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Josiah's Testimony

I grew up in a very religious family. My father has done pastoral and chaplaincy work for most of his life, and my mother has taught Sunday school. I grew up knowing about God, Christ, and the Bible. Heck, I was a pastor's kid. How could I not have?

But several years ago, I learned something that changed my life. I learned the true meaning of Christianity. Something piqued my curiosity about this whole "God" thing and somehow, I found myself eagerly studying the Bible. I knew in my heart that something was amiss, but I couldn't put my finger on it. I found myself fascinated with the words and prophecies of Jesus Christ.

Suddenly, I had a great epiphany one day as I was reading the Bible. If Jesus Christ is truly the Living Lord of the Earth, if His words are true, if there really is a Heaven and Hell... then it would be completely illogical not to live for God. I believed that the Bible was true, and so the obvious conclusion was that the only way I could make my life worth something was to live completely for Christ. If Christianity is true, then the wisest choice I could possibly make would be to sell my life out completely to God. And so I did.

It was also at that time that everything began to make sense. The reason why Jesus came to earth. The reason why He died on the cross. The meaning of salvation. It was at that time that I began to understand that Jesus Christ was not just crucified because He was a social deviant...He was crucified to take our punishment so that we wouldn't have to.

As far as my affinity for Goth goes, this was a very casual development that evolved throughout my teen years. In 2003, I decided to create a ministry that would reach out specifically to those involved in the Goth / alternative subcultures...that ministry was "Goths for Jesus".

Eventually, I also decided that God was leading me to do missions work. I now plan to go into missions work overseas in China as well as ministering to alternative teens in the United States. Now that I have tried following Jesus, I have found that there is nothing more satisfying.

In the words of the famous hymn: "I have decided to follow Jesus. No turning back. No turning back."

Ministering in the underground community since March 28, 2003
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