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A Critique of Brownsville's Response
to the Pensacola News Journal
(c) Paul G. Sutliff
Assembly of God (BAG) is reporting experiencing a revival that is two
and a half years old. This revival was investigated by the Pensacola
News Journal and articles appeared in a five part series from November
16-20, 1997. On November
22nd Brownsville Assembly took out a two-page ad in the Journal to reply
to its recent coverage of the revival. The reply by Brownsville was not
in a forum that allowed the Journal to answer its rebuke, as the Journal
is not allowed to respond to a paid advertisement. Thus, I have
taken it upon myself to critique Brownsville's response. It should be
said that this critique does not dispute the question of revival but rather
the issues that are raised by the Journal and the response. Like the Pensacola
News Journal cited below, I believe there are certain undeniable things
about the Brownsville Revival is unquestionable: Millions of people
from far and near have attended the four nights-a-week revival. Many
have had an emotionally and spiritually stimulating experience there.
Many have been baptized. Many have made a commitment to change their
ways and live closer to God." ("Secrets inside the revival," 11/16/97)
this criticism, I strived to hear both sides of the issues, communicating
with Brownsville Assembly of God's Assistant Pastor, Rev. Carey Robertson,
Douglass Hawk of "Together in the Harvest Ministries," Rev. Thomas E.
Trask, General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, and several other
sources. All was done with the intention of obtaining as objective a point
of view as possible.
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Paul G. Sutliff,
Berean Christian Research