Personal Testimony of Faith

I grew up attending church at the Lee's Summit First Church of the Nazarene. When I was around 6 or 7 years of age, I went forward during an altar call at a revival service being held, and prayed a prayer, and then got baptised a couple of weeks later. Despite my profession of faith, my life as I grew older did not demonstrate any sort of true repentence unto salvation. All through middle school and high school, I did pretty much the same thing all the other kids did: I lied, I gossiped, I made fun of other kids, I cursed, and so forth. I had little to no interest in reading the Bible, and going to church was really more just a chore I did three times a week than anything else.

When I went to college, my new-found freedom only encouraged my own lawlessness. Gradually, I began to grow ever more enamoured with alcohol, starting my sophomore year. I drank constantly, though at a low enough level that I rarely got drunk (but even once is too many times). I also dated women I shouldn't have, most of whom were Roman Catholics. Thanks be to God, though, that I still had enough of what I'd heard growing up in my head that I was able to keep my purity. I also began to smoke my senior year of undergrad, first cigars, and then clove cigarettes, and finally just about any type of cigarette I could get my hands on. I was up to nearly two packs a day before I quit when I got saved. My language was foul, my thoughts continually evil, and my treatment of other people often high-handed and inconsiderate in the extreme.

In addition, when I was a freshman, I met a fellow who belonged to a group known as "Christian Identity". What these folks essentially believe is that white Anglo-Saxon and Germanic people are the "real" Israelites, and that Jews are "usurpers". Christian Identity people HATE Jews and aren't too fond of anyone else who is not a white Northern European descended person. They consider blacks and other races to be "mud-people" who are not descended from Adam, but are really just "beasts" and descended from "inferior, pre-Adamic races". Also, these people are big on hating the "Jew-controlled" government and white separatism. Sort of like the Klan, except more virulent. In other words, these folks are hereticks of the worse sort on a dozen different grounds. Needless to say, as I grew to be closer friends with this guy, he began to proselytise me concerning Christian Identity beliefs, misusing some of the more mysterious Old Testament scriptures out of mysterious books like Isaiah and Ezekiel (so they seemed to my unsaved mind at the time). Unfortunately, much of what I had read and heard began to sink in and caused me to dislike the Jewish people. I praise the LORD that He freed me from that senselessness when He saved me! In my life, it seems the Lord has done a lot to thrust me into situations which run absolutely contrary to what the Christian Identity people tried to teach me. For instance, in graduate school, my research adviser was, of all things, Jewish! One of my best Christian friends in the Lord is a Jewish man whom the Lord saved by His grace. The Lord has led me to many friends, both in and out of the church, who are not white, yet whom I love dearly and seek to win those who are unsaved to the Lord.

I came to North Carolina for graduate school in this state, and by now had pretty much stopped attending church at all. However, October of 1998, I visited Calvary Baptist Church, Dr. Webb's church. I'd never heard preaching like this before! Even in my reprobate state, I was attracted to what I heard and began to attend regularly. This began to have an effect on my personal living, I stopped drinking by December. However, this outward improvement did not mean that my heart was changed.

This change in my life, however, was to come in 1999. Calvary was having a revival service one week, and on the Tuesday night of that week, I had decided that I'd just go ahead and skip the service that night. "It's Tuesday, I'll go tomorrow and it'll be alright", I told myself. That evening, about half an hour before the service, I was in the drive through line at Burger King, when the Holy Spirit really began to lay a heavy burden on my heart about going to the revival service. I tried to ignore it, but the Spirit just kept after me. Finally, I broke down and decided to go. I drove on through without getting my food, went home, got dressed, and went to service. I thank God eternally for His calling on me that night. The revivalist, a brother by the name of Finley Cutshaw, preached a TREMENDOUS sermon on hell, and it really made me start to think about the state of my own soul. The altar call was made, and I surrendered to the Spirit's urging and went forward, and got saved. I knew I was a sinner, that I had never truly repented, and thus, was going straight to a literal, burning, fiery hell if I didn't do something about it right then and there. The night of my salvation, looking back, is the greatest night in my whole life. If not for that night, I would have no hope in the return of my Saviour, Jesus Christ. I'd have no hope in anything at all except an eternity in hell. Thank God, because now I KNOW I am heaven-bound!

