Pastor David Wilkerson’s legacy: An ardent critic of the prosperity Gospel but had he fallen in the trap of eternal security??
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OPEN LETTER TO DAVID WILKERSON
April 13, 2000
World Challenge, Inc.
PO Box 260
Lindale, TX 75771
1633 Broadway, 38th Fl.
New York, NY 10019
Dear David Wilkerson:
Greetings in Jesus’ holy name.
For quite some time now, my wife and I have been very concerned by your writings, as found in the Times Square Church Pulpit Series. It seems that you have somehow come to believe in the heresy of eternal security (which is known to some as once saved always saved or the perseverance of the saints). This is the conclusion I must come to since you continue to write as you do. I say this being fully aware that you have stated in the past that you don’t believe in “eternal security.” But David, if a bird sounds like a duck, walks like a duck, acts like a duck and looks like a duck, then it must be a duck, even if it might call itself something else. Similarly, even though you say you reject eternal security, you have come to write just like one who believes in this perverted grace message. We came close to writing you in September of 1999. The following is an email we sent out to some of our ministry friends. This is what we wrote to them:
Yesterday we got some very discouraging news about world famous David Wilkerson. In his Times Square Church Pulpit Series, dated 9-13-99, and entitled Out of the Depths I Cried, Wilkerson wrote:
Our ministry regularly receives letters from sincere Christians who struggle with homosexuality. The tone of their writings sounds a lot like David’s agony. Many of these precious people have grown up in the church, and they love Jesus with all their heart. But they can’t get free from their homosexual lust.
It sounds like DW is saying homosexuals can be (1) “sincere Christians” and (2) love Jesus with all their hearts, while being addicted to sexual immorality!
DW also wrote in the same article:
What, exactly, does it mean to fear the Lord? It means being able to say, “I know my father loves me, I’m safely, forever his, and I know he’ll never abandon me ....
Here’s our brand new definition of fear of the Lord, that is, “I’m safely forever his.” That is the essence of the eternal security heresy! It seems that Wilkerson has become a doctrinal apostate!
David, that is only one of many examples which reveals your present doctrinal condition. Most recently, we opened our mail and found another Pulpit Series dated 3/20/2000 and entitled, Shall We Continue In Sin? I read it over and was extremely disturbed by this one too. In the very first paragraph, you said:
Yet multitudes of believers today continue to cling to lusts, habits, grudges, bitterness.
That statement flies square in the face of the following Scriptures:
But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. (Mat 5:28,29)
The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Gal 5:19-21)
Furthermore, you continued throughout your newsletter to discuss what will happen to the believer if he continues in sin, but nowhere did you say that he can lose his salvation. What you wrote is what I have read numerous times in books by once saved always saved authors as they discuss what sin in the life of a believer can do. They can never say that sin can bring a believer to his spiritual death, even though the Bible clearly teaches this (Luke 15:24,32; Rom. 8:13; James 1:14-16; 5:19,20; etc.). No informed Christian writing on such a subject could neglect this cardinal truth about sin in the life of a believer. Related to this are two more quotes from you:
David was forced to walk up and down and go into hiding to save his own life. Worst of all, the Bible says, he lost the joy of his salvation: (Pulpit Series, 12/11/95).
And Paul writes that if we continue in our sin, we’ll be turned over to Satan for the destruction of our flesh, that our souls may be saved (Ibid., 11/15/99).
To say that the worst thing that happened to David was for him to lose the joy of his salvation is to say that a Christian can be both adulterous and murderous and remain saved. Furthermore, when Paul wrote of the sexually immoral man in 1 Cor. 5:1-5, he identified that same man as being wicked (1 Cor. 5:13) which is the same Greek word (poneros) found in Mt. 13:49,50 that shows he was headed for the fiery furnace at that moment. See pages 362-364 in my enclosed book for more details.
David, please turn from such devilish teachings as the aforementioned and preach sound doctrine as you once did. Do this for the sake of all the many souls that respect and receive your teachings without question. Souls hang in the balance! Regretfully, I can no longer recommend your ministry like I once did, because of your present teachings about “grace,” sin, etc., which have been adversely affected by eternal security doctrine.
Enclosed is a free copy of my 801 page book, The Believer’s Conditional Security, which refutes the teaching of eternal security. Please read it over prayerfully.
Unless you contact our ministry regarding the above by May 1, 2000, we will openly publish this letter.
[David Wilkerson preached a message entitled, "Shall we continue in sin?" Please click here to hear the audio excerpt where he is stating a Christian can be sexually immoral, a drunkard, etc. The words within this paragraph and brackets were not part of the original open letter sent to David Wilkerson but were added afterwards.]
[Email received: Thank you for taking the time to reply, I feel it has been worthwhile to pursue my questions & your answers. I was able to hear ... Wilkerson on audio as you said, I was saddened, very very grieved both for him and the many dear ones who have previously been blessed through his ministry, I'm sorry too that he did not heed your comments and reply. This is a dreadful doctrine that leads many to have no true fear of the Lord and to continue in their life of sin forfeiting their salvation it does not even lead to repentance. I really do not know what else to say, as I truly believed that those who sought truth, lovers of the truth would search the scriptures in the whole and part and see the travesty of such teaching .... how many have been truly lost we will never know. I know I appeared to question you thats why I was persistance with my questions,as I had myself searched the scriptures many years ago and never taken on board "Once saved always saved" the Lord Jesus never ever taught that. Thank you for all your help ..... I pray that David and many more will search the scriptures, heed the warnings, and return to Christs words on salvation. With blessings. No need to reply to my email ..... keep being a lover of truth.]
