David Wilkerson: Death of a Hero

David Wilkerson, the American Christian Evangelist who wrote “The Cross and the Switchblade” died yesterday, April 27, as a result of a car accident in the Lone Star State, Texas. Wilkerson headed the Time Square Church. He is largely famous for his prophecies. He believed he had received a vision (April 1973) about the future of the United States. His prophecies included an economic recession, major earthquakes and famines, relaxations in adult shows on television, a hate Christ movement and appointment of homosexual and lesbian ministers. Not all but many of his prophecies have actually been fulfilled.

Wilkerson was famous for his frank and straightforward sermons. He focused the on Christian beliefs of the Lord’s righteousness and His love towards humans. Wilkerson was an evangelist with a wide appeal since he avoided categorization of Christians according to denominations. Wilkerson’s book The Cross and the Switchblade was a best seller with over 50 million copies sold in over 30 million languages. Among many things, Wilkerson had founded Times Square Church, Teen Challenge, The World Challenge (Texas).  Originally a pastor in small churches, Wilkerson had moved to New York after watching a picture of seven teenagers charged of murder in the Life Magazine (1958). Wilkerson spent the later part of his life moving between New York and Texas, spreading the Lord’s message.

I wonder how many youth had he helped throughout his life, all those teenagers he might have influenced in good way, the lives he might have changed for good. Street ministry in New York is a serious business; you don’t know if you’ll be able to make it back in the night. Wilkerson was a subject to a lot of criticism throughout his life. In the grand scheme of events, he was a humanitarian who believed in second chances, in a society free of prejudice. He believed in Christian values of loving the Lord and his people. The people of NYC have lost a hero today.



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