Tribute: Gerald P. Taylor (4)

An End of an Era

Mr. Taylor lived a remarkably long life of almost 101 years. Twenty-nine of those years were spent without Christ, but we thank God he lived 72 years for Christ. On July 4th he passed into the presence of his Lord to be forever with Christ. “Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord” (Rev 14:13).
When he was 85 years of age he wrote his conversion story and entitled it “Eternity.” Both he and his wife were saved while reading a gospel tract that was given to him by a Christian lady. While reading the tract he called for his wife who began to read it over his shoulder. He said, “Both of us were saved that wonderful day – October 6, 1929. I was rejoicing that I had everlasting life, and my wife was rejoicing that she had a living Savior. Have we ever regretted the events of October 6th? Never! Now at the age of 85 years I am still thanking the Lord for reaching out and saving a poor lost sinner like me.” “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered” (Ps 32:1).

His death truly marks the end of an era when respect for the things of God, reverence for God, and resolve to live for God seemed greater. We will remember him as a man of integrity, honesty, and the fear of God. He was not a faultless man, but he was faithful – to God, the Word of God, and the assembly of God. You always knew where he stood for he was a man of conviction and he remained that way to the very end of his life.

We honor a beloved servant of God who trusted his God through the many years that he served His Savior. Revelation 20:6 comforted those gathered at the grave: “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power.”