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