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Adrian Rogers on ventilator, health is ‘declining’

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP)–Former Southern Baptist Convention President Adrian Rogers was on a ventilator and his health appeared to be “declining” Sunday night as he battled double pneumonia, a statement on his ministry’s website said. As of Monday morning, his condition was “unchanged,” another statement said.

“Dr. Rogers has been undergoing chemotherapy treatments for colon cancer,” the statement posted Monday morning on the Love Worth Finding website reported. “Due to complications, a blood clot has formed in his lungs causing double pneumonia. He is currently on a ventilator to help his breathing.”

The statement urged those concerned to “to continue praying for him.”

“Just as Dr. Rogers has told us, we trust our great God,” the statement read.

Rogers, 74, who retired earlier this year as pastor of the Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn., has been undergoing treatment for colon cancer the last several months, following surgery May 16.

Rogers told Baptist Press in June that he was “optimistic about full remission” and that he was “doing well” for someone “in my category.”

Rogers preached at the SBC Pastors’ Conference in Nashville, Tenn., June 20, appearing energetic and showing no signs of cancer. Messengers gave him a standing ovation.

Rogers played a key role in the SBC conservative resurgence and was elected president in 1979, 1986 and 1987. He is credited with helping bring the denomination back to its historical, orthodox roots.

For updates on Rogers’ condition, visit www.lwf.org.

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