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The following are selected audio clips from the Memorial Service in honor of Dr. Walter R Martin. The Memorial Service was held at Capistrano Valley Church in San Juan Capistrano, CA on June 29, 1989. By God’s grace, Dr. Martin had returned home the evening before his death on June 26, 1989, following his time with Dr. John Ankerberg in Dallas, TX.

Also below are selected clips from Dr. Martin’s Sunday morning Bible Class at Newport Mesa Christian Center in Costa Mesa, CA. These clips provide valuable insight into the mind of Dr. Martin as he searches for a man to come to CRI, to assist him. You will hear Dr. Martin in as early as 1986, introducing the man he ultimately asked to fill that role, Hank Hanegraaff.


Dr. Martin spent a great deal of time in the last few years of his life, earnestly seeking the Lord’s guidance and strength to help him find a man to assist him with the Leadership of CRI. It was of an utmost concern to Dr. Martin, that his eventual passing not also spell the end of CRI. He had seen this happen in other vital ministries. In his own words, “I do not believe the myth, of invulnerability or of immortality. I’ve seen too many Christian leaders think that they were never going to die and wait until the last minute before they got anybody to help them, and then they had chaos. I have not made that mistake.” Indeed, he did not. As these men who knew Dr. Martin best here testify, by God’s grace, Dr. Martin was able to settle this matter before his death. His great care in this matter was the single most significant reason that the transition of CRI following his death resulted in it’s growth, rather than its demise.

Dr. John Ankerberg was not only an associate of Dr. Martin, but a great personal friend as well. As can be expected, their many hours spent together ‘in the trenches’ fighting spiritual battles formed a strong bond between them. When Dr. Martin passed away unexpectedly, Dr. Ankerberg flew to California to help the family, assist the Board Members at CRI, and to lead the Memorial Service in Dr. Martin’s honor. Dr. Ankerberg’s comforting assistance will never be forgotten.

Everett Jacobson, a long time CRI Board Member, was a close personal friend of Dr. Martin as well. As his brother-in-law, they shared a great bond of trust and friendship that was unparalleled by any other. Their mutual respect was clearly evident in their interactions. When Everett heard of Dr. Martin’s passing, he too flew to California to help in any way he could. As a CRI Board Member, his presence and leadership was needed along with the other Board Members to help steer CRI through the difficult loss of its Founder. As a close family member, Everett’s help was also invaluable to Dr. Martin’s widow, Darlene and the rest of the family as well. Everett Jacobson was an honorable and godly man who served the Lord and CRI with utmost integrity until his own passing on June 27, 2007. The memory of Everett Jacobson will always be honored by those who knew him best.

Lowell Jones was another of Dr. Martin’s close personal friends. Lowell was the last person outside of the family to speak with Dr. Martin. As he reminisced about his times with Dr. Martin, he shared how he was struck by Dr. Martin’s patience and power when it came to sharing his faith and endeavoring to rescue someone caught up in a cult. Lowell’s kind words of tribute are greatly appreciated.


Transcript: CRI Board Member and brother-in-law, Everett Jacobson speaking at the Memorial Service for Dr. Walter Martin, June 29, 1989

Everett Jacobson: “I, have something that I will always cherish. It was my privilege to have known Walter for 39 years. And back in 1953, my wife and I had the privilege of having Walter marry us on television. And we took a 15 minute talking, you know, the 16 millimeter thing, they didn’t have such things as they have today. So we had that given to us as a memorand…, as a memento. We have since had that transcribed into a video tape so that we can look at Walter Martin any time we want, when he was a young man. By the way, we were the same age. And I can put him in there and see him, and I, and I [vhs tape jumps] in there, and see him, and I, and I just thank the Lord for that opportunity.”

