R.T. Kendall
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R.T. Kendall

Born – July 13, 1935 in Ashland, Kentucky Married – to Louise Wallis of Sterling, Illinois on June 28, 1958 Children – son Robert Tillman II (TR), married to Annette, first grandson Tobias Robert Kendall, second grandson, Timothy Robert Kendall, daughter Melissa Louise married to Rex Tabb. A.B. Trevecca Nazarene University of Nashville, Tennessee 1970 M.Div. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky 1972 M.A. University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky 1973 D. Phil. Oxford University 1977 D.D., Trevecca Nazarene University, 2008 Senior Minister, Westminster Chapel, February 1, 1977 to February 1, 2002 Author of over sixty books Beliefs My premiss is this. It seems to me that there has been a ‘silent divorce’ in the church, speaking generally, between the Word and the Spirit. When there is a divorce, some children stay with the mother, some stay with the father. In this divorce, there are those on the ‘word’ side and those on the ‘Spirit’ side. What is the difference? Take those of us who represent the Word. Our message is this: we must earnestly contend for the faith ‘once delivered unto the saints’ (Jude 3), we need get back to expository preaching, sound doctrine such as justification by faith, the sovereignty of God and the internal testimony of the Spirit as taught by men like Martin Luther, John Calvin and Jonathan Edwards. What is wrong with this emphasis? Nothing. It is exactly right. Take those whose emphasis has been on the Holy Spirit. What is the message? We need to rediscover the power that was manifested in the Book of Acts, there needs to be a demonstration of signs, wonders and miracles; we need to see the gifts of the Spirit operating in the church – that the world will once again take notice of the church so that people are left without excuse. What is wrong with this emphasis? Nothing. It is exactly right. We believe that the need of the hour is not one or the other – but both! It is my view that this simultaneous combination will result in spontaneous combustion! And then, but almost certainly only then, will the world be shaken once again by the message of the church. This was the message I have preached over the years at Westminster Chapel in London. This is what I am endeavoring to preach in America and around the world. This is not all I preach but it is certainly one of the main things I preach alongside the need for total forgiveness and learning to be sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit. – Dr. R.T. Kendall
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