John Jasper was a prominent slave and Baptist preacher in Richmond, Virginia in the mid-1800s. He preached at many funerals. He said at one funeral: “Let me say a word about this [Name Withheld]. I say it first and get it off my mind. [Name Withheld] was no good man – he didn’t say he was. He didn’t try to be good, and they tell me he died as he lived, without God and without hope in the world. It’s a bad tale to tell on him, but he fixed the story himself. As the tree falls, there must it lay. If you want folks who live wrong to be preached and sung to glory, don’t bring them to Jasper.”

What a rarity is a Jasper!

Many preachers prove themselves to be liars at funerals. In their ordinary preaching they say Jesus spoke truth when He said: “Repent, and believe in the gospel”; “unless you repent you will all likewise perish”; “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 1:15; Luke 13:3,5; Mark 16:16). But at the funerals of people who refused to obey Jesus, they deny what they formerly preached, and speak of the unrepentant and unbelieving dead as dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, and declare that they are now in heaven with God.

A minister of Christ will not lie against God for you at your funeral. Therefore, if you want someone claiming the power to preach to glory those who disregarded Christ … “Don’t bring them to Jasper!”

If you want a Jasper to speak at your funeral of your blessedness in your death, then obey Christ in your life.



  1. Someone I knew, but not well, recently died. The relative of this person was telling my brother in law that he went to see her right before she died. He was shook up because she raised up in bed, started screaming and flinging her arms wildly. It sounds like she got a glimpse of her eternal destination and it was NOT good. This woman was not known to be a born again believer. I haven’t a clue what was spoken at her funeral, but I suspect it was sugar coated. I notice this in all the obituaries, they play up the departed loved one and mention all their earthly accomplishments. Many leave condolences stating the now departed is ‘resting in peace’, when, in fact, may be in utter terror.

    The lies told upon death and departure are astounding, we need men like Jasper to speak truth.

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