One of my spiritual mentors and a true giant of the Christian faith, Dr. Tim LaHaye, has passed away at the age of 90. He suffered a stroke just a few days ago and died today. What a life! What a legacy! And what a living example of faithfulness to the end!
Dr. Tim and his dear wife, Dr. Beverly LaHaye, to whom he has been married since 1947, have been the ultimate “power couple” in Christian circles for decades. He is one of the most prolific authors in Christendom, and his books truly helped change the lives of millions. And Bev launched Christian Women of America and grew it into the largest grass-roots activist organization in the nation.
I first personally met the LaHayes back in the late 70’s, but got to know them well in the early 80’s. I kept a stack of books by the LaHayes in my office during my days as a pastor 30 plus years ago, and would often give them to people going through various challenges and make the reading of their books a part of the therapy for spiritual and emotional healing. His "Left Behind” series that he co-authored with Jerry Jenkins, launched a stunning bestselling franchise that touched untold millions with the urgency of Biblical prophecy.
When I started my political pursuits, the LaHayes were among my earliest supporters and encouragers. They remained faithful through the 2016 Presidential race. Loyal friends. Not the kind who see if there is someone getting more attention and who might bring more attention to them—just faithful friends until the end.
There will never be another like Dr. LaHaye. He had a gentle manner about him, but was a dynamic teacher and speaker. He was one of the most intellectually curious people I have known, and he never stopped learning, growing, and advancing. The influence he has had on me personally and professionally is simplly profound and permanent.
I’m deeply saddened by the news of his death, but I’m filled with the joy of knowing that he is with the Lord and experiencing the reality of all that he has helped others to believe and know.
Thank you, Dr. LaHaye—I won’t tell you goodbye. Just goodnight—we’ll see you in the morning!
Tim LaHaye, “Well done, good and faithful servant."
April 27, 1926-July 25, 2016.