Flags fly half mast, purple and gold decors the pulpit chair, chimes rang throughout the city, ribbons dazzled through the breeze from the wreaths placed on the doors, and the markee sign echoing, “Rest In Peace Apostle Bogier” signifies a grave moment in time. On Saturday, July 4, 2014 time was marked to salute a man of God, a servant and Apostle of the Lord, a general in stature, a true prophet, an amazing man, Apostle Dr. Lawrence Bogier, Jr.
After surrendering from a boiler maker and welding profession in New York to do full time ministry in 1976, he yielded to the divine will of God with his lifemate Elder Coretha Bogier and children by his side. Apostle Bogier labored in kingdom work through ministry that expanded worldwide and was Overseer of up to 24 churches.
With much sacrifice and without fail he cried loud and spared not, proclaiming the unadulterated gospel for nearly four decades. His message was simple and never changing; “it was heaven or hell”. It was fruitful, powerful and effective! Ecclesiastes 11:5a says we know not the way of the spirit, so the truth is we will never know the full impact on lives affected and regenerated by this man of God. What we do know is his preaching reached the heart and saved the souls of men, women, boys, and girls ubiquitously. Through his spiritual tenure and model of righteous living, many developed to become Pastors, teachers, prophets, missionaries, etc.
Apostle was a man who experienced dreams and visions from the throne of God. A man of faith and much prayer. He stood on the word, “faith is the substance of things hoped and the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). He believed God for what others could not see, a visionary of things, people, and places. II Timothy 2:15 stimulated his extensive biblical education to earn his Bachelor of Theology, Master of Theology, Doctor of Divinity, and Doctor of Sacred Theology Degrees and encouraged others to do the same. He would always say, “follow me as I follow Christ”. He preached not only spiritual learning but taught the importance of academic integrity. He encouraged the young to get a good education, learn a trade, be well rounded, and be all that God wanted them to be.
He was a living icon of the things he preached. Mark 16:17-18 “And these signs shall follow them that believe…” So many experiences, so many revelations, so many prophecies, so many lessons learned, so many miracles of healing, the captive set free, the dead brought back to life, the casting out of devils, all followed by testimonies of the power of God!.
The drive, the determination, the sacrifice, the will caused us to say, “what manner of man is this. No man can do these things except God be with him”. He emerged as a giant in the 20th century doing the will of his Father. This was witnessed by the outpouring of supporters during the memorial and homegoing celebration services.
During an encounter with the Son of God in an out of body heavenly experience early in his ministry, Jesus promised him he could come back to heaven after his work was done. Like Enoch, he had a testimony that he “pleased God.” His work is now done and he has transitioned from labor to reward. We will miss him dearly but we know absent from the body, present with the Lord. His legacy will continue! Rest on my dear GENERAL!