“During the many years that I have known Walter, it’s just been a privilege to, to have been associated, and I thank the Lord, to have association with him. We’ve been at board meetings and shared heartaches, we’ve shared victories, we’ve shared joy, we’ve shared sorrow. I remember one board meeting that lasted ‘til 3 o’clock in the morning, oh, 15 years ago in New Jersey, at Newark Airport, in a hotel there. And it ended up with Walter sobbing on my shoulders and I took him to the room, 3 am in the morning, and he just sobbed on my shoulders and we just prayed and had victory through Jesus over the thing that made him sob that night. And we had a joy, and a closeness that I’ll never forget. We sat at board meetings as recently as the beginning of this month, in June, and he pointed to me and said, and, to the other board members, ‘That beady eyed banker there! You gotta watch him!’ And boy he did (?) that all the time. I’ll never forget that [Audience laughter], never! I, I could never get across to him that I was a Trust Banker, not a one, not one of those Commercial Bankers! You know?” [Laughter continues]

“So, I’ll tell you, I’ll, I’ll never forget Walter. And when Darlene… Well, first off, my sister Nancy had called and, and she had heard that, that Walter had passed on, and then I, uh, Darlene called me and she had been calling all these other people, and it’s just as everybody else said, when she talked to me, uh, she was a pillar of strength. And that was early in the morning and uh, and the rest of my day at the bank was just one of chaos, because I was just making calls and just getting ready to come out here to be with family and so forth.”

“And I want to, I want to close by saying that, uh, when, we had the, uh, board meeting, that everything went just wonderful today, because the Lord was there and Walter was there. More than that, God has orchestrated, all of the events of this week. Walter was home, with his wife Darlene, when he went to be with the Lord. Hank was here in California. Hank’s been traveling back and forth between here and Atlanta, for off and on, for a couple of weeks. Hank was here. Everything worked out. Bill Seaver was here. I’m mean, everything just worked out. We were able to get plane reservations, from Florida, from New Jersey, from everywhere, because God’s hand is in it.”

“And at the Funeral yesterday that we had at, at the grave side site, I’ve been associated with Walter Martin for 39 years, but yesterday, I rededicated my witness for Christ. I want, when I go back, I have 12 people at, that work with me and I have all of these people in Church and everything, they’re going to know that there is a different Everett Jacobson because of Walter Martin when I go back to work on Monday. Because they’re going to hear the testimony that I sometimes am so busy, that we forget. But now the most important thing in my life is being a witness for the Lord Jesus Christ, to carry on Walter’s work. Not me, but the Holy Spirit within me and within all of us. And those of you who are not Christians, you’re missing out on something. That, I know most of you are here, if not all of you, because you wouldn’t be here, honoring a man like Walter if you weren’t. And I just thank you for this, this time, and I thank, uh, you all for coming. Thank you.” [Applause]


Transcript: Dr. John Ankerberg introducing Hank Hanegraaff during the Memorial Service for Dr. Walter Martin, June 29, 1989

Dr. John Ankerberg: “People all across this Country of ours, and around the world, after they hear about Walter’s ‘Home-going’, are saying, ‘What’s going to happen to CRI?’ ‘Who’s going to take over?’ ‘Who could ever, step into the shoes of Walter Martin?’ And tonight I’d like to introduce to you, the man that Walter believed that God had picked out, and that Walter wanted to succeed him.

I can remember coming and speaking at the banquet last October*, and I met Hank who was a Board member before that. And Walter had talked with Hank*, and Hank asked me to pray with him about that decision. And I said, ‘Just be frank with Walter, and tell him what you are thinking,’ and they did. They had great discussions. And tonight, we never thought that it would come this soon, but I know this is the way that Walter wanted it. And the Board has unanimously voted that Mr. Hank Hanegraaff would be the new President of CRI, and also the Chairman of the Board.

We’re not going to talk about the future of CRI tonight: The plans God has given this man, with Walter, and with the Board, plans for the future that I think you’ll be very excited about, to hear about. That’s going to come in the weeks ahead. But tonight, Hank is here to talk about what he remembers about Walter.

Hank… God bless you… Let’s give him a hand.” [applause]

* See NMCC Bible Class, October 2 and October 23, 1988. Dr. Martin mentions that he has asked Hank Hanegraaff to come to CRI as his Executive Vice-President.


Transcript: Dr. John Ankerberg’s closing comments and prayer at the Memorial Service for Dr. Walter Martin, June 29, 1989

Dr. John Ankerberg: “As we close tonight, I would like for you to come forward and, after we have sung “Onward Christian Soldiers”, I’d like for you to come and I’m going to have Darlene and all the children stand here in the front. Many of you, you have a story that you could tell about Walter, to her. She will immediately identify with some of those stories, and some she’s never heard. And you can comfort her, and she can comfort you. Give her a hug. I’m going to ask that you would, not just during this week, for the next months of time, remember to pray for her, and the children. Their Daddy’s not here anymore, and we’re going to miss him.”

