NRB members were among the countless individuals who expressed their appreciation for and admiration of former pastor and widely read author Dr. Tim LaHaye, who died Monday, July 25, just days after suffering a stroke.
“Dr. LaHaye was an early defender of biblical inerrancy, and a theological conservative when conservatism wasn’t cool,” commented NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson. “His presence will be missed while his influence will be felt for many years to come.”
While Dr. LaHaye is most noted for his bestselling Left Behind book series, which sold more than 80 million copies, he influenced countless more from the pulpit, in the political arena, and through the organizations he founded, co-founded, and supported.
“Drs. Tim and Beverly LaHaye have left a legacy at Liberty University,” said Jerry Falwell, Jr., President of Liberty University, which the LaHayes supported and served. “They supported our growth over the years, and we would not be where we are today without their prayers, friendship, leadership, and generosity.”
Chelsen Vicari, Director of Evangelical Action at the Institute on Religion & Democracy, recalled a time when Dr. LaHaye personally encouraged and prayed for her when she was working at Concerned Women for America, founded by LaHaye’s wife.
“I’m forever grateful for his kindness, his passion for people, and his contagious love of the Lord,” she shared on her blog.
The following are comments made by other members of NRB following Dr. LaHaye’s passing:
“I will miss my friend, the incredible Dr. Tim LaHaye. Without question, our world would be unrecognizable without the impact of Dr. LaHaye.”
--Ronnie Floyd, Senior Pastor of Cross Church of Northwest Arkansas (via Twitter)
“My deepest sympathy & prayers for the family of a wonderful man, @Dr_Tim_Lahaye, who passed away this morning.”
--Franklin Graham, President of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (via Twitter)
“So grateful for Tim LaHaye who loved God’s word and preached the risen returning Christ with passion and conviction.”
--Jack Graham, Pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church (via Twitter)
“Tim was one of the most godly men I have ever known. Almost every conversation I had with him ended with his praying with me and for me.”
--David Jeremiah, Senior Pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon
“His life was more generous than most people can imagine. He was so quiet about his generosity.”
--Richard Lee, President and Speaker for There’s Hope America
“Throughout his life, Dr. LaHaye was a servant faithful to Christ and His Word.”
--Randy Page, Director of Public Relations at Bob Jones University
“Tim was a wonderful Bible teacher and pastor and an inspiration for our entire industry. We will miss him.”
--Mark D. Taylor, Chairman and CEO of Tyndale House Publishers
In addition to his wife, Dr. LaHaye is survived by four children; nine grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; a brother, Richard LaHaye; and a sister, Margaret White.
Dr. LaHaye's memorial service will be held Friday, August 12, at 10:00 a.m. at Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, Calif. Pastor David Jeremiah, who succeeded Dr. LaHaye as pastor at what was then Scott Memorial Baptist Church, will lead the service.
By NRB Staff
Published: July 28, 2016