When I first became a believer

I grew in a pretty liberal household. My parents would have been nominal Christians at best. We attended and belonged to several liberal churches: Up until I was about 8, we attended a Unitarian church, later a Disciples of Christ church, and starting when I was in my teens we went to a Unity church. But unlike my family, I believed the Bible was true and was God's word. I remember listening to Billy Graham's Crusades in the 1960's as a teen. But I realized even then I could not live up to living a Christian life the Graham insisted needed to happen to be a Christian.
In 1975, I worked at a Bell Telephone place and I happened work near a guy who had recently become saved at a Baptist church. He told me that at a revival he come to trust Christ as his Savior. I had enough liberal thinking from college and my family that I kind of ridiculed his fundamentalist beliefs that everything from Genesis on was to be taken literal. Needless to say, we argued a lot and he was always showing me this and that verse in his KJV Bible. He did show me in several passages that we are saved not by our works, but by our faith in Christ. Mostly I would get on him about his belief that the Bible said that drinking and smoking were sins and you gotta quit, and that when you got saved you had to start tithing, no exceptions, and other things. I remember once saying something to him like, "You mean you have to do all that to be saved?" He told me plainly, "Look Phil, just believe!"
I remember one night in December 1975 after my wife and daughter went to bed that I decided to find out if the Bible really said that you can be saved just by believing. I decided to pick a book that this saved guy quoted from a lot: Romans. In just the first five chapters of Romans, and particularly chapters 3 and 5, it clearly said that Christ, who died and rose from the dead, took all our sins upon Himself on the cross for us. That his shed blood and death reconciled us to God and saved us giving us everlasting life. What an emotional moment for me. I knew I believed that Christ was Lord and God, but now I sure believed what He did on the cross to save me. This was so simple: He shed his blood and died to save me! And I thought, this means I am saved that that I will have eternal life! I felt so sorry for all the sins I committed in my life I remember seeing something that is in the beginning of the Gospel accounts in most Bible which says, "The Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." I thought, I really know what this means now because He really is my Savior.
I remember telling my wife, who was Catholic then, that Christ's death on the Cross completely saves us if we believe it. She said that "the Church" meaning RCC, says that we have to also do our part. I tried to convince her that Christ did it all on the cross. Today, my wife does believe that Christ did it all and that saves her. I remember telling that saved guy at work that I heard a preacher say, "I am not going to Heaven because of anything I have done: I am going to Heaven because of what Jesus Christ has done for me." The guy at work responded, then that guy is saved.
I have had people over the years try to chip away and destroy my assurance of salvation through Christ alone. It seems people want to add this or that to salvation by grace alone thur faitn alone and say that faith alone is not enough. But I have somehow survived these attacks. I know that the Holy Spirit always assures us that we are His, if we will sistem to Him.

I do hope God will use this testimony of mine to reach any unbeliever to become a saved believer.
 
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Right on point. Yes, people will say all you have to do is believe, then pile on all this do this, don't do this malarchy. Very confusing. I believe that is the fundamenalist point of view but I may be wrong.

Just believe. He will take care of the rest. :)

Welcome to the forum and thank you for sharing this.
It was a long time ago in 1975, but I think this guy actually did believe that one just had to believe. He did tell me to "just believe Christ has saved you." I think with him he tied his whole experience with all his sinful life which led to him to come to trust in Christ for salvation. I think he looked at it as a whole experience, not just simply coming to faith in Christ for his salvation. He told me how he was invited to this revival at a Baptist church. He told me before the preacher invited them to come forward he was crying so much he had to be helped to come forward and receive Christ. I think he told me when he got back home he needed a drink and cigarette, but he said the Holy Spirit made him feel ill for drinking and smoking, so he quit. He left out company in the early '80 and I have not seen him since. We will meet after the rapture soon.
 

