Yale. It has also been repeatedly alleged that both attended rituals at Bohemian Grove where mock human sacrifices are made to a concrete statue of an owl, the “owl god” or Molech. Nancy, NO genuine follower of Christ would EVER do something like that. GHWB can be “ready for heaven” all he wants but without a genuine, “born-again” (as Jesus put it) relationship with God through Christ, GHWB is simply not going to be admitted. Unfortunately, a lot of what was really in GWHBs heart must be the product of speculation (though speculation, when performed carefully, can be quite accurate). There really are Luciferian secret societies such as Skull and Bones and Free Masonry which have designs on political and economic power and whose entire purpose is to build a “New World Order” in preparations for the reign of the anti-Christ, which the Bible clearly tells us will come. Nancy, please, dig deeper. This article does not leave us with an accurate picture of who GHWB really was.

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