Baptist Minister Dr. James F. Linzey Speaks to a Unified Multi-Racial Congregation in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28, 2016 /Christian Newswire
/ -- Southern Baptist minister Jim Linzey returned to the Los Angeles to speak to a multi-racial congregation for the first time since the passing away of Evangelist Verna Linzey. Global Covenant Church, known as The Los Angeles Mission, was where revival had broken out under Verna Linzey's ministry from 2012 to 2014. Rev. Alice Hodges, who spearheaded a Morris Cerullo crusade in Japan years ago and is the wife of Pastor Gary Hodges, solemnly spoke about the passing away of Verna Linzey who died from heart failure on Veterans' Day, November 11, 2016 at Naval Medical Center San Diego.
Photo: James Linzey speaking to the multi-racial congregation at Global Covenant Church in Carson, California, which is in the greater Los Angeles basin. High-resolution version available upon request.
African Americans, Filipinos, Caucasians, and Japanese believers gathered in a packed out house to hear Dr. James F. Linzey speak about Verna Linzey's ministry, the meaning of truly being born-again in a troubled society, and how offering God's unconditional acceptance to one another and not judging is a conduit for God's saving grace to redeem man from his sins.
Fighting erupted outside the house when a young male adult, who evidently wanted to disrupt the meeting, attacked Pastor Gary, pushing him down. Dr. Linzey called for several of the men of the congregation to assist Rev. Hodges who then counseled and calmed the young man. The meeting continued peacefully as several members filmed the message.
Dr. Linzey, chief editor of the Modern English Version and managing editor of the New Tyndale Version, began his message with the reading of John 3:1-16, culminating with, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life" (John 3:16, MEV). He then recounted the salvation experience of the Army Private at Fort Lee, Virginia, who was a priest in the Church of Satan, who gave his heart to Christ. Dr. Linzey issued a challenging message to consecrate their lives to Christ. Several people requested prayer afterward. A visiting minister invited Dr. Linzey to appear on Christian television, which will be announced soon, and an invitation was given to continue speaking monthly at this "Los Angeles Mission."