Myra and I in front of Bible Baptist Church
I was born the first time on June 10, 1943 and raised in a Southern Baptist Church. I was born again at the age of 10 years old. During a revival I was brought under conviction by the Holy Spirit and the preacher preaching on Hell and I knew that if I died I would certainly go to Hell. Being very shy, I kept putting off going down to be saved at the invitation. After several weeks of deep conviction, I stepped out at the invitation and that burden of sin was lifted. I was saved before I ever got to the front of the church. Eph 2:8,9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. I was saved because I completely trusted what the Lord Jesus Christ did for me on the cross.
Because I wasn't exhorted to read and study the bible, before long as a teenager I quit going to church and was backslid until I was about 30 years old. During that time, the Lord whipped me through motorcycle falls 5 times and other things that happened to me and my family, Hebrews 12:6,7. For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? I saw that I had to get back in church or the Lord was going to kill me, so I made myself go to church for three weeks straight. It was a struggle every Sunday Morning, but on the third Sunday, during the invitation, I went forward all torn up and rededicated my life to the Lord. After that I started listening to Oliver B. Green and some other independent Baptist preachers on the radio and they got me interested in reading and studying the bible.
However, soon I was fooled into believing that you had to know Greek or Hebrew in order to understand the bible. I bought Oliver Green's books, then got a Sword of the Lord and bought John R. Rice's books and thought I was going to learn something, I didn't. It was about that time that I changed jobs and ran into a man that believed the King James Bible was the perfect word of God. We argued for three months. Every time I would meet up with him, we would go at it until one day he gave Psalms 12:6,7 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever. and I couldn't seem to get around that verse. The Holy Spirit took that verse and stabbed me in the heart. I decided that if God had ever given us any words, they had to be in a perfect form somewhere. During that time, I knew the Lord wanted me to go to school somewhere, so I made a trip to Greenville, SC to Tabernacle Baptist School and church where brother Harold Sightler was the Pastor. That was a blank! I then went to Tennessee Temple Schools and that was a blank. The man that I argued with for three months about the bible let me listen to a set of tapes by Dr. Peter S. Ruckman and I liked them, so I took a trip down to Pensacola, Florida to check him out. I went to church that night and the Lord tore me up so bad that I was balling like a baby and completely turned myself over to the Lord for Him to do whatever He wanted with me.
I went back up to North Carolina, sold my house and land, quit my job and went to Pensacola Bible Institute in 1979. After Graduation in 1982, I asked the Lord where He wanted me to go and the only place that came into my head was Belmont, NC. When we moved back here, Some folks in Charlotte, NC wanted to start a church, so I pastored Bible Believers Baptist Church for three years and shut it down after all the people left. I'm sure I got out of the Lord's will by not trying to keep that church open and I guess I was put on the shelf for a while because of quitting when the Lord didn't tell me to quit. We started another church in Springwood, close to North Belmont in the first Sunday in 1999 and had to shut it down in 2006. Since then, I've worked in several churches and preached where ever He opened a door. I never know what the Lord will do, but I'm willing and that's the most important thing along with, "always be ready to pray, preach or die at a moments notice!"
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