Bishop S.C. Johnson's Day

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The evening light has come. Its a fact that God and Christ are one.

 

The commemoration of "Bishop Johnson's Day" during this the Pastoral Anniversary, is surely more than a special occasion commemorating the inspiration, labor, and sacrifice of one man - great though he be. It is also, if not more so, the solemn observance and, ter, joyful celebration of the God-performed miracle of the Earth that defied all laws of science and logic - the restoration of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith in this present evening time. We look for light in the morning, at high noon, or in the late afternoon, but no one looks for light at evening time.

"For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth and gross darkness the people..." (Isaiah 60:2) But, "...at evening time, it shall be light." (Zechariah 14:7) We are rejoicing because, indeed, that light has come in all its fullness and is shining brighter even unto that more perfect day:

In looking back upon our glorious past and most holy inheritance, we see how the Lord selected an uncertain country boy from Edgecomb County, North Carolina and raised and strengthened him in the Word of God. Within the heart of this courageous poineer, God set ablaze a burning light of truth that no man could extinguish and inspired him with an undying vision of salvation, full and free, for all humanity - regardless of race, creed, or color.

When it came time to establish the corporeal existence or physical structure of God's holy Church, this great restorer was guided by the Holy Ghost to locate the headquarters Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in the city of Philadelphia. It was from this city - so akin to ancient Philadelphia of revelation - that the Whole Truth of God would emanate once again to all the world after hundreds of years of incessant spiritual darkness.


From Philadelphia would come the sure witness that to the Earth - was the totality of spiritual enlightenment returning, and from the throne of God - was divine revelation flowing. The eyes of the blind were beginning to open, the spiritually lame were leaping for joy, and the corrosive forces of sin and false doctrine were being most effectively combated by the two-edged sword of the Word of God. The restoration of the Holy Apostolic Church in all its power had surely come.


Much was accomplished under the ministry of Bishop S. C. Johnson. At such time, however, it would be highly impractical to even try listing all of his remarkable achievements, and impossible to assess and comment of the total scope of his influence and charisma. Suffice it to be said that this great Shepherd of God was instrumental in turning hundreds of souls from darkness to the marvelous light of the gospel. Numerous churches were constructed across the nation, as thousands of miles of new territory were staked out and explored. A vast radio station empire was established from coast to coast and overseas, with hundreds of listeners becoming familiar with his God given song, "One, One, One; One Way to God." Greatly lived by his many saints and disciples, he was a leader respected and admired by many peoples. After the first headquarters Church -The stately John Wanamaker's edifice - was ravaged and consumed by fire, this Man of God who served as the instrument of life in bringing back the light, was adamant in his determination to construct a larger and more modern edifice to the glory and honor of God.

 

However, such arduous toil took its toll, for soon, his health began to decline and deterioration began to set in. The laborer was beginning to require a long needed rest.

Although the restorer of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ fought valiantly against death - not for his sake, but for ours, he fell asleep in the lord. But God permitted him to leave The Church a most precious legacy: he willed us his word. These precious jewels of verbal praise were that "THE VICTORY IS OURS, IT'S ALRIGHT NOW. GIVE GOD THE GLORY."

Bishop Johnson was a good servant and a faithful servant. He served and obeyed the Lord day after day, week after week, and year after year. Pestilence did not deter or drive him awat, neither did hunger, famine, distress, tribulation, or persecution. He remained at his post.

 

We shall conclude with this very appropriate saying from the Holy Scriptures, for what epitaph could possibly be more fitting?: "His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy lord." Matthew 25:23.