by Jerry Vines

Old Preachers Never Die
Jerry Vines
2 Timothy 4:1-8

You will recognize from which my title is taken. It is an adaptation of the famous farewell speech delivered in 1951 to a joint session of Congress by retiring General Douglas MacArthur, the great general. In that farewell address, he closed with a line from an old Army ballad: ''Old Soldiers never die, they just fade away.''

I speak to you on the subject this morning, ''Old Preachers Never Die.'' Now, I'm not talking about any of you and I'm certainly not talking about me. I'm talking about Jerry Falwell and Paige Patterson and some of those old boys.

Of course, preachers do get old. I heard about an old preacher in his 80s who said, ''If I had known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.''

When folks start coming up to you and saying, ''My, you haven't changed a bit.'' What they really mean is, ''I'm surprised you're not dead yet.''

I had Vance Havner speak for me when he was 83 years old. He got up and said, ''I'm glad to be here. When you get my age, you are glad to be anywhere.''

Some preachers grow old gracefully. Some change their hairstyles. I heard about one preacher growing a little bit older so he decided to start parting his hair from ear to ear and combing it forward and backward. Someone asked him, ''How do you like your new hair style?'' He said, ''Oh, I like it pretty good, but folks keep coming up and whispering in my nose.''

Preachers DO get old! But I speak this morning on the subject, ''Old Preachers Never Die.'' Yet, we know preachers do die. Paul died. Aside from the rapture, one of these days you are going to die. One of these days I'm going to die. Yet, there is a sense in which old preachers do NOT die.

Jesus put it this way in John 11, verses 25 and 26: ''He that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.'' There is a sense in which you die and there is a sen ...

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