FROM ATHEIST TO CHRISTIAN MINISTER
My heart has ever been prone to wander away from my God — ever since my conception. Shortly after my birth, I was baptized and sealed in the Name of the Triune God — as His property. Then I was raised in the Roman Catholic Church by my religious yet unconverted mother. For the first seven years of my life, I went to church daily. Yet, under my atheistic father's influence — I myself, when only eight, completely broke with Christianity.
Thereafter, I dedicated all my talents to the furtherance of the false religion of atheism. I avidly studied rationalistic books on palaeontology, archeology and anthropology. By the time I was a teenager, I was a most convinced and articulate evolutionist. I openly laughed at Christians. For I thought they were trying to tell me that all the world's problems started when a mythical Eve munched an apple "once upon a time" some 6000 years ago.
During my early teens I studied astronomy, chemistry, languages, chess, poker, bridge, and even Buddhism. Yet none of these satisfied my restless soul for very long. Going on to university, I majored in law, intending to enter politics via my legal practice — and thus to dedicate my life toward ameliorating human conditions.
To help me get ahead in politics, I bought a Bible and started reading it. Six weeks later, during a university summer vacation job, while trapped in a goldmine, God suddenly and dramatically converted me to Christ. There and then I promised Him that if it pleased Him to spare my life, I would dedicate all my energies to His service. Delivering me, God then sent me home, where I had the great joy of leading both of my parents to Christ. Then He led me to join a Bible-believing denomination, and thereafter sent me to a Seminary.
Since then, God gave me the grace to work for and acquire many university degrees, including the Th.D. in Systematic Theology and the Ph.D. in Christian Philosophy and Communist Philosophy (to which latter I am of course squarely opposed). During and since that time, I have pastored congregations and been a college professor — and am currently both teaching and preaching.
Today, in the words of the Westminster Confession (II:1), I believe that Jehovah Elohim, the Creator, is the only God. Contemplating His blessed attributes is the most profitable activity in which any man can ever engage.
For "there is but one only living and true God, Who is: infinite in being and perfection; a most pure spirit, invisible, without body, parts or passions; immutable, immense, eternal, incomprehensible, almighty, most wise, most holy, most free, most absolute; working all things according to the counsel of His own immutable and most righteous will for His own glory; most loving, gracious, merciful, long-suffering, abundant in goodness and truth, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin; the Rewarder of them that diligently seek Him; and withal most just and terrible in His judgments; hating all sin; and Who will by no means clear the guilty."
To me, this means God alone is the only worthwhile object of human adoration. And my own heart was ever restless, until it came to its own permanent rest in this glorious Being (Matt. 11:28).
Now this God Jehovah Elohim is the Father, Son, and Spirit. In my adult life, He has fulfilled the promises sealed to me in His Own Triune Name when I was previously baptized (Matt. 28:19). To me, such thinking is eminently practical. For, like everybody else, I am often faced with making decisions regarding priorities as to what is my most important duty. Is it my obliga-tion: to the municipality, to my state or province, or to my federal government? To my congregation, to my presbytery, or to my general assembly? To my wife, to my children, or to myself? To my denomination, to my fellow Christians irrespective of denomination or nationality, or to my country?