Excerpts from Christian Index article by Gerald Harris:
"Most Baptists have known Bailey Smith as both a successful pastor and an effective evangelist for more than six decades and his death has left a significant spiritual void in the 21st century church that seems to be struggling to keep evangelism a priority.
The book The Sacred Trust by Emir and Ergun Caner avows, “Without a doubt (Bailey) Smith is the ideal personification of a Christian who has an unwavering, single-minded commitment to fulfilling the Great Commission.
It was during his tenure as pastor of the Oklahoma church that he became the youngest man ever to serve as president of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Smith authored the best seller Real Evangelism and has several books to his credit, including Taking Back the Gospel, Real Christianity, Real Christian Excellence, and The Grace Escape. He was working on his biography at the time of his death.
Bailey’s greatest asset on earth for the past 55 years has been his wife, Sandy Elliff Smith. The Smiths have three sons: Bailey Scott , Steven Wayne, pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas, and James Joshua, who is pastor of Prince Avenue Baptist Church in Bogart. Smith is not only survived by his wife and sons, but by eight grandchildren."
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Evangelist Bailey Smith was one of my heroes. He was the second SBC president of the SBC Conservative Resurgence. I remember voting for him at the Southern Baptist Convention. I was just out of college (ETBU) and will always be grateful to my parents for helping me with the expense of attending those conventions.
Bailey proudly stood for evangelism and the inerrancy of the Bible. To the young preachers out there – get his books and listen to his preaching. You don’t have to preach like him, or anyone else, but you can certainly learn and profit from him.
“I believe Jonah was a literal person swallowed by a literal fish, spit out of a literal stomach, and in a literal mess,” -Bailey Smith, upon his presidential election, during the height of the Conservative Resurgence.
"Bailey Smith, having transferred his permanent address to a golden strand in the presence of the Lord, leaves behind a legacy of men and women led to Christ. And though that was not all that he did, who can leave a more noble legacy?...
As pastor of one of the greatest SBC churches, First Southern Del City, Oklahoma, a graduate of Southwestern Seminary, twice president of the Southern Baptist Convention, and forever a supporter of the biblical role of the evangelist, Bailey was simply remarkable. His Real Evangelism conferences were an encouragement to tens of thousands. His encouragement on a personal level was the deep work of God’s Spirit in his soul…"
-David R. Brumbelow, Gulf Coast Pastor, January 15, AD 2019.
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