David Wilkerson and Kenneth Hagin
By Mario Murillo
1 Corinthians 12: 4 “There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.”
Am I one of a few that has equal love and respect for Kenneth Hagin and David Wilkerson? I hope not! Both were true men of God. Both walked in deep prayer. Both valued the Word of God. Both had total love for God and compassion for humanity. Both were prophets. Both of them made mistakes.
I can already feel my audience choosing sides. Some who love David’s passionate calls for repentance will attack dad Hagin for being “a prosperity and blessing preacher.” Some who love Kenneth Hagin will say that David was always angry and negative.
If you love David’s ministry, then you know that he would fearlessly name names and attack false doctrine. Sometimes—even a few of his most ardent admirers would secretly cringe at his rebukes of the Body of Christ.
If you loved dad Hagin’s ministry then you know that he was just the opposite. The earth had to shake before he would name names. Sometimes, his friends wished he would have defended himself but that was not his heart—he walked in love. Don’t get me wrong…dad could deliver a rebuke when God said to.
Here is the bottom line: Hagin taught faith and love. His revelation taught the church to fight back and stand in victory with all of the authority that was provided at the Cross. Yes, he rightly stated that we can be prospered—we should be prospered—in order to bless others.
Wilkerson was right to correct the church abandoning for her duty to love God with all of her might and to do reach out to all who groped in darkness. But he also displayed tenderness toward lost souls and wounded Christians that was stunning to behold. His compassion broke me and put me under the greatest conviction of my life.
Yes, he did often rebuke the church for compromise and spiritual adultery. So if you are spiritually lazy you can say that David spanked the church and Kenneth taught prosperity. Here’s the thing…we need the spanking and we need the money. We need to be right and we need to establish God’s covenant in the earth. Is that so hard to grasp?
Be careful not to reject either of these men…or you will offend God. You cannot tell God not to use diverse voices the balance the church and push her to her duty and her destiny.
Stay tuned for Mario’s blog at 5 PM Today: WHAT DO WE DO WITH DIRE PREDICTIONS?