Pastor Voddie Baucham was “awake and responsive” Tuesday, after undergoing quadruple bypass surgery Monday night, according to ministry partner, Tom Ascol of Founders Ministries.
Ascol tweeted that the “next 24-36 hours are crucial” and encouraged people to pray.
Quick Update on @VoddieBaucham. He came through quad bypass surgery well late last night; had a good night; has been awake & responsive. Next 24-36 hours are crucial. Thank you for praying. He has a long road of recovery ahead. Praise God for His mercies on display!
— "Not marquee" Tom @tomascol (@tomascol) April 6, 2021
In an earlier tweet, Ascol said that Baucham was expecting to be released from Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, last week. But during a final test, doctors discovered a new issue that required immediate surgery.
In bypass surgery, doctors remove blood vessels from other parts of the body and attach them to heart blood vessels to bypass blocked arteries. It’s a common, yet complicated procedure, which has a very low mortality rate (2%-3%).
Underneath Ascol’s tweet, many people commented with prayers.
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Thank you Lord for letting the doctors catch this before our brother went on the road. We continue to pray for wisdom for doctors, healing for our brother & ur peace & comfort for Bridget & the kids. Thank u Lord for grace & mercy & the joy of being in ur family. Amen.
— Elizabeth (@ElizaEll) April 6, 2021
Since a February preaching tour, Baucham, a pastor and Dean of Theology in Zambia’s African Christian University, has battled against heart failure. At first, he said he mistook the illness for fatigue from overwork. But as it worsened, he discovered his life was in danger.
When he first started looking for treatment, Baucham discovered he had “arrhythmia,” or an irregular heartbeat.
After a first heart surgery on Feb. 25, Baucham said he expected to make a full recovery. Doctors seemed to have fixed two arrhythmia-related problems.
The last health update on Baucham’s Facebook page was a video published on March 24. In the video, Baucham said he expected to soon move on from weekly hospital checkups at the Florida Mayo Clinic to less frequent visits. He said he was waiting on a hospital release before he could do harder physical activities.
“Right now, everything looks good,” he said. “I mean, I’ve been stronger every day, walking over a mile at a time, doing push-ups and sit-ups.”
Baucham added, “I am no longer on that path that looks like a path ultimately to a heart transplant.”
Baucham, who’s uninsured, has experienced an outpouring of support since his first diagnosis. A GoFundMe page to has raised $1.44 million for Baucham.
A day after surgery, Baucham released a new book, Fault Lines: The Social Justice Movement and Evangelicalism’s Looming Catastrophe. Already, the book has achieved bestseller status on Amazon.
In the book, Baucham argues that the social justice movement dupes Christians into promoting unbiblical ideas.
Conservative Christian writer Rod Dreher said Fault Lines was a “hugely important book.”
“It is not just a dynamite attack on Critical Race Theory, it is Hiroshima,” Dreher said. “Baucham lays it out as clearly as is possible about how and why this stuff is anti-Christian, and cannot be trifled with.”
However, theologian Anthony B. Bradley was more critical. “The preface was fine,” Bradley tweeted. “Then I got page 2 of the Intro where he trashes Thabiti Anyabwile, Tim Keller, Russell Moore, TGC, etc. and I realized this going to be one big straw man, slippery slope, piece of trash.”
Ascol responded, calling Bradley’s criticism “a classic example of projection & a commentary on his agenda” and calling Bradley “woke.”
Jackson Elliott is a Christian journalist trained at Northwestern University. He has worked at The Daily Signal, The Inlander, and The Christian Post, covering topics ranging from D.C. politics to prison ministry. His interests include the Bible, philosophy, theology, Russian literature, and Irish music.