And pray for Hank, as he now steps into the Leadership of CRI, as the Board, and the staff, and he, as they announce the new plans, and continue the work that Walter started, through God’s grace. Pray for them. I told Hank tonight, ‘I hope the Lord gives you protection and a honeymoon as you get into the work. But, it’s been my experience that the devil doesn’t play by the rules. And if the world drops out tomorrow, welcome to the ballgame.’ And we that name the name of Christ, we need to pray for this man as he starts his ministry.”

“I’d like you to bow your head and close your eyes, just before we sing. I don’t know if the Lord would allow Walter to have a big t.v. set, sit there with the Apostle Paul and tune in on this program tonight, but he probably knows you if he sees right now. And he’s not here. His work’s done. But you know what? Yours isn’t. As I was listening to the Board members tonight, and hearing how they have been spoken to by the Spirit of God, to rededicate their life, I thought about you. Think how disappointed Walter would be tonight: He gave his heart to Jesus Christ, and he lived his life, for his Lord that he loved. And part of that was to win you to the Lord and then to encourage you to sell out to Jesus Christ, that where you’re at, you might be a soldier for Christ, right where you live. And it’d be terrible tonight if we just came and talked about this man, that touched us and lived among us, and some of us tonight would walk out of here, not dedicated to the Lord Jesus that he preached to us and that he loved. That would break his heart. Maybe you were part of his Bible Class. Maybe you were part of his big Bible Class via the radio, and you listened to that man, and the Spirit of God spoke to your heart, but you’ve never gave in to Jesus Christ. And you’re here tonight because you loved him.”

“As we close tonight, I think it would be appropriate to ask two questions. Number one: If you are a believer and you have come into a relationship with Jesus Christ, would you tonight, rededicate the days that God has given you, that are left? Would you say, ‘Lord, here they are. Walter’s gone, our buddy, but Lord, the information, that he gave, that which he wanted, I too Lord want to serve you where I’m at. And at Walter’s funeral tonight, I rededicate the days that I have left, to serving You to the best of my ability’? How many of you here tonight would say, ‘That is my prayer, and that is my dedication to the Lord Jesus Christ tonight’? Put your hand up. God bless all of you. God bless all of you. Would there be someone tonight that would say, ‘I listened to Walter talk about coming into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and I wanted it, but I never made that decision, I never started that relationship. At his funeral tonight, I am making the decision to invite the Jesus that he preached about, that he loved and that he served, I’m going to ask that Jesus to come into my life, be God in my life, forgive me of my sins, and to start that personal relationship with me tonight. I am asking Jesus Christ tonight, to be my Savior and my Lord. Here’s my hand. I’d like you to remember me as you close tonight. I am making that decision for Jesus Christ’? Would you put your hand up? Put it up and then put it down. Yes. Can’t see everyone here in this room and in the other room, but now let’s pray. And everyone of you that made a decision for Jesus Christ, you talk to Him right now. You tell Him what He is talking to you about. If you want to receive Him, say, ‘Lord, come into my life. I turn from my sin. I trust completely in You. Make me a Christian, I’ll follow You.’ He’ll do it. And if you belong to Him, say ‘Lord, here are the days of my life. I want to serve You. Help me! I rededicate my life to You.’ You pray, right where you’re at.”

[A few moments of silence…]

“Wonderful, loving Father, You’re so, so, gracious to us. Your love goes so far beyond what we are. Sinners that we are, You sent Your Son to die for us. Many of us have come into that relationship with You. Some tonight are starting that relationship for the first time. I pray that You’d be God in their life, that You would be real to them, that You would forgive them of their sin, You would change their life, You’d put the Holy Spirit into their life, and they would know that they have a personal relationship with the living God. Thank You for bringing them to this night. And then, for everyone that is here that loves You, do a new work in our lives. Let us be more courageous. Let us love You more and serve You more, as we remember our friend that loved You so much, and gave his life for You. Thank you Lord for this man, that you allowed to walk among us, and how he touched us, and how You used him to defend and present the Faith. We give you praise, Lord Jesus. You’re our God and we worship you, and thank You that You are with us righ…, at times like this. I pray for Darlene and the family. The moments of loneliness, be God to them, meet their needs. Thank You for how you’ve been helping them even now. But for each one, they’re special to You, dear God I pray, be with them. For Hank as he steps in to the Leadership of CRI and for his family and for the staff of CRI, oh dear God, protect them and use them, and may the greatest days of CRI still be ahead, in training and winning people to Jesus Christ. These things we pray, with thanksgiving, in our Lord Jesus Christ’s name… And all God’s people said, [Audience response] ‘Amen!’”

