including The Doctrine of Sin, The Gospel According to Ruth, Opening up Exodus and On the First Day of the Week. He was also a regular contributor at Reformation 21, as well as the Banner of Truth and Tabletalk Magazine. He was Adjunct Professor of Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary, helping to deliver their London based MTh program.
I extend my deepest and prayerful sympathies to his family.
1. Sovereign Grace Bible Church Phoenix Conference 2015, Friday October 16 – Saturday October 17. Pastor John is one of a number of speakers on the theme of “Spiritual Warfare.”
2. Reformed Bible Conference in Globe, Arizona – Saturday, March 12, 2016 –– Guest speakers are John Samson and Dennis Gundersen (head of Grace and Truth books). The theme – “Grace Conquers All – The way out of heresy and depression.”
3. Grace Covenant Church Summer Family Camp, Sedona, AZ – Friday, July 22 – Sunday, July 24, 2016. John Samson is the speaker, ministering 4 times.
Back in September 2014, I hosted Dr. James White’s “Dividing Line” Broadcast and discussed something of my journey out of the word of faith movement.
Chris Arnzen writes:
June 4, 2015: TODAY’s GUEST on “IRON SHARPENS IRON” Radio, heard 4-5pmEDT at www.IronSharpensIronRadio.com, is PASTOR JOHN SAMSON of King’s Church in Peoria, AZ (see www.KingsChurchAZ.com & www.EffectualGrace.com) to discuss his JOURNEY OUT OF THE WORD OF FAITH MOVEMENT INTO REFORMED THEOLOGY. John was not only once a “Word of Faith” preacher but also a TALK HOST on the “Word of Faith” movement’s TV oasis, the Trinity Broadcasting Network, before realizing, abandoning & repenting of his heretical ways.
John has filled-in as guest host for Dr. James R. White of Alpha and Omega Ministries on a number of occasions on his “Dividing Line” broadcast, and is the author of “Twelve What Abouts: Answering Common Objections Concerning God’s Sovereignty in Election”.
EMAIL QUESTIONS for John during today’s live broadcast to ChrisArnzen@gmail.com. NOT NEAR A COMPUTER TODAY between 4-5pmEDT??? CALL TO LISTEN ANYWHERE YOU HAVE A PHONE @ (401)283-6754 (follow prompts & press #3 for Christian Radio).
I am VERY excited to announce that King’s Church has its first meeting in a beautiful new facility tomorrow (Sunday, 11:00 a.m.) in the Arrowhead area: Palos Verdes, 18441 N. 87th Avenue, Peoria, AZ 85382. Details here.
Over the last two weeks, I have had the privilege of guest hosting Dr. James White’s dividing line broadcasts while he has been on a ministry trip to South Africa (the 4th of these shows at 2 p.m. later today). Dr. White shares here about one of the events on his trip and it is TRULY HISTORIC! God has opened a very significant and unexpected door for the gospel and it thrills my heart. Please continue to pray for Dr. James White and Alpha and Omega Ministries.
James White writes:
“As I wait here in London for my flight back to Phoenix, I stood once again in a masjid—not just a room associated with a mosque, but in the masjid itself, and had the unfettered freedom to proclaim the full truth of God. If I can figure out how best to link an audio file, I might have time before my flight to post a portion of my presentation on John’s Christology, but I can tell you this: I had the opportunity (indeed, the necessity, given Yusuf’s presentation), of delving into John 1:1-18, John 8:24, 58, 13:19, 18:5-6 (the I Am sayings of Jesus) and of course John 20:28. That is certainly not unusual—but to do so in a historic masjid, the first Christian to speak there—that’s amazing. But now add in the real kicker: I was standing where Ahmed Deedat often stood in denial of those very truths. That’s what I am still processing. Only God could open a door like that, give an opportunity like that. I thank Him for using means (specifically, Rudolph, Adrian, etc. there in South Africa), but they will tell you the same thing: the Lord has granted favor to our interactions with our Muslim friends in South Africa. No doubt about it.”
Some years ago I received a call from someone seeking help picking out books for a man she was witnessing to. After a few minutes she informed me that the man she had in mind was none other than ROBIN WILLIAMS. After giving her suggestions she let me know that she and her husband were seeing some genuine interest in him. In fact, when he was in NY he would attend Redeemer Presbyterian Church and in Toronto a Reformed Baptist Church. She told me he liked those churches because they both treated him like a sinner and not a celebrity. I asked her if I could include a copy of the book A PASTOR’S SKETCHES by Ichabod Spencer along with a personal note from me. This was done and all the books were shipped to this lady.
About three weeks later Susie and I were in CT with Rachel and her family when the phone rang. It was Robin Williams calling to thank me for the book and for the note I included. He was very humble, very appreciative and very different from the man I had always seen and heard on TV and in the movies. We talked perhaps five minutes and I told him more about the book I had sent him. He had already begun to read it and he showed a sincere interest in spiritual things. The call ended and I never heard from him again but the woman called me some six months later to say that Robin had cut off his relationship with them because his wife (I believe that was # 2) demanded him to do so. Next thing I knew he put himself into rehab, and then that marriage ended. The Lord alone knows THE REST OF THE STORY, but all of that came back to me this week when I heard of his tragic death at his own hands.