David Wilkerson’s License For Immorality Teaching Continues On
For years, David Wilkerson (DW) has been presenting the Christian life in such a way that would allow for a saved person to live in wickedness—exactly like the eternal security teachers. (For example, see the March 20, 2000 Times Square Church Pulpit Series, entitled Shall We Continue In Sin?) Sadly, even at present (February 2006), DW continues teaching the same license for immorality as usual.
It is astounding that DW’s Pentecostal audience can’t seem to notice this and speak out against the poison coming forth from him, especially since such are also supposed to be holiness people. Some of his followers seem so devoted to the name and reputation of David Wilkerson that they must think he will always represent holiness, purity and the like in his teachings. Folks, it seems that those days are over for DW. Apparently, Wilkerson himself has been deceived somehow, perhaps by some Puritan of the past, or maybe even Charles Stanley—only God knows.
Here is what DW has, most recently, taught:
. . . multitudes of Christians are fighting a losing battle with their sin. In fact, many have already given up the fight. They’re convinced some powerful demonic spirit has taken up a stronghold in them and can’t be expelled. So they live in wretchedness, bound by a besetting sin. Paul expresses the cry of his heart: “O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” (World Challenge Pulpit Series, 2-6-06, p. 3).
In those several sentences Wilkerson’s doctrine is expressed: (1) There are multitudes of Christians being overcome by a besetting sin to the point that they think they have a demon that can’t be cast out! But such are still Christians while they continue to live in their sin. In other words, multitudes of Christians are slaves to sin. (2) Paul was also a Christian and bound by a besetting sin just like these people today who have given up fighting sin and think they have a powerful demon!
Several paragraphs later, in his same Pulpit Series, DW taught this:
When Jesus reconciled us to the Father at the Cross, it was for all time. That means if I sin, I don’t have to be reconciled to God all over again; I’m not cut off from the Lord, suddenly unreconciled.
That is surely the language of eternal security. Charles Stanley gives the most popular and commonly understood definition of this teaching: Eternal security is that work of God, in which he guarantees that the gift of salvation once received is possessed forever and cannot be lost. That is what DW just taught.
For those of you who know your Bible, don’t you cringe after reading DW? What a horrendous way to portray a Christian, much less multitudes of them and then assuring all that their reconciliation to God was for all time and they will never be cut off by sin.
I have no doubt some of DW’s devotees will email warnings and insults because of our expose, but let it be. Perhaps a few may have their eyes opened and be helped.
Here is our Skull and Crossbones Award that we have given to David Wilkerson for his teaching a license for immorality.
Is David Wilkerson Changing His Doctrine For The Good? (No! False Alarm .)
On June 2, 2008 David Wilkerson (DW) gave a teaching on enduring faith entitled, The Most Important Issue of This Hour, which seemed to be an indicator that he is changing for the good from his many years of teaching a license for immorality and misrepresenting true Christians. Unfortunately, such is not the case as we continue to read his other articles.
Just one month later, on July 14, 2008, he reverted back to a license for immorality again. Below is what Wilkerson wrote about a “pastor” addicted to pornography, who supposedly “loves God” and is “in Christ”:
In my years in ministry, I have seen that few Christians believe such a supernatural work could occur. In fact, you may say, “I have tried this, and it didn’t work for me. I prayed in faith, and I believed. But my prayer wasn’t answered.”
I think of a young pastor who came to me confessing his addiction to pornography. This young man loves God and loves his wife, and they enjoy a good marriage. But he got hooked on pornography and was unable to shake himself loose from it. Now it had begun to rob him of all his spiritual strength. He had prayed earnestly, but he hadn’t been delivered.
As I explored the issue further with him, he told me something from his earlier years. As a young man, he had been given a wonderful promise from the Lord for his life. But that promise had never been fulfilled. The pastor told me, “God let me down. He made me a promise, but it never came to pass.” He had become bitter toward the Lord about it. Now he couldn’t stand before God with faith for any kind of deliverance.
This young man’s problem wasn’t just an addiction but unbelief. He did not accept that God answers prayer. And now his unbelief stood before him like a looming mountain, impassable and unmovable. It was hindering the fullness that is his in Christ. (David Wilkerson, Moving Your Mountain, July 14, 2008).
What Wilkerson should have told that adulterer on his way to hell is you must repent. (All people addicted to porn are adulterers and unsaved, based on Matt. 5:28,29.) Since God is not a respecter of persons, if that young pastor (or anyone else) would repent (turn from wickedness) God would have saved him and set him free from his sin addictions.
DW also writes of that so-called pastor as though he was a Christian—one in Christ—when he isn’t in Christ at all. Furthermore, it is clear that he didn’t really love God as he claimed because of his sin (John 14:15,21). Notice how graphic John 14:23,24 is about who loves God and who doesn’t love God:
Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.” (John 14:23,24)
If DW would consistently teach sound doctrine, we will totally remove the Skull and Crossbones Award we gave him. Such, however, is sadly not in sight.