“I’m going to ask that you would stand to your feet. And we’re going to go out as Walter would like us to go out. Chuck I’m going to ask that you’d come. We’re going to sing, ‘Onward, Christian Soldiers’. And Darlene, I’m going to ask that uh, you would probably come on up here, with the children and just stand in the front. Ah, if you’d all come right now before we sing. And then after we are dismissed, if you [to the audience] would like, why don’t you come around this way, and uh, kind of, uh, some kind of order, just come around this way and you can give her a hug and tell her how much Walter meant to you, and also to the children.”


Transcript: Dr. John Ankerberg introduces Lowell Jones. Lowell speaking at the Memorial Service for Dr. Walter Martin, June 29, 1989

Dr. John Ankerberg: “Lowell Jones, are you here tonight? Come right along.”

Lowell Jones: “I thought as I was coming here today, um, I haven’t been to this church before. How large is that church? And I began to think that if we were to get together, those that love, loved Walter, as you do and I do, there isn’t any coliseum or anywhere, any, any place in the world, that was lar…, that would be large enough, because there, millions of people have been touched by Walter’s life, and I would say almost that number loved him like we do.”

“Monday morning about 8:30, my precious friend Darlene called me and said, ‘Lowell, I guess you were the last to speak to Walter.’ I’d talked to him the night before. And I thought, ‘What in the world could she possibly mean?’ And then she said, ‘He’s gone to be with his Lord.’ Sometime during the day I said something to her about a funeral, and I said, ‘Oh excuse me Darlene. I meant to say, a Celebration or Memorial.’ Walter made it very, very clear to Darlene that this was not to be a “funeral”, in quotes. This was to be a Celebration, because Walter is where all of us want to be. He’s home with Jesus Christ, and no place could be any better than that, Paul tells us. So, Praise God for that! And I just thank you very much for the opportunity of being asked.”

“Couple of, just a couple of notes that I made while I was sitting there. You know Walter didn’t (just) preach, and teach the word.  And I’m sorry to say in my short 21 years of knowing Jesus Christ intimately and loving Him as much as I do, I’ve known too many people that preach the Word, but don’t live it. Of all the good examples, of all the perfect examples of someone who actually lived, preached the, preached the Word, in great strength, Power! Did you ever hear anyone preach the Word as powerful as he did? Well do you know why? It’s because the Word is powerful and most of us don’t use that Word powerfully like he did. But you know, interestingly enough, he had so much love, for his fellow man, that it’s hard to explain. And you know these people sitting up on the stage and his family and you folks out there, there’s a, there are a lot of very “important” people, important in quotes, in this auditorium. Walter loved everybody! Walter and I were at, at many Autograph Parties for some of the books that he wrote, and he’d had, he had Mormons, or someone attack him when they were in close range there; not liter…, physically, but attack him verbally. And I used to stand there in amazement at his total patience. He never got the least little bit aroused. He would stand there and listen patiently. When the man got over his anger and quieted down a little bit, Walter would put his arm around him, I(t) just happened down here in Long Beach once: He put his arm around this Mormon who was furious at what he’d been saying. Put his arm around him and started saying, ‘Brother, let’s talk about what the Scriptures say.’ And after a little while, the man quieted down and after talking for about 15 minutes, and by the way, by that time there must have been a 100 people around us. After talking for about 15 minutes, dear, precious Walter said, ‘Sir, would you like to pray and accept Christ?’ The man said, ‘YES!’ As quick as that, ‘Yes I would!’ And in front of 200 people there, in the middle of a bookstore, Walter didn’t care where it was, he prayed, and the man accepted Jesus as his Lord. I saw that happen so many times that I can’t even begin to enumerate it. But, as I started to say, or maybe I finished saying, but maybe I want to say it again, Walter lived, he lived what he preached. [Looking over right shoulder to Board Members Everett Jacobson and Stan Tonnesen] Is that right? He lived what he preached. And boy I’m telling you, I wish we could all do that.”

