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‘The Most Dangerous man in America’: Dr Jay Grimstead has Finished the Race and entered into Glory

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‘The Most Dangerous man in America’  

Dr Jay Grimstead has Finished the Race and entered into Glory

By Peter Hammond

Jay Grimstead was born in 1935 and raised in Tacoma, Washington by his godly, Presbyterian grandmother. He died Sunday morning, June 2, 2024, after suffering from widespread cancer while under Hospice care. He is survived by his beloved wife, Donna, who is also in ill health.

Jay graduated from Sterling College in Kansas with a B.S. in Biology, and from Fuller Seminary with a Masters in Theology in 1961, he also earned a Doctor of Ministry degree in 1976. 

Dr Jay  Grimstead is the author of the landmark book Rebuilding Civilization on the Bible: Proclaiming the Truth on 24 Controversial Issues and a dedicated Christian Theologian. 

Jay was a friend of the late Dr Francis Schaeffer whom he considered as his mentor. Starting in the 1970s, God inspired Dr. Jay Grimstead to launch several crucial Theological movements. 

At one time, the ACLU called Dr. Jay Grimstead , the most dangerous man in America, because he called Evangelical Christians from every theological and denominational heritage back to the solid rock foundation of the Bible and the essential tenets of the Biblical Christian Faith. 

Dr. Jay Grimstead was a lifelong warrior and Reformer for the Kingdom of God and an enthusiastic friend to his coworkers. Dr. Jay Grimstead was a steadfast friend and Board of Reference member of Good News Communications, Inc., dba Christian Film & Television Commission(tm), and dba MOVIEGUIDE(r). We worked together on many projects. 

Jay was the founder of the Coalition on Revival and the Church Council Project. Under these organizations, he was instrumental in creating a host of important Theological documents outlining the historic doctrines and positions of Bible based Christianity, taking a clear stand against dangerous and apostate trends prevalent in all too many churches today. 

Dr. Jay Grimstead and his team of the Coalition on Revival have provided the Church with an invaluable armoury of vital foundational documents to assist your Church and ministry in working for Biblical Reformation. These documents, including the ICBI Statement of Biblical InerrancyThe 42 Articles of Historic Christian DoctrineThe 25 Articles of Affirmation and Denial on the Kingdom of God, and the Manifesto for the Christian Church represent decades of study and hard work by some of the finest minds in the Church today. He was also the initiator of such projects and Christian ministries as the International Church Council Project and the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy. Dr Jay Grimstead was the Director of Coalition on Revival. 

Dr Jay was the author of the landmark book: Rebuilding Civilization on the Bible. Nordskog Publishing printed  Dr. Grimstead’s Rebuilding Civilization on the Bible: Proclaiming the Truth on 24 Controversial Issues. This book draws a clear line in the sand between today’s compromising liberal theology and the clear teachings of Scripture, laying a foundation of truth for effectively engaging the challenges facing western civilization. Rebuilding Civilization on the Bible should be Required Reading for every serious Christian. This book is a great tool to produce, in all aspects of life, a God-centered, Bible based society and to bring glory to our Lord until He returns.

Two websites represent Dr. Jay’s life work and abiding legacy—the Coalition on Revival and the International Church Council Project—both dedicated to restoring of the Bible’s central place, championing its inerrancy and its authority over the lives of all mankind in every sphere of life.

These are solid foundations on which to build and powerful weapons to use in the world war of worldviews, tremendous tools for each one involved in applying the Lordship of Christ to all areas of life.  

He was well known in his home community of Murphys, California for his lively trumpet playing in parades and street corners. Dr. Grimstead was a favourite of the young for his lively, offbeat, rollicking sense of humour and fresh perspectives, he worked for 20 years with the international youth organization Young Life. For many years after that, he was a leading visionary and networker among Christian groups around the world.

Dr  Jay was an avid mountain climber and hiker. Now, he is exploring further up and further in. Now Dr Jay can say in the words of  C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle : “I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. …Come further up, come further in!”

Now at last Dr Jay is, “beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.”

Along with all the Saints, Dr Jay can now say: “The term is over: the holidays have begun. The dream is ended: this is the morning”

“ I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the Faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8

Dr. George Grant, of Parish Presbyterian Church, Franklin, TN, wrote: “Over the course of a lifetime of fruitful ministry, Jay Grimstead has pointed the way toward substantive renewal and revival for Western Culture. His unwavering vision for an articulate application of Gospel principles in every arena of life and culture is captured in this work—a kind of Blueprint for the restoration of Christian civilization. May God give us the grace and courage to act in accord with this vision in the days ahead.”

Dr Ted Baehr of  MOVIEGUIDE® and  the  Christian Film & Television Commission® declared: “Jay Grimstead is the God ordained, God inspired, God sustained progenitor of Rebuilding Civilization on the Bible. God has given Jay wit and wisdom to turn society right side up. I support Jay 100% and recommend all that he does and writes!”

The late Dr. Marshall Foster of World History Institute wrote: “The Coalition on Revival Documents are a vital foundation for the ministry of Christ to the nations in the twenty-first century. After four decades studying church history and revival, it is clear to me that no lasting revival can transform a nation unless God’s people are reading, believing, and applying God’s plan as detailed in the whole Bible. Any believer or group can fastrack their knowledge of the full counsel of God by studying this book. The truth revealed about how to apply our Faith to all areas of life can help spark another Reformation.”

“Contend earnestly for the Faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” Jude 1:3


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