Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Tribute to Pastor Adrian Rogers

I am saddened to read today of the passing of well-known Baptist preacher, Adrian Rogers. I first heard of Adrian Rogers on his radio program, Love Worth Finding. Occasionally I would catch him on Christian TV. Pastor Rogers died on Tuesday, at age 74, after developing pneumonia from cancer treatment.

There are many Christian programs on the radio and on TV but few that are really deep in the teaching of the Word. Adrian Rogers' program is solid when it comes to teaching Christian orthodoxy.

Here's a portion of the statement issued by his family.
Although we had all maintained hope up to the very end for a miraculous restoration of his health, we are comforted in the knowledge that he is now resting in the presence of his Lord and Savior to whom he dedicated his life and ministry on this earth. We cling to the assurance of God’s grace, as He, in His infinite wisdom, has determined the right timing of his homecoming.

On various occasions, he had proclaimed: “when my time comes, don’t be sorry for me; I’ll be kicking up gold dust on the streets of glory.” Shortly after being admitted to the hospital diagnosed with cancer-induced pneumonia, he stated “this is a win-win for me,” indicating his confidence that, whether God chose to heal him or not, he was in his hands. Among the last words that he uttered before being hooked up to the ventilator which inhibited his speech during his last days were “I am at perfect peace.” His favorite Bible passage was Romans 8:38-39: “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

I like the quotes from Pastor Rogers about being in a "win-win" situation. Spoken like a true saint.

"To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord." 2 Corinthians 5:8

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