I was raised in an Oneness Pentecostal assembly where
I learned many traditions. Having come from a very strict religious
organization where one had to always be working for salvation and hoping
that in the end one’s work would be worthy of salvation, I felt like I was
always running to stay a step ahead of hell. But hell was ahead and I could
not be good enough to catch up.
It was only later with the changing of the administration in my
organization, that I learned of the love of God and understood the
finished work of Christ. I then knew salvation is a free gift and we work
from our salvation and not for it. I also came to understand that Christ
is the perpetual sacrifice for our sins and his blood washes away our guilt
when we believe and trust in him with all our hearts.
I wanted to study scripture with a free mind without being burdened
by the traditions of men. A special interest of mine was how do I harmonize
the message of Christ and authors of the New Testament with the teachings
of many of today’s prophecy teachers? I found I could not.
Through my own study and research I was led to focus on a New
Testament centered interpretation rather than an Old Testament centered
interpretation that most of the bible prophecy teachers of today seem to
teach. I found that a New Testament approach led to a greater harmony