The Agnostic and the Word of God

Regrets

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“Pastor can I bring my boyfriend to service with me, he would like to know what I am hearing?”

“Of course you can.”

“He is agnostic.”

“If he wants to hear what is being taught here that is great, just bring him in.” The pastor was thinking, “ …faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17 KJV)”

He showed up at church the very next week and the following six weeks. He thought that he could be a non participating attendee. God had other plans.

Then one day the phone rings at the study of the pastor and it is the boy friend.

“Hello is this pastor?” The voice sounds distressed on the other end.

“Yes, this is pastor.”

“I am sorry to bother you… but I have to … (he wept between words) deal with something … that has been bothering (pause) …. for a long time… Can I come in and talk to you?”

The agnostic boy friend was a Vietnam veteran. He unfolded the accounts of the monstrosities that he witnessed and was part of while on the battle field. He could stand it no longer. He needed to deal with this today. The regrets were driving him crazy.

Once in the office of the pastor, the pastor showed him how he could be forgiven and washed clean from the wrongs in his life; how he needed to confess his sin to God and the power of the Holy Spirit would make him into a new man.

With tears still in his eyes he said, “I feel like the world has been lifted from my shoulders. What a relief.” He said after he confessed his sins and asked Jesus into his heart and life.

He was never the same after that. His life made a turn around and began his journey as a new Christian.

Due to circumstances he moved out-of-town. Years later, the pastor saw him again as he was visiting family. He married his long time girlfriend, fiancée’. He was still serving Jesus and was not going back to the life of regret.

2 Corinthians 5: 17Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. KJV

He truly was a new man.

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