Gary Wilkerson Carries On David Wilkerson’s Apostate Teachings

In times past, David Wilkerson was a solid holiness preacher who influenced multitudes of people, especially the Pentecostals. gary wilkerson Before his death in April 2011, David Wilkerson had already long changed and was not the same kind of preacher he once was! No doubt he adversely influenced his trusting audience, which included the Times Square Church congregation in New York, as well as World Challenge! David Wilkerson’s license for immorality teachings now live on through Carter Conlon, and through his own son, Gary Wilkerson! This teaching will focus in upon the once saved always teaching of Gary Wilkerson, of World Challenge.

Have You Been Set Free

Skull and CrossbonesGary Wilkerson did a teaching on October 15, 2012 entitled, Have You Been Set Free, which is gushing with the once saved always saved eternal security heresy, without using those identifying terms. For some who aren’t acquainted with the major heresies of our day, his teaching might slip by unrecognized. So, what exactly did Gary Wilkerson teach? Read these excerpts carefully (all bold emphasis is my own):

Christ offers the same words to all of us who fret about our spiritual lives: Don’t be anxious. It doesn’t matter how broken down and teetering you feel about your walk with him; he declares, “You are a new creation.” The moment you chose to follow Jesus, he made you new — and that never changes. Even when you think you’ve strayed too far, Jesus says the opposite….

Jesus doesn’t abandon us in our sin.

Gary Wilkerson uses a well-known Biblical phrase about being set free, but misapplies it into something totally different to teach a license to sin:

Perhaps at times you even question your salvation. Friend, that isn’t freedom. So what does it mean to really be set free in Christ?

What Exactly Is Jesus’ Freedom Teaching

Below is the actual Biblical passage, which has been misapplied by Gary Wilkerson:

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?” Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8:31-36)

Clearly, Jesus is speaking of slavery to sin and being set free from it by the Son himself, which occurs at the point of true salvation! Therefore, if a person allegedly gets saved, but is not set free from his sin addictions, he didn’t truly get saved at all. [Paul taught the same in Rom. 6:16-18; 6:20-22.] That basic Christian truth, however, is definitely NOT how Gary Wilkerson uses that phrase!

His godly work in us never stops, even when we stop being godly!

Paul doesn’t mince words here as he describes his condition: “I am of the flesh. I do evil all the time. No good dwells within me.”

Folks, Gary Wilkerson presents a shocking and dangerously twisted unholy image of a Christian as the genuine. What Gary Wilkerson taught is NOT what the Bible says about Paul, as a Christian or about any Christian! Paul was a holy, righteous and blameless man (1 Thess. 2:10), who would beat his body and make it his slave so that after he preached to others, he himself would not be castaway. (1 Cor 9:27)

To teach a freedom message which is a freedom from concern about sin and its effects, is demonic. Gary Wilkerson’s teaching is a fabricated, mythical unchanging righteous standing before God, regardless how often and severely one yields to sins:

So, what is on my to-do list to be righteous? Nothing. I am to work out my salvation with fear and trembling, but I do so in freedom — because the righteous requirement of the law has been fulfilled. I no longer have to barely hang on to Jesus; he has filled me with his own Spirit. And there is no longer any condemnation toward me because he has fulfilled the righteous requirement of the law. Nothing is required anymore; he has met all my requirements for being justified, made holy and righteous.

Are you anxious? Haunted by your failures? Do you wonder, “Is there really such a thing as freedom for me? Is there deliverance? Does this Christian life even work?” Jesus answers: “You have been set free.” That’s not some Pollyanna-ish, otherworldly truth, but a reality God declares about you. It’s the story he tells the devil about your life when the accuser comes.

Gary Wilkerson’s “freedom” teachings to others are just like the kind we are warned about in 2 Peter 2:18,19 regarding false teachers:

For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human nature, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. They promise them FREEDOM, while they themselves are slaves of depravity–for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him.

The real Jesus of the Bible will spue Christians out of his body for being lukewarm (Rev. 3:16), disown others who disown him (Mt. 10:33; 2 Tim. 2:12), have the unforgiving tortured (Mt. 18:23-35) and taught the Father will sever all Christians who are unfruitful from him and cast them into the fire! That my dear friend is NOT the impression you will get from Gary Wilkerson’s teaching, Carter Conlon or David Wilkerson from 2006 to his death! david wilkerson churchDo NOT be deceived. World Challenge is not sound. We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first. (Heb 3:14) Do you know how to stay saved?

About Dan Corner

Evangelical brother Dan Corner is a Bible holiness preacher, teacher and soul winner. Most importantly he is a Christian and former Roman Catholic.
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