It’s hard to believe that Dr. Tim LaHaye was 90 years old when he died this week. His books and his ministry have made such a huge impact on our lives and our culture. You always imagined him as being a much younger man. Dr. Tim LaHaye was best known for his “Left Behind Series”. His books made the end times very real. My wife read every single one of his books. I’ve read the first two and need to read the rest. Holywood unfortunately blew it for the remake of “Left Behind” with Nicholas Cage, but LaHaye’s way of bringing end times prophecy to life with his book has hit home for many believers and non believers.
I think of all the great heroes of the faith that made a huge impact on the culture over the past 30 years that have gone on to be with the Lord. Dr. Jerry Falwell Sr, D. James Kennedy, Adrian Rogers are just a few that come to mind. LaHaye was instrumental in bringing together Dr. Jerry Falwell’s moral majority which was partly responsible for helping bring on the “Reagan Revolution” as well. LaHaye’s impact on the culture has made an eternal impact on America and the world.
“Tim was one of the most godly men I have ever known,” said David Jeremiah, LaHaye’s successor at the San Diego church he led for 25 years (then named Scott Memorial Baptist Church, now named Shadow Mountain Community Church). “Almost every conversation I had with him ended with his praying with me and for me. He wrote me extended letters of appreciation for what God was doing in our church. We shared long lunches together talking about ministry and praying for our nation.
“When I look back over [his] life, I am reminded of Paul’s words concerning King David: ‘He served his own generation by the will of God’ (Acts 13:36),” stated Jeremiah, senior pastor of Shadow Mountain and founder of Turning Point. “Tim’s ministry will continue for many years through the books he wrote, the organizations he founded, and the people that he influenced. But I will miss him when I look out from my pulpit next Sunday.”
“Whose life hasn’t been affected in some way by this man?” wrote Prophecy Watchers, a two-year-old ministry based in Oklahoma City that announced the news of LaHaye’s stroke, describing him as a friend and supporter. “This is a great man of God and if the Lord takes him home, he leaves behind a wonderful legacy. In the words of Steve Green, ‘May all who come behind us find us faithful.’”
“Thrilled as I am that he is where he has always wanted to be, his departure leaves a void in my soul I don’t expect to fill until I see him again,” stated Jerry B. Jenkins, who co-wrote the Left Behind books with LaHaye, in the obituary released by the LaHaye family. [Jenkins wrote a tribute for CT on “the Tim LaHaye I knew.”]
Dr. Tim LaHaye’s ministry and impact on our lives will not be forgotten. Well done, good and faithful servant!