Tim LaHaye’s Death-Sadness on Earth-JOY in Heaven

by Rev. Austin Miles

SAN DIEGO 7/25/16–This morning, best selling author and devoted minister Tim LaHaye discarded his earthly vessel and moved on to a place of joy unspeakable and full of Glory. He died at the age of 90 in San Diego, California following a stroke. He was married to Beverly LaHaye who founded Concerned Women of America, which now has 600,000 members.

Earlier this month, Tim and Beverly publicly celebrated their 69th Wedding Anniversary where he stated, “We are still in love today.”  And to anyone who knew them, there was no doubt that his statement was accurate. In 2005, Time magazine labeled the pair, “the Christian Power Couple, listing them among the country’s most influential evangelicals.

LaHaye is best known for this “Left Behind Books,” that have sold over 62 million copies, greater sales than any book outside the Bible. His first book in the series, that was released 21  years ago this month, still sells in the six figures every year, according to Jeremy Weber writing for Christianity Today.

What is remarkable, with all the fame he achieved, he continued to have a pastor’s heart. He never gave you the impression that he thought he was famous or prominent. He was comfortable to be around. He listened to and cared about everyone, regardless of age, gender or social standing.

He was the pastor of Scott Memorial Baptist Church in San Diego for 25 years, The church is now known as, Shadow Mountain Community Church which is pastored by David Jeremiah, who stated; “Tim was one of the most godly men I have ever known.” And anyone who had the privilege of knowing him would totally agree with that assessment.

His legacy includes gathering a coalition of Southern California pastors together to address a progressive agenda that was undermining traditional family values. He next partnered with the late Jerry Falwell Sr., to establish The Moral Majority as a way to build a similar coalition nationally.

He founded two accredited Christian high schools along with a school system of 10 Christian schools and assisted Dr. Henry Morris in the founding of the nation’s foremost exponent of creationist materials. Be sure and get on their mailing list: Institute on Creation Research- www.icr,org, you will be glad you did.

This writer first met Tim while he was surrounded by ‘celebrity’ Christians at the National Religious Broadcaster’s Convention (NRB). He came to me and said hello. Something clicked and I found him to be someone you would always look forward to seeing.

He took genuine interest in the ministry God had entrusted in my hands and was totally encouraging. He personally gave me a copy of Left Behind and signed it for me at my request.

When Morton Blackwell, a higher-up with Council for National Policy (CNP)  attempted to harm me and the ministry God had given me, Tim LaHaye was immediately on it, confronted Blackwell and wrote him a letter telling him in no uncertain terms that this was not right. He stood up for me. This is something I will never forget. That was something so very much appreciated.

Interesting, I later began helping a wealthy man that funded other ministries and granted tuition to parents who wanted to get their kids out of the public schools and put them in Christian schools but could not afford the tuition.  The best part of all, I was the one to approve and give these grants.

A letter was received by that foundation from an individual who wanted funding. That of course was passed on to me. The one requesting the funding was, yep, Morton Blackwell!  And, dear readers, I was the one to respond and refuse that request with a few words of counsel. FISTPUMP  God forgive me, but I thoroughly enjoyed that moment of poetic justice. This is what you could call, Non-Payback time.

Tim and Beverly claimed as their life verse: “Trust in the Lord with all you heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and he shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6.

Those who did not have the opportunity to know Tim, or to even meet him, missed out on a rare treat and privilege indeed.  He will be sorely missed.

Our deepest thanks to Christianity Today writer Jeremy Weber for alerting us to Tim’s death this morning.

