My life which in many ways was much like John Newton the hard-drinking sailor who came to the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and would later write Amazing Grace .
How many times I’ve sung that song with a full heart of unspeakable gratitude in knowing truly how God miraculously saved me from a lost life destined for hell and the eternal lake of fire, living a wretched life of drunken debauchery to bring me into a fullness and joy unspeakable in Him my risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I believe I was saved when I was a young child of 7 years of age. I prayed in earnest and invited Jesus Christ into my heart.
However, it wasn’t until December 3, 2001 at the age of 46, that I fully committed myself to Jesus Christ having experienced a gut wrenching personal encounter, with Jesus while lying on floor from an alcohol induced illness following years of heavy drinking. That night after my doctor had told me that very day, I was literally killing myself with alcohol. I returned from the doctor’s office and drank a bottle of Jack Daniels. Afterwards, following about 3 cans of beer into a case, I became violently ill and began vomiting.
I stumbled around and fell on the floor and stayed there. I then began crying out to Jesus and told him that I always believed I belonged to him but had never really had a true experience that He was real like the Bible said and that I wanted to completely stop drinking and truly give my life to him. At that moment I knew Jesus Christ was with me. In a deeper sense was in me and I in Him. My heart felt at peace that passes all understanding. For the next 3 days I lay on the floor, watching the sun come up and set. I prayed and prayed between hours of sobbing.
On the afternoon of the third day, I got up and began emptying out my liquor cabinet. That was nearly 20 years ago and by God’s grace, I haven’t had a drink since. My life really got more difficult since that day I began walking with the Lord, but it has been a journey of unspeakable joy as I got deeper and deeper into my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to whom be the glory forever and ever, AMEN!
THE BOTTOM LINE:
Believe that it is God only – not your religious works of self righteousness – who by his grace called you, and by that grace saved you. Your faith to believe Jesus is your savior is given to you by God to believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior. This makes you saved. Period!
1 Corinthians 15:1-4 KJV Tells us that we are saved by “belief” in Jesus Christ came died for our sins, and rose again on the third day.
Ephesians 2:8,9 KJV Tells us that we are saved by Grace through faith and not by works.
This is what our Christian forefathers taught and died for. This is the truth that so many modern false teachers call Easy Believism.
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I have had the privilege of traveling and living all over the world. I’m a retired naval officer and have done work in both corporate consulting and many years as a teacher. I completed over 6 years on a mission trip in Vietnam where my eyes were truly opened to God’s abundant love for people and his abundant grace and mercy. I just recently retired from my 3rd career as a High School teacher and now spend time with my family, helping raise my young daughter and giving my life to the Lord to serve him by writing and researching deeper into His precious word. Looking Up For our Blessed Hope ^ Maranatha!
1 Timothy 1:15 King James Version (KJV)
15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief
Psalm 103:12 King James Version (KJV)
12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
Isaiah 1:18 King James Version (KJV)
18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
I don’t go to church: from a blood bought, born again Christian with over 50 years of going to church
Dear People, please, I plead you…
These 501c3 brick and mortar buildings (and even those run under private or limited liability corp) run by apostate trained CEOs called pastors are not BIBLICAL. They are literally making Merchandise of you and your children and your children’s heritage.
They are cursed by God under both Galatians 1:8,9 and 2 Peter 2:3… In fact 2 Peter 2:3, literally says these false teachers through feigned (study the word feigned: invented. fake. counterfeit. deception. fictitious. ) words make merchandise of you…
I’ve recently completed an 800 page Ebook
containing over a thousand references, several thousand pages of source documentation titled: ” I don’t go to church. A 50 year testimony of attending church to say in agreement with Dr. Larkin, that today’s churches are building the kingdom of the Antichrist. ” see note 1 below… If anyone wants this open public domain book. I will email you a copy for free. Email me your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Amazon lists it for $0.99.
To God be the glory Forever! Amen!