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 (www.goodradionews.com) and also the internet streaming of the stations carrying the broadcast. For further information, contact may be made to
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As a teenage girl, I prayed to marry a preacher. I knew no one who was desiring to be a preacher but each night I knelt by my bed and prayed, “Lord, if I am capable of being a preacher’s wife I would like to marry a preacher. If not, just let me marry a Christian.” God answered that prayer for me. Our local preacher, Jerry Humphries, preached in two gospel meetings that summer and invited a young man from Alabama Christian College (now Faulkner University) to preach in his absence. He brought his girlfriend with him so that took him out of the running. But when I learned they were coming back in a week or so, I asked if they didn’t have some fine young man they could bring down and let me meet. The girl thought for a minute, snapped her fingers and said, “Old Doug.” Old Doug and I have been married 53 years and have two children and two grandchildren. All our children are faithful members of the church. God is so good. I love Him so.