Dr. Walter R. Martin
CRI Founder and President 1960 - 1989
The complete message is titled, "The
Holiness" and was preached by Dr. Walter Martin on Saturday,
June 17, 1989. Dr. Martin went home to be with the Lord 9 days later on
Monday, June 26, 1989. This was his final message to the church.
"Fight The Good Fight Of The Faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen." (1 Timothy 6:12-16 ESV)
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Dr. Martin was a true apologist for the Christian faith. Until the day the Lord called him home, he was in great demand as a conference and seminar speaker and teacher, having lectured widely in hundreds of colleges, seminaries, universities and churches throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.
Dr. Martin held four earned degrees, having received his education at Stonybrook School, Adelphi University, Biblical Seminary, New York University and California Western University. Dr. Martin was known world-wide for his best-seller, "The Kingdom Of The Cults". Author of a dozen books, a half-dozen booklets, and many articles, he was known as "The Bible Answer Man" on a syndicated radio program heard across the United States.
He was "one of the most articulate spokesmen for evangelical Christianity that I know."
Dr. Billy Graham
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
"He was a strong soldier of the Cross, a clear thinking defender of Christianity, and an able expositor of Scripture. He was, to many of us, however, more than a courageous conqueror...he was a loyal friend "in season and out of season."
Dr. Charles Swindoll
President, Dallas Theological Seminary
"His insightful mind, his forceful logic and his dedication to orthodox Christianity were seldom, if ever, equaled in the field of contemporary Cults."
Dr. Norman Geisler
"He was a man of surpassing love for Christ, His word and his people. He ever manifested unswerving fidelity to the essentials of the Christian faith. We served together, laughed together, and prayed together."
Dr. Desmond Ford
Good News Unlimited
"He was an intrepid warrior for the cause of Christ. He was not afraid to take on any heretic or cultist of any sort."
Dr. D. James Kennedy
Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church
"A true Champion of the orthodox faith, Dr. Martin was thorough in battling the occult and the growing number of cults in our generation. He dealt with people of various faiths in a truthful manner, pointing out their logical and spiritual errors with a pastor's heart. In an era of diluted faith and obscured thinking, Dr. Martin was a voice constantly calling us back to the bedrock of Christ and the Holiness of the Scriptures."
Dr. James C. Dobson
Focus on the Family
"Dr. Martin was a friend and a co-laborer, one of the church's greatest spokesman for sound Biblical doctrine."
Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa
John Warwick Montgomery & Walter Martin
Walter Martin has been, without any
exaggeration, my dearest friend. Even more than two decades since his
death, I miss him as much as ever. When I arrive at the heavenly
check-in desk (where Mac computers will assure correct results), I
intend to locate him right away.
Why Walter? Well, he always referred to me (second and third person) as "Great One"--but I trust that this is not the basis of my esteem for him. There are in fact a multitude of reasons, some general, some very personal.
Theologically, Walter was one of the few evangelicals who could think straight. Prof. Dr Herman Sasse used to say that the contemporary church has forgotten how to think theologically: Walter always thought theologically; he was the Baptist closest to Lutheran theology I have ever met. This meant that he not only took Scripture with complete seriousness but he also was able to "distinguish law from gospel," recognizing the difference between issues on which salvation depends and those which, though important in other respects, are peripheral to imparting a saving message to a dying world. Thus his concern with serious apologetics--the defense of the faith (his personalised licence plate read simply "Jude 3")--when most of his contemporary evangelicals were far more interested in pandering to church officialdom and obtaining social acceptance in their denominations. Not so incidentally, my first contact with Walter came about because of the laudatory letter he sent to me following my success against death-of-God advocate Thomas J. J. Altizer in a public debate at the University of Chicago.
Indeed, Walter was at the opposite pole from everything politically correct, and this doubtless kept him from the fame he deserved. (Walter was never, sadly, as popular as the superficial crew of televangelists and writers of forgettable "devotional" books crowding the shelves of the "Bible bookstores").
Walter's theology was the classic, unmovable theology of the historic church. At the same time, he embraced every innovation for presenting God's eternal truth to modern society. I assisted him in a very early international conference on theology and computer technology in Austria, and the Christian Research Institute published my contribution in three languages (Computers, Cultural Change and the Christ, 1969). Following the conference, Walter persuaded me to accompany him on a mission to obtain contributions for the work of CRI from an Austro-German financial magnate who lived in a castle in the Austrian alps. The man was crazy as a March hare: he thought that he had succeeded in inventing a perpetual motion machine! On the way back, I said to Walter: "That is the last time I ever accompany you on a fund-raising expedition." We laughed about this again and again as we travelled the German autobahn.
Some years later, Walter persuaded me to join him in what turned out to be a fruitless attempt to create a biblically solid charismatic theological seminary in California (Melodyland--no longer in existence). But Walter's Bible classes were wonderful, and we often shared the podium for unforgettable sessions. Together with Harold Lindsell, Walter stood firmly behind my creation of the Simon Greenleaf School of Law (now--but without the apologetics component--the Law School of Trinity International University). Our time together in Southern California remains one of the high points of my life.
Along with his uncompromising theology, Walter had a gigantic heart and was easily hurt. A pharisaic Bible seminary president in Oregon unilaterally tried to cancel a talk Walter was to give at a major session of the Council on Biblical Inerrancy because Walter had been divorced and had remarried. I weighed in successfully on that one--having recognized the biblical and Reformation difference between legitimate biblical "causes" of divorce (adultery, malicious desertion) and illegitimate divorce on other grounds. Of course, the fundamentalist critic had no clue as to the historic theological distinction between allowable (though unfortunate) biblical divorce and divorce as such. It cut me to the heart to see Walter suffer from such treatment. And when I myself had problems, Walter was always--and immediately--there.
After Walter, the mold was thrown away. I return to where I began: I long to see him again, and, on the basis of God's firm promise, I know that I shall.
John Warwick Montgomery
Ph.D. (U. Chicago), D.Théol. (U. Strasbourg,
France), LL.D. (Cardiff U., Wales)
Professor Emeritus of Law and Humanities,
University of Bedfordshire (U.K.)
Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy
and Christian Thought, Patrick Henry College
Director, International Academy of Apologetics,
Evangelism and Human Rights (Strasbourg,
Barrister-at-Law (England and Wales); Avocat à la Cour (Paris); Member of the California, District of Columbia, Virginia, and Washington State bars, and the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States; Certified Fraud Examiner
Honorary Chairman, Academic Board, International Institute for Religious Freedom, World Evangelical Fellowship
Websites: www.jwm.christendom.co.uk, www.apologeticsacademy.eu, www.ciltpp.com
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