PUBLISHED SUNDAY NOVEMBER 17, 1997
Copyright 1997 The Pensacola News Journal. All
History shows revivals are divisive
The Rev. John Kilpatrick says he
is not a prophet, he's just an average pastor--
and always will be.
He says he has learned many hard lessons
during the 2 1/2 years of revival at his church,
Brownsville Assembly of God.
And he says he can accept scrutiny and
"With something of this magnitude, there
will be negativity," Kilpatrick said.
"History shows revival has always been
"But people in the ministry have to be
accountable. I have been faithful to my wife for
29 years, and I have been faithful to my church.
When this is over, I hope Brownsville is a strong
Kilpatrick defends his methods, messages and
"Critics would say because we were
praying for revival, we were strategizing for
revival, but that's not how it was.
"In 1991, I was in church praying and
looking at the new church. I said: 'God, the
church is good, but I am so lonely. Why am I so
lonely? It doesn't feel like it used to.'
"The planning and construction of the new
church took about 2" to 3 years. There was
meeting after meeting. And the church was
growing. I said: 'God, I want you to touch me.
The Lord spoke to my heart and said that if I
would make this a house of prayer, He would pour
out His spirit."
"God has given Steve a special anointing.
He has a passion to see the lost and get them to
come to God.
Kilpatrick said he and Hill do not use the the
term "impartation" to describe what
"We don't use the word because it is a
confusing word and misunderstood. We use the word
He also said that critics' accusations that he
and Hill have strayed from Scripture are
unfounded. "The word of God is the
thing," Kilpatrick said. "Every night
Scripture is read. There has not been 10 services
where the word of God has not been preached.
In response to complaints that he has made
harsh judgments, Kilpatrick said he regretted his
proclamations against people who left the church,
but he defended his motives.
"When you are helping people being saved
-- people from drugs, teen-agers who wanted to
kill their parents -- when you see those kind of
conversions going on, watching people out there
fighting this is an indignation.
"But I do sincerely miss the people who
left," he said.
"I still love them. I went through a
great deal of hurt because they didn't get in on
what the Lord is doing. But I have no ill will
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