Vintage message from February 19, 1995.
“Yes, there is some of the righteous that perish in their righteousness, they die young, they’re taken home to be with the Lord and, in fact, we can actually come to a place of saying, thank you, Lord, that now You’ve taken that person to be with You for eternity. The trial on this earth is over for him. Now he’s in glory, and that’s what we want to see for each person, to see them in glory. So when it happens that a righteous man who is truly righteous walking in relationship with God is taken home, we can rejoice over that, though we mourn because we’re going to miss the fellowship, because we miss the friendship and the closeness we had. The fact is, they’re better off because for them, to be with the Lord is better. Though, while they were alive their righteousness was a display to us that we, too, can be righteous. You know, if one person lives in relationship with the Lord because of the power of the Holy Spirit, that’s proof that any of us can, because also we’re told in Romans, ‘For all have sinned…and fallen short of the glory of God.” None of us are able to be righteous on our own. If we see even one person who is living a life of righteousness, we know that that life of righteousness can only come through God Himself, through the power of the Holy Spirit that’s indwelled that person. So if we see that person being righteous then we know we can, too. We no longer have excuse. We no longer have a reason to say, but I can’t be good.”