GENEVA, Ala (BNc) — George Merritt, a familiar name, and voice to many radio listeners, shared upsetting news about his Power & the Glory program as well as other religious programs. He states:

Bob Wilkins, founder, and CEO of Wilkins Radio Network has decided to remove all programs produced and sponsored by churches of Christ and any others that teach baptism to be essential to salvation. Wilkins’ position is that churches of Christ are in opposition to “biblical salvation by faith in Christ alone.” He has called the position of churches of Christ “Jesus plus baptism.”

George Merritt and the Ariton, Alabama Church of Christ were notified by phone on July 13th. The cancellation of the Power & the Glory program went into effect immediately. Also eliminated from Wilkins’ station logs was the International Gospel Hour and several other programs produced by churches of Christ.

Beginning in 2001, Power & the Glory aired on as many as 14 Wilkins stations. Merritt states: “We are saddened for our many listeners in Pittsburgh, Albuquerque, Omaha, Kansas City, Chattanooga, Richmond, Augusta, Ashville, Pensacola, and Mobile. In the coming months, we will be adding numerous new stations. We look forward to having new listeners and making new friends. Over the years, we have enjoyed a stellar working relationship with Wilkins Radio’s Vice President Barry Bright and his staff in Spartanburg, South Carolina. We wish them the best.”

The Ariton congregation is financially assisted in its media work by some two dozen other churches of Christ plus numerous individuals. Power & the Glory began in 2000. The program continues uninterrupted on numerous stations in California, Arizona, Alabama, Tennessee, and Arkansas. “There are a number of outstanding radio stations that solicit our business: and we will definitely use available funds to continue “the furtherance of the gospel,” says Merritt.

Power & the Glory is also heard worldwide via the Good Radio News website ( and also the internet streaming of the stations carrying the broadcast. For further information, contact may be made to

George Merritt

P. O. Box 946, Troy, AL 36081

334 674 2869



  1. Immediately brought two passages to mind when I read this:

    “And the LORD said to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them.”
    ‭‭I Samuel‬ ‭8:7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

    “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him— the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.”
    ‭‭John‬ ‭12:48‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

    How sad to have this door of opportunity closed by this decision! However, we will give thanks for the time that the Bible was taught and the truth that was spread through the Wilkins’ stations in the past. And we will pray for blessings for the new opportunities for furtherance of the gospel on other stations! God bless these efforts and programs!! We will also pray for those behind this decision to realize the truth about baptism and it’s essentially for salvation!

  2. If Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, why is it not necessary for ordinary people of faith and belief? I believe you are of Satan trying to turn people from the lords church, which Jesus established the church of Christ. Matthew 16:16, upon this rock I shall build my church, not churches. Ijs.

  3. Honestly, being on the Wilkins Network would be the same as being on TBN, The Inspiration Channel, or any other denomination owned station. Yes, they need to hear the Truth, but unfortunately, by being on those stations you would be fulfilling 2 John 9-11 as you have to pay, and therefore support, the denominations to be on there.

  4. I have known George Merritt since the mid ’80’s when he was our Minister at the South Main Church of Christ in Greenville ,Ms.He is a man who preaches and teaches the truth without compromise,and at the same time teaches it in love{Ephesians 4;15}.The Lord is going to stand by ,on the day of judgement,what he and the Apostles taught about the necessity of immersion to be be saved by the blood of Christ{Mark 16;16 Acts 2;38 22;16 },no matter how many stations Mr Wilkins takes that message off of.All of those who stand up for truth will be persecuted,but that is nothing new,the early Christians went through worse for their faithfulness,but they were victorious!