I cannot say that my walk with God has been one of rosy, picture-perfect Christian growth. I've had my stumbles along the way. I've backsliden at times. But the Lord has always been there to restore me with his loving, chastising hand. He has set me on a path going ever-upwards, waiting for that day when Jesus comes down to the clouds and calls me home.

Statement of Faith and Belief

  • I believe in the Triune Godhead, consisting of God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son and our Saviour, and the Holy Spirit our Comforter. I believe that these three are all members of the one Godhead, and together make up the whole person of God.
    For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. (I John 5:7)

  • I believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, that it is inerrant in all its parts and in all matters related to faith, practice, science, geography, history, and all else. Further, I believe that God has preserved His Word for us even to this day.
    Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. (II Peter 1:20-21)

    Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. (Matthew 24:35)

  • I believe that the Authorised King James Version, first published in 1611, is the most correct translation of the Bible. Further, the modern versions such as the NIV, NASB, RSV, Living Bible, etc. are flawed and incorrect translations, based upon Gnostic-corrupted texts, and were developed using incorrect Wescott-Hortian methods of textual criticism.
    Okay, I'll grant there's no scripture reference specifically dealing with the King James Version, since the original autographs were penned before 1611. However, a serious and open-minded study of textual criticism ought to demonstrate this to the impartial observer.

  • I believe in the total depravity of mankind, in the complete unrighteousness of mankind apart from God's saving grace.

  • I believe that salvation comes by God's grace alone, through God's response to the faith which He imparts to us. Works do not lead to salvation, but rather are a sign of regeneration after salvation.
    For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

  • I believe that the means of salvation is found only through Jesus Christ, that there is no other way to come unto the Father than by faith in Christ and repentance unto salvation.
    Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.(John 14:6)

  • I believe in the full deity of Jesus Christ.
    I and my Father are one.(John 10:30)

  • I believe that Jesus Christ was bodily resurrected from the dead, ascended into heaven, and is now at the right hand of God, acting as intercessor and High Priest for us.
    So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. (Mark 16:19)

    Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. (Romans 8:34)

  • I believe that the blood of Christ is fully effectual for the removal of sin, once and for all, and that it is incorruptible.
    How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Hebrews 9:14)

  • I believe in the virginal conception and birth of Jesus Christ.
    Therefore, the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)

  • I believe in the practice of ecclesiastical separation, whereby the faithful church shall separate itself from apostates and remain the pure Bride of Christ.
    Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I WILL DWELL IN THEM, AND WALK IN THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE. Wherefore COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM, AND BE YE SEPARATE, saith the Lord, AND TOUCH NOT THE UNCLEAN THING; AND I WILL RECEIVE YOU, AND WILL BE A FATHER UNTO YOU, AND YE SHALL BE MY SONS AND DAUGHTERS, saith the Lord Almighty. (II Corinthians 6:14-18)

  • I do not believe in ecumenism. I believe that ecumenical yoking of the saved and unsaved together in religious fellowship leads onto to the worsening of apostasy and the impediment of the Great Commission.
    See above

  • I believe that the local church is the only scripturally sound form of ecclesiology. I believe that the two purposes of the church are for the edification of the saints of God and the evangelisation of the lost. I believe that denominations, conventions, dioceses, and any other man-made form of association desired to govern the body of Christ are unscriptural.
    And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart. (Acts 2:46)

  • I believe that believers ought to join with a local church fellowship, not voluntarily choosing to remain outside the fellowship of a congregation of other believers.
    Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. (Hebrews 10:25)

  • I believe that believers should be baptised by immersion so as to follow the example of our Lord.
    And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan. And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: (Mark 1:9-10)

  • I believe in the literal, 6-day, 24-hours-in-a-day creation of the universe. I believe evolution in all its forms, whether atheistic or "theistic" are false and damnable heresies which seek to deny the glory of God the Creator and the vicarious atonement of Jesus Christ.
    In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)

  • I believe in earnestly contending for the faith, that a desire to be popular or well thought of is not an excuse for compromising the Word of God.
    Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. (Jude 3)

  • I believe in the imminent second coming of Christ, who will gather His believers unto Him before the final judgment of the world.
    And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. (Matthew 24:31)