Pentecostal Pastor Answers Skeptics of Ala. Healing Revival

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    Senior Pastor Pastor John A. Kilpatrick (left) speaks during the Bay of the Holy Spirit Revival in Mobile, Ala. The revival, hosted by Church of His Presence, has been broadcasted online and some videos featuring physical healings have drawn high hits on YouTube along with skeptics.
By Felicia Howard, Christian Post Correspondent
November 5, 2010|10:28 am

God TV is set to cover the “Bay of The Holy Spirit Revival” live this weekend in Mobile, Ala.

The revival, put on by Church of His Presence in Daphne, has been drawing thousands of Christians across the nation to the Mobile Convention Center every weekend.

First started in July, “Bay of the Holy Spirit Revival” is somewhat of a continuation of the well-known Brownsville Revival in Pensacola, Fla., which was also led by Pastor John A. Kilpatrick along with evangelist Steve Hill during the late 1990s. These days, the revival spirit has taken on a new location and adopted technology to draw the masses.

The revival, open to the public, has caused a craze on YouTube. Some video coverage shows people with various ailments being healed in front of thousands of viewers.

The most famous miracle is that of Delia Knox, wife of Bishop Levy Knox who serves on the College of Bishops in the International Communion of Charismatic Churches. In August, Knox, who was paralyzed from the waist down for 22 years, began to walk after she was healed at the revival. The video of her healing has received over 180,000 hits to date.

Those leading the revival say physical healings aren't the only miracles happening. Many are also being healed of addictions and many are being saved. And some are reportedly being healed from a distance while watching services streamed online.

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“Salvation and healing go hand in hand and we have seen hundreds of people give their lives to Christ as they experience the power of God at work," said evangelist Nathan Morris. "Miracles and healings are continuing each night. The lame walk, the blind see, deaf ears open and terminal illnesses are healed. We invite viewers to watch and experience this for themselves.”

Delia Knox will be at the Nov. 5-7 revival services doing a special song presentation, and walking without assistance, according to associate pastor John Michael Kilpatrick of the Church of His Presence, which is affiliated with the Assemblies of God. He claims that since the famous healing, she has been walking without any help and leaving her wheelchair at home.

Son of the senior pastor, Kilpatrick addressed the criticisms and skepticism surrounding the ministry. He told The Christian Post that people should come and experience it themselves.

“It’s best instead of hearing about something and making a judgment call, come and experience it for yourself,” he said. “The presence of God needs no advertisement.”

He explained that because of other similar healing ministries that have fallen, people are quick to pass judgment on what they don’t know.

“From what we’ve seen in the past from Christian television, there have been a lot of ministries fall. A lot of ministers that have gotten a big head and have been full of pride or sin … they’ve fallen. And it’s hurt a lot of people. So obviously, there is going to be skepticism,” the associate pastor said.

The Church of His Presence and its “Bay of The Holy Spirit Revival” does attempt to fight the skeptics with documentation of its healings. According Kilpatrick, the church keeps the original copy of any and all medical history.

“We’ve made a point from the beginning to have all our miracles documented,” he insisted. “We don’t want anyone just jumping up, grabbing a mic, and saying they got healed and it not be verified. We’re sticklers on that; we have documentation.”

Some people, he acknowledged, just need an added incentive to believe.

 

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