My Testimony and Purpose for this Web Site
Isaiah 55:11 (All Bible References will always be KJV)
"So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
I grew up as an average kid, with one brother and one sister, born in Newark, New Jersey, lived in Morristown until I was 8 and my dad got transferred to Charlotte, NC around 1970. In Charlotte I "attended" a church and as many kids I was bored, my mind was fixed on a myriad of things, unfortunately Jesus Christ was not one of them.
When I reached the volatile age of 12 I learned the meaning of the word divorce. My parents split and my Dad moved back to New Jersey with his parents. My brother, sister and I stayed in Charlotte with our mother. At that time I was happy my father had moved away, my Dad and I were not the best of friends. I did not love him then, because of the angry way he treated and abused me. So began my troubled teen years.
I began making new "friends" at the apartments we moved too, needless to say not one a Christian. I became involved in a variety of malicious mischief, vandalism, chasing girls, smoking, alcohol, and yes drugs, fortunately nothing beyond marijuana plus a growing love for rock and roll music that helped motivate me through it all! Worst of all I became fascinated with the study of ESP (that is really nothing more than witchcraft and sorcery) and the practice of it, all this while I was 13 and 14 years old!
At 15 my Mom remarried and everything changed for what I thought was the worse. We moved to a town called Unionville (one of those towns you bat your eyes and you missed it). I John Beardsley had to learn to be a country boy! To this day I remember my city friends singing me that John Denver song, and something about slopping the hogs, Oh how I hated it!
As it was the country life left me with lots of time on my hands. I ventured deeper into learning about electronics, computers, and communications which would eventually become my career. I developed high ambitions and wanted to get out and fight in this dog eat dog world. At the same time I was becoming more and more interested in ESP and it's power. My Public High School fueled my interests with a class in parapsychology! Before my eyes I saw what should not be possible! Until I was 18 I dabbled with anything that seemed supernatural walking a step away from full occult involvement!
At the age of 16, along with my study of the bizarre and supernatural I was asking myself the infamous questions "Why am I here?", "What is the purpose of life?" and a few others. I had convinced myself I was lonely, bored, and now I began to explore a new freedom with an old AMC Javelin automobile. what a piece of junk that was! Then the recession of 1979-1980 hurt my step-fathers construction work causing him to have trouble supporting us plus the home was getting a bit crowded with my third sisters birth. So I moved out to live in Charlotte with my grandmother to begin working and to finish High School. I was itching to get out of the country setting. (Even though I had grown to love it in ways I never thought I would).
After working a couple of restaurants in 1979, I got a job with the firm of Copes-Vulcan doing electronic technician work at the age of 17. I thought I was finally on my way to a big career when one morning on the way to work "crash!" My car was totaled and I was at fault. After that it did not take me long to realize I was at a crossroads and a major decision would have to be made. I thought of getting a second job to buy another car, but then how would I go to college? I saw a long uphill climb and I wanted a way out, thats when the idea of the military came to mind, it looked like my best chance to succeed. April 1980 my Mom signed the papers when I volunteered to be a part of the United States Air Force.
My recruiter gave me more than a job he handed me a new life in Christ when he placed one of those green New Testaments from the Gideons in my hands. There was even a second testament in my foot locker, God was signaling to me but I wasnt listening. I started to read the book of Revelations while I was in Basic Training, and I found it fascinating and a bit scary. (Typical teen doing things backwards) The first seed of God in my life and I didn't begin to realize it until my father died in August 1980 of a sudden heart attack. In September 1980 those deep questions haunted my soul, I was really searching for the meaning of life. I knew there was no consistency to the ESP stuff, but I knew there is power out there, I believed there is a God and Jesus is the Son. (I remembered that from church anyway!)
After Basic Training I went to Corry Station, Florida for Technical Training June 1980. I began to party with hard liquor and hard rock as if there was no tomorrow, and by the end of Sept. 1980 I had hit bottom. I concluded the party life was no life at all, I knew I didnt have the answers to this life and prayed with all I am to know the God out there whose Son is Jesus, I prayed I want your truth in my life and nothing else! This world doesn't have the answers! Unfortunately, you would think this is where my life gets on the right track, no, I decided to follow in the steps of the world and its ways until I finished my technical training at Corry Station, FL.
God took me a couple thousand miles away to Misawa AB, Japan, Jan 1981 where I finally got cornered when a good friend named Sherman Watkins (a brand new Christian himself) came to me and said, "I see you understand a lot about the Bible, but have you ever received Jesus as your personal Savior?" It was at that moment I knew I was a sinner and needed a Savior, that I needed to repent (turn away) from my wickedness and quit making excuses for my behavior.
10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
"22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee."
Right there I prayed for God to forgive me of my sins believing on the powerful words in the Bible, because I knew without Jesus saving work on the cross, His shed blood for me I was on my way to an eternal Hell!
Romans 3:22 - 28
"22 Even the righteousness of God [which is] by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth [to be] a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26 To declare, [I say], at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. 27 Where [is] boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. 28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law."
"23 For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
"38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."
"19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;"
"21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls."
I understood a lot about the Bible before, but I didnt know the God who wrote it until I repented!
"8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
I learned that Jesus Christ died for SINNERS like me!
1 Peter 2:24
" 24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed."
Isaiah 53:3 - 6
"3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were [our] faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all."
