Thats some Testimony.
..even thou it was the brief version.
Gee, Mine goes back aways...Nothing spectacular Im sorry..well not to the human Eye
back in the eighties ..my first religious experience was with the WWCG...I think your ex SDA..similar backgrounds
Anyways...I just hated the hypocrisy..long story ,At the start of the 90s I become disilusioned with religion ...Althou I met and married my wife during that season we just stopped attending....many yrs lapsed,althou God was always in the back of my mind , My hurt, pain, and anger from those days remained Like I said "Long story"
Quite a few yrs passed and I just got back Into the world.
..I suppose it was some 4 or 5 yrs ago....,this desire came about to want to Know HIM more , It was JUST a desire from WITHIN..I cant recal anything sparking it...
I contacted many people, Old and new just to find their own personal thoughts , of course along with The Net ,..I cant recal why or exactly when , but L.Ray.Smiths web site came on screen, I really wasnt looking ..well I read some of his Hate mail..I just felt sorry for the Guy...if this chap believed That Christ saved ALL...why cant folk leave the man alone, I emailed Him to mention just this, nothing else
ANY ways, I got back into study , and not unlike yourself, the scriptures took on a different meaning , well some 18 mths may have passed as I personally become aware throu Scripture that Christ DID DIE for all....I still had that old Conditioning and there was a Couple of things which at that time i Needed to reconcile...and that came about.
so, I recall the only person I knew was this fellow ..Ray Smith...so I read his papers many times , then this chap called Mike Vinson, his also , I was more than intrigued as they too were ex wwcg...
At the time I didnt even Know there were Forums.
. existed on the Net...anyway, I then realised( Im slow) this guy had his own forum with Folk who also discovered Christ dying for all...
so I joined..as I become more PC aware, then realised there were other forums and people like Ebay , etc...then this chap from Tentmaker turned up...cant remember his name..Gary somebody , Armoursuit is it....
...i dropped him a mail just to chat and he gave a Brief testimony, again at that time I didnt Know of His forum that came about some months later..
I first Joined here must be nearly two yrs back?...and the rest they say Is History...
I found PEACE, My pain has Gone along with my hurt ...i really did discover A GREATER forgiveness...and thats what HE taught me....PURE forgiveness, a LONG rd it was, but WORTH ALL THE PAIN.