 

18 responses to “Tim LaHaye’s Death-Sadness on Earth-JOY in Heaven

  1. williamjamesward

    His life is a testimony to the Love of Christ in a persons actions and
    strengths, as a Godly man he can expect “Well done good and
    faithful servant”. My hope is to meet him with so many in The Lord.
    William

  2. Whoops, sorry, I laughed out loud CZ.

  3. I know too much sometimes, but where he is is up to the Lord, not me.

  4. It’s difficult to imagine how many lives he change and influence. 2 Timothy 4:8 King James Version (KJV) Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

  5. Not everyone in the Christian community will agree with the goodness of the value of his work on earth. His “pre- trip” rapture posture may cause many to stumble as the persecution escalates at the same time that the many forms of the “prosperity” and “tolerance” gospel are overtaking the church. “Don’t worry, be happy” may be a recipe for disaster for some.

    • Freedom Rider

      Hello again Bill. Your comment is humbling and reminded me of when Jesus told his Disciples they must each work out their own salvation with fear and trembling before the Lord. The Lord God has severe warnings for those of us who would judge. We shall be judged according to our own judgmental attitudes. Judgment as well as vengeance, we are taught, belong to Almighty God only. And as Allen rightly points out, the Crown of Righteousness we each covet so dearly is laid up for “all that love His appearing”. I thank God for you all and repent before my Father in heaven for sitting in judgment on anyone, ever. May God make his face to shine upon each of you my brothers and sisters in Jesus the Christ… Selah… In these dark days we would each do well to recall that where sin abounds, grace does much more abound.

  6. What did dear Paul do through his entire ministry? He pointed out error and he corrected. Only God decides who is saved, and who is not, BUT, we as believers are to judge false doctrine.
    Is It Right to Judge?

    Many today believe that it is wrong to judge, expose error, and to name names. Leftists have always seemed to believe this, but in recent times it has been widely espoused by evangelicals and charismatics. Now we are seeing the same fatal error being declared by those who profess to be Bible believing fundamentalists. Those who are faithful in exposing error according to the Bible are now being widely denounced and are accused of being unloving and unkind. When trying to lead those who are lost to saving grace, we must expose error, but it must also be done in a kind and loving manner. Yet, if rejected, dust your sandals off and move on.

    One of the most misused verses in the Bible is, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” (Matt 7:1). We cannot judge another for his sin, if we are guilty of that sin. Every scripture verse should be read in its context, if we are to properly understand the true meaning. In vs. 2-5 of this same chapter, it is evident that vs.1 is referring to hypocritical judgment.

    2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
    3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
    4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
    5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

    Do you see? A brother who has a beam in his own eye should not be judging one who has a mote in his eye. Nevertheless, as Christians who are supposed to be the salt and light, we are to judge and to expose error.

    The folks who believe no one should judge another haven’t taken a good look at the New Testament and all the exposing of error that constantly went on. We must, as believers, judge everything by the Word of God. Remember the verse, “Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.” (Matt.16-17). Did our Lord mean that we could not judge the person by the fruit of their life and doctrine? No, of course not, for you cannot know without judging. All judgment should be on the basis of Bible teaching, not according to whims or prejudices or the politically correct dogma of the day, but by the Word of God.

    Again, “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” (John 7:24). The Lord Himself commands that we are to “judge righteous judgment,” which is judgment based upon the Word of God. If judgment is made upon any other basis (as the communists in our government do) other than the Word of God, it is a violation of Matt. 7:1. The faithful Christian must discern or judge on the basis of God’s inspired law, the Bible, just as sitting judges have to judge according to law. And yes, I know today’s judiciary is corrupted.

    Exposing False Teachers

    There are dozens of examples in the New Testament of judgment and discernment. We must expose false teachers and today there are many of them…remember, a person who is able to discern between good and evil, has at least one of the major marks of spiritual maturity. “But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” (Heb 5:14) And how do we discern both good and evil? By judgment through knowledge of God’s Word. Biblical scholar, W.E. Vine, says of the meaning of discern, “a distinguishing, a clear discrimination, discerning, judging, is translated “discerning” in I Cor. 12:10 of discerning spirits, judging by evidence whether they are evil or of God. James Strong (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance) also agrees that it means to judge.

