Editorial: No accountability among kingdom seekers

First, who is A. Edwin Wilson? He is the originator of a teaching called the “Word of the Kingdom.” He died in 1987, but his teaching lives on, principally in the ministry of Arlen L. Chitwood. What is the “Word of the Kingdom”? It is the belief that the salvation is conditional — that Christians will suffer the hurt of the second death for carnality. Since 2007, I have opposed this teaching, outlining my objections in article after article, maintaining that “Word of the Kingdom” propounds works-salvation.

But in 2009, sometime in November or December, I came across another reason to oppose this teaching: race hatred. As it turns out, Wilson was a segregationist. Given his Southern origins, this should not have come as a surprise. But it did. After all, “Word of the Kingdom” says Christians need to be aware that they are accountable for their actions.

Apparently, this is not so.

Had Wilson merely been a product of his age, I suppose I would have written off his views as an unfortunate circumstance of history. But there is more. Through the 1970s, Wilson continued to preach that blacks were cursed, and that no equality should be afforded to them. In 1981, his admirers felt his teachings should be memorialized in a published collection of his writings. Chitwood edited and promoted this text, callously disregarding its racist content.

Since publishing several articles on Wilson’s racial theories, only one advocate of the “Word of the Kingdom” has stated that Wilson was wrong on the race issue. Pastor John Herbert of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Jacksonville, Florida, disavowed Wilson’s position on race, saying, “I would not adhere to that under any circumstances.” In this regard, he stands alone.

The Response of Others:

Does accountability matter at all? The hypocrisy of these advocates of the “Word of the Kingdom” is galling.

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© 2010, Mark Adams. All rights reserved.

5 thoughts on “Editorial: No accountability among kingdom seekers

  1. Try viewing Matthew 7:15-20, in the light of Scriptures such as Matthew 12:32-37; Luke 6:43-46; James 3:8-12 (cf. Hebrews 13:15; Proverbs 18:20; Hosea 14:2).

    “if they SPEAK not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” (Isaiah 8:20b)

  2. The blunt truth, Kevin, is that A. Edwin Wilson was a racist. One must seriously question the late Wilson’s fidelity to scriptural truth. So much of what spewed from his mouth was vicious and violent that I’m amazed anyone still promotes his teaching, the so-called “Word fo the Kingdom.”

    Evil men, with evil intentions, put forth this doctrine. Even Chitwood’s “muted” stance on the curse of blacks is offensive. Really, Kevin, a tree is know by its fruits. Nothing good has come forth from that man or his disciples.

    “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil.”

    Wilson preached what he sincerely believed to be the truth (from the 1950s to the 1980s), but, in the end, he simply revealed his evil intentions.

    Doesn’t it make you wonder that you follow the teachings of a man who would not allow blacks and whites to fellowship? Doesn’t it bother you that Chitwood attended a church that preached blacks are cursed?

  3. The statement by Mark Adams on the salvation issue of those who teach Kingdom truth is misleading. It is not that salvation is conditional , but that reward is conditional. The fact that a believer can be “hurt” of the second death is biblical. Jesus said an overcomer will not be hurt of the second death. Rev.2:11 Jeremiah wrote, ” Give glory to the Lord [ your God ], before he cause darkness, and before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains, and while ye look for light, he turn it into the [ shadow of death ], and make it gross darkness.” Jer.13:16 What does it mean to be “hurt of the second death”? The word hurt basically means to be injured. This defines what it means for the believer to “suffer loss.” 1 Cor.3:15 It is a death experience to what a believer could have had in reward from the Lord. And, that would exclude some believers from entering into the joy of the Lord, from an abundant entrance into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:11

  4. You evidently haven’t read or studied Chitwood’s writings. He wrote, in Salvation of the Soul, “The salvation of the soul, unlike the salvation of the spirit, is conditional.” He explains, in detail, that the spirit of a man is saved by grace through faith when a man believes in Jesus, but not the soul. Striving for rewards is not the issue in this particular instance.

    Compare, also, Cornerstone Christian Fellowship’s declaration that “soul salvation” is “determined by works.”

    I’ll pose to you a simple question, which as of yet, you have not answered: Is the soul EVER saved unconditionally by grace?

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