The Pastor’s Testimonial
Once, I was at a meeting with other preachers where I preached a sermon on the Sovereignty of God. After the sermon, we took a break. While on break, one of the preachers came up to me and told me how much he enjoyed my message. He was quite older than me and related to me something very profound which I have never forgotten. He said, “Everything that you said was the truth”, but he wanted to warn me how much of a lonely walk was in my future. Oh, how true were his words. Indeed, the longer I live, the lonelier the walk gets. Thankfully, however, the Lord is with me every lonely step of the way.
His grace is so marvelous that God predestined that I would have a companion to walk with me. Fifty years ago, the Lord gave me a perfect and loving wife to walk this lonely path with me. She, too, has fought against my enemies -the Lord’s enemies – both in prayer as well as face to face. Many times as the Lord led me down many different paths, my wife was right by my side even when she did not understand why I preached a certain message.
The path that the Lord destined for my life changed many times from what it was before. Though I have never been an Arminian, I was not a full-blown sovereign grace believer either; that is, until a friend in Texas gave me a series of sermons that he had heard on Calvinism: Total Depravity of All Humans; Unconditional Election by the Eternal Father; Limited or Particular Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ; Irresistible Grace of the Holy Spirit saving the ones that the Father chose, and the Son died for, and finally the Perseverance of the Saints (those elected by the Father, Atoned by Son, Regenerated by Holy Spirit). In conclusion, I believe that salvation is only for the elect and no one else. I quickly learned how fervently many people hate these truths. It is, indeed, a very narrow way as Christ proclaimed, “. . . strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7: 14
Earlier, I went to college at a school that taught the second coming of Christ after the great tribulation and the millennium and other things yet in our future. At that time these futuristic beliefs were not too popular except in a few colleges and at Dallas Theological Seminary. I tried to enroll in the Seminary, but I was not accepted. Oh how disappointed I was, but the Lord had His reasons. I did, however, enroll and attended another seminary. Shortly after the debut of the book, Late Great Planet Earth, I quickly absorbed the lies proclaimed in that sensational book. Once again and finally, I do not believe in a future coming of Christ or any of the futurism that is so popular among professing Christian men and women today. Needless to say, that led to a walk of loneliness every step of the way. Many have had questions of why so many changes in the path that I walked. I can only say it was and is the Lord’s will, and I am very grateful that He had his great apostle Paul to pen these words, “. . .after the way they call heresy, so worship I . . .God.” Acts 24: 14 Me too, Paul. “Let God be true, but every man a liar.” Romans 3: 4
What about my blessed wife? She, too, is still with me through every change, no matter what the cost. In closing, I just want to say, To God be the glory for great things He has done!
A Pastor’s Wife’s Testimony
Having been raised a Southern Baptist, I was very naïve to any end time beliefs. Most pastors during my young upbringing avoided the book of Revelation and any mention of end time beliefs elsewhere in Scripture. Therefore, I was a novice to any teachings on this subject. However, that changed in my early twenties when a new pastor came to the church I was attending, and he clearly had end time beliefs that he preached and taught fervently. This was futurism and all the beliefs that went along with it – the Great Tribulation, the one-thousand year kingdom, Armageddon, Christ’s visual return, and et cetera.
Not only was this new to me, but it caused me great fear. I was married and expecting my first child. What would this mean for her life I pondered? My husband was in the navy, and did not know the Lord at that time, but I sent him the print outs the pastor gave us anyway. He admonished me not to believe those things. Yet, after the Lord revealed His Son in him, he, too, was drawn into these beliefs and preached them thoroughly. It became popular. All church people soaked it up, and today it is the reigning end time beliefs and continues to draw in many curious and novice church people.
Later on, I began to teach and was surprised when there was a new prediction of Christ’s imminent return, and the Tribulation was about to begin. On one occasion, a fellow teacher approached me in great fear of the new prediction. She was seeking to be consoled, yet when I tried, it was rejected as she was deep in belief of these end time philosophies. Truly, real consoling comes from Christ alone, and it is He we must turn to in these times. As my own faith was in need of growth, God continued to purge me of these futuristic beliefs, but it became a lonely walk for my husband and I. Overturning, such popular beliefs seems impossible.
Having lived a rather long life, I rejoice to testify that God delivered my husband and I from this great Satanic lie. Unfortunately, the Scriptures have been greatly misinterpreted, but like all truth of God’s inspired Word, many can not adhere to the truth in God’s living Word. Is there evidence within Scripture you might ask of refuting the futuristic beliefs within the church today. I rejoice to exclaim to you that there surely is. This is what this site is all about – expounding the truths of God’s Holy Word that God’s people be no longer deceived. Before you abandon perusing through this site, ask God for guidance to understand and believe the truth in these end time beliefs. We have nothing to gain, monetarily or otherwise, in presenting these truths to you except the joy of guiding you into the truths of God’s Word for your benefit and spiritual growth. May God lead you and give you the spiritual insight into His precious Word.