    False teachers are free to spread their poisonous doctrines today because there is a conspiracy of silence among many Bible believers. Wolves in sheep’s clothing are thus enabled to ravage the flock, thereby destroying many. Our pulpits are silent, and the congregations are not fed the meat of truth. Today’s sheep don’t eat meat, they just regurgitate the Pablum fed to them from the pulpits.

    We must expose false teachers. Remember Jesus throwing the money changers out of the temple?…He was sitting in judgment of their wrong doing. Today our Saviour is presented as one who was meek, lowly, kind, and loving, even to false teachers, but this is entirely false. When dealing with false teachers, and prophets, His words were Sharp and His actions plain. Jesus said to the religious Pharisees, “O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” (Matt 12:34) Jesus stood face to face with these false teachers and called them “hypocrites,” “blind guides,” “blind,” “whited sepulchers,” “serpents,” and “ye generation of vipers.” (Matt; 23:23-34). Yet today, so-called Bible believing Christians insist on working with assorted heretics, think of Chrislam and how Rick Warren is partnering with Islam, and telling the church that we worship the same God. “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.” (2 Peter 2:1)

    Exposing Error

    The Bible admonishes us to expose error. We are to try them, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits, whether they be of God, because many false prophets are gone out into the world. (I John 4:1). All doctrine and teachers are to be tried by the Word of God. We are to mark those who stay in falsehood and avoid them. We are to rebuke them, (Titus 1:13), and we are to have NO FELLOWSHIP with them. The faithful servant of the Lord is to be, “Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.” We are to have no fellowship with them….”And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” (Eph. 5:11). Reprove means to censure, condemn, find fault, rebuke, and to refute. How can we obey this scripture unless we try them by the Word of God? We are to withdraw from them…”Now we command you, brethren in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which ye received of us.” (II Thess 3:6). And we are to turn away from them…(II Tim 3:5,7). We are to reject heretics. “A man that is an heretick (sic) after the first and second admonition, reject” (Titus 3:10).

    We are to look out for those who preach another gospel, Paul warned about those who preach another Jesus, another gospel, another spirit. (II Cor. 11:4), How can we know them unless we judge their Jesus, their spirit, and their gospel by the Word of God? Paul called such preachers, “false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.” (II Cor. 11:13). And he goes on to say in vs. 14-15 that these preachers are the ministers of satan. We are to be separate from them. “Wherefore, come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing, and I will receive you.” (II Cor. 6:17)

    Naming Names

    We must also name names. Paul named Peter publicly, (Gal 2:11-14), Paul named Demus for loving the world (II Tim. 4:10), Paul named Hymenaeus and Alexander (I Tim 1:18-20), Paul named Hymenaeus and Philetus (II Tim 2:15-18), Paul named Alexander the coppersmith (II Tim 4:14-15), John named Diotrephes (III John vs. 9), Moses called the name of Balaam (Num 22-25), and (II Pet 2:15), Jude exposed the “error of Balaam (Jude 11), John exposed the “doctrine of Balaam,” (Rev. 2:14), Nathan identified the man, (II Samuel 12:7), Hanani named King Jehoshaphat (II Chron 18:1), (II Chron 21:1-6), (II Chron 19:2)…

    So we are to judge, and we’re to name those who are not of the gospel that Jesus gave us. And yes, we are to judge both in and out of the church…sin today is rampant and most American pulpits have their eyes closed and are not following God’s Word, but instead preaching a social gospel.

    Look at our so-called leaders of the last 6 decades alone, they fail to tell the truth to the nation and all their rhetoric is doublespeak. I remember George Bush Jr. saying that Muslims worship the same God we worship, and I knew at that very moment that he was either a liar or certainly not the Christian he professed to be. Both Jews and Christians were appalled at that statement. We both worship the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and Christians also worship the Son, Messiah Jesus, and His Holy Spirit.

