Yes. That’s right. I’ve been a Christian for nearly 23 years and a pastor for over 15, yet 8 years ago I became sober.
Furthermore, five years ago I was an active member of A.A.
How could this be? Have I been the biggest hypocrite in the world?
On July 31st of 2005, Ray Comfort taught “Hell’s Best Kept Secret”at our church; after hearing it—and applying it to my life—I felt that I was born again, again.
A whole new world open up to me; I actually became concerned for the lost. More importantly, after using the 10 Commandments in my Gospel presentations, the lost became concerned that they were lost, even thanking me for sharing Jesus with them. Amazing.
Also on that night in 2005, Ray gave me a free pack of million dollar Gospel tracts. (Read about that here.)
Gospel tracts? Those were so…so… 70′s! Since that first exposure to this wonderful tool, our church, Hope Chapel, has handed out nearly two million.
I now celebrate 8 years of being free from proclaiming a man-centered, “God-loves-you-and-has-a-wonderful-plan-for-your-life” Gospel.
Things will never be the same.
And what about my AA membership? That would be the Ambassadors’ Academy, the now-defunct evangelistic training arm of The Way of the Master, where I had the great privilege to serve as a mentor.
Have you experienced “recovery?”