“And one last thing, there’s some, several people sitting here this afternoon, uh, Ken and Aileen Parker. I could name a bunch of peop…, a group of people who attend his class in Costa Mesa. And I think this is extremely important. And they’re there every Sunday, whether Walter’s there or not; Walter has substitutes. They’re there every Sunday. Their church is Walter…’s church. Walter was the church that they went to. They loved him dearly and they…, he was everything to them. I mean, Jesus was first, but, Walter was their preacher, their teacher. And, you know they’d come home, they’d come back and I’d hear from them and they’d say, ‘Well, Walter wasn’t there today, but a man was there. His name was Hank Hanegraaff.’ You know, Walter has gone home to be with the Lord, but he didn’t leave ‘nothing’ behind him. He left all of us to witness for him, and to wit…, I mean to witness for the Lord, through his teaching. But he left Hank, he left Hank. These folks said Hank was so good that they actually missed Walter, but only a ‘little bit’ that day! [Audience laughter] Hank was that good! So I say he did leave a legacy, he left us, he left millions of others, and he left Hank, and the organization.”

“God bless all of you! I love you!”

“Darlene? Where is Darlene? Darlene, I just can’t tell you how much I love you, and, and that little gal sitting next to you, Debbie. Praise God! And the whole family, I love you so much. Thank you!” [Applause…]


Transcript: Dr. Walter Martin tells his Bible Class that he has been promoting Hank Hanegraaff as an expert on Memory for more than 5 years – Newport Mesa Christian Center, December 7, 1986

Dr. Walter Martin: “Hank Hanegraaff, who is an expert on memory, is going to be teaching a seminar on the subject, of, how to remember things. How many of you’ve ever taken a course with Hank here? 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, good! Well, I don’t have to tell you about it then. It’s a very valuable thing. And uh, he’s going to be teaching that, hopefully here, at Newport Mesa Christian Center. We’re trying to negotiate that right now, sometime during this month. He’s going to be in California. We’re going to try and combine it, because I think that people should have their memories ‘jogged’ and they should learn how to remember. Hanegraaff can teach you how to remember. If you don’t know how right now, he can really teach you how to remember. He charges $15.00 for the seminar, which I believe runs about 3 hours. And uh, he did one at Simon Greenleaf School of Law which was very successful, and in this seminar, he teaches you, uh, the ‘tricks of the trade’ in remembering. A lot of people think that when they get older, that their minds are failing because they lose their memories. No! There’s a lot of young people with exactly the same problem right now. Ahh hah hah hah! Yes, you’re laughing at me! Yes! But you know it’s true! Now, why have they got the problem? Well, it isn’t the brain! It’s the fact that you’ve never been trained, HOW to do it. It is a methodology. You have to learn it just like, readin’, writin’ and ‘rithmetic. So Hank is going to be teaching that. I’ll announce next week the location and the date. And I urge you to go to it. Now I have a very good memory, but mine needs ‘jogging’ too. And uh, this guy is utterly phenomenal. And uh, he worked with Jerry Lucas who wrote uh, the Memory Book. And uh, is very well up on the subject of how to teach you to remember. So, if you’re having problems with this, and you’d like to really be sharp and remember, this is an educational tool. CRI doesn’t get any money for announcing this and I don’t get any money for promoting this. It’s something I believe is an educational tool we ought to have. So I pass on these little ‘goodies’ to you, so that it will help you in your Bible study. He can teach you how to remember what you read, what you hear, everything! And remarkably, to retain it! So uh, I would suggest that you pray about it, and uh, I’ll announce next week when Hank will be here and where he will be. And if you are interested, you can sign up for that. I’ve been promoting this now for, better than 5 years, because I know the results of it. And I hope that, uh, if you are interested, you will pursue this, because it will be of value to you, I can assure you!”


Transcript: Dr. Walter Martin mentions Hank Hanegraaff while answering a question at his Bible Class at Newport Mesa Christian Center, December 28, 1986

Dr. Walter Martin: [Reading a written question from a class member] “In your schools days, what method or way did you study for an exam, any particular system?”

