“I am put here for the defense of the gospel”—The Legacy of Dr. Norman L. Geisler

by William Roach

“I am put here for the defense of the gospel”—The Legacy of Dr. Norman L. Geisler

The death of Dr. Norman L. Geisler is yet a reminder of what the noted Reformer Martin Luther saw when he wrote: “Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also; The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still, His kingdom is forever.” Dr. Geisler died [on July 1st] in Charlotte, NC surrounded by family and loved ones. He had recently retired from public ministry in early May due to health concerns.

For me, the story of Dr. Norman Geisler begins on the streets of Cabrini Green in Chicago, Illinois. As a nineteen-year-old struggling to serve a church in downtown Chicago I was confronted by false teachings and objections to the Christian faith. Those objections came from secularists, college students, members of the church, and close friends. I was surrounded by a culture of increasing philosophical relativism and confusion due to the wave of what became known as post-modernism in a post-Christian age. I knew Jesus Christ was my Lord and Savior and I needed to preach the gospel and defend the historic Christian faith. But where could I go to find answers?

One Friday night after failing to answer the questions and objections from a close friend, I went on a walk of lament down Chicago Avenue until I…
 

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