Bob Jones was only a man. He would have been the first to acknowledge his sins, his faults, his failings. But he was a man whom God used. Having given his heart to the Lord as a little boy from a simple country home in Southeast Alabama, he gave Him his life as well. God took the willing clay and fashioned a vessel for His own use.
God used him as a faithful evangelist, a friend to sinners, a preacher with power -- the Power of the Holy Spirit of God. That Power converted sinners, changed cities, closed saloons, crowded churches, and restored homes.
God used him as a fearless prophet, an enemy of God's enemies. In every area of his ministry he pled for fidelity to the Bible, attacking infidelity and disobedience to God's Word wherever he found it -- in the church, in society, in halls of government, and in the hearts of men. In an age of subtle attack on the infallibility and the authority of the Scriptures, he warned, "Thus saith the Lord."
God used him as a fruitful educator. Sensing a compelling need, at the prompting of the Spirit of God, Bob Jones founded a college for Christian young people which, with the prayers and support of faithful believers, has grown under the evident blessing of Heaven to become the university which bears his name -- the world's largest fundamental Christian university. For more than half a century, its graduates have proclaimed worldwide -- in businesses, in classrooms, in pulpits, and in homes -- the testimony of God's saving grace.
R.K. (Lefty) Johnson knew Bob Jones especially well as a long-time friend and as the business manager of Bob Jones University.