I KNEW SORROW FOR MY WAYS (and several more times after that as God brought back things to my remembrance!) This is when the Holy Spirit came into my heart and I understood on who it is I believed by the words of the Bible and MY life has never been the same!
So many today call themselves Christians but go on living the same worldly lives (just like I did) thinking "Im a good person," or even deceiving themselves into thinking they are teaching the gospel when its no gospel at all, -seen with the numerous links to my site.
---Your good morals and self righteousness will lead you to Hell!
Matthew 7:22 - 23
"22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."
I can honestly say I know Im on my way to Heaven! Not because of some feeling or religious experience! But by believing with ALL my being by faith from God in His written Word, the Bible, that is 100% without error completely trustworthy!
2 Timothy 3:15 - 17
"15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works."
Assurance of salvation is mine!
"24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life."
1 John 5:13
"13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. 14. And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him."
We are new creatures! We have changed lives! And WE EXPERIENCE TRUE RECONCILIATION TO GOD not the false reconciliation of groups like Promise Keepers documented on my site. BECAUSE IF YOU ARE A RACIST YOU ARE NOT IN CHRIST BUT ON YOUR WAY TO HELL, and this is not my judgment but Gods pronounced in the Bible!
1 John 3:15
"15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him."
1 John 4:20
"20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?"
2 Corinthians 5:17 - 19
"17 Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18 And all things [are] of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation."
Before I had got saved I had accumulated a collection of Rock worth more than $2,000 dollars with groups and singers including the likes of AC/DC, Van Halen, Pink Floyd, ZZ Top, Kansas, Blondie, Doobie Brothers, Pat Benetar, ELO, Eagles, and many, many more... I say this to show what I left behind, what I separated myself from as I played frisbee in an empty parking lot with the more expensive type of vinyl records! Yes, my best friend and I did clean up the mess and yes I did enjoy it! I used to "cuss like a sailor" too but through the new life I have found in Jesus Christ I put that behind me as well, right along with alcohol! My life was really changed!
---Now many try to hang onto their Rock n Roll by calling it Christian and giving it some supposed Christian words even though they know, like I do, Rock is born of rebellion and idol worship. Rock has NO PLACE in the church or the Christian's life! Those that try to introduce it into the church need to be strongly opposed! Consider these verses for starters:
2 Corinthians 6:16 - 18
"16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty."
---This quick word on the dangers of Rock doesn't begin to cover the problems with it, including its fads, drugs, promotion of deviant behavior and etc! (Some documented on our site and those linked to it) HOW CHRISTIANS CAN "CHRISTIANIZE" ROCK "n" ROLL and say we "need it to reach the younger generation," is a BOLD FACED LIE! I knew many who listened to this "alternative" Christian Rock and as far as I know they are as unsaved today as they were before ---because C-Rock removes the need for them to change, SO THEY DON'T CHANGE, continuing on a path that leads to an eternal Hell!!! I am glad I didn't learn of this "alternative" until AFTER I was saved!
Today after serving 12 fruitful years in the USAF, I got out after much prayer and consideration not knowing for certain where I would work, where I would live and I wasnt alone anymore I had to consider my beautiful wife and two children (all saved). From a base in South Carolina to Oklahoma City, and then to Rapid City where I initially got one job as a Software Consultant and then a second one about a month later where I am now a Computer Operations Manager. Even the ambitions I gave up to the Lord, he saw fit to restore!
So whats the purpose of the website? Well this came of some trials and tribulations documented here. After being surprised by some teachings regarding psychology at one church plus some other differences I will not go into here we prayed for and sought out another church. To our dismay we watched the next church we joined become "program driven," and the heretical 50 day adventure came in (David & Karen Mains "Chapel of the Air"), Crabbs book "Inside Out," some other 12 step psychology book and of course Promise Keepers. After expressing concerns about this to our Pastor at this church he encouraged my wife and I to read more and report to him of what was being said and taught by these so-called teachers and we were shocked at our findings!
We have discovered very few Christians take the time to listen and learn that these so-called teachers they think so highly of are replacing Gods Word with false doctrine! The Bible has numerous references to the importance of sound doctrine (instruction) and we are WITNESSING it being thrown to the winds of psychology and "feelings" or "having an experience." Then the time came when we would have been asked to leave if we had tried to stay, so left that church. This is in spite the fact we were not propagating our findings to the membership but to the church leadership as we are instructed in the Bible. (These leaders even apologized to us for spreading our findings to the membership themselves, for that we were grateful.) We posed too many questions for these church elders to answer or handle because they would not compare the findings to scriptures. God does not call Christians to split churches but to seek out a church with sound Biblical teachings in such situations or to start one if one cannot be found. Since then, we joined with Liberty Baptist Tabernacle in late 1994 and have no plans to leave. (Praise the Lord!) It has been with their encouragement and our strong convictions this website was created to mark those who teach false doctrines and to point out what the Bible teaches. This is not a ministry we went looking for but one we believe with all our hearts God dropped into our laps. Just remember, much can be learned if you dare to ask questions! No lie comes from the truth and the infalliable truth we need is found in the Bible ALONE!
1 John 2:21
"21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth."
So is it of any wonder how these false teachers gather such crowds:
1 John 4:5
"5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. 6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error."
Christians are saved BY FAITH ALONE!
Romans 10:8 - 13
"8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, [even] in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
Ephesians 2:8- 9
"8 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."