Billy Prewitt has a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and a Master of Arts in Theology. He is a gifted teacher with a God-given ability to communicate the truths of the Scripture in everyday language. He is the author of "What if Calvin Was Wrong?", "The Baptism in the Holy Spirit: A Pentecostal Perspective", and "Help! I am a Teacher!" He is married to Christian Counselor Rebekah Prewitt, author of You Can Be a Happy Wife: A Look at the Wife's Role (also available on smashwords.com).
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Southeastern Kentucky. To be more specific, I grew up in a small town called Corbin. For me, the location of my raising was not as significant a factor as was my heredity. I am a fourth generation Pentecostal on both sides of my family. My grandfather on my dad's side, George Edward Prewitt, was a preacher in the Church of God Mountain Assembly, and on my mother's side, my great grandfather, Daniel Thomas was full fledged Pentecostal preacher in the year 1896. This heritage has, without question, influenced the way I see the world. Even though my theological studies have brought questions to the basic foundation, they have only brought me to increasingly hold to the basic beliefs of early Pentecostals.
Tell us a little about your great grandfather, Daniel Thomas.
Daniel Thomas had one of the most remarkable experiences of modern history. As a child, I heard this story told often. It all happened 1896 in what Kentuckians call "the Year of the May snow." It certainly is a peculiar thing for snow to fall in May in those parts of the country, but it is nowhere as peculiar as what happened to my great grandfather. At the time, he was a Baptist preacher. One evening, he was out in his cornfield when an angel appeared to him asking, "Why are you not preaching the whole gospel?" Then the angel told him of the baptism in the Holy Spirit and speaking in other tongues. As a result, Daniel Thomas received the baptism in the Spirit and began to preach the doctrine in his Baptist church. In short order, he was kicked out of the church. Upon his departure, he prophesied that each of the four deacons responsible for his expulsion would likewise be filled with the Spirit. This happened in due time and the four deacons founded the denomination that is today call the Church of God Mountain Assembly; however, there was never a reunion of leadership between these four men and my great grandfather. The trail of persecution that ensued over the doctrine that included tongues has affected my family significantly (probably even to this day), yet I consider it a great privilege to be a direct descendant of such a history.
It has been said that the Church spends more time bickering over doctrine than winning souls, yet without sound doctrine, the Apostle Paul tells us that the body of Christ will be “tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.” How important is the doctrine of the Inspiration of Scripture?
The key to revival in the modern church is the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. "Evidence for Speaking in Tongues: Fanning the Flames of Revival" presents the doctrinal foundation for speaking in tongues concluding that the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is the door to the spiritual gifts and power in ministry. Revival hinges on this experience.
Is Hell real? Who is in danger of going there? What can I do to make sure it isn't me? Find out the answers to these questions in this little booklet that will give you the answers that the Bible gives.
Have you ever wondered why some Christians seem to be so unsuccessful in their Christian walk? Maybe you have had your own difficulties. This little booklet briefly examines four reasons why many people struggle.
The Bible tells us to examine our faith. 2 Corinthians 13:5 says, "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith." This little booklet will help you examine your beliefs and practices to determine whether or not you are truly on the path that leads to Heaven.
What if John Calvin was wrong about eternal security? What if the penalty of Hell still remains a reality even after conversion? It is a very dangerous thing to believe that you are safe when you really are not.
The modern Pentecostal movement began with a new understanding concerning the baptism in the Holy Spirit. The distinction in the doctrine is both the matter of tongues as evidence and the issue of subsequence.
One of the greatest demands that teachers face is managing the classroom. Help! I am a Teacher! is designed to help new and struggling teachers in the area of classroom management. The principles and skills provided in the book are practical and effective for virtually any age group and can be implemented immediately.