Today I awoke to the news that David Wilkerson, one of the greatest men of faith in our time, went home to be with the Lord yesterday. He died from injuries sustained in a car accident in East Texas. His wife Gwen is still in critical condition.
In this blog, I have quoted from David Wilkerson more than any other contemporary Christian author/pastor. David has been an inspiration and encouragement to me for almost 50 years, since I read his book “The Cross and the Switchblade.” From that beginning, David established Teen Challenge, a ministry that now provides hope for nearly 24,000 men and women around the world who are experiencing powerful deliverance from alcohol and substance abuse through Jesus Christ.
In 1972, he established World Challenge, a ministry dedicated to serving the needs of the poor around the globe. In 1987, he founded Times Square Church in New York City. David Wilkerson authored more than 30 books, including one that is extremely relevant to us, “America’s Last Call,” in which David insightfully points out the signs that God’s judgment on America is imminent.
George Wood, Superintendent of the Assemblies of God said: “Today, the Kingdom of God has lost a giant of the faith. His life touched millions. He was godly, humble and represented everything that is best in a spiritual leader.” David Wilkerson was a father in the faith to many. Today we have lost one of our ‘fathers.’