PUBLISHED SUNDAY APRIL 5, 1998
Copyright 1998 The Pensacola News Journal. All rights
Kilpatrick's claims cast doubt, leave questions unanswered
By John W. Allman
News Journal staff writer
PENSACOLA -Pastor John Kilpatrick says the News
Journal's five-day investigative series on the Pensacola Brownsville Revival
has changed the way he and his nonprofit corporation, Feast of Fire Ministries
Inc., do business.
He also names two famous politicians among the 130,000
souls he says the revival now has saved. Spokesmen for those two politicians
A News Journal investigation during the last month also
found little documentation of change in Kilpatrick's way of doing business.
Kilpatrick told a journalist covering his March 24 appearance
in Mesa, Ariz., that in the four months since the News Journal investigative
series ran, he and his ministry have:
n Paid sales tax to the Florida Department of Revenue
on merchandise sold by his ministry at the revival.
Kilpatrick's lawyer phoned the News Journal with a list
of figures for the Florida taxes that he said Kilpatrick's ministry has
paid, but he did not provide official documentation.
n Begun researching sales tax laws in other states where
his ministry plans to appear and sell merchandise.
Arizona Department of Revenue officials said they could
not find a record that Kilpatrick's corporation applied for the necessary
But if the application was mailed in after, or just prior
to, Kilpatrick's visit to Arizona, the state would still be processing
it, the officials said.
Kilpatrick also told the journalist covering his appearance
in Arizona that Alabama Gov. Fob James was saved at the Brownsville Revival
and that the governor is a regular revival attendee. James' office says
David Azbell, spokesman for James, said the governor is
an Episcopalian and has never attended the revival.
Kilpatrick also said in Arizona that U.S. Rep. Joe Scarborough,
R-Pensacola, was saved at the revival.
A spokesman for Scarborough, who is a Southern Baptist,
said the congressman attended only two Brownsville Revival services.
News Journal correspondent Garin Groff contributed to