THE REAL TRUTH ABOUT EVANGELIST A. A. ALLEN
Toward the end of 2001, I suddenly ended up on the e-mail list of Paul Cunningham. After
reading his material for a while, I contacted him and we started communicating with one another. Early in 2002, my wife
and I drove to the city of Vacaville in California, where we met in a restaurant and had dinner with Paul and his wife Sharon. Later
we went to their motel suite, and spent a few hours talking, followed by attending a public church meeting where Paul
Paul is about 10 years older than me, and we found out that our ministries had been
running parallel in Sweden during the years 1970-82. Many of the pastors and leaders who I had worked with, and
knew well, had also worked with Paul and his wife. After having talked with Paul and read some of his publications, there
is no doubt in my mind that this man is a man of God and sincere in his ministry. When he pointed out his involvement
with A. A. Allen, I was shocked, since I had bought into the public lies about Allen. Since my integrity is most important
to me, I want to set the record straight, so we are posting this account written by Paul Cunningham. I have asked God
to forgive me for my ignorance in this matter, where I have smeared the name of one of God's anointed servants,
A. A. Allen, whom I never met in person. My prayer is that any one of you who I have offended in this matter can also
John S. Torell
THE ALLEN I KNEW
Paul J. Cunningham, D.D.
I have been asked by some, to "set the record straight" concerning A. A. Allen,
by writing about the man I personally knew. Because of the confusion, and the continual attacks on this man who has been dead
for 30 years, (as though he were such a "force" that certain parties must discredit him), I have agreed to do so.
I was in a city-wide revival meeting in the Veterans Memorial Auditorium, in Vallejo,
California, February, 1965. Late one night, after having a tremendous outpouring of the Spirit of God in the service, then
returning to my apartment, I went to bed at approx. 1:30 A.M. At about 2 A.M., the room filled with light, and, suspecting
that someone had entered and turned on the light, I sat up in bed and looked around. The room was empty of any human being,
but filled with a glorious, supernatural light, and in the midst of the light, stood an Angel of God.
The Angel spoke:
"Fear not, I am sent of God to instruct you and tell you of a New Move of God
that is beginning in the earth". . . "This move will be called Restoration Revival, and will bring restoration to the
Church, the Body of Christ, and will be different from any other revival the world has ever known. . . as it will climax with
the physical return of Jesus Christ".
The Angel continued:
"You are to close your crusade here in Vallejo, and go to Miracle Valley, Arizona,
to minister to A. A. Allen. These are the words you are to tell him . . .'God has chosen you to spearhead and
announce Restoration Revival to the world . . . you will be used of God to begin this New Move, which will continue until
Christ returns. You will need New Faith, to take a New Step forward. This will be granted unto you, and your ministry
will grow by leaps and bounds, because the world must hear . . . and you have been chosen by God to announce it to them.'
The Angel told me also:
"Go to Miracle Valley and you will be given further instruction . . . go at once."
I closed my crusade the following evening, and drove to Miracle Valley, and after
waiting on the Lord for three days, the door opened for me to minister personally to A. A. Allen, during the evening meeting.
(The story was carried in the April, 1965 edition of Miracle Magazine, which we have available on floppy disk).
For the next 6 years, (until his death in 1970) I was a prophet to the Allen Ministry,
and a close personal friend of A. A. Allen. I ate at the same table with him, often slept in the same motels, was in many
of the revival meetings he conducted across America, and was his "agent" in the UK. I was an "invited guest speaker"
in all the subsequent Camp Meetings. (twice each year in Miracle Valley).
Given these circumstances, I feel I am qualified to speak about Bro. Allen and his
life and ministry.
First, I want to go on record by saying . . . "I have never seen anyone
cast out more devils, than Bro. Allen did." According to Jesus Christ, . . ."Satan does not cast out Satan, else his
kingdom would be divided and not stand..."
Secondly, A. A. Allen kept the tightest schedule of any man I have ever known, never
was late to a meeting, never missed a service without making prior arrangements for someone to fill in. These are not the
"marks of an alcoholic."
Next, I never saw one thing in the life of this man that was "un-Christ like".
. . he had more compassion than any other person I have known . . . spent many hours in prayer. . . loved lost souls. . .
All the marks of a Christ-centered life.
Having "walked with him" for 6 years, I can truthfully say, "HE WAS A MAN
OF GOD, WHO WALKED WITH GOD, AND THE DEROGATORY STORIES ABOUT HIM, ARE LIES, GENERATED BY SATAN, USING JEALOUSY OF LESSER
MEN, AND THE CARNAL DESIRE OF OTHERS TO ATTEMPT TO DISCREDIT HIS WORK AND THE PROPHECIES GIVEN BY HIM."
