Bishop Barnett K. Thoroughgood had just finished his Sunday sermon entitled “I Am Here to Do Battle,” when he sat down in his seat behind the pulpit and collapsed.
The New Jerusalem Church of God in Christ leader passed away moments after encouraging his congregation to get right with God.
“If you’re going to do battle with the devil, you better know Jesus and have a focused relationship with the Lord,” Thoroughgood preached during what would be his last sermon. “God has planned your today and tomorrow. He knows the path you have taken.”
Church members prayed and cried as paramedics tried to revive their pastor. A short time later, the 62-year-old bishop was pronounced dead. A pastoral robe now covers his pastoral seat in his memory.
Family and friends were shocked by his sudden death but remembered a life deeply devoted to God.
His adopted son, Elder Patrick Riddick, told CBN News his father had heart complications.
“His final wish was to be here with the saints, and he said, ‘If I go, son, I want to go on the battlefield. I want to be in my pulpit preaching the Gospel,'” Riddick said. “And ultimately we know he’s happy because the Lord honored his request.”
Regent University theology Professor Dr. Antipas Harris said Thoroughgood was a mentor to him. Harris said the bishop believed every pastor should be educated and filled with the Holy Spirit.
“We knew of his leadership by what he did. He transformed the community around his church,” he told CBN News. “He invested in the lives of the homeless, the broken.”
Source: CBN News | Mark Martin