I have been in the habit of listening to this great preacher named Dr. Adrian Rogers for a while now. He was a great preacher, and was President of the Southern Baptist Convention for a number of years.
I first heard Adrian Rogers one day while driving (primarily because I always love to listen to a sermon while driving), and his deep commanding voice instantly captured my attention. I began listening to him after I found out that his website regularly posts audio sermons online (you can listen for free). I listen to him, David Jeremiah, Charles Stanley, and J. Vernon McGee.
Anyway, he makes excellent points in his sermons–and they are very well organized and educational. I think he is perhaps one of the greatest preachers to have lived in my lifetime. He has helped my wife and I grow tremendously in our walk with Christ before we joined a church. He is absolutely under-valued in the world of Christian preachers, and although his church grew to large numbers and he received a lot of notoriety in his lifetime, I still feel that he wasn’t given the honor he probably should have been given.
While I never got the chance to meet him or talk with him, it would have been a great pleasure. In fact, I would have almost driven a very long distance to have heard him speak in person. While only God can know his heart, Jesus also said we can know them by their fruits. I see Christian fruit when I see or hear Dr. Adrian Rogers.
He has a great quote posted on his website and ministry that you can listen to live right now (Love Worth Finding), which I think pretty much NAILS our current economic situation:
“Friend, you cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. And what one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government can’t give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody. And when half of the people get the idea they don’t have to work because the other half’s going to take care of them, and when the other half get the idea it does no good to work because somebody’s going to get what I work for. That, dear friend, is about the end of any nation.”
Dr. Adrian Rogers Passed Away
Unfortunately, just as I began to really enjoy listening to Dr. Rogers a year or two ago, I looked him up online and learned that he passed away a number of years ago. His radio and online ministry is still going strong–that’s a great testimony to how great he really was/is.
He died in 2005 at the age of 74. According to online statements I read, he apparently got colon cancer and was receiving treatment for it (chemo). Unfortunately, this treatment apparently weakened his immune system, and he acquired pneumonia in his lungs, which was the cause of his death. So basically, “complications from colon cancer” is how I suppose it was classified.
I read this on an online memorial account given about a year ago, and it brought me to tears. While he was on the ventilator (about to die), he couldn’t talk, but he was writing his family notes saying how much he loved them. Too sad!
Anyway, this was a man I greatly admired, and I have read online that he has really impacted others as well. Its a great quote, and I listen to this guy at least 1-2 times every week, sometimes more. Here is a video of him as well, speaking against alcohol abuse: