Along with eleven others, Keith Green died on July 28, 1982, when the Cessna 414 leased by Last Days Ministries crashed after takeoff from the private airstrip located on the LDM property. The small two-engine plane was carrying eleven passengers and the pilot, Don Burmeister, for an aerial tour of the LDM property and the surrounding area. Green and two of his children, three-year-old Josiah and two-year-old Bethany, were on board the plane, along with visiting church planters, John and Dede Smalley and their six children.
My oldest son was named after Keith's Josiah. Back in 1984 there were not too many Josiah's running around!
The movie focuses on the runaway licentious son; and leaves out the legalist stay-at-home son. But it is well done and well worth watching:
A massive Keith Green resource can be found by CLICKING HERE.
Keith caught a lot of flack from a wide variety of "clergy" and other "christians." Though white, he sported a large, unruly afro. He was honest and open about his own struggles. He gave his records and writings away, and did not charge for his concerts (took offerings instead).
He once wrote:
"I repent of ever having recorded one single song and ever having performed one concert if my music, and more importantly -- my life -- has not provoked you into godly jealousy, or to sell out more completely to Jesus!”
Can't imagine anyone not nodding while reading that, but back in his day there was no shortage of "righteous inspectors" just as there is no famine of them now. Reminds me of another group often attacked by these folks...Here's one of their songs that applies to pharasees of every age: