A Firm Foundation
ModernDiscernment.com is a culmination of years of curiosity, research, obstacles, life trials, and eventual spiritual conversion. At this point it, finally exists on its own for a reason not as obvious in my earlier yearnings and wanderings. The foundation for this ministry (service) is Jesus Christ through and through.
Regarding my testimony:
From as earliest as recalled, I’ve gone my own way for better, or worse. Even as a teenager, I had the innate faculties to think for myself in certain social situations, but was mostly naive, foolish, rebellious and sinful- if we’re being honest.
Admittedly, the label ‘late bloomer’ would fit nicely in relation to my life thus far. I had ‘worldly’ aspirations, but many blocked paths. The ‘world’ would have had me believe: ‘I was a good person’, but this was only through a rationalized way of comparing myself to others. God’s standard stated otherwise, and I wasn’t so quick to admit it. It took some time to finally accept my own wickedness. Eventually, I was humbled to my knees in much grief -acknowledging my ways before an almighty, merciful, and gracious God. A proclamation of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ happened that day. In retrospect, it would appear that there were workings at play, to eventually bring me to a place to be humble enough to come to (or rather, be brought to) the Lord. While, the rate of understanding thereafter was swift (thanks be to God). Contextually late, yet ‘early enough’ on the whole, would seem to be the recurring theme in so many aspects of my life.
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
-1 Corinthians 2:14
Whether it was the spiritual trap of the ‘New Age’, financial destitution, psychologically coping with the countless deceptions of this world, or the ill effects of alcohol by proxy, etc… all, and then some, brought me to that point. Praise the Lord.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
-2 Corinthians 5:17
The interesting aspect of my testimony of becoming a new ‘creature’, is that I had little to no understanding of what had happened and it was outside of ‘church’. I was not exposed to the concept of being born again or being saved in the ‘churchianity’ environment that I was raised in as a child.
Afterwards, I couldn’t enjoy my sin the way I once had and had a genuine desire to please God. This is not to say that my flesh wasn’t and isn’t a continued annoying hindrance in that desire. I did eventually learn of what what this change was after some time with the scriptures in my thirst for Truth. There was spiritual strength & vision not available prior. Many lessons were learned in understanding just how much deception and false doctrine pervade the modern landscape. There was much to learn, and that continues to be the case. The maturity processes is ongoing and should not be understated. The good news, however, is the availability of the Holy Spirit in leading my paths…
I am open to meeting and conversing with genuine born again believers/brethren of the body of Christ and non-believers who simply have questions.
If you’re local to the NC Triangle: (Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Durham, Cary, Wake Forest, etc) OR are one from a far away land…
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