RECOGNIZING ADRIAN ROGER’S 90th BIRTHDAY Part  5 What evidence is there that the Bible is in fact God’s Word? Adrian Rogers

90 years ago today on September 12, 1931, Adrian Rogers was born and I wanted to celebrate today by repeating one of my favorite posts from Adrian Rogers messages! In the 1970’s and 1980’s I was a member of Bellevue Baptist in Memphis where Adrian Rogers was pastor and was a student at ECS from the 5th grade to the 12th grade where I was introduced to the books and films of Francis Schaeffer. During this time I was amazed at how many prominent figures in the world found their way into the works of both Adrian Rogers and Francis Schaeffer and I wondered what it would be like if these individuals were exposed to the Bible and the gospel. Therefore, over 20 years ago I began sending the messages of Adrian Rogers and portions of the works of Francis Schaeffer to many of the secular figures that they mentioned in their works.

Legacy of Dr. Adrian Rogers brings influential pastors together to challenge crowd

Liberty University Senior Vice President for Spiritual Development (left) led a panel discussion with Senior Pastor of First Baptist Dallas Robert Jeffress, Senior Pastor of Idlewild Baptist Church Ken Whitten, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church Woodstock (Ga.) Johnny Hunt, and Senior Pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church Jonathan Falwell. (Photo by Leah Seavers)

Each of the five pastors on the stage for Friday’s Convocation at Liberty University could have been there to discuss the impact that their respective ministry has had upon the world. That they were all there to honor the legacy and impact of one man — Dr. Adrian Rogers — spoke volumes to the life Rogers lived and the rippling effect of his life’s work.

Rogers, who died in 2005, pastored Bellevue Baptist Churchin Memphis, Tenn., for over 40 years. He also led his denomination as president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) for three terms and founded Love Worth Finding Ministries, a syndicated radio, television, and web Bible teaching and Gospel sharing ministry.

On Friday, singer/songwriter Steve Wiggins (also a member of the Christian rock group Big Tent Revival) and his wife, Misty, set the tone for the Convocation by performing two touching ballads focused on introspection of one’s life and character.

“The focus today is on legacy, on trusting in the Word of the Lord,” Steve Wiggins said. “If you want to be considered a patriarch or a matriarch 100 years from now, you have to live like one today.”

After the music, David Nasser, Liberty’s senior vice president for Spiritual Development, who speaks at youth events around the country and serves as a pastor to Liberty’s student body, moderated a conversation with four other renowned pastors: Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of First Baptist Dallas and founder and host of Pathway to Victory radio ministry; Ken Whitten, senior pastor of Idlewild Baptist Church; Johnny Hunt, senior pastor of First Baptist Church Woodstock (Ga.) and onetime SBC President; and Jonathan Falwell, senior pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church, a mantle he assumed after the passing of his father, Rev. Jerry Falwell, who founded both the church and Liberty University.

Dr. Adrian Rogers

Before the discussion began, a video showcasing the intense, passionate preaching of Rogers, calling masses to “come to Jesus,” was shown.

“He could be intimidating just by his very (deep) voice,” Whitten said, recalling his time serving under Rogers. “Adrian Rogers was a happy man; he was filled with joy. He loved to laugh; he loved to play jokes. … He was always teaching while you were serving along with him.”

What stood out to Whitten about Rogers was how consistent he was in living to honor God, even when no one was looking.

“The tongue in his mouth, the tongue in his shoe, they went the same direction,” he said. “Adrian Rogers was one of those men that taught us the difference between reputation and character. He would say, ‘Your reputation is what people think of you; your character is what God knows of you. … Your reputation is your picture; your character is your face.’”

Falwell said that Rogers’ work, as well as that of his father, continues to have an impact today because it was focused on something bigger than an individual.

“Ministry is never about a man,” Falwell said. “The responsibility that all of us have is to recognize that God has placed us here for a season and … regardless of how long we spend on this earth, we must be found faithful in doing what God has called us to do. … When we look at ministries like Love Worth Finding, and Bellevue, and other great ministries that continue to grow and continue to thrive, but more importantly, continue to reach people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we must recognize it is never about a man, it is about the man, Jesus Christ. … When we make it about ourselves, we guarantee its failure.”

Misty and Steve Wiggins perform at Liberty University Convocation. (Photo by Leah Seavers)

Hunt added that Rogers never saw himself as a “big shot,” a lesson that keeps him humble to this day.

“If you are too big for a little church, then you are too little for a big church,” he said.

As the men discussed Rogers’ evangelistic lifestyle, Hunt encouraged the audience to not be afraid to share how Jesus has transformed them. Additionally, he reminded them of their responsibility to reach out because they likely have the trust of loved ones a pastor could never earn.

“I really look for Gospel conversations,” Hunt said of his daily life. “(It comes down to) sharing the Good News and how it has impacted your own life and how it continues to impact your own life. … I believe that lost people have a greater desire to hear than saved people do to tell.”

