W. A. Criswell’s Last Words from the Pulpit

On February 3, 1998, Dr. W. A. Criswell preached his last sermon at the annual Pastor’s Conference held at First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, FL.  I was privileged to be in attendance for this historic moment and hear the following final words uttered from the pulpit by this great man of God.

I have announced from the pulpit that when I die, I want them to take my Bible and put it on my chest.  And when the people pass by to see me for the last time, I want them to see me with a Bible in my hand.  O God, O God, O God, O God, O God!

Sing it with me:

Give me that old-time religion.
Give me that old-time religion.
Give me that old-time religion.
It’s good enough for me.

It was good for Paul and Silas.
It was good for Paul and Silas.
It was good for Paul and Silas,
And it’s good enough for me.

It will do when I am dying.
It will do when I am dying.
It will do when I am dying,
And it’s good enough for me.

It will take us all to heaven.
It will take us all to heaven.
It will take us all to heaven,
And it’s good enough for me.

Sweet people, would you stand and sing it one more time.  And this time raise your hand to heaven.  Sing it now:

Give me that old-time religion.
Give me that old-time religion.
Give me that old-time religion.
It’s good enough for me.

It will take us all to heaven.
It will take us all to heaven.
It will take us all to heaven.
It’s good enough for me.

Give me that old-time religion.
Give me that old-time religion.
Give me that old-time religion.
It’s good enough for me.

Precious, I’ll see you here, there, or in the air.  I’ll meet you at the feet of our precious Jesus before the throne of God.  Amen, and God keep you.  You may be seated.  Amen.  Amen.

You can watch, download MP3, or read a transcript of the complete message here.

3 comments

  1. I have enjoyed reading Criswell’s books and the online Criswell Sermon Library where you can listen to a large database of his sermons. My favorite is “The curse of liberalism” preached at the baptist convention. I am a little bias i guess I am a student of Criswell College.

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