Today, I wanted to share my testimony. Although I’ve been in the website business for over three years, I have never once posted my testimony. Today, I’m changing that.
Well, let’s start with my child years.
From birth, I was raised in the Methodist Church. My Dad had been in the Methodist Church since his childhood as well although my Mom had been a Lutheran most of her life.
As one would expect, both of my parents were unsaved, but they nevertheless cared about my spiritual well-being and had me baptized as an infant in the local Methodist church in our area.
From that day forward, I assumed that my baptism was my salvation and that I was on my way to Heaven. I didn’t question this again until the fall of 2010.
I remember my Dad telling me that he had read a tract in the back of a pocket-size Bible he had received from a festival in the town we lived in. He said that after he read the tract, he realized he was not on his way to Heaven as he had thought, but on his way to Hell. He told me that he confessed to God that He was a sinner, and asked Jesus Christ to save him on October 19, 2010.
His testimony had a profound impact on me, but I still was not convinced that I was a sinner, and much less that I deserved Hell. Thus, I still assumed that my baptism would get me to Heaven.
A year passed. By this time, I was now in my first year of junior high at a Christian school. During the first week of school, I remember that one of the first topics we covered in Bible class was the topic of salvation. As I examined the Scripture and completed the lessons, I began to get a clearer understanding of what salvation was all about. However, I still was not convinced that I was a sinner and on my way to Hell.
A week after school started, the school had its annual Spiritual Emphasis Week. During this week classes were shortened, and chapel services were held daily for about two hours.
On the first day of Spiritual Emphasis Week, I remember the main focus of the preacher’s message was the fact that teenagers could be used in a mighty way to impact this world for Christ. I did not fully understand what that meant yet, but the topic intrigued me.
On Tuesday of that week, he preached again on how teenagers could be used to influence the world for Christ. He mentioned that the first step to impacting the world for Christ was to know that you’re saved. He also stated that mankind was totally depraved, and in desperate need of a Saviour.
This was something I had never heard before. All my life I had been told that Jesus died on the Cross for our sins and that all you needed to do was believe in Him and get baptized to be saved. However, that concept about salvation began to change in my mind after that Tuesday.
On Wednesday of that week, the preacher began to change his message a little. He continued to preach that mankind was in desperate need of a Saviour, but then he began to preach about the punishment if we did not receive Christ as our Saviour. He talked about the eternal condemnation of Hell, and that Hell was eternal fire and endless torment forever. That hit me like a ton of bricks. The Methodist Church had never preached on Hell, or at least like this, I thought to myself.
By the end of the day Wednesday, I still was not convicted that I was a sinner, but I knew that I didn’t want to go to Hell. As one would expect, I shrugged the thought off, and decided to continue on with the school day.
On Thursday of that week, the preacher got a little more bold with his message. I remember the preacher going to the Book of Romans and telling us that “There is none righteous, no, not one” and that “all have sinned, and come short of the Glory of God.” That also hit me like a ton of bricks. Another thing that the Methodist Church never taught, I thought to myself.
That day, He also stated that the “wages of sin is death, but the Gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ, our Lord.” He reiterated the fact that if a person does not accept Christ as their Lord and Saviour, they have a future in Hell.
Finally, the preacher asked a question that I had never heard before at the end of the chapel service. He said, “If you were to die today, are you 100% sure that you would go to Heaven?” It was at that moment that I was brought under conviction by the Holy Spirit that I was a sinner and on my way to Hell.
Before I knew it, I was already making excuses in my mind to God as to why I could not get saved. As the chapel service ended, and I left the building without accepting Christ, the conviction just got heavier. I kept putting it off and putting it off, but it seemed like the more I put it off, the conviction just got heavier.
By the time I got home that evening, I couldn’t even eat supper without thinking about what the preacher had said about sin and the eternal punishment of Hell.
By the time I had taken my shower, finished my homework, and went to bed, the conviction had become unbearable. I kept reflecting on the Gospel message that the preacher had preached, and how I knew that if I were to die at that very moment, that I would not be going to Heaven as I had thought, but I would be going to a place called Hell.
I also knew now that I was a sinner. I reflected on all the bad things that I had done as a child up until being a teenager. I also reflected on all the times I had lied and been disrespectful towards my parents. I realized that this was sin, and that I could not free myself from my sin; only Jesus Christ could redeem me from my sin.
It was as that point that I asked the Lord Jesus Christ to save my soul and come into my heart on Thursday, September 8th, 2011 in my bedroom. I remember the joy that came into my heart when I accepted Him. I remember running downstairs the next morning and telling my Dad how I had accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour on Thursday night. I told Him everything that the preacher had said and how God brought me under conviction and so forth.
I remember telling my Mom about it a few days later. Although she was not saved at the time, she was happy for me and wanted us to grow spiritually.
Dad & I continued to pray for Mom for the next year or so and praise God she got saved on March 20, 2012 at a Tuesday evening service at the very same Christian school where I heard the Gospel at.
As I look back on that time five years ago, I realize how much I’ve grown in the Lord and just how gracious the Lord has been to me. I am so glad that my parents are now saved and that we are now members of a Bible-believing, Bible-preaching, New Testament, Independent, Fundamental, Baptist, Church in our area.
Please continue to pray for me and my family as we continue to grow in His Word and continue to serve Him in the local Church. I am sure that God will do many mighty and wonderful things in the years to come.