Monday, January 14, 2008


I get a lot of comments that I ignore — both from monkey boys and alleged friends. This comment, however, written by one Wesley Simms, is difficult to ignore for three reasons: First, the syntax and style betray an educated writer. Second, the content indicates inside knowledge. And third, I have spoken with several survivors of Steve Wilkins’ ministry who have borne witness to the authoritarianism that dominates his church and all of them, at one time or another, used this line: “The Elders hold the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven.”

If anyone can confirm the accuracy of this comment, I am interested to know if it’s true. As always, I will protect your anonymity on my fully documented anonymous attack blog.

Wesley Sims said . . .

It is only fitting that the Louisiana Presbytery should be charged; they have served as Wilkins’ henchmen and have worked his will in Louisiana for years. They have served as both his personal shield and club long before the Federal Vision controversy erupted. Wilkins and the La. Presbytery took over a church in the Shreveport/Bossier area years ago. They came in and started excommunicating the leaders first, then the members. Older people were running out of the proceedings wailing and crying. When Wilkins and his bunch were through, they controlled the property. One elderly woman came up to one of the genteel La. Presbyters who was present and cried, “Help me! Help me, please!” He said, “I can’t.” They took these peoples’ church and threw them all out. The PCA’s indictment is far too late, in my opinion. I asked one of the La. Presbyters, who sympathized with the many who were excommunicated in La., what would happen to those people. He said, “They can go join a Baptist church somewhere. They’ll never find out.” I told him, “But they’ve been excommunicated. God knows, even if the Baptists don’t. The Elders hold the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven. What will happen to their souls?” He said, “I don’t know.” TE James Jones and others went along with all this through these many years. They have now deemed it “safe” (or expedient) to switch sides. They are no better than the rest. There were many excommunications. Someone said there were more excommunications in Louisiana during a five year period than there had been in the PCA since it was founded. That is how they established rule, with the threat of blitzkrieg church takeovers and excommunications. When asked why they excommunicated people so often, they said they did this to reclaim lost souls. When asked how many they had reclaimed, they could not name one.

Wilkins and his de-evangelists have used the kangaroo courts of the Louisiana Presbytery to run roughshod over anyone who dared question them. They are madmen, drunk on power. Jesus told His disciples that they would know a tree by its fruit. You don’t have to come sit under this tree to see what it bears; the landscape is littered with wrecked souls and wrecked lives: theirs is the opposite of The Great Commission.

The PCA has known about the wreckage of damaged lives and souls that Wilkins has left in his wake for over a decade. What is now known as the “Federal Vision” has been the standard fare in many Louisiana churches since the early ’90s. Wilkins preached in the early ’90s that the authors of the Westminster Confession of Faith were wrong and he was going to get the WCF changed. He even suggested many times, in the pulpit, that he might be charged by the PCA! Now he claims he is orthodox and his “nuanced” teachings are “misunderstood,” but deep down he’s got to be wondering, “Where have you been? What’s taken you so long?” This, he believes, is his destiny. He’s been waiting for this a long time. If the PCA prevails (and it’s not over yet by a long shot), theirs will be a Pyrrhic victory. Wilkins and the long line of de-evangelists who have spread out like cancer from the Louisiana Presbytery have made sure of that. The Art of War is right at home beside the works of R.L. Dabney on their bookshelves. They have not studied it in vain.

Thank you.