    No one in government has the chutzpah to call the Palestinians and Islamists what they really are…savages and barbarians who destroy civilization. For the first time, while recently shopping in Kroger, I saw a woman totally covered except for her eyes, and I thought it was so sad that she had put herself under this horrid political system where the man rules the women and children. When I see women dressed like this or with their head scarves, I immediately pray for them, that the Lord will drop the scales from their eyes and show them the truth.

    Islam has every intention of taking over America and no one is speaking the truth about them in government or media. In fact, Islamists are infiltrating local, state, and federal government, as well as our judiciary. Yet, our overblown politically correct governments open their arms to the “religion of peace,” which has shown time and again they are not at all peaceful. [Link]

    Check out Dr. Bill Warner’s website, as he is an expert on Islam. We are being overrun with Islamists and no one is speaking out from our pulpits. The beheading of an office worker in Oklahoma is called “workplace violence,” instead of what it really is…[Link] In February, of 2013 was this article about two beheadings in America. Back in 2009, the founder of an Islamic TV station was accused of beheading his wife. [Link] Then scroll down in this website and look at the terror attacks in just the last 30 days. Also, scroll to the end of this article to see the fruits of Islam in just one month. These types of violent murderous attacks are growing, but I do not hear the church speaking out. Are we now so afraid of speaking the truth that we must hide our thoughts and beliefs?

    As Rev. Charles Finney’s quote so aptly states, our pulpits today are not the salt and light spoken of by our Saviour and King of Glory, Jesus.

  7. CZ, I find little to disagree with in your well researched exegesis. However I hope you didn’t misunderstand my statement: “I thank God for you all and repent before my Father in heaven for sitting in judgment on anyone, ever…”.

    There are only two Seats of Judgment I find in my my KJV Bible. The Judgment Seat of Christ known also as ‘”The Bema Seat”, reserved for the judgment of born again believers in Jesus the Christ immediately following the rapture. While an unsaved person who dies in sin will be judged at the Great White Throne judgment following Christ’s millennial reign on earth. I have been guilty from time to time of attempting to sit my sorry arse down in condemnation of others and pass my arbitrary judgment upon them. That is just a bit too close, for me at least, to usurping the seat of my Lord and Savior. I used the term “sitting in judgment” in that context and repented before man and God there and then. Perhaps I should have been more explicit.

  8. I was glad to see the many responses here and I cannot thank you enough CZ for the teachings of God written in His Word, the Bible and all the other information, including the link to that informative article.
    I pray that we all grow in His wisdom.

  9. CZ and FR- So to somewhat recap the “judgement’ issue, it is fair to say that we are not the judge of one’s salvation, Yet, if the Church would judge sin, not only without but also within the body and bring back Church discipline as prescribed in The Word, perhaps She would not be as weak and ineffectual as She is. I believe that the “binding and loosening” authority given to the early apostles and disciples has application with respect to the misunderstanding of the sorely needed use of proper judging within the Church today– as described by CZ.

    • I think you’re right Bill, the problem being that so much in the pulpits today is off, whereas even 50 to 75 years ago it was pretty solid, and then 150 years ago it was sound…the slow decay seems to have taken place with the acceptance of societal changes and that is where the downfall came in. Rather than staying strong with the Word of God, they allowed societal changes to seep into the church, and the clergy and we ended up with what we have today. The church I was raised in back in the 50s and 60s I wouldn’t step in today at all…it’s gone, it has no rock beneath it, it has left her first love.

  10. Sad to say, CZ, but absolutely true. Having been raised Catholic, I niavely believed everything I heard from the pulpit when I became a born again believer after age 40. Were it not for Spirit led Bible study and reading Godly men of old, I would still be among the misguided (at least more so than I am now). It’s no accident that their is so much Biblical counsel about avoiding deception.

    • It really hurts me to see what’s happened to our churches. My g-grandfather was a physician, chemist and ordained Baptist preacher, and when I read some of the things he wrote, my what a difference to today

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