Friday, December 29, 2017

Pastor Larry DeBruyn

Passed Into Glory

Oct. 7, 1944 - Dec. 28, 2017

It is with great sorrow, accompanied by great joy, that we inform our readers that our dear friend Pastor Larry DeBruyn has gone to be with the Lord after a final battle with illness. Pastor Larry was a great warrior for the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and his ministry spanned the globe.

Pastor Larry was an integral part of the Herescope blog publication process and served as a pastor overseeing the Discernment Research Group. Pastor Larry's wise counsel, scholarly wisdom, firm guidance, adherence to biblical integrity, and godly life ministered to all of us. We will miss him greatly.

Pastor Larry found great comfort in the words to the hymn Christ Liveth in Me.

  1. Once far from God and dead in sin,
    No light my heart could see;
    But in God’s Word the light I found,
    Now Christ liveth in me.
    • Refrain:
      Christ liveth in me,
      Christ liveth in me,
      Oh! what a salvation this,
      That Christ liveth in me.
  2. As rays of light from yonder sun
    The flow’rs of earth set free,
    So life and light and love came forth
    From Christ living in me.
  3. As lives the flow’r within the seed,
    As in the cone the tree,
    So, praise the God of truth and grace,
    His Spirit dwelleth in me.
  4. With longing all my heart is filled,
    That like Him I may be,
    As on the wondrous thought I dwell
    That Christ liveth in me.

One of Pastor Larry's favorite poems, from a recent PowerPoint presentation he made:

This teaching graphic accompanied his talk:

Pastor Larry boldly warned about the Spiritual Seduction coming into the church, and many of his conference talks are still available HERE. He was the author of many books (available from Discernment Ministries), including Church on the Rise: Why I am not a Purpose-Driven Pastor, UNSHACKLED: Breaking Away From Seductive Spirituality,  Drumming Up Deception: Whether in celebration or in contemplation: "feeling" the beat!, and God's Present of "His Presence". He also authored many articles; one of his favorites was Altered States: A Different Gate, a topic that he researched extensively. His many articles are archived on both Herescope and his own website Guarding His Flock. During his last year Pastor Larry was working on several important book manuscripts and articles yet to be published.

Pastor Larry, we will all miss you. We ask for prayers, that the Lord give us grace, wisdom, strength and boldness to continue to stand for His Truth during these last days.