Friday, April 14, 2023
“For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing” (2 Timothy 4:6-8 KJV).
Recently, a dear brother in Christ, who was highly influential in my early ministry, graduated to Heaven.
Brother Les Feldick reintroduced my family and I to Bible study after we had been out of church for some years. We had believed the Gospel of Grace (1 Corinthians 15:3,4) more than a decade earlier, and we had a basic Bible understanding, but our spiritual insight was limited because of denominationalism. Brother Les helped point us to dispensational Bible study (2 Timothy 2:15). Another brother’s ministry, months later, fine-tuned our right division.
Despite our doctrinal differences, Brother Les and I met in person during the summers of 2007, 2008, and 2009. My parents and I attended three taping sessions of his Bible study television program in Tulsa, Oklahoma. We were invited to eat a meal at his ranch, and met his wife Iris, their paralyzed daughter Laura, their grandson Jesse (we are the same age), and various office workers. It was wonderful Christian fellowship. These last few years, however, Brother Les suffered many increasingly debilitating health problems, and he finally moved to be with our Lord Jesus Christ just a few months shy of age 96!
Long ago, Brother Les gave me, a young man just entering ministry, the following advice: “Shawn, just get them to think. You do not have to convince them of the truth. Simply give them the sound Bible doctrine so they can think about it. The rest is up to them.” This is but one simple lesson from Brother Les. We can always be thankful to the Lord Jesus Christ for the men and women He used mightily to bring us where we are in our spiritual development. Like we, they are feeble and limited…. “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us” (2 Corinthians 4:7). One day, that same power of God will reunite us with these departed saints (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)!
Brother Les Feldick
June 6, 1927–April 5, 2023
“Salvation = Faith + Nothing”