A Question I Was Asked:



Can You Say More About Derek Prince?








I know you briefly mentioned Derek Prince before but could you say any more about him?



UK Apologetics Reply:




Derek Prince (1915-2003)

The article which you refer to is HERE.

I can add little to what I wrote back then. Derek Prince (1915-2003) was a British preacher/evangelist of outstanding intellectual background. He was educated at Eton College and Kings College, Cambridge, England and was an outstanding scholar of both Greek and Latin, making his background highly unusual for a Christian evangelist. I liked and admired Derek from what I knew of him although I never met him. Even his critics never doubt his utter sincerity in what he set out to achieve. Derek made mistakes, including his involvement in the 'Fort Lauderdale Four,' but moved on from those and was even prepared to publicly repent of ever having encouraged the dreadful 'shepherding movement' (in which one becomes fully answerable not only to the Lord Jesus but to some flawed human individual). I understand that he left the 'shepherding movement' in the early 1980s, after which he repented of his involvement in it. My general impression is that Derek placed his trust in others just a little too readily and got burnt by some of these associations. However, I believe that this man was utterly committed to serving the Lord.

Derek has been keenly supported by the charismatic movement because of his 'openness' to the Gifts of the Spirit but I do wish some of these people would listen carefully to what he actually said, and what he did not say. Despite this, a strong argument could probably be maintained that Derek was never fully charismatic in theology; perhaps his description of several miraculous experiences in his life, plus his complete 'openness' to any Gift of the Spirit occurring in the present age are the things that made his work so attractive to charismatics.

For a highly educated man, Derek could be naive at times and occasionally made some somewhat questionable statements, nevertheless, there can be no doubt that his continual intention was to better serve the Lord. If he had chosen just a slightly different direction and course I believe that Derek Prince could have become possibly the finest of all British theologians, as he applied his very fine mind to more closely 'rightly dividing the word of truth,' but this did not happen because he loved preaching so much. All of those of us who have preached a lot know that too much preaching can sometimes lead to a certain theological looseness.

Like myself, Derek supported no particular Christian denomination and he refused to get involved in speculations on prophecies or the whole 'rapture' thing; full marks to Derek for that!

Robin A. Brace. September 3rd, 2014.

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