“Yeah. In ‘mortal terror’! [Audience laughter] Generally in panic because I had so many other things to do! Umm, I studied by writing an outline of the things that I wanted to learn, then fleshing it out, with thoughts, that, would, trigger in my mind, parts of my lectures, or the things that I had read, and then, I would commit it to memory! And I would go into the examination and take the exam. Fortunately I inherited from my father, genetically, a very highly retentive memory. My father had almost total recall, on his memory, and I have uh, about 87 percent, total recall. And uh, it’s getting dimmer as I grow older. I have to work harder at it as my wife keeps telling me. But, uh, I have an excellent memory. So, uh, memorization was the thing that I used. That’s why I love Hank Hanegraaff’s teachings on memory, because he can actually teach you how to keep your mind young, by teaching you how to remember. See, most people’s minds age. You know why? Because they don’t use their memories. They don’t trail…, drill their memories, they don’t work at remembering. That’s why something that you did 20 years ago seems just as fresh and new, and something that you did yesterday seems like something that happened 50 years ago. It’s because you’re not drilling your mind. See? And your head fills up with FAT! That’s right! That’s why people are ‘Fat-Heads’ as they get older! [Audience laughter] And you must get the fat out of your head by exercise, diet and using your mind, you see. And you can’t do that unless you, use your memory! And a lo…, most Christians don’t want to use their memory! They want somebody to think for them! But you can’t do that! Write it down, commit it to memory, and then ‘jog’ yourself with it, and pretty soon it’ll become part of your thinking processes and you won’t forget it. So, that’s how I prepared for exams: outlines and memorization.”


Transcript: Dr. Walter Martin mentions praying for a Vice President for CRI while answering a question at his Bible Class at Newport Mesa Christian Center, October 02, 1988 *

Dr. Walter Martin: “You can ask whatever you want from the Lord, asking if it be in accordance with His will. Uh, I’ve asked the Lord for CRI’s mortgages. I’ve asked the Lord for this $100,000.00 to pay off these pressing bills. I’ve asked the Lord for a new, uh, member of our staff. I need a Vice-President to be ‘Mr. Inside’ while I’m ‘Mr. Outside’ ‘cause I can’t be both places at the same time! And, there’s a man right now who is considering this and we’re praying about that. We don’t have the mon…, the money to pay him a salary, but I’m praying about that. I pray about all kinds of things connected with money, connected with family, connected with friends, healing… I think we can ask God for anything, but we should temper it with the knowledge that it’s not to be consumed upon our desires, but for His glory. And perhaps this gentleman got the money because it was for God’s glory and God wanted him to have that. That’s very possible. But for every person that God gives a $1,000,000.00 to, there’s probably 50 thousand, or 100 thousand, or more, a lot more than that He doesn’t give it to. Must be a good reason for it, huh? Some people can handle it, and some people can’t. If you control the money, that’s one thing. If the money controls you, you’re in trouble. I see a lot of Christians get money, and the money controls them. They can do all kinds of things for God when they get money, then they get money and you never see them again! They’re out spending the money someplace else. Now, this is no way to raise support for Christian Research Institute, but I am telling you the truth.”

* See Memorial Service. Dr. John Ankerberg mentions praying with Hank Hanegraaff about this issue.


Transcript: Dr. Walter Martin tells Bible Class that he has been praying for one specific man for two years – Newport Mesa Christian Center, October 23, 1988 *

Dr. Walter Martin: “We need a man at CRI to come in and to actually be the, uh, General Manager, and to take over the general operation because I can’t be inside and outside at the same time. It cannot be done. Impossible! And the burden is too great for Leona, who is our Office Manager, actually a Business Administrator, and so we’ve been praying for somebody. I’ve been praying for one man for two years, that God would put it on his heart, and God did put it on his heart, and uh, he said, ‘I think I’ll be able to come.’ And if he is able to come, I can’t afford him. I want you to know that going in. We can’t afford him, even at a greatly reduced salary, but, he can run the entire operation and is very, very good in the world of the cults and, uh, is an excellent and very successful man in his own right. So, I’d ask you to pray, for this person who’d be # 2 person, uh, in our structure at CRI And uh, he’s a godly man. The Lord has used him in a mighty way, down south and in other parts of the country, and uh, we’ve asked him to join us. And he has said that he is willing to. So now we are in the praying stages and asking God to work out all the details of it. But that’s something to put on your prayer list. Uh, he’ll probably be a Vice-President or Executive Director at CRI and I badly need somebody like that because I just can’t run the office and uh, make decisions all the time, there’s gotta be somebody there to help, and we’ve gotta have somebody that really knows what they’re doing, and uh, we want the best that we can get, and this gentleman, we believe, is the best, uh, on the horizon, so please be in prayer about that.”

