Chuck Smith went to be with the Lord.
My physician friend who is not a believer (a non-practicing Catholic) had the opportunity to take care of Chuck during one of his surgeries. My friend had been to a Harvest crusade in the early 90’s and remembered Chuck from there and told Chuck about it. He asked Chuck why he became a pastor.
The pastor seized the opportunity to tell him about Christ. A few minutes before surgery Chuck was preaching. For some it is with great restraint that they will muster up the courage to tell an unbeliever about Christ. But not for Chuck Smith.
The dying pastor told the physician that he too wanted to become a physician. It was a dream of his when he was young. A neurosurgeon to be precise. He wanted to be able to perform the most complicated and heroic of surgeries and to save a life in the process.
But then something happened.
He realized there was a much better way of saving people.
There was a way in which he could help save lots and lots of people at once, as opposed to one person, one surgery at a time. So he became a pastor and brought people into the kingdom of God by spreading the gospel. He founded one of the largest system of churches in the world, the Calvary Chapel system. He also mentored Greg Laurie and was intimately involved in building up the Harvest Crusades in the early years.
He continued to preach using an oxygen nasal cannula until the very last week.
He ran the race until the very end. My friend was deeply touched by Chuck’s testimony and I pray that the Holy Spirit will convict him.
“And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!”” Rev 14:13
I used to travel close to 2 hours every weekend to attend the concerts at Calvary Chapel. Usually, one of the younger guys gave the message, but occasionally Pastor Chuck would share the gospel. This was the mid-late 70’s and the church in Costa Mesa was the only CC. Eventually, there was one closer to me and the preacher was good; He just wasn’t Pastor Chuck.
I’ll never forget the time Chuck Smith came and spoke at Mt. SAC college. We had a little Christian club there and he came to share the gospel with any who would listen. He was a great teacher. I always appreciated his slow, deliberate manner. Truly, he was a man led by the Holy Spirit.
He will be sorely missed, but we have no doubt about his future.
Thanks for sharing, Delight…
He will be missed, a truly great man of God. When we lived in the sticks of Arizona we had friends who shared many Of Chuck Smiths tapes. They were every one a great chance to hear the Word preached by one who loved His Savior. He started out in the Foursquare Church in Tucson and stepped away from the divineness of Pentecostalism to preach Jesus.
That is amazing!
Wow what a testimony
Smith’s life is full of such stories…