My Search For The Truth
I was a baptised and practicing Catholic, who regularly attended mass at my local church. I wasn't a devout Catholic like my father was, but I did try and take my religion seriously by attending mass most Sundays, especially on "holy days of obligation."
My parents were Catholic, with my father's family going back some five generations and even producing priests, with one being a Canon and another a Dominican.
(On the streets and sharing the Gospel with this Catholic lady)
When I was about twelve, I first served mass as an altar boy. This is for any Catholic a great privilege and quite a responsibility. I can honestly say I thoroughly enjoyed this then "sacred" duty. However, this only continued until I was fifteen or so.
Throughout my Catholic life, we would visit Aylesford (a Marian shrine) several times, meet numerous priests and bishops, and even entertained the late Cardinal Tom Winning of Glasgow (the second most senior priest in Britain), when he visited our church to speak at a meeting that my father was holding.
(I gave him a copy of my CD)
But I can honestly and truly say that Jesus Christ, sin, repentance and the new birth, never featured at all in my life. Nor would I ever be encouraged by my church to witness to lost souls by sharing the gospel with them, something I now do with people regularly. It was a private faith, today called easy-believeism.
It would not be until the year 2001 that my life started to change and light came into my world.
My conversion from a big band singer to a Bible believing Christian is primarily down to the change that I witnessed in my father's life. One day I heard him listening to an American preacher on the radio. I remember saying to him, "Why are you listening to this? We're Catholic and you're a good person." He responded by saying to me, "It isn't enough for me now. I need something else. And I am not a good person."
Now I must say that for my father, who went to mass every day, was on most church committees and had even penned a book about our church, this amazed me. This was to be a major turning point for my father and little did I know, for me too.
During this period of my life, I was a successful semi-professional jazz singer, with my own big band orchestra.
All my energy and spare time went into making music my future. I recorded 3 CDs (on my first album, I worked with a trombonist, who had once played with Frank Sinatra) and we even performed a few live shows. However, with the drastic change in my father's life, I just couldn't ignore it and we would spend hours talking about Bible prophecy, secret societies, cults and of course the Catholic church.
It took me three years to fully realize that not only were we living in the last days, but that I too needed to be born again.
I can remember very well, my father giving me a copy of an old 1880 King James Bible, which I still have. I read this and found its content totally astounding. All the years of being in the Catholic church, with its many rituals and its repetitiveness, and yet the Bible was so fresh. Later I would seek out other translations and versions, but the King James has and will always remain my Bible.
(A Jehovah's Witness grudgingly listens to me)
I should also say that once sin was clearly presented to me in God's word, I wasted no time in seeking the Lord will all my heart and mind. I read the Bible every day for hours, and therefore in January 2002, I got down on my knees and prayed to God for quite some time and started confessing many sins and sins I probably hadn't even committed.
From that day forth, I gradually lost interest in my music and other secular interests that I once cherished. Eventually I disbanded the band and other vain ambitions.
My friends left me, because I would witnesses to them along with my workmates. Family relations would also be strained and continue to this day, this is even spoken of by the Apostle Peter:
"Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you."
(A student hears the gospel and happily took a tract from me)
Along with my immediate circle of family, friends and bandmates, I also wrote to people I hadn't been in contact with for years, enclosing gospel tracts. I would take a guess and say over a thousand people received tracts and free copies of my father's book From Rapture To Revelation after our conversions.
(A Jehovah's Witness, wanted to know more about Jesus being God)
So dear reader, that is my brief story as to how I got wonderfully saved and started my lasting walk with Jesus, what about you?
The Bible tells us that all liars will end up in the lake of fire, which lasts forever (Rev. 21:8); that no thief can enter into the Kingdom of God (1 Cor. 6.10.); to lust after another person is the same as adultery (Matt. 5.27,28); and to call someone a fool of just have unjust anger is the same as murder (1 John 3:15.)
God will judge people that have committed these sins and unless they have totally turned to the Lord Jesus Christ to forgive and save them, they will be lost when they die, and enter Hell forever!
So why not humbly present yourself to Jesus today and start a new personal and loving relationship with Him, for you're not guaranteed the next breath and remember, 150,000 people die suddenly each day throughout the world, with most being forever lost!
You need to believe on Jesus as your own personal Saviour, who died on the cross for your very own sins and after three days, God raised Him from the dead. And by trusting in Him alone to save you, you won't go to Hell when you die but Heaven.
(A Jewish man was in no hurry to leave and later shook my hand)