* See Memorial Service video. Dr. John Ankerberg mentions praying with Hank Hanegraaff about this issue.


Breaking the Silence: A Response to Bill Alnor’s Crusade against CRI, Elliot Miller, Appendix A, pg 137

During his October 23, 1988 Bible class Walter presented for the second time in one month a specific prayer request for CRI to his students:

“We need a man at CRI to come in and to actually be the general manager and to take over the general operation because I can’t be inside and outside at the same time. It cannot be done. Impossible. And the burden is too great for Leona, who is our office manager and actually business administrator. And so we’ve been praying for somebody—I’ve been praying for one man for two years, that God will put it on his heart. And God did put it on his heart, and he said, “I think I’ll be able to come.” And if he is able to come, I can’t afford him. I want you to know that going in: we can’t afford him even at a greatly reduced salary. But he can run the entire operation and is very, very good in the world of the cults and an excellent, very successful man in his own right. So I ask you to pray for this person, who would be the number two person in our structure at CRI. And he’s a godly man; the Lord has used him in a mighty way down south and in other parts of the country. And we’ve asked him to join us and he has said that he’s willing to, so now we’re in the praying stages and asking God to work out all the details of it. But that’s something to put in your prayer list; he’ll probably be a vice-president or executive director at CRI. And I badly need somebody like that, because I just can’t run the office and make decisions all the time. There’s got to be somebody there to help. We’ve got to have somebody that really knows what they’re doing. And we want the best we can get, and this gentleman we believe is the best on the horizon, so please be in prayer about that.”


Transcript: Dr. Walter Martin introduces CRI Board Member Hank Hanegraaff to the Bible Class meeting at Newport Mesa Christian Center, November 13, 1988

Dr. Walter Martin: “We have with us today a member of our Board, Hank Hanegraaff, that you know, and uh, he is gonna to be working with Christian Research Institute in a consulting capacity, and then eventually, hopefully, will be working in an administrative and assistant capacity to myself. And um, he is, uh, been very effective in memory work and teaching people how to use their memories. How many of you remember the seminar he gave on memories here? Well, he’s gonna, be giving [Audience laughter] another seminar. Just thought you’d like to see that Hank! [Laughter continues] The ones that were there remembered it! [Clears throat] Now you see that’s the reason why you desperately need to get that kind of information, you see. You are not suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease, you are suffering from Old-Timer’s Disease. That’s the problem. So, uh, he’s going to be working with us.”


Transcript: Dr. Walter Martin promotes CRI Board member Hank Hanegraaff as a memory expert, during the Bible Class meeting at Newport Mesa Christian Center, November 27, 1988

Dr. Walter Martin: “I’m going to have Hank Hanegraaff come in, to our Bible Class, a gentleman I’ll introduce you to, a member of our Board. He is the world’s leading authority, on memory retention and on how to witness to people. He has an organization called ‘Personal Witness Training’ and uh, I’ve asked him to come in here. I’m gonna sit in the class the day he comes in, and he’s going to teach you how, in the quickest, simplest manner, to get the Gospel across to somebody and to link together your memory so that you can do that. I think it’s a very interesting thing and, uh, since uh, he’s doing it for free, I can’t think of anything better. When he does it normally, uh, you pay a big healthy chunk for seminars, but he promised to come into my class one Sunday morning, hopefully in the month of December, and uh, actually do a ‘Personal Witness Training’ thing for the class, to show them how it’s done. I think you’d find that very interesting. So, when he’s coming, I’ll let you know, but, I’ve asked him to do that, because, he’s the best in the field.”


Breaking the Silence: A Response to Bill Alnor’s Crusade against CRI, Elliot Miller, Appendix A, pg 138

“I have the joy to introduce to you a person that’s a joy to me. He’s going to have a unique role at Christian Research Institute.…I’ve needed for many years someone who could fill the role of a special assistant or of an executive vice-president to help at CRI; someone with the credentials and the ability; somebody that could teach, somebody that could preach, somebody that had the capacities to manage and has been very successful in his own operation for some time.…This is someone in whom I have implicit confidence. He’s young. I’ve surrounded myself with young people because I do not believe the myth of invulnerability or of immortality. I’ve seen too many Christian leaders think that they were never gonna die and wait ’til the last minute before they got anybody to help them, and then they had chaos. I have not made that mistake.”


