David Wilkerson

by Richard on April 28, 2011

Bene Diction reports the death of evangelist David Wilkerson, best known as the author of The Cross and the Switchblade and founder of Teen Challenge.

Wilkerson died in a road accident. He was 79.

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PamBG 04.28.11 at 11:01 am

Somehow, I think it’s sadder to die at 79 of a road accident than an illness. I don’t know why. Sudden deaths are more difficult for those left behind, certainly.

“The Cross and the Switchblade” was the first time I ever had an inkling that God might be loving and that the followers of Jesus might extraordinarily embody that love. I remember thinking, after reading that book, “If only God were really like that”.

May he rest in peace and rise in glory and may his life be an example to us all.


doug 04.28.11 at 5:15 pm

PamBG, I think it is interesting that you liked “The Cross and the Switchblade”. Nikki Cruse was the ex-hell’s angel who was led to the Lord from a pastor who accepted Christ from David Wilkerson. This was the story that I referenced previously in another thread.

David Wilkerson’s understanding on heaven and hell is exactly how I believe as well. David Wilkerson is one who agreed with me that there is a way to share the heaven/hell dichotomy in a kind loving way. I wish PamBG that you can see that and recognize that I love all people just as much as David Wilkerson and with the exact theology as well.


doug 04.28.11 at 5:16 pm

“May he rest in peace and rise in glory and may his life be an example to us all.”

A big hearty Amen to that PamBG

David Wilkerson was a wonderful Christian and a great inspiration to all.


doug 04.28.11 at 5:21 pm


His prophesies are being fulfilled as we speak.


PamBG 04.29.11 at 12:57 am

Doug, so you’re saying that because the book and his actions impressed me when I was a teenager that I have to agree with all of his doctrines today?

I do believe that an individual can believe in a loving God and believe in hell. I also believe that an individual can love their kids and hit them. Or love their spouse and emotionally abuse them. That doesn’t mean that I think hell, hitting kids and emotional abuse are good and ethical things.


Kim 04.29.11 at 7:54 am

His prophesies are being fulfilled as we speak.

So are Nostradamus’.


Tony Buglass 04.30.11 at 11:33 pm

“His prophesies are being fulfilled as we speak.”

No, they are not. The so-called ‘Vision’ was circulating among Christians some 35 years ago, around the time I went to Bible college. It was a source of apocalyptic gloom and oppression among many young Christians, some of whom seriously asked me whether they should marry and have children - they didn’t want to bring children into a world about to face the Great Tribulation. My answer then as now has been to live your life in hope and faith, and if that means marrying and having children, go for it. I remember vividly the apocalyptic excitement among Christians when the Yom Kippur War broke out in October 1973 - so many were spotting the signs and fulfilments, and the Second Coming was obviously just weeks away. Yeah, right. I had just begun courting a delightful young lady, and rather regretted the prospect that our relationship would be caught up in eschatological events: this year we will have been married 33 years; we have three wonderful grown-up Christian children.

David Wilkerson was a great Christian, and “The Cross and he Switchblade” did inspire me. Still does. But the prophecies were a step too far - like Nostradamus, you can make anything fit if you try hard enough. They are not being fulfilled. Fair enough. That doesn’t detract from the good discipleship and witness of his life - may he rest in peace and rise in glory.

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