Young, Restless, and Reformed in Latin America

Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra | September 27, 2017

This article is also available in Spanish.

By the time Gerson Morey was 35 years old, he was practically running a nearly 9,000-member Hispanic prosperity-gospel megachurch in Florida.

As the pastor’s right-hand man, Morey was in charge of a thousand life groups, preaching whenever the pastor was away, and ghostwriting his book. (The book’s prologue was written by Cash Luna, one of Latin America’s most influential prosperity preachers.)

In 2007, Outreach magazine dubbed the church one of the fastest-growing congregations in the United States.

Around the same time, someone handed Morey The Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer.

He was bowled over by the idea that, in Tozer’s words, “religion has accepted the monstrous heresy that noise, size, activity, and bluster make a man dear to God.”

“This confronted me because my theology was if you have numbers, if you are a soul-winner and have the big church, then that is a blessing to God,” Morey said. “If you are serving all the time in the church—regardless of how your family is—and if you are loud in all you do,” God will bless you.

“I memorized [Tozer’s] phrase in Spanish,” said Morey, who can still rattle it off…

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