The panel discussed Rogers’ emphasis on speaking the truth, something Jeffress continues to consider as he makes regular national media appearances. He likened Rogers to Rev. Falwell in that they both sought to engage the secular masses.

“They taught me how to deal with the culture in the right spirit, how to speak truth in love,” Jeffress said, noting that neither man bought into the lie that “you can’t separate people from their behaviors,” and that you automatically hate those who disagree with you. “The fact is … the most loving thing that you can do is speak truth, even when truth is not popular.”

As the world becomes more steeped in darkness, Jeffress said it then becomes all the more important to have a voice in it.

“What is the answer to the darkness?” he said. “We are not to curse the darkness, we are not to isolate ourselves from the darkness, we are to dispel the darkness with the light of God’s Word, and that means coming in combat with our culture.”


Adrian Rogers: How You Can Be Certain the Bible Is the Word of God [#1725] (Audio)

Adrian Rogers

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I want to give you five reasons to affirm the Bible is the Word of God. First, I believe the Bible is the Word of God because of its scientific accuracy. The Truth of the Word of God tells us that God “hangeth the earth upon nothing” (Job 26:7). How did Job know that the earth hung in space before the age of modern astronomy and space travel? The Holy Spirit told him. The scientists of Isaiah’s day didn’t know the topography of the earth, but Isaiah said, “It is [God] that sitteth upon the circle of the earth” (Isaiah 40:22). The word for “circle” here means a globe or sphere. How did Isaiah know that God say upon the circle of the earth? By divine inspiration.

Secondly, the Bible is affirmed through historical accuracy. Do you remember the story about the handwriting on the wall that is found in the fifth chapter of Daniel? Belshazzar hosted a feast with a thousand of his lords and ladies. Suddenly, a gruesome hand appeared out of nowhere and began to write on a wall. The king was disturbed and asked for someone to interpret the writing. Daniel was found and gave the interpretation. After the interpretation, “Then commanded Belshazzar, and they clothed Daniel with scarlet, and put a chain of gold about his neck, and made a proclamation concerning him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom.” (Daniel 5:29). Basing their opinion on Babylonian records, the historians claim this never happened. According to the records, the last king of Babylon was not Belshazzar, but a man named Nabonidas. And so, they said, the Bible is in error. There wasn’t a record of a king named Belshazzar. Well, the spades of archeologists continued to do their work. In 1853, an inscription was found on a cornerstone of a temple built by Nabonidas, to the god Ur, which read: “May I, Nabonidas, king of Babylon, not sin against thee. And may reverence for thee dwell in the heart of Belshazzar, my first-born favorite son.” From other inscriptions, it was learned that Belshazzar and Nabonidas were co-regents. Nabonidas traveled while Belshazzar stayed home to run the kingdom. Now that we know that Belshazzar and Nabonidas were co-regents, it makes sense that Belshazzar would say that Daniel would be the third ruler. What a marvelous nugget of truth tucked away in the Word of God!

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Third, from Genesis to Revelation, the Bible reads as one book. And there is incredible unity to the Bible. The Bible is one book, and yet it is made up of 66 books, was written by at least 40 different authors over a period of about 1600 years, in 13 different countries and on three different continents. It was written in at least three different languages by people in all professions. The Bible forms one beautiful temple of truth that does not contradict itself theologically, morally, ethically, doctrinally, scientifically, historically, or in any other way.

Fourth, did you know the Bible is the only book in the world that has accurate prophecy? When you read the prophecies of the Bible, you simply have to stand back in awe. There are over 300 precise prophecies that deal with the Lord Jesus Christ in the Old Testament that are fulfilled in the New Testament. To say that these are fulfilled by chance is an astronomical impossibility.

Finally, the Bible is not a book of the month, but the Book of the ages. First Peter 1:25 says: “But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the Word which by the gospel is preached unto you.” No book has ever had as much opposition as the Bible. Men have laughed at it, scorned it, burned it, ridiculed it, and made laws against it. But the Word of God has survived. And it is applicable today as much as it was yesterday and will be tomorrow.

It’s so majestically deep that scholars could swim and never touch the bottom. Yet so wonderfully shallow that a little child could come and get a drink of water without fear of drowning. That is God’s precious, holy Word. The Word of God. Know it. Believe it. It is True.

By Adrian Rogers. © 2006 Love Worth Finding Ministries. Website. www.lwf.org.

90 years ago today on September 12, 1931, Adrian Rogers was born and I wanted to celebrate today by repeating one of my favorite posts from Adrian Rogers messages! In the 1970’s and 1980’s I was a member of Bellevue Baptist in Memphis where Adrian Rogers was pastor and was a student at ECS from the 5th grade to the 12th grade where I was introduced to the books and films of Francis Schaeffer. During this time I was amazed at how many prominent figures in the world found their way into the works of both Adrian Rogers and Francis Schaeffer and I wondered what it would be like if these individuals were exposed to the Bible and the gospel. Therefore, over 20 years ago I began sending the messages of Adrian Rogers and portions of the works of Francis Schaeffer to many of the secular figures that they mentioned in their works.

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