David Wilkerson , one of evangelical Christianity's most prominent voices, was killed in an east Texas car accident yesterday.
I will miss him. There was a time, however, when I couldn't stand him and actually walked out of one of his appearances in Tampa, Florida. Over the years we both tempered.
Wilkerson told it like it was. He never wanted to be "a prophet of doom" and lamented about this throughout his lifetime. He was faithful, however, in speaking the truth as he saw it and as he felt directed by his God.
The skinny, naive preacher was best known for his book, The Cross And The Switchblade which was made in to a pretty lame Pat Boone movie.
After the book hoopla died down Wilkerson continued to serve in the ministry his entire life.
There was never any scandal associated with him. He didn't frequent prostitutes on the sly. He wasn't a closet drinker. He didn't live in a 10.8 million dollar mansion, have a personal masseuse or cheat on his wife. He didn't spend between $10,000. and $30,000. for tailored suits.
He NEVER asked for money for the ministry. Nor did he "give away" relics from the Holy Land or bookmarks or statues for a "donation" to his ministry. If it was God's ministry then God would provide.
Reverend Wilkerson spent his lifetime working with drug addicts and in his later years widows and orphans.
Over the years he mellowed a lot but he never wavered from his Christian beliefs. A secular survey recently presented statistics to support that 90% of Christians surveyed lived no differently from those who consider themselves non-Christians with the exception of divorce and bankruptcy which was higher among the Christian population.
Reverend Wilkerson would have been amongst the 10%. He was different.
At 5:01 AM on Wednesday David Wilkerson sent the following e-mail out. At 1:00 PM he was dead.
"To those going through the valley and shadow of death, hear this word: Weeping will last through some dark, awful nights” and in that darkness you will soon hear the Father whisper, I am with you. I cannot tell you why right now, but one day it will all make sense. You will see it was all part of my plan. It was no accident. It was no failure on your part. Hold fast. Let me embrace you in your hour of pain. Beloved, God has never failed to act but in goodness and love. When all means fail ”his love prevails. Hold fast to your faith. Stand fast in his Word."
Jeremiah 45:5 says "I will give your life to you as a prize in all places, wherever you go."
For David this now includes, Heavenly places.
Well done, David!