Editorials -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 092:368 (Oct 1935)
Article: Editorials
Author: Anonymous


A Faithful Ambassador Called Home

On Armistice Day, November eleven, 1935, just after the noon hour, a faithful ambassador of the Lord of the Universe was called into the presence of his Sovereign. While men were celebrating this day of international peace, William M. Anderson, Jr., preacher of the only gospel that brings eternal peace to men, suffered a heart attack and slipped away from his loved ones, his great church and an innumerable company of friends in his home city and throughout the great Southland. As the word went out over the radio a pall fell upon the community. The following remarkable editorial which appeared the next day in the Dallas Evening Journal expressed the universal feeling:

“The death of William M. Anderson, Jr., pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, amounts to a public calamity from the effects of which Dallas cannot reasonably be expected to recover for a long time. The man was so able, so useful and so loveable that it is a desperate wrench to give him up. Coming to a prominent post as successor to his distinguished father, he quickly made good his position in his own right, winning the respect and affection of saints and sinners alike. He was a man’s man without anybody’s doubting that he was God’s man. Indeed, the only consolation for the honest grief that wells up in thousands of hearts today is the thought that the Author and Finisher of Will Anderson’s faith and faithfulness has reclaimed His own.”

As a great preacher of the whole counsel of God, Bible teacher with an unusual insight into the truth of the Word, and a faithful personal soul winner and pastor, we affectionately honor his memory today. As Vice President of and former Professor of Homiletics at the Evangelical Theological College, and member of the editorial board of BIBLIOTHECA SACRA, we memorialize him on this page. As a lover of men, a true and self-sacrificing friend, people of all walks of life

loved him, and it is indeed “a desperate wrench to give him up.”

A man of culture, thoroughly conversant with the etiquette appropriate to any occasion, Dr. Anderson never allowed mere formalities to interfere with his desire to reach the hearts of men. When invited, as he often was, to preach the baccalaureate sermon before the graduating class of a large city high or private school, he preached the gospel instead of conforming to the custom of delivering a platitudinous address of advice. He was one of the pioneers in radio Bible teaching, and before lessened strength from ill health required him to abandon much of his outside work he had built up a radio Bible class said to have numbered fifty-thousand enrolled members. Recalling his long associatio...

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