Radah

Active Member
I grew in a pretty liberal household. My parents would have been nominal Christians at best. We attended and belonged to several liberal churches: Up until I was about 8, we attended a Unitarian church, later a Disciples of Christ church, and starting when I was in my teens we went to a Unity church. But unlike my family, I believed the Bible was true and was God's word. I remember listening to Billy Graham's Crusades in the 1960's as a teen. But I realized even then I could not live up to living a Christian life the Graham insisted needed to happen to be a Christian.
In 1975, I worked at a Bell Telephone place and I happened work near a guy who had recently become saved at a Baptist church. He told me that at a revival he come to trust Christ as his Savior. I had enough liberal thinking from college and my family that I kind of ridiculed his fundamentalist beliefs that everything from Genesis on was to be taken literal. Needless to say, we argued a lot and he was always showing me this and that verse in his KJV Bible. He did show me in several passages that we are saved not by our works, but by our faith in Christ. Mostly I would get on him about his belief that the Bible said that drinking and smoking were sins and you gotta quit, and that when you got saved you had to start tithing, no exceptions, and other things. I remember once saying something to him like, "You mean you have to do all that to be saved?" He told me plainly, "Look Phil, just believe!"
I remember one night in December 1975 after my wife and daughter went to bed that I decided to find out if the Bible really said that you can be saved just by believing. I decided to pick a book that this saved guy quoted from a lot: Romans. In just the first five chapters of Romans, and particularly chapters 3 and 5, it clearly said that Christ, who died and rose from the dead, took all our sins upon Himself on the cross for us. That his shed blood and death reconciled us to God and saved us giving us everlasting life. What an emotional moment for me. I knew I believed that Christ was Lord and God, but now I sure believed what He did on the cross to save me. This was so simple: He shed his blood and died to save me! And I thought, this means I am saved that that I will have eternal life! I felt so sorry for all the sins I committed in my life I remember seeing something that is in the beginning of the Gospel accounts in most Bible which says, "The Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." I thought, I really know what this means now because He really is my Savior.
I remember telling my wife, who was Catholic then, that Christ's death on the Cross completely saves us if we believe it. She said that "the Church" meaning RCC, says that we have to also do our part. I tried to convince her that Christ did it all on the cross. Today, my wife does believe that Christ did it all and that saves her. I remember telling that saved guy at work that I heard a preacher say, "I am not going to Heaven because of anything I have done: I am going to Heaven because of what Jesus Christ has done for me." The guy at work responded, then that guy is saved.
I have had people over the years try to chip away and destroy my assurance of salvation through Christ alone. It seems people want to add this or that to salvation by grace alone thur faitn alone and say that faith alone is not enough. But I have somehow survived these attacks. I know that the Holy Spirit always assures us that we are His, if we will sistem to Him.

I do hope God will use this testimony of mine to reach any unbeliever to become a saved believer.
It's a narrow gate because your own pride is very difficult to overcome to accept such a gospel. No one wants to think they have wronged God enough to deserve hell for ever and ever. Even the so called Christians who have done many great works in the name of Jesus will be bewildered at why they didn't get raptured to the throne of God. That's why Jesus says it's almost impossible for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God because the pride is great. You have to humble yourself as a child and use all the power of LOVE to understand the simplicity of the gospel and it's meaning of LOVE that God bestowed to all of us by sending Jesus to die on that rugged wooden cross way back when. It's a one time event salvation is and it's eternally secure and never wavering and he will never leave once his seal is in place. Maranatha!
 
You said, "You have to humble yourself....and use all the power of LOVE........" I believe there are different things that lead different individuals to believing the good news of salvation. But I don't think it is what leads a person to believing the gospel that is part of saving them. It is simply by believing the gospel that saves a person; nothing more is required, :)
 

Radah

Active Member
Love is faith.... Even the devil believes the gospel to be true. Jesus is knocking who will answer the call? Lotta proud workers out there my friend.
 
Right on point. Yes, people will say all you have to do is believe, then pile on all this do this, don't do this malarchy. Very confusing. I believe that is the fundamenalist point of view but I may be wrong.

Just believe. He will take care of the rest. :)

Welcome to the forum and thank you for sharing this.
So right, people never seem to quit piling on. Simply believing the gospel of salvation to be true does not save anyone unless one believes it for his or her OWN personal salvation.
 
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lightofmylife

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Thanks for sharing your testimony, and:welcome to RF we are :Dglad you joined! I grew up in Kansas City, Kansas and have relatives in Olathe, Kansas.
 
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