The "Knoxville Incident". . .
Both Bro. Allen and H. Kent Rogers, (his vice-president and crusade song leader)
told me the same story, separate from each other.
The Allen party was in revival in the Auditorium at Knoxville, Tennessee. in the
mid 1950's . . . There was no church large enough to accommodate the crowds, so the auditorium was chosen. The local pastors
of the denomination he belonged to at that time, were clamoring for the "headquarters" to force Allen to "come back
into the churches, where he belonged". . . (The real reason for the pressure to go back into the churches, was due to
the fact that the local church would then receive the tithe from the offerings received; whereas, in the auditorium meetings,
only the denominational headquarters got any tithe).
When Allen refused to "return to the churches", because the crowds attending
the meetings were too big for any church to accommodate, the "preachers" decided to "rule or ruin" the Allen
Bro. Allen drove from the motel in Knoxville, to the auditorium each night, accompanied
by Bro. Rogers, and one or two others of the team. Since Allen did not eat before the service, he stopped at a local
cafe on the way, to have a glass of milk.
This particular evening in question, he remarked to Rogers, "Rog, that milk tasted
funny". . . Rogers responded, "perhaps it was blinky," meaning about to sour. . .
They then left the cafe for the meeting, and after driving a couple of blocks, Bro.
Allen told Rogers, "I feel really dizzy, and think I'd better let someone else drive." He pulled over, and when
he stopped, the media were there, accompanied by several denominational pastors, and the police. (What a strange coincidence!)
Allen was then "ticketed" for DUI, and given a citation and allowed to proceed.
He went to the auditorium , conducted the meetings, and in the following days newspaper, the headlines screamed, "Evangelist
Allen arrested for drunk driving". . .
Allen and Rogers both told me this story. . . and that Allen simply "paid the
ticket" and went on, rather than interrupt the schedule of meetings. They both felt that the goal of the "vendetta"
was to "stop the Allen meetings." When the denomination demanded that Allen "stop his ministry", he refused,
and "went independent." That meant an end to the large "tithe" they had been receiving, so they continued
to attempt to "blackball" the Allen ministry.
In Allen's own words, "All the criticism directed against this ministry can be
summed up in three words, MONEY, MONEY, MONEY!"
When God multiplied the Allen ministry, and his Miracle Magazine was being read by
five million readers each month, the devil was "outraged" to say the least.
I spoke with Bro. Allen by telephone, from England, just a few days prior to his
death. He told me he was "going to San Francisco, with Gerald King (his brother-in-law, and executive director) to
meet with Burney Schwartz, to re-do the radio contracts." (The Allen Revival Hour was then carried on approximately 186
I returned to the U.S. and a couple of days later, he died. I spoke with Gerald King,
and others; read the Medical Examiners report, and was also an "honor guard" at his funeral.
Gerald King said, "We were in the Jack Tar Hotel in San Francisco in the late
afternoon, and Bro. Allen said, 'Jerry, I feel tired, I believe I'll rest a bit, before we go to dinner.' " Jerry said,
"I went to my room, and about 8:00 P.M. began to be concerned because I hadn't heard from Allen. I phoned his room, got
no reply, so went up and knocked on the door, and still got no reply. I then proceeded to get the manager who opened
the door, and we found Bro. Allen slumped over in an easy chair, dead."
The medical Examiner issued a certificate of death, stating the cause of death as
"an apparent heart attack."
Many stories have been told, some stating that "the room was full of empty liquor
bottles," and others, that he "died an alcoholic". . . but they are all lies, based on "narrow minded, evil
surmisings," by people who would rather discredit the ministry, than to "believe the truth." Believing the
truth, requires one to accept the prophecies, and act upon them.
Many prophecies are yet unfulfilled. . . "My Vision of the Destruction of America," which Allen saw atop the Empire State Building. . . and others.
We have reprinted many of Allen's books, and plan to reprint all of them, including
"My Vision". . .
If Allen was "of the devil," and "died an alcoholic," then, why is
it he did more for God, cast out more devils, got more sick healed, than any other ministry, and those who continually criticize
him, have, for the most part, made little or no progress in "doing the work of God" in their own ministries?
If he were not of God, then why do some "find it necessary" to assassinate
his character, demean his ministry, and slander his name, 30 years after his death?
Published with permission by European-American Evangelistic Crusades, Inc.