The following is a letter I wrote responding to a piece of mail I received from the Jehovah’s Witness Watchtower Society. I thought if they were going to send me a letter in the mail I would oblige them with a response, and it was a perfect opportunity to share my testimony and the gospel with someone.
P.S. I am still awaiting a response from the Watchtower.
I want to tell you I have discovered the answer to those questions you posed in the letter you sent. The answer in a word is JESUS. He is the answer to all of life’s questions, and he is simply waiting for us to receive him.
When I was a child my father took my sisters and I to church all the time. I didn’t get it or appreciate it to be honest. By the time I turned 15 years old I stopped going. I had a job and spent my Sunday’s working. I soon found myself into smoking pot and drinking beer. My lifestyle of partying went on, and it just became worse as the years went by.
Eventually I was married and that lasted approximately 5 years. My wife could no longer live with me in the state I was in (full blown addiction). She left and we were subsequently divorced. That was the start of what became a two year nightmare.
I don’t want to write a book here so I will jump to the important stuff. After my wife left I ended up in a treatment program for addiction. During this time I found myself not only divorced but without employment, friends or hope. I was, as they say, sick and tired of being sick and tired. I made the decision to go to church to seek answers. I chose a church that I had gone to with my wife a couple of times while we were married. I then made up my mind one day to read the Bible. I couldn’t make much sense of it so I went to church to seek wisdom. My ex-wife was there. I was the last person she expected to see, but we started talking and sort of going out together.
The church had revival meetings for a week. On the Wednesday night of the revival I asked my ex if she wanted to go to the altar and pray about our relationship. She said okay. I had been trying to prove to her that I was a changed man, but she wasn’t buying it. We went to the altar and prayed. I said “God you have to prove to her that I mean business.” Basically I had tried and tried to prove to her I was a changed man, but she didn’t believe me. Now I was leaving it completely in God’s hands.
We both left that night and went to our separate homes. Just before I made it back to my house I had an experience I later realized was me being “born again.” I felt a sensation go from the bottom of my feet to the top of my head. My heart started beating real fast; I laughed and cried at the same time. I had no idea what was happening to me. After finally settling down that night I went to sleep only to wake the next morning just as excited and wound up as before.
That morning I opened my Bible at random and began to read. It came open at 1st Corinthians, and I quickly discovered exactly what I wanted to know. In the first and second chapter I discovered God chooses the foolish things to confound the wise, and the weak things to shame the strong. I then moved on to discover that without the Spirit of God you can’t know the things of God because they are spiritually discerned. I had tried to read the Bible just days before but couldn’t understand it and now it makes perfect sense to me. I started to realize I had in fact been “born again.” I now had the Holy Spirit of God dwelling in me. The Bible says without the Spirit of God you are none of his.
I could go on and on telling you about how God has saved me. He has delivered me from drug addiction, alcoholism, and smoking and restored my marriage. My wife and I have been married now for ten years the second go around. We teach couples Sunday school class, minister to men and women in jail and Prison, speak at conferences and anywhere we get the opportunity. Our lives have been changed in every way, but it is only because of what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross.
Jesus Christ the only begotten son of God gave his life for sinful mankind so that we could be saved. We broke God’s holy law and had no way of making things right. The Bible says “the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”“God made him (Christ) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” The penalty of sin was paid for by him so we might be given eternal life. AMEN!!
I can now say without a doubt I am no longer an addict. The Bible tells me “that if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.” I hope this letter finds you well, and I hope you will come to know Christ in a personal way. He is alive you know, and the tomb was and still is empty. Jesus’ prayer is “that the love with which God the Father has loved me may be in them, and I in them.” He wants to dwell in us as his temple. Amen!