Santa Clara, CA
| Adrian Rogers With the Lord|
[b]Adrian Rogers, Conservative Southern Baptist Trailblazer, Dies at 74[/b]
Former Southern Baptist Convention President Adrian Rogers, whose deep preaching voice was broadcast for decades and whose conservative leadership helped change the Southern Baptist Convention, died Tuesday, November 15, in a Memphis, Tenn., hospital.
Rogers, 74, had suffered recently from colon cancer and double pneumonia.
Credited as one of the pre-eminent preachers in his denomination and beyond, Rogers was the first Southern Baptist president in a conservative resurgence that began in 1979 in the nation's largest Protestant denomination.
"Few men have left such an impact on a church, a denomination and the larger world," said R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., writing on his website. "His personal defense of biblical inerrancy and the great truths of the gospel awakened a generation of Southern Baptists to a crisis in our midstand he put his own ministry and reputation on the line for the sake of denominational recovery and reformation."
Rogers' emphasis on inerrancya belief that the Bible is without errorin heated annual Baptist conventions marked a turning point for the denomination.
"He understood that grass-roots Southern Baptists were going to be energized around this issue from the pulpit," said the Rev. Bill Leonard, dean of Wake Forest University Divinity School in Winston-Salem, N.C. "That rhetoric was necessary to articulate doctrine in ways that would galvanize them. And I say that as a moderate. I don't think moderates understood that in the beginning as clearly."
| 2005/11/16 22:07||Profile|
Santa Clara, CA
| Re: Adrian Rogers With the Lord|
On various occasions, he had proclaimed: when my time comes, dont be sorry for me; Ill 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.
Through the years there are so many different saints that are influences... Adrian was one for me. At a time of much confusion being caught up in so much strange teachings, grappling with what had (make that, [i]Who[/i]) begun to really upset the apple cart of disposition, here was a voice that was clearer and more demanding in the sense of thinking things through. And speaking of 'voice', can still hear it now, a sense of 'authority' without presumption and an easy laugh, a ready smile even with the seriousness and uncompromising dedication to the scriptures and the Lord thereof. Blessed soul! My reaction upon this news was ... a pause and... Wonderful!
On to the reward! What pure joy he is now in the full presence of for all eternity!
This is the end of all our striving dear people. The reality and the reward, that we might keep this forever in the forefront of our thoughts and hearts.
[i]We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.[/i]
A great saint, pray for the family, that a great peace be with them.
| 2005/11/17 10:03||Profile|