False Teachings of David Wilkerson Exposed
Following is a critique of David Wilkerson's writings from his own newsletter and compared to scripture that prove he is a false teacher about the end times. He also has a faulty theology where Israel is concerned, known as Replacement Theology or Covenant Theology. Also see a critique of his David Wilkerson False Prophecies.
(False teacher/prophet quotes are in purple and indented, my
comments are in plain text and scripture is in teal. False teachers rarely use scripture. I have only included those portions I intend to comment on.)
Wilkerson's False Teachings about Revelation 18:10. "The Towers Have Fallen" Wilkerson stated the following re the Disaster in NY on Sept. 11, 2001:
"One network anchorman said this, and I quote him, 'Just think of it. Our two symbols of power and prosperity have been smitten in one hour.' " . . . "He didn't know he was quoting from Revelation 18:10, 'Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.' "(From David Wilkerson's Newsletter, dated Sept. 16, 2001 (also dated Oct 8, 01) )
Was the WHOLE city of New York destroyed Sept. 11, 2001? Did what happened in NY City on Sept. 11, 2001 accurately portray Rev 18? Did both Towers fall within one hour? Does David Wilkerson understand Rev. 18?
"God's last-day church ...will be even greater than that [the first-century church,] ... mightier, stronger, and even GREATER revelation of Jesus. A greater unction from the Spirit than ever, GREATER EVEN THAN PENTECOST....As I see it, the gospel of Jesus Christ has not been fully preached in this generation!" (From David Wilkerson's Newsletter 5-23-94, "In God's Vision for the Last Day Church")
David Wilkerson's False Theology
What does scripture say about about the preaching of the gospel?
And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come." (Mt 24:14)
Please notice there is no big gap where there is no gospel preached and we also see that this gospel was everlasting:
"And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people." (Rev 14:6)
David Wilkerson is therefore saying that 2000 years worth of Christians have not been preaching the right Gospel in spite of Scripture declaring the opposite.
In the same newletter David Wilkerson also promotes Latter Rain theology-two outpourings of the spirit--two pentecosts, the later one to precede the final harvest. He claims this latter rain will bring God's people to their knees. This is in spite of the fact that scripture promises apostasy instead of revival in the end times (2 Thess 2; Luke 18:8). This is part of what is known as the Manifest Sons of God (MSOG) movement
David Wilkerson claims he's not teaching Replacement Theology (also known as Covenant Theology) and then goes right ahead and says he believes in a NEW ISRAEL and while he admits this end time outpouring was promised upon the House of David, he still attributes it to the Church, i.e., he is teaching David Wilkerson's Replacement Theology.
He even attributes the following scripture meant for the Jews to the Church, "and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him" (Zech 12:10). So right here proves he is INDEED teaching Replacement Theology within a few sentences of his saying that he's not teaching it.
False teachings about a revival from the above newsletter:
"As Moses' reed swallowed up Pharoah's snakes, God's mighty deeds in these last days will swallow up all the devil's dark deeds. Satan's works will appear as nothing compared to God's incredible signs and wonders."
Wilkerson is preaching revival and a great harvest BEFORE Christ returns. Scripture indicates otherwise. There is no scriptural foundation for Revival in the Church age during the end times.
Look up the word "Revival" in any concordance and you will see that whenever it is used in relation to the end times all such scriptures were meant for Israel, not the Church. The Church has been promised aspostasy instead and a big portion of that is to to Replacement Theology. AFTER Christ returns THEN the devil will be cast away--and not before.
Wilkerson also refers to an "army full of faith" which is another MSOG keyword, i.e., referring to Joel's army.
"they [these 2nd Pentecost Christians] will be fearless against demons casting down great principalities and powers. They will be so powerful in prayer, they'll open entire nations for the gospel."
However, this "army" according to scripture is demonic--an army of LOCUSTS that destroys all that is good in the land. This is an army that God himself sends in JUDGEMENT upon the land. (Joel Chapters1-2) AFTER this army is destroyed, then God sends a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit and a great revival and Harvest (Joel 2:28-32).
Is this true that we are to be fearless against demons? Or are we to seek Christ's protection from them? Are more nations open to the gospel now or are more nations being taken over by the Word of Faith movement and other false faiths? So far the Mulsim faith controls over 30 nations on 3 continents and the number is growning yearly. We only need to watch the news to see which way this nation is heading as it regards the Muslim faith.
And scripture NOWHERE indicates that whole nations will believe in the Gospel--this is the message of the MSOG/Ecumenical movement--which also has no scriptural basis.
The Latter Rain and 2nd Pentecost teachings indicate Wilkerson is deep into MSOG (which means he is teaching another Christ, i.e., Christ can't come back, he is helpless, until they bring the world to it's knees). His Replacement Theology teachings mean he does not understand God's Plan for the Church vs Isreal and this will therefore confuse his understanding of the end times.
Therefore David Wilkerson is not only a false teacher he is also a false prophet which qualifies him for the following scripture:
"If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a miraculous sign or wonder, and if the sign or wonder of which he has spoken takes place, and he says, 'Let us follow other gods' (gods you have not
known) 'and let us worship them,' you must not listen to the words of that
prophet or dreamer.
The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul. It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him." (Deuteronomy 13:1-4 NIV)
PS. I have most of Wilkerson's newsletters from 1994-1998 in hard copy. The others I found on his own web page. He only provides copies for the last 3 years online however, which is understandable when there are so many false prophecies in them.
© Sept 24, 2001 - Updated 01-03-22
Other Articles on David Wilkerson on this Website
An article by James Sundquist David Wilkerson's River of Life Vision exposed Sundquist exposes Wilkerson's Vision as a fraud because it is scripturally inaccurate and gives adequate scriptures to prove his point and also exposing Wilkerson's false theory that the Church has replaced Isreal, i.e., Replacement Theology.
An article explaining the dangers of Replacement Theology.
According to scripture we are COMMANDED to judge the teachings of false teachers. For more information check out Judging Others
Other articles exposing Wilkerson as a false teacher:
Understanding the Mixture From 1 Thessalonians by J. Jacob Prasch of Moriel Ministries. This article shows from the Word where mixture with the truth is not acceptable, like a little bit of leaven leavening the whole lump of dough, a little bit of lie, or distortion of doctrine, leads to impurity and deception.
Joel's Army by Let Us Reason Ministries--explains why Joel's army may be called Gods army but they are not his people. Joel's army is the raising up of a devouring army of locusts, (destroyers) to bring judgement upon the land and they will be destroyed.
Another good article exposing the Manifest Sons of God/Latter Rain/Five Fold/Apostolic/Restoration/Dominionist, etc. movements and giving a much more indepth analysis of their history is Doctrine of Demons by Tricia Tillin (you have to scroll down the page to find the link). This is a very long book-sized article, packed full of information. In part one she lists the progression of this heretical phenomonon through history.