Dr. Vic Reasoner

THE ARMINIAN MAGAZINE. Issue 1. Spring 2008. Volume 26. Page 10

Gordon Hugh Cary (May 17, 1918 - November 6, 2007). At nineteen years of age Gordon was a student at Kansas University when he got under such deep conviction he could not continue attending classes. He went forward in an area church and was counseled, but found no relief. He was concerned by the warning of Jesus that not everyone who says to him, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven. His parents came to get him and took him to the Wesleyan college in Miltonvale, Kansas, where he had a godly grandmother. They were in revival at the time and Gordon raised his hand for prayer in a service. Afterward someone sought him out and led him to the Lord.

Gordon remained in Miltonvale to attend college, then transferred to Marion College. He completed an undergraduate degree in mathematics and a graduate degree in religion. He then served as a faculty member at Wesleyan Methodist College (now Southern Wesleyan University) in Central, SC, from 1946-1953. At the time he resigned, he was serving as dean of theology and director of Christian service. He pastored for six years in Baker, Montana, and then for ten years in Hot Springs, South Dakota. From 1970-1987 he served in various capacities at Brainerd Indian School in Hot Springs, including vice-president and acting president. After a couple years in California, at 71 he went to work for Focus on the Family. He worked there for the last sixteen years of his life.

Jesus taught us to “be perfect” (Matt 5:48), but scholars have long debated what that meant. One of John Wesley’s greatest contributions to the discussion was his “plain account of Christian Perfection.” But many still doubt whether it is possible to be so controlled by divine love that everything contrary is displaced. To those who honestly ask whether this Christian perfection is possible, those who knew Gordon Cary can affirm that it is. Gordon’s life reflected Christ and manifested Christian perfection. Gordon’s lasting legacy is that he motivates every real Christian to want to be more like Jesus.

Gordon was in sympathy with the doctrines and purpose of the Fundamental Wesleyan Society. He often communicated his appreciation. His article, “Receiving the Spirit: Counsel from the Word” was published in the Fall 2002 issue of The Arminian Magazine.

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