Summary of information on A. Edwin Wilson

Information came flooding in this week concerning A. Edwin Wilson’s views on race. Several articles were posted here. This is a recap of that information.

Race hatred and the “Word of the Kingdom” — This was the initial article on the subject describing Wilson’s segregationist views. It was noted that Arlen L. Chitwood of compiled and edited Wilson’s writings, and offered them on his website. Subsequently, Chitwood pulled Wilson’s book, which was offered in electronic form. In chapter 15, “The Sons of Noah,” Wilson claimed civil rights was a work of Satan. He wrote that blacks and whites should not mix. Chitwood has not disavowed Wilson’s racial theories.

Wilson and Chitwood are founders of a teaching called the “Word of the Kingdom,” a doctrine which holds that salvation is partly conditional.

Chitwood pulls controversial book from — Shortly after the above-mentioned article was published, Chitwood had his son, John Chitwood, remove Wilson’s book and other files that had been “orphaned” on the site. Again, Chitwood did not disavow Wilson’s statements on race. Arlen Banks, a visitor to this site, subsequently announced that he offers the book on his website (press here), where it has been available for the past year.

Are black people cursed? — For the purpose of starting discussion, I posted a link to an article by Tony Evans, who discusses the “Hamitic curse.” Evans, an African American and, according to one visitor of this site, an exclusionist, describes his understanding of the curse. The discussion is lively, particularly after the first ten comments.

Publisher declines comment on Wilson’s bookThe Selected Writings of A. Edwin Wilson is offered in print by Schoettle Publishing Company. Asked to comment on the book, the publisher declined.

Chitwood and others respond to Wilson’s racial diatribe — This article contains comments from the leadership of two “Word of the Kingdom” churches that promote the works of Chitwood or Wilson, or both. It also contains Chitwood’s avowal of the “Hamitic curse.”

The day Billy Graham did the unthinkable — Wilson’s published tirade was sparked by an article published by Billy Graham in 1954, disavowing segregation in the church. This article outlines Graham’s decision to integrate his crusades.

Contemporary readings on the Hamitic curse — Most readers are probably unaware of the so-called “Curse of Canaan” or “Hamitic curse.” Links posted in this article provide an explanation.

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11 thoughts on “Summary of information on A. Edwin Wilson

  1. Righteous reading! Righteous work! This is a today thing! It’s happening TODAY! People are preaching this stuff TODAY! Black people are not cursed. Blacks and whites can mix. Christians should not be a “house divided”!

  2. “…a doctrine which holds that salvation is partly conditional.”

    The “salvation” in question, being, deliverance relative to the messianic era.

    “…The discussion is lively, particularly after the first ten comments.”

    Because, the first ten comments show that Tony Evans also believes that deliverance relative to the messianic era is conditional.

    “To be justified, and so delivered from damnation, is expressly independent of works. To say otherwise is to deny Scripture and falsify the gospel as expressive of the grace of God. But to deny that works of righteousness are indispensable to entrance into the millennial kingdom is likewise to deny Scripture and falsify the gospel as regards the kingdom.” — G.H.Lang (1874 – 1958)

  3. Evans being a dispensationalist with exclusionary tendencies makes his statements all the more poignant. My issue in the first several comments was that you failed to cite your source. Neither were you able to until several comments later. I’m not sure two people disputing over how to cite a source is particularly interesting, though your information is.

    As regards the conditional aspect of salvation, posited by Chitwood, he clearly states that the spirit is saved unconditionally by grace, but that the soul is saved conditionally by works. He makes this distinction in Salvation of the Soul, the first chapter. It’s true, he does say the salvation of the soul pertains to how one enters the millennial kingdom, but he goes on to assert that the soul (and body) are not saved unconditionally. Believing in Jesus does not make anyone entirely saved. He makes this point even in his gospel tracts.

    I should add that, according to Chitwood, neither you nor I are presently wholly saved. I believe in Jesus; I believe I am entirely saved. And you?

  4. I haven’t been delivered form this body of death yet (who shall deliver me — future) and I still must put off concerning the former conversation the old man (he’s still there too).

    “The goal of our calling is expressed different ways in Hebrews, clearly revealed to be the same goal in the antitype as that possessed by the Israelites under Moses in the type. Attaining this goal in that future day is spoken of as synonymous with “the saving of the soul” (10:35-39), inheriting “the promises” (6:12), or realizing “the hope” set before us (3:6; 6:11, 18-20). It is coming into possession of “so great salvation,” to be realized by the “many sons” whom Christ will bring “unto glory” with Him (1:14; 2:3, 10). It is entering into that “Sabbath rest” awaiting the people of God (4:1-11).”

    — Chitwood. A. L., Let Us Therefore Come Boldly, From Egypt to Canaan, 101.

    “In the above verse Peter writes of the “saving of the soul” to those who have already been begotten again (see vs. 3 of chapter 1). James writes in 1:21 of the saving of the souls of those who have already been begotten by the word of truth (vs. 18 of chapter 1). The new birth — being born from above, regeneration — is a past experience for all who have believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, whereas the saving of the life or soul, which results in rewards, is a future experience which will be determined by the issues of the judgment seat of Christ.”

    — Wilson, A. E., SALVATION OF THE SOUL, Selected Writings of A. Edwin Wilson, 16.

  5. I don’t know why I got sucked into posting here again. I need to stop.

    “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of [his] good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.”

  6. We’ll have to let Chitwood speak for himself:

    “It is at this point in man’s salvation that the spirit is separated from the soul. The ‘spirit’ in unsaved man is dead. It is a part of the totally depraved man, with his ‘body of…death,’ in which there dwells ‘no good thing’ (Rom. 7:18, 24). With the movement of the Spirit, using the God-breathed Word, man’s spirit is made alive and, at the same time, separated from his soul.

    “The ‘soul’ remains within the sphere of darkness, which is why ‘the natural [Gk. psuchikos, ‘soulical’] man’ cannot understand ‘the things of the Spirit of God’ (I Cor. 2:14). That which remains in the sphere of darkness can have no apprehension or comprehension of that which has shined out of darkness. There is a God-established division between the two which cannot be crossed over (cf. Luke 16:26).”

    Salvation by Grace through Faith, p. 48

    “Within this unredeemed body lie two opposing entities, each seeking dominion — a redeemed spirit, and an unredeemed soul.”

    Salvation of the Soul, p. 8

    “Once the salvation of the spirit has been effected, making it possible for the indwelling Spirit of God to impart spiritual truth into and control an individual’s life through his own spirit, then man’s unredeemed soul occupies the center of attention. The salvation of the soul, unlike the salvation of the spirit, is conditional. The salvation of the soul is dependent on the life one lives after his spirit has been saved. It is dependent on the individual allowing the Spirit of God to impart spiritual truth into and control his life through his own spirit.”

    Salvation of the Soul, p. 13

    However you read this, the spirit is saved, the soul/body is not.

  7. Salvation means getting saved and going to heaven. I don’t know how you can beleive in Jesus and not get saved. I mean, why is my soul unsaved? Yeah, and why am I getting sucked up in this? I’m part Egyptian and I’m not cursed. And I believe in Jesus and I’m not unsaved. Word.

  8. You don’t get it Kevin, do you? I’ve been reading through these forums looking at everyones comments. We are talking about racism. RACISM. Men are using the Bible to tell people they are cursed. CURSED! This is pure hate. HATE!

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