Millions of people around the world, who never met the man, would testify that he had a part to play in their salvation. I am one of those. As a teenager, I was given a copy of 'The Cross and the Switchblade'. For a lad brought up in a liberal Anglican church, here was a taste of real faith in action. When I was saved a couple of years later I had to re-read Wilkerson's book several times to gain an understanding of what faith was really all about.
In recent years I have rediscovered Wilkerson. A Pentecostal preacher who always acknowledged the biblical position that the miraculous gifts are present today, and will remain so until Christ returns, Wilkerson was nevertheless critical of the nonsense that goes on in the name of charismatic phenomena in so many churches and 'revivals' today. Somehow, this biblically-based criticism from within Pentecostalism carries more weight than the criticism from the cessationists, who have thrown put the baby with the bathwater.
Christians around the world have many reasons to thank God for this wonderful man's life. Yet Wilkerson himself remained humble, never exalting himself, but always pointing us toward God. We are the richer for having read and heard him. Our prayers must be with his family.