The Death of Pastor Billy Joe Daugherty

Tulsa World: The Rev. Billy Joe Daugherty dies.

Today I feel like we’ve all lost a friend, whether you agree with him theologically or not, Billy Joe cared about people. He wanted to bring them the good news of the gospel, and no one can be faulted for that. While I myself had some serious grievances about his theology at times, and still do, He attempted to work for the gospel.

I worry for the church, and all those who might feel an inexplicable act of abandonment has happened here. But I wish to extend comfort to those in grief, and say that while this loss is here, Billy Joe was not abandoned by God. He was most charismatically present to Billy Joe precisely in His weakness, and He can be most present to us, precisely in this loss, because we know that something else is really happening here. That’s what the Resurrection means.

He’ll be missed, but let us remember that this is not the end, not for him, nor for us. We mourn with they who mourn this, in solace, and with patience, knowing that Death is our enemy. Yet we can know that this death, like all death, will not have the final word.

I’d like to close with this short piece by Chrysostom on the Resurrection:

“Let no one fear death, for the Saviour’s death has set us free. He who was held by death, eradicated death. He plundered Hades when He descended into Hades. He embittered it, when it tasted of His flesh, and this being foretold by Isaiah when he cried: Hades said it was embittered, when it encountered Thee below.

Embittered, for it was abolished.
Embittered, for it was ridiculed.
Embittered, for it was put to death.
Embittered, for it was dethroned.
Embittered, for it was made captive.

It received a body and by chance came face to face with God. It received earth and encountered heaven. It received that which it could see, and was overthrown by Him whom he could not see. Where, O death, is your sting? Where, O Hades is your victory?

Christ is risen, and thou art cast down.
Christ is risen, and the demons have fallen.
Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice.
Christ is risen, and life is liberated.
Christ is risen, and no one remains dead in a tomb.

For Christ having risen from the dead, has become the first-fruits of those that have fallen asleep. To Him be glory and power, for ever and ever. Amen.”- Chrysostom

Christ has died, Christ is Risen, Christ will come again.


4 thoughts on “The Death of Pastor Billy Joe Daugherty

    • Well, if by this you mean, He’s gone into the place where there is no death, then yes, he is still alive. If you’re convinced that he is alive despite the news and a no longer beating heart, I think you’re mistaken.

      We can know that He has not departed truly, like all Christians are never truly departed, we’re all one in the body of Christ and death makes no difference, because He is Lord over death, and it can no longer separate us, from God or each other.

  1. I, Ava Kay Jones, an intiated priestess in traditional African religion, learned so very much from Pastor Daugherty about the truth in God’s Word over the years which has changed my life and the lives of those I touch for eternity. I studied the word of God with him aand his loving wife, Sharon,for many years.I know and understand in large part because of him that Jesus is truly the way, THE TRUTH, and the life.I share with him in heaven and his family the LOVE of Jesus.

    • Thank You for your reply Ms. Jones. I’m glad Pastor Billy Joe has had such a positive influence on your life, I’m sure the family appreciates stories like these, lives who have been touched, nationally and internationally by God through their service. Like I said, I feel like we’ve all lost a friend.

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