View on Amazon Highlighted SummaryBETA This is the story of David Wilkerson, the man who believed against the odds that God could do great things in the rejected and ignored of New York City, who refused to give up on those on the streets even when they had given up on themselves, and who saw in the eyes of the drug addicts and gang members what others failed to see—the love of Jesus Christ. But who was David Wilkerson? More often than not, we saw the fruit of his faith in God rather than the man himself. When Wilkerson moved to New York from rural Pennsylvania in to confront the gangs who ran the streets, he was a skinny, pound man.
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Early years[ edit ] David Wilkerson was born in in Indiana. He was the second son of a family of Pentecostal Christian preachers, and he was raised in Barnesboro , Pennsylvania , in a house "full of Bibles ". His paternal grandfather and his father, Kenneth, were ministers. The school was affiliated with the Assemblies of God. In he was ordained as a minister.
He served as a pastor in small churches in Scottdale and Philipsburg in Pennsylvania , until he saw a photograph in Life Magazine in early of seven teenagers who were members of gangs in New York known as "Egyptian Kings" and the "Dragons" which had merged into a single gang called the "Egyptian Dragons". On his arrival, Wilkerson went to the court in which the teenagers were being prosecuted. He entered the room and asked the judge for permission to tell them something, but the judge ejected him.
Nicky had been the leader of the " Mau Maus " gang, and he and his friend Israel Narvaez became Christians after hearing Wilkerson preach. In , Wilkerson began Youth Crusades, an evangelistic ministry aimed at teenagers whom Wilkerson called "goodniks"—middle-class youth who were restless and bored.
His goal was to prevent them from becoming heavily involved with drugs, alcohol, or violence. In , Wilkerson moved his ministry headquarters to Lindale, Texas. On September 22 he founded World Challenge , an organization seeking to promote and spread the Gospel throughout the world. He founded and became the pastor of Times Square Church ,  which opened its doors in October The church first occupied rented auditoriums in Times Square Town Hall and the Nederlander Theater , before moving to the historic Mark Hellinger Theatre in , in which it has operated ever since.
Wilkerson did not preach in the name of any specific denomination. Instead, he focused on biblical preaching with the aim of encouraging people to seek God through a personal and deeper knowledge of Jesus Christ  and the experience of the Holy Spirit. He said: I am not preaching some denominational doctrine, This church does not belong to any denomination. They had four children and eleven grandchildren. Some of the subject areas of this prophecy were: "Worldwide recession caused by economic confusion"; "Nature having labor pains"; "A flood of filth and a baptism of dirt in America"; "Rebellion in the home"; and "A persecution madness against truly Spirit filled Christians who love Jesus Christ".
It will engulf the whole megaplex, including areas of New Jersey and Connecticut. Major cities all across America will experience riots and blazing fires". Wilkerson indicated that this would be part of a "earth-shattering calamity" affecting the whole earth, brought on by the wrath of God in judgement against "the raging sins of America and the nations". Regarding the timing of these events, he said: "I do not know when these things will come to pass, but I know it is not far off.
According to a Texas Department of Public Safety representative, Wilkerson was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. His wife Gwendolyn was seriously injured.
The Cross and the Switchblade
He was 79 and lived near Tyler, Tex. His wife, Gwendolyn, was seriously injured but is expected to recover, Mr. Donald Wilkerson, said on Thursday. David Wilkerson was known to a broad readership through his many books. Written with John and Elizabeth Sherrill, the book has sold tens of millions of copies and has been translated into more than 30 languages, according to its current publisher, Chosen Books. It starred Pat Boone as Mr.
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David Wilkerson: The Cross, the Switchblade, and the Man Who Believed