Republican Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina is one of many public figures to honor the legacy of Dr. Charles Stanley. “God bless the life and legacy of Dr. Stanley and his service to our country for more than 50 years of providing spiritual insight and encouragement, “ he said in a video tribute.
Scott, who has frequently spoken about his Christian faith, said one of Stanley’s Bible studies brought him hope and inspiration last year.
“Personally, I fell back in love with Dr. Stanley last year in April, when I rediscovered John 14:27 through one of his Bible studies that talks about the importance of peace — the kind of peace that Jesus leaves with us, the peace that you can’t get from the world,” he said.
Scott, who recently announced an exploratory committee to run for president next year, concluded his remarks by offering prayer and a Bible verse for Stanley’s family. He cited 1 Peter 5:7, which reads, “Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.”
“You will be sorely missed,” he said. “God bless the family of Dr. Stanley.
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Troy Miller, president and CEO of National Religious Broadcasters, the premier association of evangelical and Christian communicators, also praised Stanley, noting the late preacher “really embodied the word ‘pastor.’”
“When I think of Dr. Stanley, the first thing that comes to mind is ‘pastor,’” Miller said. “He really loved people, he cared for people, he cared for their lives and he cared where they spent eternity.”
Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship expressed his condolences, saying that Stanley “made his mark on this world for the gospel and his incredible teaching of God’s word.”
“I, like so many others, was blessed by hearing his messages on the radio and TV, and he was a trusted voice we have all been encouraged by,” Laurie said. “It was my privilege to meet Dr. Stanley in person in Charlotte, N.C., at the funeral for Billy Graham. He was warm and gracious.”