Transcript: Dr. Walter Martin introduce Hank Hanegraaff during the Bible Class meeting at Newport Mesa Christian Center, December 4, 1988

Dr. Walter Martin: “Uh, this morning I have some wonderful news for you. Uh, the 1st part of it isn’t so wonderful. I’m having throat problems. I almost lost my voice last week. You can already hear that. And, uh, fortunately, a very fine gentleman, a friend of mine, uh, and working with Christian Research Institute now, a member of our Board, and a special assistant to me, as the President of the organization, uh, is here, working this week at Christian Research Institute. I told you, he is a gentleman who has specialized in Personal Witness Training and in teaching people how to relate and how to witness to their neighbors. He’s going to be speaking this morning for me, eh, providing I get through the ‘Question and Answer’ period. And if I don’t, then he’s just gonna start preaching at that time. But, Hank Hanegraaff is here this morning, and I’ll tell you a little bit about him later on. But at any rate, I’m gonna take questions, as many as I can, and then he’s going to preach this morning, and I think you will find a very remarkable person and a very remarkable message, particularly how it dovetails with Christian Research Institute. I told you I was going to try and get him to do a Personal Witnessing, a Pers, Personal Training seminar for us, relating to memory. He’s an expert on memory. He worked with Jerry Lucas for some time, but, he has a phenomenal memory. He’s been through The Kingdom of the Cults 3 times. Anybody that can go through that 3 times and memorize large sections of it, certainly has my respect. I just wish he’d bought a copy every time he read the book. That way we’d have 3 copies instead of 1. But, he’s here this morning and he’s gonna be speaking for me. I’ll be here next week. I’m staying this morning too. But, uh, next week, and uh, right through the month of um, uh, December.”


Transcript: Dr. Walter Martin introducing Hank Hanegraaff for a 2nd time during the Bible Class meeting at Newport Mesa Christian Center, December 4, 1988

Dr. Walter Martin:I have the joy to introduce to you, a person that’s a joy to me. He’s gonna have a unique role at Christian Research Institute, and I wanted you to meet him, because this class supports Christian Research Institute in a remarkable way, both by time, and by contributions. And we are very grateful for it. In fact, our efforts began at Melodyland Christian Center. In our Bible Class, there’s a number of people here this morning, that, were there, when we began those efforts for Christian Research Institute, in California back in 1976. God has richly blessed it since then, from one room in Anaheim in 1976, to 36,000 square feet in 1988. It’s quite a jump of time and space and circumstances. And God has blessed in a remarkable way. So I want to praise and thank God for that, and for the man who is helping us at CRI get something that’s very important done. I’ve needed for many years, someone who could fill the role of a special assistant, or of an Executive Vice-President, to help at CRI, someone with the credentials and the abilities, somebody that could teach, somebody that could preach, somebody that had the capacities to manage and has been very successful in his own operations for some time. He’s going to tell you about, what the Lord has done for him. He’s going to be working very closely with me, particularly when he moves to California, uh, in the middle of next year, the Lord willing, and, so, this is someone in whom I have implicit confidence. He’s young… I’ve surrounded myself with young people because I do not believe the myth, of invulnerability or of immortality. I’ve seen too many Christian leaders think that they were never gonna die and wait ‘til the last minute before they got anybody to help them, and then they had chaos. I have not made that mistake. I have a bunch of young people who are very eager and very helpful. And my Board of Directors, has some young people on it, and this is one of them. It’s a pleasure to introduce somebody who doesn’t forget anything that he doesn’t want to forget. And that can be a problem at Board meetings. [Audience chuckles] And particularly if you’re having an argument with your wife, it’s dangerous to know too much about what she said. I think Hank has a convenient memory where that is concerned, as I have developed one myself. It’s a pleasure to introduce to you, Hank Hanegraaff.”

[Applause…] [microphone exchange] [Hank chuckles] [undecipherable comment] [audience chuckles]

Hank Hanegraaff: “Thank you for that warm welcome. I’m delighted to be here. My name is, Hank Hanegraaff, and I wanna tell you a little bit about my personal ministry, what I’ve been involved in, in the last, almost decade, the last 10 years. From the time that I became a Christian myself…”


Dr. Martin introduces Hank Hanegraaff to his Bible Class. Hank had just returned from Brazil.

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