The Passing of David Wilkerson

I know that will this come as a shock to some, with sorrow…

David Wilkerson, founder of World Challenge Ministries, has been killed in a car accident in Texas.

Charisma News spoke with Dr. Wayde Goodall, founder of WorldWide Family, who verified the news. Goodall was with Wilkerson’s son, Gary, when he was informed of the fatal accident.

“Today, the Kingdom of God has lost a giant of the faith. His life touched millions,” says George O. Wood, general superintendant of the Assemblies of God. “The Assemblies of God enjoyed a life-long relationship with David Wilkerson. He was godly, humble and represented everything that is best in a spiritual leader. Our heartfelt sympathy and prayer is extended to his wife, Gwen, and family.”

What made Ken Ham so mad at the AOG?

Obviously this, from a paper recently approved by their general board…

The advance of scientific research, particularly in the last few centuries, has raised many questions about the interpretation of the Genesis accounts of creation. In attempting to reconcile the Bible and the theories and conclusions of contemporary scientists, it should be remembered that the creation accounts do not give precise details as to how God went about His creative activity. Nor do these accounts provide us with complete chronologies that enable us to date with precision the time of the various stages of creation. Similarly, the findings of science are constantly expanding; the accepted theories of one generation are often revised in the next.

As a result, equally devout Christian believers have formed very different opinions about the age of the earth, the age of humankind, and the ways in which God went about the creative processes. Given the limited information available in Scripture, it does not seem wise to be overly dogmatic about any particular creation theory.

Whatever creation theory we individually may prefer, we must affirm that the entire creation has been brought into being by the design and activity of the Triune God. Moreover, we also affirm that the New Testament treats the creation and fall of Adam and Eve as historical events in which the Creator is especially involved. We urge all sincere and conscientious believers to adhere to what the Bible plainly teaches and to avoid divisiveness over debatable theories of creation. (“The Doctrine of Creation,” 2010, http://ag.org/top/beliefs/Position_Papers/pp_downloads/PP_The_Doctrine_of_Creation.pdf)

Brain has a take on Ham‘s silliness:

via The AG paper on Creation and Ken Ham « συνεσταύρωμαι: living the crucified life.

Let me say, if one is to be upset with the AOG, it is not about asking if we had the interpretation of the Word of God, while maintaining the Word of God as inspired and/or inerrant, wrong. What Ham and others are doing is to push a certain interpretation, and much like other interpretations, are subject to humanities position in the universe. What the AoG did was nothing compared to what Ham has said they did, but after reading his book, I can understand his, um, foggy notion of a very fuzzy view of the sorta truth.

But, if you are going to be mad at the AOG and accuse them of heresy, etc… blame them for William Branham (which they did expell) and a few other heretics, such as all of those involved in the Latter Rain movement.

Iran Forces Largest Public Church to Halt Friday Services

The largest church that gives open, public services in Iran will no longer hold Friday worship services due to government pressure, local sources reported this past week.

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Church Registration in Vietnam Inches Along

The Assemblies of God (AoG) in Vietnam on Monday (Oct. 19) received an “operating license,” which the government described as “the first step . . . before becoming officially legal.”

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Quote of the Day: Lakeland Outpouring One Year Later

“I don’t understand why anyone in their right mind would ever give Todd Bentley a platform again. I believe in redemption, but for some things you forever forfeit your public ministry. This man has proven by his lifestyle to be who he is, and our churches shouldn’t be using him, period.” —Assemblies of God General Superintendent George O. Wood, commenting on what in many charismatic circles has been one of the most divisive issues in the past year. Bentley left the Lakeland Outpouring last August amid scandal and—in fewer than 12 months—divorced, remarried, entered into a restoration process with Rick Joyner and relaunched his public ministry. [theledger.com, 8/15/09] (HT)

I hate to tell George, and the world, but Todd will be given new platforms shortly. I hope those bloggers who have told the truth about Todd are still ready for the fight.

Pentecostal leader paints bright future for Assemblies of God

More on the Assemblies of God:

The head of one of the largest Pentecostal denominations in the US encouraged struggling leaders not to be weary in their ministry work even if the harvest may not come in their lifetime.

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Assemblies of God Meeting May Be Historic

Why does all the cool news come from Lakeland, Florida –

The meeting may be historic. In a sign that the Assemblies, the oldest predominantly white Pentecostal fellowship in the country, is changing attitudes about women in leadership, delegates are expected to approve a change in policy that would see a woman elected to the church’s General Presbytery, its second-highest policy-making body, for the first time. A Florida-based missionary is considered a strong candidate for that post.

Following preliminary conferences today, the four-day General Council, at the Orange County Convention Center, will open Tuesday night with a worship service. The council is the business meeting that gathers clergy members and lay delegates from the Assemblies’ 12,362 churches and more than 2.8 million adherents to review the church’s ministries, to elect top officials and to vote on policies.

Assemblies of God Meeting May Be Historic | theledger.com | The Ledger | Lakeland, FL.

IRS – Finally – Investigating Pastor Star R. Scott

I have good news to share with those of you out there that have been affected by Pastor Star R. Scott – he’s being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service.

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'Ethical Misconduct' Forces Pentecostal Group to Appoint New General Secretary

The world’s largest Pentecostal denomination has appointed a new general secretary less than one week after the man who previously held the post resigned over “ethical misconduct and an inappropriate interaction.

The appointment of Dr. James Bradford, pastor of Central Assembly of God in Springfield, Mo., was announced Thursday morning by Assemblies of God General Superintendent George O. Wood during a meeting at the denomination’s headquarters, also in Springfield.

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Obama announces new Faith programs chief.

George W. Bush may have left the building, but the the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives isn’t going anywhere. It’s just being reinvented. In the middle of the presidential campaign last summer, Barack Obama surprised a lot of people from both parties when he announced that the faith-based office not only wouldn’t be eliminated in the Obama Administration but would be expanded. “It never fulfilled its promise,” said Obama, noting that funds for social service programs had been slashed over eight years and the office had been used more for political purposes.

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America's Moral Collapse Demands 'Radical Action'

[12.31.08] Billy Wilson, executive director of the International Center for Spiritual Renewal and a leader at the Awakening America Alliance, says Christians in America must recognize the moral depravity of the times, humbly repent for the spiritual passivity of the church, and fast and pray for a Third Great Awakening.

“We are very convinced that our present spiritual state in the church demands radical action,” Wilson told Charisma. “One of the radical actions that scripture gives us, which God ordains, is the act of fasting. One of the things we’re fasting for and repenting of is our lack of effectiveness in changing our culture for Christ, and also for [failing] to bring a new generation to Christ.”

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