Adrian Rogers (1931-2005)
“Known for his evangelistic zeal and uncompromising commitment to the Word of God, Adrian Rogers was one of the greatest preachers, respected Bible teachers, and Christian leaders of our time. For over fifty years, he consistently presented the Good News of Jesus Christ with strong conviction, compassion, and integrity.”
…by Love Worth Finding
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One of the purposes of this page is to feature selected quotes found in the 2 volume set, Adrianisms, The Wit and Wisdom of Adrian Rogers, and published by Love Worth Finding Ministries. Look for additional quotes by Adrian Rogers to be added at the top of this section from time to time.
- Everything we truly believe, we obey. Everything else is just religious talk.
- Faith is the response of the heart to the character of God.
- Faith that can’t be tested, can’t be trusted.
- It’s the object of your faith that matters, not the strength of it.
- Obedience is the greatest proof of devotion.
Growing in Grace:
- God’s plan is to take ordinary people with ordinary talents, do extraordinary things through them, and give the glory to Himself.
- God loves us just the way we are, but He loves us too much to leave us that way.
- Holiness is not the way to Christ, Christ is the way to holiness.
- If it’ll make you healthy, happy, holy, or wholesome–God says, “Help Yourself!”
- God doesn’t want me to do anything for Him, He wants to do something through me.
- God should be our first thought, not our last resort.
- Pray and doubt; you”ll do without. Pray and believe; you will receive.
- Sometimes we don’t feel like praying. But if there were ever a time that we need to pray, it’s when we don’t feel like it. We need to pray until we do feel like it.
- We should pray as if it all depends on God and then work as if it all depends on us.
- What God says to me is more important than what I say to Him.
The Fruit of the Spirit:
- Happiness depends on what happens. Joy depends on the Lord.
- Happiness is like a thermometer–it registers conditions. Joy is like a thermostat–it controls them.
- He who angers you, controls you.
- Humility is knowing what I am, acknowledging that God made me that way, and giving Him glory for it.
- Joy is important in winning people to Christ. Don’t go around looking like an advance agent for the undertaker.
The Word of God:
- To understand the part of the Bible you don’t understand is to obey the part you do understand, and before long you’ll begin to understand what you don’t understand. Understand?
- If you have a Bible that’s falling apart, you’ll have a life that’s not.
- The bible is a love letter to His children. If you don’t understand it, it’s because you’re reading someone else’s mail.
- The Bible addresses one problem–sin. The Bible has one villain–Satan. The Bible has one hero–Jesus. The Bible has one purpose–to glorify God.
- The Bible is not the book of the week; it is not the book of the month; nor is it the book of the year. It is the book of the ages.
The Character of God:
- Try to define the trinity and you’ll lose your mind. Deny it and you’ll lose your soul.
- God is never late or never in a hurry.
- God is not some cosmic kill-joy. Every time He says, “Thou shalt not,” He’s simply saying, “Don’t hurt yourself,” and every time He says, “Thou shalt,” He’s saying, “Help yourself to happiness.”
- God only wants for us what we would want for ourselves if we were smart enough to want it.
- If I had a thousand lives to live, I’d give every one to Jesus.
The Lordship of Christ:
- If Christ is not Lord of all, He’s not Lord at all.
- God doesn’t want a place in your heart. He demands and deserves preeminence. God’s throne is not a duplex.
- If Christ is worth anything, He’s worth everything.
- If I put things between me and Christ, it is idolatry. If I put Christ between me and things, it is victory!
- You’ll never be over those things that God has put under you until you are under those things that God has set over you.
More About Adrian Rogers
He was a devoted family man — husband to his childhood sweetheart Joyce, father to four children, grandfather to nine, and great-grandfather to six on earth and one in heaven. Of all his accomplishments, Dr. Rogers often said his greatest joy centered in his relationship to Jesus Christ, his wife and family, and the church he pastored. The recipient of many honors and awards, the trophy he treasured most was one presented to him by his children one Father’s Day in which he was proclaimed The World’s Greatest Dad.
Under his pastoral leadership, Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee, grew from 9,000 members in 1972 to more than 29,000 at his retirement in 2005. And Adrian Rogers was a leader in his denomination, serving three terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention.
God’s blessing on Dr. Rogers’ ministry became even more evident with the birth of Love Worth Finding Ministries in 1987. Dr. Rogers was the founder and Bible teacher of Love Worth Finding, an internationally syndicated television and radio ministry. The sun never sets on this ministry which is broadcast on radio, television, and the Internet. You can find LWF declaring the Gospel and changing lives in more than 150 countries around the world. In 2003, Dr. Rogers was honored to be inducted into the prestigious Hall of Fame by the National Religious Broadcasters.
Dr. Rogers was active in national leadership and personally consulted and prayed with five presidents of the United States. He visited and had the privilege of sharing the platform with President George W. Bush in the White House on the National Day of Prayer for America.
Dr. Rogers preached overseas crusades in Taiwan, South Korea, Israel, Russia, Romania, and in Central and South America.
In November 2005, God called Adrian Rogers home. Since that time, tributes have poured in testifying of his worldwide impact. For more information, visit www.adrianrogers.org.