THIS MONTH MAKES IT NOW 10 YEARS FOR ME BEING SAVED, SO I DECIDED TO PUBLISH MY SALVATION TESTIMONY RESULTING FROM DIRECT CONFRONTATIONAL OPEN AIR PREACHING OF REPENTANCE.
The first time I read the Bible for myself was in 2006. A friend gave me a Bible with my name inscribed on the cover while I was attending East Carolina University. During this time I was drinking in sin like water. I was a party animal, a pot head, a pot dealer, a booze guzzler and just plain wicked. I had recently quit the football team mainly because it was my last year of eligibility and I was certain I would be warming the benches for the starters.
I did not attend church growing up, and at that time I never yet attended a Christian church as an adult that I can recall. I was interested in learning about the Bible and was not reluctant in any way to be exposed to what it would say. I began reading in Genesis and was amazed at what I was discovering. I enjoyed learning all that God was showing me, and devoured most of the first five books that spring and summer.
Months later I began reading the New Testament. I was still in the sinning business, but as I continued reading the Bible my conscience began to resurrect, and guilt began to increase. Hope also sprang because as I read the Gospels i understood that all I was longing for in my soul, Jesus Christ possessed and freely offered me. As I read the proverbs I knew I was receiving deep divine wisdom from another world about people, life and many of the problems and personal issues I dealt with.
As time passed my guilt progressively increased, and so did my fear of God. One night as I was about to leave my apartment to go to a friends house to drink and socialize, I delayed leaving the house because I was seriously scared God would strike me dead outside. I was pacing inside trying to convince myself that would not happen. After several minutes of pacing and panicking, I rushed over the threshold of my front door, ran towards my 2002 Impala and quickly jumped inside. God was seriously dealing with me.
I gradually began leaving off some sins simply because I was so guilty and shamed by what the Bible said, and what it exposed my heart to truly be. I was getting some relief through partly obeying, and would feel clean when I would stay home sober on the weekends, rather than go clubbing or partying as often did.
In 2007 I began visiting a pentecostal church, and soon went through their members class. I was still in the sinning business, and so was much of the church. The pastor and leadership of the church were sinful and carnal. During the men’s evening fellowship and discipleship sessions at the Pastor’s home, the Pastor, his maybe 10 year old son and the young men would play about an hour of Madden football on Playstation before our 15 minute “Biblical talk and prayer session”.
One of my last semesters at ECU I saw two nicely dressed young guys preach on campus. I sat and listened as they dealt a lot with apologetics. Later in August 2007 I felt led to do some “evangelism” so I invited a female ‘Jehovah’s Witness’ friend of mine who was an avid fornicator to join me and do the video taping as I offer the Ray Comfort style “good person test,” but not before I get a group of students attention by giving them money for answering trivia questions. When my tall and slim female ‘Jehovah’s Witness’ friend and I met, she was wearing tight jean shorts you could stuff in a coffee mug. I didn’t understand much about religion, but something about her wearing those short shorts troubled me.
Months later in October someone called me and said I should come to the “mall” because a man is preaching on campus and it seemed crazy. After I rushed to campus I noticed it was Youtubes’ “Brother Micah.” I stood in the crowd and quietly watched. One thing that forever struck me was how the supposed Christian students vehemently opposed the Bible, condemned him for quoting the Bible, and their and others threatening, cussing and insults toward him. That along with the clear preaching of repentance, and the strong rebukes against sin quickened me to the truth of pure Bible Christianity, and to the reality of the dark degree of false converts.
I asked him a few questions at the end of the day before leaving. The next day I was there with my fully charged video camera waiting for him to start. I was “eating up” the word as they say, was in 100% agreement. After the preaching he invited me to a meal with him and his wife at Zaxby’s. They both seemed very peculiar to me, and I was intrigued by how easy going and respectful they were, which was contrary to how the Christians I had known behaved. At the table my watching the news and football was mentioned; I asked him what he watched and he stated he didn’t own a television. In total shock I asked him, “What do you do?”
I was wonderfully edified through our talk. I knew this man and his wife were the real deal, and that they loved the Word of God. I admired and respected this “campus preacher” more than any man I knew. I went home happy and drastically changed.
It wans’t until this time that I could reconcile the Christianity I seen in the scriptures with the Christianity I witnessed in the world. I saw the two were irreconcilable, and chose the Christianity I seen in the scriptures, and which was revealed to me while Brother Micah was preaching. This decision was my repentance towards the Lord Jesus. I decided to live a life for him free of sin and self, and trusted he had given me the power to do it.
I immediately got rid of all my Rap, R&B and worldly music. I got rid of some of my clothing that was contrary, and in a short I would sell my television. During those two days I felt like I was totally born again by the Word, and was delivered from lust, fear, and peer pressure, and my confusion about sin, and salvation was totally cleared up. Brother Micah and I stayed in touch and he suggested that I visit a small holiness church in the area. I grew a lot there, ended up receiving the baptism of the Holy Ghost while going there, and began preaching there. I attended that Church faithfully for four years.
I am eternally Grateful for God’s men who courageously obey the Bible preaching publicly, confronting sin and sinners with the Word. Without these brave and sacrificial men many more souls including mine would still be on the brink of hell. Rebuking sinners, naming sin, and strong preaching of repentance didn’t bother me as a sinner one bit that day but obviously blessed me, and obviously blessed God.